ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Aroma is alright. Kind of hoppy and somewhat malty. A little cloying. Very yellow; white head; fizzy; fine bubble. Not bad. Tastes a little amateurish. Alright, but not up to the Town Hall standard. Sampled at St. Paul Winterfest 2004.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dullish pale golden yellow, quite clear in body, super tall and very loosely put together light yellowy head grows fast from the growler pour, yet crumbles down slowly to a murky solid haze on top always present, lace in mega amounts of sticky styrofoam-like globs and patches. Yet another showcase of yellow beer that can and does taste great. But first the nose, which is just lovely as it warms, incisively strong bouquet, again a fine example of something with a good amount of hops, this being Hood hops, which here brings out some dull musty grass and mild herbal spicyness thats quite earthy, almost like smokey wood in a way. Quite a nice sniffer.
Taste is nicely done with a very well rounded hop bitterness that speaks volumns of grassy notions; dry, herbal, floral, fresh, slightly spicy with a calming toasty malt backbone helping add a bit of tone to the bite. Its not overly bitter in any way, but the hops are quite significant with a resounding smooth bite and touching on a bit of herbal-like fruityness. Feel is medium bodied with a thinner delicate creamyness and an unmistakeable little grab of earthy bittering hop tones, then ending with a slight dryness lingering off in the finish with touches of burnt-like grass notes. Another great chapter in the book of single hop pales by the authors of Town Hall. Also; another wonderfully drinkable downer of a beer; this stuff goes down with amazing ease. Gulp...slurp...yum...Showcasing a simple, yet great idea. Columbus, Centennial, Hood....whats next. I wonder if an all Amarillo is possible, that would be my wish, please, please...
Gotta love them hops! More please...
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Third in Town Hall's single hop series, utilizing the Mt. Hood variety, along with English pale malts. Appearance: clear, light amber color, with a fine, fluffy, quite lacey white head. Aroma:fresh and clean, floral, very light and delicate, for this hop carries not the bombastic aromatics of it's kin, the pine and citrsus, etc. Mellow, but yet possessing it's own sweet charm. Taste: smooooth as it gets, hop appearance is brief on the palate, malt is just good enough, finish is a bit swift, and body is light to medium. Drinkability is through the roof, and I finished my first growler in one sitting. There's still enough flavor, though, that while you're drinking it down with ease, you always stop a second to marvel how great it tastes! Did I mention how great it tastes? Well, damned if it doesn't ! Another well-crafted Town Hall brew, just like all the others!
JK (4973) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Subtle hop aroma. No head on the beer. Clean golden color. One dimensional flavor of mild hops, or in this case, one hop.