India Brown Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
08-01-2014 22:11:47 | More by morimech
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
04-22-2012 21:25:07 | More by beagle75
4.23/5 rDev +5%
Poured a nice clear chestnut brown with a huge pillowy and sticky tan head.
The nose is dominated by nicely aggressive dry hopping, nice citrus and tropical fruit with a nice dank green quality.
The flavor is a nice mixture of light roasty notes, nice light chocolate, and big green flavor. The malt notes are very good, but the hops really shine, big citrus and tropical flavors.
Nice oily and resiny hoppy mouthfeel.
Very good Brown IPA, I like the mixture of the tropical Nelson Notes with the very west coast citrusy flaconers flight.
04-22-2012 02:44:48 | More by bashiba
3.58/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
09-01-2011 19:09:35 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
08-20-2011 20:49:44 | More by Huhzubendah
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
08-20-2011 00:24:34 | More by Thorpe429
District of Columbia
3.45/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
08-18-2011 03:35:40 | More by yourefragile
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.38/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
06-30-2011 18:46:18 | More by mothman
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
01-07-2011 15:29:46 | More by garymuchow
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
01-03-2011 21:28:53 | More by koopa
India Brown Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.