arminjewell (9729) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Pours orange with white head, aroma is thick pine and resin hops. Taste up front is a huge blast of pine, resin, and spicy hops with a bit of caramel sweetness in the middle before a big bitter finish. A lot like Masala Mama kicked up a notch, the alcohol is perfectly hidden and drinks almost too easily. Wellestone (33) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2010
10 oz pour 2/22 at Town Hall. Copper amber with a finger of head, nice sticky lacing. Smells of oily pine and grass...heavenly. You can just detect the malt. Taste Is resiny pine and grass, no citrus. Some caramel toffee sweetness with nice balance in the middle with strong bitterness late on the tongue. Oily medium mouthfeel. Not the best DIPA but right up there islay (3121) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2010
10 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Tasted on 3-9-10. Nice, resiny, syrupy, citrusy hops-dominated aroma. It could stand to be stronger. The smell starts out good and gets better upon multiple sips; a very pleasant taffy smell develops over time. Pours a clear copper with a small amount of off-white head. Nice lacing. Excellent taste: Honey, pine, and apricot flavors. This is the all-too-rare beer that tastes even better than it smells like it’s going to taste. Fantastic flavor! Long, lingering, briney aftertaste. Also, separately, a good, solid, bitter aftertaste that comes as close to a coffee as I’ve ever found in a non-dark beer. Full body. Crisp in the palate and refreshing. The finish and aftertaste may even exceed the main flavor in goodness. Town Hall Big Ben Double IPA is a really, really, really good beer, as good as any from the brewery that I’ve ever had, and that’s saying a lot. In fact, it was so good that it inspired me to purchase my first Town Hall growler, so I look forward to trying more soon. Awesome! kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Draft. Made with American Hops. Nice strong hops aroma. Fruit rind and slightly piney notes. Tastes exactly like is smells. Strong malt backbone to support the hops. Excellent lacing. Wonder what the IBU’s is on this as it has a pretty extreme bitter bite at the end. jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2010
At brewpub: Shimmering orange amber hue is topped with a creamy sand colored head. Lots of sticky lacing. Sweet aroma with citrus and caramel. Taste is big and hoppy with lots of citrus and faint florals. Moderate piney notes and some more caramel. Very smooth and drinkable. Good stuff.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2010
10oz. tap at Brewery. Clear, orange copper color with a thin, filmy, white head and a little lacing. Potent aroma of sweet, citrusy hops with very little breadiness. Quite bitter flavor consisting of grassy, citrusy hops, honey, grapefruit, orange, apricots, and a bit of bready, caramel malt with alcohol masked extremely well. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a biting hop finish. Very tasty and good all-around double IPA. BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap. Nice golden copper pour with a thin sticky white head. Aroma is pine hop. Taste is huge pine hop, plenty of bite. Some caramel smoothness and taste as well. Not much for malt - this beast has an edge to it. badgerben (5379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Big Beer, Big Barrel Week. Minnesota Beer #500. Copper color with a large head. Big aroma of oranges. Slight grassy flavor. Very vinous and very acidic. Some caramel malts. Not bad, but this kind of perfectly displays what I most dislike about bombastic IIPAs: all acidic bitterness, little to no hop flavor. juiceisloose (1603) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Growler, courtesy GoT. This one pours a a dark golden orange color and topped by a small cream colored head of foam. The aroma is pretty straight forward showing bitter orange and grapefruit hops againt a malt base of caramel and toasted bread. The flavor follows suit with the orange and grapefruit citrus hops adding moderate bitterness while the caramel and toasty bread malts balance things out. Medium bodied, fairly smooth with a slight drying presence and decently bitter finish. Nice solid brew, but not one of my favorites. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
Growler from Armin--thanks! Clear medium orange with a 1 1/2 finger off-white head, pretty good retention. The hops have died out a good bit, there is still some moderate orange hops and lighter spruce tips, and a substantial sweet caramel malt backbone. Flavor follows suit with the orange, pine a little stronger. Lots and lots of a sweet caramel backbone. Finished with a little bit of graininess. Alcohol was masked well. Bitterness peaked at a 4. Moderate carbonation with a medium full body. Even though the hops have died out a little, there aren’t near enough to stand up to the big malt beast behind.