HammerheadPDX99 (6) - USA - DEC 24, 2001 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aaaahhh... my namesake... Great hoppy ale. Being a hophead.. I love this stuff!!! One of Oregons finest. I picked up a bottled 22 oz Hammer yesterday...
blueshadababy (1) - Chehalis, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ignore all of the wine drinkers and yuppies who try and describe this ale with their weak minded adjectives and hyper-critical nasal tones. This beer is balanced. Not nearly as hoppy as the raters would leave you to believe (unless you like Budweiser, then believe them). It’s never seen a bottle, has built a small empire and cult following by taste only, and is not extreme in any sense. It’s nearly perfect and any true ale lover will marvel. Promise.
Braudog (5966) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper-orange with decent head. Nice hoppy aroma. Decent hoppy character and grapefruity substantialness (is that a word?). Very good.
Dragon99 (57) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - NOV 5, 2001
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
duckinchicago (1) - Glen Elllyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2001 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In my opinion, one of the best APA’s out there. Too bad you can only find it at their pubs in the Northwest. Nice hops in the nose, and a pleasure to drink many of
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 To this day it is still McMenamins’ best selling beer, and it a standard brewed at all McMenamins’ brewery locations. This beer is the classic example of American pale ale which is brewed with lavish amounts of locally grown PNW hops. The hop showcased in this beer is Cascade, and it is supported with a good amount of pale and crystal malt. I was fortunate enough to enjoy many a pint of Hammer Head while in both OR and WA, and enjoyed my first in Seattle, WA at McMenamins’ Six Arms brewery, located in the Capitol Hill section of the city. This is an incredibly fresh, vibrant, delicious beer, jam packed with big hop aromas and flavors but with enough malt character to give the beer harmony.
Hammer Head Ale pours to a beautiful, deep golden to light amber color with a thick and creamy white head and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with zesty, pungent aromas of lemony/citrus Cascade hops. The palate is firm with good crystal and sweet malt flavor paired with flavors of lemony Cascades. Hammer Head finishes with a sweet malty undertone, then ends with a vibrant punch of mouth puckering citric hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue, and lets you know you had one hell of a good beer.
Hammer Head is a classic example of American pale ale, which showcases the locally grown Cascade hop. If you ever find yourself in the PNW, and you love beer, then a trip to any one of a number of McMenamin establishments in OR and WA is an absolute must. This beer has tremendous flavor, but is a very drinkable beer and it a great beer to relax with at the bar, or to enjoy as an aperitif. I recently enjoyed a pint of this one on draught at St. Francis Street School in Bend, OR, and it was outstanding as usual. This beer works well with a number of dishes found on McMenamins’ menus, and 22oz bottles are available to go at a number of McMenanims’ locations.
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy and a great sip
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great!!! Has an almost fruity quality to it, and the aroma is like candy. Medium head, and classic pale ale coloring. I suggest buying as much as possible. My new fave.
Orion1800 (53) - Piedmont, California, USA - AUG 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great balanced ale. I really liked the subtle yet complex malts and hint of fruit. Definitely a beer you could drink all day
newshound (20) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lived off this stuff for the most part during my wedding/honeymoon trip to Portland area in March 2008. Both on tap and in 22 oz. bottles I took and kept cool in the snow or chilly window panes. A proud pale ale, pours cloudy orange-ish yellow brew with immediate notes of tangerine or grapefruit. A medium-body with light-colored head. Easy carbonation, not too much punch, but nice bitter bite. A Northwest glow fills your mouth with each sip. Sitting here near the Cascade Mountains drinking this beer of full of Cascade hops is like eating great cheese in a farmhouse near a Wisconsin cowfield. The mothership is near.