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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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Reviews by WoodBrew:
Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

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
More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Serving glass: Poured from into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear amber with a nice head that persists for a long time with slight lacing.

Smell: Fruit, caramel and light fuggles/goldings.

Taste: Caramel and fruit malt backbone with English hop counterbalance. Maybe a little more bitter than the English examples (not that that is bad).

Feel: Moderate to high carbonation (too high for the style), medium body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Great example of the style, just a little too carbonated.

bsp77, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

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 ADR
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

On tap at the brewpub...

Dark gold, almost amber color, slightly chill-haze on the pint. Nice head, close to 1/2 an inch in height and leaving very attractive lace. Hops mark the aroma more than I anticipated, almost weedy in Springtime fashion, perhaps indicative of some American influence. Smooth and quaffable, better mouthfeel than some in its consistent quality with a well-balanced approach to flavor profile. Lightly diacetyl with buttery tones and an interesting combination of licorice-like hoppiness and chocolate and toffee candy. Lighlty sweet aftertaste marks an overall pleasant experience. More substance than many brewpub Bitters, without a marked alcohol hike.

ADR, May 16, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%

From a growler.
Darkened gold. Low carbonation. Compact, white crown.
The aromatics showcase a forceful hop presence. Big, woody, herbs and slightly greener leaves. Caramel-touched bread lies underneath.
Enters dry, yet plenty malty. Brittle toffee and biscuits. Turns a touch buttery near the middle, just as an authoritative nod to the style. Ends with a blazing flourish of hops. Again, all herbal and floral. Stems and leaves and buds and blossoms.
Kicks in roughly medium bodied. The only barrier to indefinite drinking is an empty vessel.
This is a bloody good Bitter. It's likely to be overshadowed by Town Hall's bolder offerings. Don't make that mistake.

East bank thanks to Bighuge for sharing this one.

cokes, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%

Maybe it was off,at least the bitterness and my drinking buddy agreed. It was presented to us as a mild red - that was the colour. Lace suggested freshness, it had some head too. Served cold, but a tad of mould in there and an off-bitterness. I could drink some of it, but a surprisingly weak one.

Sammy, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.4%

I've had this several times, but it tastes a bit off on the pint I'm reviewing. I guess I'll just owe it to the beer to re-review next time. The main thought on the pint was that it reminded me of grains. The taste wasn't grainy out right, but it reminded me of the smell of when I have a 12 pund bag of grains for homebrewing in my living room. Sure there were some pleasant hops in there, but it was just a sweet taste and smell of barley ready to be brewed up. It's almost like it was dry malted is you know what I mean. Either way it was tasty and felt like it deserved to be drank while eating the pub fries (if you try them you'll understand) but was still good nevertheless. It's tasty, give it a try.

UPDATE: 11/24/10 - This is a pale ale now with Simcoe hops. It's an even better session beer with a great citrus fruity and perfumey hops.

tempest, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of djschnabel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

djschnabel, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

Originally reviewed on December 12, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. A slightly peculiar halloween orange, clear. A little whitish head. Estery almost belgian aroma. Sweet hoppy flavor, with grass and honey. Brown sugar and some underlying complexity improve the beer. Palate is hop dry, leaving grassy smack and resin impression.

CharlesDarwin, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of stpjames
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

stpjames, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of morimech
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Something went wrong here for me. Maybe my palate was compromised by drinking a pint of the 1800 IPA before this. The barkeep also said they just changed the barrel (or whatever they use to serve the beer) so maybe it was a fouled batch. The taste was dirty, musty, and almost skunky. The appearance was good. For some reason I can't really get a smell of the beers while I'm sitting at the bar besides the smell of detergent off the glassware but nothing alerted me that there might be something wrong. When I go back I will definately give it another go because I am sure it was just a combination of things that led me to have a negative response to this beer.

morimech, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of edbeered
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

On tap at the brewpub, this pours a pale golden amber color with a quarter-inch whitish head and nice lacing on the glass. There is a minimal smell of malt. The taste is mildly malty and grassy, with a touch of caramel and just a hint of bitterness. This feels pleasingly light on the tongue. A nice undemanding easy drinker.

edbeered, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Ragingbull
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Copper color with a thick foamy head. Heavy grain and malt character in the flavor and a little in the nose. There are some hops that pop out during the sniff and the sip, but not as much as some "stock ales." The finish to this beer has a nice malty sensation in the mouth. This beer is pretty drinkable and when I bring "new" friends to the Town Hall Brewery and they are looking for a recommendation I will usually pull this one for them. One friend I visit with regularly loves this stuff and almost never drinks anything else. I like other offerings better, but its better than lots of beers on the market.

Ragingbull, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of oner0002
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%

This beer is much better than it used to be since Hoops has tweaked the recipe. Nicely toasty with a mild hop bitterness and creamy mouthfeel. BUT drink this first because for some reason it doesn't go well with the IPA, unless you drink the Pub first. So when you head over to the Town Hall for Pint Club or Pick-a-Pint Hour, grab a Pub Ale first before drowning yourself in IPA!

oner0002, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of GeezLynn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

GeezLynn, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

This beer came a bright honey gold with a foamy white head that left awesome lace. Smells of yeasty malt with a very slight bitterness. Tastes of delicate bitterness and of a buttery brown ale with some decisive grassiness. Mouth feel is medium with a very light carbonation.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +7%

On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.

Pours a fairly-bright orange with some visible carbonation. A nice white head with a good deal of lace as it goes down. The aroma is of caramel and mild malts with a little bit of hop bitterness, with no hop type in particular standing out. The flavor is quite crisp, yet subdued. Drinkability is very high, and for that reason the low abv is appreciated.

Thorpe429, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of klikger
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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 CultureJamMN
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance is a deep amber, almost copper. solid head with beautiful lacing.

the smell is pleasant, and is of toffee and caramel largely, with just a hint of hops.

the hops come out first on the taste, slightly bitter, but fades quickly to rich and malty. Toffee notes are pronounced throughout, the finish very pleasant.

smooth in the mouth, i'm now dying to try this on cask...

In all, this is a beer i could see drinking several of in an evening... not quite a session beer, but i could see drinking enough of these to need a cab or bus ride home.

CultureJamMN, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

This was a beer that I didn't wuite figure out the style on it. I assumed it was another pale ale when I tried it, but there was a difference. There was a sudle spiciness that was hard to trace throught the sample. I like the hops finish, this beer is definitely one I'd get again.

TastyTaste, Dec 27, 2003
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Into a pint glass, pours a clear amber, nearing copper, with a decent half inch head that shrinks to a thin film, a little bit o lacing. Aroma is weakish, but pleasant for a bitter, good malt profile of caramels and nuts and some herbal hops. Taste is rather the same as aroma, short, pleasant, more herbal hops here, a very Fuggle feel to it (obviously), nutty, tasty even when burped up, and while a little thin, very drinkable, extremely sessionable, a die hard quaffer for a more social occasion perhaps.

As a side note, on cask, or on nitro, this beer is extreeeemly smooth, tops mouthfeel for sure. On grolwer though, much is lost. A shame, oh well.

objectivemonkey, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Greggy
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

A- Received in an american pint. Orange in color, no sediment. Thin white head. Decent lacing is present.

S- Fresh floral hops, some apple, and almost marmalade components.

T- Starts with notes of apple, peach, mostly malty, then drys to a light citrus hoppiness. Very nice.

M- Low carbonation and smooth feel.

D- Solid beer throughout and quite drinkable. I probably would opt for others though in the future.

Greggy, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 KarlHungus
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%

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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West Bank Pub Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.