MacTarnahan's Sling Shot Extra Pale Ale - Portland Brewing Company
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2.68/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
06-28-2009 22:11:32 | More by maximum12
2.7/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
09-01-2008 17:57:15 | More by madtappers
2.83/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
10-10-2008 21:58:36 | More by Goliath
3.03/5 rDev -11.9%
Nice deep golden beer, with a nice sized pure white head. Slight aromas mostly malty, with a pinch of hop. Strong malts dominate early flavours, then after wards quite strong hopping for a XPA. But Im rather put off by a quite noticable alcohol flavour in the after taste, quite raw. Ok on the palate, nothing bad. Overall OK but too much alcohol for this style. I dont like the raw alcohol taste in the end much.
04-27-2008 20:26:29 | More by Reidrover
3.1/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
03-24-2011 23:41:36 | More by Fatehunter
3.13/5 rDev -9%
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.
07-17-2008 01:42:33 | More by RedDiamond
3.2/5 rDev -7%
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.
02-11-2011 04:19:03 | More by industrialswill
3.25/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
08-03-2008 17:00:23 | More by ralree
3.25/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
08-17-2009 00:08:10 | More by RJLarse
3.28/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
06-01-2011 05:52:54 | More by MaltsOfGlory
3.35/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
03-16-2011 00:27:43 | More by Wasatch
3.4/5 rDev -1.2%
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
01-10-2009 05:28:18 | More by Magpie14
3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
12 oz picked up at a New Vintage on Friday for about $1.40 .... poured into my standard shaped Sam Adams glass..
2 Finger head with very surprising sticky lacing.. brew is polished.. very clear .. straw gold color.
Aroma is husky pale malts ... slight .. very slight grassy hops .. a little floral/possibly yeasty fruitiness as this brew gets warmer.
Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma, but somehow more appealing... grainy malts .. lite cereal sweetness .. a little floral hop and a lingering husky grain finish. Body is fairly light and with the pretty much perfect carbonation ... if they are seriously hiding 6.2% in there, then I am impressed. Right now, I am thinking this could be a very nice and very drinkable brew for when I am working in the lawn in the dead heat of the Boise summer, but for now, it seems a little to early and a little outta place this time of year.
I will definitely buy it again if it is still around in late July.
05-06-2008 06:59:02 | More by JohnGalt1
3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
04-15-2009 18:42:57 | More by MTNboy
3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
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
05-30-2009 01:08:42 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
09-10-2010 13:20:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
05-20-2011 19:13:19 | More by inthebeeraisle
British Columbia (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
04-30-2011 23:53:13 | More by LazyL
3.53/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-12-2008 19:47:45 | More by Vancer
MacTarnahan's Sling Shot Extra Pale Ale from Portland Brewing Company
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