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After the Gold Rush
5.2% ABV • 29 IBU 
“Baker City is home to Gold Rush Malt, a craft maltster working with locally grown barley. We brought back 300 pounds of the prettiest malt we have come across to brew this delightfully simple ale. Bready, tart malt notes shine alongside the classic floral and citrus balance of Cascade Hops, illustrating how a few quality ingredients can delight the palate and buoy the spirit.”
  1. 8 Nov 2016Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
    Just tried a small sample (but forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one) ... kinda weak ... was this Budweiser?
 
Alienator IPA
6.5% ABV • 45 IBU 
“This beer is sure to make a believer out of any skeptic! Orbiting above the Alienator IPA are tropical, fruity aromas provided by a thorough dry-hopping using Mosaic and Citra hops. This tasty recipe yielded a fascinating orange hue complete with luminous hop flavor. Alienator’s lush aroma and distinct hop character is perfect for those who prefer their ales strong, hoppy and a little out-​of-​this-​world. As the second in our Limited-​Edition IPA Series — and to commemorate the upcoming UFO Festival in McMinnville in May — we’re releasing cans of our Alienator IPA. Look for this alien-labeled 2017 version in 16-ounce cans to go. Each is $3.75, or get a four-pack for $14 — before they’re abducted.”
  1. 6 May 2017Old St Francis School, Bend, OR
    Bought a can to try once I got back home. It was OK ... I’ve had IPAs that were hoppier, so this wasn’t too bad. But I definitely like their Sunflower IPA better, if I’m going to go the IPA direction. In the end, I bought it for the can and not the beer, so I’m content!
 
Atonement Amber Ale
5.2% ABV • 40 IBU 
“This tasty creation displays an impeccable balance of citrus hop character and rich malty goodness. Beneath its off-white head hides a complex world of flavor where hops and malt live in perfect harmony. A medium malt body gives the beer a backbone without overshadowing its delicate hop aromas. Great paired with food or by itself, this amber ale is a great option for those looking for something rich, flavorful and balanced.”
  1. 11 Oct 2016Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
    Tried a sample (but forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one) ... OK, but not great, a bit hoppy, not sure if I would get it again.
 
Bagdad Ale
5.0% ABV • 22 IBU 
“Bagdad Ale is a benchmark beer for McMenamins. Inspired by the Pilsner style, our Bagdad Ale is one for the lager lovers. Its fine hop aroma and quick, light finish makes this a good ale for hot weather. It has become a favorite at McMenamins Bagdad Theater in Portland.”
  1. 6 Jun 2016Tavern & Pool, Portland, OR
    Was kinda weak and watery ... don’t think I would get it again.
 
Black Rabbit Porter
6.0% ABV • 14 IBU 
“Black Rabbit Porter is a semi-sweet ale with a roasty chocolate malt tone. This ale is defined by it’s toasted nut flavor and a sweeter, softer finish than McMenamins’ Terminator Stout. Named after the elusive black rabbit who roamed freely on the grounds at the Edgefield Manor, this ale has been an Edgefield staple for years.”
  1. 21 Jun 2016Little Red Shed @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    Pretty good, not too intense.
  1. 25 Jul 2016Boon's Treasury, Salem, OR
    Got a whole growler full ... half a gallon ... that’s way too much of this beer ... I don’t want to drink this again!
 
Blue Rider Pale (on nitro)
5.3% ABV • 26 IBU 
“Blue Rider is pale ale very similar to Hammerhead with a few adjustments to make it the perfect pint off of the nitro tap. Flaked oats were added to give the beer nice body and a creamy head. To complement the mouthfeel, we added layers of toffee- and biscuit-​flavored malts and a bunch of late-​addition Cascade Hops, resulting in a simple, silky pale ale with more malt flavor than hop bite.”
  1. 15 Sep 2016Murray & Allen Pub, Beaverton, OR
    The beer wasn’t that great ... definitely wouldn’t get again ... should have gotten the blackberry cider!
 
Boysenberry Semi-Sweet Tart
5.6% ABV • 20 IBU 
“An old favorite has finally returned, and better late than never I always say. As the cousin to the popular Purple Haze, this tart beer will have you begging for more. With a nice, subtle tartness and a clean fruit flavor, it’s the perfect pick for an almost summer day. All you’re missing now is a catchy haiku, like ‘Boysenberry tart / Refreshing beer with some fruit / Now I’m good to go.’”
  1. 9 May 2017West Linn Pub, West Linn, OR
    A so-so beer ... a bit bland, like the other McMenamins fruit beers ... I would not want an entire pint of it.
  1. 19 May 2017Mall 205 Pub, Portland, OR
    I forgot that I had already tried a sample ten days previously. It is not bad ... maybe the best McMenamins fruit beer, but I still wouldn’t want a whole pint.
 
Brew Hawaii Pale Ale
6.0% ABV • 34 IBU 
“Sometimes the Oregon weather can be dismal and depressing. Lots of Portlanders have been known to take refuge on the islands of Hawaii. Well, I figured I’d bring the islands to y’all! And what better guide than the King himself? Elvis. Freakin’. Presley. Dreams come true in Brew Hawaii if your dreams include a hoppy, blueberry and pineapple pale ale. The night is young, and so are we, so grab a pint, while the moon is on the sea. Elvis has left the brewpub. Thank ya, thank ya very much.”
  1. 9 May 2017West Linn Pub, West Linn, OR
    A so-so beer ... a bit bland, like the other McMenamins fruit beers ... I would not want an entire pint of it.
 
