Hawkbill | Burial Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
burialbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blade for many a pocket, this IPA displays malt in its most elemental form: Pilsner, Oats, and locally grown and malted rye. Mosaic, El Dorado, and Galaxy hops present a sharp, citrus punch while the addition of Simcoe to the dry hop adds a final piney complexity to this easy sipping, hazy IPA.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,266
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
201
pDev:
5.57%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
36
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 201
Photo of macrosmatic
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Purchased at Habersham Beverages (in Savannah, GA) on 6/13/17. Date on the can was difficult to read - possibly canned 4/23/17. Poured from the 12 oz. can into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Consumed 9/22/17.

A: A moderately hazy nice gold, with a big two-finger fluffy white head with great retention. Average visible carbonation.

S: Nice here – tropical fruits, melon, cracker malts. Citrus (tangerine) and rind, mild dank. Not really anything different than a lot of other IPAs, but quite appealing.

T: Melon, dank, and tropical fruit hops. Citrus rind, minty, and sweet herbal as well. Light cracker malts with either a wheat or oat fullness. More melon and dank and herbal hops with a fair amount of bitterness in the hang.

M: A light body but not at all watery - a crisp West Coast IPA mouthfeel and malt bill. Average alcohol presence and a good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: Perhaps not my first choice of hop profile, but especially for being five months post-canning (oops), this is bright and flavorful and clean with no caramel flavor, nor any indication that the age has affected it at all. It may not be my personal preference hop-wise, but really well done.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap
L: hazy bright yellow in color. Little head formation on tap, but tons of residual lacing. A fantastic looking beer.
S: nice. Grassy hop profile, aromas of flaked oars and citrus. Simple and appealing.
T: follows the nose. Bright citrus up front. Flakes oat flavor provides foundation.
F: medium in body and light in weight. Light feel, easy and smooth.
O: super enjoyable. I could drink this daily. I am very grateful to try this. Cheers!

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

lemony hops up front, shout out to the oats & rye. oats. pilsner. european. quaffable. good finish at room temp. Can from Hop City, Atlanta. Fresh and a fine drinker.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another suggestion from the dude at Stella Brew, and he killed it with this one too. Pours golden and completely cloudy. Has the aroma and taste of pine trees that have been run through a wood chipper, but in a very enjoyable way. Taste stays with you long after the swallow, but is enjoyable. I would like to be able to describe the aspects of this beer in the sophisticated manner I see many on BA do, but for this beer 'tard it comes down to thumbs up or down. This is definitely two thumbs up!

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Photo of Dogboywonder
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There’s a “waxy” aftertaste to it that’s not so after, more like 65% of the way through.
I wish I was a more nuanced taster and could attribute it to something expressable using brewing terminology etc. Alas I can not
“Waxy” is all I can come up with

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Photo of superspak
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from KMitch. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours very hazy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, blueberry, gooseberry, white grape/wine, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, lightly spicy rye, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/light earthy hops and rye/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, blueberry, gooseberry, white grape/wine, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, lightly spicy rye, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, blueberry, gooseberry, white grape/wine, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, lightly spicy rye, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/light earthy hops and rye/bready malt flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, lightly sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is an excellent hazy IPA. All around great citrus/fruity/tropical/light earthy hops and rye/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Awesome soft feel. Great Mosiac, Nelson, El Dorado, Galaxy profile. Very vibrant, juicy, and light dank/earthy hop complexity; perfectly balanced rye/oat/malt backbone, mild residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It poured a bright hazy peach color with a heavy and foamy white heat that stuck to the glass. Noted aromas of lemon, peach and subtle onion. It’s not so aggressive and hoppy to the nose, rather flora instead. But then after a sip there were strong notes of lemon, pineapple, and mango. It has both tropical flavors and highlights of a lemony cocktail. There is perfect carbonation with a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall an excellent IPA. Maybe not worth seeking out but if you come across it or are in Asheville, definitely drink this.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Lulus in Allston. Never heard of this brewery, and nice to see a non New England listing. This a well balanced beer - not the IPA bomb like the other locals. Good stuff

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking burnt yellow to paper orange color with a slim white foamy head that slid off at a nice pace. Some filmy lace caked the sides of the glass fairly nice.
The aroma had a nice blend of mango, lime, lemon and then a smooth sweet pine underscoring the backbone. Malts are there and seeming to get stronger as they warm.
The flavor yields to the sweetness of the blend of it all - taking the mango, lemon and lime and adding in a touch of papaya just before the pine snaps some bitterness for balance. Some floral character. Mild biscuity aftertaste with some mango/papaya sweetness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt on par. Smooth and dry along my tongue. Mild finish of mango, floral and lime and pine.
Overall, pretty nicely done AIPA I'd drink again.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maybe I just got lucky and got a real good one, but I like this a lot, much better than the average rating suggests. Got a great flavor but the finish falls flat and it's not very complex. Super refreshing, juicy!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden. Some tangerine on the nose. There's a strong underlying oat malt bill, with a tangelo citrus character that compliments it. Overall, it's a soft and crushable IPA.

