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Masala Mama India Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 1,316
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 859
Gots: 76 | FT: 4
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:
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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Reviews: 671 | Hads: 1,316
Photo of trevorwideman
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was in Minneapolis the other weeekend and had the wonderful opportunity to try this beer, amongst many others from this same pub. This beer poured beautifully, with a gorgeous creamy-looking head and a reddish hue. Complex aroma: many citrus notes and strong hops. The taste nearly knocked me on the floor with its intensity, one of the most dense beers I've ever drank, so many flavours, where to begin? Very strong hop flavour, grapefruit, orange perhaps, very citrusy. Mouthfeel is very spicy yet smooth, making it a very drinkable beer. I wish I'd have been able to take a few growlers of this home, but then i'd have felt guilty about drinking it as it would have had to be a special occasion. No, I'll make this a reason to travel to the Twin Cities more often.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this one several times on tap, but I've never thought of reviewing it until now. I decided to grab a growler on the way home from work, so I could sample it in the comfort of my own home.

Appearance: Poured from the growler into a standard pint glass. Excellent 1/2 inch head that sticks to the side of the glass as it settles down over a few minutes to a nice white lace. The beer itself is a beautiful amber-copper color w/ lively carbonation.

Smell: The first thing that comes to mind is "fresh." For some reason it smells like the hops were just picked. The aroma is very citrusy w/ grapefruit and orange peel scents. There is also a faint piney aroma.

Taste: Exceptional!. The flavor of this beer is immaculate. Very well rounded out hops and malts for an IPA. Definitely has a great amount of hoppy taste w/ plenty of citrusy flavors. There is also a great balance of malty sweetness to balance out the strong hoppy intro. There is some pleasant lingering bitterness towards the end, but instead of turning you off, it makes you want to repeat over and over again. Probably one of the best if not THE best tasting IPA I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: A very sharp and light initial mouthfeel that seems to thicken to a medium thickness as the drink progresses. My throat feels a little sticky (as can be expected w/ an IPA) after I finish the drink.

Drinkability: Now this is an American IPA. Beatiful citrus and piney flavors blend nicely w/ an exceptional body. This beer obviously does a great job of showcasing hops, but the rounded out body of this beer is what makes it a great IPA for me. If I had one example of the best IPA to show a none IPA drinker, this would be the one. Here is another reason why I'm happy I live in Minnesota.

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Photo of erica
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Masala Mama, like the name. I had a glass of this out of a growler. It was pretty- a nice orangey amber colour with a small head. Apparently the first pour out of the growler had a huge head but I could tilt my glass while my boyfriend poured so the beer was calm. Yes, it was calm. The aroma was mild for what I would expect out of an IPA, but I found that to be a good thing. It smelled citrusy and hoppy. It tasted citrusy as well and hoppy, more towards the end. A bit fruity and malty and very well-balanced. The mouthfeel was lovely too, smooth and medium consistency. Drinkability is good, as I could've had much more of this beer and I dont think i would've gotten tired of it or sick from it. All things considered, this is one hell of an IPA, and one hell of a beer in general.

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Photo of akorsak
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler from a second trade with CH3CH2OH. It was shared with JohnnyM2002 and Phatz.

A: The ale is a copper red with hints of orange amber. The head has held up surprisingly well for a 12/28/06 (or so) bottled growler, large on pour before settling down to a white circle that covers the entire glass.

S: The aroma is big and hoppy, thick with lush pineapple and apricot. The aroma is huge and delicious, one of the best smelling pale ales (American, English, India or Double) that you'll come across.

T: The nose is big and hoppy, priming the drinker for a big hoppy ale, but Town Hall throws you for a loop. The body is a solid malty extravaganza, it doesn't roll over in front of the hops. The malty base is grainy and slightly sweet and provides an excellent base for the delicious hoppiness. The hops are citrusy, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine and most significantly pineapple. There is even a bit of piney sweetness popping up.

M: Hops! Malts! A well-mixed combination of the two, this IPA really brings everything together without amping up the alcohol and IBUs.

D: Incredibly drinkable. This really is the standardbearer for American IPAs. It mixes the big hops and strong malts so well. The moderate abv helps also, allowing one to have several pints without ill effect.

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Photo of markgugs
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a growler into a pint glass, thanks to LordSloth for the trade (consumed: 2/15/08)

A: Pours a beautiful, rich copper with a fast-rising creamy off-white head that lasts forever and a day and immediately begins to leave sticky spiderweb lacing. The beer's clarity is also worth nothing, I could read a novel through this if I wasn't so preoccupied with getting it into my belly.

