Hammerhead Ale | McMenamins

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Hammerhead AleHammerhead Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
McMenamins
United States
mcmenamins.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.93%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,020
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
137
pDev:
11.11%
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is nice. It pours a nice golden orange color. The nose is great. There are nice citrusy hops in the nose with a bit os the sweet malts in the background. Tasting this one is a treat. The taste goes citrusy hops, sweet malts, with a nice hop finish that doesn't linger but fades nicely. This is a fine beer. The beer is moderate to thick, with a nice balance of carb. Drinkability is very high on this one. What a nice beer.

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Photo of brendon
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask conditioned is the way to go with this flagship McMenamins brew. This is why God created the Cascade hop. For only using a single hop this ale achieves a tremendous balance of bitterness, aroma and taste. The cask-conditioned serving provides the best cabonation, just enough and the right temperature. The crystal malt balances well with the hoppiness. This is a gold-standard Northwest pale ale.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a medium amber color with one finger of head. There is almost no lacing on the glass. The smell is full of citrusy hops, and lots of em! A nice strong hoppy character never hurt nobody! The taste is a good balance of caramel maltiness and juicy hops. Just a little bit more on the hoppy side, which is awesome. The body is rock solid. The drinkability is great as well. A nice APA.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber served lightly chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber topped by a large and thick offwhite head. Visible carbonation helps the retention of a thick layer of foam. Lacing typical to the style was left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wonderfully fruity smell of orange and grapefruit citrus. Undertones of spruce and gummi bears. Peppery notes. That's just the hops. Pale malt aromas pick up their head every now and then.

Taste: Hoppy, but not aggressively so. Bready malts in perfect balance with snappy citric and peppery hops. Lervely. Long-lasting bitter hop aftertastes and belches.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with nice crispness. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Session beer for sure. I can see why this would be a top seller for them as it's an exemplary pale ale of the West Coast sort. Would go great with pub fare like fish and chips.

Other: A big thanks to my coworker for schlepping this back from Oregon for me. Dude's gonna get married in a brewery/vineyard. How cool is that?

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4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmbranum
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice hoppy American Pale Ale. Nice dark honey colored liquid with a slight haze.

Excellent balance of rich malt and hops. Brown bread and copper notes matched with both floral and bitter hops. Dry at first but leaves a lingering sweetness.

Very drinkable. nice medium mouthfeel.

(enjoyed on tap at McMenamin's Six Arms in Seattle)

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4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Hammerhead Ale from McMenamins
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 137 ratings
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