Bricktop ESB (Extra Special Bitter)
5.4% ABV • 40 IBU 
“This Extra Special Bitter is a balanced offering in the deep-orange to copper color range. The first flavors that wash over the palate are of mellow burnt sugar followed by a citrusy hop bitterness. The bitterness evens out with a bready malt quality. Neither flavor threatens to overwhelm the other as they glide together towards a pleasant, lingering, flowery hop finish.”
  1. 1 Aug 2016Fulton Pub and Brewery, Portland, OR
    It was extra special! This beer was pretty good ... a nice taste without being overpowering. I would definitely get it again! Really good!!! One of the best McMenamins beers! Only at this location!
 
Cantankerous Coot Old Ale
9.2% ABV • 42 IBU 
“This ornery high-gravity old ale boasts complex notes of caramel, plum, molasses and hop spice. A robust malt body supports a balanced hop presence before fading to a warm finish. At nearly ten percent alcohol, this rich autumn warmer is perfect for shaking off the cold and putting a smile on even the grouchiest face!”
  1. 17 Mar 2017Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
    Tried a sample ... definitely not my style ... a bit like medicine ... I would NEVER get a pint!
 
Cerberus Wild Ale
6.2% ABV • 13 IBU 
“Tart and funky, this three-headed beast is a blend of a mild wheat ale, a Dunkel­weizen, and a Berliner Weisse. All three wheat beers were aged together for four months in a former Hogshead Whiskey barrel from the Edgefield Distillery. It was then in­oc­u­lat­ed with a Belgian yeast, Brettannomyces Bruxellensis, to create a pleasant and earthy tang that pervades this balanced wild ale. The whiskey barrel has its own singular character that’s been home to generations of tasty wild ales over the past three years.”
  1. 16 Jul 2016Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
    It’s OK ... it’s pretty lemony-sour ... great if you want alcoholic lemon drops!
 
Chocolate Cream Ale
4.9% ABV • 15 IBU 
“Is this the beer list or the dessert menu? Sometimes I don’t even know. But, what I do know is that this beer is delicious, smooth and sweet. And with twelve pounds of Ecuadorian cocoa nibs and twenty five pounds of chocolate malt, this beer will make you go cuckoo for cocoa beer.”
  1. 9 May 2017West Linn Pub, West Linn, OR
    Tasted more like coffee (which I don’t like) than chocolate ... I would not want an entire pint of it.
 
Confessional Kölsch
5.3% ABV • 28 IBU 
“Brewed in honor of the Old Church’s birthday, Confessional Kölsch boasts a light malt body, a mild hop spice and dry grainy finish. Great by itself or paired with your favorite entrée or appetizer, this light refreshing ale is a great alternative for those seeking the light color of a domestic lager with the flavor and richness of a craft brew. It’s not a sin to like something light, so go ahead and confess your love of thirst-​quenching and crisp beer with a pint of Confessional Kölsch!”
  1. 12 Aug 2016Undercroft Bar @ Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
    Really good ... nice taste, and not watery at all. It was so good that I got a whole growler for a special birthday (theirs, not mine!) price of $8.
  1. 11 Oct 2016Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
    Second time confirms that it’s a winner!
  1. 17 Mar 2017Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
    Third time is delicious as usual!
 
Copper Moon
5.0% ABV • 44 IBU 
“Copper Moon has a coppery-orange luminescence radiating out of the pint glass, originating from three different organic malts that impart a flavorful yet summery smooth sweetness that quenches your thirst while tantalizing your taste buds. The upfront hop bitterness of Copper Moon is relatively low, complementing the malts without being overpowering. The hop flavor and aroma are another matter, as the Perle and Chinook hops used in the latter stages of each batch intermingle to generate a daz­zling, citrusy, floral experience, in addition to slightly spicy notes. All of these qualities blend into a refreshing, flavorful organic summer pale ale.”
  1. 20 Jun 2016Black Rabbit House @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    I like this beer, one of my new McMenamins favorites.
  1. 28 Jun 2016Broadway Pub, Portland, OR
    Yep, I like it!
  1. 12 Aug 2016Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
    Always a winner!
  1. 8 Sep 2016Chapel Pub, Portland, OR
  1. 13 Sep 2016North Bank, Eugene, OR
  1. 11 Oct 2016Market Street Pub, Portland, OR
    Good as always!
 
CopperHead
5.5% ABV • 44 IBU 
As part of their Oregon Craft Beer Month celebrations, McMenamins was featuring a week of “make your own half / half beer blend.” Happy to participate, I choose two of my favorites: a blend of half Copper Moon (see above) and half Hammerhead (see below).
  1. 23 Jul 2016Hotel Oregon Pub @ Hotel Oregon, McMinnville, OR
    Pretty good!
 
Deep Sea Baltic Porter (high gravity)
7.4% ABV • 31 IBU 
“This beer pours with a deep black color and a creamy, dark-tan head. Upon the first sip you’ll enjoy huge roasted malt flavors along with a slightly spicy hop aroma. This porter has a deceptively-high alcohol content and was fermented with Kölsch yeast to produce lager-like characteristics which are traditional in Baltic Porters.”
  1. 24 Jan 2017Raleigh Hills Pub, Portland, OR
    A nice beer to have on its own, without a meal ... porters and stouts seem better stand-alone. To my taste buds it seems slightly sweet ... could be a good dessert beer. I would definitely get it again, under the right circumstances.
 
