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MacTarnahan's Sling Shot Extra Pale AleMacTarnahan's Sling Shot Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sling Shot is a seasonal Extra Pale Ale for the spring with rich golden color. Its lively hopped flavor makes for a mischievously good and refreshing ale that "hits the spot!"

27 IBU

Malts: 2 Row Pale, and Caramel
Hops: Nugget and Cascade

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is billed as an "Extra Pale Ale" and is somewhere between a standard pale and a golden. It pours a deep gold color with a medium head. The aroma is of grassy hops and a slight fruity ester. The flavor has a light cereal grain and a big floral and grassy hop. It has a medium body and bitter finish that lingers a while.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Extra Pale Ale, aka American Pale Ale, is a new limited release beer from MacTarnahan's Brewing, aka Portland Brewing, aka Pyramid Breweries.

Stellar white lacing that resembles a thick, sticky latte froth, golden honey color is bright and clear. Mildly buttery with a solid bready malt and light herbal citric hop in the nose. Sufficient amount of crispness fluffs the moderate body. Maltiness goes from bready, to a thick biscuity flavor, then grainy with a mild horse feed quality. Herbal flavor comes in, then some bitterness, and lastly, a citric tone as the layers of the hop unfold. A breath of clean alcohol lets you know that it is slightly higher than the norm. Semidry finish with a lingering citric hops and clean grain.

Drinkable without a doubt; nothing earth shattering, but enjoyable and certainly worth a shot ... LOL.

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Photo of WaydeRafnel
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Magpie14
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin golden color with a touch of orange, paired with a bleached white head. Head is sudsy and coarse looking and leaves no trace on the walls of the glass

S: not much to brag about. Definite grassy hops, honey-like sweetness, thin malt showing, and very subtle all around

T: hops take the role, I picked up on slight sweet fruit (oranges, apricots) characteristics with pale malts. This beer also contains a soft spiced feel, just enough to make you realize that it is all around light-hearted. This light-hearted I speak of is not a bad thing either, this beer is becoming more and more mildly rewarding as I drink

M: after a few drinks it hit me with a nice vibe. Like I said earlier, not much to brag about, but easy and smooth. Carbonation is fairly active and light body gives it a nice, crisp, clean feel with a touch of sweet...growing on me

D: I think this could be a all around drinker for me. The best word I can think of "satisfying" plane and simple...highly drinkable. Nothing in your face and yet just enough to keep feasible

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a pint glass. Transparent yellow with a thin white head that was quickly gone.

S - Very faint smell of wet malt... and nothing else.

T - Slightly sweet, hint of charcoal (weird), with bitter following, but not hoppy.

M - Bubbly, moderate carbonation with a light body. Hits the mark for a pale ale here.

D - Drinkable, besides the charcoal taste, but not all that enjoyable.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a regular pint glass.

A: A fingers worth of white fluffly head. Low lacing, but active carbonation bubbles. Dark golden color that is clearly (no pun intended) filtered.

S: A malty aroma with some citrus undertones.

T: Just a bit of hop bite there.

M: A medium mouthfeel. Not thin or thick & no funny aftertaste or anything.

O: A really approachable pale ale that didn't knock my socks off, but was a long way from bad.

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Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought for sure I had reviewed this... guess not...

- Pours a clear copper color.. fizzy finger of white head down to a thin fuzzy layer on top.. slight lacing.

- Light grain and sweetness.. bread, and bitter fresh citrus hops, slight pine.. zesty.

- Nice smooth and balanced pale.. good sweet grains and bready flavors... light citrus sweet bitter hopping.. not too overhopped.. light citrus, lemon zesty, some floral..

- Little thin and syrupy, well carbonated.. light bodied..

- Overall a good standard for a pale... good hop notes which are subtle.. floral and citrus play part. Lightly syrupy and sweet though which kind of kills it for me.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz picked up at a New Vintage on Friday for about $1.40 .... poured into my standard shaped Sam Adams glass..

