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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Not sure, nut I thought this was the 2006 Festivus, as that was what was stated on the menu? On-tap at the brewpub: Pale but clear bronzed brown orangey color with a finger high head of off-yellowed whitened thickly firmed foam. Lots of lacing clings to the 10 oz snifter in which it is served. Aroma is bold and clean with a certain hoppyness that dreams up semi sweet citrus fruityness and a big helping of bready malts that is favoring a heavy starched sugaryness and toatsed caramel. Bold malt tones grab the front and back with a crystalized sugary breadyness and a dollup of caramel and a sliver of toasted almonds. Happy huge hoppy notes determine most of the taste however as its bright and crunchy with a load of slapping hops that feverishly swallow all known existence on the palate to the point of no return in the mannner of rounded citrus punches. Peaking at orange, turning at grapefruit, and ending at lemon with a snap of peach and pine. Toastyness ensues within as the bitterness settles well and lengthy into the finish with a nice leveled bitterness in both tone and stature. Wonderfully crisp and somehow malty all the same with a crunchy urge of hops enveloping all other realms across the palate as its smooth, lightly toasted, medium/full body screams drink me, drink me! Damn, if this stuff just isn’t plain Ol’, knock em dead with a punch to the palate good. So smooth and inviting with a great balance that tilts one way then the other, but always pleases. A pure treat to behold for the festivities of Festivus this year. Yum!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2007
On tap at Town Hall. I see that I like this quite a bit more than my fellow raters. This reminded me a lot of Tyranena Hop Whore, a double IPA style that should probably be thought of as an American Strong Ale. Mango meets cherry meets Meyer lemon on the palate. Sweeter finish leaves one eager for the next taste. Among the better IIPAs I had in the last week, and that includes Pliny, Hop Whore, Moylans, Simcoe, and a few others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Cask. Murky dark orange color with a thin head. Very light hop aroma. Woah... bombastic hops in the flavor. Massive lemony hops with a pine back. The cask version of this has a very slick mouthfell. A little honey sweetness on the finish. Not what I would expect for a winter/holiday brew, but a fine one in any case.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this hand bottled gem. Pours a tanslucent golden amber with a smaller off white bubbly head that left slight lacing. Aroma of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, perfume, hints of alcohol and earthy. Flavors was very earthy with some decent hop bitterness, grapefruit, alcohol. Bitterness really lingers on the tongue. Actually reminded me of the Weyerbacher 11 with its earthy/english hops and alcohol but which got mixed reviews here on rate beer but that I was a fan of.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 Hand bottled sample acquired in trade with footbalm (thanks!!!). Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of orange peels, lemons, melons, caramel, perfume, and some alcohol. Tastes of citrus, melons, caramel, and has hot alcohol burn in the finish.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3467) - 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 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
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.

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