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McMenamins Sunflower IPA - Thompson Brewery & Public House (McMenamins)

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McMenamins Sunflower IPAMcMenamins Sunflower IPA

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83
good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thompson Brewery & Public House (McMenamins) visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.58% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 07-02-2006)
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LilBeerDoctor

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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/04/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. This beer pours a deep yellow/orange with a small head. Aroma of dull citrus and caramel malt. Flavor of sweet pale malts. Light on the palate. Not very hoppy--this seems more like a pale ale to me. Just ok.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 15:31:06 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Hawktane

California

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz Bottle.
Pours a little cloudy with a coppery hue and a thick creamy head.
Notes of malt and citrus.
Settles in the mouth with a little bit of bitterness that fades quickly.
Looks more complex than it tastes, but nonetheless, a decent IPA that is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 23:00:53 | More by Hawktane
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flexabull

California

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at the St. Francis School in Bend. I've been to many McMenamins locations, but this is the first time I've seen this in bottles. (Granted, it's been a while since I've been to a McMenamins.) I remember having it on tap before though.

Pours a bright and clear dark gold color with a very nice white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, and some light mineral and pine hops.

Taste is crisp and clean. There are some light citrus and grapefruit like hops, and a general bitter and mineral like finish. The malts are there, and they are creamy tasting, and kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel is good, full and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good as well. Solid and very drinkable IPA. Nothing overly special, but it's tasty enough, and easy to sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 23:27:52 | More by flexabull
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StoutyMcHaggis

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence- Light Copper, thick dissipating head. Almost a lager appearence with a thicker head.

Smell-citrussy and light toasted malt smell.

Taste- Very light for a PNW IPA, I think this allows the bitters and malts come through very nicely/

Mouthfeel- Lighter than I'm used to, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability- It's a lighter-bodied IPA and this makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 18:04:39 | More by StoutyMcHaggis
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Lothore

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange hue with a small, egg white head.

S- Smell is very faint, yeasty notes, some piney hops.

T- Tastes a lot like their hammerhead pale ale. Sweet syrupy floral notes flow into a piney hoppiness.

M- a little thicker than the normal ipa, good carbonation.

D- Easily sessionable, not the best ipa, not the worst.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 01:05:27 | More by Lothore
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theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the High Street Brewery.

A - Cloudy, copper with a small, think head that fates to a ring and some lacing. Loved the cloudiness.

S - Deep malt smell, definitely fresh from the brewery, very grainy.

T - Fairly smooth with a good hop kick at the end, mildly floral, tastes very fresh, but in a very good way.

M - A little raw, kinda stings with the rawness and maybe a bit acidic.

D - High, I wanted more and more of this, can't really taste any alcohol.

This was very good, and the smells of the brewery mixed with the smells of this beer was divine. Definitely fresh from the brewery and I loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 00:21:54 | More by theWrkncacnter
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GClarkage

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/16/06- Received as a gift from a friend of the family.

Presentation- 22oz bomber bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Golden-orange in color. Pours with a 1/2 inch head that fades quickly. It does leave behind a nice patchwork of lace though.

Smell- Crisp and fresh grapefruit hop notes. Light toasted caramel malt as well.

Taste- First sip hits with a sharp and sweet grapefruit hop taste. Very little malt prescence. Enough to add a bit of balance. Seems a touch spritzy and watered down backbone.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with a mid range lasting bitterness. Very seltzer like.

Drinkability- Has good flavor and scent. Need some more body. A bit thin overall. Could be a quality brew with some changes. My wife loved it from the one sip she had.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 18:56:59 | More by GClarkage
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure where this is brewed, but I bought my bottle at the Gresham McMenamins called the Highland Pub & Brewery, and was told that was the only IPA McMenamins bottled.

My bottle poured nicely with a light white head and a big aroma, very NW, over top a hazy orange-yellow, maybe even sunflowerish, color. Lots of floral, citrus hops in the nose, but the actual taste is more bitter and a little grassy, slightly astringent. For me, the malt is too light to set off the bitterness, but not bad overall, especially if you like the hop bitter to tingle up through your nose.

Reflection on BA reviews: Looks like BuckeyeNation and I are far off on our perceptions of the beer, though his palate is more finely tuned than mine. I drank mine while in the Northwest, literally right before heading to the airport, and after a week of Northwest pale ales, IPAs, DIPAs, and fresh hop ales in October. For me, I think Sunflower suffered a bit in comparison so stuff I had, say at Amnesia Brewing and even Rock Bottom had some good ones. If I got this beer at home, I think I would have been more forgiving.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 16:03:41 | More by FightingEntropy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly gauzy kumquat orange with sunflower yellow edges. The lemon-tinted whipped creamery head tells me that this beer is quality-brewed. If nothing else, the brewers have the IPA look down pat. I'm beginning to see a pretty impressive display of thick lace as the (hopefully) hop resiny head slowly, but surely, melts into a milkshake-like puddle.

Two for two. The nose is a citrusy delight. The brewery states that Chinook is used for bittering and a combination of Cascade and Chinook for flavor and aroma. In the nose at least, Cascade is king. Bright sunshiny lemon, orange and pink grapefruit burst out of the glass, a veritable cornucopia of tropical fruitiness. Seems like Amarillo is in there as well, but I guess I'll trust the guys who brewed it.

Even though the flavor is one step down from the nose, I still feel comfortable in saying 'three for three'. As the brewery frankly admits, this isn't the most resinous hop bomb on the planet. Or, as they say: 'this is truly a beer for the masses'. If only the masses would buy it and drink it, I'm sure the brewers would be more than happy to keep on brewing it.

The body is the biggest reason why Sunflower isn't spectacular on the palate. More pale malt would go a long way toward filling out the too-light body and countering some of the slightly too harsh bitterness. The hop bill is killer and the flavor is right up my alley, it's just that it needs a little more refinement to truly shine. If you need to get your alpha acid schwerve on, though, this is your beer.

It's strange, but I never would have guessed Chinook. There's very little of their anti-social spiciness on the palate, just brilliant citrus zesty top notes that seem more in line with Cascade, Centennial or Amarillo. In any case, I love what Sunflower delivers; especially since it tastes as bright as its name.

As noted, the body could use a little work. Actually, more malt is a pretty simple fix and I'm convinced that's all the beer needs to be a contender. It still manages to be mildy stickyslick on the tongue with a somewhat raw hoppiness that contributes additional texture. Ideal, under-the-radar carbonation.

I asked edmundfitzoil for an obscure, hoppy, Pac NW beer to round out our trade. I'd say that he came through for me with flying colors. Sunflower IPA is a gem of an IPA that has flavor and bitterness to burn.

When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton was reported to have said 'because that's where the money is'. Brewing beer 'where the hops is' holds certain advantages as well. McMenamins Sunflower IPA is yet another little known star in the firmament of Pacific NW beer. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 15:20:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
McMenamins Sunflower IPA from Thompson Brewery & Public House (McMenamins)
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.