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Masala Mama India Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,118 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,118
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 821
Gots: 51 | 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:
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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

What a great beer! I really loved this one and would like to try more from the same brewery. Thanks for sharing, Lance! Pours orange with nice clarity, a great head and nice lacing. Pretty impressive from a growler. Wonderful floral and pine aromas- big and juicy. For me, the taste is perfectly balanced. Piney and dry with just enough firm malt to support the hops. long, delicious bitterness on the finish. In the mouth it's quite dry- almost asprin-like in its dry astringency. Superb beer.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2010 17:47:24 | More by Georgiabeer
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange color, somewhat murky. White, soapy head with great stick. Just had one of the tap, and the beer engine version is a little less assertive in the nose, but still fairly hoppy with lemongrass notes. Strangely woody as well.

A little deeper than the regular, but far less drinkable. Slight notes of vanilla mingle with the toffee and caramel for a solid malt backbone - good substance. The hops are quite loud and bright, with a lingering bitterness of citrus and tropical fruits. Smooth off the engine, almost creamy. Finishes clean and bitter.

While not as aggressive as the carbonated Masala Mama, the cask version is a superb choice. A little more peppery and mellow, but the same high quality.

Serving type: cask

08-17-2010 02:44:06 | More by BretSikkink
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to nbeattie. Thanks for this Nick! Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber hue with a finger of fluffy khaki-colored head. Leaves some decent lacing while I'm drinking this.

Smell: Very nice mixture of citrus and piney hops, with a nice malt character as well.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit, pineapple sweetness, and piney hops. The aftertaste is malty and bitter with hints of caramel malt and some toffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Another gem from Minnesota! This beer is easily in my top 3 of ipas. I will be seeking this out again for sure.

Serving type: growler

07-25-2010 17:34:03 | More by Axic10
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scottfrie

California

4.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2010 18:10:57 | More by scottfrie
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Matt is turning out to be the growler king. He brought this over to my place a few weeks ago. Review from notes.

A: The beer appears amber/orange, has a decent sized head, and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. It is pretty clear with good effervescence. It looks like it survived the trip.

S: The smell is really fantastic. Fresh hops and citrus.

T: This is a great tasting beer, and really easy to drink. The citrus flavors come forth quite nicely, with a pleasant bitterness in the back of each sip. Yum!

M: The feel is very smooth. A great bitter finish with no astringency.

D: O ya, I could drink a bunch of this. Well worth seeking out. This is one of my favorite IPAs now.

Serving type: growler

07-22-2010 19:19:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Buebie for this growler! Woo hoo!

Pours a dark amber color with orange highlights. Solid inch of off white bubbles cap it off. Lots of nice, sticky lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is full of hops. Citrus and pine dominate once this one warms a bit. There's a good backbone of sweet smelling malt when the beer is colder.

The flavor is packed with those hops. Not overly bitter, but very flavorful. More pine and earthy hops than citrus here with a slightly sweet and sour finish.

Medium body with light prickly carbonation. Very dry aftertaste has me constantly going for another drink to wet my palate. This growler may not make it through the night! Well done....

Serving type: growler

07-22-2010 00:19:17 | More by Imstillthegman
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2010 23:08:36 | More by glazeman
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airohead2001

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Parrotbeak for sending out this delicious growler.

A - Typical looking IPA - orange, light copper, sort of hazy with a nice one and a half finger head with excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Layers of different hops. Citrus hops throughout the entire smell with some piney hops up front. Very nice.

T - The taste of Mama is by far her greatest attribute. Fresh, juicy, sweet, citrus hops up front with bitter hops at the finish. The aftertaste is nutty and malty. Mama is all about balance. Perfect amount of malts to balance the juicy citrus hops. Not overly bitter, not even in the finish. The low ABV allows Mama to reveal the layers, complexity, and richness of this beer without any alcohol heat. Nearly perfect for a beer in its class.

M - Very good. A little too carbonated right out of the growler, but the second glass was just right. Not too thick - and it shouldn't be, for a single IPA.

D - Almost perfect. I could drink this IPA all day. Balance is unbeatable and there is no EtOH burn.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2010 23:08:35 | More by airohead2001
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with a thin white head.

Nose is orange and carmeled citrus hops; has the smell of cooked pineapple and the nose is integrated and balanced between the hops pineapple and the malty fruit. Nice layered and complex nose.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with nice carbonation and good balance. This one can't seem to decide in the mouth if it wants to be a big bright and bitter IPA or a fruity, malty and creamy Double. I'd call it more like a decent double than a good IPA.

