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1800 Old English IPA - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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1800 Old English IPA
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91
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Recreated from an IPA recipe Mike Hoops found from the year 1800. The recipe was altered slightly with the british style hops additions (5 lbs per barrel) spaced out more during the boil to allow the beer to be drinkable now instead of months after a sea voyage.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-30-2004)
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

MinorThreat, Feb 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Adamostella, Jun 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

mmulebarn, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of birchstick
3.15/5  rDev -23%

Pour an amber orange with a nice creamy head that retains really well. Smells a little strange, with floral bitter hops and cereal malts. Taste was unexpectedly sweet with a nice cereal malt malt base from the marris otter and is rounded off with some citrus, grass, and floral hops. There was something in the mix I couldn't put my finger on but was a little strange. When it comes to IPAs here, I'll stick with the Mama, but this is pretty decent.

birchstick, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of MylesMac
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

MylesMac, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of mnstorm99
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%

Dark gold pour with a nice white head that laces well throughout the experience.
Aroma is floral, but I am not getting much other than the nice hop aroma.
Taste has some light carmel, and biscuit. The hops come through but mostly bitter, flavors are floral and citrus from the hops though.
Mouthfeel seems a little thin, but only for my preferance in an IPA. Maybe even a little over carbonated.
Drinkability, this is a nice beer, but I am not going to rush for another one. It seems a little off in the balance between Bittering, flavor and aroma hopping. This is more of a cross between an EIPA, and an AIPA, which is good in my book.

mnstorm99, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of brewdoc75
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%

Had on cask initially and brought home a growler.

A: Pours a nice orangish color with very slight amber hue. Good carbonation, but not too much. I would prefer to see some more amber but pretty spot on for an English IPA.

S: Pungent hoppy bitterness. Hops are floral and earthy with faint citrus aromas. The malts are definitely here with toasty biscut aromas and mild caramel as well.

T: Very strong bitterness initially. This is followed by a nice malt profile with toasty biscut flavors. Not a whole lot of caramel and toffee. Pleasant floral hoppy finish. Unfortunately I felt the malts fell short for an English IPA.

M: Smooth, nicely carbonated and medium bodied.

D: Overall, a pretty good English IPA. It seemed it had a little too much of a harsh bitterness. The malts were a little lacking as well. It was definitely better on cask than in the growler. Maybe this was truly meant to be drank as a "real ale." I'll have it on cask again, but probably won't try it on tap or in a growler.

brewdoc75, Jan 18, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

nmann08, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Djsaturn1, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured into Flying Dog Pint Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 finger of creamy beige head. Color is an appealing slight hazed dull copper orange. Decent retention with some splattered lace.

Aroma: Some dulled down hops mixed with citrus. This is a very bready smelling beer. Has some grapefruit and lemons.

Taste: I can definitely tell this is an English IPA. The malts are so bready. Some dulled down citrus, but for the most part I am really not feeling this beer.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but ever so chewy. Medium bodied and the same goes for the level of carbonation. Ends with a dry, hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, either I don't like this style or this beer just isn't clicking together. I like many of Town Hall's beers, but this one seems a little subpar to me. My growler got shared with a few people in order for it to be finished.

mothman, Jul 30, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev -13.2%

Pale gold pour with a bright hint of orange; thin head poured out of the growler.

Earthy, almost musty smell with just a hint of floral hops.

A very complex taste. the hops are way forward, but they are less floral and a lot darker than typical american hop profile. Musty, almost funky wild taste that is balanced with just a hint of bready malts.

Not quite up to par in the mouthfeel. The earthy/funky malts contribute to a grainy mouthfeel that keeps this from a bright, hoppy feeling ale you might expect from the taste, and especially the smell.

This is complex enough to keep you interested through a few, though this pour does not seem quite balanced.

tmcelvain, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%

10 oz pour on draft into a snifter.

A- One finger off white head, nice carbonation, some lacing, orange bronze color, nice lacing
S- Very similar to 1776 , malts upfront, hops are not as apparent, slight citrus and lemon, really bready and nutty.
T- Tastes exactly as it smells, sweet and slight bitterness, malts take over, bready and nutty, slight citrus and earthy notes.
M- Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, easy drinkability, smooth.
O- Solid beer as usual from Town Hall, glad I was able to try it, easy drinking but nothing special.

Chriscrundwell12, Jun 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

josephwa, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

BillHilly, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ObeMaltKinobee, Aug 15, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

Big thanks to LaCoursiere for sending me this brew...

A: Pours a translucent honey with shades of red and orange. There is about a half finger of pure white head that settles quickly. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: The smell of this beer is big bitter hops, caramel malt, rose, and rust. It starts out ok, but it's terrible as it warms.

T: There is a nice initial kick of hoppy bitter, but that doesn't last too long. I'm bombarded by floral and citrus notes. There is a big malt undertone, but it ends with is huge grapefruit kick.

M: Medium bodied beer. Big bitters up front and a dry finish.

O: I'm not overly impressed by this beer. I might even be a bit disappointed.

trxxpaxxs, Jan 07, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

On-tap at Minneapolis Town Hall. Served in a pint glass.

A - Served with a finger of eggshell foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves some lacy fingers. Lightly hazed golden orange body.

S - Smells like an English IPA? Sweet honey and lightly toasted malts mingle with floral hops and a kiss of lemon zest.

T - Taste is a little more bready and zesty. Some nice caramel malt and floral character. Where's the bitterness?

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body, clean finish. This batch was listed at 7.7% and I couldn't sense any alcohol.

