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Hammerhead Ale - McMenamins

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003)
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of isualum12
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
Photo of chumba526
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears amber.

It smells of caramel, grapefruit and grass.

It tastes initially citrusy; there is a mild caramel flavor, a slight pine like taste. It does not taste bad but it is lacking in flavor. Also the caramel flavor is a little weird and metallic. This would be better ale if it had a larger body.

The beer has medium carbonation.

The drinkability is ok. I could drink a few of these.

This is not bad ale though I think the ale could be cleaner tasting and that the flavors could be a little stronger. Overall this is slightly below average.

chumba526, Dec 27, 2010
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Anino531, Jun 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

BrewtalHonesty, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of PDXHops
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Edgefield in a shaker pint. Just getting around to reviewing this after having it countless times over the years. Dark, slightly hazy amber with a modest off-white head and scattered bits of lacing.

Smells of buttered brown sugar toast and caramel, light citric and earthy notes. A smoothish brew on on the thickish side of medium-bodied. Loads of caramel malt with just enough citric, earthy and spicy hops to keep it from getting bogged down. Not especially memorable, but always serviceable.

PDXHops, Aug 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Jovian, Sep 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Hoptometrist, Dec 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

jackmax, Jul 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

paxchristi, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark, cloudy orange with an average sized white head. Solid retention and rings of lacing left on the glass.

S - Not much here. Some carmel sweet malts, slight floral hops, and that is it.

T - Sweet malts, grass, leafy.

D - Good carbonation, medium body.

O - Average all around. Zzzz

HuskyinPDX, Sep 06, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I originally sampled this brew on 25 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes
If you're travelling in Oregon w/ kids, like I was, McMenamin's is the brewpub for you: good food, kid friendly, better than average beer.
This is a cloudy amber colored ale w/ a hoppy flavor. It has a large tan head. Very nice, drinkable beer.

jcalabre, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of henrysunset
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly darker than mac&jack's; brownish unfiltered amber. Nice tan head. Smells just like a clean IPA with only a noticable hoppy scent.

Taste was hoppy with a twang of citrus. Flavor resembles that of an IPA, but it has a a less clean taste, with a slightly wheaty flavor as well.

Since it isn't filtered, it has a nice and sorta thick texture. All said, pretty nice, if only a bit too acidic.

henrysunset, May 22, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

LXIXME, May 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

tjcamm, Feb 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Mole_Playing_Rough, Nov 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Braz, Sep 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

tobelerone, Jul 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

anteater, Feb 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

CoryR, Sep 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Kylemif, Nov 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

2beerdogs, Aug 30, 2013
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 Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at McMenamins Pub, Mill Creek, WA

Poured a dark amber with a small white head that receded to a fine layer of bubbles. Caramel malts in the aroma and some crisp hops coming through. Similar taste, with a pretty decent balance of malts and hops, but nothing overly distinctive. Light-medium mouthfeel with a decently dry finish; fairly drinkable.

Rifugium, May 21, 2011
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Hammerhead Ale from McMenamins
82 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.