India Brown Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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India Brown Ale
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dfried on 05-11-2006)
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Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a layer of beige head with great retention and good lacing. Color is a clear dark brown amber.

Aroma: Floral bitterness. Some roast shows. A bit malty. Caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Lots of hops. Very grassy and floral. Grapefruit citrus. Nutty and roasty. Pretty malty.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter with some roast. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was too roasted for an ipa and too bitter for a brown. I know what it is trying to be, but I couldn't really get into this one.

Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler. Thanks for sending this my way Doug.

Khaki/beige head, medium thick, sits on a clear brown-amber body. Aroma is caramel malt, bread, floral and herbal hops, and mild citrus sweetness. Flavor doesn't quite live up the nose, with a fizzy medium thick body and caramel and nutty body. Grassy and floral hops dry out the finish. Fairly roasty and not exceptionally bitter, this is a pleasant brown ale, but not quite up to the standards of other Town Hall beers.

Photo of p-wagz
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/17/11 notes. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one; thanks Michael!

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with an inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, light chocolate, light fruity malts, and some pine hops. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate malts, and light citrus and pine hops.

m - Medium body and light carbonation.

o - Overall a solid brown ale. Not my favorite Town Hall beer but some nice roasted qualities mixing with hops. Would try again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!

The beer is orange to light brown in color with a quarter inch of head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pine, hops, and malt, respectively. The flavor struggles to achieve balance. While there are some potentially nice flavors lurking, the overall presentation is muddled. The finish is bitter, with a hint of alcohol. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. A few tweaks and this might be a great beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this the other night. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a moderate brown color with a single-finger off-white head and some stick lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout.

The nose carries through a bit of roasted malt and some light chocolate notes plus some pretty good pine character. The flavor blends the malt and hop components quite well with pine balancing roast. Medium body with a good bitterness in the finish.

Overall, pretty good, but not up to Town Hall hoppy standards.

Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruddy crimson tone. Moderate sized light brown head. Lacing is nice.

Aroma: IPAish. Resiny hops with canabis and pine. Toffeeish feel to it as well. And a little roasted character comes through too, but not much.

Taste: Brown ale blended with IPA. Yep. That's what it tastes like. But the IPA comes through more than the brown. Interesting marriage. It works pretty good. Hops are ever present with their blunt raw character. Kind of a grundgey and earthy feel to the hops. Resinous. Brown ale backbone works.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated. Medium bodied. Absence of any and all alcohol on the buds. Lingering bitterness. Mostly hop related.

Drinkability: For such a unique blend, this is not bad. Not my favorite TH offering, but I'll take it. This makes me wonder what a Black IPA would taste like. Hmmm

Photo of billhelm
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kbutler1
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Poured into a pint glass a clear slightly reddish tinged brown color with a off white 1 finger head. Nice balance in the nose of both hops and malt. Medium mouthfeel. Nice lace as the beer settles. Slight roast flavor in the beginning follows by a nice hop and caramel flavor. Lingering bitterness. Pretty easy drinking.

Photo of beagle75
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a half-pint chalice.

A: Clear, light brown color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very floral hops and volatile spice suggestive of hot chile fruit are dominant, but a fine thread of toffee consistently appears.

T: Begins dry, with dynamic hop aromatics that show pine, ripe tropical fruit, and dank herbaceous qualities. Acidity is metered, smooth, very appropriate for style. Brown malt adds some dark roasted qualities in the middle. Flavors relax, showing some earth, in the finish where moderate bitterness emerges. Chile fruit lingers on the palate but is not hot like capsaicin.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, very smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a balanced IPA with added interest due to the earthy brown malt. While nicely hopped, its aromatic qualities fall just short of those of the similar Stone collaboration. It provides fuel for an argument that brown may be the new black when it comes to aggressively-hopped beers.

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of koopa
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shipped back to me by beerloco while he was spending the holidays in MN thanks!

Appearance: Pours a really attractive transparent burnt umber with a 2 finger off white (khaki and burnt umber) crown that shows major retention and loads of lace.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, and herbal hops.