S: Mmmm...hops! My best guess is Cascade or Centennial, or a combination of the both of them, as pine & citric grapefruit scents are dominant. Not to be outdone though, there is a very nice cookie/bread malt character here as well.

T/M: I was expecting to be smashed in the taste buds with hops right up front, but an unexpected initial burst of sweet bready malts begins the journey, then followed by a smack of bitter citric hops, with a deliciously bitter grapefruit finish. Perfect levels of carbonation make this seem like a cream soda, the oils from the hops coat the tongue and leave your palate wanting more.

D: All I will say is that I wish like hell I had this beer available to me 24/7. Highest recommendation.

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Photo of Bobbydigi
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for Justn for the growler!

A - Pours a dark red/copper color. One of the darker IPAs I've had. A little less than an inch of head with some nice lacing.

S - Wow, the wonderful smell of hops slams the nose. Citrus hope for the most part a little piny. Overall awesome smell.

T - Wonderful, one of the best IPAs I've had to date. Great hop presence will always satisfy a hop head, and satisfied I was. It is bitter but not too bitter.

M/D - This beer is a good excuse for me to go on a road trip up north. I could drink these things all night.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To quote Christopher Walken in his SNL role as the continental,
"Wowwie, wow, wow, wow!"

There are a few hightlights to note, so I don't want to sound too repititious of all the other substantial and worthwhile reviews.
First, the aroma is wonderful in it's complexity, including grassy, sweet, citrus, flowery and a very fresh essence.
Second, the mouthfeel is sublime. Exceptionally soft, especially considering the boldness of the hops. The carbonation is very fine, as in the smallest bubbles one can imagine. At times this is such a noticable feature that it outweighs the favor.
Finally, the absolute highlight is the intial sweetness of the taste. Temperature is vital as it doesn't exist when too chilled. It starts at the lips and continues half-way through the tongue. It's honey sweet, but doesn't taste like honey. Others have mentioned apricot and mango, and those are closer. It's an unbelievably wonderful sensation. Personnally, as much as I like the finish it's the part I want never to leave.
The middle is a confluence of the ending of the malt and the start of hop intensity. From this point to the end many others can do as well, eg. SNCA, but that's not to minimize how good it is. The finish is hop intensity to the fullest, with less complexity than the aroma. The lingering is eternal. I believe this is the point that others have noted a lack of malt foundation, which may be true, but it's of less importance considering how one arrived at the moment.
Very attractice beer in color, a goldish amber with reddish/orange highlights. Fairly firm head with good lacing marking each drink.
Truly unique and enjoyable experience.
I strongly recommend temperature be considered and at least a growler be sampled (more than I pint at the least). The sublties are extremely important and this "wicked mama" really grows on a guy with experience.

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Photo of yam
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - a beautiful golden copper with a lovely head and long-lasting lace

S - citrus with a lovely flowery aroma -- crisp grapefruit (oxymoron?)

T - a tang of hops -- a cascade of sweet acidity with a malty background. A well structured beer with even flavors of hops and malt

M - a mouthfeel like like silk. Even in a growler, the carbonation pretty much matches the online feel.

D - as a decent example of the type, this is a fairly easy drinking beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= deep brown color almost orange but darker. Two finger head rises from it with great lacing all the way down. Good head retention is noticed as well
S= Grapefruit, pine and regular hop odors. you can notice some of the caramel grain used as well. A little sweet pineapple smell is also noticed
T= Bitter in a different way. Tastes a lot like the juice from an orange peel. Pine, grapefruit and orange. Some of the caramel malt comes through but not nearly as much as in the nose.
M= perfect.
D= really amazing beer. Love this one. Smooth and crisp yet challenging to the pallet very well crafted beer. If they could take the ABV down just a little it would be an amazing session beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A perfect pour from a growler results in a three finger rocky light tan head that almost creeps over the top of the glass. head has amazing retention for a growler pour and leaves tons of swiss cheese lace. Body is a beautiful amber tone. Nose dances with fresh hop feel, including orange rind, tangerine, and sappy marmalade. Lush, fresh and crisp with first sip as the hops are so smooth. Well presented citrus tones are followed by some mineral and slightly piney tones. Hops really run the gambit here in this brew. Citrus rind bitterness hangs on to the back of the tongue to create a hop lovers perfect mouthfeel. This is an insanely drinkable IPA. If this was available locally I would go through one every week.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review is from a growler courtesy of Stubob. Cloudy amber body with tall off white head that stand strong for the life of the pint as it slowly collapses. Huge clumpy rings of lace covered the glass. Wow, the insane hoppiness coming out the glass was evident as I was pouring this. Big citric and floral hops dominate this swallowing up almost all traces of malt. Flavor was very bitter upon the first sip with hops kicking the crap out of my tongue the whole way. Citric and some earthy tone hopes with piney notes were strong from the first sip to the last. Big dry bitter after taste lasted forever and left you feeling like some one dragged a rake across your tongue. Simply wonderful. Solid mouthfeel that was alive with hop prickliness. Very drinkable stuff in that punishingly bitter IPA kind of way. I made the mistake of having the last glass from the growler with some jalapeño pizza and buffalo wings. I don’t think I tasted breakfast the next day. Great stuff and a big thanks to StuBob for the chance to try this.

