HammerHeart Brewing Company

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #11
Ranked #11,012
4.09 | pDev: 8.8%
HammerHeart Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 27
Photo of Mdog
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750mL bottle:

Appearance: Dark brown, good head.

Smell: Big rye spiciness to the aroma.

Taste: Rye and more rye flavor. Spicy rye bread backed with some citrus sweetness. A touch of orange was mentioned on the label, I think I can taste it.

Overall: I finally got around to reviewing this beer which Hammerheart has been brewing for years. I think the recipe has been modified over the years but I like the rye in this. One of the few Hammerheart beers with none or minimal smoke.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml mini growler from the brewery. Poured into a Hammerheart tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A toasty and spicy malt driven aroma with a scent of rye and caramel. Upfront scent of rye. Malt scent of caramel, smoke, biscuit, and grains with some yeast. Earthy hop hints of grass. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, spicy, and earthy malt driven taste with notes of rye and caramel. Upfront taste of rye. Malt notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. Earthy and herbal hops with some notes of grass. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good Rye Pale Ale. Nice mix of rye, caramel, biscuit, and grassy hop notes.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Smoked semi sweet bread rye, herbal, maple, caramel malts, coco.
Toasted woody nutty nose. Dark copper color, mostly opaque with a tan ringed lattice on the lace.
Med/Full body. Complex and unique. The name translates to..."The Serpent who Fight Thor"

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Photo of Taybeh
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gnome, into a cervoise. This one's unique. Pours a murky brackish red orange brown, with a finger of tight off-white head with some decent retention and good lacing. Nose has some faint smoke, some burnt caramel, some earthy rye bread (but no spice), not much in the way of a hoppy edge.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost a caramel sweetness in aroma that plays well with the spicy rye notes.

Flavor reveals light sweetness, but more specialty malt fruitiness, with a fairly bitter, earthy finish, accented by peppery rye. Smoke is subtle.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: highly hazed, rich burgundy coloring, reddish-brown,
big, beautiful head, drifts down, leaves lace, slightly off-white.

Aroma: Sweet malt spills out, matched ably by a handful of hops. Rich and malty. Complex and invigorating. Lively and lovable.

Taste: In the mouth, alcohol hangs hardest, malt is strong and full. Full-bodied, with rising alcohol feeling invading the all avenues of the senses. It nearly stings, and it's not even that strong. Minor hop play perceived, just enough to keep the malt in check.

So, what do I think about this beer? It's bigger and bolder than any "red ale" ought to be, and this designation of a "red ale" should be merely viewed as a suggestion, only. 7.5% ABV, also, should not feel so "hot", but it does. And I am liking this, but I don't think there's any possibility I can finish this in one night. To be continued….

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 27 ratings