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Masala Mama India Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

Masala Mama India Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,082 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1082
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.17%


Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
American style India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed using Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Mt. Hood hops. A beer with crisp hop flavor and bitterness well balanced with American malt sweetness.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-01-2003)
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hoody711

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gift from a buddy in Minneapolis when he came down last weekend. Brought me this and their altbier. Heard a lot about it, so pretty excited. First try - grossly underimpressed. However, I preceded that one with a Permanent Funeral, so it deserves a second, clean chance.

A - from the growler into a tulip. Head is slight, maybe a fingerbreadth, and settles quickly with minimal lacing. Almost no carbonation, but it is 3 days old. Color is a glorious blood orange. Good clarity.

S - a couple days ago all I got was caramel malts. Today I'm getting some nice tropical fruits with a constant sour apple backbone. Very, very interesting. Almost no malt, but it has been in the growler for 3 days. It's good though.

T - very good. Fresh, sour apple at the beginning that almost puckers you up. Then there comes the caramel malts that fade quickly and a huge bitterness massacres your tongue then goes away real quick. The aftertaste is there, but it's only a shadow of the main show.

M - although the bitterness fades quickly, it does leave a lasting coating on the tongue. Faint oilyness. Not sure I could have 3 or 4 of these, but definitely a second.

O - Seems like a good cross between heavy, malty DIPAs and some West Coast tropical fruit. The apple that has almost permeated this growler probably isn't there at the brewery and reflects unfairly on this one. Would love to try some fresh, but it was cool to see how this one changed over 3 days.

Serving type: growler

10-16-2013 01:24:32 | More by hoody711
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a mostly clear, glowing orange color. Thinner head. It leaves smaller rings of lacing.

S-Big juicy citrus notes. Highly hopped complementary aromas of tropical fruits and grass. Freshly squeezed hoppiness with resinous notes. Lightly balanced by some dough and caramel.

T-A huge duet of tangerines and grass. Light mango and serious, lingering piney bitterness. The bitter aftertaste lasts and lasts. Light breadiness as well as caramel come in but quickly give way to the erupting bitterness.

M-Super drinkable. Agreeable body with softer carbonation. Again, long, seemingly endless bitter aftertaste which I loved.

O/D-A really awesome IPA. Maybe a step below elite but it clearly delivers. A definite winner. Wouldn't complain if I had this again!

Serving type: growler

07-16-2013 00:18:03 | More by VelvetExtract
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to yamar68 for this one.

64oz Growler poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Orange/amber with a big fluffy 2" to 3" head that leaves curtains of sticky lacing.

Smell: Hoppy citrus with some nice bready malt.

Taste: Very well balanced IPA, grapefruit citrus, hoppy bitterness in concert with a nice bready malt backbone. Really more citrus hop flavor than pine (which is a personal preference of mine).

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated, and clean on the palate.

Overall: Excellent example of a well balanced flavorful IPA, so glad to have the opportunity to try a fresh growler.

Serving type: growler

06-18-2013 15:07:01 | More by BobZ
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ehammond1


3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Growler

Thanks for sending this my way, yamar68!

A darker than anticipated IPA. This is kind of a light copper or very dark amber with a somewhat large, quite persistent near-white head. Lined lacing down the glass.

This smelled fantastic as soon as I twisted off the top of the growler. Strangely, it didn't seem to have a similar punch when I stoke my nose down inside a full glass of this beer. Definite citrus notes emerge, however, which are welcome and in abundance. There's also definite caramel sweetness and some light toasted biscuit aroma as well. A well balanced aroma, but certainly not as hop-forward as some of my San Diego favorites.

The flavor follows the aroma very similarly. Well balanced, somewhat bitter, and incredibly drinkable. Citrus (grapefruit mainly), sweet, complementary caramels, and lightly toasted biscuit.

Medium to near full in body with moderate carbonation.

A long-time want checked off the list! I'm so glad I got to try this one!

Serving type: growler

04-16-2013 17:21:46 | More by ehammond1
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Masala Mama pours a deep cooper color with a small lacing head. There was an enjoyable mild floral aroma. The taste had a well balanced flavor, but then finished with a nice floral taste. Full bodied flavor, and finishes very crisp. Overall a very high quality IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 02:56:35 | More by vette2006c5r
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nickfl

Florida

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white head on top of a amber-brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Lots of pine and soft caramel with a bit of toffee and a hint of sweet vanilla.

