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Mendocino Brewing Company

Official Web Page 
Ukiah, CA, USA
Tel: 1-800-966-1936

Opened: 1983
Date Visited:

The Hopland Brewery opened on August 14th 1983 and was the First Brewpub in California since Prohibition and the second in the U.S.

Beers Reviewed

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Black Eye Ale Type: Black & Tan ABV: %
Blend of the company's Black Hawk Stout and Eye of the Hawk Ale. The beer is very impressive on the pour with its thick blanket of beige foam and dark reddish plum colored body. In spite of the deep color and thickness of the body, the benefits of bottle conditioning are evident with good signs of carbonation. The nose is deep and predominantly malty giving me reminders of the fig rolls I used to eat as a kid. The complexity of two ales is more than evident with roasted malt, coffee, caramel, pale malts, as well as a deep berry and plum-like fruitiness. There are good signs of the Pacific and European hops that need a little persuasion to get out from behind the malt but once released show a fine herbal aroma. You get a good feel of the blend on the palate. The smooth, heavy foamy stout like character combines well with the overflowing drinkability of the lighter ale. The carbonation is very light, but the most impressive part is a wonderful smooth creamy silkiness. The flavors also benefit from the impressive complexity of the two brews. There’s the initial roasted coffee and creamy flavors, a touch of caramel and a burnt alcohol warmth towards the end. There’s also some refreshing cassis like fruitiness in the middle, while a tangy hop bitterness makes for a well-balanced finish. The tangy hop lingers well into the aftertaste but there’s also a comforting smoothness thrown in as well as a little roasted coffee like dryness.

I'm not a fan of Black & Tan in the bottle but the mix of complexity and drinkability were great in this one.

Ratings: Appearance: 5/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 15/20 Score: 4.0

Last Updated: 09/01/2001

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