Farmstead Wheat
5.2% ABV • 23 IBU 
“This crisp, easy-​drinking American Wheat beer is comprised of fifty percent malted wheat that’s rounded out with Pilsen and Vienna malts. Generous flavor and aroma additions of citrusy hops give this beer a bright nose with flavors of fruit and bread.”
  1. 8 Nov 2016Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
    Good! Nice! Very nice! Would definitely get this again!
  1. 9 May 2017Oregon City Pub, Oregon City, OR
    Nothing else on the tap list seemed interesting, and my notes reminded me that this was a good beer, so I enjoyed it a second time. I like it!
 
Firefly Kölsch
4.6% ABV • 16 IBU 
“For those who have been fortunate enough to witness the wonder of fireflies, you know that for a few months during summer evenings, this tiny critter can fully capture the imagination. Unfortunately, almost none are found here in the Pacific Northwest ... until now. Both radiate a bright golden glare and both are symbols of summer, with magical qualities that can fascinate and captivate. Firefly Kölsch is a true summer beer. It’s a crisp, thirst-​quenching golden ale made as true to this unique German style as possible. Using only German malts, this beer provides a flavorful, yet surprisingly subtle malt profile. Tettnanger hops impart a distinct, yet extremely smooth hop character. Collect Firefly Kölsch in a jar, glass, pint or pitcher and add a little brightness and magic to your summer evening.”
  1. 8 Aug 2016East 19th Street Café, Eugene, OR
    Slightly watery, but pretty good for IBU 16 ... the Confessional Kölsch is much better.
 
Golden Penny
5.2% ABV • 14 IBU 
“Presenting a crisp German Kolsch with a slight English twist! A gin-soaked oak spiral has been mingling with Penny’s Golden for one and a half fortnights, leaving a very refreshing beer with a unique spice and juniper-fueled dryness. Cascade hops pro­vide flavor and aroma, while the gin and oak infusion provides a “zip, tang, pow!” (highly technical brewing terms) of botanical goodness. This combination of ingredients was inspired by my home-brewing partner’s favorite drink, the gin and tonic.”
  1. 5 Jul 2016McMenamins on Monroe, Corvallis, OR
    Interesting and different beer ... almost like a weak gin and tonic. I guess it tastes pretty much along the lines of the stated ABV and IBU. Not too hoppy, but not much malt taste either ... a bit bland, but I guess that is sometimes the case with a Kölsch.
 
Griff’s Porter
5.0% ABV • 29 IBU 
“This porter is a kinder, gentler beer than the more aggressive Terminator Stout. The Blackprinz malt is dehusked before it is roasted. This removes the astringent bitterness, and leaves in the dark color and sweet flavor. I named this brew after a good friend of 35 years. Porter is his favorite beer, so cheers Glenn.”
  1. 28 Mar 2017McMenamins on Monroe, Corvallis, OR
    It was OK, but nothing great ... slightly watery ... perhaps too kind and gentle!
 
Hammerhead Ale
6.0% ABV • 44 IBU 
“A classic Northwest pale ale and McMenamins standard. 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.”
  1. 6 Jun 2016Rams Head, Portland, OR
    Really good, perhaps my favorite McMenamins beer.
  1. 20 Jun 2016Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    One of six samples in a beer flight.
  1. 23 Jul 2016Hotel Oregon Pub @ Hotel Oregon, McMinnville, OR
    Bought a $51 case of twelve 22 oz. bomber bottles to enjoy at home.
  1. 23 Jul 201623rd Avenue Bottle Shop, Portland, OR
    Bought a $10 four-pack of 16 oz. cans to enjoy at home.
  1. 25 Aug 2016Pat's Corner @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
    Had two pints with two bags of popcorn during the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie outside. Bought a $60 case of twelve 22 oz. bomber bottles to take home.
  1. 16 Dec 2016Power Station Theater @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    Had two pints with hummus plate during the Star Wars: Rogue One movie.
  1. 5 Jan 2017Sand Trap Pub @ Gearhart Hotel, Gearhart, OR
    Had with supper ... good as always, glad they always have it on hand.
  1. 19 Jan 2017Bagdad Theater, Portland, OR
    Had two pints with hummus plate and popcorn during the Star Wars: Rogue One movie.
 
Hard Days Red
5.3% ABV • 45 IBU 
“Everyone who puts in a full days work deserves a ‘Hard Days Red’. The Grand Lodge property in Forest Grove is opening a new hotel wing and this classic American red ale was brewed as a tribute to the hard work put in by all involved in the construction. Dry-hopped with more than a pound per barrel of Falconers Flight hop blend, Hard Days Red offers a perfect balance of premium barley and classic Northwest hops.”
  1. 11 Feb 2017Ironwork Grill Restaurant @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
    I really like this beer … similar to Hammerhead but not as hoppy … I would get it again.
 
Haymaker Gold
5.0% ABV • 16 IBU 
“A bright, crisp golden ale named after a piece of farm machinery once used on the Imbrie property. Enjoy the rich, nutty and toasty flavor and aroma profile of the malt, hidden beneath Cascade hops with grapefruit being the noticeable fragrance.”
  1. 17 May 2016Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
    It was good ... I would try it again!
 
Hillsdale Ale 30th Anniversary
4.5% ABV • 38 IBU 
“In celebration of three decades of small-batch brewing, a 30th Anniversary commemorative batch of Hillsdale Ale will be poured at every McMenamins location across the land for one day only. This revisited brew is based on careful studies of the original brewing records from Hillsdale and Cornelius Pass Roadhouse as it evolved during its 13-month run. It has been parsed and adjusted with enough poetic license to translate what was historically a malt extract brew to a modern all-grain in­ter­pre­ta­tion. We believe that the aim of the original concept of that first company standard can now be poured into your pint on this special date.”
  1. 25 Oct 2015Courtyard Restaurant @ Kennedy School, Portland, OR
    Very nice, a light, blonde ale ... very good!
 
