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MacTarnahan's Sling Shot Extra Pale Ale - Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Sling Shot Extra Pale AleMacTarnahan's Sling Shot Extra Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ccrida on 02-13-2008

Sling Shot is a seasonal Extra Pale Ale for the spring with rich golden color. Its lively hopped flavor makes for a mischievously good and refreshing ale that "hits the spot!"

27 IBU

Malts: 2 Row Pale, and Caramel
Hops: Nugget and Cascade
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 30
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger head, at first glance the head looks creamy, but upon further inspection the head is actually somewhat soapy, and I can head it fizzing away. The head is pure white in color and is leaving ok lacing throughout the glass. The body is a golden color, nice mix between yellow and orange. It looks more like a golden ale than a pale ale though. Carbonation looks very high, almost too high. Visibility is also very high, a can see a lot on the other side of this beer. Overall not a very impressive look to this beer, I mean it's ok, but not too amazing, pretty standard. Two things I notice on the smell, honey and soap. I don't know if all Mac's beer are going to turn out this way, but the Mac's amber tastes soapy too, I hope this one doesn't as well. The honey is a bit surprising because this is a pale ale...and it does not mention the use of honey what soever. Either way, the honey smells good, but if it is indeed soapy, honey wont be enough to save it. Hopefully I'll get more hops on the flavor, because I'm getting very little on the smell. Nice malt is evident though on the smell. Overall the smell is decent-good, but the soapy smell worries me. Wow that's a very interesting taste. First thing I get, again, is soap. It's a lot less noticeable than it was in the amber ale, but it's still there. There is a little bit of honey in this beer as well, caramel malts, pale malts, etc. Maybe a smidgen of hops, but not much at all. Overall the taste is just all over the place. Slightly sour, and slightly bitter, but it doesn't taste like it's from the hops, it's not a hop sour or bitter. Overall I'm just really confused with Mac's beers, they are generally good up until the taste, I don't know what they do to get a soapy flavor, but it's for sure there. Is it a terrible flavor? No, not at all, it's just really peculiar and not normal at all, all over the place and weird. Carbonation is better than I thought it would be, not too high, the body is a little small for the style, but that's ok. Drinkability is pretty good, it's not too hard to put this back. Overall it's am ok beer, and the soapiness isn't that bad, it's just like....why is it there at all? Ya know? I'm very confused by this beer, even more so than I was by their amber ale. Not a bad beer, just very weird.

Again, like with the amber ale, once I drank it more and more the taste got better and better. The soapiness almost completely went away in this beer, and the honey and malts really came out more. I seriously consider changing my taste grade from a 3 to a 3.5, but even with the better taste, it's still not amazing, and it in no way tastes like a pale ale.

Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A: A fingers worth of white fluffly head. Low lacing, but active carbonation bubbles. Dark golden color that is clearly (no pun intended) filtered.

S: A malty aroma with some citrus undertones.

T: Just a bit of hop bite there.

M: A medium mouthfeel. Not thin or thick & no funny aftertaste or anything.

O: A really approachable pale ale that didn't knock my socks off, but was a long way from bad.

Photo of katybee
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good all-around beer in my book. No exceptional flavors that make it especially memorable, but it goes down easily.

Light golden yellow, like iced tea. Translucent, with quickly dissipating head.

Very light smell, if at all, a little malty.

Cold, the taste is very light peppery hops, slightly bready malty. Warmed up the taste is sweeter, bready. Very mild, with no overpowering hops or citrus, yet a little more body than a light lager like PBR. No weird aftertaste or strong smell. Very drinkable.

Likewise average light mouthfeel, with quickly disipating carbonation.

Overall a good beer to go with any food, not overcome by strong malted side effects or sourness. A summer kegger!

Photo of LazyL
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright golden ale that has a fluffy cream head and heavy carbonation bubbles rising through the glass. Not alot on the nose, but still more than the basic pales. There is some very mild citrus and a soft alcohal note to remind you that this is 6.2%. Again some mild citrus up front and then a bit of medium toasted malts that finishes slightly dry and only mildy bitter. The carbonation is quite heavy but because of the good balance of mild flavours the drinkability level is good. This is a good drinking beer that does not stand alone as great but is very much better than average.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a pint glass. Transparent yellow with a thin white head that was quickly gone.

S - Very faint smell of wet malt... and nothing else.

T - Slightly sweet, hint of charcoal (weird), with bitter following, but not hoppy.

M - Bubbly, moderate carbonation with a light body. Hits the mark for a pale ale here.

D - Drinkable, besides the charcoal taste, but not all that enjoyable.

