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

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 RedDiamond
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Catchy name for a beer. They say it "hits the spot." Clever. And it somehow seems companionable, if not duplicative, with Pyramid's Curve Ball. Though Curve Ball derives from a more Germanic lineage and presumably Sling Shot doesn't, both beers are light, summer seasonals built on simple pale ale platforms. Both show the characteristic visual refinement of their enterprise with brilliant clarity and a full finger of foam. In this case, the color is spun gold with low CO2 and the alcohol reaches higher.

Aside from a light doughiness, I can't locate an aroma on Sling Shot and most of the efforts contributed by the Nugget and Cascade hops remain confined to the bittering range. The flavor is of warm cereals with light yeast esters and minimal hop expression.

Clean enough, but doesn't generate much excitement. Serve it to: your mother.

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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 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 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 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 RJLarse
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Sling Shot Extra Pale Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is clear. Well carbonated with a lot of little bubbles rising in the glass. Thin fizzy white head.

Smell is a sweet and fruity bread aroma, warm dough and grapes perhaps.

Taste is also sweet and malty, brown sugar, grapes and pear flavors in a sweet bread. There an acerbic bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but the bitter aftertaste gives it a medium bodied quality that I wouldn't expect of the style.

Drinkable enough, but I think there are better thirst quenchers in the style, and certainly better pale ales, so I can't really see myself having this one again.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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