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Masala Mama India Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 832
Gots: 63 | FT: 4
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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-01-2003

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.
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Photo of lhaqq
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent copper-orange body with a beautiful 1cm ripply white head. Swirling the glass throughout drinking whips up a good sized head that retains for a while.
S: Huge floral hop smell up front. I feel like I'm in a field of flowers. After getting acquainted to the hop smell, a light malt aroma comes out.
T: Pretty hoppy like the smell but still has a bit of a malty sweetness and not much bitter aftertaste.
M: Refreshing and clean.
D: A great session beer. Probably my favorite IPA.

Photo of yoitsarch
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into shaker pint glass on 11/6/08. Big thanks to Deuane for sharing this with me!

A - Poured a medium rusty orange/copper body with moderate carbonation and one-finger dense, rocky beige head that receded to a quarter inch of retention and deposited a thick coat of lace around the glass.

S - The nose of this IPA is a wonderful blend of toasted grains, caramel malts and piney and citrus hop goodness. Hints of fresh baked bread and a touch of brown sugar also merge into the aroma.

T - Kicks off with a one-two punch of sweet malts and juicy citrus hops, then segues into more subtle hop notes of pine and resin. Finish is quite bitter with citrus rind and a pleasant grainy, bready character. Some toffee and caramel notes sweeten the pot a bit.

M - Medium body with creamy texture and pretty light carbonation. Quite crisp and dry in the finish. An assertive bitterness envelopes the palate.

D - Wow! This was worth the drive over to Deuane's for a pint (and a half) of this wonderful nectar. Awesome American IPA with perfect balance of hops and malt with a nice lingering bitterness. This was an excellent introduction to Town Hall!

Photo of BZero007
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a Growler threw a trade, thanks to maximum12!

Pours a amber and cooper color with great head retention and lace. The aroma that this beer gave of was great!! Every time that I inhaled it seemed new to me. Lots of citrus hops with floral accents and fruits in the background. maximum mentioned to me that this was one of those rare beers that tasted different with every glass, and it really did live up to that. With every glass I was noticing more and more flavors being dominant. Dominant bitter hops power this brew for sure! with only the slight hint of malts in the background with floral notes. This could be a great session beer and was for me!!

Photo of necoadam
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler.

Poured out a musty orange color with a few hints of very light red mixing in as well. A nice head that also stays with you for quite a while.

Smell was outstanding. The first thing you'll notice is the huge fruit notes in this beer. Big pine aromas as well. And of course, a good hops are also in the nose.

Taste was quite good. This beer has a huge malt backbone to it. A lot of toasted malts with a nice hop and citrus taste on top of the malts. Quite a bit of toffee also in there that mixes in towards the middle and the end. But towards the end it just gets hoppy and more hoppy. Some pine flavors also mix in the aftertaste. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was quite good considering it was sitting in the fridge for 2 and a half weeks. This held up quite nicely.

A damn fine IPA. The drinkability is high since it's less than 6%, but the flavors are everywhere and balanced nicely.

Many thanks to the Monk for sending it this way.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to THCPJ for sharing this one! Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Pours a reddish orange/amber with a frothy head with great retention. Lacing is perfect, remains on most of the glass.

S: Nice pine, citrus, grapefruit. Not as strong as I was hoping, but very pleasant nonetheless.

T: Much more pine in the flavor than the aroma. The bitterness attacks right away. Has a very nice sweetness that follows from the malt and ends in a sticky finish with a nice hop aftertaste.

M/D: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Finish is sticky. Overall, I was very pleased with this drinkable beer, a very nice IPA, but not one of my favorites.

Edited after having it on tap at Town Hall.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to patronwizard for the remainder of this growler. i drink this for anyone who has lost anything to these fucking fires.

pours golden amber with a perfect one and a half finger head a nice amount of lacing.

smell is nice and hoppy, lots of pine and citrus.

taste is nice sweet. hoppy bitterness that plays nicely in the sypmhony of this beer.

mouth is nice. medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation.

very drinkable.

a shitty review. i just am worried if im still going to have a house after tonight.

