superspak (4309) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy dark orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, herbal, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, biscuit, light toffee, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid IPA. Good complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Bork (452) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sporting the regular pine and grapefruit flavors, more of the latter, but in a rather mild manner. Alcohol shines through a bit too much in the finish and chest.
slowrunner77 (9221) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"consistancy prevents me from putting this one at the top...at one point a few years ago it was my favorite ipa (pre stone), but over the years Mendocinos quality has tailed off...not as big and hoppy as it used to be, but still good."
Used to be great!
generallee08 (767) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body has a golden amber color with a one inch collar of bright white foam. The head quickly settle to a wispy thin layer that makes some spotty lacing. Its nose has the classic American citrus hops with notes of lemon, grapefruit and a touch of pine. I also get light toffee like malt underneath the hops. Just as I was expecting from the aroma I get citrusy grapefruit rind and some pine like hop notes right up front. It’s not over the top with hops but the balance in favor of the hops over the light base of candy like malt sweetness. Hop flavor runs right into the finish and gives it a gentle bitter fade. An easy drinking medium body rounds out the palate.
Ericular (933) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear amber with nice white head leaving good lacing. Aroma is malty, possibly some expired hops? Taste is thin, some stale malts, salty, odd bitterness at the end. Not good for me.
alexsdad06 (8246) - Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have some citrus and resiny hops, caramel, toasted malts, with a mild bitterness to the finish. Nothing bad, but everything is muted.
BrewGoblin (633) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This White Hawk clearly lives in a Pine tree and snacks on grapefruits and oranges rather frequently. I am not sure what the "select" means before IPA, other than that it has been selected to be sold as an IPA. Big pine-doggin’ here with loads of citrus too. Some peaty earth flaves kickin’ it as well. Needs more malt on the ol’ tightrope to keep it from a-goin’ down down down.
cagou007 (872) - FRANCE - MAY 28, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an awful muddy/cloudy color with almost no head. Nose is malty. Aromas are piney hops, grapefruit and caramel with a salty aftertaste. A bit weird, not really pleasant IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber with a persistent off-white head. Aroma is malty. Some pine and grapefruit. Pine and some caramel in the flavor. Grapefruit also. Nice beer.
Darkmagus82 (2197) - - MAY 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From BA review on 1-29-12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
(This is actually the second time I had this. I wanted to give it another try before reviewing, as the first time I really was not a big fan.)
Appearance - Pours a golden color with a nice what head that forms upon pouring. It fades leaving a think layer of persistent white foam on top with a bit of lacing.
Smell - Piney and malty in aroma really meet the nose up front and are quite nice, but soon the aroma turns to something a little more earthy. The earthiness however is a sorta metallic and clay mix which does not meld well with the more burnt malt aroma.
Taste - The taste is roasted malt at first followed my some more earthy hop flavor with a bit of pine thrown in. The hop flavor is relativity light in comparison to most IPA’s of comparable strength. The maltiness is too much and the hoppiness is too low.
Mouthfeel - The carbonation is a bit too high and the body is bit too thin.
Overall - Not to impressed with this IPA and one I will likely not try again. If you like your IPA a bit on the lighter hop side with the profile more toward malty/earthy then this may be for you; its just not for me.