Anniversary Ale 2007 - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
Town Hall Anniversary Ale 2007, had a delicious pint at the pub three days ago, review now from a growler.
I've taken the Anniversary Ale for granted in years past, and neglected to review it last year, because in the first years I had it, it adhered to a "Celebration" style, very similar to Sierra Nevada's holiday ale. The Town Hall brewer is much better than merely copying an old standard of another brewery, year after year, and I'm glad this one really breaks from the mold.
Poured into my latest enormous, hefty chalice. (Guess who won the Town Hall 10th Anniversary Trivia Contest?)
Beautiful burgundy/brown color, opaque, with a huge, voluminous, creamy, off-white head.
Bright, hoppy nose. Vibrant, spicy, yet soft and flowery nose, backed up immediately by caramel malt aroma. Gorgeous! I can't imagine which hops are at work here...Mt. Hood? Csscade? EK Goldings? Styrian? More of an English hop nose, than West Coast, US, or a lovely blend? It's bliss, any which way it's sorted.
Taste: Fills the mouth and spreads buoyant, brilliant hoppiness, fiercely bounces about the palate, but doesn't attack the senses in any extremity. Medium-bodied, with full flavor. Sweet caramel (and more?) malt resides just below the never-ending hop play, keeping it nice and balanced. Mild juicy fruit, then the bitter hop hit, fades slowly away, but never completely. Lays long on the tongue, just the way I like it.
Lovely, lovely nose, perfect composition, scrumptious flavor, esteemed drinkability. I can see this disappearing from the pub with alarming speed. I'll be back for more, that's for sure.
I love this stuff. This growler's going down tonight!
10-29-2007 22:51:29 | More by feloniousmonk
4.83/5 rDev +12.1%
Deep irony copper hue. Thick beige head that leaves spotted lace patterns all over the place. Nice hop nose. Resiny and oily. Pine sap and canabis. And a sugary caramel malt aroma as well. The flavor starts with a mix of brown sugar and resiny hops. This IPA is extremely well balanced. The bitterness is very clean and enjoyable. Hops also offer a little of that pine sap/grapefruit rind/Mary Jane mix. And a good mix that is. The malt base supports superbly with sweet, toffeeish notes. Body is about medium....maybe a little higher. Not real viscous. Lightly carbonated and highly drinkable. I happen to think this is the best yet of their Anniversary beers.
10-30-2007 02:29:18 | More by Bighuge
4/5 rDev -7.2%
On-tap at the brewpub: Whiskey brownish orange color, a bit rusted looking and quite hazed. Small, fragile capping of off-white foam is tight and starchy. Some lacing in stringy patches are tossed about and stick to the glass.
Aroma of piney hops and toasted malts; crisp, resiny, oily, and hopped up and quite close to the SN Celebration style. Pinches of citrusy lemon and grapefruit find their way through the fairly heavy pine oil.
Taste is quite snappy and forward. Grabs your palate right away with an amazing grab of toasted grains and breads. Hops swoop in making a decent crunchyness and oiled pineyness over the top of the big toasted edge. Kinda grapefruity, but mostly oliy and resinous with deep dark pine attributes. Clean oily finish with a bit of piney bitternes buzzing about.
Body is about medium. Gradually grows in complextiy as its sits and warms. Quite crunchy, bold, clean, oily and resin soaked in piney stuff. Slight darkened pine and grapefruity/lemon bitterness finishes as it tends to keep its toasted egdeyness fairly forward the whole way through.
A pretty fun ale of hops with big toasted ascents. This was going over well and seemed from the Wednesday release and those drinking it today at the bar were all likin' it for the most part. On-cask this stuff will probably shine.
At any rate, Town Hall is one consistant beer machine and its hard to not like anything they put out there. 10 years strong and it shows. Here's to another 10 just like it!! Cheers!
10-27-2007 19:47:28 | More by tavernjef
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
A-Mahogany brown...looks impressive.
S-Inviting herbal hoppiness..also a toasted maltiness...toffee also evident.combined smells a little like the Summit ESB
T-What balance....great flavorful herbal hops....also a fine malt load of toffee and toasted malts, brown sugar and a hint of molasses.
M-Creamy and smooth....very tasty hops but certainly not a real dry finish...very, very balanced and drinkable.
D-This is one of those beers that few can make. The balance is incredible...awesome hop flavors combined with a fantastic malt load..This is a very tasty beer...more along the lines of an imperial ESB in my opinion.
11-24-2007 01:14:40 | More by ZAP
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
Another great growler from JeffKrenner.
A: Awfully dark for an IPA. Pours a really dark garnett, perhaps the color of pomegranate juice. Head is full and creamy..lots of tight oatmeal colored bubbles.
S: Fresh redwood bark, licorice, burnt caramel with some lurking citrus notes.
T: Begins toasty and sweet. The darkness of the beer is subtle but definitely the first aspect that crosses the palate. The sweetness is almost a mixture of brown sugar, rootbeer and dark honey. Roasted barley comes next but very fine and non threatening. It hits the center of the tongue where it spreads out and stretches to the back. At this point, the charred aspects begin to bloom to a more substantial flavor and stay with the drinker long into the aftertaste. But Im getting ahead of myself allow me to jump back. As the beer crosses the palate on the initial sip, piney hops mix well with the malty flavors creating awfully good balance. Good amount of bitterness, little bit on the dirty end. Finishes with surprising alcohol vapors, which I really didnt see coming.
M: Medium body, sort of hard across the palate.
D: Smooth, easy and balanced. Very drinkable and extremely quaffable. Good stuff. Not sure how I feel about the IPA title on dark beers though should be a new style IMO.
11-17-2007 04:16:41 | More by Westsidethreat
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
Brown color with bits of ruby swirled in. 1/8 inch of tan head falls to a film quickly, but leaves lots of lacing behind.
Lots of chocolate in the nose, lots of floral hops as well. A bit of orange zest, a bit of raspberry and a little coffee comes out as it warms.
Floral hops were the initial flavor, a bit of lavendar too. In the background, a strong malt backbone gives your tongue some chocolate and caramel.
This was slightly dry, but still very crisp and refreshing. The body was actually pretty light too. The flavor was good, but I think it was built up a little more than it actually delivered. Still great though.
03-11-2008 00:19:48 | More by dogger6253
Anniversary Ale 2007 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.