Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale | McMenamins

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 22

American Pale Ale (APA) | 6.19% ABV

United States

Notes: Fall availibility. 
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 22
Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 Vintage uses fresh Simcoes from Sodbuster Farms. The simcoes didn't seem like they were used to great effect, with only an average FH expression compared to other Simcoe FH beers I tasted this year.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at McMenamins Mill Creek in a pint glass.

Orange-amber color with a thin white head. Minimal lacing. Mild fresh hop aroma - weedy, grassy and floral. Flavor was okay, the grassy hop flavor and malt are pretty balanced. Very mildly bitter finish that fades quickly. Medium body with weak carbonation. Overall, its a decent beer that is very drinkable, but nothing special.

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Photo of John_M
3.25/5  rDev -14%

On tap at Edgefield the other day.

Really a pretty weak effort, even by McM standards. The is pretty malty, with not much of any hoppy bitterness on the finish. As for the fresh hop character, there's no sign of it at all on the palate, and to say that's pretty subtle on the nose would be an understatement.

Not awful, by any stretch, but there are so many other good pale ales avaiable on the maket these days, there is no reason for this to be around. If I happen to be at a McM establishment, and have to drink McM beers, then I'll go for pretty much anything else avaiable, rather than this. Give me a McM IPA or Hammerhead ale any day of the week over this weak effort.

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Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Roseburg Station, Oregon location. The 2013 edition is fresh/green cone Cascades. Dark amber color with a thin but persistent foam in the nonic. IBUs listed at 56.

Rich and malty with a tangy edge. It's truly hoppy but really not very bitter. There is a fruity hop taste that must be from the leafy hop freshness. I like the resiny tang on top of that. Just a touch of citrus peel. So aromatic in flavor along with the flowery aroma. This must be my favorite beer ever from McMenamins. I hope they pay attention to beers like this-- they make so many but many seem a little flavor-challenged.

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Photo of mudbug
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Lincoln City Brewery, It doesn't get any fresher than this!
A nice golden slightly hazed body topped by a cap of foam about a half inch high that stays around for quite a while.
Aroma is fresh cut grass, pine, fresh baked bread. maybe a hint of tropical fruit
Taste is incredibly clean with a nice bitter hop bite upfront followed by light cracker and a touch of sweetness, very well balanced and easy to put down quick. The cascades really shine here, and if you are a big Cascade fan this is for you.
Just a stand-out nice APA.The freshness of the hopping is quite evident and the whole thing just comes together seamlessly.
I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thundercone, 2013 edition.

A: Hazy gold in color. White thin silky head that left sticky foam webs and dots on the glass.

S: Floral and grassy with dried straw. A little bit of fresh cut juniper. A little lemon.

T: Orange pith bitterness starts off and it melts to a richer ruby grapefruit flavor. Mild dry leafiness finishes it off. Woodiness rounds it out.

M: A little flat. Could stand from a little more carbonation. Medium body. Slight dry finish with low leafy aftertaste.

O: Not as good as I remember it last year. It had more dry bitterness and less subtle depth if flavor than I hoped for a fresh hop beer. Still a pretty tasty hoppy offering. Maybe next year.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint at Thompsons Brewpub in Salem. $4.00 Darker yellow/light orange coloured beer, slightly hazy with a small off white head. Nice spic we hop aromas WEll balanced taste with the caramel malts almost dominating the spicy fresh hop. Good mouthfeel,semi thick and smoooth Excellent Fresh hop ale here

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at the McMenamin's in Mill Creek, WA. The waitress even gave me a Thundercone sticker!

Appearance: rich orange hue with a pretty thick haze. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam.

Smell: moderately sweet malt with a lightly citrusy fruity hop character. Good, but a bit on the subtle side for me.

Taste: good citrusy hop flavor right off the bat. Toasty malt provides a nice background, though there is plenty enough bitterness at the end. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a light carbonation and OK creaminess. Decent.

Overall: a decent pale ale overall, but kind of low-key for the "fresh hop" style.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at McMenamins Tavern & Pool location on 23rd while waiting for a to go order.

appearance - poured a golden amber, transparent, sticky lacing, medium head, nice carbonation bubbles

smell - hop forward, pine and floral hops

taste - bitter and earthy, piney and floral, citrus, bold hold profile

mouthfeel - medium-high carbonation, crisp, medium body

drinkability - extremely drinkable, fresh and sessionable for a 6%+

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Photo of Docer
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just filled a growler up after having a taster at their E. Vancouver location.

- Fluffy creamy white head... a few fingers... down to a silky smooth layer and a thick ring... slightly cloudy copper caramel color... somewhat illuminated...

- Wonderful roasty malt and caramel sweetness... melded well with grassy, floral, and pine hop aromas....

- This is one fantastic fresh hop brew.. awesome bitterness complimented with a perfectly balanced blend of pilsner and biscuity belgian pale malts... roasty, bready, grainy.. huge hop bitterness.. grassy, tea-like.. citrus and bright. Slight wheat flavors as well...

- Medium to light bodied, slightly chewy, and sticky.

- Overall a fantastic fresh hop brew, and a nice surprise from the brewers at McMenamins... I wish they would crank out more awesome brews like this above and beyond their regulars...

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Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale from McMenamins
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 22 ratings