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 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 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 madtappers
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

After months of looking at this beer I finally decide to try it. Well, it is a very drinkable beer but, like many others have said not very memorable one.

Pours golden color w/awhite head, very grain tasty with no distinct hop note for being an extra pale ale.

Would drink again but would not go out of my way to buy 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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