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Town Hall Hoppy New Year Amber

Town Hall Hoppy New Year Amber
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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
This is a 4.5% abv, well hopped amber ale that features two hops that are new to the brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Sampled on new year's eve. Lightish vaguely hoppy aroma. Strong caramel malt flavor, touch of dark malt astringency. More hops in the flavor, but a bit out of balance toward the bittering side of the spectrum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Released one day prior to New Year's Eve, this is Town Hall's hoppier take on an amber ale,(using several varieties, including seldom seen Sterling and Galena) and their first of that style I've yet encountered. Pours a clear, bold bronze color, with an enormous, creamy head of inviting foam atop. Hops reveal themselves in the aroma. piney, slightly citric, with further fruits, but it's a classic hop nose. Taste: Mmmm, just perfect, feels like an amber ale ought to, but this braver hop profile climbs on board the palate and pleases the tastebuds to no end. Long, tasty, fruity finish, almost sweet, with a medium body, excellent texture. Extraordinary drinkable, a very likeable beer altogether. It's days are numbered, so I'll linger lovingly over this growler and remember the New Year's brew that was!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Nice deep clear reddish copper color with a thin off-white head and some sticking lace in strings and spots. Aroma is fairly hopped up in the fruityness with a nice rounded sense of both citrus and tropical. A pleasant blend of dullish lemon with some apple & pineapple notes. A little touch of pineyness and grassy notes come through underneath as well. Taste is very well balanced with good malts upfront gathering a light toasty caramel then wham those hops take over with a really nice calming presense. Not overly bitter in any sense, tame and yummy, super subtle with an intreguing complexity. Dullish paled citrusy things with lemon and melon, some slight pineyness, floral and grassy notes too. Really nice taster with this one. Solid medium body with a nice soothing smoothness and easy bitterness. A swell drinkin' amber for sure, goes down with tremendous ease.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
small head that disappears quickly.... a ruby amber color. very pretty. this is DEFINITELY a hophead sort of beer. thin mouth feel... and hops hops and more hops. dry finish. overally thoroughly enjoyable and very drinkable.

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