Flavors are full of oranges, toffee, creamy lemon but also a bitter herbaceous pine hop character. The flavors are not bright and the flavor profile is not quite integrated. Yet, there is an appeal to this beer and, despite the criticism, I kept going back for more. The flavors and all around profile would have one conclude it is far higher in alcohol than stated. Hard to believe it's only 5.9% as it drinks with much more of an alcohol character and profile than 5.9. It also drinks, smells, feels and tastes much more like a complex double than a hoppy, fresh IPA. Drinkable, to be sure, and somewhat appealing.

Respectfully, a good beer. However, I believe that the beer is not worth the hype.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2010 06:46:11 | More by GRG1313
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber with a one-finger, bubbly white head. Thick lacing that sticks to the glass from top to bottom.
Smell is very lightly spiced malts with some assertive, grassy/piney hops. Subtle notes of vanilla, toffee, as well as some light woody notes. Citrus, mango, and pineapple notes.
Taste is malts infused with light notes of vanilla, toffee, and caramel, followed by some bitter, piney hops. Citrus and pineapple notes in the middle. More subtle notes of caramel, toffee, and vanilla come in towards the finish and remain.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a clean finish. Low level of carbonation, with a light-to-medium body.
Drinkability is very good. The cask conditioning compliments this beer very well, rounding out some of the bitterness.

Serving type: cask

07-17-2010 23:31:12 | More by Parrotbeak
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klikger

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler pours served in a Bruery tulip glass

A - Medium to dark amber with large white head and excellent lacing.

S - Pungent citrus hops with a touch of caramel and l'urine féline.

T - Grapefruit and floral up front with orange zest and a modest amount of malts soon following. As the beer warms, the malts increase in intensity and are joined by brilliantly tasty, yet not over the top, caramel and toffee flavors. Despite the magnitude of these elements, hops gloriously dominate throughout. The end is overpoweringly bitter, and the aftertaste is ascorbic acid and hops and hops and more hops.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp. This mouthfeel is second to none for IPAs - it's refreshing and not heavy or syrupy in the slightest - a miracle given the malt profile and pronounced sweet flavors.

D - Very drinkable, too - a 6% IPA with this much flavor is crazy. And the fact that it's überhopped makes the palate ready and willing for the next sip after each swallow.

If the rest of this review hasn't tipped my hand - I'm ecstatic about this beer!!! I've finally found an IPA from the midwest which stands up to (crushes?) the best from the west (not to take anything away from Furious, which is great in its own right). This was my first Town Hall beer, and I had high expectations. It exceeded them easily, because this beer gets *everything* right: there is enough great-tasting, sweet malt to temper the blistering hops, but it's truly not to the detriment of the blissful bitterness. The relatively low ABV and superb mouthfeel combine with the taste to make this extremely easy to drink. Top notch all-around brew here - I can't wait to have it again!

Serving type: growler

07-07-2010 14:36:28 | More by klikger
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this from a growler courtesy of BrewerDan.
In fairness, this growler had been opened the previous day. Pours deep reddish orange, little head but respectable lacing. Nose - some pine and a strong citrus aroma, especially orange zest and some grapefruit. There is a good dose of bready, sweet malt evident, but nicely so. This is a well-balanced IPA, but maybe tilted toward the malts. Citrusy hops at the outset and in mildly dry finish. Carbonation seemed to fit, although lighter than expected. Mouthfeel was medium and creamy. The malt forward, almost no head, little observed carbonation, etc. were probably due to some lack of freshness but this was still an outstanding beer. I just hope I get to try it fresher next time (please?).

Serving type: growler

07-02-2010 00:04:51 | More by regspeir
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crusian

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From my phone, so it is shortened.

Nice head, citrus aroma jumps off the glass before I can pick it up.
Head retention is nice, and lacing is smooth. Taste is citrusy and
piney, but I notice that this is also extremely thin like the coconut
jack frost. It has the consistancy of water. The hops are prevalent, but have a feeling that they wouldn't hold up to a bottling. Can't expect too much, as it is a session beer basically.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2010 17:57:54 | More by crusian
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to millah for this one! Poured into Chimay glass.

A: pours a deep orange/red, very clear, this is definitely one of the darker IPAs I've had. Thin white head with little retention, some sticky lacing.

S: huge nose of aromatic hops, tons of tropical and citrus notes including mango, grapefruit, and orange, this is all backed by a piney character which brings a little bitterness to the party. The malt profile comes through at the end with some slight caramel and toast character.

T: big hops up front, just like the nose, the taste features more of the piney hops which then gives way to the malt profile. This IPA is expertly balanced and the hops transition into the malt flawlessly. The finish features some biscuit and caramel with a touch of bitterness.

MF: medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel

D: well this IPA certainly lives up to all of the good things I've heard/read about. Very well balanced with a strong hop profile.

Serving type: growler

06-28-2010 01:04:39 | More by homebrew311
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oner0002

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I wish there was an easier way in these reviews to differentiate between the cask, tap and growler versions of this IPA because they are practically different beers!

