detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
After splendid cascading, the beer is a clear copper color with an inch or so of straw colored foam. Sitting on the bar next to a pint of Masala Mama, they looked to be exactly the same color. But held up to the light, Autumn Sunset is a shade lighter. Superb thick lacing. I catch mild malt sweetness and mild citrus hops in the aroma.
At first, the hops really shine. Fresh and juicy with prominent citrus, this beer initially reminded me of Sierra Nevada’s Harvest Ale. But where SNHA hops tasted more like orange or tangerine, this one tastes lemony. Nicely balanced, with a touch of sweet caramel malt in the finish. Definitely a Pacific Northwest hop profile, though without the pine.
The beer’s body is a little on the light side. The cask pull gives it a splendid soft creamy carbonation and mouth feel. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Light orange with a dissapating white head that leaves slight lace. So sweet and smooth spicyness. I can’t tell if the sweet is from the malt or the hops it blends so well together. Their is a satisfying biscuit and hop nose. As this warms the flavors come alive- cookies, soft fruit and fresh biscuits. This is either the hoppiest amber I’ve had, or a ridiculously malty and smooth pale ale. Another winner from TH. GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2004
wasn’t my favorite beer of the sampler, kind of had that dirty hop flavor that I don’t like in Summit grand and murphy’s red, dissapointed in this one
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2004
On-tap at the brewpub: Light peachy golden color thats a bit chill hazed, very thin off-whitish cap; lacing in good amounts with globs and spots. Aroma is clean and orangy with a fresh peachy flesh tone of hops, nice undertone of candied sweetness from a wheat-like malting. Taste is brisk, fresh, clean, and quite surprising. Nice sweet lemony bread front complimented with a soothing little toffee tutelage, taming but fun amounts of chewy orange zest and peach skin creep in at every moment available while it finishes with a fantastic clean and heavy hoppy citrus and herbal grassyness. Quite a zippy feel, moves around and has grab along with the flavors while maintaining a sweeter presense in the back with chewy orange and toffee bits. Very clean and smooth with a nearly full body in carbonation. Great hop tones from middle to finish making this a fun ride and one super fine drinker. I’m not sure how Hoops keeps making these wonderfully hopped brews so damn drinkable. Great stuff!
This is one sunset I wouldn’t mind seeing everyday, Autumn or not. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2004
appearance: clear and bright, color somewhere between tangerine and tea, witha slim, tidy layer of froth.
Aroma is sweet and citiric, with pleasant peach and apricot tones, as well, fresh and tasty.
On the palate, briskly hoppy, gritty, happily at play in the mouth, releasing flavor galore, gushing bright, bitter hoppiness all over the tongue. (Hops is attendance: Centennial, Amarillo,Sterling, Galena)
this was supposed to be a harvest ale, done as an alternative to an Oktoberfest, which everyone and their Granny puts out...unfortunately, it got pushed back until early winter, when we’ve already given up on autumn...but none of us around here would turn away a brew this tasty, no matter what the season!
body is light to medium, finish is long and bitter, drinkability is a champion, like so many of Town Hall’s offerings, it slides down way too easy and breezy...can’t get enough of the stuff!
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2004
It is important to note that my numerical rating does not reflect how much I enjoyed the beer, which was on cask the other day, but per the style. I fully agree that it was hops all the way, with little to no discernable malt backbone. I was truly surprised, since the description had my palate reclining to taste the end of autumn, the needed smoothness that represents the beginning of the big hunker down called MN Winter. I enjoyed the taste quite a lot, but not as malty as it was promoted as, and as the style traditionally suggests. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Dark Amber/Orange Coloring with Small Head. Very Detectable Hoppy Aroma....Follows Through on the Palate As Well. Given the Description, Not Very Balanced As All It Talks About is Malt... An Average Brew But Nothing Notable. badgerben (5285) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Dark amber color with a thin head. Slightly hoppy aroma followed up by a very hoppy taste. The description talked about malts... I don’t know what they’re thinking as there is not enough malt support for the hops. Kind of a borderline rotten hops quality to it. Not my favorite Town Hall brew. Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2004
At brewpub on 12/04/2004 Town Hall Autumn Sunset, they categorize it as a Harvest Ale, is golden amber color with a rocky head and good lace. The aroma is fresh hops. The flavor hits with a face full of fresh hops and some dry bread malt foundation. The palate is decent enough to provide a backbone for the hops. Overall this is a damn good hop fix.