Hammerhead Ale - McMenamins
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4.43/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
09-01-2004 16:42:05 | More by kmpitz2
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
11-15-2005 17:10:24 | More by brendon
4.3/5 rDev +19.1%
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.
09-01-2004 04:56:49 | More by SheepNutz
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
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)
05-19-2011 02:20:59 | More by jmbranum
4.2/5 rDev +16.3%
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?
04-16-2004 03:31:23 | More by ManekiNeko
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
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. Its still the APA I use to measure others, and it never disappoints. Enjoyable, and drinkable.
05-13-2006 19:09:35 | More by carln26
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
11-12-2004 19:02:46 | More by clvand0
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
Hammerhead is a pale ale that McMenamins boasts as their top selling beer. It features a fragrant aroma derived from Cascades hops and a satisfying bitter finish. It is carnelian in color, clouded and translucent, and pours headless with sporadic trails of pale lace.
The flavor of hops is less emergent in the taste and more prominent in the aftertaste. In fact, the belch of this beer is truly inspiring, as if the gastric process enhanced the hop character. Remarkable.
The malt profile holds the hop aloft, but deftly steps back to give hops the last word. The result is a taste that is bitter but clean.
Hammerhead is a fine representation of an American pale ale. It is a highly drinkable and satisfying beverage that begs to be shared with friends.
03-20-2004 19:15:16 | More by RedDiamond
3.9/5 rDev +8%
Ok had to go home to the wife..but bought this to go in the 22 oz bottle ( brown).
Very nice looking ale , when poured carefully ( this seems to be unfiltered, loads of yeast at the bottom of the bottle)..nice light brownish almost glows small but persistant off white head..nice carbonation.
Nice aroma of malts hits my nose fast and stays..its fresh at leat.
Taste is very balanced indeed..first there is the sweetness of the malts then the hops appear suddenly to give bitterness..very good.
Very good on the palaye smooth .
Very drinkable..i could drink quite a few in a sitting.
04-13-2003 15:22:31 | More by Reidrover
Hammerhead Ale from McMenamins
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