Christpuncher (1701) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I didn't think this one was too hoppy. Tasted more like a Belgium triple beer. Very fruity and pours a golden orange.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep gold, bright and clear, with a huge clump of nearly white head. The head recedes over time - to just covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing. Aroma - inhale deeply for some of the nicest grassy hops you will ever smell. Mmm... Amarillo.
Wonderful citrus and floral hop bite up front, followed by a smooth and somewhat grainy malt. Keeping in mind that in spite of all those hops, its NOT an IPA, I’m ok with the relatively lighter body. Its a pale ale - a tangy tasty hop delivery system. Medium carbonation, lots of pine and citrus in the aftertaste.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
if hops is your deal, you’ll love this. very one sided on the hops, quite possibly one of the hoppiest i’ve had.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amarillo hops unhinged! I am a big fan of this hop and love the aromatics of this pale ale. I would have preferred some more malt to tame the amarillo like in the Alpha King and Mojo. But the freshness of this from a growler is not to be missed.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#4 in the Town Hall single-hop series,and possibly my favorite? Love those Amarillos, just adore them!
Crystal clear, light amber coloration, very pale, with an enormous, milky white head towering above and gently drifting down, leaving lace in the wake.
Sweetness and bitterness meet in the nose, a huge citric (orange and lemon, and lime) content, plus lots of tropical fruit (pineapple, papaya,) and big, fat, juicy pine all up and down and over and out, plus an herbal edge, as well. Lively, vibrant, a bit floral, even, and huge in it’s appeal. Stand up and makes you salute.
Taste is sweet, slick, and smooth. Hops glide and ride around the palate, but never get too bitter. It lingers on the finish, as well, but that is the hophead’s delight, isn’t it, to feel that fantastic flavor still buzzing on the tastebuds?
The body is light, pushing the drinkability factor almost through the roof! Damnably delicious! I really wish all pale ales were like this, honestly! Lacks a bit of balance, malt is really minor here, but I don’t miss it that much.
Honestly, this fits the bill as an ideal session brew for yours truly, for the big, hoppy feel never flags on the palate, but it slides down so well, and you never tire of the flavor.
I had 2 pints at the pub today, sampling now via growler, but tasted this first cask-conditioned at the 9-11-04 Autumn Brew Review. I will certainly have a hand in this ale’s swift exit from the pub, as I can see many glasses easily drained.
Love that Amarillo, fruity, spicy, zesty, yum!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the brewpub: Seems alot cleaner then the cask version at the fest which after many samples at the Autumn Brew Review I was looking forward to a full pint of this stuff, and I must say it doesn’t disappoint...color is a clear golden yellow with a small fluffy cap of off-whiteness, mega sheets of lacing all over the glass. Minimum slow and sturdy bubbles of carbonation break to the surface.
Aroma is a magnificent display of hops with a great play between a pale orange citrus and fresh grassy herb. Malts play lightly underneath with a sweet almost honeyish aspect. Overall very clean and bright with a solid waft captured in each wiff.
Taste is amazingly hopped with a bright and clean profile of the amarillo hop cone. Nice front of sweetish candy, honey, malty Kolsch-like malts and the first bit of hops bringing the orangey citrus flavors mingling in a milder tone thats very acceptable in its girth. Ends more herbal/grassy thats incredibly fresh and bright. Bitterness begins to take hold as it floats around in the finish with left over orangey things and some tartish honey notes and fresh grassy hops. First sip is a delight with the bitterness here. The citrusy orange stuff is a joy to behold. Yum, yum, yummy. And that bitterness is never over the top by too much, it seems to maintain that bright fresh edge with just enough set back on the palate to urge interest.
Feel is very clean, wickedly smooth, crisp, hoppy, with a bitterness revolving in a mild yet eager character that just screams fresh Amarillo. Body is mellow with a tamer medium body but that overall crisp brightness and freshness just begs for a drinkin’!! Fantastic stuff!
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
greenish, thin. smooth. one dimensional... almost like a bubbly hop tea. made with amarillo hops as mentioned in town hall’s latest email.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Autumn Brew Review: Light Orange Coloring. Small Head. Lots of Hops and some Citrus. Overall Not Bad.
ElGaucho (2278) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 ABR. Cask. Very nice, dry hoppy aroma. Huge, cascading head while it settles from the pour. Frothy white head. Flavor features some diacetly notes and this brew must be made with Amarillo hops, which unfortunately, are not my favorite. Creamy and soft, like many pulled beers.
JK (4837) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Any time TH has something on cask I am sure to try it. This simple beer is all about hops. Cloudy appearance. Smooth from the cask.