Photo of Wasatch
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some minimal sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, sweet, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hop note, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

Photo of industrialswill
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think all beer looks good, this one is no exception.
The smell...fairly pungent, fairly generic.
The flavor is lacking anything noteworthy. I am getting a sour mouthfeel that overrides any flavors that I could try to pick out.
I'd call this a very mediocre craft ale, not bad but not real good.

Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought for sure I had reviewed this... guess not...

- Pours a clear copper color.. fizzy finger of white head down to a thin fuzzy layer on top.. slight lacing.

- Light grain and sweetness.. bread, and bitter fresh citrus hops, slight pine.. zesty.

- Nice smooth and balanced pale.. good sweet grains and bready flavors... light citrus sweet bitter hopping.. not too overhopped.. light citrus, lemon zesty, some floral..

- Little thin and syrupy, well carbonated.. light bodied..

- Overall a good standard for a pale... good hop notes which are subtle.. floral and citrus play part. Lightly syrupy and sweet though which kind of kills it for me.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Extra Pale Ale, aka American Pale Ale, is a new limited release beer from MacTarnahan's Brewing, aka Portland Brewing, aka Pyramid Breweries.

Stellar white lacing that resembles a thick, sticky latte froth, golden honey color is bright and clear. Mildly buttery with a solid bready malt and light herbal citric hop in the nose. Sufficient amount of crispness fluffs the moderate body. Maltiness goes from bready, to a thick biscuity flavor, then grainy with a mild horse feed quality. Herbal flavor comes in, then some bitterness, and lastly, a citric tone as the layers of the hop unfold. A breath of clean alcohol lets you know that it is slightly higher than the norm. Semidry finish with a lingering citric hops and clean grain.

Drinkable without a doubt; nothing earth shattering, but enjoyable and certainly worth a shot ... LOL.

Photo of RJLarse
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Sling Shot Extra Pale Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear. Well carbonated with a lot of little bubbles rising in the glass. Thin fizzy white head.

Smell is a sweet and fruity bread aroma, warm dough and grapes perhaps.

Taste is also sweet and malty, brown sugar, grapes and pear flavors in a sweet bread. There an acerbic bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but the bitter aftertaste gives it a medium bodied quality that I wouldn't expect of the style.

Drinkable enough, but I think there are better thirst quenchers in the style, and certainly better pale ales, so I can't really see myself having this one again.

Photo of maximum12
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dubbercody for throwing this into an early spring trade, a brewery I haven't had the pleasure to sample yet.

Sling Shot is pale, unfiltered in appearance, opaque without the floaties. Smells like a rather unappealing beer.

Tastes like wheaty squash mingled with lemon zest with some beer in it. None of which is terribly prominent, &, well, meh. I wouldn't walk across the room to get another.

One of those beers that I drink & wonder why the brewer bothers. Pedestrian at best.

Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a nice head that sticks and laces

Smell: Bready, with hints of herbal tones and butterscotch

Taste: Buttered bread, up front, with a growing herbal bitterness through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really rather forgettable; lacks the character I would expect in an APA and packs a bit too much sweetness, to boot

Photo of MTNboy
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a nice golden white head but there is not really that much for lace. It has a nice bronze body. The aroma is slightly metallic and fruity. It tastes of grain with equal amounts grain and malt. The hops you do sense are very herbal in flavor. The feel is a little thin with a lot of carbonation.

Photo of GreenCard
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale yellowy gold, good clarity, thick layer of sudsy off-white foam, good head retention, very loose sediment

Aroma: flora hop scent, blossom honey, light maltiness, fruity

Flavor: medium malt sweetness quickly balanced with a smooth, mellow hop bitterness; hints of mandarin peel, orange blossoms, grain husks, and strawberries; finishes semisweet with a fairly clean bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, gentle carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: This is a really tasty, but coy beer. By coy, I mean it isn't all bold and brash with hops, malt, and alcohol. Just nice and drinkable.

Photo of Magpie14
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin golden color with a touch of orange, paired with a bleached white head. Head is sudsy and coarse looking and leaves no trace on the walls of the glass

S: not much to brag about. Definite grassy hops, honey-like sweetness, thin malt showing, and very subtle all around

T: hops take the role, I picked up on slight sweet fruit (oranges, apricots) characteristics with pale malts. This beer also contains a soft spiced feel, just enough to make you realize that it is all around light-hearted. This light-hearted I speak of is not a bad thing either, this beer is becoming more and more mildly rewarding as I drink

M: after a few drinks it hit me with a nice vibe. Like I said earlier, not much to brag about, but easy and smooth. Carbonation is fairly active and light body gives it a nice, crisp, clean feel with a touch of sweet...growing on me

D: I think this could be a all around drinker for me. The best word I can think of "satisfying" plane and simple...highly drinkable. Nothing in your face and yet just enough to keep feasible

Photo of Offa
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty enjoyable ale with a light English element to the character and fairly good balance.