Hopline Bling Double IPA
8.8% ABV • 60 IBU 
“You know when we have that Hopline Bling, it can only mean one thing: there’s an aggressively-​hopped, golden-​colored monster of a double IPA on draft. This nearly-​nine-​percent-​ABV behemoth was hop-bursted in kettle with a slew of hops like Citra, Simcoe and Centennial and finished with Falconers Flight pellets in the dry-hop addition for a blisteringly-​tropical, citrus-​hop character. The body was lightened with a touch of brewer’s sugar to keep the mouthfeel fresh and crisp, while Munich malt and flaked barley balance the hop assault with lighter bready notes and a nice fluffy head.”
  1. 20 Jun 2016Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    One of six samples in a beer flight ... too hoppy for my tastes!
 
Influential IPA
6.6% ABV • 50 IBU 
“This light, crisp IPA was inspired by the warmer, long days of summer. Citra hops provide aromas of lemon, lime, and grape­fruit. US Goldings and Amarillo hops lend flavors of tangerine and mild, delicate floral characteristics from their time together in the whirlpool and kettle. Finally, we fermented it with Imperial Barbarian yeast to impart esters of fresh strawberries and stone fruit.”
  1. 20 Jun 2016Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    One of six samples in a beer flight ... too fruity for my tastes!
 
Irish Stout (nitro)
4.9% ABV • 38 IBU 
“This is our halfway to Saint Patrick’s Day seasonal beer and will pour exclusively on our nitro taps for the occasion. Mc­Men­a­mins Irish Stout is our interpretation of the internationally-​renowned beer style that originated in Ireland, made as traditionally as possible with our own little twist. It is a very dark, ebony-colored stout with a thick, creamy and long-lasting head. The flavor is a fantastic fusion of coffee-like roasted barley bitterness and semi-sweet chocolate. A moderate hop bitterness balances pleas­ing­ly with this hearty backbone, while tiny nitrogen bubbles enhance the sensation on your taste buds with a smooth, silky cream­i­ness. One sip will have your head in the Emerald Isle clouds. A touch of the Irish, the blessings of St. Patrick and a pint of McMenamins Irish Stout to you!”
  1. 28 Nov 2015Rams Head, Portland, OR
    This beer was good with the meal, as it was not too thick for a stout.
  1. 20 Jun 2016Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    One of six samples in a beer flight.
  1. 17 Mar 2017Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
    Yep, this is a good beer ... went great with the Irish stew!
  1. 20 Mar 2017Boon's Treasury, Salem, OR
    Gotta enjoy it while it’s still available!
  1. 11 Apr 2017Boon's Treasury, Salem, OR
 
Kind Sister Wheat
4.0% ABV • 16 IBU 
“American Wheat beer is a totally different product than the traditional German Wheat brew. The main difference is that we use a traditional ale yeast, where our German friends use special strains that leave banana and clove flavors in the finished beer. This version is a clean, crisp, refreshing beer that pairs well with a slice of citrus. This brew is named after my kind sisters, both here in Oregon and those further away.”
  1. 9 Dec 2016Corvallis 3rd Street Pub, Corvallis, OR
    Pretty good ... light and refreshing without being watery. But I like Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen better. Thank goodness it’s not a German wheat beer ... NO bananas!!! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one.
 
Liquid Sunshine Wheat
5.2% ABV • 36 IBU 
“This easy-drinking wheat beer displays a prominent Northwest hop aroma and a gentle touch of bitterness. Aromas of citrus and straw swirl above its dense head. The addition of unmalted wheat to the grist adds a smooth and creamy malt character to the beer, resulting in greater complexity and layering. While hoppier than a standard wheat beer, Liquid Sunshine exhibits superb balance and drinkability. This beer is ideal for those seeking something on the lighter side but who demand more out of their wheat beers.”
  1. 17 Mar 2017Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
    Tried a sample (but forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one) ... it was OK, but a bit bland ... not worth getting a whole pint.
 
Lizbie Browne (nitro)
5.1% ABV • 28 IBU 
“This light English-​style Brown Ale pours on the nitro tap and tastes smooth and nutty. Don’t hesitate to order a pint now before the opportunity passes you by! ‘But Lizbie Browne, I let you slip; shaped not a sign; touched never your lip with lip of mine, lost Lizbie Browne. So, Lizbie Browne, when on a day men speak of me as not, you’ll say, “And who was he?” Yes Lizbie Browne!’”
  1. 1 Aug 2016Hillsdale Brewery and Public House, Portland, OR
    OK, but a bit on the watery side (28 IBU) ... I don’t think I would have it again.
 
Mam Tor ESB
5.4% ABV • 30 IBU 
“Ay up, Surry! Named for the highest peak in Derbyshire, England, our Extra Special Bitter was made with London ESB yeast and British barley and rye. A slightly fruity nose gives way to flavors of caramel and spicy hops layered over a bready malt body, finishing with a balancing bite on the tongue.”
  1. 11 Feb 2017Ironwork Grill Restaurant @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
    Had a sample ... not the greatest ... a bit watery ... a bit bitter ... would not get again.
 
