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Town Hall Fresh Hop Ale 2010

Town Hall Fresh Hop Ale 2010
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 4.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
This year we used nearly 20 lbs per barrel of “wet” Citra hops from the Pacific Northwest to create this annual ale. Expect classic citric, tropical fruit flavor from this hop with the addition of defined herbal, earthy, and garlic spice from the use of 100% Fresh Wet hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
In short: A superb smooth session IPA with a grassy/herbal/citrusy hop profile.
How: Fresh growler sent to me by oakbluff. Thanks a lot Scott. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Partly cloudy rusty golden body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Nose of grassy/herbal hops with some citric notes. Taste has a solid but relatively neutral malt backbone that tastes like toasted white bread crust. A lot of hops but the hop bill is nothing aggressive. This is in fact a relatively smooth IPA, bittterness level is medium at most. Hops have the usual fresh grass juice that I get from most Fresh Hop ales but also some citrusy notes. A great session IPA. Another excellent beer from the Midwest. Not that I want to start a debate but shouldn’t the Midwest just be called the Mid?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 17, 2010
Growler partagé lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur d’houblons résineux frais avec une pointe de citron. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons herbacés et résineux avec une pointe d’agrumes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #3359)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Lychee, citrus fruit and coniferous freshness burst from this refreshing IPA, frolicking around a polished pale malt profile.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam glows atop the shiny amber red.
-The hop finish is not brash, instead dispersing sandy and woodsy connotations for the duration of the glass.
-A perfect mouthfeel from a growler? Wow. Another testament to this brewer’s immense talent.
-The malts offer delicate caramel while never falling into dominating sweetness.

From the growler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Growler with Citra hop inside, thanks Caleb! Orange.amber pour, white head. Aroma has big notes of pine, citrus, resin, with a touch of biscuit. Talk about a bitter IPA, this one is fantastic. Huge sweet citrus up front leading into harsh bitter pine, touch of biscuit, and a palate cleansing blast of bitter at the end. Not for the faint of heart, but delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2362) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 25, 2010
On draft at the brewery. Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Huge citrusy (lemon + grapefruit) c-hop aroma, along with a nice herbal undertone. The flavor profile is all about the hops with only a faint pale malt backing to an intense lemon, cut grass, and gooseberry blast. Medium to light bodied, with a wonderful shart bitterness and a clean finish. This would give a lot of those classic SoCal IPAs a run for their money. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Draft at Autumn Brew Review. Pours a clear amber orange color with a slight white head. Fruity and floral notes dominate the nose. The citrus is really clean and crisp smelling with citrus rind type bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Wow, really hop forward through and through. Ends pretty cleanly with a lingering bitterness. Really looking forward to having this one again at TH.

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