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Town Hall 1800 Old English IPA
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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Recreated from an IPA recipe Mike Hoops found from the year 1800. The recipe was altered slightly with the british style hops additions (5 lbs per barrel) spaced out more during the boil to allow the beer to be drinkable now instead of months after a sea voyage.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
Draft at Town Hall Tap. Pours clear deep gold, 1-finger cream-coloured head, with ropey lacing. Nose is wonderfully gentle - honeyed hops, apples, soft sweet malt, little hints of spice and some stonefruit. Flavours of soft drying cedar, very Goldins-y, lightly tart, very earthy. Totally not my style of IPA, but so well executed, and so wonderfully unexpected, that I was charmed regardless.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Draft. Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a light white head. Nice caramel notes in the flavor with a fruity hop note. Medium mouthfeel. Nice lingering bitterness. Slight roast aroma and fruit nose. Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
cask version came out dark yellow with a large creamy cascading head. reminds me of a lighter colored guiness and loved the long lacing. aroma was perfumey with some pine notes. taste was milky, very balanced, probably my favorite town hall brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Pours a hazy straw-gold color with 2-3 inches of nearly white head. Head dies back to under a quarter inch, but leaves a very decent foamy lacing. Mildly hoppy aroma - tart and spicy. Wow - mouth puckering very bitter hops. Very tart citrus - like biting into a grapefruit rind. And then holding it there on your palate. And then biting it again. Ouch. Does that mean I donít like it? Not at all! I absolutely DO like it. The initial bitter tart citrus hops are followed by a floral-spice hops aftertaste. But you know what - its that tart citrus that lingers. And lingers. Thereís a mild honey malt in the background - but honestly, this is all hops. Juicy tangy mouth puckering deliciously painful hop bitterness. Some hot alcohol in the afterburn - er, um - aftertaste. In traditional English IPA style, this one was hand-crafted to survive the long, trecherous, bumpy, hot and humid, boatride from England to India - or in my case - in the cab of an í88 Ford Ranger with no air conditioning - from Minneapolis to NW Isanti County.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1093) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
10 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Listed on the menu at 8.6% abv. Subdued, fruity, floral, and yeasty aroma features strawberry, brown sugar, and melon scents. The smell is nice, but I wish it were stronger. The aroma improves upon drinking. Pours a hazy, dark gold to bronze, almost orange, color. Small to moderate amount of beige head. Produces good lacing. Pleasant meld of American double IPA malts and English-style, sharp, dirt-bitter hops. Floral and peach flavors. Alcohol well masked. Awesome, hoppy, earthy, bitter aftertaste of grass and dirt. Itís like I scooped up a clump of sod from my lawn, and stuck it on the back of my tongue, and swished it around in my mouth. That probably doesnít sound too pleasant, but I loved it. Heavy body. Smooth, oily, and lively in the palate. This is a big, bitter beer. Itís a rare English-style double IPA (Iíve never had one before), and it contrasts nicely to the (admittedly often excellent) citrusy and piney doubles for which the American West Coast in renowned. Iím very surprised that this beer doesnít score more highly here at RateBeer. So far, itís the best Town Hall brew that I have tried.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6156) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Pours hazy orange with off white head, nose of very English hops with a bit sweetness. Taste upfront is a bit piny and leads into the earthiness of the malt and finishes nicely bitter. Good effort as far as English IPAs go, usually not my favorite but would drink a lot of this!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1975) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Growler pour. Dark clear orange pour, quickly dissipating head and a very earthy and dry hop aroma. Flavor is intially bitter orange, grass, hops and finished with a very rich, creamy and herbal aftertaste. Very well balanced and an easy drinker. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Growler. Rating #74. I enjoyed this one while I was out fishing with the boys who all agreed that this was a stellar beer. Very nicely balanced. Real nice bitterness, but it was also quite drinkable. (2452)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Pours a dark and cloudy yellow with little head. Aroma of flowers and hops. I swear I caught a hit of smoke and/or wood in there too. The taste is of heavy hops rounded out by too little malt and some wood. Slightly bitter. Thin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Tap at RBSG. Pours a hazy deep golden, light copper with a foamy lasting white head- nice lace as well. Aroma is herbal, earhty hops somewhat floral and grassy as well, but pretty intense for an english style IPA. Good pale malt backbone but it is skewed towards the english hops. Tons of EKG grassiness, floral and an earthy almost piney bitterness. Smooth and very drinkable. I prefer the Masala Mama, but this was nice.


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