D - Very easy to drink, but not something I'd go out of my way to revisit. There's an interesting historical aspect to this, and the 200+ year old recipe actually yielded a pretty solid brew.

MasterSki, Oct 26, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Got growler on 7/3 and took THB advice to fill up before the Holiday.

A - Beautiful transparent gold with white lacing that slides down the glass as the beer disapears.

S - Given the style of beer I wasn't expecting a hop bomb so I was pleasantly surprised by the grassy and herbal nose. Not overpowering by any means but its their. There is also perhaps a hint of alcohol but it may also be the hops playing tricks on me.

T - The grassy hops hit first and the bitterness lingers through til the end. Nice malt back especially as it warms but the hops are the main character in this beer. Very nicely done.

M - Nice light carbonation and smooth. Feels like a 7% ABV IPA should taste on tap.

D - This is a great beer on a hot muggy day like today. The hops are present but not overpowering. The growler will be gonge soon and refilled with Masala

Overall another nice offering from THB. I opted to take this home vs Masala and I'm not disappointed at all. I'm usually not a fan of English pale ales but the bitterness in this keeps me satisfied.

boomer31, Jul 05, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

1800 Old English pours a slightly dark golden color, with not much head. There was a nicely balanced malty/hoppy aroma. The taste is the same good balanced between hops and malts, but still bold flavors. Good full body, and strong flavors, and has a good dry finish. Overall a nice potent English style IPA.

vette2006c5r, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

On tap at the brewpub...

Hazy apricot color, floating and flat yellowish head, fairly thin. Laces in sheets but with very thick ropes. Spicey sort of pumpkin pie aroma. Thick mouthfeel but lots of carbonation. Cinnamon hot flavors, resiny hops that are sprue-ridden and a licorice and caramel mixture to the malt flavors. gets a bit sweeter on further sips with plenty of aftertaste. An interesting beer, heavier with a more distinct yeastiness than I thought I was going to get with lots of flavor -- but it plays out very different. Becomes somewhat peppery and almost like celery greens at the end of the glass.

ADR, Jan 09, 2005
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

Another Saturday, another pint at good ol' Town Hall. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light orange yellow with a nice one finger creamy off-white head. A decent cap and collar remains along with a bit of random spotty lacing.
Smell- Fairly fruity (which surprised me considering the hops) with a lightly earthy berry like smell. I'd almost say juniper berries or something of the sort. Not sure if this is dry hopped but I'd be surprised if it wasn't. Maybe a little bit of grassiness mixed in for good measure too. Check that - as it warms it smells really grassy.
Taste- Big bite of hoppy goodness right from the get go with an herbally and earthy bit of numbing. The hops don't taste nearly as fruity as they smelled as the bitterness is fairly grassy with a light peach undertone. Dandelion greens and maybe a touch of pine sap sneak in. The malt backbone adds just a touch of honey like sweetness for the hops to play on but still let them dominate. Finish is bitter with a lingering bit of lemon pith and more grass.
Mouthfeel- Nice and hefty with a thick oily feel and nice numbing hoppiness.
Drinkability- Pretty tasty but I'm just not a giant of the English style hops. They are too earthy and dank for my tastes as I tend to like the fruitier versions. Saying that though, the beer is still tasty and I had no problem enjoying this brew.

younger35, Feb 18, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured from a 64oz growler bestowed upon me by feloniousmonk. This English-styled IPA had a lightly hazed coppery color, a firm, resilient white head that lasted throughout, and a huge volume of tight, fine carbonation.
The nose had a robust citrusy bitterness which surpassed the milder caramel and soft malt aromas.
The taste had an immediate and pungent bitter flavor; lots of grapefruit rinds and the pithy innards of citrus fruit vice the actual juicy fruit itself. This brew lays on the bitter in a big way!! Some biscuity malt and light caramel flavor try to provide a countering sweetness but it's really all in vain. The bittering has a leafy, fresh taste that's nice but in the end it still has a rather harsh tone to it. The feel was medium in body, lushly creamy to start and then Sahara-like in dryness, further withering the tongue.
Overall, I enjoyed this offering from Minneapolis Town Hall. It's interesting to try a brewer's attempt at bringing back a recipe from the past. Taking that information into consideration, I imagine 1800 Old English IPA could stand a bit of time on a boat (or a cellar) to take the harsh edge off the hoppiness. Still, a darn tasty brew.

Boilermaker88, Aug 24, 2004
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

Had been waiting a long time to travel up to Minnesota and check out this brewery's beer.

A: First off I noticed this IPA had a striking orange amber color that resembled an american hefe, it was topped with a meager white one finger head that dissipated quickly and only exhibited average lacing.

S: Highly malted with only hints of floral hops, sweet honey was also very prevalent.

T: Fairly sweet IPA, with lower amounts of bitter hops than most of this variety.

M: Fairly average for the variety

O: I enjoyed this unique tasting beer, showed me this brewery isn't content with making their beers taste like all the rest.

tjkinate, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Had at Town Hall Brewery.

A- A nice deep burnt orange with a slight haze to it. About a finger's worth of head to it that left a nice cap on the beer and left some great lacing on the side of the glass.

S- The predominant scents were that of some malt and some dark fruits. The hops were barely even noticeable. This one reminded me of an English Barleywine.

T- The sweetness of the malt was the first thing my tongue identified. The hops are pretty well hidden and there is a hint of some dates and maybe even black cherry.

M- What beer from a cask is all about. It has made this beer tremendously smooth with a medium to full body. That's really all I can say about it, smooth.

D- Goes down very easy and that's what it is all about. A pretty good offering from Town Hall.

Wisconsinality, Feb 01, 2010
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1800 Old English IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.