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1800 Old English IPA - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

1800 Old English IPA
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%

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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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Photo of barleywinefiend


4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a golden-orangish color with a white whispy leaving behind some moderate lacing, faint bubbles..

S: Herbal, bready with some floral notes

T: Initial taste is a bit herbal with floral hop notes riding on the back of a bready malt base. A little bit of lingering bitterness on this but mainly on the back end/finish.

M: Low-medium bodied, well carbonated

O: Traditionally not a fan of the style but if I were to drink a modern day English IPA it would be this one. Very good.

Serving type: growler

03-04-2013 16:55:09 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of MattyG85


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler bought from the brewpub with a date of 2/22. Poured into a Town Hall Chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Starts with a big four finger off white head that quickly fades into a thin patch. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma is a bold but very balanced mix of bitter hops and sweet malts. Earthy and citrus hops with hints of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Some spicy pine and floral aromas. Big malt profile with good hints of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, nuts, and grains. Some candied sugar and a little hint of honey. Leans a little more to the bready malt side but the balance is pretty good with a strong hop presence. A nice spicy full aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, although the malt presence is even stronger. Very bready toasted malt presence up front with a taste of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, yeast, and nuts. Some sweet sugar and honey notes linger around. Solid hop presence with a nice spicy kick of floral hops and pine resin. Notes of citrus orange, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine. The spice is so noticeable that it seems like there is some rye in the mix as well. A pretty good balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and smooth. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on the style. Very English with a strong malt balance to the hops. Really nice spice going on here.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2013 07:12:20 | More by MattyG85
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2012 23:40:27 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of tmcelvain


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2011 02:57:25 | More by tmcelvain
Photo of boomer31


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

07-05-2010 23:11:23 | More by boomer31
Photo of Buebie


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this growler yesterday 2/01/10 from Town Hall. The abv listed here is lower then what the brew pub now lists it, which is 8% abv. So it was a bit more on price because of this. Went in there with an empty to swap and cost was $13.60 or so. Which is about $4 more then a reguler growler fill of masala mama or other beers. This is also listed as a seasonal.

Poured from the growler into my Surly pub glass, producing about an inch of off white head. Settling to leave a solid collar of retention and a thin froth across the top. Color is a pale amber with some chill haze present. Appearance is great, with a slight haze that resembles a dry hoped non filtered look.
Light thin lace drapes the glass of this also.

Aroma is a bit ashy with an odd perfume shampoo aroma. A nice grain smell coming from this too with a touch of biscuits and caramel pils malt.

Taste is quite good, plenty of malt kick in here, with more bicuits, sweet caramel and a touch of nuttiness too, loads of fresh grain flavors. It starts out sweet with a divine amount of delicious malt and grain flavors.
A touch of ashyness through the middle as well as earthy mildly spicy hops. Becoming a bi more bitter into the finish, mild pine and grapefruit as well as more earthy floral hops.
A touch of pine resin flavors. Malt sweetness pursuing hops all along the way.

Mouthfeel is crisp with some body to it. Carbonation is perfect, medium amount providing crispness to the feel.

This is an outstanding brew with wonderful balance. Incredibly drinkable, no heat or warmth suggesting an 8% abv. I love the English style ipa not too hoppy in a way that would overwhelm grain flavors. Allowing malt to shine as well as hop flavors to come forward. A terrific brew, highly recommend.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2010 20:20:39 | More by Buebie
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: growler

07-30-2009 20:07:25 | More by mothman
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up a growler of this about 2 weeks ago, and finally am gettin the chance to crack it.

Pours a clear rusty orange color with an off white 1.5 finger head. Shows small carbonation.

Smells of lots floral hops with a good malt profile coming in through the background.

Tastes of very bitter floral hops flavor right off the bat which moves into the malts which have a bready slightly toasty taste to them.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with light, fine carbonation. Body feel of the beer is on the mid to upper part of the medium side. Finishes pretty clean.

