Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mendocino Brewing Company - Eye of the Hawk

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a mug

Switching back to the Select series (i.e. White Hawk) comes Mendocino's Eye of the Hawk, and American strong ale. The beer pours a deep amber with apparent reddish hues. The head is an airy light tan, moderate in size, with surprisingly good retention from the initial pour. The nose is leafy and fresh with a waxy honey sweetness and hints of light caramel toastiness.

The caramel and sticky molasses are huge in this beer. Overall the focus here is on big malts and very light on hops. There's an earthiness to the beer, but it's missing some of the deft nuance of the Red Tail Ale. There's a slight spiced rum character to the beer, but it is thankfully lacking the burn of the real deal. A bit of alcohol develops on the finish and lingers with a considerable dryness.

Final Verdict: B+

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