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Photo of Greggy
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a thick foam cap, 1/2 inch in height. Nice cascade effect in the body from the cask. The body is dark amber in color and semi hazed. As the body recedes, thick lacing coats the glass.

S- Nice pineapple, pine, resin, grapefruit and peach aromas. Delicous!

T- Nice creamy and smooth pineapple start off with other notes of pine, delicately balanced out by a great maltiness. The finish is dry but oh so smooth.

M- Extremely smooth and creamy.

D- This is an amazingly smooth and drinkable IPA @ 5.9% to boot. Definitely a must have at TH.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sweet smelling nose with a note of honey, and the definitely expected floral behavior.
This pours quite the lively active head, with dimples and lacing galore. The nectar itself has a pale amber color. All things said, she's a looker.
On first sip, my initial reaction was "wow this is a bitter motherfucker". Pine sap is just all over the place. Resinous as all get out. There was a bready yeasty middle ground to this thanks to some malting. But, it's all about hops, boys and girls. And Masala Mamasita lets you know. But what I found most interesting was that this has a hop character and flavor reminiscent of some of my favorite DIPAs, but the body and ABV of a typical pale. It's light in the mouth and all that shit. This makes it easily a double agent...summer quencher/winter blanket. Do what you will.
I had this at the Great Taste of the Midwest in august and thought "not bad, but what's the big deal?" Well, that's why folks shouldn't attempt reviewing at beer fests. This stuff is kick ass.
Thanks to MoeSizlak for arranging this. Good call.

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Photo of ballenc
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into an imperial pint glass.

A: Mostly clear, just a hint of haziness, a wonderful orange/copper/amber color with a one-finger, creamy white head. Beautiful light lace clings to the glass

S: A wonderful nose of hoppiness - coupled with some citrus and floral (piney) notes. Overall hops rule here but it does not overpower the sublety of the other flavors.

T: Wow - one of the better IPAs I've had in a long time. Hop forward on first sip, pine and citrus notes to mirror the smell. Exceptional balance at the end - smoothing out with caramel malt notes. No astringent or bitter aftertaste that many strong IPAs have - very clean which helps to pull you into it.

M: Moderate carbonation with medium body. Smooth and lighter on the tongue than what I expected.

D: This beer lives up to the billing/ranking it gets on this site. Truly wonderful IPA. I can see drinking several pints of this in one sitting. Barring that give me a couple growlers to enjoy at home.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served in pub glass. Pours a dark cloudy amber-copper color with large head. Large lacing.

Smells strongly of grapefruit and citrus, hops. Pine resin, earthy spicy alcohol smell.

Very bitter taste in a good way. strong citrus taste, primarily grapefruit. Malty in the middle, and finishes even more hoppy at the end. Has a lingering backtaste of hops.

Medium+ bodied, pleasantly oiliness, refreshing finish. If you like a hop bomb, this the stuff. Surprising balance/transitions from hops/malt/hops/malt/hops. I wish I could have this on a routine basis.

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Photo of phisigben
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Thick head about two finger width, redish/dark orange color, the head somewhat quickly dissipates after a minute or two

Smell - Fruity hops is the first and foremost aroma with a slight twinge of citric tones

Taste - Really smooth and flavorful with the fruitier hops at the front end then as it leaves the tongue the bitterness comes across the tongue. The bitterness is very good not over powering but exactly what I expect out of a single IPA.

Mouthfeel - I tend to levitate to beers with more of a fuller mouth feel so when it comes to IPA's I usually don't expect a lot, but this beer has hands down the best mouth feel I have ever had from this style.

Drinkability - The drinkability is great the only down side is I can't get this in Indiana

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Photo of bobsy
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer certainly made for a great refresher after helping Eric move in - cheers for sharing a growler from your epic cross-continent trip.

