hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled on-cask at the brewery on July 3rd, 2005...
On my visit to the legendary Town Hall Brewery, I was expecting nothing short of the best from this beer. IPAs are my favorite style, so I figured I had better try the beer some label as the "best" IPA in the world. Well, I can honestly say that after trying it, it set the bar....and set the bar pretty damn high.
I was lucky enough to sample this legendary concoction in itís purest form...on-cask, at the brewery. Also, considering the ridiculous hype that surrounds this beer, I was amazed with how impressed I really was. Out of the hand-pump, the bubbles cascade beautifully up & down in the hazy orange brew. When it finally settles down, the head sits proudly atop a beer that essentially looks like perfection in a glass. The aroma from this brew is incredible...as rich and aromatic as any IPA Iíve ever had. The lacing is the best Iíve seen on a beer to date..entire rings of sticky lacing form on every sip...Iíve never seen anything quite like it before. Then thereís the taste..how many hop varieties they use, I do not know...but whatever the recipe is, I want it. Not too bitter, not too sweet..just perfectly well-balanced and smooth. Iím sure being on-cask helped with the smoothness, but Iíve never had a beer that went down as good as this one did. Itís just a damn good thing I donít live in Minneapolis, thatís all I have to say.
portia99 (2) - Norton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass
Growler opened with a satisfying burst of carbonation.
Pours a beautiful copper color with a thin 1/2" white head. Crystal clear with appropriate level of carbonation. Good balance of earthy hops and sweet malt in the aroma. Nothing overpowering - just a really nice balance. I expected this to be a little more hop forward, but this wasnít at all disappointing. Flavor has a good amount of bitterness, and a nice balance of fruity malt. When first poured, I detected a slight bubble gum flavor that was interesting and not unappealing. As the beer warmed in the glass a little, this disappeared. Solid body, maybe slightly on the thin side, but appropriate for an IPA. Extremely drinkable. I could have these all night long. Nothing is overpowering here - alcohol is detectable, but restrained. Malt and hops in perfect balance. Balance is the key word for this beer. Not a hop monster of an ipa, just a really solid, malty, hoppy ipa that is worthy of the hype.
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Town Hall. Amber with a tight white head. Pine cone, tangerine. Summery fruits. Some biscuit. Taste is pretty bitter. Plenty of pine, PNW hopppiness. Lemon zest. Dirt covered Pear. Biscuity malt. Medium body, a touch oily. Fun.
djd07 (6056) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to Eric. Pours a dark copper with small frothy off white head. The aroma is floral and pine. Medium mouth, sweet malt, nice hop bite, very good.
italianjohn (2489) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper pour with a thin off white head .... Aroma of piney hops, citrusy, grapefruity and caramel malts .... Taste is of piney hops, grapefruits, rindy, orange with a nice caramel malt backbone and a bitter ibu punch of hops.... Finish is dry and bitter with a lingering piney rindy hop bite ..... Mouthfeel is a little slick .... Solid above average IPA
Steve_0 (3346) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Brewery. Pour is clear orange with a big white head and sticky lacing. Orange peel, candied fruits, grapefruits, some bread, light grass, and lemon peel in the aroma. Taste is grapefruit peel, sweet malty, candied grapefruit, some bread, grass, and weed with a medium bitter finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Tasty stuff.
ChrisSc (426) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap at brewery. Minneapolis.
Pours transparent copper in color. Small head with decent lacing.
Aroma is spicy and hoppy. Resin. Biscuity.
Taste is medium bitter.
Palate is medium body. Medium finish. Pretty decent.
50belair (2955) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Amber pour with a big off white head. Herbal/floral hop aromas. Herbal almost medicinal hop notes dominate. It has that eucalyptus/woody characteristic that for me is off putting. A bit unbalanced with an underwhelming malt backbone. Average mouthfeel.
GreatDane1632 (1010) - Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brewery/Brewpub -- My second favorite of the flight. Very solid offering, but nothing spectacular. Balanced between early bittering hops and later aroma/flavor hops.
edgallow (2801) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sampler pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, floral, herbs and citrus. Taste is malts, grains and citrus.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Town Hall: Bright, nearly clear copper with a foamy gray & beige tinted head that sits thinly on top of the vibrant brew. Aroma has heavy floral notes, grapefruit rind, citrus, herbal white pepper, hints of perfume, a touch of toasty caramel malt, baked biscuits, faint perfume, & even a spike of dank pot in the back-end. Smooth as hell on the palate... Herbal with big notes flowers & mild grassiness. White pepper coated, semi-candied grapefruit peel, faintly toasted cracker malts with only a slight hint of caramel. Moderately earth, more citric towards the finish with some of the rind-like bitterness that entwines & lingers with the leafy, floral hops. This oneís a beauty, very well done.