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West Bank Pub Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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West Bank Pub Ale
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86
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
British style pale ale featuring the the rich character of UK Golden Promise malt with a distinct finish from the use of British Fuggles and Golding hops.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-14-2003)
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Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev +4.4%

One of the few U.S. examples of a proper bitter that I have encountered (the best is from Oliver brewery at the Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore). Well balanced and served cask conditioned, as all bitters should be. This was a surprising treat.

Wobbly, Sep 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

stpjames, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

sacrelicio, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

djschnabel, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.75/5  rDev +24%

SortaAmbivalent, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

psychotia, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

HoistinBrews, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler bought from the brewpub. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Quite a bit of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Huge citrus aroma. Big scent of orange, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple with a little lemon. Very fresh and ripe smelling. Impressive hop aroma for such a small beer. Also a nice backing of bready pale malts and caramel. Citrus really stands out.

Taste: The flavor is citrus forward like the nose but more subdued. A nice blend of oranges, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. Some sweet caramel malts and a hint of honey in the background. Also a light floral hop presence. Forward with the citrus hops but not very bitter. Tastes pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, slightly chewy and very smooth.

Overall: A very good English Bitter. Great citrus presence for an easy drinking session ale.

MattyG85, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Town Hall Brewery. This beer arrives a clear orange-amber color. The head is a solid inch of foam that lasts until the beer is gone, and leaves thick rings of lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma is of lemons, limes, oranges, and herbal hops. The taste has a strong grapefruit character, but there is also an ample amount of passion fruit, lemon, lime and orange. There is also a firm bitterness in the finish. It is a really complex taste, and I seem to find something new with each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a really good beer that verges on greatness. I am really kicking myself that it took me seven years of patronizing Town Hall before I tried it. I will certainly not be waiting seven more years before I drink it again.

KarlHungus, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jenray, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

GeezLynn, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on tap.

A- Pours a one finger white head, nice clear golden straw color, decent lacing.
S- The aroma is hop forward, grassy notes, pine, citrus, grapefruit, slight malt presence.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, grassy hop aroma upfront, citrus, pine, grapefruit malt backbone, enjoyable.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, crisp finish.
O- I’ve had this beer many times and have always forgotten to tick it, this beer I feel is over looked because of all the other great beers Town Hall brews, this beer is solid and very enjoyable.

Chriscrundwell12, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The West Bank was also available on cask condition during our visit to the Town Hall. This gave a nice chance to try the cask vs standard pour. The cask condition carried the same color (nice copper) as the tap version, however there was no carbonation and the head was thicker and more frothy. The smell was also the same as my previous review; however, the taste was much more bitter making it more tough on the pallet. Still a decent beer, but I prefer it on tap.

WoodBrew, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Minneapolis Town Hall brewpub.

Formerly the West Bank Pub ale and now known as West Bank Pale, this APA is made with American malt and Simcoe hops.

Hazy, the color and clarity of honey. A fuzzy one-finger head of grayish foam leaves icicles of lace.

Absolutely awesome nose. Mangos, grass, vanilla, orange creamsicle. Bright and Zesty.

The flavor is more subdued. Mango, floral roses, honey, grass, crackers. Clean finish, with moderate bitterness. Good stuff, and very Simcoe-focused.

Medium, electric carbonation and a thin watery body.

A surprisingly flavorful pale. It’s a bit weak on the finish, but a good display of Simcoe hops.

Phelps, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tap into a pint at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery in Minneapolis, Minn. Color was honey copper with a ½-inch of head. Lacing was light and stayed that way throughout.

First smell was strong hops. Good mix of pine/citrus (pineapple?) and caramel.

First taste was bitter, but hops followed soon thereafter along with pineapple (citrus). A little hoppier than I liked. Either way, I was a bit disappointed.

A little bit better mouthfeel than the taste. Was refreshing, thanks to some mild carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but I wasn’t that crazy about it. The cask style seemed to be the better option here.

BucannonXC5, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale, staw colored beer with a decently sized, frothy white head. Some nice stick and lace left on the sides.

