Galena Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Clear, coppery/ amber hue, good, creamy dollop of suds atop, rocky and slowly crumbling.
Bare hops smother the nose, but not a typical variety, so it's character isn't telegraphed by any familiarity. Galena is not an ingredient with much use, though I've seen it mentioned as being among the mix in several of Hoops' previous brews.
Spicy, dark fruit, (apple, grape, melon), caramelly, but not the usual way, through malts. Very spicy, with a complex citric twist (as in, DOESN'T scream grapefruit and pine!), Feels more like an English-style than the current trend in American IPAs.
Taste: Big, nay, HUGE bitter bite up front on the palate that grabs the tongue, pins it down, and slathers it with tasty, bitter hoppitude. Dominates the taste buds, gets down and sticky with it, then cleanly rides off, and finishes dryly on the palate. Medium bodied. Dark citric fruity flavor, blended with a caramel/chocolate kick. Or am I imagining things? My delusions aside, nicely hoppy ale here, with a complex and rewarding taste that lasts all the way.
Non-hopheads, steer clear, this is one might be a challenge for you. Members of the tribe, dig in, this is a gritty and greasy one
Serving type: growler
06-02-2005 01:31:22 | More by feloniousmonk
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Sturdy bronze tone. Decent sized layer of tan colored head. Recedes quickly and leaves a thin coating and a moderate collar that leaves ample amounts of lace. Nice nose. Real earthy and deep. Bong resin and hop resin. A little smokiness. Citrus tones are present too, but not overwhelmingly bright like other hop varieties can impart. And caramel and toffee maltiness is layered in there as well. Hops hit the palate at once when tasting. Earthy and pungent. Pungent in a lemon rind sort of way. The bitterness is a little coarse, but still to my liking. Backbone of caramel and toffee malts is not to be overlooked. Full, round body. Carbonation levels are appropriate. Very easy drinking. Another solid single hop pale from Town Hall.
Serving type: growler
06-04-2005 03:33:26 | More by Bighuge
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On-tap at the brewpub: Torpid dark ambery brown with a small densely packed light tan cap. Keeps its cap well, lasts for a fair amount of the session and laces in adequate stringy sheets.
Aroma is of leafy hop resin tea. Quite pungent and unmissable. Earthy, musty, mildly spiced, resinous hops; pale citrusy stuff spreads across some lofty deep dark caramel but overall; very much like black tea with a leafy hop twist.
On the tastes we get a big load of herbal rendering going on with resiny hop oils and leafyness. Bold and bittered on top, smooth and juicy underneath. Forthright grab of bitterness up front with a tinge of grapefruit, lime, and pine. Appley melon caramel with trace citrus pith and upped dosages of earthen hop resin bleed quickly from its severed artery of beginning bitterness. And much like the smell, pungency reigns over all the rest of the taste with a wicked complexity of bashed and brushed fruits, twigs, leafs, and all. Damp and sticky, sweet, and herbally bittered. Fainter citrusy tones emerge late across the finish as the mixture of earthy fruits and herbs round off the back end. Truly A Hop Tea.
Bold and thick bodied for a pale. Fairly full and sticky. Perhaps not as crisp or as clean as I would like for a pale but the body works well with what effects the darker, mushier flavors are adding. Actually felt a bit dopplebock-like in its effort. Odd but fitting.
Drinkability is good, its addicting to say the least, but its overall sticky presense and thicker complexity makes for very slow recovery sip after sip. It took me quite a long while to finish my second pint. This is definately one of those mealy type drinkers.
Serving type: on-tap
06-05-2005 22:34:45 | More by tavernjef
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Dark rusty copper with a nice head of white foam that lasts and leaves nice lacing when it is all done and settled. Perfect cask appearance makes this one a beauty to behold. Aromas are all Galena hops which are interestingly leafy and resiny with a wonderful tea aroma which I also find in certain UK pale ales (Landlord) and UK hops variatels. Taste is hoppy with those interesting galens and the malts hold up their unique flavor profile nicely by adding a nice twist of bready goodness to the mix. Mouthfeel is smooth cask goodness and the drinkability is very good as well. Solid and interesting, a nice hop variety that I hope others will use again...
Serving type: cask
07-29-2005 06:36:11 | More by francisweizen
Galena Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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