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West Bank Pub Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

West Bank Pub Ale
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BA SCORE
86
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%


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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MattyG85

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2012 06:22:00 | More by MattyG85
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: cask

12-06-2011 13:57:29 | More by KarlHungus
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: cask

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

Arizona

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 04:17:55 | More by Phelps
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BucannonXC5

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 08:48:00 | More by BucannonXC5
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AgentZero

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 18:22:18 | More by AgentZero
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2011 16:08:38 | More by CuriousMonk
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tewaris

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: cask

12-22-2010 11:02:47 | More by tewaris
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klikger

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2010 03:24:47 | More by klikger
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ccrida

Oregon

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.

Serving type: cask

11-04-2010 00:33:29 | More by ccrida
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jrallen34

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 14:46:25 | More by jrallen34
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2010 21:25:40 | More by mothman
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 17:47:08 | More by Thorpe429
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Poland

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Minnesota

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 19:11:32 | More by Greggy
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opwog

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 04:22:11 | More by Sammy
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zeff80

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-02-2008 15:27:02 | More by zeff80
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West Bank Pub Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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