Photo of glazeman
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my first review from a growler. Graciously shared by airohead2001 who received this in a trade. Poured into a pint glass.

A: dark orange with a 1.5 finger white head. Pretty good head retention and excellent lacing.

S: one of the sweetest IPAs I have smelled. Lots of citrus on the nose. Particular smells I get are clemintines, earthy smokiness, and some floral notes

T: I'm really glad to say that the taste is not nearly as sweet. It has a very nice balance with some great hoppy flavors throughout and some subtle malts underneath. The main tastes I get are oranges, lemons, a tad of molases, and a tad of tree bark.

M: a little too much carbonation for me. Otherwise, a very nice mouthfeel in a medium body IPA.

D: very drinkable, nice flavor, and not too high of an abv.

Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from half empty growler into a SN tulip pint glass. A big thanks to thecaptain073 for giving me a chance to try this one. The growler leaked in transit so the carbonation suffered.

A: Pours a rich dark amber with a thin tan head that formed a bubbly collar around the glass leaving no lace. Based on others reviews, had this beer been fresh I believe it would have had a good head and sticky lace. There certainly enough hops oils in the nose for me to believe so. I will rate to these assumptions.
S: Pine and citrus hops with notes of fresh cut grass, grapefruit and pineapple. My favorite kind of hop smell!
T: Follows the nose with pine and grapefruit flavors, but there are sweet caramel undertones that balance out a respectable bitterness. Finish is sweet with a touch of citrus and fruit. Very fresh hop flavor. Delicious.
M: Low carbonation due to the leaky growler, but there is still enough to keep the beer from being flat. Body is medium and slightly oily and viscous. I will rate this as if it had appropriate carb.
D: A straight forward textbook example of what a great IPA should taste like. Great hop taste with the right balance between bitter hops and sweet malt. Very clean and fresh flavors and a refreshing mouthfeel. I would love to try this on tap sometime.

Photo of KingG
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from jeffkrenner. Big thanks to him.

Appearance is very good. Large clumpy head forms off the aggressive pour with tons of lacing sticking to the glass. Glowing maroon/copper colored liquid with small amounts of sediment. For an IPA, this is a dark bastard.

Smell is good. Juicy citrus hops jump out and grab the nose. Pear, tangerine and ripe juicy plum. Nice.

Taste is very good. Once again, a large juicy hop profile with a lingering, grassy bitterness at the end. They blended the hops in this beer very well going with citrus and bittering creating a complex hop profile. Caramel malt is present but in the background, complementing the flavor nicely and yielding to the magnificent hop profile. Well done.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly thin in the mouth due to below-average carbonation. However, the beer coats the tongue and cheeks nicely. Mouth-watering after every sip.

Drinkability is very good. If i had a keg of this, a few friends and i could easily put a nice dent in it.

Awesome IPA that has an addicting flavor. One of the better IPA's out there. Highly recommended.

Photo of awalk1227
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed 1/7/11 Received in a trade from TheDudeRules, thanks dude, so happy for this opportunity!

Poured into a Stone Brewing pint glass

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange with two fingers of off-white head. Great retention on the head, and as it dissipates it leaves a very messy glass.

S: I was not expecting this nose. It's not very hop-dominant, as I would have guessed. Grapefruit is faint, but the pine/resin is strong. A sweet malt in the background is picked up.

T: Bitter pine and resin abound. I know this growler was filled recently, as the carbonation and hiss from opening indicate, but perhaps it was poured from an older keg/tank? It drinks like an IPA, but I really can't find any citrus or grapefruit notes. It's still a very pleasant flavor, don't get me wrong. I wouldn't say it's like the maltier English or East-Coast IPAs, because it's still very bitter and the malt is shadowed by hops. It's just different from what I expected.

F: Creamy and smooth. It coats my mouth and leaves a pleasant oily feel afterwards, with a hint of bitterness on the tongue.

