Hammerhead Red Ale | Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square

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Hammerhead Red AleHammerhead Red Ale

Brewed by:
Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
19 IBU

Added by IronDjinn on 07-18-2005

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by niangelo:
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3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - 500ml plastic bottle (?) That's ok, it didn't seem to affect the taste. Half-inch head the faded quickly in my standard pint-glass.

Aroma - nothing that stood out dramatically. Some hopiness, caramel malt character.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good. Solid carbonation and a smooth feel around my tounge. Not overly watery.

Taste - Hints of lingering toastiness, smooth nutty flavors. Went down well. Unfortunately, when the beer warmed up a little more, a mild metallic flavor was uncovered.

Overall pretty solid drinkability. Much more enjoyable than certain a macro red ale, nothing incredible, but fon to drink and I'd buy some again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of headlessparrot
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The last hope from the Brewster's "Brewer's Dozen" mixed-twelve pack. And . . . yup, another disappointment. This might as well be Rickard's Red.

Pours a reddish copper colour, fairly clear, with a finger or so of white-ish head (though that head has surprising persistence and leaves some decent lacing). Smell is metallic, slightly coppery, caramel, toasted malt, a hint of coffee or dark chocolate. Maple, maybe a faint hint of pine. Taste echoes that: a bit thin in body and yet it sits a bit heavy (oddly enough). Lots of caramel, caramelized sugars, toasted and roasted malt. Not much in the way of hopping.

Maybe the best of the mixed pack, but still not saying much. Very much in the spirit of "generic" amber/red ales that the big brands have used to appeal to nascent craft-drinkers in the past.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz pint at the Edmonton Oliver location. One of their mainstay offerings - no idea what hammerhead sharks have to do with River City.

This beer appears a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with a thin cap of wispy, fleetingly foamy, and mostly soapy off-white head, which leaves some broadly rendered webbed lace around the glass as things gradually abate.

It smells lightly of semi-sweet caramel malt, hard toffee, softly bitter dark orchard fruit, and perhaps a touch of earthy spice. The taste is much more overt, with some caramel taffy maltiness, oily nuts, a bit of that fruity Brewsters yeast, indistinct bruised dark fruit, red licorice, and some musty, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are average, just a plain and supportive, yet edgy frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth, I suppose, nothing else really seeming up for interfering here. It finishes generally dry, with a hint of lingering tangy fruit, and biscuity graininess.

Overall - not too shabby, but not all that good, by the same sword - kind of thin in the overall flavour department. However, if you're avoiding the hops, but don't want a sweetness overload either, this is the one for you - nice and drinkable overall.

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Photo of elricorico
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Served to me in a chilled mug, I waited plenty of time for it to warm up. The beer itself is a chestnut brown with a creamy beige head. The head fades to a thin layer on top but doesn't totally go away.

There is a touch of burnt sugar and bready malt in the aroma. Overall the smell is light.

Light sweetness in the first taste, a bit of toasted bread. The finish is a mix of citrus and metallic flavours. Not much of interest here.

The body is on the thin side, and the carbonation is a tad prickly. Not that bad but not that good.

This is far from the best you can get at Brewster's.

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Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of hockeybarbie
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Howlader
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wordemupg
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/3/12

A light brownish amber with lots of carbonation feeding a short lived thumbs width of foam that leaves no lace

S a little herbal, leafy hops with some nutty toffee and very faint chocolate, smells more like a brown ale to me

T some cola and tea bag on top of what I smell, fairly malty but decent stuff

M could use slightly more bubbles and its a little slick after the fact, decent body to it more chocolate on the finish then in the mouth

O OK beer but not up there with some of Brewster`s other offerings

I`m glad I just got this one to go because the un-bottled Tongue Cutter was great on tap today

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Photo of jhamelin819
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a really nice simple red ale, nothing extra special, but very enjoyable, great on tap, but fine when poured into a glass from the bottle.

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Photo of Exeter
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of francisweizen
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yawn. Tap. Light amber/red with a small fizzy head that dies quickly. Aromas of slight malts, a twinge of caramel, and maybe some faint hops (and my 'tender said that this was this 'brewpubs/chains' hoppiest offering!). Taste is as bland as tap water. Some slight bready maltiness, and some slight hops, but nothing really. Tastes like a watered down light lager! Mouthfeel is light and super watery. Drinkability? "Why Bother" sounds about right! Uninspired beer from an uninspired place...

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Photo of Bunman3
3.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Arrived in a pint glass, a coppery brown amber with a small amount of off-white head. Aroma was a pleasant toffee malt with small amounts of stone fruit and spice. Palate was initially nice malty toffee and some raisins/dried stone fruit notes along with a floral earthy English hop bitterness. Unfortunately the finish was less than stellar, initially a nice hop bitterness but devolved into metal and cardboard flavors that coupled with a watery body to leave me rather disappointed. Good start but the beer gassed out and finished a bit ugly. There are better beers to be had at Brewster's.

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Photo of boszormeny
2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hammerhead Red Ale from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Oliver Square
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 15 ratings