Hop Attack!!! - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.93/5 rDev +9.3%
First, people who don't like hoppy beers should not review them.
Second, I'm a total hop-head, and this was hop crack to me. I was fortunate enough to drink a few on site, followed by a growler at home several days later, and let me tell you, I cant wait for the next apparition of HOP ATTACK! Drunk side by side with Town Hall's excellent Masala Mama, it was no contest. This beer has hops in spades, and the drinkability is amazing. There is none of the bitterness of crudely hopped ales, yet a finish that takes minutes to subside. Pure hops power coupled with pure finesse: excellent.
04-14-2007 22:22:32 | More by Monkeypaws
4.65/5 rDev +3.1%
Deep coppery orange in color, thin off white head. The aroma is full of hops ofcourse, citrusy, a lot of grapefruit and some orange, some piney, resinous notes. A fair amount of malt there as well, sweet pale and some caramel/toffee. The flavor was full of hops too, but fruity beyond just citrus fruits (which there were plenty of) there were plenty of melons, watermelon, peaches and nectarines. Quite creamy in texture, rich balancing malt. Session beer written all over it.
Verdict: I drank the shit out of this beer while it was on. Hop Attack, not a bitter attack on the palette, but an attack of 6 delicious hops whose flavor was extracted masterfully by the brewer. Very balanced all in all as well, I would classify this as a pale ale, just like they did at the brewery.
03-20-2007 03:19:37 | More by dfried
4.6/5 rDev +2%
Hazy copper. Thin beads of carbonation surface at a moderate clip. Thin dirty white head leaves ample amounts of lace. Huge nose of hops. Everything that is good to smell in IPAs is here. Pungent, resiny, oily goodness. Bong residue. Grassy tones. Citrus and pine. Combine all those hop aromas with some light toffeeish malt notes and you get one hell of an aroma. One of the easiest 5's I've given. Taste follows suit with the nose. Though the taste is not as oily, greasy and resiny as I would've thought. More on the grassy side, but still delicious. A melange of fruitiness compliments it all. Orange and grapefruit and pineapple. Firm malt body of toffee. Medium body. Lightly carbonated. Easy drinking. Yet another great IPA from TH.
03-07-2007 04:56:28 | More by Bighuge
3.88/5 rDev -14%
Into a pint glass, poured from cask a delicious golden bronze, a solid inch of frothy head with great staying power, some lovely lacing, quite lovely. The aroma was wierd, probably becuase its from cask, but its nevertheless a nice assortment of citrus, fruits, quite a resinous pine to it, the malts hardly there, hanging by a thread. I go back again to the cask deal, I just don't know if I like this off of cask, and it affects the taste. Going about it objectively, its a yummy brew with heaps of hops, sparing on malts, long drawn out taste, smooth and creamy, verrry smooth and creamy, and although cask almost always means good mouthfeel to me, it just doesn't suit this IPA very well. In fact, I just don't really like IPAs from cask. Why did I have this from cask? I don't know, but despite myself, its a good beer!
02-21-2007 04:13:58 | More by objectivemonkey
4.43/5 rDev -1.8%
On-Tap at the brewpub: Unfiltered haze of dark golden peach. Huge dollup of whitened foam on top that sits for a long stay. In fact it didn't ever really seem to leave. Slimmed down some, yes, but always stuck around leaving a blanket of lace as it was consumed. A gorgeous glass of hoppy ale here!
Aroma is bright and lofty with a ton of orange citrus mixed with a soapyish lemon pie filling, burnished pineapple, some peach, apricot, and dull resiny pineness. A hoppy nose no doubt.
Flavors don't disappoint if you are looking and wanting the hops. Big on citrus with a orangey/lemon/peach upfront. Smooth to start, bright and crisp to follow; pine and pith with resiny leftovers coat the background fast with a hop fluffyness that keeps a simple yet complexing tone of hop bitterness thats tolerable to a nice smack of the lips and an even bigger smack on the palate. Notes of grasses hit late but sticks higher with citrusy pith and a dull pine. Malt is slight and barely maintained in balance to let those hops buzz with a decent height. Quite tasty.
Body is pretty peppy and crisp with a bold tone of lasting hops. Smooth and gradual with a solid carbonation and a fevered medium body. Hops really take the character to all levels of the experience.
The drinkability is good, however its heavy handed hoppyness catches the balance a bit off to maintain a slower level of sessioning. A damn fine taster though.
02-17-2007 22:54:23 | More by tavernjef
4.55/5 rDev +0.9%
It had three exclamation points on the menu, so, I told WankerWeasel, we'd better include them on BA.
Ahtanum, Amarillo, & Simcoe hops meet the big 3 C's: Cascade, Columbus, & Centennial.
Lightly hazy bright bronze appearance, big head, dotted, creamy white...looks great for the style!
Aroma: all hops! Ripe fruit, twisted bitter citrus, peach, apricot, & pineapple bump against lemon rind and orange zest! Brilliant! Ah!!!
Taste: smooth, minimally malty, but just enough, with plenty of bounce, and not so much bitterness as you'd expect. A twist of citrus up front, then it fades, but never releases...sticks long on the tongue, but doesn't over-stay it's welcome, no, it becomes quite at home and comfortable in the mouth. Some tasty caramel malt creeps in and aids in the deliciousness.
I almost wondered if this shouldn't be an APA, instead of IPA, but it's all about the hops, so that's not a bad choice. This is a beautiful marriage of the hops, and low in alcohol, comparitavely, easy to session. I've half a mind to crack open a growler of my beloved Masala Mama and compare, see if there's a chance I like this better...it's a contender, that's for sure.
Poured this a few days ago for industry professionals, and they all adored it. Another excellent accomplishment out of Washington Avenue!
02-15-2007 05:13:57 | More by feloniousmonk
Hop Attack!!! from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.