Batch 1000 - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.58/5 rDev +0.9%
This is an amazing beer. Put this in bottles and it would rival Pliny and Hop Slam in desirability across the country. As it is it now it certainly rivals those two in quality.
Billed as "a super-hopped DIPA that uses five different varieties -- Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and of course Simcoe - at a rate of 11 pounds per barrel." and it does not disappoint.
I've had a ton of the Town Hall IPA's and they are usually outstanding....I was expecting a bigger version of the Mama which is not a huge favorite of mine (I don't hate it but don't like it as much as many do). Fortunately this is a whole different beast.
Immediately after the pour the aroma jumps out at me as truly unique....the more I smell it the more the complexities emerge..
My three favorite hops are in order: 1)Simcoe 2-tie)Amarillo and Centennial. I also enjoy Cascade....Columbus is ok too...so you have a veritable hop cocktail of some of my favorite hops in a big ass dipa...
On the nose the sweet fruitiness is immense...almost like a fruit cocktail...mandarin oranges, peaches, white grapes, pineapple, mango, papaya, nectarines, and tangerines...yes it is that fruity and almost has a syrupy sweetness on the nose....the final component on the aroma is a toffee like malt backing that is clearly in the background but important.
The flavor is amazing....fresh juicy fruit notes....similar fruits with more of an emphasis on the peaches, nectarines, tangerines and pineapple...as I sip and try to distinguish the varying characteristics I get a splash of grain alcohol and also some piney closing bitterness and lemon zest.
Body is fitting for dipa...medium...feels a little hot on the abv at times but then it doesn't at other times...closes with some dryish bitterness...
The bitterness is hardly noticeable at the start but as i sip this and ponder it, it begins to hit....this is a highly hopped beer with a lot of flavor and aroma and bitterness....a work of art....
Like I said...bottle this in six packs or even just bombers and this is an instant classic across the country but of course Minnesota's stupid alcohol laws prevent that.
Better than Hopslam or Pliny? Depends on my mood....right up there for sure..
04-03-2009 04:51:18 | More by ZAP
4.47/5 rDev -1.5%
I may have to revise this tomorrow due to intoxication, but here it goes. Huge thanks to Dave (d0b) and whoever sent him this growler. Best before 3/10 - served in a pint glass.
A - Three fingers of blonde foam that dissipates slowly and coats the sides of the glass thoroughly. The beer itself is a transparent fire red-orange color. Looks terrific!
S - Ummm...hops! Earthy, piney, floral - lots of skunky weed flavor to this one, but also some lemon and candy notes. There's great malt balance as well with a fair bit of caramel flavor in there. It's incredibly complex, but something about the weed smell keeps me from wanting to sniff this all night.
T - Bitter hoppiness, but also strong candy sweetness from the malt. The bitterness kind of sneaks up on ya, as the first half a glass didn't seem very bitter at all, and then it felt like I was sucking on a lemon all of sudden.
M - Moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, medium body, lots of sticky residual resins and some candy feel as well. The mid-level ABV is slightly warming to boot. Not sure what else I could ask for from a DIPA.
D - The exponentially rising bitterness is palate destroying. Otherwise the reasonable carbonation and ABV make it easy drinking. I would definitely have had more if we hadn't ran out.
This was a huge treat - as a DIPA lover I consider myself quite lucky to have gotten a chance to try this one. Hope MTH brings it back on occasion.
03-05-2009 07:06:51 | More by MasterSki
4.68/5 rDev +3.1%
Deep copper body that glosws. Thin beige head. Lacing comes in skinny rings down the glass. The aroma is excellent. And so different than your typical DIPA. This is about as oily and as resiny and as pungent as a beer can smell. In a good way of course. I personally love the smell of concentrated hop resins and oils and that's what this smells like. The multitude of aromas that hops can emit are amazing. And I think the Town Hall has extracted just about every one of them one way or another over the years. Oh, and there's an evident caramel malt aroma wafting up as well. The flavor follows through in spades. Greasy and oily and resiny. I love those attributes of the hop. Some slight marmalade tones too. Also a little fruitiness (pineapple and passion fruit). Caramel and toffee malt base is more than sufficient. The mouthfeel is even keeled lightly to moderately carbonated. Bitterness is actually fairly clean in this one. Alcohol is barely perceptible. Combine that property with the great flavor and you've got one drinkable and somewhat dangerous concoction here.
03-05-2009 03:20:55 | More by Bighuge
4.25/5 rDev -6.4%
Consumened on 3/1/09
Had this one on tap at Town Hall. Served a nice apricot/amber with a minimal whit head. Aroma is a huge citrus boquet with hints of lemon and lime as well as grapefruit and others. Taste is not quite as impressive as the aroma due to the overwhelming hop burn caused by the 5 types of hops used in this beer. Mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkability will keep you coming back for more. Although the taste was a little underwhelming, the aroma more than made up for it with amazing complexity and citrus nose. All in all, a great way to celebrate a big milestone.
03-02-2009 03:22:50 | More by deliriumfest
4.53/5 rDev -0.2%
Five American hops, Amerillo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, & Columbus, all the favorites,...11pounds per barrel, in the open fermenting tank...5 kettle additions,and double dry-hopped(fermentation & in the cellar)...all done to salute the 1000th batch.
Clear, orange/apricot/amber appearance,nicewhite head on top.
Pungent and expressive aromatics...lovely blend of citrus fruits, orange, mango,grapefruit, a little lemon and lime. Very nice.
Once in the mouth, it spreads and fills the space, feeding the palate with bold bitterness, grabing on and not letting go. Bitterness fades some, blends into the background while hangin in the mouth, but never truly leaves,only slightly mellows.
Every return trip to the lips delivers more of the same.
A gift that keeps on giving.
This growler is going to make my night...mmm. Mmm.
Thanks, Mike! Congrats on 1000!
02-25-2009 23:44:46 | More by feloniousmonk
4.33/5 rDev -4.6%
Dullish amber/coppery color with a clear body. A small capping of off-white foam sits on top breifly and laces well with a moderate amount of spots.
Aroma is a well set tone of orange oil and pine sap with a bit of floral hoppyness that speaks to a deep freshness of the amount of hops used in brewing this beer. Semi toasted backing shows late.
Taste is a crunchy huge orange oil bite of hop grease soaked in pine sap. Quite citrusy and long in its crunch of bittering bite. Orangey oils are huge mixed with a slippery portion of lemon and a sliver of peach. Big pine on the back end holds a large and in charge amount of bitterness that engages any hopheads palate in a happy tongue bashing glee.
The body is amazing and really makes this beer absolutely stunning to go along with its big hoppy flavors. It's oily, greasy, beefy, big bodied, and largely bold, with a crunchy, grabbing, snappy, zip line long bittering tone of a ton of orange oils and pine oils.
A great drinker until the body and the abundant hop oils make it more like drinking some kind of hop whole milk.
Congrats Town Hall on a great beer to go with 999 others!
02-25-2009 19:52:00 | More by tavernjef
Batch 1000 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.