RATINGS: 878   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Eye of the Hawk is an excellent, strong, rich bodied ale that is "Bottle Conditioned" 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Had on tap at Callahan"s 1/15/03
When I looked at the "beer board" at Callahans, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3895) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
Opaque amber,thick lasting beige head. Poor alcohol nose. A well balanced brew with decent body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 thats 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3924) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2002
I really had no idea what style this beer was. I was guessing at a scottish ale, or maybe a wierd bock style. I couldnt 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2002
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Very strong alcohol taste but not as much as i would have thought. Drink about three or four of these for a nice buzz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Malty aroma. A light carmel malt taste. Not very much hops, more malt and alcohol taste. Be careful with this stuff.

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