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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

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 46
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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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.

mothman, Oct 22, 2010
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of hardy008
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.

hardy008, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
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.

Mistofminn, Sep 17, 2009
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.

Viggo, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of bsp77
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.

bsp77, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
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.

Ragingbull, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
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.

rtepiak, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of Greggy
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.

Greggy, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of opwog
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.

opwog, Dec 11, 2008
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.

Sammy, Nov 20, 2008
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.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of oner0002
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

oner0002, Nov 24, 2007
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.

morimech, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of aaronh
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

aaronh, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

objectivemonkey, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

CharlesDarwin, Nov 30, 2006
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.

tempest, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of edbeered
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

edbeered, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of CultureJamMN
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

CultureJamMN, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

blitheringidiot, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

fisherman34, Aug 25, 2005
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.

ADR, May 16, 2004
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.

RedDiamond, Apr 11, 2004
West Bank Pub Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.