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Grinch's Grog - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Grinch's Grog
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 12-16-2008)
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GeezLynn:
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-11-2012 04:20:42 | More by GeezLynn
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-17-2014 05:57:15 | More by mattmarka1
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herman77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5%

01-11-2014 00:40:05 | More by herman77
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deebo

Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-29-2013 03:31:51 | More by deebo
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p-wagz

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-24-2013 17:53:16 | More by p-wagz
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

12-11-2013 00:20:33 | More by XmnwildX12
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-21-2013 21:23:03 | More by sacrelicio
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-31-2012 23:09:36 | More by derkfromwi
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Serving type: growler

12-26-2012 01:26:48 | More by Huhzubendah
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 03:50:02 | More by drabmuh
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 00:59:52 | More by MattyG85
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

11-04-2012 03:06:51 | More by t0rin0
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-27-2012 22:55:44 | More by eawolff99
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-05-2012 17:01:27 | More by Kenai4
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younger35

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 22:09:35 | More by younger35
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camp0474

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5%

01-08-2012 00:52:45 | More by camp0474
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-04-2012 02:56:24 | More by nmann08
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.8%

12-30-2011 06:15:38 | More by fuzzcherry
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5%

11-28-2011 18:32:07 | More by FreshmanPour77
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jenray

Texas

4/5  rDev -5%

11-21-2011 20:53:44 | More by jenray
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womencantsail

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2011 22:29:33 | More by womencantsail
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2011 20:16:50 | More by Gobzilla
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champ103

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2011 03:23:05 | More by champ103
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear vibrant golden-orange color. The head is two inches of rocky white foam that recedes very slowly into a half inch cap that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and some pine, but mostly it is just really citrusy. It is a strong aroma too. The taste isn't quite as strong as the aroma, but I think that works very well of this beer. Like the aroma it is mostly grapefruit and oranges, but there are also some herbal hop notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively, fine carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the better APAs I've had to date. I will certainly drink this beer again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: growler

01-24-2011 22:49:04 | More by KarlHungus
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

62 oz growler into a pint glass. Huge thanks go to joshuaseresse for grabbing this for me on a recent trip up to the brewpub.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with several thick foamy fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of rich frothy flare-up that slathers the sides of the glass with drenching lace that hangs in thick swathes. The aroma is floral, herbal, and sugary sweet from a blend of tropical fruits and bready malt. In that order. This just has a fresh hoppy vibrancy to it, possessing a flavorful forcefulness yet still staying light and breezy feeling in the nostrils.

The taste is flavorful and biting yet not overly bitter or aggressive, with a green hoppy bite of fresh grapefruit and citrus rind. Soft tropical notes of apricot, papaya, and pineapple really makes this, combining with underlying sweet sugary grains to give this a sticky balance and refreshing quality that floods the back of the palate. The finish is mostly dry with a bit of leftover bitter earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter, with an initial sharp crispness on the tongue that then gets much more smooth and creamy as things move out into the mouth. This is just as crisp and thirst quenching as all get out with that lower 4.9% ABV being spot on for maximum drinkibility.

Nothing Grinchy at all about this well balanced, extremely flavorful, and easy drinking APA. As a matter of fact, this put a big-ass smile on my face! Those Simcoe hops really shine here. This is probably one of the best hopped up session beers that I've had in a while.

Serving type: growler

01-11-2011 20:26:08 | More by Kegatron
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Grinch's Grog from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.