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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

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 45
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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psychotia

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-16-2012 23:55:42 | More by psychotia
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Phelps

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

08-16-2011 04:17:55 | More by Phelps
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

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.

03-02-2007 02:38:47 | More by objectivemonkey
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

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.

12-26-2005 15:51:32 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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edbeered

Minnesota

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.

02-05-2006 15:17:11 | More by edbeered
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opwog

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

12-11-2008 08:52:44 | More by opwog
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev 0%

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear coppery orange, medium sized white head forms, drops to a thick ring, some looks chunks of lace stick to the glass. Smell is nice, toasty and caramelized, some light fruitiness, oats and honey, earthy, lightly spicy hops, floral, very malty. Taste is similar, very malty, caramel, floral, lightly fruity, earthy, oat toastiness, solid bitterness, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, nice fruitiness and nicely balanced. Just a good session beer, I could knock back pints of this all night.

08-11-2009 19:01:16 | More by Viggo
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bsp77

Minnesota

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.

07-30-2009 12:37:40 | More by bsp77
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Ragingbull

California

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.

07-17-2009 14:28:03 | More by Ragingbull
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

This beer is clear amber with a nice off-white head that has great retention. A lively carbonation fuels the retention. Some lacing, but nothing spectacular.

The nose is light, with some fruity qualities and a light caramel malt character.

The taste is as advertised, fruity with a caramel malt backbone. You can tell this is an English style, with the hopping. If it's possible, this is an americanized-english ale, if that makes sense. An english bitter, traditionally not as bitter as american beers, yet this one is more hopped than its traditional english partners. Enough of the rant.

Medium bodied with a lively carbonation, too much for my liking. Slightly dry finish. Great drinkability, but it does take a hit from the over carbonation.

Great beer from Town Hall. Not my favorite, but a good beer none the less.

09-17-2009 03:50:22 | More by Mistofminn
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

09-21-2011 15:25:04 | More by WoodBrew
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Beatiful golden dark hue topped by a khaki 1/2 " spongy head cap leaving a solid lattice lace.

Aroma is a light gingerbread and hard candy malt.

First swigs: Slightly caramelly and Fest-Brew like. Slightly brewed iced tea and ginger sugary sweet with a mild citrus tone. Lingering smooth dry aftertaste. Floral fruit and Pez candy middle.

Medium bodied with a smooth soft finish.

Last swigs: Mild ale, overall, barely bitter, almond ginger.

01-09-2006 00:20:09 | More by blitheringidiot
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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.

12-27-2003 06:50:27 | More by TastyTaste
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a finger of white head. Good retention with nice lacing. Color is a clear gold.

Aroma: Dark fresh floral hops. Very fresh. A light amount of malts show. Grassy and earthy as well.

Taste: Grassy dank floral hops. Bready malts. A bit weedy. Some pine shows. It is kind of ipa-like.

Mouthfeel: A light bitterness. smooth, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. ends sticky.

Overall, a fairly hoppy pale ale. A little sticky. Somewhat drinkable. I like it, but a pint would be enough.

10-22-2010 21:25:40 | More by mothman
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

10-25-2010 13:39:22 | More by kbutler1
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

10-03-2011 03:28:36 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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ccrida

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

11-04-2010 00:33:29 | More by ccrida
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Dusty Copper colored body topped by an off-white head. Aromas of malt and a touch of woody hops. The flavor has great malt character backed by a solid bitterness. The earthiness of the malting floor seems to come through with this beer. Not sure if the yeast is unique to this offering, but the yeast character seems to come through. Mouthfeel smooth and solid. The drinkability is better than the sum of the individual parts. Although not impressive in any other individual way, overall this is a really nice beer.

04-03-2007 04:15:51 | More by aaronh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Nitro-tap on 12/31

A - Poured an orange color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a creamy, two-finger head that left some nice trails of lace.

S - It smelled of mild caramel malt. Some earthy aromas, too.

T -It was bittersweet with a mild hop kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Good brew. Certainly could be a great session beer.

01-02-2008 15:27:02 | More by zeff80
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rtepiak

Poland

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

an amber pour with a nice head. sufficiently hopped with an expected lemon. mild though. not particularly as bitter was expected... mineral flavored... a taste of pebbles. a nice lipton sweet tea and lemon also but it deters from the effort.

i have come to realize that it resembles a similar tap water quality of the minneapolis area. i think this may have something to do with it.

06-16-2009 09:11:52 | More by rtepiak
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stpjames

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-24-2013 18:44:35 | More by stpjames
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-05-2012 04:18:58 | More by HoistinBrews
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-22-2014 06:26:11 | More by zestar
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours a copper color with a decent head and nice retention. Has a nice combination of malt and hops, with some caramel present in the smell and the taste. Somewhat heavy carbonation and medium bodied. This is a nicely drinkable beer, and it finishes very dry.

09-28-2009 01:56:53 | More by hardy008
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%

Wood-copper brown with radiant clarity. The aroma has character with an earthy hop profile. But I found the taste to be slightly meaty or foul and held in check by a drab aftertaste. This is a decent beer in spite of these few off notes. It would appear to be an actual ordinary pub bitter instead of the more complex and commonplace ESB. But the Masala Mama and Black H2O Stout I had just finished provided some tough acts to follow.

West Bank didn’t rock my world but this was actually my fifth pint of the evening and it’s possible I was at the threshold of palate fatigue.

04-11-2004 00:40:46 | More by RedDiamond
West Bank Pub Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.