T - Pine and orange hop notes up front it a heavy malt base. Some toffee and more fruity, sweet hops in the middle with a finish of pineapple, vanilla, and caramel.

M - Medium-thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This beer has a remarkably clean, pungent hop character for such a relatively dark example of the style. The hops are fruity and blend perfectly with the sweet, slightly caramel malt character.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2013 01:05:52 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two finger dense head with scattered lacing on a clear deep amber body. Aroma is excellent with floral, toffee, grapefruit and orange peel citrus, earthy hops and subtle pine notes. Flavor also is excellent with strong hop presence with a toasted malt base. Hop character includes tart citrus, floral, pine, earthy and slightly herbal hops. Basically all major hop notes in one but the impressive part is how they are still distinct and well defined making this one very complex. Medium body and moderate carbonation. One of the best IPAs I have had. This one is up there with Pliny the Elder just more on the tart and pine side.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2013 00:57:19 | More by kylehay2004
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kevanb

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler courtesy of BierVogel poured into a Town Hall tulip glass.

Masala Mama pours a lovely copper color, medium amber, hues of orange with a clear complexion, a nice finger of thick white head that has great retention leaving behind a great layer of frothy film atop the beer with nice webbed lacing. The aroma is nice and pine forward with a nice grassy presence, bright citrus tones with a really nice sweet malt presence. The nose is very well balanced, not overly complex, but pleasant and inviting. Pine jumps onto the tongue, very resinous and sticky on the tongue, earthy lemongrass flavors pop as well, a bit of dandelion weediness as well, some bright grapefruit comes across as well with a light floral presence that is lost on the nose. Smooth sweet malt eases it's way forward with a nice dry bitter lingering finish that really hits the spot. The body is great, full and rewarding but not overly soapy, medium carbonation, great for the style.

Verdict: A really rewarding IPA from Town Hall. While not overly complex or testing the limits of a hoppy beer, the balance of hoppy flavors and the sweeter malt profile is artfully executed. This is definitely a beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: growler

01-11-2013 03:22:34 | More by kevanb
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Treebs

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler served in a CBS snifter. Huge thanks to supercolter for the growler. Thanks Jeff!

A: Pours a clear ruby color with a tooth colored head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin cap and thicker ring. Sticky, splotchy lace.

S: Nice citrus hop profile up front. Some orange marmalade sweetness with lemon sorbet. Lime zest with a pronounced piney bitterness on the finish. Sugar cookie malt backbone. Mild dank resin in the periphery.

T: Lemony citrus with a hint of red apple sweetness. A little pear with some candied limes and a little honey. Same cookie malts provide a nice sweet balance to it. Less bitter than the nose, but it adds a touch of piney flavors that that compliment the sweetness. Definitely dankness as well.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Hop oils leave themselves across the palate for a great finish. Clean, but flavorful.

O: Worth the wait. Very drinkable with a great flavor profile. Time to bring on Mango Mama!

Serving type: growler

01-09-2013 00:46:35 | More by Treebs
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jegross2

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Masala Mama IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the description tells, this IPA is brewed using Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Mt. Hood hops.
Score: 95

Tap pour served in a 16 oz pint glass at the brewery. Enjoyed the night before Darkness Day (10/26/12). Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Served with a thin layer of head that settles to a ring around the glass. The beer is a clear and clean copper color. Pretty nice lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Resinous pine and dank citrus. Fresh tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple and peaches galore. Excellent! 4.5

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. The hops are crisply bitter, piney, dank and resinous with a light spice and prickle on the palate. Behind the hops are mango, pineapple, grapefruit and caramel malt. Hoppy, but smooth drinking thanks to a good counterbalancing sweet citrus backbone. Lingering hoppiness. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily on the tongue, with a very dry finish. Crisply bitter. 5/5

Overall: An outstanding IPA that is available year round. I am jealous of the Minneapolis beer scene for having such easy access to this treasure of a brew.

Recommendation: Hop heads need to seek this world class IPA out.

Pairings: The hamburgers they serve on premise -- yum!

Cost: $5 for a pint at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 02:45:37 | More by jegross2
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flexabull

California

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of younger35, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are of mangos, light grapefruit, and some resin. The nose is nice, but a bit faint.

Taste is fairly bitter up front. Some sugar, hard candies, and mildly sweet citrus. Finish is bitter, with notes of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. With nice carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA. A bit out of balanced to the bitter side, but still a solid beer. Doesn't quite live up to its high marks on the site in my opinion though.

