nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Town Hall. Orange-tan color with a thin head. Fruity yeasty aroma, like a tweaked out English Bitter with some Belgian Candi tones. Rather huge sugary mouthfeel for a beer of 5.7%. Orange sweet malt tones, a pleasant underlying soapy bitterness. Fruity yeast finish. Bitter, but a little too sugary for me. Ok for what it is.
arminjewell (8606) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler, pours nice hazy yellow with white head, aroma is pleasant citrus hops and complimentary esters from the yeast. Taste is some bubble gum, along with strong hops, a nice biscuit base, and a fairly bitter finish. Nice belgian IPA, balanced.
islay (1493) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Consumed on 7-26-10. Pours a clear, deep gold with a small to moderate amount of creamy (in color and apparent texture), fluffy head. Good lacing. Slow-rising bubbles. Clean and spicy smell: Cloves, cinnamon, pepper, banana. Complex, appetizing, and strong aroma. Similarly spicy taste. Light body. Soft in the palate. Town Hall Ameribelg Pale is a nice and funky little hybrid that nevertheless illustrates the challenge of successfully completing the tempting combination of the American and Belgian pale ale traditions. Belgian yeasts, American hops.
DalzAle (2010) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Clear golden pour, very little carbonation and a nice fruity nose from the Belgian yeast. Flavor starts out with standard hops, bitter pale ale flavor, then funky apple, and finished with a slick mouthfeel and lingering yeasty aftertaste. Unique beer and well priced for @ under $10/growler.
Goodgrief (1869) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at brewpub. Huge floral hoppy aroma, golden color. Pretty heavy level of spicing and a lot...I mean a lot of yeastiness. Mild fruity malt presence and really (over?) carbonated. Not much by the way of american hops really notable...not really hoppy or bitter at all.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Town Hall. Pours a clean orange color with a small white head. Aroma is of bananas, bubble gum, and some grassy hops. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some hops in the background. This combination works fairly well.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Town Hall AmeriBelg IPA
Amarillo & Columbus hops, I believe, Trappist Belgian yeast, 60 IBUs, 5.7% abv.
Clear, amber-hued appearance, slim white head.
Aroma: spice, fruity esters, bubblegum. sweet and funky, apricot, and melon. Enticing, and uplifting.
taste: flavors found in aroma flood the mouth, blast the palate, prickly peach, peppery hops, tropical fruit mixed with uniquely Belgian weirdness. Deliciously weird. MMmmmm. Quintessential American pale ale, as Town Hall does so well, with a twisted dose of Belgian yeast to funk it all up.
Delicious. Almost indescribably delicious, so unique a concoction. Or not. "Rumor" has it that this beer was inspired by Mr. Hoops’ tasting of Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, one of my favorites among this new "style", such as it is.
Hoops almost apologizes for the merely 60 IBUs, explaining that the Belgian yeast would impart so much flavor it would compensate for the sparse bitterness. He needn’t have worried about any failing, this is a knockout hit. I can toss this entire growler back with particular aplomb. Won’t do it, though. Must save some happiness for tomorrow.
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow and rather plain in appearance. Fruity front and a twist of the yeasts but despite the light flavors it settled more into a pale ale than a particularly Belgian ale. Light bitterness. Nice, fine. On tap at brewpub.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pint pours a a clear golden color with a 1 finger white head. The smell is initially the belgian yeast aroma followed by some hops. Sitting outside wasn’t very conducive to getting a good aroma. The taste is very straight forward in that it is not a complex beer by any means. Belgian upfront followed by the smooth transition to the hoppy pale ale characteristics. I was hoping this would have been more belgian to be honest. Not bad but also not a huge standout.