Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mendocino Brewing Company Eye of the Hawk American Strong Ale

Hello beer lovers, Happy Valentine's Day  and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Mendocino Brewing Company Eye of the Hawk American Strong Ale.  I’ve been drinking Mendocino Brewing Company beers for years and Eye of the Hawk is one that I tend to pick up regularly since at 8% ABV it is one of the most affordable higher ABV beers on the market (and I like it...alot).

From the Mendocino Brewing Company website:” Eye of the Hawk is an excellent, rich bodied ale that is brewed to perfection. "Eye" is coppery reddish-amber in color and its unique taste is the result of a judicious mix of caramel and pale malted barley, balanced with Cluster, Cascade and Saaz hops. This gives the Eye its luxurious flavor, substantial mouth-feel and that slightly dry finish. Eye of the Hawk has garnered a cult following that is enviable.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a deep amber with a nice, full head and impressive lacing.
Aroma: Caramel and toasted malts, dark fruit, citrus and some hops.
Taste: Sweet, caramel and toasted malts, light citrus and pine hops and delicious!
Overall: Unbelievable drinkability, and EXTREMELY dangerous, Mendocino Brewing Company’s Eye of the Hawk American Strong Ale is extremely well balanced and with the alcohol content so well disguised you could find yourself knocking back several of these before you realize that you’re knocked back. As I said, at 8% ABV this is very affordable and well worth picking up.


Mark Harvey

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