DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2003
This one poured a hefeweiss like cloudy yellow and light orange color in the light...with a nice white head, medium in size, and low to medium carbonation. The aroma was heavy on the hops and plain malt..some orange and tangerine. The taste has a bittersweet mix of a caramel finish and a bittering hop bite. Some tangerine taste, fairly dry finish. A bit of a noticeable alcohol presence at 8% ABV. Very little in the way of carbonation, a bit disappointing. A strange fruity caramelness to it that makes for a not too pleasant or normal aftertaste. Nothing spectacular, just a nice high alcoholic brew to get the mind going in every which direction. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2003
hmm, what a interesting brew. Nice amber appearance with a notable all malt aroma-flavor was very origional i must say but for some reason reminded me of rogue dead guy ale probably because of the presence of the saaz hops in the finish-very strong presence of them i must say. I felt its 8% presence very soon after just having this one brew and no others. Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2003
a nice beer. it was very full flavored and pleasant. no resounding aftertastes or gimmicks; just a straight forward no bullshit ale that is well worth a try. WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Decent aroma and nice color/head start this one. Flavor is nice...better than I expected...and a little dry. Neither exceptionally hoppy nor malty. Decent, but lacking a little boldness to take it to the next level. mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2003
This golden beer has a medium, white head and is very effervescent in the glass. The nose is laden with citrusy hops and toasted malty, sweetness. The palate is richly malty, approaching caramely sweetness. The medium finish is lightly hoppy with a continuance of the sweet malty character.
jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
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
Had on tap at Callahan"s 1/15/03Crit (4011) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
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.
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
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
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...