GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
The aroma of this beer in the bottle smells of nice hoppy IPA style beer, but when i poured this into the glass the aroma changed into a seaweed/dead fish type smell. I was almost afraid to taste this beer but I was pleasantly surprised by the crisp flavor. Nice amber color and tastes like your everyday decent IPA. You get what you pay for. HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2006
I know smooth and mellow are beer cliches, but this beer really has those qualities, not an in your face IPA, but an IPA in candy coating. Good stuff. Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Excellent Beer! I had to make a detour and check out Hopland, and I’m glad I did! This is a very flavorful IPA and tastes just as wonderful as all their other ales, but with more complex hoppy characteristics. Cant wait for it to come out in bottle or tap in other places other than their brewery. Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Big big foamy white head. Very floral hoppy aroma. Would be better with some more malt balance. bochi23 (116) - Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2007
i’m an ipa fan so when i saw this beer and realized i had not tried it yet, i grabbed a six. aroma is hoppy, to say the least, slightly citrus (grapefruit?). Copper color looks appealing. this is a medium bitter, not too bad but not great. medium body with loads of fizz. finishes bitter that lingers for a while. decent but I won’t likely be recommending it to any friends... unless they are just curious.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Why do I have a bias against Mendo brewing? Is it because when I grew up, knowing nothing about beer, the only mendo I’d see and drink was Red Tail Ale, and I hated it? But Red Tail is an amber ale, and I’ve learned that I just don’t dig that style yet, so I can’t blame Mendo. That said, I’m pleasantly suprised with this one. Nice balance of apricot and a little grapefruit. Not for those of us looking to burn off our tounge (and sometimes that’s me), but this is a good, solid, well-balanced IPA. HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Enormous White head! Clear golden orange pour. This one is a good intro to the IPAs...not wildly hopped yet well balanced. kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Pours out a cloudy amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is mostly grapefruit and hops. Flavor is medium pine and hops with a fairly decent malt backbone. Slightly thin on the palate, but complex enough to merit a better than average rating. A middle of the road IPA. LeftCoastRider (110) - , Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Nose of caramel, lovely clear golden-orange color. Aromas of spruce and citrus. Not overly agressive, but hops-forward. With medium sweetness, medium body, and distinctive hps, this is a nice IPA. troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 RERATING: 2 ounce sample at 99 Bottles beer tasting. I have had this before and was unimpressed due to unbalanced and competing flavors. This was better than my previous bout with it, but still strong and somewhat unbalanced. It poured the color of melted butter and had a thick, lasting head. The flavor was less metallic than last time, but the grapefruit and alcohol flavors that come through are still too strong and "off." A much better experience with White Hawk, however.
ORIGINAL RATING (7/10, 3/5, 2/10, 1/5, 5/20, 1.8): 12 ounce bottle. Ugh! This IPA poured the color of melted butter, with a full, frothy, white head that stuck around for quite awhile. It smelled of grass and flowers and citrus—much more orange than grapefruit. Then I tasted it and everything changed.
The flavor was overly alcoholic, almost unpleasantly so. The finish was strongly of alcohol and it just continued. The flavor, once I recovered from the initial shock, was really three separate flavors that were competing with one another, none of them preferable over the others. The first was the harsh alcohol flavor. The second was bitter and metallic, similar to what licking a penny tastes like. The third was overly acidic grapefruit, with little orange component, which was a complete contrast to its nose. There was no good flavor on which to redeem this even a little bit.