Hammerhead Red | Hops Grillhouse & Brewery

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Hops Grillhouse & Brewery
United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by StevieW on 07-22-2002

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Photo of twi1609372
2.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

this beer looked and smelt pretty good. The inital taste wasnt bad, but not good either. it had a weird lingering aftertaste. i cant really put my finger on it but it wasnt horrable, but deffinetly not good. would not reccomend this at hops, most ot their stuff is better.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Also served under the name (depending on the region) Thoroughbred Red.

Appearance: An attractive clear, medium-dark red color. Finally! An off-white head that actually sits on top of the beer. In fact, there is even some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel aroma.

Taste: Smooth malty sweetness wins out over the carbonation and produces a fairly tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy unfortunately offset by the over-carbonation of the beer.

Drinkability: Prior to seeing the light, this was my standard beer drink when eating at Hops. It's not bad, but there are better beers available at the restaraunt.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of SetarconeX
3.18/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This and the Alligator are my standbys when having dinner at the local hops, and having sampled this one several times I have to say it's one of their less consistant offerings.

On a good batch, this is actually a rather tasty red. Visually, a bit more cloudy than Hops' other offerings and usually with a decent amount of hop bitterness, and perhaps a tad more malt than some of Hops' lighter selections.

It's quite good when it's right. However, almost 50% of the time it picks up an odd metallic aftertaste that can be pretty terrible.

Luckily, at least at my Hops, they're pretty open to small samples. Best to sample this one when you sit down, and decide how it is on that day.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rich amber hue, malts on the nose and perhaps a tad of a skunky aroma. Bitter and tangy up front, sweet and caramel malts, perhaps a bit over the top on the caramel. Fails to develop a body, but does have a smooth, creamy finish. I classify the Hammerhead as their best product, and this may not be saying much.

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Photo of StevieW
2.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly clear copper to amber in color, faint head, lasted nearly 5 seconds. Faint traces of carmel malt smell. Taste was again water and dominated by bubbles. It did have some more beer qualities than the Clearwater Light. Ever so slight carmel malt taste, and a bit more that lingers after. Very thin, watery feel, again super bubbly. I think this is also only offered in their Florida locations. Go for their Alligator Ale instead.....

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Photo of stegmakk
1.44/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Maybe I had a spoiled brew...but when I asked I was told everyone else thought it was OK...

Appearance: Nice dark copper red with off white head
Aroma: Nothing noticable
Flavor: WRETCHED...what I think was an attempt at a hoppy flavor tasted like ash to me
Mouthfeel: Wasnt thin but not thick...average
Drinkability: None...If I wanted this taste I would eaten some cigarettes

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Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note...This beer is listed as an American Amber on their literature. It reads:
"Our signature American amber ale brewed with caramel malts for unique flavor and hops from the Pacific Northwest.
Malt: Pale Ale, Carapils, Caramel, Chocolate
Hops: Perle, Willamette, Cascade"

The beer arrive a amber almost brown color with a persistent head. The aroma was American hops and crystal malt. The flavor was crystal malt with good hop bitterness. The flavor was bitter and the finish was dry. The body was medium.

(Sampled at the Charleston location)

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Also known as Thoroughbred Red. This used to be my default Hops beer until I tried the Alligator Ale. I believe this is a solid Amber Ale similar to Killian's, but they do score points for not being a Macro. Very light hops in the flavor, sweet malt finish. I am curious why they have different names for the same beer depending on the region. Do they think people in Ohio are less afraid of horses than of sharks?

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Photo of KevieJames
2/5  rDev -25.4%

Hammerhead Red from Hops Grillhouse & Brewery
Beer rating: 2.68 out of 5 with 11 ratings