Taste: Chocolate dominates, caramel malt supports, and herbal hops with decent bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with very nice carbonation.

Drinkability: The bitter herbal hops take away from the malt in my opinion.

Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful fresh Am. hop aroma right off the bat. Settles down in time and brings on the complexity of hop aromas that presents as through there are a several different hop varieties. Initially with the citrus then some grassiness and finally some earthiness. Faintest background of malt with just enough to know it's not a pale malt foundation but not quite enough to be clear that it's a brown ale.
Classic brown ale color with distinct reds in a brown body. Very clear all the way to the bottom of the growler. Never a very big head, but always showing one with each pour and rarely losing it all together.
First drink is a full hop flavor and again showing a complexity of flavors hinting at multiple types. Only after it warms up does any malt sweetness show, otherwise malt is mostly foundation and difficult to distinctively call a brown ale. Long tasty bitter finish, and never to any excess. The earthiness of the hops intertwine with the citrus and prominent bitterness.
Full carbonation in the feel, but not distracting. Moderately light body.
Drinks very close to English style IPA with the hop flavorings. Easy for all attending to finish off the growler.

Photo of grub
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the colour is a fairly light copper red, with a solid 1/2" of thick head that holds up strong for a long time. lots of lacing down the glass.

the aroma is hops initially, but quickly gives way to a strong malt presence.

the taste is hoppy with a deep biscuity malt flavour. the hop bitterness is fairly mild, but the taste/aroma is grapefruit and citrus. just a hint of roasty malt presence. the alcohol isn't really noticeable.

the mouthfeel is good and feels about right for the style.

drinkability is also good, and probably slightly edges out the masala mama in this category, but just by a bit.

overall i found this beer really intersting. based on the taste, colour, and aroma it seems like they definitely hit the "india" part, but slightly missed the "brown". the colour is definitely a bit light for a brown and i felt like the taste/aroma is closer to an IPA than a brown ale. still a really intersting combination that i'd be happy to have again.

Photo of jamesdergen
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent caramel color with a huge, thick frothy off white head that will not die out!

S: Grassy, herbal hop aroma. Not very strong.

T: This beer takes the super smooth malty taste from TH's West Bank Pub Ale and the citric hoppiness and complex flavors from the Masala Mama IPA. I am a big fan of both, so this beer is a fantastic combination.

M&D: One of the best facets of this brew (and the West Bank Pub Ale it reminds me of) is the smoothness. The carbonation is well done, making for an easy-drinking delicious hybrid brew!

I was skeptical at first, but after tasting this beer we ordered a pitcher to drink while we shot pool at TH. I had to go get a growler of it to enjoy at home too, highly recommended.

Photo of morimech
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear reddish brown with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass. The growler is a week old so not surprised by the less than perfect appearance.

An unique aroma of tree nuts, chocolate, citrus, pine, and dank herbal ness. Smells like this has been dry hopped which is surprising for a brown ale.

This is not a brown IPA, but a hoppy brown ale. Plenty of brown ale qualities can be found. Notes of nuts, chocolate, dark bread, and just a faint hint of roast. The hops soon take over with citrus, pine, and grassy herbal qualities. Bitterness is moderate but has a nice balance.

Carbonation is a little low, another result of a growler sitting around. Medium body.

A very enjoyable hoppy ale with different flavor qualities not usually found for hop heads. Better at the source.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy brown the color, cream-toned the foam, of stable size, if thin, and adorned with copious bubbles.

Miild, sweet cocoa in the aroma, little bit of nuts. And then the hops come shining through. Pleasant enough.

Bright, bold, and delicious once in the mouth. Clean, smooth and indubitably drinkable. Chocolate tones remain in the flavor, hops persist on the tongue. A twist of citrus, lacing the chocolate. Zesty, medium bodied, long, hoppy finish.

A tasty, tasty ale you drink all the live-long day and not likely tire of. Does some playful tricks on the tongue, and rewards the imbiber. I like that. Must stop in for more before it goes away. That's how they get ya, man!

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India Brown Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.