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Hammerhead Ale - McMenamins

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Hammerhead AleHammerhead Ale

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.93% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003)
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Reviews by SheepNutz:
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4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a medium amber color with one finger of head. There is almost no lacing on the glass. The smell is full of citrusy hops, and lots of em! A nice strong hoppy character never hurt nobody! The taste is a good balance of caramel maltiness and juicy hops. Just a little bit more on the hoppy side, which is awesome. The body is rock solid. The drinkability is great as well. A nice APA.

SheepNutz, Sep 01, 2004
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bagdad. This is not the best pint of Hammerhead I've had; I wonder from which McMenamins brewery it originates. It's still pretty good though, I had no trouble polishing off a pitcher of it over the course of the movie. This is an exceptionally fruity pale ale, a ripe orange amber color and more reminiscent of New England beers such as Magic Hat or Ipswich than some other West Coast ales. The head is good and lasting but the mouthfeel seems a bit thinner than I remember other samples being. There's a judicious amount of hops but the beer is not overly bitter. I think this is one of the all-around better beers McMenamins offers, which stands to reason since it's available at all their pubs.

Thrasher, Nov 18, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

LXIXME, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Fuzzycuffs, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

ste5venla, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

InfernoBoss, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

heather625, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Mnewcomer1219, May 10, 2012
Photo of Magpie14
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep hazed copper color, looks like pennies in a glass. No head just a thin ring

S: thin floral and grassy hops, touch of caramel

T: kick of hops, caramel and malts sit way in back. Medium to heavy hop profile. Overall the hops are prominent, but the brew lacks in overall complexity

M: mild body, medium carbonation

D: hops hit you and not much else, hops reminiscently stale to some degree. Nice average-plus pale ale and by far the best showing I have had from McMenamins

Magpie14, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One finger of fluffy head with dark amber colored body.
Smell is a nice pine and citrus.
Taste is pine all the way with a nice malt balance. Solid and tasty.
Soft texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A nice and drinkable IPA with a good profile.

Fatehunter, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

PretzelCity, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Elemental
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great head retention with a good copper brown color. The smell is a little off, it has almost a bit of a sour smell. I was a little turned off by the smell, but the taste made of for that. The taste is a bit sweeter when it comes in the bottle rather than having it from the pub on tap. After the sweetness comes the finishing taste which offers a dry slightly bitter taste. Overall the beer is pretty good but I would suggest trying it at the brew pub rather than in the bottle.

Elemental, Mar 15, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Illmaticzx, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just filled a growler.. but it's basically fresh off the tap....

- Dark semi-cloudy ruby copper color... thin later of white head down to a thin cake of fine foam.

- Sweet malts, English malts... nutty... bready... yeasty.. light citrusy and floral hops.... but malt dominates the nose.

- Sweet bready grains, nutty flavor.. smooth caramel, balanced with a nice bitter touch of hops with a shallow blend of citrus and floral qualities. Certainly balanced and smooth.

- Medium bodied... slightly creamy.. light bitter dryness.

- Overall a staple beer of theirs... it's been around for ever. Does it hold up to a lot of the craft beers out there today? Barely... but it still holds its own.

Docer, Sep 05, 2010
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2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at McMenamins Pub, Oak Hills in Beaverton Or

Poured orange with a haze through it. It had a white lace on it.

Smell was appracots and hops.

Taste malts hops with hops winning out in the end. Nothing that will blow your tastes buds away in my opion.

This was a dry beer. I couldn't drink 2 or three in an evening.

isualum12, Jul 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Dcbelkot, Jul 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

tjcamm, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

SierraJosh, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

dipso123, Jun 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Mole_Playing_Rough, Nov 24, 2013
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Hammerhead Ale from McMenamins
82 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.