ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, 2006 GTM. Mild hop aroma. Dark hazy gold body with a large, white frothy, lasting head. An ok beer. Not up to TH’s normal lofty standards, but still a quality beverage.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice Gold Color with White Head. Light Herbal/Floral Aroma. Clean Crisp and Lightly Sweet Tasting Brew...Nice Dry Hop Bite with Good Malt Foundation. Great Summer Session Ale.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light hazy gold. Nose some pine, rather grassy, smells like I’m sitting in a field. Nothing particularly unusual, some floral and pine hops, very sharp and dry at the end.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
GTMW 06. Cask sample. Hazy pale with white head. The aroma is herbal and bready. The flavor is floral, spicey and bready, fairly dry. The mouthfeel is light and soft.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The colour is pale gold with some murkiness. The aroma is thin but what is there I felt was mostly a gin like pine. The flavour was pretty up front with the hops, there wasn’t a big mix of malts in there but I felt the tilt towards lght malts did a good job of keeping up. I think that overall this beer is much better than its individual parts. Good mix of flavours with a nice twist on a standard style.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh Growler: Lighter shade of gold, clear body and bright with a stark white firmly set foam of about a finger high. Super nice lacing with droopy sheetings and broken stringy tentacles.
Aroma is not as forward as it could be as its light to medium in tone with a high pine wood tones laced with a dry parching-like citrus.
Wow, this has some big time hop bite. Hold on to your taste buds cuz they won’t last long with this stuff. Flavorwise its not the greatest as its unbalanced with very light malt. Toasty and quick, with dry, woody, brittle, bitterness ensuing largely through the finish with a parching, acidic dryness of wood carving scraps, dust, and the metal bits from the dremel. Overly hoppy and thensome. To those who can handle it, all the best; as for me this was far too unbalanced for my tastes and actually not all that flavorfull besides its dry woody parched stuff. The thinnest of thin citrus pith makes up some of the parching soured action but this is uncomplexing and not a whole lot of balance.
Feel is dry, and quick to it at that, hard to enjoy it when it squeezes every corpuscle of your mouth dry within the first third of the glass. Body is medium and fluffy and tends to get lessened a bit in its hoppy girth as it sits as far as how fast it enters in. But the finish is built upon one very hoppy foundation of mouth quenching soured, dry bitterness its nearly unsippable.
Not a fav of the single hop pales from Town Hall. Give me more balance and I would probably like it more. Its a bit too hoppy, even for this hophead. Scary stuff.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Once more into the single hop series, this time with Palisades and again eschewing caramel malts for lighter varieties.
From a growler, after several pints at the pub. Pours a lightly hazed golden tone, with an ample serving of snow-white foam on top, lasting long into the life of the pint.
Sharp pine and prickly citrus in the nose, but not too loud, rather refined.
On the palate, it’s crisp, dry and terrifically hoppy. A bit brittle up front, some grit and grab in the texture, plays well in the mouth. Some citrus and tropical fruit, mingled with grassy feel. Considerable malt, too, but not adding to the flavor, as far as I can tell.
Besides the fierce hop presence, this is a remarkably light and refreshing pale ale. Goes down easy, but the hopheads are more than happy. Fresh, vibrant hop attack starts at the lips and glides down the throat. This is another excellent ale...you’d think we’d get complacent from Town Hall’s consistently solid output, but it’s still astonishing how many great, great brews come from that tiny room back there!