Mojave Trail Finder Pale Ale
5.2% ABV • 30 IBU 
“This light American pale ale is easy-drinking and refreshing. It has a complex malty base of spiciness from the rye, and smooth, creamy notes from the oat malt and rolled oats. US Goldings hops help mute some of the spiciness and balance out the complex maltiness. Think of this as a breakfast pale ale. This brew will lift your spirits and send you down the right path.”
  1. 15 Sep 2016Cedar Hills Pub, Beaverton, OR
    Better than the Blue Rider Pale Ale I had right before it, but still, pretty weak and not much taste ... it’s OK, but I wouldn’t get it again.
 
Monroe Oktoberfest
5.8% ABV • 22 IBU 
“Traditionally, Oktoberfest beers are brewed in the spring and cellared until the fall harvest festivals. This version was fer­ment­ed with a Kölsch yeast for three weeks at 58 degrees. Most ales ferment closer to 70 degrees and for a shorter period of time. Copious amounts of Vienna and Munich malts provide the rich malt aroma. The balance is malt-forward with a moderate hop bitterness.”
  1. 8 Oct 2016Corvallis 3rd Street Pub, Corvallis, OR
    Pretty good, not bland, not too hoppy ... I would have again next Oktoberfest.
 
Nebraska Bitter
4.5% ABV • 20 IBU 
“This golden bitter uses fresh Cascade hops in modest amounts to create a more subtle hop flavor and bitterness than its big brother, Hammerhead. It’s named after Southwest Nebraska Street in Portland, where the Fulton Pub and Brewery is located and where it was first brewed. This crisp and flavorful ale has become a standard attraction at McMenamins taps everywhere.”
  1. 28 Jun 2016Greenway Pub, Tigard, OR
    Pretty good, I need to try it again ... the pool game was distracting my taste buds!
  1. 5 Jul 2016Corvallis 3rd Street Pub, Corvallis, OR
    Pretty good, perhaps just slightly bland ... maybe I like stronger beers after all! I don't know why it’s called Bitter, because there doesn’t seem to be anything bitter about it.
 
Orange Sunshine
5.1% ABV • 13 IBU 
“Orange Sunshine is a Kölsch style beer with a small amount of blood orange added after fermentation. This small addition brings a new dimension of flavor and aroma to this classic German style, both increasing the golden color and adding orange flavor with a slight raspberry note in the aroma. This is a refreshing and flavorful brew.”
  1. 16 Jul 2016Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
    Brewfest sample ... I don’t generally like fruit beers, but it’s OK ... pretty orangey, duh!
 
Philosopher’s Stone
7.0% ABV • 15 IBU 
“Legend has it that a great alchemist, or philosopher, once turned lead (or maybe dirt) into gold using a magic crystal. This crystal became known as the Philosopher’s Stone. Many quests were launched to acquire this stone, but it was never recovered. Over the years, the phrase ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ came to mean ‘that which is pursued but never obtained’ or ‘unobtainable perfection’. This particular Philosopher’s Stone is an English Strong Ale, brewed to emulate the beers of the Dark Ages.”
  1. 8 Nov 2016Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
    Tried only a small sample (but forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one) ... OK, but a bit watery ... pretty malty ... too British!
 
Pilgrimage Pale Ale
4.8% ABV • 41 IBU 
“The Pilgrimage Pale is full-bodied and low in alcohol with bread and toffee malt flavors upfront. It finishes with nice, light hop flavors on the back end. Most of the bitterness is dulled by the residual sugar, creating a balanced, refreshing pale ale.”
  1. 15 Jun 2016Greenway Pub, Tigard, OR
    Pretty good, I would get it again.
  1. 8 Sep 2016Barley Mill Pub, Portland, OR
    I’m not so convinced this time! I had forgotten that I had tried it before, but last time I liked it better.
 
Pole Ax (high gravity)
7.5% ABV • 18 IBU 
“ This is an old-school recipe brewed up for a long standing tradition! This big Amber Ale is full of great malt character and balanced out by a Cascade Hop profile. True to its name, it is strong and ready for consumption!”
  1. 23 May 2016Boon's Treasury, Salem, OR
    For the type of beer it is, it was good!
 
Purple Haze
4.0% ABV • 5 IBU 
“As a beer named after the most recognizable of Jimi Hendrix tunes, it’s interesting to note that the song’s colorful imagery came to Jimi in a dream. In a 1969 interview, he said ‘I dream a lot and I put a lot of my dreams down as songs.’ Sixteen years later, McMenamins dared to dream and became the first brewery in the U.S. to legally use fruit in the creation of ales. We still craft our flagship Fruit Ales exactly as we first did. We aim to make them light, crisp and refreshingly fruity. Purple Haze, a favorite and often requested recipe for over twenty years now, is brewed using locally malted 2-Row and 42 pounds of Oregon boysenberries in every batch.”
  1. 17 May 2016Rock Creek Tavern, Hillsboro, OR
    It was OK, a bit watery ... what do you expect from such a low-IBU, low-alcohol beer? It was a bit fruity, like it is supposed to be.
 
Raging Leprechaun Irish Red
6.5% ABV • 25 IBU 
“Just in time for St. Patty’s Day, this malt-​forward ale displays notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee and a hint of rum raisin before fading to a dry, crisp finish. Behind this rich malty foreground dances the faint notes of Goldings hops, while a robust white head hides a radiant amber-colored body below. Thanks to the use of brewing salts, Raging Leprechaun Red uses the same brewing water as Dublin, Ireland to simulate the authentic taste of a true Irish ale! Sure to calm even the angriest imp, expect this malty easy-drinking delight to pair well with any variety of savory Irish dishes.”
  1. 22 Apr 2017Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
    With the way it is described and how it tastes, this seems closer to a porter than other red ales I have had. It was OK, but not great ... I don’t think I would order it again. There are better red ales, and better porters.
 