Amber, it has a thin, off-white head that soon shrinks to a ring. It has no lace.

The aroma is pleasant but mild, somewhat English in overall impression - leafy a hint earthy, with some bread, hints of stewed plums and butterscotch.

The taste is good but not great. It's leafy with some butterscotch, bread, and citrus. It's smooth, easy to drink, yet still tasty and balanced with a good feel. It does not seem to go well with bread or crackers, which make it taste rough and a bit too minerally-sour.

Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Da extra pale pours a clear golden amber, darn nice whipped topping of eggshell. Plenty of Brussel lace.

Easy aroma of malty hops, and the quaff is much more malty grain than expected for a PA. But, the Extra pales are more on the malty side of balance and an easier drinker for newbies into craft. Finishes clean and crisp.

Hard core hop heads won't go for this, but I found it quaffable and enjoyable. Just too much demand for hard hitting brews, sit back and enjoy this one.

Photo of Goliath
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rather clear, pale orange color with a one inch off white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

The aroma is interesting, but a bit boring. A slight bit of hops show up, giving a citrusy component. Notes of apricot are also in the nose. Some pale malting finishes it off.

The taste is sub par. A bit of fruit up front, most noteably apricot. A slight bitterness, but not much, with a pale malt finish. It's like the Pyramid Apricot Wheat but with Barley instead. A poor effort by my estimation.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Perhaps even too much.

Drinkability is moderate. It's not an offensive beer, but poorly constructed IMO. Nothing about this beer brings me back for more. Pass.

Photo of ectomorph
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields a small bright white head covering the crystal clear golden liquid.

S - Citrus grapes in the nose with light spice on the back.

T - Very clean. I was expecting something similar to 420, but this is a much more balanced brew. Spice and malt are paired with a citrus hop bite.

M - Light bodied and lively carbonation.

D - Pretty high, nice session beer.

Photo of madtappers
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

After months of looking at this beer I finally decide to try it. Well, it is a very drinkable beer but, like many others have said not very memorable one.

Pours golden color w/awhite head, very grain tasty with no distinct hop note for being an extra pale ale.

Would drink again but would not go out of my way to buy one.

Photo of koopa
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium golden color, clear, decent head.

S: mainly grain dominated. not too much hop presence in smell

T: same as smell

M: good carbonation with a medium body.

D: Easy drinking but nothing special. Not worth the money I have to pay to get it to the east coast

Photo of ralree
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried at the Brewer's Fest in Portland.

A: Light gold, decent head and retention, pretty clear.

S: Grain and hops - not too fruity.

T: Lots of grainy malt, not much detectable hop flavor. Very bready aftertaste. Dark fruit flavor in front, which is a turn off.

M: Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, non-astringent.

D: Drinks OK, but not something I would buy again.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, copper body with a thin ring of white bubbles up top.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candyish malt nose with a backing of spiced citrus.

Taste: Pale malts trailed by a big hit of candied caramel. Spice as well as lemony citrus and a balancing medium hop bitterness. Finishes clean and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, though rather refreshing and pleasant APA. Oh, it hit the spot alright.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Catchy name for a beer. They say it "hits the spot." Clever. And it somehow seems companionable, if not duplicative, with Pyramid's Curve Ball. Though Curve Ball derives from a more Germanic lineage and presumably Sling Shot doesn't, both beers are light, summer seasonals built on simple pale ale platforms. Both show the characteristic visual refinement of their enterprise with brilliant clarity and a full finger of foam. In this case, the color is spun gold with low CO2 and the alcohol reaches higher.

Aside from a light doughiness, I can't locate an aroma on Sling Shot and most of the efforts contributed by the Nugget and Cascade hops remain confined to the bittering range. The flavor is of warm cereals with light yeast esters and minimal hop expression.

Clean enough, but doesn't generate much excitement. Serve it to: your mother.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Sling Shot poured a darker lager color with a solid 2 finger foam head that was washing machine sudsy at the top. It had a constant tiny bubbles uprising from the bottom of the glass to what was the head. Some decent ring lacing.

The aroma was typical of a pale ale with the grassy notes coming through. It had a husky sort of malt smell. I got a little banana in the nose.

The taste was heavy toward the malty side rather than the hops. You get the malty sweetness in the front and the light bitter hopiness on the back end.

In the mouth it left a soft hop bitterness on the tongue. It was semi chewy and creamy. Overall not a bad effort from what used to be Mac's place.

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MacTarnahan's Sling Shot Extra Pale Ale from Portland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.