Mendocino Eye of the Hawk Ale

Mendocino Brewing Company

USA

Finally! We got a couple new brews in town. Not that I don't have some good choices always available, I just get a hankerin' now and again to try a new brew. So last night I blundered into this one. I'd had their Red Tail Amber Ale, and Blue Heron Pale Ale, and both were pretty decent, so I figured Eye of the Hawk would do nicely as well. Has a lovely floral hops aroma, but sampled from the bottle it's WAY too sweet. I should've let it breathe; my wife poured hers up and said it was indeed better in the glass. You'd think I'd know better by now. But the website calls it a "coppery golden-amber" color. When I looked at it, I saw a dull, sickly orangey hue that didn't look very appealing. Bleah. Better I didn't look. Now, the website also says it's bottle conditioned, so I'm gonna put a couple away and come back to it; maybe with time this beer will change my mind.

Reviewed: April 15, 2006

Rating: 5/10

This beer tastes like....well...beer. It's got a decent malt presence, a slight hop presence and it's very drinkable. I can understand why it's a standard for so many people here on the west coast but don't expect anything exceptional.

Reviewed: July 18, 2010

Rating: 5/10

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