Red Riser IPA
6.5% ABV • 45 IBU 
“To celebrate the changing of seasons, McMenamins brewers have handcrafted a delightful India Red Ale. At the time of year when sun and rain are in the forecast in equal quantity, Red Riser IRA peeks over the mountaintops to bring warmth and remind us that summer is just around the corner. Made from the finest Pilsner and Crystal malts, this red giant is generously hopped late in the boil with a heavenly blend of aromatic varieties. The glorious garnet hue illuminates the way to a wonderfully complex beer. The tropical, juicy hop notes hit the nose in a prophetic burst of awareness that something wonderful is to follow. And it does in fruity, citrusy hop flavor. Enjoy this seasonal while you wait for the summer sun to rise again.”
  1. 6 May 2017Fireside Bar @ Old St Francis School, Bend, OR
    It was OK, not too hoppy, but it was the least favorite of the three samples I tried, so I decided not to order a pint. For a red ale, I don’t think you can do better than Lompoc Brewing’s Proletariat Red Ale.
 
Redshirt Session Ale
4.3% ABV • 30 IBU 
“Like the wearers of it’s namesake, this beer goes down quick! As an away team of bready, toasty malts beam down to your palate, mild floral hops maintain the balance of power from high orbit.”
  1. 12 Dec 2016Broadway Pub, Portland, OR
    The name and description refer to Star Trek ... I didn’t realize it at the time! I really liked this beer ... similar to my beloved Lompoc Proletariate Red, but not as hoppy ... I would definitely get it again!
 
Reed’s Red
5.8% ABV • 37 IBU 
“Much like its namesake, this mildly-​malted beer is always on point! The spicy Centennial hops are reminiscent of his snark. The smooth reddish, caramel hue is enough to put you at ease, much like his golden pipes. Bubbles? Yep, lots of those. One for each thought that this great man is willing to share with you. So chillax brahs and bettys, you’re in good hands with The Reedling!”
  1. 8 Aug 2016North Bank, Eugene, OR
    I don’t know who Reed is, but this beer is really good ... it kind of reminded me of my favorite Lompoc Proletariate Red ... I would definitely get again!
 
Ruby Ale
4.0% ABV • 5 IBU 
“One of our most popular standards, we still make Ruby with the same aims we had when brewing the first batch back in March of 1986: To create an ale light, crisp and refreshingly fruity. Great Western Premium 2-Row and 42 pounds of Oregon-grown and processed raspberry purée is used to craft every colorful batch. Simple but delicious.”
  1. 25 Oct 2015Honors Bar @ Kennedy School, Portland, OR
    It was OK, but not great ... I would not get it again.
  1. 20 Jun 2016Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    One of six samples in a beer flight.
  1. 20 Jun 2016Tea House Bar @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    Gosh, it was the least bad choice!
 
Rye Baby Pale Ale
5.4% ABV • 62 IBU 
“Don’t let the use of rye scare you! This is one exceptionally-​refreshing pale ale. Rye adds a distinct spicy malt character along with aromas of toffee, allspice and caramel. A special blend of Northwest hops complement the beer with notes of evergreen and pine before fading to a smooth resinous finish. This radiantly golden-​colored ale is light in body and big on flavor. Take a break from your standard pale ale and try a pint of this delicious quaffable creation. Don’t be a cry baby, it’s just rye, baby!”
  1. 1 Aug 2016Wilsonville Old Church, Wilsonville, OR
    Now this is a good rye beer! It’s infinitely better than the Ryeled Up rye beer (see below) I had last week at White Eagle. I would have this again! It seems to have a bit of a citrus taste ... I guess that is the IBU 62.
 
Ryeled Up: Whiskey Barrel Aged Brett Rye
6.2% ABV • 35 IBU 
“Tart, spicy and funky, this garnet-hued rye ale is was brewed with 50% Crystal Rye Malt from Thomas Fawcett for a pleasant spice character. Noble hop varietals round out the brew and complement the flavor of the rye malt. Six months of aging in a whiskey barrel with a Belgian wild ale yeast strain, Brettannomyces Bruxellensis, created a pleasant, earthy tang that permeates this complex wild ale.”
  1. 27 Jul 2016White Eagle Saloon @ White Eagle Hotel, Portland, OR
    Pretty strong tasting ... almost like medicine! I think it’s the rye, which I generally like, combined with the barrel aging. This is the second or third barrel-aged beer I have had, and in general I don’t think I like them. I want to keep my beer and my spirits separate!
 
Scot’s Harp Scottish Export 80
5.2% ABV • 19 IBU 
“This Scottish-style session ale maintains a malt complex all its own. Semi-sweet tones meld with notes of baked bread. The hops add just the right balance to the overall performance. A dry finish and a low hop bitterness come through at the end of this melodious quaff. This is definitely an easy-drinking beer for 80 shillings!”
  1. 6 May 2017Fireside Bar @ Old St Francis School, Bend, OR
    This was pretty good, I suppose I would get it again. I ordered it at the Fireside Bar but drank it at O’Kanes Bar at the other end of the property because O’Kanes has a very limited tap selection. This beer went great with the stuffed bacon wrapped jalapeños I enjoyed on the O’Kanes patio.
 
