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1800 Old English IPA - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 106
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 24
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Minnesota, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 07-30-2004

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.
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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 106
Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. Appears a hazy gold-amber with a short white head. This beer is basically a British IPA with the hops dialed to 11 or 12. They're big, but just balanced enough to keep this drinkable, with grassy, herbal, citrus rind and a slight bready malt backbone. If you dig english hops, this beer is for you. Certainly more an American IPA than British, but a fun beer to drink.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazed apricot orange tone. Nice looking off-white head. Lacing is spotty in nature but ample. The aroma is heavy on the hops. Earthy and pungent at the same time. Grassy and herbal. And the nose also contains sufficient malt tones to it. The beer feels great in the mouth. Medium-full body and a nice little prickle to it. The bitterness of this IPA is quite clean and nice. Not over the top, but it's fucking there. Hops impart some grassiness and herbal qualities. The malts are dripping in caramel and toffee sweetness. And I think it's the yeast that's giving some fruity tones of nectarine/apricot-like origin. Another damn fine brew from the Hall. What can I say. I'm lucky to live close to such a consistent high quality brewery/brewer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant gold with a 1” creamy white head that produces decent lace. Floral and malt aromas rise from the glass. Floral hops provide enough bitter accent to balance a slightly sweet malt presence. Medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ZAP
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Chill hazed pale yellow, a bit of a rusty orange to it in some light - thin but firm off-white cap, good lacing in thick strings sticks. Aroma is a bit subdued but crisp and fair of some dry leafy hops and biscuit malts. Touches some floral and citrusy things. Taste is where its at with this one. Calm and steady even bitterness from front to back, easy and crisp, with a pleasant tone of pale malts and the hops are floral to start. Ah but the finish, awesome in the return, spicy, herbal, dry with very slight touches of orange citrus pith. Excellent finish. Complex and full of hop character in flavor, but not so much in the bitterness. Bitterness is there though with a citric/floral aspect and keeps a good balance. Feel is clean and crisp with a medium, steadfast body and one fantastic finish of hops which lingers for a good while. Almost a tart-like citrus with a brazen dry spicy/herbal/ floral mix....nice...almost seemed like a super fine bitter then an IPA, but I guess I can see where this does fit a more English style IPA due to its dryer malt base then caramel. Yet another masterfully drinkable ale by Hoops at Town Hall.

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Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Yet another one of those funky brown Grolsch like, flip top, EZ Cap brown glass bottles. Has the number ‘1800’ in black pen scrawled on the white ceramic top. More imbibational goodness that found its way to Long Beach all the way from Minneapolis thanks to one of the Sites most awesome BA’s.

Appearance: Once the flip top was released there was little in the way of a release, I was a little worried, but I shouldn’t have fretted. Although this bottle was filled almost to the brim from a Growler, once poured into my 20 ounce Mug, the furry and pellucid peach body has a gorgeous off-white head which has a creamy texture and remains at a healthy and stiff ½” thick throughout. Some nice Saturn ring lacing persists. Above average carbonation, it survived the journey exceptionally well. Nice presentation!

Nose: I got the Hops as soon as I poured this one. A more detailed examination reveals pungent orange perfume, tangerines and a citric bitterness that benefits from a juicy acidic kick. Soft fleshy peaches and apricots mingle with some lightly toasted malts.

Taste: Very bitter start – juicy hops mix and intermingle with a stark acidic citric bite, the sort of effect you get from biting through orange/lemon rind before you hit the fleshy middle. Some very light malts, but barely enough to even affect the bitter hops, let alone offset them. Very dry and Bitter - with a strong orange peel middle, juicy hoppy finish. Very dry in the finish. Lingering juicy end.

Mouthfeel: A medium to full feel in the mouth, citric and sharp, juicy and somewhat tart, dry and yet fluid. Thick orange peel skid-marks on the tongue after the swallow. Hop juices abound.

Drinkability: Somehow clean and yet raw enough to entice and excite. Fresh and inviting, it just asks to be downed by the Gallon.

Overall: A solid, juicy, yet bitter IPA that has lots of tangerines and oranges to entice the Imbiber. Attractive and different, refreshingly nice to try an IPA that is not in yer face, but more in yer mind, this one makes you think, an intellectuals IPA so to speak.

A Big Huge Cheers to BigHuge for this lovely E-IPA. Worth seeking out.
They should bottle this one for the masses.

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Photo of morimech
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know this is sacrilege, but I prefer this to Masala Mama. I had this on-tap and immediately followed it up with it on cask. The cask is better looking and has nicer mouthfeel and a tick more drinkablity, but the on-tap version really makes the hops pop in the aroma and taste. It appears a hazy amber with one inch of white head that had good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Wonderful Fuggles and Golden hop aroma. Floral and citrus elements go along with a toffee note from the malt. This is more bitter than other English IPAs I have had but it is not over-the-top and harsh. The flavors meld perfectly. Medium body and perfectly carbonated depending on the prefered delivery method. This beer is dangerously drinkable. The high ABV is the only thing holding this beer back. I see this is offered in growlers. Good to know.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.


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Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iridescent daffodil, under a milky, never-ending, never fading tide of white.
Smells of peaches, but only the fuzzy dehydrated skins, all butchered and impaled upon stakes of rusted iron, hung above tapestries of toasted pale malts and reaching tendrils of booze...which only grow higher and higher as the brew gains warmth.
Begins dry, full of toasted English muffins patted gently with butter. Fruitiness appears through phantoms. Misty shrouds of oranges, apricots, and red apples. Perky minerality foreshadows the quinine and lemon rind hop bombast. Alcohol is noted on the finish with its lingering gin like cues.
Lowly and appropriately carbonation. Starts a bit sparse and scattered, but congeals as it warms into a focused English Hop bomb.

In the true spirit of a circa 1800 IPA, this particular growler took a circuitous and adventurous rout to my doorstep. It was well worth the wait. Many thanks to Captain 'Monk for the trusty vessel. Ahoy!


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Photo of birchstick
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what an EIPA should taste like (read: more like an American IPA). Glear copper color big off white head. Smell was grapefruit hops down to the core. Taste was very reminiscent of Masala, but there is a lot of citrus bitterness in here, hardly anything sweet. Hop levels are almost at a DIPA level, but the mouthfeel doesn't reinforce the higher ABV at all, as it is fairly thin (a welcome change, that I think adds tot he drinkability of this beer). Excellent offering, and was a good beer to get started with, after finishing with a pint of the abyssmal Festivus.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.82/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of mentor
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to feloniusmonk for picking up this growler for me in January 2005. Pours a 4-finger cream-colored head over a nearly crystal clear light orange-rust colored liquid. Smell is very mild, mostly of oranges but with some caramel and a bit of rough 'grassy' hop. This smells like an enticing sweet orange candy. The prevailing taste is hoppy bitter, but the kick on this bitter is wonderfully tamed by a smooth creaminess. Additional searching revealed oranges, peaches, and mango (I must say, this is the first time I've ever detected mango flavor in a beer). I find a grassy rough hop character that could be a bit more moderated. Mouthfeel is medium-thick and this is complemented by the afore-mentioned creaminess. Too bad my glass is already empty.

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1800 Old English IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.