West Bank Pub Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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West Bank Pub Ale
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86
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
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 Sammy
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.

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of zeff80
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  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!

Photo of mothman
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.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Viggo
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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of morimech
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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

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.

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.

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West Bank Pub Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.