Grinch's Grog - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Grinch's Grog
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91
outstanding

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 12-16-2008)
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Photo of Lundste
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Way too hoppy for my taste.

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of deebo
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint from a cask at town hall tap
After the beer settles down a bit it is clear with an amber color with a lot of orange hues. A tight cask film reminiscent of the thickness of an Irish stout with similar stickiness to the glass.
Big hop aromas-west coast APA style with citrus (orange and grapefruit) with a bit of evergreen resin. Bready, sweet malt. Taste is hop forward and like the aroma with a bit more of the resiny hop coming out in the finish. Malt is clean and carries the hops nicely while certainly taking a back seat to the hops.
The cask gives this beer a real creamy mouthfeel by cutting down on the carbonation.
Overall a really easy drinking, hoppy while not being overwhelming, pale ale. Recommended on cask.

Photo of p-wagz
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of sacrelicio
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by drabmuh. Dude, you rock!

The beer is light golden hued and pretty clear, sporting a small white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is fresh and inviting. Hops all the way. Floral notes and citrus. A delicious beer, and refreshing. On the lighter side, and at a mere 5.4%, one could easily go through a few pints of this. Good stuff!

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub, a good beer, a great APA. At the time of this review, this is #39 on the "Top Beers - American Pale Ale" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is yellow with a slight haze, amber. Nice tight head, decent retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is all hops all the time, hop bomb? Here you go...

Beer is quite bitter, nice mouthfeel, medium body, a little smooth, minimal malt up front, a nice finish, sweet on the end, a great beer. I'd have it again.

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Color is a hazy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A hope forward aroma with lots of bright citrus esters. Hints of citrus orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. A good scent of pine resin and earthy hops are also in the mix. Sweet malts back up the hops with hints of soft biscuit, cracker, caramel, and toffee. Also a bit of a candy like sweet scent. The citrus scents are pretty strong here. Solid aroma.

Taste: A very citrus driven taste like the smells alludes to. Taste of citrus fruits including pineapple, orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Earthy and floral scents with a good kick of pine spice. Very hoppy, but the bitterness is fairly light. Soft malts in the background with notes of biscuit, yeast, caramel, and crackers. Slight taste of a honey like sugary sweetness. Very citrus hop driven taste with a balanced bitterness. Really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and crisp with a nice bite. Pretty drying finish.

Overall: A really good Pale Ale. Leans more towards being a West Coast IPA with the big ripe citrus taste. Pretty smooth considering the big hop presence. Interestingly the bar menu description says it was brewed with oatmeal. I didn't pick up any of that but the big citrus taste might of hidden it.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of younger35
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saturday morning on Christmas Eve enjoying a few beers. Literally just me and a couple people who work here. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a lightly hazy yellowish orange with a nice one finger bright white head. A spotty cap and collar remains along with plenty of ring like lacing.
Smell- No doubt about the Simcoe in this little guy. Piney with hints of citrus that is reminiscent of cantaloupe and pineapple. Slightly earthy with maybe a lightly grassy scent but it's light and fleeting. Nice nose that really accentuates the hops well.
Taste- Surprisingly earthy start with a very piney sort of raw bitterness. Not as fruity as the nose would suggest but there is a light bit of grapefruit pith flavor in here. I'm searching for some malt in the background but I can't seem to find any. It’s so light and crackery there isn't anything in here but hoppy goodness.
Mouthfeel- Light wispy body with a nice zippy bite of carbonation.
Overall - Awesome beer. This is one of those brews that you could plop down in the couch and drink all day. It’s hoppy and yummy but light enough to be easily quaffed. Enjoyed this beer again this year – very much.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden brown with a beautiful white head. Great retention.
S: Citrus, apple and a bit of bready malt. Subdued but nice.
T: Bright floral hops are the primary focus, with a light bready base. Specifically, hops are grassy with a potent white grapefruit bitterness that increases over the course of a pint. Finish is long with lingering bitterness.
M: Lighter bodied with full carbonation. Feel is soft and creamy despite the moderate dryness.

Great pale ale showcasing simcoes. Not really mild, but easy to have several. Looking forward to having this again next year.

Edit: 2013 batch was outstanding. Score bumped up.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Bobby.

A: This one pours amber in color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Smells kind of funky at first, almost like feet. That gives way to a pretty malt forward aroma of toffee and bread. There is a nice floral hop character to this beer as well as some grass.

T: The flavor is also quite malt forward. Lots of toffee and bread, maybe a bit of toast. The hop profile on the flavor is surprisingly different to what I picked up on the nose. Definitely a bit of grass but also some grapefruit and other fruit notes with a moderate bitterness.

M: This one is medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: The nose was just a little too off-putting for me. The flavor was pretty decent, however.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent golden orange with yellow highlights and had a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: piney grassy hop aromas upfront with citrus grapefruit some earthy character and a good sweet caramel malty presence.

T: pine and candi sugar flavors were more apparent on the taste alongside grassy, citrus grapefruit, hoppy accents with a decent balance from the sweet malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, grassy hoppy, and mild bitter finish.

D: pretty decent pale ale that was drinking good and was really refreshing.

Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to jenray for sharing a growler with me and some other BA's.

A: Pours a bright and clear golden orange. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind. Considering that this is a growler, it has very attractive carbonation.
S: Not overly bitter at all, but a really big hop aroma. A big grassy and herbal character. Very medicinal. Also some veggie aromas, is that summit?
T: Ya, this is summit hops, at least in part. A big cooked veggies flavor. Green, grassy hops. Very medicinal, with a light metallic ting in the finish.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp, very clean and dry. Not hard to drink. Take away the veggie character and I can quaff a few without a problem.

I was really excited to try this. Not bad, but the summit hops I detect is not for me. Overall, something I am glad I tried.

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Grinch's Grog from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.