Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017 hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled on-cask at the brewery on July 3rd, 2005...
On my visit to the legendary Town Hall Brewery, I was expecting nothing short of the best from this beer. IPAs are my favorite style, so I figured I had better try the beer some label as the "best" IPA in the world. Well, I can honestly say that after trying it, it set the bar....and set the bar pretty damn high.
I was lucky enough to sample this legendary concoction in it’s purest form...on-cask, at the brewery. Also, considering the ridiculous hype that surrounds this beer, I was amazed with how impressed I really was. Out of the hand-pump, the bubbles cascade beautifully up & down in the hazy orange brew. When it finally settles down, the head sits proudly atop a beer that essentially looks like perfection in a glass. The aroma from this brew is incredible...as rich and aromatic as any IPA I’ve ever had. The lacing is the best I’ve seen on a beer to date..entire rings of sticky lacing form on every sip...I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. Then there’s the taste..how many hop varieties they use, I do not know...but whatever the recipe is, I want it. Not too bitter, not too sweet..just perfectly well-balanced and smooth. I’m sure being on-cask helped with the smoothness, but I’ve never had a beer that went down as good as this one did. It’s just a damn good thing I don’t live in Minneapolis, that’s all I have to say.
From Sep 2006
Got a Growler of this in a trade with TastyTaste:
Poured a copper red with a nice thick head of foam. After a while, the foam shrinks down to a fine but solid layer and...look at all the lacing. Wow.
The smell is of citrus and pine and grass and has floral notes as well. Nice smelling IPA that's tickling my smell buds.
The taste up front is hugely hoppy with grapefruit, pine, grass...a wide variety of bitter tones all in one ale and they work really well together. Heck, midway through and just before the finish there's even a good amount of caramel malt.
The finish is superb, leaving me with a good, long aftertaste that let's me savour the flavours long after the liquid has left the scene of this....anti-crime. ;^)
The more I sip on this one, the more I *want* to sip on it...great batch of tastes but easy drinking, light on the carbonation, refreshing as all heck...
Bottom line: I give a big salute to TastyTaste for enabling me to try this wonderful nectar. I *love* it! Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2017
on tap pours orange thin white cap grass and citrus aroma sweet malt and bitter hops in taste rosenbergh (11799) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2016
Draught at the Town Hall Brewery, Minneapolis, MN.MrTipple (6446) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Clear bright golden color with a small white head.
Deep hops, sweetness, malt and sugar in the aroma.
Dark hops, moderate bitterness and sweet caramel malt.
A bit too sweet for my enjoyment. Balanced though.
Bitter citrus fruits, grapefruit, some pine, light tropical fruits, passion fruit. Clear gold, small, creamy, white head. Medium sweet. Intense bittersweet orange, grapefruit, lively carbonation, bitter and dry finish, medium bodied. Very nice IPA, great palate. Keg at the brewey, Minneapolis. DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2016
16 ounce sample on tap at the brewpub. The aroma has some sweet, floral and pine hop character. Light dank. Quaffable. Transparent ruddy copper body with a medium, creamy off white head present. Starts with some mild to moderate pine hop resins. Moderate bitterness. Some chewy caramel tannic maltiness comes through in the middle with a mild toffee flavor. Finishes mildly bitter. Another well-balanced, killer IPA.
dinkle50 (1531) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Clear golden, almost bronze pour with a single finger head. Light aroma, hard to pick up on anything. Taste is full of two row malt with some grass. Dry finish with lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Nice beer. Booga (114) - Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2016
On draft at Town Hall Brewery on quick trip to Minneapolis. Very drinkable. Pours clear copper color with lasting small white head. Good lacing retention. Not hugely aromatic but good faint hoppy smell to it. Crisp bitter finish. Good beer. Wish it was easier to find. Great food at the brewery too. RobertDale (6848) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Small growler. Thanks Jesse! Pours a nice copper with a decent white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Taste is grapefruit, tropical, pine, and malt. Well made and tasty IPA. Hoprider (743) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2015
From tap at Town Hall Tap: pours light copper clear. Small white head. Nose is fresh but more of a crispy than fruity nose. Also caramel, mineral-malty if that makes sense.. Nice Ballance of hops and mineral malt... The aftertaste is fruitier, leading toa bitter finnish. Highly drinkable. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2015
On tap at the brewery pours translucent copper, thin off white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is slight lemon Zest. Taste follows with moderate bitterness. More citrus zest in the mouth. Finish is abrupt, medium body.