Serving type: growler

12-22-2012 04:39:57 | More by flexabull
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kojevergas

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at the brewery in Minneapolis. Reviewed from notes taken around Thanksgiving.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of average thickness and cream, but poor (<10 second) retention. Body colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean malts, floral hops, hints of pine, clean hops, a hint of hop bitterness. An average to mild strength aroma.

T: Crisp clean malt build with hints of toasted malts, floral hops, and vague citrus. Balanced decently but actually a bit bland. Quite simple, especially for the style. The bitternss does come through, negatively affecting the balance (a critical mistake in an IPA).

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Okay carbonation.

Dr: A lackluster IPA. I expected far better given its current ratings. Needs more body and depth. I might get it again, but it's a bit meh. A huge disappointment from Town Hall.

Low C+

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 18:23:16 | More by kojevergas
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ox glass on cask at town hall tap

look is an orange amber with a small film of head. smell is spicy grapefruit and pine hops. bright and luxurious smell. taste is more spicy, prickly pine orange hops. like hoppy orange marmalade. feel is a smooth medium, not oily at all.

Serving type: cask

12-02-2012 23:21:06 | More by jimmah120
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DocJitsu

California

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to maximum12 for the GROWLER of this Town Hall product.

It pours a crystal clear dull amber-golden color with a stubborn eggshell colored head. This is a nice-looking beer. The nose is right in my wheel house. A lot of grapefruit and a few notes of toasted malt popping through sporadically. Big, full mouthfull with a light carbonation, but some hop warmth to pick up for the carbonation to create that finishing burn. Pine flavors are prevalent. Grapefruit forward, with a peculiar, but not unpleasant flavored medicine taste. Some dried apricot appearing right before the finish. I also noted some allspice on a couple of occasions. Plenty of resiny bitterness on the finish. I really like it a lot. My first experience with Minneapolis Town Hall. Well done. And thanks again, maximum12!

Serving type: growler

12-01-2012 16:00:22 | More by DocJitsu
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to the most generous Steasy66 for getting me this fresh growler.

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear, rich looking amber-gold with two fingers of bubbly, thick off-white head that has decent retention.

Smell. Fresh, big cirtusy hops, orange, grapefruit and lime rinds with some pine and a little tropical fruit. The toasted caramel malt just barely comes through, but what does smells delicious.

Taste. Big citrus hops, some of that nice toasted caramel malt with more of a presence than the smell. There's a little papaya and pine needles, but the citrus flavours are pretty awesome. Just a hint of alcohol, close to hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with incredibly smooth, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. This is some awesome stuff. Reminds me a little of the first growler of fresh red racer I had. Different with more fruit flavours, but of the same caliber for this guy, and that's saying a lot.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2012 01:54:38 | More by Rutager
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match1112

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Claire (cofeeguru) for sending this!

Pours a bright copper with three fingers of big sticky clumpy lacing. The glass was wrapped in a blanket of lacing from start to finish. From memory, Duvel is the only beer I've had that showed staying power for the head like this. Nose is really sweet with big tropical fruit aromas. Pineapple, mango, caramel and a touch of brown sugar all dance around on my tongue in perfect wedded bliss. Mouthfeel is sticky and dry. Carbonation is great and the body has a medium to full weight on the tongue. A little oily yet dry on the finish. This is way too easy to drink a growler by ones self.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2012 22:05:40 | More by match1112
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for the share! Thanks Elliot!

reviewed from notes taken tonite.

poured into tulip glass:

Appearance: Amber orange bodied beer with small white head. sticky lacing left behind.

Smell: Very resinous hop notes; dank, juicy, fresh, chalky. Big pine and big grapefruit rinds. Grassy and orangey too. Really hoppy nose not much smell noted from the malts.

Taste: Huge hoppy bitterness. Ridiculously resionous just like the nose on this beer. Really Dank stinky hops! Really big grapefruit rinds. Pine cones and pine needles. Grassy and a little bit chalky. The bitterness lingers around for a decent amount of time.

Mouthfeel: Low end of medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. This IPA is really drinkable, surprisingly...especially with all the big hoppy flavors coming out of this beer.

Overall: Brutally hoppy and redicoulously drinkable IPA. Whats a beer nerd not going to love about this beer? Hopheads seek it out! My first beer from this brewery and I am very impressed.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2012 04:27:58 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to yamar68, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Clear, golden orange with hints of amber mixed in. Nice puffy nearly white head, that leaves a lot of lacing. Sticks around for a bit too.