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Photo of Reef
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned, less than three weeks old.

Light golden, light haze, not murky. Not much head off a normal pour. Persistent ring around two-thirds of the glass, large island of carbonation, healthy curtain of lacing.
Tropical fruit aroma, along with yeast and a slight pine note. Sweet aroma, lemon candy, some stone fruit.
Light pine, citrus, pepper, pale malt, grapefruit peel.
Light body, dry, not bitter, carbonation lasts.
Overall, goes down easy, plenty of flavor for the ABV. This is an IPA I will buy any time I see it fresh.

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Photo of larryi86
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Dragginballs76 for this
12 oz can poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, mango, some stone fruits, tropical fruits, hints of pale malts, touch of floral hops.

T- Citrus, some mango, stone fruits, floral, touch of rye, hints of wet grass.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid IPA and one of the more enjoyable IPAs I’ve had with El Dorado hops.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 – Thanks Michael!
Date unreadable. Stored in 42 degree reefer. Served at 50 degrees (per can instructions) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Very coniferous. The pine forest fades and a fruity aroma remains.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.8 cm, aggressive pour), white, low density froth, average retention, diminishing to a five to six mm ring and a complete layer.
Lacing – Fair. Some small isolated islands and some drag marks but only a partial ring is generated near the end.
Body – light yellow. The pour stream appears clear but the volume in the glass is hazy.
Flavor – Seems somewhat muddled. Neither the piney-ness from the nose nor the fruitiness come through clearly. Allowing it warm in my mouth releases some faint maltiness. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, slightly creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression: An average IPA. The flavor fails to deliver on the promises made by the nose. Drinkable but not something I’d seek out.
Appearance 3.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.5.

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Photo of twage04
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly murky yellow/gold with medium to low carbonation, which is just right for this style in my opinion. Aroma and flavor is a deep hoppyness that has some tropical fruit and juicy hop thing coming through more than anything else. Body of the beer is pilsner tasting with some other malts backing it up, some oats or wheat for a smooth mouthfeel. Between the mouth feel and carbonation this thing is very easy to drink.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 9/13/17
Look - opaque golden orange with a one-finger white that has little retention but some pretty long legs.
Smell - juicy citrus (grapefruit, orange, and some lemon), some pine resin, and some sweet malts.
Taste - the piney hops are more forward than the aroma, but the citrus lingers in the finish. The bitterness is mild, and there is a nice sweet malty foundation along with some spicy rye.
Feel - high carbonation, medium body, and crisp finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

these guys are fast becoming one of my very favorites. every time i have a beer from them it not only is delicious, but also really inspired and different too, i love when a brewery can do that not just with one or two beers, but across their whole portfolio, its incredible impressive, and this ipa is brilliant. its sunny yellow and lightly hazy from the tap, delicate looking under a tall airy white head. i just want to dive right in. the hops hit me first, as they should in an ipa, citrus forward, juicy, and minimally bitter, with quite a lot of fun fruit undertones from lemon and lime to pineapple and even white grape, its awesome, super fresh, and not over done, there is some attractive level of restraint in this. the thing that sort of comes on second for me and impresses me more later is the malt. i can taste fresh rye, more cerealy than spicy, also politely restrained but super fresh and well proportioned in here. i like it being pils malt based too, lighter than many but without sacrificing flavor. the oats give it some cool body and earthiness that the hops just cling too, it extends an awesome and very complex flavor profile, and this has me wishing all ipa would just try a little harder on the grain side of things. amazing and unique balance and mix of flavors, i wish we could get this all the time here, its one of the best burial beers ive had too, which is really saying something as i have adored almost all of them so far!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Both bright and effortless, a complex hopping regimen and an underplayed hop bill gives the IPA of Burial Beer a return to dryness, crispness and a high rate of drinkability.

Hawkbill entices the senses with a blend of citrus, herbal, tropical, melon and berry character, all moderate in their tone and wraps the fragrance around a tingle of spice and tea. Its taste is gently sweet with a cracker-like breadiness, faint honey and an overall light nutty tone.