Pours a radiant orange with a large creamy white head that put down sheets of lace. At first smell the aroma is typical IPA - grapefruit and caramel malt, but as the beer warms mango and pineapple elevate the aroma to a whole new level. I'm not sure what hops they used, but the flavour is great, bursting with citrus and tropical fruit. Again I pick up the mango and sweet pineapple, and this is what helps the beer stand out from the crowd. Another great thing to observe is how well-balanced this beer is. A lot of highly ranked American IPAs are purely an all-out hop assault on the tongue, which isn't exactly a fine example of the craft. The mama has a large sweet malt backbone which reels in the bitterness a touch, and adds a delightful subtlety. Light body and moderate carbonation also combine to make this beer disappear far too quickly.

How does it compare to the other highly-regarded IPAs I've been lucky enough to try? Its definitely up there, and on a par with Surly's Furious and Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. For once, the beer lives up to the hype.

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Photo of ragnarsword
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that made me fall in love with IPAs. I make it a point to get to the Town Hall at least once a month to partake in this beer. The color is a darker shade of gold than most IPAs and the floral aroma is incredible without being overpowering. I've had it from both the tap and the cask and have not been disappointed with either.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to younger for this brew. Shared with my homebrew club out of the growler.

Pours a clear red amber color. Very nice head and lacing.

Aroma screams hops. Lots of juicy fruits and mostly citrus. Maybe a little peaches. Nice maltiness.

Flavor is excellent. Lots of hops but mostly flavor hops. I love tons of flavor hops as opposed to bittering hops. But bitter is good too. The malt plays very nicely with the hops. Sooo tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Surprised the carbonation survived so well in the growler.

Overall I would bathe in this stuff and pound a whole keg to myself. Very tasty.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahhh...what could be better to come home to after a long day at work than a fresh growler of the infamous Masala Mama sitting on your doorstep. Pours from the growler a brilliant shade of reddish orange with a fluffly, sticky mountain of head...as it falls it leaves wonderful intricate patchy lacing on the side of my glass. My mouth is watering already. As I pick up my glass and bring it to my nose I'm instantly hit by a wave of ripe, succulent hop aromas. Rich, resiny grapefruit, peach, pineapple, mango and various other citrus fruits mix with a hint of pine sap. Sweet candy caramel maltiness mixes into my make this smell like a big citrusy hop candy. Sit....smell...repeat incessantly.

First sip brings a smooth, rush of lupulin laden hoppiness. Massive citrus tones rush over my tongue along with a hint of herbal pine. A sweet, mellow caramel, bready maltiness seems to have a symbiotic relationship to the hops. The sweetness comes first and finishes off with just the right amount of bitterness on the back of the palate. Incredibly flavorful...I get hints of all the citrus fruits I mentioned above with each sip. Nothing less than a lovingly made IPA...exceptionally balanced and simply a delight to all lovers of the hops.

Silken smooth, creamy mouthfeel that has just enough carbonation...I could nearly mistake this for being off cask. Each sip I take makes me want to take another and so on. Man..I would be drinking this all the time if I had access to it...an all day drinkable IPA. Sometimes I think I get caught up in the double IPA's and pushing the envelope...however then I come across a brew like this that uses elegance, balance and obvious brewing skills to create one of the best IPA's that has yet to touch my lips. I might shed a tear when this growler is empty....you Minnesota folks are quite lucky to have easy access to this brew. Maybe one day they will bottle it...until then I must thank feloniousmonk for the opportunity.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


pours deep copper with a slight murkiness to it. light head and light retention. some lacing left on the sides.

HUGE citrus and floral hops, with a smidge more floral. very sweet smelling.

nice bitterness, a mix of pine and red grapefruit with light floral notes hidden. light malt backbone holding this together but is only really detectable in the back.

light carbonation and light in general, not too full. crazy easy to drink. could use a smidge more body.

this is amazing. stupid easy to drink and with a low ABV, this could not be more drinkable for an IPA

overall - ok, this is well worthy of its score. why? this is what many DIPA's taste like but this is an IPA with the DIPA flavor and w/o the DIPA ABV. this is your session beer for lovers of all things hops.


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Photo of ShrLSU
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Compliments to skinnyguy for the hookup...

The appearence is a deep rusty copper color with a nice white head that settled in quite nicely. The lacing is thick around the edges.

The nose is delicious. It has wonderful citrus hops, maybe grapefruit, piney hops, and a smooth caramel malt.

The taste is perfect. At first I get a little hop citrus sweetness, then a bitterness leading into smooth malt and then piney hop bitterness. The balance is just so even keel.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Its very pleasent refreshing.

