jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ brewpub in Hopland, CA. Amber color with an off-white head. Some malts and close to the Red Tale in many ways.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on tap at Callahan"s 1/15/03
When I looked at the "beer board" at Callahan’s, I noticed a new beer up there - Eye of the Hawk. I asked the bartender what kind of beer it was as I am not familiar with Mendocino Brewing and he compared it to one of my favorites, Arrogant Bastard, so I gave it a shot. The pint was a dark amber color, yet not as dark as the Bastard. Head was very small with a slightly off-white color. Initial aroma is not too strong, but does have a hint of alcohol and hops. The taste, similar to the smell is slightly alcoholic and slightly bitter - but not too bad. An enjoyable beer with a high ABV (I was told 7.5, but it says 8.0 here). Nothing too special though - a Double Bastard would have hit the spot much better.
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque amber,thick lasting beige head. Poor alcohol nose. A well balanced brew with decent body.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tan/red color, with a large but thin head. A malty, slightly sweet aroma with hints of alcohol. Flavor is pretty bitter thoughout, finishes pretty smooth. The aroma is a little better than the flavor, but that’s not saying too much. One thing going for it, I had no clue that this was 8% until just now, so it hides the alcohol well. Not bad, but not great.
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2003 This is a tough beer for me to rate. It"s not very hoppy or malty, doesn"t have a great aroma or appearance... BUT, it is an 8% alc beer that hides it very well and tastes OK. I can also get it for $7.99 a 6-pack...
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderate amber orange with a head that dissipates quickly--not stunning looking--3.5 for looks, but will generously bestow a 4. Aroma and flaovor are of a sweet apricot hops--certainly the result of a harmonic synthesis of hops and malt. The fruity hop flavors are rounded to exclude bitterness for the most part though a sourn note does make its presence known. Overall, a flavorful brew that is well crafted and has a noted fruity, and controlled hop character.
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
color is clear deep golden with a moderately thick very creamy white head. aroma is quite malty with mild nutty and toastiness. flavor is moderately nutty and after first sipping this thought it quite thin for 8% ABV, but there is definite alcohol presence in the finish. fortunately this feature dimishes almost entirely during the warming process.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really had no idea what style this beer was. I was guessing at a scottish ale, or maybe a wierd bock style. I couldn’t tell. Malts are very nice, with an understated hop flavor in the middle. Good body, but an odd thinness to the flavor. Light alcohol taste, but not too strong. A decent beer, nothing really special, but alright.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy ochre. Thin, dense off white head. Steady, big bubbled carbonation. Honeyed malt aroma and light pine resin. Crisp yet mellow with a thick caramel and toasted malt base. Spicy alcohol and a toffee sweet candy nature. Medium body. Healthy resinous hop balance. Citric juiciness creeps in as it sits, as does a touch of stickiness. Finishes honey sweet with a vegetal bitterness and citric flair. Not very complex but enjoyable enough.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2002
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very strong alcohol taste but not as much as i would have thought. Drink about three or four of these for a nice buzz.