MacTarnahan's Sling Shot Extra Pale Ale | Portland Brewing Company

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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

Added by ccrida on 02-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 30
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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, copper body with a thin ring of white bubbles up top.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candyish malt nose with a backing of spiced citrus.

Taste: Pale malts trailed by a big hit of candied caramel. Spice as well as lemony citrus and a balancing medium hop bitterness. Finishes clean and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, though rather refreshing and pleasant APA. Oh, it hit the spot alright.

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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 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 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 katybee
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good all-around beer in my book. No exceptional flavors that make it especially memorable, but it goes down easily.

Light golden yellow, like iced tea. Translucent, with quickly dissipating head.

Very light smell, if at all, a little malty.

Cold, the taste is very light peppery hops, slightly bready malty. Warmed up the taste is sweeter, bready. Very mild, with no overpowering hops or citrus, yet a little more body than a light lager like PBR. No weird aftertaste or strong smell. Very drinkable.

Likewise average light mouthfeel, with quickly disipating carbonation.

Overall a good beer to go with any food, not overcome by strong malted side effects or sourness. A summer kegger!

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Photo of WaydeRafnel
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Offa
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty enjoyable ale with a light English element to the character and fairly good balance.

Amber, it has a thin, off-white head that soon shrinks to a ring. It has no lace.

The aroma is pleasant but mild, somewhat English in overall impression - leafy a hint earthy, with some bread, hints of stewed plums and butterscotch.

The taste is good but not great. It's leafy with some butterscotch, bread, and citrus. It's smooth, easy to drink, yet still tasty and balanced with a good feel. It does not seem to go well with bread or crackers, which make it taste rough and a bit too minerally-sour.

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Photo of koopa
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium golden color, clear, decent head.

S: mainly grain dominated. not too much hop presence in smell

T: same as smell

M: good carbonation with a medium body.

D: Easy drinking but nothing special. Not worth the money I have to pay to get it to the east coast

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold banana peel with the slightest orangish blush imaginable. The beer is crowned by a good sized chunk of light and airy foam that is... let's call it 'bone leaning toward beige'. SSEPA isn't jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but it looks good enough.

Other than a lack of pungency, the nose isn't too shabby. Sure, APAs don't necessarily need to be powerful and pungent, but they do need to be a little more aggressive than this. The specifics are pale malt and a fruity, slightly herbal hoppiness. I wouldn't have guessed Cascade and Nugget.

Is this brewery now called MacTarnahan's Brewing Company? That's what it says on the label. Anyway, having had a few of their offerings over the years, Sling Shot is pretty much what was expected. It's a fairly simple, drinkable, far from outstanding American pale ale. Nothing wrong with that if the price is right.

As the aroma suggested, it tastes like nothing darker than pale malt was used, and there's a respectable amount of it for the style. 30 IBUs worth of bitterness seems high, but I'll take them at their word. The hop flavor is ever-present without delivering that finishing snap that all hopheads crave. Since it wasn't built for hopheads, no harm done. A little grapefruit, a little grass, very little herb and very little spice.

Thanks to enough malt, and neither too many nor too few bubbles, the mouthfeel falls into above-average territory, along with all the rest. What the hell, drinkability deserves an upward nudge. If I had to describe this ale in one word, that word would be 'pleasant'.

The tagline for Sling Shot EPA is 'a mischievous ale that hits the spot'. Even though it could stand to be a little more mischievous, it definitely does hit the spot. Is it good enough to become part of MacTarnahan's regular lineup? Sure, why not.

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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 cswhitehorse
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Sling Shot poured a darker lager color with a solid 2 finger foam head that was washing machine sudsy at the top. It had a constant tiny bubbles uprising from the bottom of the glass to what was the head. Some decent ring lacing.

The aroma was typical of a pale ale with the grassy notes coming through. It had a husky sort of malt smell. I got a little banana in the nose.

The taste was heavy toward the malty side rather than the hops. You get the malty sweetness in the front and the light bitter hopiness on the back end.

In the mouth it left a soft hop bitterness on the tongue. It was semi chewy and creamy. Overall not a bad effort from what used to be Mac's place.

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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 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 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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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 CoryR
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of twelveinches
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 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 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 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 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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