D: At less than 6.0%ABV with the pleasant mouthfeel, I could drink a lot of this. Hey, I have a whole growler! I'll finish it tonight.

Photo of vande
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A ~ Golden amber-copper in a color....with a slightly off white colored half finger thick head.... not bad for sittin in the fridge for about a week

S ~ hoppy, piney, fruity -- grapefruit up the nose

T ~ A blend of what the nose experiences first; grapefruit, pine, citrus hops with a nice malt backbone and a bitter finish.

M ~ Smooth and creamy. A lighter, extremely easy drinking beer... Wish it wasn't storming outside, or else me and my growler would be on the patio enjoying the evening...

O ~ A great beer. Someday, I'll make it up there myself to try it fresh off the tap. This one I was lucky enough to get from a friend who was visiting people up North and brought it back for me!

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this courtesy of barleywinefiend at last night's central coast BA gathering. Thanks Josh!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pour yielded a big, white, sticky, bubbly head that retained well and drug tons of lacing. Body is crystal clear and ruby-amber. Awesome!

Smell: Huge herbal hops! Wow! I also catch whiffs of toasted bread, whole grains, and grapefruit, but this smell is all about sweet, herbal hops. I got very close to giving this a 5.0.

Taste: Toasted whole grains and piney hops, along with lighter contributions from lemon, grapefruit, salt, and wood. Finishes dry and bitter. Not as sweet as I had hoped, but solid.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and oily, but finished dry and clean. Body is on the lighter side, and carbonation is moderate. Feels fresh. Sturdy bitterness. Great!

Drinkability: Pretty light and very hop-centric. I'd like a little more sweetness, but that's about it. This is a great IPA!

Photo of Buebie
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this growler today at the brew pub. Cap reads a sell by date of 3-11-09.
Turned the cap and hear it pop followed by a nice hiss.
Poured from the growler into my surly tulip. Its a transparent amber with a bit of chill haze. 1 inch tan frothy head leaving awsome gritty lace all down the glass.

Aroma is pungeant with hops, I smelled it the second I popped the cap. Floral hop aroma, super purfumy pine with good hang time. Buscuity bready aroma with sweet carmelly smells.

The taste upfront is a blasting of the pallet with sweet fruity breadyness, great malt backing. Loads of pine and a touch of citrussy grapefruit. The taste on this is very refreshing.
At the swallow hop bittering comenses, obliterating my pallet. A long crisp hop linger with an earthy pine and a hemp like flavor.

Moutheel is crisp and clean, carbonation abundance, but not overwhelming. Its not thick by any means, its just right for the style.

This is a textbook example of what an IPA should be. Delicious!

Photo of BeersAndBears
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopzilla_MN
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at Minneapolis Town Hall Brewpub into a pint glass.

A- Two finger frothy bubbly head dissipates slowly to a nice frothy layer on top, very clear, dark bronze color, very nice lacing.
S- Delicious hops upfront, very nice aroma, grapefruit, citrus, pine, nice malts to balance it out, very refreshing.
T- Very hoppy, bitter upfront, citrus, grapefruit, you pretty much taste what you smell, nice malt backbone that balances the big hoppy flavors, very tasty.
M- Medium mouthfeel, nice bitterness, dry after taste on the palate, well carbonated.
O- Very easy drinkability, I just love this beer, the Mango mama is one of my favorite beers out there and this one does not disappoint as well, lives up to its reputation, hops galore, solid tasty beer, that I will be drinking as long as I live near Town Hall.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say I was excited to try this beer, my initial reason for visiting the Town Hall Brewery. I was not disappointed with a great take on the American IPA.

I would rank this up there with just about any American IPA, strong/bitter extra hoppiness, with a very distinct bite. I loved the taste, but was slightly dissapointed with the carbonation release and smell.

The best part of this beer was the incredible lacing through the entire pint, and long lasting thin head.

I was surely not disappointed and could drink this one all night, or at least finish an entire growler!

