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Grinch's Grog - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Grinch's Grog
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.57%
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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Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

champ103, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

t0rin0, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of kbutler1
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Poured into a pint glass a clear amber orange color with a slight off white head. Nice aroma of bitter citrus rind. The taste is quite nice with an abundance of citrus notes with a slight malty backbone. The mouthfeel is medium/light with more carbonation than I thought it would have. Some lace left on the glass. Overall, decent but really no different than most other pretty well done apa's.

kbutler1, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass with about a finger of off white head. Good retention leaving sticky lace. Color is a hazed burnt orange.

Aroma: lots of floral and pine notes. Some citrus fruits with apples. The oats stick out in the background a bit. Pretty solid for an apa.

Taste: lots of dry tasting floral hops. Some biscuit malts. A lot of grapefruit citrus here with a hint of apples. The oats are a lot more present here. One of the best APAs I have had.

Mouthfeel: bitter and smooth. A medim body with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky.

Overall, with all the hops, I'd say this is more like an ipa. Very tasty beer and glad I got to try it. I do recommend this if you are in the area.

mothman, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -4.8%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev -4.8%

herman77, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Gobzilla, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.8%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev -4.8%

jenray, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of camp0474
4/5  rDev -4.8%

camp0474, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of deebo
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

deebo, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

drabmuh, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazed golden color

S-A lot of citrus...grapefruit...tangerines...also some fresh floral and pine scents...

T-Hopped up strongly like an IPA...juicy citrus...finishes with a more bitter piney note...

M-Really a big hop presence but well done...a little hop juice like but the malt keeps it balanced enough. Quenching. Don't realy notice the oats in the flavor or texture..

D-Another top notch APA/IPA from TH. If you like hops you will like this.

ZAP, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Huhzubendah, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of illidurit
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Growler to pint glass. Nice light amber color with a huge fluffy off-white head that leaves some thick lacing. Really dense resinous foam displays great retention.

Nose: Sweet citrus, extreme tangerine and oranges and maybe even some lime. Very bright with no trace of malt.

Mouth: Tastes like hop juice to be honest. Pineapple, a light spritz of sweet orange, and a wonderful back-end orange-peel bitterness that lingers nicely. This is just the kind of pale ale I like. It's not too malty, rather it derives both its sweetness and its bitterness from hops. Occasional soapiness but nothing too bad. Medium bodied and refreshing, with moderate carbonation and huge drinkability. One of the best APAs I've had.

illidurit, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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.

GeezLynn, Jan 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

sacrelicio, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of derkfromwi
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

derkfromwi, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

MattyG85, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Appears a hazy amber with a white head. The haze, I assume, comes from the great deal of hops. I might also suggest this beer be listed s an IPA, because it is screaming with hops. I'm always a Simcoe fan, so I really liked this beer. There's a big juicy lemon, grapefruit blast followed by a Cascade-like herbal note and citrus rind. It reminds me a lot of the fine harvest ales from Sierra Nevada. If you're in town and even remotely like hops, drink this beer.

tempest, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to brian23456 for sending this growler my way. Shared with Bryna and Sean, and served in my Half Acre pint glass. Growler is dated 1-13, but I've known these Town Hall growlers to hold up pretty well.

A - A couple fingers of white creamy foam. Good retention, and lots of spotty lacing that isn't quite glass-coating. The body is a slightly drab hazy golden orange-yellow, that gets murkier the further I get into the growler. By the end there are some interesting chunks - this is definitely unfiltered. I wish the color "popped" a little more. I suspect if I had a fresh pour on-tap I would have scored this a bit higher.

S - Smells like a hoppy pale ale, which should come as no surprise. A bit of citrus rind, pine and floral notes, tropical fruits, and the faintest touch of soapy Cascade hops. The hop profile definitely exemplifies the "kitchen-sink" nature of a grog - I'm guessing there's some Simcoe, Warrior, and Chinook hops in play in addition to the aforementioned Cascade. The malt backbone is some toffee and sugar cookie, but it's well into the periphery. The nose is a little understated, which is a change of pace for Town Hall.

T - Like a good pale ale, it starts balanced, but picks up some moderate bitterness about a half-pint in without ever crossing into extreme territory. Well-balanced flavor, with a lot of the aforementioned hop flavors integrated into a slightly hard-to-define malt character. I'm wondering if that's the malted oats peeking through.

M - Dry finish, some light residual resins, smooth medium body. The oats contribute on a textural level. Active tingly carbonation that's not overly harsh.

D - This was super easy to drink. I could easily have killed the growler on my own. A well-made session beer - somewhere in the middle of MTH's output, but well worth trying if it pops up on-tap again.

MasterSki, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why is the Grinch green? Because he loves hops! That's what Hoops is telling us, and I believe him. Not because his beers make me drunk and susceptible, but because Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, creator of the Grinch, was the Grandson of a German brewer. In fact, Geisel's grandfather took over a Boston brewery in 1876 with his friend Christian Kalmbach, and their new brewery, Kalmbach and Geisel, was given the nickname by Bostonians of "Come back and guzzle." Honest to Horton, I Sneetch you not. (from "Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel: A Biography" by Judith & Neil Morgan, De Capo Press, New York, 1996) Seriously. It's true.

So, the beer...an American pale ale full of Simcoe hops. They've got my number.

Cloude golden hue, huge pillowy white head. Gorgeous, lace leaving, lovely.

Pine and citric nose, apricot, tangerine...maybe pineapple, a little. Fruity and spicy, and fine.

"What a great grinchy trick!" So many Christmas themed beers go for the sweet, here's one that delivers on the deliciously bitter. "Garlic in the soul"? A little. Spanks the palate with bitter hops, but it's a delicious thrill, this one.

Medium bodied, and wonderfully drinkable. Plenty of zesty hops. Well balanced, never too much. Beautiful stuff, really.

I like this Grinchy Grog. Could've made it bitterer, perhaps. But then what would happen if my heart had grown three sizes today, then what, huh?

P.S. I liked this so much I downed the whole grinchy growler in one sitting. Yikes! That's what I'm talking about...

feloniousmonk, Dec 16, 2008
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Grinch's Grog from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.