2 Finger head with very surprising sticky lacing.. brew is polished.. very clear .. straw gold color.

Aroma is husky pale malts ... slight .. very slight grassy hops .. a little floral/possibly yeasty fruitiness as this brew gets warmer.

Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma, but somehow more appealing... grainy malts .. lite cereal sweetness .. a little floral hop and a lingering husky grain finish. Body is fairly light and with the pretty much perfect carbonation ... if they are seriously hiding 6.2% in there, then I am impressed. Right now, I am thinking this could be a very nice and very drinkable brew for when I am working in the lawn in the dead heat of the Boise summer, but for now, it seems a little to early and a little outta place this time of year.

I will definitely buy it again if it is still around in late July.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a nice golden white head but there is not really that much for lace. It has a nice bronze body. The aroma is slightly metallic and fruity. It tastes of grain with equal amounts grain and malt. The hops you do sense are very herbal in flavor. The feel is a little thin with a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep golden beer, with a nice sized pure white head. Slight aromas mostly malty, with a pinch of hop. Strong malts dominate early flavours, then after wards quite strong hopping for a XPA. But Im rather put off by a quite noticable alcohol flavour in the after taste, quite raw. Ok on the palate, nothing bad. Overall OK but too much alcohol for this style. I dont like the raw alcohol taste in the end much.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger head, at first glance the head looks creamy, but upon further inspection the head is actually somewhat soapy, and I can head it fizzing away. The head is pure white in color and is leaving ok lacing throughout the glass. The body is a golden color, nice mix between yellow and orange. It looks more like a golden ale than a pale ale though. Carbonation looks very high, almost too high. Visibility is also very high, a can see a lot on the other side of this beer. Overall not a very impressive look to this beer, I mean it's ok, but not too amazing, pretty standard. Two things I notice on the smell, honey and soap. I don't know if all Mac's beer are going to turn out this way, but the Mac's amber tastes soapy too, I hope this one doesn't as well. The honey is a bit surprising because this is a pale ale...and it does not mention the use of honey what soever. Either way, the honey smells good, but if it is indeed soapy, honey wont be enough to save it. Hopefully I'll get more hops on the flavor, because I'm getting very little on the smell. Nice malt is evident though on the smell. Overall the smell is decent-good, but the soapy smell worries me. Wow that's a very interesting taste. First thing I get, again, is soap. It's a lot less noticeable than it was in the amber ale, but it's still there. There is a little bit of honey in this beer as well, caramel malts, pale malts, etc. Maybe a smidgen of hops, but not much at all. Overall the taste is just all over the place. Slightly sour, and slightly bitter, but it doesn't taste like it's from the hops, it's not a hop sour or bitter. Overall I'm just really confused with Mac's beers, they are generally good up until the taste, I don't know what they do to get a soapy flavor, but it's for sure there. Is it a terrible flavor? No, not at all, it's just really peculiar and not normal at all, all over the place and weird. Carbonation is better than I thought it would be, not too high, the body is a little small for the style, but that's ok. Drinkability is pretty good, it's not too hard to put this back. Overall it's am ok beer, and the soapiness isn't that bad, it's just like....why is it there at all? Ya know? I'm very confused by this beer, even more so than I was by their amber ale. Not a bad beer, just very weird.

Again, like with the amber ale, once I drank it more and more the taste got better and better. The soapiness almost completely went away in this beer, and the honey and malts really came out more. I seriously consider changing my taste grade from a 3 to a 3.5, but even with the better taste, it's still not amazing, and it in no way tastes like a pale ale.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale yellowy gold, good clarity, thick layer of sudsy off-white foam, good head retention, very loose sediment

Aroma: flora hop scent, blossom honey, light maltiness, fruity

Flavor: medium malt sweetness quickly balanced with a smooth, mellow hop bitterness; hints of mandarin peel, orange blossoms, grain husks, and strawberries; finishes semisweet with a fairly clean bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, gentle carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: This is a really tasty, but coy beer. By coy, I mean it isn't all bold and brash with hops, malt, and alcohol. Just nice and drinkable.