The drinkability is perfect. This is so well balanced its just not right. Every flavor has its moment that shines and explodes in your mouth. I wish I lived in Minnesota with regular access. This was quite a treat. Thanks again to skinnyguy for the growler.

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Photo of mntlover
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper color with a nice two finger off white-head that falls to a foam like iceberg and leaves nice webs of lace on my glass.

Aroma is sweet some hint of caramel malt mixed with fruit oranges, melons nice fruity sweet. There are some pine resins and herbal spicey hops that sneak out from underneath the fruity sweetness. This is one nice hoppy smelling IPA.

Taste is full of hops fruity citrus flavors grapefruit, orange peel and pineapple mingle with what caramel malt survives, this beer seems like all hops but the malt is in there and balances out nicely just seems like too many hops. The finish is herbal with some pine resin mixed that leaves a lingering bitterness that over shadows the sweeet maltiness thats still there.

Mouthfeel is medium, don't notice much malt in the flavor so many hops but its there and you can feel it and it does add some flavor.

Drinkability is great, hell of a regular IPA no problems finishing this 64ozs off wishing I had more already. Thanks tavernjef for this fine sample.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A brown Grolsch like, flip top, EZ Cap brown glass 'mini-Growler'. Simply has the letter ‘M’ in black pen scrawled on the white ceramic top. A present all the way from Minneapolis. Hell Yeah!

Appearance: Gorgeous rustic brown copper body that is perfectly lucid. Carbonation perfect, given that it was rebottled, this is impressive in of itself. A lovely collage of milky tan bubbles swirl 3 inches below the liquid surface as the Mama rises in my Imperial Pint glass, all the timing assisting the formation of a nice 1” thick tan head. Knowing this was rebottled, I kept some Mama back in the bottle for top-ups and to reinitiate any disappearance, but I shouldn’t have worried, head retention was pretty good. Nice slaking expanded ring lacing as I take each sip. Has a remarkable English Yorkshire Bitter appearance to it.

Nose: Lots of deep luscious hoppy aromas, light but inviting Satsuma odors with the zest of freshly squeezed pungent oranges. Slick hop oils, some pine smells and lots of chewy coniferous needles. Deep inhalation reminds me of the sharp wakening smell of Grapefruit on a morning. This will most certainly wake you up!

Taste: Concentrate hard, and at first you can detect biscuit, malts, caramel and some toffee, yet this is quickly consumed by the hoppiness of this one. Bitter at first, but a hoppy pine sharpness with an orange/lemon twist and a biting grapefruit feel in the back end. Lots of hops, hops, hops, hops. Maybe not the bitterest IPA, but it does impress the hell out of you with the resin like hop profile, yep this is certainly hoppy!

Mouthfeel: This is only 5.9%, and whilst it drinks well, personally I find that initially it has a bigger mouthfeel after the swallow, rather than during the preliminary imbibing experience. The lingering hoppy after-taste, mixed with the pine encrusted malts in the background, lend a bigger accent to the next mouthful. Sharp grapefruits induce saliva, all adding to the massive overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easily imbibed, I dearly love the pine-hop-grapefruit flavors and long lingering aftertastes and, pardon the pun, the cascading mouthfeel that builds as you drink this. More, more, more Mama!

Overall: Absolutely superb, and to think that this was rebottled!!!! Wow, this would be a serious kick-ass beer fresh from the Cask - I simply must get to Minneapolis and the Town Hall Brewery!

A very impressive IPA, from an equally impressive BA! What to say, words are simply not enough. A *Serious* “Cheers Mate” to BigHuge for this offering. Top Marks all round. It really is true, wherever you find great beer, you *will* find great people. We must get to share a beer in person one day Joe, and I cannot think of a better place than the Town Hall Brewery when this monster Mama is on Cask. The first Cask is on me!!

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Photo of hylton44
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This, the first imbibation of my long-awaited trip to the West Bank's Town Hall Brewery, did not disappoint. The only unfortunate circumstance surrounding this drink is that we had settled for getting served on the outdoor patio area, and my Mama was served in a plastic Texas tumbler.

Nevertheless, a pungent aroma of lush, tropical grasses and ripe grapefruit met my nose; and a deep, brownish amber color met my eyes when this beer was first served to me. Served at the perfect temperature, I fortunately did not have to wait for my first draught. The taste was bitter, rich, and satisfying. Piney, flowery, hints of caramel malts. The mouthfeel was almost creamy, but not in a way that detracted from the bitter zest in any way. I thought this drink was remarkable not only in my initial impression, but also in how the character of the taste did not diminish all the way through the "bitter end," so to speak.

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Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.