arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nice red with creamy white head on cask. Aroma has big pine, some citrus, touch of caramel. Taste is big citrusy pine, touch of caramel, big pine bitter finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub on 6/22/07: Pours a transparent deep bronze with a full-lacing clingy white head. Aroma of big fresh citrusy hops and lightly sweet pale malt. Body starts with good light malty sweetness, nicely balanced with an assertive grapefruity piny hoppy balance. Very smooth, crisp and flavorful toward a slightly drier, lingering bittersweet finish. A very nice APA.
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Minneapolis, MN). Pours a nice glowing golden amber hue, a nice moderate frothy offwhite head, laces ok. Aromas are a nice bite of citrusy hops, lemon and grapefruit. Simple, lighter, with some fresh vibrance. Initial is lighter, soapy and melon hops, grapefruit, lemon. A decent hopping, with decent bitterness, clean and soapy, with citrus, dry, soapy. Hops are fresh, lemon and melon slant is different, with a high drinkability and good dry and bitter finish. Nice hop profile, a tasty fruity melange without getting cloying, solid bitterness
JK (5565) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Called a pale ale, but basically a mild ipa. Fruit in the aroma, fruit and hops in the flavor. Good but one dimensional. Lately this brewery is all about boring hops.
badgerben (4767) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange color with a thin head. A good blend of pine and citrus-based hops in the aroma. The citrus tends to win out in the taste, but so much that it obliterates the rest of the beer. Dry and bitter finish with a little malt to keep it afloat. Well balanced Pale.
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Clear brilliant golden in color with a small off-white head and good lacing. Excellent hoppy aroma of citrus and pine, with just a hint of sweet malt behind it, almost west coast style. The flavor is also very nice and hoppy. Man I love me some Centennial hops. Grapefruit and pine needle flavors with very slight pale malt sweetness backing it up. Fairly light body, which improves the drinkability, and good crispness. Another big winner from Town Hall. These guys have impressed me.
jazz88 (2645) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. A light golden color. A hop infused pale ale with a crisp clean and bitter finish.
ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, hoppy aroma that doesn’t smell overly bitter...perfect for an APA. Slightly hazy light amber with an average-sized off-white, creamy, frothy, somewhat lasting head. Excellent lace!! Initial mouthfeel has a strong hop aspect. A touch on the dry side. This is an excellent pale; almost bitter enough for an IPA. I could drink this all night at 5.7% ABV. Not quite as rich and sweet as the Masala Mama IPA, but nearly as hoppy.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Latest in the single-hop series, second after the Columbus, which was more of an IPA than a regular pale. No caramel malts were used in this, to keep the color light golden and let the hops shine through, and doing so prove that a light-colored beer can be full-flavored. True, the mates at the bar all marvelled how much it's appearance could be mistaken for a pint of Miller, but not when you taste it, oh, no!
Appearance: as already mentioned, perfectly clear, bright golden, sparkling yellow, with a nice, white head above.
Aroma: hop-hop-hoppy, with pine, citrus, peach, apricot, and more bursting forth, fruit forward, as they say in wine-land. Very appealing and inviting, sweet and tasty.
So, taste! Hops dance and sing on the palate, neatly buzzing the tastebuds, then softly fading, until the next sip, which isn't taking it's time in coming around..this is lovely stuff, and it likes being in the mouth! Light in body, with a long, fruity finish, good hoppy texture, very easily consumed, with a persistent, zingy, hoppy flavor. And there's just enough malt, too, where there's no worry of this pleasant creature turning into a hop monster. Quite high on the drinkability factor!
Another top notch effort from Town Hall!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery, August 2006, in commemoration for batch 700.
Translucent, nectary yellow with a steady film scum clinging to the edges. Aroma takes on sugary lemon grass, daffodils, citric corn chex, honeydew and marigolds. Could go either way. Flavor seethes static orange blossoms and elongated cotton. Dynamically refreshing. Centennial prominence projects mangos and spastic sugary orange drops. Melon and papaya are persistent in their tropically based citric showcase, with a clinging bitterness and a well supported and malcontented sweetness. Nectar laden wheat pipes the bittersweet arraignment, pursued by a crisp, orange glazed biscuit bite at the edges. Well-balanced, with a dry fruitiness melding well with the medium momentum format. Classic, aggressively balanced American pale ale, winding down with orange marmalade and a light yet authoritative clementine centricity in the end.
Cask, August 2006.
Settling. Suspended yeast is involved in the pillowy orange tinted cotton, as a one inch cap frames the beer with retracting marshmallow lace. Whetted sandpaper meets sprouts and the entrails of an orange rind in the aroma. Fresh, sugary hop bouquet peaks through with orange blossom honey and an autumn leaf’s seasonal mustiness. Smooth flavor portrayal of an orange rind edict. Mild, light tobacco wrappers circle round mango and papaya shards. Granted, there’s gentle carbonation to give a new persona to the formerly aggressive beer, conjuring motion in the slightest sense with the swiftest tongue flick. Citric glazed, almond sweetened bran flakes. Mild mannered, playing the part of a moderately bittersweet seducer.