Friday, April 1, 2011

Mendocino Brewing Company - White Hawk Select IPA

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

The White Hawk IPA from Mendocino pours a moderate-to-deep amber with a hazy light glow. The off-white head has a fluffy and frothy texture. The retention is moderate but the foam produces great, cascading layers of lacing on the glass. The beer is highly aromatic with pungent piney hops and biscuity malt undertones.

The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and full-bodied. The caramel malts are smooth and lightly bready. There's a light honey, almost syrupy, sweetness that rounds out the malt character. The hops are great with a floral essence and an even bittering. Very flavorful. The finish is high on the piney character from the hops with a long-lasting flavor.

Final Verdict: A-

1 comment:

  1. Hey Brian,
    Thanks for a thoughtful and well written review. I'm going to share it with my people. "Piney character" definitely describes the finish flavor to me as well.