Seaside Porter
6.5% ABV • 35 IBU 
“Ebony-colored with soft chocolate notes. Softer than a stout, but it still has the malt flavor of a porter.”
  1. 6 Jan 2017Lighthouse Brewpub, Lincoln City, OR
    It was good, especially with my clam chowder supper … just what a porter should be.
 
Sgt. Pepper’s Porter
5.6% ABV • 26 IBU 
“About twenty days ago today, a beer was brewed that guarantees to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you a deliciously light, coffee-​toned porter with slight hints of chocolate and smoke. So sit back, enjoy a pint, and let the evening go. Just remember, it’s wonderful to drink it. It’s certainly a thrill. It’s such a lovely porter beer, I’d like to take it home with me. Fill a growler and take it home.”
  1. 19 May 2017Mall 205 Pub, Portland, OR
    Almost like a stout ... too much of a coffee taste ... yuck!
 
Sin Nombre Lager
5.0% ABV • 27 IBU 
“A clean palate of slightly bready notes with an easy-going outlook fill this no name lager. It’s time for the spring window to keep opening up on Oregon and as it does, we can start enjoying the light, easy-drinking beer styles.”
  1. 14 Mar 2017Thompson Brewery and Public House, Salem, OR
    Tasted like a good Pilsner ... flavorful without being too hoppy, and not watery or weak. I would get it again.
 
Skeletor Wins! IPA
7.0% ABV • 59 IBU 
“Finally, the battle for Eternia is over. Spoiler alert! Skeletor wins. He-Man put up a good fight. His tiger sidekick and friends like Man-E-Faces gave it their best, but the evil one and his minions now have control of Castle Greyskull and the rest of Eternia. He may seem brass and thin-skinned, but he’s supposedly a pretty good negotiator, so I’m going to hold back my criticism for at least the first 100 days. Either way, this beer is delicious, and the extremely goofy beer names have now come to an end. Good riddance, I say.”
  1. 19 May 2017Mall 205 Pub, Portland, OR
    I have NO idea what this Masters of the Universe description has to do with this beer. Good riddance, I agree! This beer is too hoppy for me!
 
Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown
5.0% ABV • 14 IBU 
“It’s time to start burning wood in the fireplace to drive the cold from the extremities. It’s also the time of year to savor the soul-​soothing beverage of your choice, and one can’t think of anything better than the McMenamins classic seasonal brew, Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown. This longtime favorite has a chestnut color and medium body that will cast a festive spell over you, and a hint of toffee on the palate will gently warm your bones as an English brown ale should. The complex malt character, well-​balanced with Chinook hops and US Golding hops, will have you walking in a continual reverie.”
  1. 24 Jan 2017John Barleycorns, Tigard, OR
    A nice beer ... similar to my favorite Moose Drool, but somewhat milder. It went great with my meal ... I would order it again.
  1. 11 Feb 2017Ironwork Grill Restaurant @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
    It’s still good, but I think I liked the Hard Days Red better.
  1. 28 Feb 2017Power Station Pub @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    Probably my last chance to have this until next year ... tasty as usual, went good with my steak sandwich.
  1. 19 May 2017Mall 205 Pub, Portland, OR
    After trying samples of three other beers at the Mall 205 Pub and not particularly liking them, I had this beer for the fourth time in five months. Pretty good, but not one of my favorites.
 
Snow Fly Honey Rye
4.9% ABV • 34 IBU 
“This tasty beer’s namesake refers to the best kept secret in Montana fly fishing. This brew is the perfect libation for summer. It’s light-bodied and crisp with gentle citrus notes and a mellow dryness for the palate. Combined with Honey Malt, the unique spicy rye flavor gives this beer that little ‘something different.’”
  1. 16 Jul 2016Imbrie Hall @ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
    Citrusy like they said ... pretty good.
 
Spearhead Molly
5.7% ABV • 29 IBU 
“Molly is the fictitious matron of the Roseburg Railway Station Pub. The short, stout woman lavished employees and patrons with decadent pies and tarts that were second to none. Molly’s tarts and temperament were as sweet as her wrath was fierce. Many illegal games of boxcar poker came to an end with a brawl between players, but Molly would step in to knock the unruly offenders over the head with her rolling pin. It was her sweet disposition and smooth character that earned her respect, but it was her sharp and powerful presence that earned her the nickname “Spearhead Molly.” Like its namesake, Spearhead Molly has both sweet characteristics and a powerful bite. It’s an American Brown Ale with a smooth, nutty palate and a crisp hop finish.”
  1. 28 Dec 2016Roseburg Station Pub and Brewery, Roseburg, OR
    A brown ale much like my favorite Moose Drool, but a bit lighter. Nice ... I would get it again. Brewed on site.
 
Spirit of 77 Breweries CDA
6.1% ABV • 44 IBU 
“#Spiritof77Breweries is a collaboration between homebrewer and filmmaker John Lovegrove and McMenamins’ Crystal Brewery. In August of 2015, with a film crew in tow, John visited 77 Portland-area breweries in a single day, ending the epic mission at the Crystal Ballroom Brewery. This CDA reflects the achievement. Two percent of this beer is made up of 77 different specialty grains, one for each brewery. Mosaic Hops cap off this roasty and aromatic Cascadian Dark Ale.”
  1. 25 Aug 2016Ironwork Grill Restaurant @ Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
    It was dark like a stout, but not quite as thick or strong ... pretty good.
 
