From Mendocino Co., Sarasota, NY, brings another high ABV beer to the table. White Hawk is a very potent IPA that is surprisingly easy to drink. This is a beer best described as a stew beer; with it or in it. I have used this beer for some food preparations, as the robust hoppyness just seems to work.
White Hawk IPA poured a light golden amber with a loose bubble white head.
The aroma was clean hops with subtle overtones of fruity-floral notes including kiwi and strawberry.
There is no mistaking this as anything but an IPA; a real IPA. The hops are strong and front loaded with a bitter flavor profile upfront that is slightly tempered by the slightly sweet malts. The bitterness mellows in the middle and ramps back up for a nice clean but hoppy finish. This was also a 7.0% ABV and the alcohol was well masked. The alcohol can definetly sneak up on you.
Overall, an intoxicating IPA that is nice to drink. White Hawk is one of my favorite IPAs especially when I am looking for a strong, robust example.