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Slingshot American Craft Lager - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-29-2013

Take aim at Shmaltz’s newest year-round offering, an American Craft Lager thoughtfully created to stand up to the big beer Goliaths of the world. Boasting a bright, citrusy hop aroma, supported by touches of wheat and rye, Slingshot is guaranteed to strike the craft beer bullseye every time.

Slingshot pours a bright straw color with a thin white head and light lacing. The aroma features juicy, tropical fruit notes of peach, lemon and red grapefruit with the light spice accent of noble hops. The polished malt bill is mainly 2-row pale malt with portions of Vienna and a touch of wheat and rye to add a delicate balance to the spice and fruit. It is medium in body with a smooth refreshing mouthfeel to make Slingshot a well-balanced, easy drinking American craft lager.
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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 16
Photo of Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hazy gold, white head, light hop flavor,

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. A hazy lemon yellow brew with a huge frothy white head threatening to gush over the sides of my glass.

This beer is almost certainly infected with brettanomyces, intentionally or not. I'm going to assume the latter based on the complete absence of mention on the label. They did mention the Palestinians though, and the IRA, which is awkward at best. WTF? In any event, the beer ... Right off the bat the aroma yields a unique tropical banana vibe ... Pineapple, unripe peach, yellow grapefruit. The hops are refusing to yield completely to the funk.

On the palate is a pretty potent bretty funk, massive lemon and powdery dried limes, unripe pears. Very tart and refreshing. Infection or no, the hops remain discernible, quite weedy and compounding the dry tannic astringency. Wonderful citrus juice undercurrent throughout. Not as fizzy on the palate as expected. Medium bodied and smooth. Some peppery rye spice manages to put in an appearance. All this adds up to a dry fruity finish.

Sneaky surprise or serendipitous mistake? Either way I'm not complaining. This would have been horrifying years back. In this era we're all fawning.

Photo of nathanmiller
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Gusher. Possible infection.

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Looks really interesting, I do like a well done hoppy lager, and now "American" lager rather than "summer" lager, can't be too old, yet no date on the bottle, shame on you Schmaltz.

Pours a great fluffy fizzy almost creamy 1+ finger head that fades pretty slowly, nice soapy fluffy lacing, very clear honey orange color with stream of lacing coming up the center.

Nose brings great floral grassy like hops, a big noble style but seems stronger and American like, lemony too, lemongrass, and a big Brett like character, a nice Brett but not sure if it's supposed to be there, or I'm getting it from something else, a mild musty dank lemony Brett like aroma, not really funky, maybe a bit, a little dank resinous fresh hop note too, and mild soft lager note underneath it seems like.

Taste confirms Brett, or at least a big time farmhouse saison yeast somewhere in there, a lemony mild farmhouse funk, big grassy lemony notes, and quite floral. Mild toasty like malts, lager malts, soft lager base as well, with a nice crispness esp on the finish. The hops are nice too, floral and grassy, again noble hop hints, but an American spicy and dank resinous character, with a little fruity note as well, some citrus fruit, that turns a little tangerine like with more lemon and juicy fruits. Fair bitterness, with no increase on the finish, in fact as it dries on the finish and gets crisp, mild bitterness, floral and grassy mostly, a little citrus and fruit, and faint Brett funk and lemony flavors. Also a faint spicy rye component blends well with the Brett lemony funk and grassy floral hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice soft lager feel, nice carb.

Overall, well if the Brett was on purpose this is very tasty and well done, if not on purpose, then a decent beer to start but infection! As it mentions a lot about the beer, including almost all the ingredients, it says nothing about Brett, I'm going to assume it was an accident. Which is unfortunate because it makes this beer very tasty! I'll still give it notes based on the beer itself. So as awesome as it is, the overall has to get smashed due to infection.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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3.4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14%

anyone else pick up a ton of brett in the nose and taste of this? is it intentional or infected? either way, the way this brett dries up the beer, helps it carbonate up to high heaven, and plays with the hops in this is nothing short of a wonderful surprise for a single bottle i picked up for under two bucks just to try. its got a light copper color to it and plenty of body. the brett waters up my mouth and shocks me at first smell. nowhere does it mention that, but its here plain as day. the hops are awesome too, so vibrant and fresh and right up front of the whole thing. grain contributes just a little honey sweetness at first, but the yeast cleans that up, leaving the finish for the hops. citra is there, but so might be something like a nelson sauv. it has that tropicality and lush juiciness associated with the new zealand strains and its downright delicious. the saaz hops are readily apparent as well. with the possible exception of the death of a contract brewer, this is the best beer i have had from these guys, whether or not the brett was intentional, we may never know, but it works!

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Slingshot American Craft Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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