Spring Wheat Fever
4.6% ABV • 36 IBU 
“This full-bodied version of an American Wheat ale adds a bit of a Pacific Northwest twist. Munich malts give this ale a nice full-bodied mouthfeel up front as well as adding a little more color than your standard wheat ale. A small amount of orange peel adds to the flavor profile and Chinook hops give it a nice citrusy hop punch in the finish that leaves you thirsty for more.”
  1. 23 Jul 2016Rooftop Bar @ Hotel Oregon, McMinnville, OR
    A bit on the weak side ... I probably would not have it again.
 
Stephen Weizen
5.5% ABV • 28 IBU 
“The part that makes this ale so unique is the yeast. The strain used is called Weihenstephan (one of the oldest yeast strains in the world). It produces flavors that include spicy clove and fresh banana. This weizen has medium body but suspended yeast may increase the perception of body. The texture of wheat imparts the sensation of a fluffy, creamy fullness that may progress to a light, spritzy finish aided by high carbonation. This style is always effervescent and always satisfying.”
  1. 22 Sep 2015Ringlers Pub @ Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
    Pretty good ... went well with the pretzel sticks and cheddar fondue.
 
Summertime Dark Farmhouse Ale
6.5% ABV • 17 IBU 
“A dark ale, light in body, smooth in taste. A balanced ale made with organic malts and hops, keg-conditioned with honey.”
  1. 16 Jul 2016Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, Hillsboro, OR
    OK, but I wouldn’t get it again... maybe a bit too hoppy, even though it has a low IBU. Good thing I had a pulled-pork sandwich and chips to help it along!
 
Sunflower IPA
6.7% ABV • 29 IBU 
“In the 1790s, English sailors needed an ale that could withstand the long sea voyage to the colonies in Asia. Knowing that alcohol and hops are natural preservatives, English brewers developed these strong, highly-​hopped ales known as India Pale Ales. McMenamins Sunflower IPA was first introduced in the summer of 1995 at our West Linn brewery. Inspired by the bountiful sunflowers grown in the pub’s beer garden, our IPA has a deep golden color and distinct yet subtle citrus flavors that satisfy both the diehard IPA drinker and those who prefer a lighter palate. Sunflower IPA is truly a beer for the masses.”
  1. 25 Aug 2016Grand Lodge, Forest Grove, OR
    Bought a 22 oz. bomber bottle and drank it in my truck ... a bit IPAish, but really pretty good! I think the IBU is more like twice the stated 29. Still, I liked it so much that I bought a $60 case of 12 bomber bottles!
 
Super Ligero Mexican Lager
4.8% ABV • 21 IBU 
“Dreaming of sandy beaches and blue skies? This may not actually deliver you to Mexico but it’s pretty darn close. This dark Mexican lager is light (ligero), crisp and the perfect refresher on a hot, sunny day. It has a solid, malty base and a light hop kick to round everything out. Salud!”
  1. 26 May 2017St. Johns Theater and Pub, Portland, OR
    Darker than I thought it would be ... pretty good, pretty dry ... a decent taste, but I don’t think I would get again.
 
Terminator Stout
6.5% ABV • 30 IBU 
“Black as the darkest night and as rich as the most decadent dessert, Terminator is for the true stout lover. This is a full-​bodied and flavor-​packed ale which draws its robust complexity from kiln-​baked specialty grains. Look for a wide array of toasted, chocolate, nutty and coffee-like flavors in every pint! The devoted swear by it, and it remains one of our top selling ales, year after year.”
  1. 20 Jun 2016Lucky Staehly's Pool Hall @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    One of six samples in a beer flight ... pretty stoutish!
 
The Casey Kelly Sessions
5.8% ABV • 58 IBU 
“With the summer days as long as Casey is tall, I thought it would be a good idea to brew something up to celebrate good times with good friends. Brewed with three malts, 2-Row, Munich and just a touch of Crystal, this summer-​time session ale has a very light body with a dry finish. Citra hops were then added, and added, and added again before finally adding one more round in the dry-hopping stage, making for a slightly bitter, very aromatic ale with heavy notes of citrus fruits and summer.”
  1. 8 Aug 2016North Bank, Eugene, OR
    Had a sample (I forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one), but I didn’t care for it ... too hoppy, or whatever. I had Reed’s Red instead ... I liked that much better!
 
Vanilla Terminator
5.8% ABV • 27 IBU 
“We’ve added real Madagascan vanilla beans to a batch of Terminator Stout and put it on a nitro tap to create a whole new creamy, liquid dessert experience!”
  1. 8 Sep 2016Chapel Pub, Portland, OR
    Tried a sample (but forgot to take a picture, so I “borrowed” this one) ... too ‘special’! Yuck!
 
White Rabbit Pilsner
5.3% ABV • 39 IBU 
“Pilsners are generally light colored, clean-flavored beers with a distinct hop aroma and this beer is no exception. The grassy, spicy hop resins from Sterling and Tettnanger hops really shine through the light, smooth flavor of Pilsner malt while the Bohemian yeast contributes a clean lager ester profile.”
  1. 20 Jun 2016Loading Dock Grill @ Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
    A good pilsner, tasty and not watery ... I would definitely try it again!
 
Wildflower Wheat
5.0% ABV • 23 IBU 
“This American Wheat ale has all the basics for a great tasting wheat beer. Clean crisp body and a mellow hop flavor with a touch of malt chewiness. To put a unique twist on this beer we added wild chamomile flowers to enhance the flowery aromatics and herbal flavor. This enhances the overall mellow sensation that a wheat beer can be about. A wonderful combination to a sipping wheat beer!”
  1. 6 May 2017Fireside Bar @ Old St Francis School, Bend, OR
    This was pretty good, with a nice floral flavor, as the description said. It was definitely my first chamomile beer! I would get it again.
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