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Hammerhead Ale - McMenamins

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Hammerhead AleHammerhead Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

112 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

PlinkerCraig, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of kmpitz2
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nice. It pours a nice golden orange color. The nose is great. There are nice citrusy hops in the nose with a bit os the sweet malts in the background. Tasting this one is a treat. The taste goes citrusy hops, sweet malts, with a nice hop finish that doesn't linger but fades nicely. This is a fine beer. The beer is moderate to thick, with a nice balance of carb. Drinkability is very high on this one. What a nice beer.

kmpitz2, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of brendon
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask conditioned is the way to go with this flagship McMenamins brew. This is why God created the Cascade hop. For only using a single hop this ale achieves a tremendous balance of bitterness, aroma and taste. The cask-conditioned serving provides the best cabonation, just enough and the right temperature. The crystal malt balances well with the hoppiness. This is a gold-standard Northwest pale ale.

brendon, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
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
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Mnewcomer1219, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Dcbelkot, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

rkinney, May 22, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +17.5%

Mattmarinucci, Sep 07, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice hoppy American Pale Ale. Nice dark honey colored liquid with a slight haze.

Excellent balance of rich malt and hops. Brown bread and copper notes matched with both floral and bitter hops. Dry at first but leaves a lingering sweetness.

Very drinkable. nice medium mouthfeel.

(enjoyed on tap at McMenamin's Six Arms in Seattle)

jmbranum, May 19, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber served lightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber topped by a large and thick offwhite head. Visible carbonation helps the retention of a thick layer of foam. Lacing typical to the style was left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wonderfully fruity smell of orange and grapefruit citrus. Undertones of spruce and gummi bears. Peppery notes. That's just the hops. Pale malt aromas pick up their head every now and then.

Taste: Hoppy, but not aggressively so. Bready malts in perfect balance with snappy citric and peppery hops. Lervely. Long-lasting bitter hop aftertastes and belches.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with nice crispness. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Session beer for sure. I can see why this would be a top seller for them as it's an exemplary pale ale of the West Coast sort. Would go great with pub fare like fish and chips.

Other: A big thanks to my coworker for schlepping this back from Oregon for me. Dude's gonna get married in a brewery/vineyard. How cool is that?

ManekiNeko, Apr 16, 2004
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

heather625, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

coreyrc87, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

RHVC59, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Benjamyn, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

leftoverburrito, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

deuceduce, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

MikeRice1969, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

shelby415, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

rao2100, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

salinasa, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

KStark, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of carln26
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mildly hazy copper with a thin head. Toffee caramel aroma with a stiff citrus grapefruit character. The taste has a nice bitterness throughout. Dark caramel with a grapefruit orange finish, light herbs. Slick and smooth mouth feel good drinkability. Hammerhead opened my eyes to the Northwest beer scene almost 10 years ago. It’s still the APA I use to measure others, and it never disappoints. Enjoyable, and drinkable.

carln26, May 13, 2006
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a small head and left almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly hops with citrus being the most prominent. The flavor was full of hops as well. The citrus is apparent. Slight bit of spice. Finish is bitter and clean.

clvand0, Nov 12, 2004
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Hammerhead Ale from McMenamins
82 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.