Smell: Pineapple, mango, and some tangerine, with a significant caramel sweetness. Pretty much sums it up.

Taste: Really pineapple and mango forward, with some citrus to support. Caramel maltiness has a nice presence, but not too much.

Mouthfeel: For the malt presence, this beer is incredibly drinkable. Bitterness is nice, but not too strong.

Overall: A really awesome beer, and one I didn't think I'd get the chance to try, at least for a long time. Awesome stuff, thank you Bennett

Serving type: growler

10-26-2012 04:16:09 | More by cfrances33
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tarheels86

California

3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of beeranddogs. Pours a hazy reddish orange with a big yellow, creme head that has good lacing. Nose of red fruits, pineapple, unripe pear- overall dank tropical hops with a big malt presence. Taste is heavy, dry, bitter, cedar, woody, well-balanced. Pretty earthy but not piney or astringent. 8/4/7/4/14=3.7

Serving type: growler

10-02-2012 15:06:50 | More by tarheels86
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markh814


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good IPA. I am not crazy about them normally but this seems as close to perfect as you ar going to get. very nice smell and very drinkable but it still has that dishwater IPA appearance. not overdone of over complicating it, tehy have a winner here. i would drink this again without question.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 16:23:11 | More by markh814
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours orange-amber with a half finger of creamy head. Light lacing. Smells of pine, pineapples and mangos. Taste is a bouquet of hops..pine, citrus, pineapple, mango..moderate bitterness delivered throughout, refreshing, wet, with a medium creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry with light bitterness. No need for a long winded treatise, this is excellent from start to finish and a very very good IPA.

Serving type: growler

09-08-2012 01:36:39 | More by JackieTH
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Ilafan

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Delightfully hoppy, this local Twin Cities beer SHOULD be the one everyone seeks out (as opposed to the similar but inferior Surly Furious). Very smooth pour and bitter taste, this has a hint of sour fruit to it that I enjoyed much. The Town Hall Brewery is also a very fine venue with lots of great atmosphere and beers to choose from on any given day. The piney smell of this beer previews a delightful tasting experience.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 22:10:47 | More by Ilafan
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at thebrewery:

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, golden-brown in color, clear

Smell: tangerine, citrus, frsh hop--a really amazingly fresh smell

Taste: The big citrus, orange and tangerine flavors burst in the start followed by a touch of pine and light caramel backbone

Mouthfeel: bitter but not overly so,very dry end, medium carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: Liked this one a lot. Not sure if it is my top 50 but a very good beer and worthy of hype. I love the smell and the citrus here. I would get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 16:35:22 | More by tigg924
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler thanks to rudzud
Nice looking fizzy fluffy head fades semi slowly with meniscus looking side walls head, mostly clear amber copper color

Nose erupts with fresh hops, light tropical fruit, light musty resin and passion fruit, light mango like, but those aromas disappear quickly with now citrusy and light floral candy, more candy and sweet malts with some crystal and fluffy malt sweetness and hInts at a hint of booze.

Taste fluffy malts, with light sweetness and caramel candy. Hint of booze surprisingly. Then hops come on earthy, light grassy, no real resin or tropical fruit. It starts light bitterness that ramps. Quite a bit of candied slight earthy hops with a hint of citrus. Caramel and toffee. Finish is fairly bitter spicy hops, light sticky but mostly dry.

Mouth is med to light fuller bodied fluffy, decent carb for growler.

Overall meh. Is it meh growler or has my palate been jaded from the amazing hoppy beers.

Serving type: growler

07-28-2012 23:28:09 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade, pouredinto a Kate the Great tulip. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear amber copper hue with a nice one finger white creamy head that just won't quit! Leaves a nice creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of light citrus hops and tropical fruit notes. Faint pineapple and mango. Wish it was a little brighter.

T - Taste is surprisingly bubblegummy, which I definitely wasn't expecting. Some slightly danker tropical hops with some light bready notes. Finish is lightly bitter with that lingering bubblegum flavour.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and light and drinkable. Enjoyable.

O - Overall this beer kind of threw me a curveball. I know the Growler is fresh, but it has almost an older hop feel to it. Still I respect and enjoy this one.

Serving type: growler

07-27-2012 21:20:56 | More by rudzud
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Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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