Review: Sling Shot, MacTarnahan's

Sling Shot
MacTarnahan's — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Extra Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  27 IBU
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • Malts:   2 Row Pale and Caramel
  • Hops:  Nugget and Cascade
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "You always know better, but sometimes you just don’t care. Mischief is just creativity stretching its legs. Sling Shot is a seasonal Extra Pale Ale for the spring with rich golden color. Its lively hopped flavor makes for a mischievously good and refreshing ale that “hits the spot!”  — MacTarnahan's

Random thoughts:   After a week of drinking Irish stouts and lagers (as part of my Four Guinness and a Coors series), I've been looking forward to switching gears.  A Pale Ale should hit the spot.  This is part of my series on Spring Seasonals.

The tasting:  Deep gold in color (clear) with a white head that dissipated slowly, leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, yeast, alcohol, and light floral hops. It reminds me of a pilsner lager. Flavor very similar to aroma.  The hops aren't very noticeable in flavor.  Medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Mid-taste, the alcohol is noticeable and it finishes with a touch of malty sweetness. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gave it to me.   This is a middle of the road beer.  The flavors are one dimensional and it's not memorable.  But if you were to give me one, I'd drink it.

Have you tried Slingshot?

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