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West Bank Pub Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-14-2003

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.
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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 61
Photo of KarlHungus
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of oner0002
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a dull copper appearance. Very slight haze. A good sized ivory white head sits on top and has great retention. The lace left by it is full, intricate and droopy. Aroma is herbal and grassy. Oily and hoppy. And toffee-like. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. (From cask, this beer is like velvet.) Body is pushing medium. Flavor profile seems to be very English, which is no surprise. I'm guessing English hops here, but I could be wrong. They are earthy and grassy. Bitterness is clean and noticeable. Enjoyable. Malt profile seems caramel derived. Toffee tones are quite enjoyable. Really good. This one is quite quaffable.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tewaris
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of jwilli7122
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit I had relatively low expectations for this beer - but I liked it a lot.
Poured a dark gold with a slight brownish tint. quite clear with an average looking white head.
nice smell- hops, caramel, dirt
taste is medium-hopped with some malt flavors - both sweet caramel and dough - and some earthiness that i really enjoyed.
medium mouthfeel in all aspects.
like all Town Hall beers, goes fast.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Cask: Color is of a clear darkish golden yellow with a inch high head of thick white lumpyness that fades in divets and loosely down to a lump of sponge, lacing in small clumps and sticky spots.
Smell is solid display of balance with a nice fresh bread toned malt thats a bit roasty and the hops lend a nice bouquet of light pine and citrus. Taste is well balanced starting with lightly toasted bread that keeps its share of the taste up til it starts with the hops which is just past midway and goes from there with some pretty favorable amounts of bittering hops, fresh and herbally grassy with sour pineyness and light puckering grapefruit rinds. Great lingering bitterness quality that also gives way to a bit of highly roasted nuts and more bread malts and yeast playing in with the bitterness. Quite a nice attachment. Feel is medium bodied, smooth and mellow the whole way through and the bitterness gives a little extra zip. Quite a nice little bitter brew. Refreshing and drinkable, goes good with any of the appetizers.

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Photo of Greggy
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must offer up a confession before proceeding, a disclaimer of sorts. I'm not very fond of "pub ales" or bitters, for they all too often lack in flavor and body for my tastes. Perhaps that's why I never touched this perennial offering until now, just to get it out of the way. I was pleasantly surprised.
Appearance: amber, edging toward bronze, with a perfunctory head.
Aroma: largely fruity, with additional hints of toasted caramel and nuts.
Light hop bitterness at first, quickly departing, with very tasty malt character clearly in charge from here on out.
Well-rounded, with a moderate sweetness, and a long, malt-infused finish. Each time the glass is lifted, satisfaction is ensured. Nutty malt flavor stays on top.
This visit, the WB Pub was also available on cask, and in that form, I'd have to add an extra star: the head was thick and creamy, the flavor was mellow, but made a powerful presence on the palate, and it went down like a dream. Ah, bliss!

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Photo of klikger
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of CultureJamMN
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden color...nice white head...fresh nose but soft...nice light maltiness with a fresh floral hoppiness on the taste..mouthfeel is perfect for this style...session beer all the way...easy drinking...nice fresh floral taste...nice easy drinking beer...certainly not a big beer...seems more of a mild to me in substance but has a bit more hops than you'd expect....I guess a basic bitter is about right....certainly not an ESB by any means...good brew for the style..I'd select many of their others over this because I'd prefer something more substantial but that's just me...like I said for the style this is good

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Photo of Phelps
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of edbeered
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of opwog
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Prong - Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck

A- Golden/copper, two finger white head that trailed down
S- crisp malt and earthy hoppiness
T- Pretty good malt/hop balance. Tastes a bit of wood or nutiness.
M- Medium body, good carbonation and finishes clean
D- Pretty easy drinking beer.

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West Bank Pub Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.