beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2003
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 fresh growler:
Softly dulled bronze color, with a fine and firm capping of ivory hued foam. Head grows consistent and vigorously to a fine foam of puff. Gets bumby and moon-surfaced as it crumbles down slowly. Keeps a fine hazey skim and a load of thickly set lacing closer to the top of the liquid as the rest from towards the top is placed in light webby strings.
Now I’ve had a super fresh batch in the past and the aroma first off the tap was awesomely peachy and loaded with hoppy goodness. This time around the aroma has been softened by alot from what I know what its capable of. So for now, I lower my number due to its softer touch. Gotta go with ya got. Still quite pungent though, just not as peachafied as those first tappings. What I do like is its fine crispness, very sharp and lofty with a big toasty malt showing its side of things on this day. The rest is made up of some very fresh pine thats fairly resinous. Tinges of orange sweep up along with a few bits of grapefruit and partailly heated hop dust.
The taste is what I’ve come to love about this beer. Supurb cleanness, carefully bittered, well balanced, citric and toasty. Those fresher batches tend to bring out the peach tones alot more, as does the cask offering, but this still rocks my world. Lovely toastyness, creamy, soft, caramel is slippery within. Buttery biscuits among the toasted stuff. But those hops really just make a nice accompanyment and entice the buds into a ballet of tongue dancing delight. Well placed and quite pungent pine resin grabs with an intense but evenly handled bite with great nuances of citrus tones leading into heavier orange and slighter grapefruit rinds and juices. This time around - very, very slight hint of peach in the creamier areas in the middle where the toasty stuff floats off. But other times I’ve had this the peach has really pushed forward as the dominate fruit and I love that even more then what it is now. Still... this....This is quite tasty.
Body is nearly full, great crispyness; clean, toasty, creamy in the middle, bittered with juicy citrus and pine, but not overloaded so as to burn the tonsils out the back of your throat. Its feverant, but mellowingly bittered. And as always, way to drinkable. So much so, this could possible be liquid crack for some folks out there. And as Hugey states, I too have yet to recieve a faultered pint full or growler full of this stuff. The peach tones weren’t as present this time around, but when it does, it just adds another wave of magic to this already fantastic IPA. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Cloudy orange with medium beige head. Aroma is floral hoppy, spicy (coriander), mildly sweet, hint of grapefruit. Tastewise, the grapefruit overwhelms all else, though a bit of pine is noticeable. Medium/full body. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Tap. Hazy amber color with a sweet hop aroma. A distinct hop bite and bitter in the aftertaste. Nuffield (4252) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2002
A good representative of an uncomplex but full-flavored IPA. Bounds of flavor; floral, hoppy aroma, some spiciness. Very drinkable. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 22, 2002
Amber color. Slight fruity smell, taste dominated by cascade hops. Pretty much your average brewpub IPA.
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2002
Masala Mama greets you with a rich, fruity, hoppy aroma. It is full-flavored; bitter but not too sharp and not too floral. As with most of the Town Hall's brews, Masala Mama is served at a temperature slightly above the norm, which brings out the robust flavors of its beers. A very nice offering.