islay (2931) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2010
16 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Consumed on 8-15-10. Typical American pale ale hops in the aroma, but the smell is also doughy and yeasty. It smells like dough about to be backed in a room full of fresh hops. That’s a compliment. The smell stays strong even after multiple sips. Pours a clear, slightly brownish, deep, brick red with a small amount of beige head. Produces strong, extensive lacing. Hoppy and doughy taste matches the smell. Pine and quinine flavors. Nice, slightly sweet malts, but not too sweet. Light cigar tobacco in the flavor. A hint of tart raspberries as well. Taste is good but not particularly complex. Lightly hoppy, dry finish and aftertaste. Refreshing. Medium body. Lively in the palate. The flavor was on the border between 7 and 8. I decided to go with 8 on the flavor and even things out by making the overall score 15 (though it could easily be a 16). Red Pale Ale is another great APA from Town Hall! It really hit the spot when I consumed it after a long walk (which, in fairness, couldn’t have hurt the scores that I’m giving it).