The Beer Savant

October 9, 2011

Tastes of Autumn

Filed under: Uncategorized — hikingsandiego @ 4:15 pm
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Autumn is my favorite season for many reasons, including the excellent seasonal beers offered by many breweries: Oktoberfests, autumn beers, and pumpkin ales. I’ll be reviewing many of these, I hope, in the coming weeks.

Speaking of pumpkin ales, the gold standard for my taste is Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale. However, I’ve sought a six-pack of this liquid nirvana at BevMo, Ralphs, Vons, and Cost Plus with no luck. Has anyone out there found this beer at a San Diego-area store? If so, please leave me a note in the comments.


October 7, 2011

Eye of the Hawk

Filed under: Ale,American,Strong — hikingsandiego @ 9:12 pm
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Eye of the HawkCost: $3.99/1 pt. 6 fl. Oz. bottle
Brewer:  Mendocino Brewing Company, Ukiah, California
Alcohol content: 8.0%
Served: Cold in chilled glasses

The first time I tried a Mendocino Brewing Company ale, it was pure happenstance; it was in easy grabbing distance from where I was standing in line. This time, I sought their label on purpose. My experience with Red Tail Ale was a delight. But was it a one-hit wonder for the folks in Mendocino? There was only one thing to do: pop the cap and find out.

Eye of the hawk is a strong ale that pours a reddish amber with a nice head and lacing. Before you sip, take a whiff and savor the aroma of ripe fruit. Nice! For a beer of its strength, it felt smooth in my mouth. Evident were rich malts, caramel, and a light biscuit flavor. The hops give it a slight bitter aftertaste, which so many beers overdue, leaving my mouth puckered like I’ve been swilling vinegar.  Eye of the Hawk got it right; you get the bite, but it disappears quickly. At 8.0% alcohol, this ale packs a punch, so don’t plan on driving for a while after imbibing. Sit back, relax, and enjoy where the hawk takes you!

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