RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A classic Northwest pale ale and McMenamins top selling beer. This rich chestnut colored gem is a model of harmony between hops and malted barley. Hammerhead's signature Cascade hop nose and intense hopped flavor blend nicely with the caramel tones from the crystal malt. This beer has a vocal following. To run out is an unforgivable sin. Malts: Pale Malt; Crystal Malt Hops: Cascades Specifications: Original Gravity: 1.056; Terminal Gravity: 1.010; Alcohol by Weight: 4.7% Calories/pint: 241

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Certainly a nice, pleasant, and drinkable pale ale. The mouth feel was rather viscous and the taste was just a tad sweet. Hopping was nice. Very refreshing.

crossovert (14152) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2017
Blind tasted with 3 other pale ales. Beers were: 1. McMenamins Hammerhead Ale 2. Moab Brewery Pale Ale (6%) 3. Blue Island Tile Setter 4. Snake River Pale Ale. Rater 1 rated the beers: 1234, Rater 2 (ME): 1234, Rater 3: 1324, Rater 4:1423.

473ml can. Amber pour. Aroma is lemon lime citrus and earthy malt. Falvor is melony, dry, spiced malt, strawberry.

Post tasting thoughts:
This surprised us as the best of the bunch.

batneil (799) - - NOV 17, 2016
Malty smell and flavour. Amber color with minimal head. Nice tasting beer! (K)

PorterPounder (8364) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Salem, Or - on tap at McMenamins Boon’s Treasury. Sparkling, medium copper pour, bone colored head, good lacing. Fresh light spruce aroma. Flavor has some light citrus notes that are akin to tangerines, some white grapes. Thick enough moutfheel.

crispaire (255) - - SEP 23, 2016
i’ve tasted this many a times and pale ales are actually my favorite style, but this particular batch was underwhelming. almost had a wet blanket aftertaste.

Roymullins (35) - - SEP 3, 2016
From a can. Nice color nice aroma nice taste. Good ale but nothing special. Typical Portland beer. Lots of overhyped crafts in PDX.

Aquilo (659) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Cloudy amber with a thin head and some lace. Malty aroma with a bit of lemon and lime. Mildly bitter flavor. Just a good drinkable ale with no frills.

BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Tap at Queen Anne location in Seattle. Copper pour. Some citrus, cardboard, foul herbal - this is bad.

penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Pours golden amber with an off-white head. Aroma is a little earthy, classic pine and citrus, some maltiness, and slightly sweet grain. Taste is pine, catty, medium bitterness, slight caramel. Medium body, fizzy. Could pass for an IPA. Not an especially exciting one but pretty good.

dnstone (3745) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Murky brown with off- white head. B-wine malty syrupy sweet aroma. Sticky sweet; tastes like it smells. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Sarlacc83 (2439) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2015
On tap at Oak Hills. A: Semi clear copper, thin white head. N: Light hops lend grapefruit, earth, and pine. There’s some mint in here. Cracker underneath. T: Bitter for the most part. Lightly sweet. M: Medium-light body, tickling carbonation, no alcohol. O: Mediocre pale ale. In the day of clean and hoppy, this doesn’t stack up. Needs to study Sierra Nevada.

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