Monday, May 25, 2009

Mendocino White Hawk IPA

In this very special edition of "Chad'z Beer Reviews" I travel down to Philadelphia to review some beers with Johnny and Dave of (who also have a YouTube Channel of the same name).

We started out with White Hawk IPA by the Mendocino Brewing Company out of Saratoga Springs, NY (just north of my home town of Albany). I have not had anything by this brewery before so I was trying these beers for the first time.

Sorry about all the echo, if I knew it was going to be that bad I would've used my other camera (but this camera gets a much better picture)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (597) - Albany, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Appearance: dark orange/copper - almost brownish. Very hazy. Fairly small, off-white foamy head. Good retention and lacing, though.

Smell: orange juice or orange sherbet, but not citrusy per se. Very malty-smelling for an IPA, seems to even have notes of coffee.

Taste: Much like the nose, the palate here is surprisingly malty for a beer of this style - reminiscent of the breadiness you get in a double bock. White Hawk IPA has a mild, but dry, taste with a strange mixture of coffee and black tea leaves. There’s a slight sweetness in the second half, like an orange creamsicle. Unfortunately, it’s short-lived as a dry hop texture dominates the aftertaste.

Mendocino uses a "propriety yeast strain" which might account for the palate here. This drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA as it seems more sweet and syrup than bitter and crisp as I tend to associate with the style. A unique palate for the most part, but not a very pleasurable one.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick, but soft and gentle. This is not a crisp beer by any means. Feels like a doppelbock or a barleywine in the mouth.

Drinkability: Definitely not quaffable, but far from a sipper. It doesn’t seem nearly as big as its 7% ABV would indicate (I’d place it closer to the low 5’s, actually). A decent food pairing, but not a beer to session.

Overall, a pretty standard IPA considering the brewery and the style.

Grade: 7/10

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