JK (6158) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 This is very good. Of course they didn’t invent this fusion style, but they have pulled it off well. The aroma isn’t as full or flowery as the La Chouffe, but still good with some flowers, citrus, and hops. Dark, cloudy gold with a thick white head on top. Flavor is not as intense as I expected. Some hops, also fairly sweet with more fruit and malt. A thick beer, and the alcohol is well hidden. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Brewed for the Town Hall’s 9th Anniversary(name obviously inspired by the Beatles), it’s rather tough to categorize this. Americans created the Double IPA, expanding upon the English style. Then Belgians, first Urthel, and then La Chouffe made their versions with a local twist. And now, Mike Hoops has made the Town Hall version of the Belgian Double IPA. He calls it a cross between a Belgian Tripel and an American Pale Ale, so I’m calling it, for this purpose, a Belgian Pale Ale.
Made with Belgian, American, and German malts, kettle-hopped with Belgian, French and Czech hops, dry-hopped with Amarillo. 9% abv.
Poured into an Urthel tulip glass, No. 9 spills out a hazed, deep golden color, under a pure white head, slim, but staying.
Aroma is classic Szaaz hops, (and others, of course), crisp, floral, honeyed, pale fruit, apricots and peach and bit of citrus. Softly spicy, very lovely.
Starts out sweet, fruity, with a spicy kick. Lingers long on the palate, but no hop bitterness resides after. Interesting, very hoppy, and they dance a pretty turn on the tongue, but are matched well with juicy malt. Slight sting of alcohol bumps into the flavor and jostles with the enjoyment just a touch, but it’s delicious.
Rich with malt, juicy and tasty, bright and delightful. Medium bodied, but full with flavor. I’m loving it. Has some of the earmarks of the American Double IPA, and many of the favorable flavors found in Belgian ales. They nailed it, for sure.
Drinkability is only limited by the higher alcohol. At the pub, they serve 10 ounces at a time, here at home I get 64 to partake of at my leisure. Ain’t life grand?
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2006
wow. An absolutely delicious banana and clove infused tripel with aromatic and spicy amarillo hops. MUCH better in my opinion than the Urthel and La Choufe versions. I am very impressed with the versatility on this one.