nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bitterness in the right place, hop flavor and body off the mark for my tastes. it tasted like it was too heavy on the high alpha-acid bittering hop side, and not enough on the flavoring/dry-hopped side. Add more unfermentable dextrins into the mash and a bit less bittering IBU and trade that for more lower AA% IBU. This is one of my favorite styles, but I don’t think this style is the brewery’s specialty. The 1800 was much better.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2nd in the line-up at my tasting party, again shared by Hey_Kevin, from a growler. wonderful hoppy aroma of grapefruit and peaches. a nice dark amber in color with an off-white head settling down to a ring of lace. a nice balance ( for an IPA ) of caramel malt sweetness to the hops. additional flavors of grapefruit & some pine. a medium body with a dry finish. tastey stuff!
heemer77 (5194) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2005 Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. Sampled again from a growler courtesy of hey_kevin. Good enough, I tried it twice. The nose is absolutely incredible with oranges, caramel and toast. It just jumps out and screams IPA, that is not over hopped. The taste has toast and grapefruit. Incredibly rich taste. The mouthfeel is thick.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. It was good to come back to Masala Mama after a day of Bourbon barreled beers and barleywines. Masala Mama was the last beer I sampled before leaving the grounds, a good manner of parting. This is one of the more nicely balanced IPAs between the citrus (predominately grapefruit) and the pine (which reminded me of blue spruce). That being said, its not the finest IPA out there. A 98 score strikes me as very high for this good, but not exceptional, IPA.
tennisjoel (1241) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap. The aroma is floral and piney. Dominated by hops, this is truly one of the best IPA’s I’ve ever tried. Very easy going down. Nice job, Town Hall!
jsquire (3797) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to secret santa for getting me this great growler. I pours a golden copper color with a huge rocky off white head that left tracks of lace on the glass. This beer does not seem to be affected by the shipping at all. I could smell the nose at once when I opened the growler. Very fresh floral hops with pineapple and tangerine. Lots of sticky resin when you drink it. Tangerine, peach, pineapple, caramel all on buttered toast. The finish is more grapefruit rind, and it just fads slowly off your palate. This is an excellent IPA with all the right flavors in all the right places.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A sample from my roommate, from a growler. Burnt orange body with a voluminous, fluffy head. Huge bitter orange, lots of pine resin, grassy flowers. Toasty malt. Sharp hop presence. Long-lasting hop bitterness. A great mouthfeel due to the creamy, full body. Simply a lovely beer!
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Dark amber orange body with a thin lacing white head. Light floral aroma with citrus and malts. Creamy palate with a full balanced flavor of hops, citrus, and caramel.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
floral aroma. Pine is refreshing. Nice alcohol profile with this. Smooth and slightly bitter make this a great drinking ipa.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Only had a sample, so don’t take my rating to heart. More or less hits the mark in terms of hops, but didn’t really thrill me. Guess I’m more of a west coaster when I look for an IPA. Still a nice beer though.