The cask is served warmer and has a wonderful creamy mouthfeel. The cask serving method tends to mellow out the hop edge, but you can still taste Mike Hoops' complicated hop schedule.

The tap is served cooler and most assuredly has a bracing bitterness and CO2 bite. Here you can play guess that hop in the aroma and taste. I'll tell you there are at least 3 ... maybe it was 4, or was it 5 varieties in there?

The growler is similar to the tap version, but I find it to be much less carbonated and the hops can change and mellow out quite a bit depending on how old your growler is.

This goes for nearly all of Town Hall's beers, but the differences in the IPA is the most dramatic. I'm afraid y'all will just have to come on up here and try all three.

Super Secret Tip: The Cask IPA is so popular that is is almost always on these days.

Super Secret Ninja Tip: If you are coming from afar, the Town Hall is a 30 second stumble from the Holiday Inn Metrodome.

Serving type: cask

06-24-2010 18:42:11 | More by oner0002
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my trek to Minneapolis was to get this beer and the mango version on draft. Mission successful. Generally speaking, I enjoyed both of these IPAs but especially enjoyed the mango. I think it narrowly edges out the original in flavor.

Beer is amber to orange and mostly clear. Head of small white bubbles leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is pretty piny with a strong hop presence. Minimal malt aroma.

Beer is medium body and has nearly no malt sweetness up front. It finishes with a medium dryness to it and has some great hop character in the midpalate. The finish is quite bitter and is probably what gives me the mild dry feeling at the back. Very drinkable, I once drank an entire growler of this beer at one sitting -- I wouldn't recommend it, and a great mouthfeel. Carbonation on the palate carries the hop flavors and the accents the bitterness well. A great IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2010 14:09:25 | More by drabmuh
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 6/19 from a growler filled on 6/17 into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark appearance for an IPA, a dark copper color with a fluffy off-white head. Good head retention, and nice sticky lace is all over the glass.

Smell: Hoppy, but less than I would have expected. Earthy and pine notes predominate, but there are citrus notes as well. The malt aroma is bready.

Taste: This is very balanced, but I felt it was missing something. The bready malt was soft, the pine and earthy hops were subtle. The grapefruit flavor was really the only flavor to push through strongly. Finished mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: A pleasantly creamy feel, with slightly above average carbonation. Not much residue remains from the hop oil.

Drinkability: This was a quaffable brew with a nice smoothness, but there was nothing that really catapulted this over the top. Although I am glad I was fortunate enough to try it, I will not go crazy to seek it out again.

Serving type: growler

06-21-2010 03:33:12 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had to try this one on cask.

Copper color with a rich creamy head on top.

Big earthy and piney hops dominate the nose. A touch of caramel malt sweetness as well.

Yes, yes, yes. Lots of piney hops with a bit of earthiness. The hops just deliver a powerful pine bitterness that is so perfect at this temp. A nice malt backbone is also present to sweeten things up a bit.

Here is where the cask adds perfection. Creamy, soft and extremely smooth. Can't get any better than this.

Drinks almost perfectly. IPA on cask? Yes please. A great beer on cask equals near perfection.

Serving type: cask

06-20-2010 21:39:16 | More by jera1350
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of markhvizdak into a Duvel tulip.

A: A straight-on pour results in a finger of light tan foam placidly overlooking a nice deep orange-amber body. Decent retention and some delicate lacing. Attractive, and the carbonation is just what I'd expect for a growler that's about two weeks old.

S: Dazzling display of hops complexity. Largely citrusy, with plenty of tangerine, as well as light floral and grassy notes. Some slightly spicy caramel malt on the tail end. Lovely.

T: Starts out with fruity, citrusy hops, then transitions to a smoothly malty middle, and finishes with an appropriately bitter grassy hop aftertaste. Very nice, but not quite as lively as the aroma.

M: Smooth medium body, but distinctly undercarbonated. I suppose I'm partly to blame for keeping the growler for an extra week (so that I could share it), but I'm pretty sure that it was counter-pressure filled and sealed with shrinkwrap, so it's not just me.

D: Very easy drinking IPA, as you'd expect from its very modest ABV.

Notes: Thanks a ton, Mark, for hooking me up with this long-desired beer. It was excellent, but not as transcendent as I'd hoped. I can't wait to try it fresh at the brewery this summer (fingers crossed). I bet it'll be sublime straight from the tap.

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

06-16-2010 19:03:43 | More by woosterbill
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes- drank 5/17/10. 64oz growler into chouffe tulip.

A- Nice golden color w/ a dash of copper, good pour and sticky lacing.

S- Bitter, piney hops. Grapefruit/citrus notes. Bready malt.