Drinks very nicely. Just opened the growler tonight and will probably finish it.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2009 01:02:50 | More by ThePeskyDingo
Photo of mynie


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5-day-old growler. I LOVE how they put "best by" dates on their growlers.

Pours like an ESB, dark rust with a very large head.

Smells like a great EIPA, deep nuanced nodes of toffee, biscuit, caramel--strong but not thick, backed up by a big handful of sweet and spicy European hops.

Tastes like it smells, only with the hops taking center stage. Lots and lots and lots of English hops. Sweet god almighty, there's a lot of English hops. That's kind of a shame, really, since the aroma's malt profile was so darn good.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2009 17:45:40 | More by mynie
Photo of brewdoc75


3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2009 22:10:44 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of alexgash


4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from 12/29/08. Menu listed this batch of 1800 at 8% abv.

Pours a slightly hazy peachy orange with golden edges. Thick finger of creamy, very lacy, light beige head. Heady nose of toasted bread, sugary fruits, toffee, marmalade, and minty hops. Nicely balanced nose that brings out that toast and marmalade English IPA quality nicely.

Herbal hop bitterness up front along with toasted grains. Sweetish fruits and toffee malt follow; herbal hop bitterness remains and even increases. Orange marmalade and mint hop flavors come through near the finish. Toffee and bready malts hide out among the numbing hop bitterness. Toasted malts linger in the citrus-y finish. Medium-full body with a creamy, excellently-drinkable feel. Very nice! Man, the Town Hall can sure crank out some unbelievable IPAs!

Serving type: growler

01-03-2009 23:07:48 | More by alexgash
Photo of surlyseth


4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a Masala Mama pint and took this growler for the road.

A: IPA-looking. Quite clear from the growler. Nice loose head. Some lacing, but not much.

S: Floral, but a tinge of earthy goodness.

T&M: Wow. Mostly AIPA'ish, but definitely some English dankness with the Kent and Fuggles. Soooo nice. Hop Head delight, but a nice change from all the citric, piney C varieties I've been chasing.

D: Restraint is an arduous, ongoing process with this one.

One of the best ever, for me.

Serving type: growler

06-11-2008 04:38:39 | More by surlyseth
Photo of KarlHungus


4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy reddish bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of a flower bed with hints of grass and grapefruit. The taste is a balance of soft floral notes, and a firm bitterness. The aftertaste is long and vibrant. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very good IPA. I don't think it is as good as the Mama, but how many beers are? However, I am a huge fan of English IPAs, and find this one to be a great change of pace if you are in the mood for something hoppy, but different.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2007 18:33:08 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of ppoitras


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by Faro. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light beige head over the clear light amber brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, and laces that way as well, lots of foamy bits. Aroma is tangerine hops coupled with biscuity malt sweetness. Taste finds the same sweetness cut with plenty of hops bitterness, even more than I would expect for an English-style IPA, with notes of citrus. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great. Another hit of a Town Hall IPA...

Serving type: growler

07-30-2006 15:48:48 | More by ppoitras
Photo of ZAP


4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


This years batch is incredible. Just loaded with flavorful but not bitter hops....I'm getting a lot of fuggles and Hallertau....what a showcase for Eurupean hops....massive floral aroma....big firm body...sweet tasting blend of malts and hops....this is incredible...

2005 notes=4.1 rating

Rich golden color...big frothy head....big hops on the nose...strong citrus (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit)..

Taste is more balanced than I expected...a nice english malt backing but the hops still bat cleanup...not a real bitter beer, just a very fresh hop flavor...finishes a little dry and peppery..

Body is bigger than I expected...on the high side of medium..creamy mouthfeel...

Hell of a tasty IPA...a little bolder than most of the english IPA's I've tried but I'm not complaining.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2005 01:41:49 | More by ZAP
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For this beer, brewmaster Mike Hoops found an IPA recipe from the year 1800, and tried his hand at re-creating it, with with one little fudge. The hop additions (Fuggles, for sure, and maybe EK Goldings?) 5 lbs per barrel, were spaced out more during the boil than the original recipe called for, to make it more palatable and allow us to enjoy it now, rather than the length of a boat ride to Bombay.
So, let's drink 'er!

