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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
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:
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 bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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 kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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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 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 aaronh
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 CharlesDarwin
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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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 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 Chriscrundwell12
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber in colour with low carbonation. Definitely a milder type of bitter, in keeping with the English style session bitters. Slightly spicy hop aroma. A light but pleasing malt vs. bitter balance. Good drinkability, but a little thin in the mouth for me. I thought it also lacked a bit of the complexity of some of the other bitters that I've had. Generally solid, but I like their other products better.

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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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Photo of Ragingbull
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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