Photo of punkrkr27
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish-copper pour with a big, loose, white head. Loads of mango, melon and citrus in the aroma, with notes of yeast, toffee, lemon zest, and orange zest. The flavor follows through from the aroma with lots more mango and melon dominating. There's a bit of resinous pine and a distinct dankness in there too. There is also just some slight perceptible alcohol on the finish as well. The body is medium-full and dry with soft carbonation.

Photo of ratedz
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/copper color with about a 3/4 inch white head. The head dissipated relatively quickly and left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

The nose is full of grapefruit and pineapple as well as some piney hops. Some malty sweetness is present in the background, but the hops are the main focus here.

Taste starts off with some bitter pine notes and sweet citrus hop notes. The hops are balanced nicely by the malts.

Mouth feel is smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. The relatively low ABV and excellent taste make this an incredibly drinkable beer.

Photo of iadler
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the town hall tap.

A- pours a very cloudy sunset orange with a fluffy three finger head that dissipates slowly into a nice cap. After some time, the cloudiness turns into a slight haze. Huge sheets of lacing are left behind.

S- orange marmalade, apples including the skin, caramel and toffee malt as well as grassy and piney hops. Pretty different aroma compared to just on-tap as there isnt much bitterness.

T- again orange is present with a jam like sweetness, honeycrisp apples, pear, and grassy hops with a nice amount of caramel and toffee malt.

M- low carbonation and medium body that has a very creamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly bitter.

O- it was interesting how much different this beer tasted when being casked conditioned. More sweetness emerges with the citrus and grassy hops taking a backseat.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the growler...

Aroma - Floral and piney hops, caramel...bready.

Taste - Nice citrus hop and sweetness balanced with bitterness. Malty. Impressive IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Great feel.

Drinkability - This is easy drinking. I wish we could get a keg.

Photo of wingnutter
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I have the elusive Masala Mama in my hands, thanks to an iFriend who send a 64oz growler to me in Florida. Thanks, Tip Top!

A slight "PSSS" as I unscrew the top of the growler, and the pour revealed a nice, orange/amber beer that had a nice, 1 finger head. Smell was typical IPA as expected - nothing shocking or marvelous - just good ole hops, citrus, floral aroma. And for the record, that's a GOOD thing.

Taste: First sip reminds me (hop wise) of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. But there more to it, as I soon find out. Very smooth beer, with nice citrusy notes and floral hints playing off each other and complimenting the malt nicely. Excellent balance. Nice bitterness that disappears as I swallow. Taste lingers on the tongue for a few minutes, then dsiappears, making me want another sip. This is a very well crafted beer, even after a 4 day trip from Minnesota to the Florida heat, and then 2 days in my fridge. Impressive.

Mouthfeel is about what I expected - about medium, and about perfect for an American IPA. Not too heavy, not too light.

I put this IPA among the best Ive had. As it warms, more fruitiness starts to show, maybe subtle apricot?? Drinkability is top notch, as Im on my 3rd of 4 pints, and Im not getting tired of it one bit - this is a very sessionable brew.

Ive been after this beer for a while now, and it did not disappoint. One of the better IPAs on the market...now only if they would bottle, so it would be easier for IPA fans to aquire. Good stuff!!!

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish to copper color with a nice tan head. In the aroma, piney hops. In the taste, piney hops and green apples, a touch of nice maltiness. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with dry, piney hops in the aftertaste. Bigs hops and very nice.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery poured into a pint glass (I also had the Masala Mama cask beer - which was very delicious and creamier than the regular IPA)! Pours a hazy reddish/orange amber with a great creamy meringue like head and super sticky lace. Nose of fruity hops both citrus and tropical notes, floral and piney hops as well as a good deal of caramel malt sweetness. The flavor is full of hops, lots of citrus and tropical fruitys, floral and pines, strong caramel malt, somewhat sweet with some residual sugars as well. Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonatinon and not much alcohol kick. Overall, one of the better brewery-only IPAs I ever had especially the cask version!

Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,228 ratings.