RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   ABV: -
Originally called San Francisco Sledgehammer, we named this brew for its delicate hop character! If you like West Coast style ales with enough hops to chew on, you'll love this beer. It is light mahogany in color with a slightly roasted big caramel flavor kicked squarely in the pants with plenty of hop flavor and aroma (though not overly bitter). We use nearly 20 pounds of fresh Cascade hops from the Yakima valley to make our Sledgehammer, so beware... this is a hophead's beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 03/31/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

opaque dark amber, thin head, nice lace, big citrus hop aroma with a touch of sweetness, body is a bit thin at first but evens out, rich hop flavor, lots of bitterness,
-------- /> Date: 04/20/2006
Score: iii to ii+

picking up some toasted malt in the flavor, hop flavor is much more earthy than citrus this year, mostly dry with only a hint of carmel sweetness, still an ipa but no longer a west coast style ipa, nice bitterness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Earthy and citrusy hops bulge out of the well-fed caramel maltiness before a leafy hop bitterness efficiently seals this silky Pale Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the clear bronzed russet.
-The citrusy fruitiness even visits cranberry territory.
-Wooden notes also emerge from the hoppy nose.
-The overall result is balanced and quite drinkable.
-This is perhaps not boldly hoppy enough to be advertised as "West Coast" style.

On tap at the brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7730) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2003
This had just the right amount of hoppiness without being overbearing. Dark amber color, fresh, citrusy hoppy aroma. Sticky, eggshell white bubbly head. Goes down smooth - strong finish. Best of my visit to 5 Seasons.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours a clear deep copper with a frothy and nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma has lots of fresh piney hops and some sweet grainy crystal malt. Starts with a full, earthy malty palate with good bittering hop balance toward a crisp, dry hoppy finish. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5485) - Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2007
Beautiful reddish-brown with a thin but rich and persistent head. Aroma is hoppy. The strongly but not overwhelmingly hoppy flavor has caramel undertones. Smooth and lively, not too bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2006
Tap at the 5 seasons. A nice hoppy APA. Pours a deep copper with a thin lasting white head which leaves some nice streaking on the glass. Aroma is of citrus and piney hops. Flavor is hoppy but has a nice toasted and crystal malt character in the backgroung. Clean and nice bitter hoppy finish. Very smooth for a pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Had this one on tap at the 5 for Saras BDay. Purpleish, amber color. Flavor of coffee malt. ton of hops. Cascade?? Perfect West Coast style IPA. This is the style I want to make.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Draft. Dark amber color with a hint of red and a thin off-white head. Aroma is moderately hoppy with a dirty or earthy nose. Some malt behind it. Mlat starts the flavor. Bitterness runs from start to finish. Malt flavor runs short. Long bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexanderj (3603) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2007
On tap; color was reddish for the style, but the lighting was not all that great. Aroma was not all that hoppy; mostly floral hops. Not much like a west coast IPA in the aroma, nor in the taste. Decently balanced, but I found it underhopped. Would have liked citrus notes to be more forthright. All in all, I am not sure that this compares at all to a real west coast version of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3591) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Sample at Decatur Beer Festival. Well balanced hoppy brew. Caramel flavors abound in this refreshingly tasty beer.

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