jackl (8271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2015 BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On Cask: dark rusty brown with thin but fluffy cap. Nose includes some tropical fruit stuck together with molasses. The flavor...oh my. The mango, the pineapple is indeed marinating in blackstrap. I thought this was good pushed, but on cask, it is heavenly. Malted roastiness comes out in the aftertaste. The body, if one were to close the eyes (which happens...can’t help it with this beer) is more IPA like. It is the PERFECT marriage of IPA and a Brown Ale. The hops and malt play ping pong on the palate. For the love of all things holy, try this beer.
Cask @ Town Hall. Deep Amber pour with an off-white head that produces plenty of lacing. Nose is full of pine. Pretty woody. Some caramel. Toasted bread. Taste is full of pine resin. Pine cone. PNW hopppiness. A bit of onion. Somewhat chewy. Caramel. Decent. User37895 (3042) - - JUL 30, 2014
Pour was orange type colored like an amber ale with a white small head and decent lacing. Aroma of faint pine and caramel. Flavor followed, caramel and toffee at the fore, toasted notes. Mouthfeel moderate in body and carbonation. An ok brew but kinda lost between black and std IPA, not bold enough in hops or malts to match the better red IPAs out there. cubs (10677) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2014
On tap @ Town Hall Tap. Pours a dark reddish orange appearance with a brown head. Nutty, cola, caramel, a bit spicy aroma. Cookie, toffee, kind of chewy, sweet caramel, somewhat piney hoppy flavor. A bit strange but not bad. Nuffield (4187) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2013
I didn’t find this at all compelling. Amber color. The aroma and flavors reminded me of something I would have had on a trip to Boston circa 2005--very standard brewpub fare, with a reasonable bill of hops and malts but nothing to stand out. (on tap at brewpub) piscator34 (2577) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 25, 2013
Growler sample via and shared with oakbluff. Very clear amber in colour with moderate carbonation. Very focused toffee and mint aromas. In the mouth, the toffee and herbal character is still present, but enhanced by some milk chocolate and toasted malt notes. Medium bodied and clean finishing. I didn’t get much of the pine and citrus character that was advertised, but this is still a fairly successful and not overly sweet brown ale.
BVery (10716) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at Town Hall. Clear amber pour with a smaller white head. Nice aroma of citrus hops and a little bit of chocolate. Taste seems a bit muddled to me - not sure if all of these elements come together all that well. Not bad though. AcctError96987 (3723) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!
The beer is orange to light brown in color with a quarter inch of head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pine, hops, and malt, respectively. The flavor struggles to achieve balance. While there are some potentially nice flavors lurking, the overall presentation is muddled. The finish is bitter, with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. A few tweaks and this might be a great beer.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 08-20-2011 Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2012
On tap @ the brewery.
Deep brown pour with a good amount of beige head. Nose is quite hoppy with grapefruit and pine - also a nice roasted malt presence as well. Flavors of citrus, caramel, and roast. I really enjoyed this. unclemike (3158) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 29, 2012
The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, light berries, and a hint of nuttiness. It’s a reddish-brown with some transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with caramel, berries, and chocolate. Finishes with light roasted nut notes and a hint of earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this the other night. Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pours a moderate brown color with a single-finger off-white head and some stick lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout.
The nose carries through a bit of roasted malt and some light chocolate notes plus some pretty good pine character. The flavor blends the malt and hop components quite well with pine balancing roast. Medium body with a good bitterness in the finish.
Overall, pretty good, but not up to Town Hall hoppy standards.