Highland Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
3.68/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Clear golden yellow, 1cm white head dropped quickly to a film. The aroma was of toasty, biscuity, grainy pale malt and citrusy hops mainly of lemony zest. The taste was pretty evenly balanced, malty and biscuity, pale malt, not much caramely/dark sugar to it, along with citrusy hops, maily tangy lemon zest but some orange and tangerine flavors do creep in, as well as some piney and musty/resinous notes.
Overall: a crisp, malty session pale ale. I wasn't all that impressed, but not dissapointed either. I liked it, it would be good for a warm afternoon, "I just got off work and want/need a couple beers" beer.
Serving type: on-tap
11-07-2007 23:51:05 | More by dfried
4.47/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
After enjoying the hell out of many of these on-tap during this past week, a growler was needed in order to get a solid review - Medium hay gold color, kinda clear with a slight smearing of tone and glare. A few, very slow bubbles rise up within the body. Startchy medium sized topping of semi crunchy looking white foam sits on top. Lots of thick lacing in zig-zagged strings all over the place plaster the glass as its consumed(easily).
Clean, yet pungent of hop flowered resinyness and a lemony sweet backing for a pleasing aroma with a tint of grass and some nice buttery tones to it. Actually, this is quite reminiscent of the Single Malt with just a bit more lemony hop cone freshness to it. I wonder if the Golden Promise malt was used in this?
Taste is outstanding! Clean, crisp, crunchy, fluffy hop textured tone up front with a nice balancing sweetness behind. Kinda toasty and buttery. Has a uniquely set lemony pithyness and high ended grass tone to it with the hops. Nice lasting flavors that are milding yet forward without a full on hop over load. Clean, crisp finish with a floating pithy bitterness and bite of pine and flowering fall grasses.
Firm and rounded medium body with a great balance of sweetened, lightly toasty breads and lemony crunched hop grasses. Seemingly simple but carries a creative complexity thats intreguing as hell and lasts just right through to the finish
Out of this world drinkability. A true sessionable Pale ale here. Another Town Hall gem of a pale. Reminds me alot of the Pizza Port Amigo Mexican Lager I had many of in Carlsbad a couple summers ago.
Serving type: growler
10-25-2007 17:01:57 | More by tavernjef
3.95/5 rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Anmerican pale ale with Scottish malts and yeast. Easy drinking session beer" according to the website. I forgot what the menu said. This was a surprise, as I didn't get an email about the release and skipped the bar for a week. Also a nice surprise, the delicious Wee Heavy was also on, and made for a great dessert after the initial pint of this guy.
but about the Highland:
Poured into a Samuel Adams boston Lager glass. Small white head. Pale peach appearance, hazy at the top and middle of the glass, clear and yellow toward the bottom.
Lively fruity aroma, apricot and orange. Scotch malt leaps up and joins the hops in the nose. Yeah, its in there all right. nice stuff.
Grainy, malty feel in the flavor up front. Hops on the tongue have a pleasant bitterness, but leave a minor presence in the flavor. Very dry taste, clean once past the grain, but with a long finish. Lays happily in the mouth, asking another sip.
An interesting beer, a noble experiment. wish it had a bit more of everything, but thats me, singing my usual song. This was conceived as an easy-drinking pale ale that reveals the Scottish ingredients in a happy way, and in this it succeeds. Tasty, and subtle. Even a hop-addled kook like me can applaud that.
I wasnt crazy about my first pint at the pub, but here in the comfort of home, I can enjoy it for what it is.
Serving type: growler
10-17-2007 19:28:49 | More by feloniousmonk
Highland Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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