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Town Hall Festivus 2006

Town Hall Festivus 2006
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
This year our holiday beer is an English IPA that was largly inspired by the popular 1800 IPA. Made with floor malted British Marris Otter malt and only the finest classic hops. This beer is sneaky at 9.3% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Name: Festivus
Date: 01/06/2007
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2006

Appearance: hazy amber, wispy white head,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma,
Flavor: caramel malt flavor with a light peppery spiced malt character, sweet caramel malt, a bit cloying, lots of bitterness,
Overall: the extremes without the balance in the middle,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Dark Orange with White Head. Lit Spice, Malt, and Hops on the Nose. Town Hall Definitly on a Hop Fix this Season. This One, However, is Incredibly Smooth and Seductive. Lots of Balancing Malt Notes..Nice Hop Overtones, Light Notes of Fruit and Spice, and a bit Herbal Overall. Really Nice Winter Warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2007
Hand-bottle, courtesy of footbalm, sampled on 1/6/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Sweet, lightly toasty caramel malty aroma has a fresh, grapefruity hoppy presence. Body starts sweet, toasty and caramely with a good toasty malt flavor and an earthy bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3455) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Thanks to footbalm for sending this one so that I could share it at the pre Cask Ale Tasting. This IIPA pours amber with a firm white head. Earthy, muted hop aroma typical of an English IPA. The flavor is dry and bitter, but is well supported by the malt base. The lack of alcohol in the profile is surprising for a beer of this strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Orange, mostly clear, white rocky head. Wet peaty hop aroma. Weird fruity hop taste with lots of malts and metalic bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Rich caramel malt with a candied hop quality. A bit of fresh berries. Really doesn’t show it’s strength as all. Tasty and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2007
This poured an almost clear dark copper color with a thin off-white head. The aroma had some fruity malt and earthy hoppiness. Huge sweet piney malt flavor with the middle being very big. The finish was long with a huge bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2007
This is described as basically the 1800 IPA, but with the malt dialed up higher, and the alcohol goosed up significantly, as well. Plenty of hopheads are happy at Town Hall this holiday season. Clear, pale bronze, faded orange color, with a big head, leaving lace, nice, full head. Aroma is nicely hoppy, faint apricot, citrus, very happy. A little lemony, sharp and slightly bitter, not too much. Taste? Yes, please! Smooth, yet bitter, big hoppiness, but so palatable. Very hoppy, very tasty, and despite the higher alcohol, very drinkable. Dangerously, so... Tasty, but not too distinct form some other IPAs they’ve put out...nice malt taste. I’m liking it. But, I would’ve been happy with some weird-o flavor. Oh, well, you can’t make everyone happy, I guess. Unless they’re all hopheads. Medium bodied, long, citric finish, delicious. I’ll be back for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
The ipa is in there somewhere trying to get out but all of these other wierd spices hold it back. This was a wierd brew and it just didn’t do anything for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2007
IPA? Get outta here. This beer has a pleasant aroma of herbs and spices. The flavor is a letdown however, with weird grasses; corn, rotting vegetable matter. It looks good enough, cloudy yellow and a thick white head. Usually Town Hall does a good pale ale, but this beer is a failure.

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