S - Pale malts, some earth tones, and some good hops. It's a pretty hop-forward APA with grassy and citrus notes.

T - Taste agrees with the nose. Good hop presence over some malt backbone. Floral, citrus, earthy, grass notes. Pretty good beer, probably the best one I had at Minneapolis Town Hall that day.

M - Crisp, medium bodied, with good carbonation.

O - Solid beer, should be easier to drink with the low ABV, but not a ton of complaints on this one. Worth trying if you like hoppy APAs.

AgentZero, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery poured into a sampler glass. Pours a glowing golden hue, a good haze, frothy offwhite head laces well. Hops are luscious. Tropical and grapefruit hops, lemon. Touches of gumball, peach. Some pale malts and bread. Initial is lighter bodied, a rich tropical fruit hop profile. Decent bitterness. Some bready malts, sticking tropical. Lingering sweet gumball, tropical fruit bitterness with some mandarin orange, lingering grapefruit. Quite a flavorful hop profile and strong bitterness for an APA. Quite nice. Better than the IPA in my opinion with sufficient bitterness, complex hop profile, and an easy drinkability and solid balance.

CuriousMonk, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of tewaris
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

West Bank Pub Ale (on cask)
4.8% ABV
Served in a shaker pint glass at the brewpub. Described by the brewery as, "British style pale ale featuring the the rich character of UK Golden Promise malt with a distinct finish from the use of British Fuggles and Golding hops."

I think it was an American Pale Ale, and not an English style pale ale. I won't even bother reviewing it as an English ale because it would qualify as a horrible horrible example!

Appearance 4.5/5
Amber orange hued with slight haze that's perhaps because of cask conditioning, this beer came with a dense, creamy and persistent off white head that left excellent lacing over the course of the pint.

Aroma 4.5/5
Intense, intense hop aroma of American citrus hops, which is why it cannot be an English style bitter. Very good aroma, even if it's one-dimensional.

Taste 4/5
Great bitterness and hop flavor riding on a rather thin body. One-dimensional again, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Thin, which is not necessarily a fault in an ale at this ABV. Carbonation is lower than I would like but it could be the temperature and the fact that it's on cask.

Drinkability 4.5/5
Good. A very nice low ABV option. Always welcome.

tewaris, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask pour from the brewpub

A - Light amber, sizable white head and quality lacing

S - Floral hops & not much more

T - Light malts and floral hops up front --> caramel --> lots of grapefruit in the end, resulting in a lightly bitter finish

M - Light to medium-bodied, crisp, a joy to swish in the mouth

D - Very drinkable - I'd love to session this

Although the flavors aren't complex, this is a very nicely done pale ale. The bitter back half and finish make the beer for me. I'll be sure to get this again next time I'm at MTH and it's on cask.

klikger, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the brewery West Bank Pale Ale is a dull burnt gold with a darker core, and a light tan / flesh colored head that has a yeasty thickness, with decent last leaving chunks of foamy lace. Looks a little dirty with the two tone head, like dirty ocean foam.

Smell is a bit of caramel, and some citrus hops.

Taste has a firm citrus hop flavor, definitely more west coast pale ale then English bitter in that department, which is fine by me! There's a bit of fusel note that isn't the cleanest, and the malt provides a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a decent pale ale, but it could stand to be cleaned up on the fermentation side.

ccrida, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap the brewpub. I'm quite surprised by the scores here, this was the best beer of the day at MTH...Pours a dark straw lightly clear...The aroma is a really nice combo of wet grassy hops, immediately reminds me a stronger daisy cutter, nice but one-noted. The taste is much of the same as the aroma, grassy hops but there creeps in a little too much alcohol, especially for a 4% beer.

Worth trying but not outstanding.

jrallen34, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours a clear golden straw color with a slight coastered white head. Good lace as it settles. Nice mix of hops aromas wih predominant citrus but also some earthy and floral notes. Medium/light mouthfeel. Slight sweet start then transitions to a slight hop bitterness. Lingering bitter. An easy drinking and sessionable beer.

kbutler1, Oct 25, 2010
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West Bank Pub Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.