Masala Mama India Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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4.85/5 rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Beautifully clear, dark copper with a thick, off-white head that holds strong all the way to the last drop. Great cobweb-like lacing. Absolutely perfect appearance, just a wonderful looking pint.
Aroma is a touch subdued, but what's there is superb. Lots of fresh, piney and citrusy hop aroma over a firm base of toasty and biscuity malt. Small hint of caramel. If the aroma was a bit more 'in your face', it would be an easy 5. Excellent balance.
Flavor is assertively bitter, with a big splash of earthy hop flavor. Lots of whole pine cones and orange and lemon peels coat my tongue. Some grapefruit, but not as much as expected. Small hint of apricot fruitiness. Holding it all up is a warm backbone of toasty and biscuity malt. Very smooth and round bitterness, and surprisingly well balanced for how hoppy it is. Integration of hops and malts is second to none. Finish is quite dry and a bit minerally, and goes on forever and ever...
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a fairly low amount of carbonation. Refreshing dryness on the finish gets you ready for the next sip.
Warm and round, bitter and beautiful. I had high expectations for this beer, and they were gladly met. It doesn't knock Two Hearted off it's podium, but it's damn close. This would be heavenly on cask, and I would consider myself extremely lucky to have such an amazing IPA as my local.
Many thanks to feloniousmonk for the hook up!
Serving type: on-tap
10-08-2004 14:43:55 | More by MJR
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Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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