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Photo of LazyL
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright golden ale that has a fluffy cream head and heavy carbonation bubbles rising through the glass. Not alot on the nose, but still more than the basic pales. There is some very mild citrus and a soft alcohal note to remind you that this is 6.2%. Again some mild citrus up front and then a bit of medium toasted malts that finishes slightly dry and only mildy bitter. The carbonation is quite heavy but because of the good balance of mild flavours the drinkability level is good. This is a good drinking beer that does not stand alone as great but is very much better than average.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Wasatch
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some minimal sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, sweet, with some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hop note, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a nice head that sticks and laces

Smell: Bready, with hints of herbal tones and butterscotch

Taste: Buttered bread, up front, with a growing herbal bitterness through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors blend together

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really rather forgettable; lacks the character I would expect in an APA and packs a bit too much sweetness, to boot

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Photo of Goliath
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rather clear, pale orange color with a one inch off white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

The aroma is interesting, but a bit boring. A slight bit of hops show up, giving a citrusy component. Notes of apricot are also in the nose. Some pale malting finishes it off.

The taste is sub par. A bit of fruit up front, most noteably apricot. A slight bitterness, but not much, with a pale malt finish. It's like the Pyramid Apricot Wheat but with Barley instead. A poor effort by my estimation.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Perhaps even too much.

Drinkability is moderate. It's not an offensive beer, but poorly constructed IMO. Nothing about this beer brings me back for more. Pass.

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Photo of ccrida
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had an imperial pint at Mac's Taproom, Slighshot is a clear pale copper with a small off-white head that leaves moderate lace.

Smell is very muted, especially when first served a bit to cold, sweet soft cereals and grassy hops.

Taste is all bready, biscuity malt with a lingering bitter finish. This beer is remarkably well balanced, clean and smooth for it's size, which isn't masked by tons of hops, speciality malts or other adjuncts. A very nice pale ale.

Mouthfeel is remarkably creamy, even though it didn't exhibit much carbonation.

Drinkablity is pretty good with this as it's so clean and crisp, almost like a strong larger or something. I didn't have much time though and gulping down the last 1/2 of the glass was a bit heavy in the belly...

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Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Da extra pale pours a clear golden amber, darn nice whipped topping of eggshell. Plenty of Brussel lace.

Easy aroma of malty hops, and the quaff is much more malty grain than expected for a PA. But, the Extra pales are more on the malty side of balance and an easier drinker for newbies into craft. Finishes clean and crisp.

Hard core hop heads won't go for this, but I found it quaffable and enjoyable. Just too much demand for hard hitting brews, sit back and enjoy this one.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields a small bright white head covering the crystal clear golden liquid.

S - Citrus grapes in the nose with light spice on the back.

T - Very clean. I was expecting something similar to 420, but this is a much more balanced brew. Spice and malt are paired with a citrus hop bite.

M - Light bodied and lively carbonation.

D - Pretty high, nice session beer.

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Photo of edwardkersh
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ralree
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried at the Brewer's Fest in Portland.

A: Light gold, decent head and retention, pretty clear.

S: Grain and hops - not too fruity.

T: Lots of grainy malt, not much detectable hop flavor. Very bready aftertaste. Dark fruit flavor in front, which is a turn off.

M: Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, non-astringent.

D: Drinks OK, but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of maximum12
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dubbercody for throwing this into an early spring trade, a brewery I haven't had the pleasure to sample yet.

Sling Shot is pale, unfiltered in appearance, opaque without the floaties. Smells like a rather unappealing beer.

Tastes like wheaty squash mingled with lemon zest with some beer in it. None of which is terribly prominent, &, well, meh. I wouldn't walk across the room to get another.

One of those beers that I drink & wonder why the brewer bothers. Pedestrian at best.

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Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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MacTarnahan's Sling Shot Extra Pale Ale from Portland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 38 ratings