Hammerhead Ale | McMenamins

Hammerhead AleHammerhead Ale
BA SCORE
39.7%
Liked This Beer
3.6 w/ 136 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,449
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
136
Liked:
54
Avg:
3.6/5
pDev:
11.11%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I think I first tried Hammerhead ale back in the early 90's, on my first ever trip to up to Oregon from California. Back then, it was billed as a seasonal IPA, and it seemed like most of the McM pubs were out of it when I first visited Oregon. Back then, it was a big deal to find Hammerhead on tap, and it goes without saying that there were no bottles or cans of HH. I don't think they did growler fills of it, and I'm not positive, but I don't think you could get jar fill of it to bring back to your room at Edgefield.

My how times have changed.

From a can left by my wife's cousin during a recent visit. The beer pours a copper amber color with fairly decent head retention and lacing. On the nose there's some noticeable dry citrus, but what you really notice is the considerable sweet malt aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the sweetness and (relatively) low abv. reminding me more of an English pale ale or ESB, as opposed to an ale crafted in the NW. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the beer finishes well (fairly clean with a good, lightly bitter finish), and alcohol is barely an after thought. So drinkability is pretty high.

It's become quite fashionable to denigrate the McMenamin beers in the NW, and while most are fairly lackluster, made for the masses ales, Hammerhead remains a tasty, easy to appreciate and enjoy ale. Probably won't be running down to the nearest McM outpost to stock up on a case, but I'm glad my wife's cousin left this behind so I could take a trip down memory lane. Cheers!

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Photo of Spikester
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with one finger of short duration head that leaves rings of lace.
Smell is bready malt with a slight hint of floral hops.
Taste is bread crust malt with a modest amount hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with alright carbonation. The finish lightly dry and mildly bitter.
Overall a journeyman Pale Ale. Worth having with a meal.

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Photo of Quesophresco
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BcharaK
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As the lovely waitress brought the glass, and i saw that the color was rather opaque, i felt a little fear, here i was stuck again with one of these self-boasting craft ales with weird raw tastes - that aren't made for a plain beer guy like me. Yet, when the surface of the liquid approached my nostrils, nothing but good intentions were conveyed, and after a few sips, i was able to discover that it was a very enjoyable beer, refreshing, have an enough amount of taste, pleasant to the tongue's olfactive elements, and leaves no annoying aftertaste. I liked it. And it went along good food too, and a good mood in the mcmenamins in Olympia WA downtown.

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Photo of DevWand
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of puck1225
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap while in Portland, Oregon. It was poured into a pint glass, cloudy golden brown with a thin head and light lacing. Sweet malty smell and taste, with a pleasant bitterness. A good beer.

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

Photo of chossboss
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bend location. Decent, but average pale ale. Light bodied, some dry hops bitterness, overall light mouthfeel, but just an average beer to enjoy with food.

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Photo of casapy
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Beervana
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rack0flamb
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

At McMenamin's Edgefield.

Wow, this is wretched. A turbid, under fermented mess. I can't believe they are actually serving this keg. This certainly isn't my favorite APA, but it's not usually this bad.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZekeMillz
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gefinley
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dshansen1184
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

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Hammerhead Ale from McMenamins
Beer rating: 39.7% out of 100 with 136 ratings
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