Lovely bright orange color. opaque and appealing, with a huge, creamy white head, (helped some by the Duvel glass I employ in this tasting).
Big, citric aroma, a mix of grapefruit, orange, peach and more, floral, sweet and sout, very arousing.
BAM! ooof! Kapow! This one grabs the palate and pulls it in for some major puckering! "Bitter much?" Powerful play in the mouth, very tart and citric. Mellows some after a while, leads into some juiciness, then it dries.
Well-balanced, but the hops are king here, not quite enough of a showing from the malty side, but it holds ground well enough. Long, bitter citric finish, lasts long in the tastebuds.
More fruit shows up throughout the glass, more peach, apricot, and also I'm noting some tiny green particles floating at the bottom. hmmm. It was a clean glass...I knew it was unfiltered, but never expected to find hop pieces floating about. Huh!
Damn, this is nice! I find myself thinking it's not like any English IPAs I've had, but yet it is one, it's made from all English ingredients. Perhaps the problem arises from how far afield they are today from their origins...well, we'll leave those matters for elsewhere and when, and just state that this is damned tasty, and I know that I'll be going back for more, while it lasts!

12-30...it's back! and it's better than ever!

Serving type: growler

07-30-2004 00:54:10 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 19:46:49 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Weli


4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale copper colored pint, with ok clarity and half inch of white to off white head

S- Subtle and subdued English hop character, very floral and spicy.

T-Very spicy almost peppery hop flavor, with a mild earthy character, Interesting mix of hops and wood flavors, malt is pleasing, but mainly stay in the background

M- Medium bodied medium carbonation, Dry finish

O-Really interesting IPA, cool drinking an interpretation of a historic beer recipe

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 14:21:14 | More by Weli
Photo of MrBluto


4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really liked this beer, and this was after having a different beer first (their Scotch ale) which may have affected my pallete. Even though it is an IPA (English) I thought it was very well balanced and not overly hoppish. It had a thick 1" head that settled like a Guinness but lasted throughout the drink. It had a floral nose, and the first sip was sweet, though it didn't last long...very nice! It was full bodied with a nice mouth feel and very light carbonation. The finish was moderate with a light bitterness. And the fact it was served at standard cask temperature (around 52 F) made it an overall enjoyable beer. I would definitely order again!

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 23:57:00 | More by MrBluto
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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A. Pours a nice golden yellow, a nice one finger head, resides to a thin foam ring with a nice island.

S. Smells very flora, mild hops and a nice sweetness.

T. Tastes of sweet hops, barley, a little malty with a mildly bitter finish.

M. Medium thin body, slightly chewy with a sweet dry finish.

O. A great beer. Light and easy to drink even with the high ABV. This could easily be a session beer for me. Just a good beer to drink anytime. Well balanced and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 22:33:04 | More by MBrausen
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Clear amber body under a finger of frothy, persistent off-white head. Strong retention, decent lace. Attractive.

S: Whoa - that's a Barleywine: toffee, caramel, and floral hops. Simple, sweet, and enjoyable.

T: Super malty, with toffee, caramel, toast, marmalade, and finally some substantial hops bitterness. Simple and good, but much more like an American Barleywine (albeit with English hops) than any IPA.

M: Fairly full body with lots of soft carbonation. Lovely.

O: If you want something that tastes like a Barleywine but can be consumed in greater quantities, check this one out. Tasty stuff.


Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 21:10:10 | More by woosterbill
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 20:40:05 | More by tjkinate
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3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 01:24:47 | More by birchstick
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 07:34:48 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall in June 2010. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden color with a bit of a white head. Very minor lacing as this goes down. The nose is nice with some floral and earthy hops. A tiny amount of grass in the background. There's a bit of malt underlying the taste on this, but not really all that much. Light bread. Mostly some nice, earth-driven hops with a slight floral presence. Good bitter feel. This drinks quite well. Town Hall can do no wrong with hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 05:45:04 | More by Thorpe429
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1800 Old English IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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