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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
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a peachy golden orange with a whipped two-finger foam of bleached white microbubbles. Retention is sustained for quite awhile, with the layer of foam never going completely away. Lacing is on the light side of moderate but sticky.

Smell - Hops are definitely present, lending a citrus characteristic to the beer, but it still has the slight bitterness you would expect from a pale lager, as well as a good appearance by the grain bill.

Taste - I was a little worried with the hop-forward nature of the smell that this would be one of those LINOs (lagers in name only), with a huge hop presence that made it drink more like an IPA. However, that was not the case. The taste definitely had strong elements of citrus and juiciness, but it didn't overpower the subtle malted grain element that you expect that makes a lager so crisp and clean tasting.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very clean finish that doesn't overpower the palate in spite of having a pretty flavorful aroma and taste profile.

Overall, this is the type of lager you give to your IPA-obsessed friend who doesn't get the virtues of the lager. It has the refreshing, drinkable characteristics of a lager, but the intoxicatingly aromatic nature of an IPA. I would definitely jump at the chance to drink this one again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ouncer

Cloudy. dull golden in color. Eggshell head, moderate in size and going to a thicker collar anddecent looking scattered bits of lace.

Oranges/citrus on the nose

More lite citrus/oranges on the palate with some piney hop presence.
Dry with a moderate lager snap in the finish.

Pretty tasty, quite refreshing. I'm thinking this would be a pretty good warm weather swigger. Lager with a respectable citric hop bite. Hmmm...not bad stuff..

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 12 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: Body is hazy apricot color with a small head that soon reduces to a ring. Lacing is on the light side.

Smell: Hops are prominent and contribute both grassy and citrus qualities.
Taste: Quite hoppy and fruity for a lager; more than a little similar to an APA. Does have the crisp and clean qualities of a fine lager.

Feel: Light bodied with crisp moderate carbonation. Clean, dry finish.

Overall: an exceptionally hoppy with no loss of drinkability and a clean lager finish. Should appeal to anyone who likes an APA. Refreshing and recommended.

Photo of jamisonspitzer
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of the current He'Brew mixed pack.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse windy-day cloudy lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet, rather pastry-like pale and caramel malts, biscuity honey, a bit of neutered lemon and orange citrus, and subdued grassy, leafy hops. The taste is more assertive in its grapefruit and lemon fruitiness, the malt still quite sweet and bakery-fresh in its doughy caramel goodness, with a touch of stoney minerality, and sort of edgy grassy, herbal, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, just a wan frothiness lolling about, the body an adequately solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, a few meddling hop esters shot on sight, with a certain sense of creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, that sweet, and not as complicated as the label's ingredient list might indicate maltiness showing its persistence, amongst a mildly yeasty and muddled bitter hop counterpoint.

As I now see echoed elsewhere here, this does seem much more like a scaled-down (on the hop side) IPA, than a crisp, hoppy lager - there are examples of such out there for comparison's sake. Anyway, agreeable enough, for the one serving, as the lack of proper balancing hops would probably get the best of me, and send me clamouring into the embrace of my next, maybe not quite so vetted conquest.

Photo of cclark67789
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of OffHeGoes
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of brokentee
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Nice lacing 7 head retention

S: Wet grass & cereal, almost has some funky aspects

T: Follows the now, wet hay notes & spelt & peppery notes up front. More wet hay as this warms, some lemony & grainy notes; a little soapyness. Finishes with peppery rye, grassiness & wet hay, but crisp

MF: Medium bodied firm carbonation, nice balance for the style.

Drinks easy, but kind of an odd beer that is not entirely true to style. Well worth a try

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kirkse
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of jsausley
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured by Piedmont Ale House in Burlington, NC into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear with yellow and gold tints, mostly transparent, some bubbling from carbonation. Very mediocre coloring that could easily be a light domestic, however bonus points for its thick 1-1.5" head and lacing around the glass.

S: Faint with slight hints of lemon, pepper, hops and yeast. Nothing spectacular - smells like a low IBU IPA instead of a rich and fulfilling lager.

T: Quite flavorful for what it is. I expected a fairly light beer that didn't have a lot of grunt but it was surprisingly flavorful. Crispy and sharp hops flavor covers a pale malty base with significant bittering, probably a 40-50 IBU beer (guessing). There are hints of pepper, citrus and pear. Somewhat light and easy to drink.

M: Standard, medium carbonation, not very silky or smooth - light and airy mouthfeel,

O: Not a bad brew. Wouldn't buy it again unless I really didn't have a better option, but it wasn't unenjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Gusher. Possible infection.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.88/5  rDev -17.9%

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Slingshot American Craft Lager from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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