T- Bitter oily hops. Pine sap, resiny. Floral/citric notes, pretty good malt base, lingering bitterness. More bitter than flavorful. Tasty.

M- Good carbonation- actually one of the best growlers I've come across. Good balance too.

D- Fairly high, good stuff. If I was local I'd drink it a lot. Not the best I've ever had, but a good IPA that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: growler

06-16-2010 15:31:46 | More by ShogoKawada
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

growler shared with Davolebomb and some Thai food, split and served in standard pint glasses...

A - lightly hazy dark copper/amber colored beer hoists a small layer of white, light and fluffy cream colored foam. leaves behind a thin wall of lacing throughout most of the drink.

S -ample amount of pine resin along with some freshly cut wild grass and citrus (some orange and lemon) rind. malt is present with light caramel and subtle doughy bread with fresh black pepper sprinkled on top.

T - strong hop profile with pine taking the lead...nicely bitter on the back end but has excellent flavor to go along with it, grassy with a light touch of citrus grapefruit. balanced very well yet still hop-heavy, a thin layer of caramel and bready malt nicely sits underneath the earthy and lightly spiced hop profile. delcious.

M - perfect. medium bodied and very slick and oily, coating. carbonation is spot on, propelling the flavors to every corner of the mouth and leaving a lightly tingly lingering bitter piney aftertaste. just a real pleasure to drink (a few glasses).

D - loved it. went perfectly with my slightly spicy fried rice. at this ABV I could (and would) drink this all day. nicely balanced but still true to its roots. a real pleasure to drink.

Serving type: growler

06-16-2010 02:19:08 | More by Stigs
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to beerwolf77 for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish mahogany color that produced a great off-white head with good retention behind it. Left tons of lacing behind.

(S)- A big dryness with a bigger malt profile. Some good notes of lemon and lime.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A bigger malt profile than most, but is counter acted with a good hop backbone of lemon and lime.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A happy medium between malt and hops. Bitter, but supplemented well with a big malt background and creamy citrus hops.

(D)- A good IPA. Maltier than most, but that does not really bother me when enjoying this one. A happy medium between malt and hop additions. Solid stuff.

Serving type: growler

06-14-2010 17:42:14 | More by sweemzander
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BeerShirts

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 5/31/10
opened 6/12/2010

A-Brown/Amber, head forms fast stays for a short bit and is sticky on the sides of the glass
S- Hops, spices, citrus
T- Hops of course, a piny taste, the citrus is there but not over powering and lingers after
M- low-medium carbonation, very smooth
D- This is a great IPA, not to high on the ALC so you can buy a growler and enjoy it between 2-3 people.

(changed when I first wrote the review I used a small glass and did not get any head form, switched to a larger glass and received a larger head)

Serving type: growler

06-12-2010 21:43:23 | More by BeerShirts
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2010 13:49:51 | More by OWSLEY069
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

How good do IPA's get (notice I didn't distinguish regular IPA's from Double IPA's), well I'll let you know in just a moment. I have extreme high hopes for this beer.

The beer pours with a very froathy, deep copper/lightly rusty color. The beer doesn't let go of its bubbles easily. Eventually, the foam separates from the beer and reveals a standard hop-hazed liquid with a creamy and stubborn head resting above. Off white creme forums a mousse that linger well beyond the session and lacing as well as any IPA can. Really an ideal look though the haze might be a bit excessive.

Surprisingly, only a moderate citrus (grapefruit) aroma rises from the glass. Accompanied by an orange zest and grassy note, the grapefruit only hits medium intensity as far as IPA's are concerned. The malt character takes on a very crisp, yet creamy aroma that makes the beer very appealing and inviting.

Flavors of the beer are very balanced from the nose to finish- a very consistent flavor of citrus balanced by malts of bread crust and deep caramel. Neither the malt profile nor the nops appear first or let the other to take precedence until mid-palate when the creamy malts fade to dryness and the hop flavor (citrus) and clean bitterness take hold in true Double IPA fashion. Not a whole lot of esters or varying hop flavors, but this beer remains simple, clean, and focused.

The best part of the beer is in its texture. Where the beer starts out with a subtle malt creaminess, the beer transitions beautifully into a crisp, dry, and fleeting bitterness well into the finish. Where the initial impression makes me think 'balanced', the finish allows the hop bitterness to dominate and to do so without any hint of bite, astringency, or roughness. Absolutely effortless to drink.

In a nutshell, the beer is wonderful. I wish that there were the fragrant and flavorful first impressions of a dry-hop Centennial hop character but it just isn't there. But from mid palate on, the beer is as perfect as I have tasted- absolutely wonderful.

A big, big thanks to Chickdighops for this wonderful beer. I seriously owe you!

Serving type: growler

06-06-2010 06:24:01 | More by BEERchitect
Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.