As the malt rapidly drops out from underneath, the hops take firm control with the taste of orange and white grapefruit to start. Developing further, the tropical influence of pineapple, gooseberry and passionfruit offer a tangy succulency that blends into the herbal, tea and green flavors of grass, parsley, chive and hemp.

Medium light on the palate, the beer's pilsneresque influence shows, offering a crisp, clean and highly refreshing taste to an effortless session that leaves the palate dry and bitter. Hints of pepper and husk trail in typical but modest rye character while the aftertaste of herb, grass and citrus peel persist long after the malt has faded.

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Photo of BB1313
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 8/28/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze and has bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of fresh tropical fruits. Hints of bread and crackers. Malts are there, but definitely take a backseat. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of bright tropical fruits. Some pineapple and coconut in the mix. Hints of fresh grass and pine. Malts take a backseat. Moderate bitterness with a touch of sweetness. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a really good IPA. Nice aromas and flavors. It's very refreshing and highly enjoyable. The craftsmanship is impressive. Well done.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From an 8/28 stamped can

It is a slightly foggy gold with a very bubbly, dish soap looking head. Decent retention.

It smells outstanding. Very musky/earthy with some body odor ripe fruit. Also some oniony green hops. Strikes me as Mosaic, Simcoe, and or Citra.

The flavor is really good, but doesn't live up to the aroma. The spicy, ripe, musky melon, mango, and pineapple are there along with a pretty bitter green scalion/onion and grass. There just isn't much of a malt backbone. A little bit of crisp grain, but it really tastes like a session ale, or at least a light pale.

The body is way to light and it has a very dry, airy finish.

This is a very good, very enjoyable beer overall, but I was shocked when I read the description that mentioned rye ans oats. Usually rye alone will give it some heft, but I would never guess it has oats in it. This struck me as a 5% or less brew. Odd.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is intriguing. Has an interesting flavor profile that is herb forward. Like a parsley/thyme/orageno-esq. Hazy and a full mouthfeel that rounds it out. Finishes dry and chalky

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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and specks of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and tangerines seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of tropical fruits such as papayas.
T: The taste follows the smell, starting off with flavors of citrus and has some added hints of pine towards the finish. In addition to the flavors, the hops also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA is quite aromatic and flavorful and isn't that heavy on the palate. I would would have no problem drinking a few of these in one sitting.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick foam.

Smell: citrus and woodiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, grapefruit, pine, and a strong woody bitterness. The oats definitely mellow and round out the flavors into a cohesive blend.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, less crisp and mildly dry at the finish.

Overall: a great IPA that is well balanced and very easy to drink.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hawkbill is a slightly hazy, effervescent, straw-colored IPA with a large, brief-lived creamy white head that leaves good bands of highly rotten lacing. The nose is medium in intensity and leads with bready malt notes that are quickly overtaken by a nice blend of tamarind and grapefruit with more subtle spicy florals and hints of body odor; slight alcohol overtones top things off. Up front, the palate is assertively bitter, thinnish pineapple with hints of banana, caramel and spicy florals. Mid-palate, the pineapple is joined by tart citrus and a bit of grassiness, and the spicy florals intensify a bit and become more candy-like, while a subtle yeastiness emerges to join the estery character. The malt doesn't really show any more than it does up front. Overall, the flavor remains a bit thin. The finish is fairly dry and quite clean, showing just a flash of tart citrus, and feels a bit watery; the linger is a mild, slightly grassy earthy bitterness that lasts awhile. Retrogustative olfaction is modestly grassy/candy-like. Mouthfeel is slightly astringent and is on par with the light body; the texture is medium-creamy, quite slick and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz can, 26 days after pkg)

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Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with a quick to flee finger of white foam. A swirl deposits thick lasting lace upon glass.

Med. strength aroma featuring grapefruit, lemon, crisp grainy sweet, light herbal bitter, and some general fruitiness that defies being named.

Med. strength taste that is a faithful representation of the aroma. Very clean and bright flavors that keep that clean, bright goodness after the sip is swallowed. The herbal bitter gains some light pine notes but they never really crest into a dry end of sip, so it is on the juicy side of things..

Light body, med. viscosity, med. carb. do a fine job highlighting the flavors and a really clean finish makes for a wonderful mouthfeel.

Simple and tasty IPA that is really hitting the spot, as it is extremely refreshing and easy drinking. Recommended

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Hawkbill from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 201 ratings