JK (4293) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I don’t know what everyone is enjoying in this beer. I had the cask style. Looked like a hefeweizen. Mild hop aroma. Flavor of more hops, lightly sweet, with a strange, and not very good vegetable quality. The Masala Mama is much better.
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was relieved when I arrived at Town Hall Brewery last night that the Big Ticket IPA had not run out yet. Beautifully hoppy, piney aroma. Cloudy amber appearance with excellent lace and an off-white head. Head is smallish. Very hoppy flavor with a reasonable amount of sweetness. Initial mouthfeel is a little thinner than I had hoped. Perhaps not enough alcohol? A very nice brew; improves as it warms. Not a session brew but has excellent piney hops. I enjoyed it so much I bought a growler of it to take home.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a growler into a Duvel glass, giving the head full reign of 3/4 of the glass, at first, anyway...Color's a bright, bold, peachy hue, head is astondingly lacey, pure white, delicate and delightful...Aroma: Wow! full-blown fruit, huge hoppiness, ...a verdant, lush pine forest, tropical, bowling over with with a potent, even fierce hop bouquet...we catch pineapple, cherry, mango, grapefruit, nectarine, ...it's a hornest hive of hops, that I stretch out the smelling to enjoy as long as I can...mmm, that's the stuff! Wow!
Taste it, already: full mouthfeel, rich, totally in charge of the tongue and roundly filling the mouth. And here's the shock of it, though: I've had Double IPAs before, the super-sticky, resiny, spikey kind that pounce the palate without a comforting cushion of malt behind, and I've enjoyed them, but this is not one of those, for the hops are sweeter and juicier, but the malt backbone is strong and able. The body is full and the finish is generous, loaded with spicy, fruity flavor. This has been so well-received at the pub that some, I've been told have lobbied for it to replace my favorite beer, their Masala Mama IPA, and to that I say, "over my dead body." Yum, though, yum, yummy, yummers...
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an amazingly well balanced, smooth and creamy double ipa. The hops are very similar to the masala mama's but amped up a notch with extra malt to match. It is sweeter than masala and not the session ipa that the mama is. 6.7 feels much more like 9 since it is so smooth and drinkable that before you know it you better buy your Big bus Ticket home. The hops/sweet interplay is wonderful. Aromatic, spicy and citrusy. The Dreadnaught is more nuanced and complex, but the big ticket is extremely satisfying. We are very lucky to have Town Hall!
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Have to say the did this mutha right! Joe Lewis hoppy right hook to the jaw. Reminiscent of DFH 90-Minute IPA. Nose of fresh and fruity hops. The LIFE in this beer is dizzying. Great lacing that lasts as you sip this monster. Taste is blast of hop, citrus and pine, sweetened just enough to keep you from puckering. Leaves your mouth nigh tingling! Gentlemen, start your growlers.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big Ticket "K.G. aka Kevin Garnett" can be proud to have such a finely made brew bear his namesake.
Color sits a clearish deep golden yellow with a pretty large fluffy beige colored crown that sustains a solid skim on top nearly the whole glass down. Great lacing is thick webbings all over the place.
Aroma is highly sweet and citrusy in the hops with some fresh, raw grapefruit and tangerine sourness and a toasty malt backing very light underneath.
Taste has a toasty warmth and a hoppy gleam within, hops are dominant and complexing with layers of dryish wood, citrus, grapefruit, piney, resiny, floral, highly sweetish with an overall sour bittering giving a largely grapefruit twinge throughout the encounter. Its much like the Masala Mama but with a just bit more edgyness and hop profile.
The feel is quite nice, fluffy and full, toasty and bitterly filled with a puree of hops that parks on the street we call palate. Becomes really exceptional as it warms with a softer give.
Not as drinkable as Masala IMHO, but damn near respectable in ever accord to what most Imperial IPA's embody. Another hophead delight that can sit next to Masala to watch a full court press, down by 2 with 9 seconds left no fouls to give in the fourth to win it. For three....Wow what a ticket!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy copper colored beer. Light tan head, maybe 2" that diminishes to just covering the top of the beer. Lighter in the aroma department than I expected, but still smells pretty good. Just nothing prominent or overwhelming.
Initial taste is pure hops - floral and citrus - quite bitter, but in a good way. Scratch that, in a very good way. The citrus is like chewing on a grapefruit rind. Slight piney hops in the aftertaste. There’s also an ashy harness to the hops. That looks bad in print, but really it is a welcome, pleasing characteristic. Maybe you have too be a hophead to understand what I mean. There is a subtle carmel malt flavor very far in the background. I also detect a very slight taste of wild rice.