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Masala Mama India Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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1,121 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,121
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 824
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-20-2013 23:01:31 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of bulletrain76


3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by bret27. Copper colored with a lasting white head. The aroma has a nice spread of fruity hops: peach, pineapple, citrus. There is also a sweet floral side and a hint of caramel. The flavor is mild on the bitterness, which is a little more apparent than IBU numbers might suggest due to a strong bready, crackery malt side. Fruity and floral hop flavors blend in pretty well, creating a pretty balanced overall package. Lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Lots of malt flavors for an IPA, with just enough hops to balance them out, but it is not a sweet beer, adding to a very drinkable, almost session-like presentation for the style. I would peg this more like a hoppy pale ale, but a fun beer with an interesting mix of flavors for the style.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2009 20:01:00 | More by bulletrain76
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great color. Pours a deep orange/brown color that's just beautiful. There is some medium bodied beige head here.
Aroma has large fruit/rind notes with some bitter hop smell.
Great smooth flavor. Very acidic fruit taste with bitter flavor blended into sweet caramel flavor.
Bit of a bite on the back end but overall all a great beer.

Serving type: growler

06-21-2009 18:37:29 | More by ThaBobfather
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-25-2012 19:03:00 | More by Powderhornphil
Photo of Vengeance526


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

Pours a copper amber color with a 1 finger off white head with great retention and leaves some nice lacing.

Lots of pine with a hint of citrus in the aroma. Really grabs your attention.

Taste again reveals a lot of piney flavors with some light citrus notes in the background.

Medium bodied and very refreshing. Possibly one of the most drinkable IPAs out there. Very good but not at all overwhelming in any regard...some of the hop bombs out there may be a little intense for some but this is a great tasting IPA that goes down extremely easy. Would gladly try again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 00:34:40 | More by Vengeance526
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-02-2011 09:40:45 | More by gio540
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

01-29-2013 22:19:28 | More by cofeeguru
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-28-2012 21:56:32 | More by yokken
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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must admit I went into the MPLS Town Hall Brewery with very high expectations for this brew, and I'm glad to say it didn't disappoint.

A- It appeared a golden reddish color, maybe better described as copper or amber.

S- The smell was fantastic, fruity and hoppy in perfect balance, yum.

T- First a hit of hops, then a citrusy fruity note, I'm in love.

M- Not as thick as some IPAs, but fantastic on the tongue with a little carbonation and creamy feel.

D- Extremely drinkable, it goes down very smoothly. Being a little "lighter," and I use that word lightly, than some other IPAs with extreme complexity, it goes down maybe too smooth, you could easily drink 1000 of these things.

Overall it is a fantastic brew, I would like to see perhaps one more hop addition, but very drinkable, perhaps too much so. If you have the chance to stop by MTHB and get some definitely get some!

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 04:45:54 | More by pmccallum86
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from biglobo8971 as part of ongoing Regional Growler GIF.
Poured into an imperial pint glass.  Beer was a clear, dark orange color, with a two-finger, off-white head.  Light carbonation and thick lacing around the glass. 

Aroma was hops and pine, but also heavy on the caramel and sweet side. 

Taste was bitter hops, citrus fruits, biscuit, caramel and malt.  Well balanced. 

Long, dry, bitter finish.  Somewhat oily and slick.  Love it.  Really thankful for the growler.

Serving type: growler

07-22-2011 02:50:42 | More by drumrboy22
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

01-02-2012 10:07:53 | More by MrHirschybar
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4/5  rDev -8%

12-09-2012 22:16:25 | More by mobius387
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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious IPA. It ranks as the absolute highest on Beer Advocate. With American IPA being my favorite style I HAD to get my mitts on it, but Minnesota is a LONG way from Los Angeles. Thanks to beckje01 for making this happen.

DHL presented a bit of problem with the shipment and unfortunately it arrived a bit less than fresh. I could taste it too, sadly. That said for a beer not at its apex – this was still a fine fucking beer. I drank the growler in no time – because it was so delicious and because it seemed like every minute I didn’t drink it, its freshness would deteriorate that much more.

I really love these delicious IPA coming out of the Midwest: Bell’s 2 Hearted, Surly’s Furious and this. They all seem to have their own voice. I bombard myself regularly with the West Coast hopbombs out here. While they are delicious as can be, the lesser ones seem to get stuck in the mire of being unable to cross that “jam as many hops in as possible” lack of balance. The pine really shines through in this offering. What sets it apart is how magnificently balanced it is. It’s unbelievable. Man, I wish this was more fresh – I’ll be sure to review this again when I try it again. Fine beer.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2007 17:35:26 | More by sloejams
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-14-2013 18:40:11 | More by md655321
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-21-2013 22:05:55 | More by nharres
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-09-2013 20:44:38 | More by seangibbs60
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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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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap July 7th right before the Twins v Yankees game. Ordered 2 pints, each one about a 13oz pour with very little head well below the rim.
Chill hazed orange with an off-white head. Creamy with slight citrus tart up front, a melange of navel orange & white grapefruit. Still subtle tasting, when some really nice hop flavor sneaks up. Pleasant, citric bitterness. Smooth and hoppy. Simple IPA, great flavor and very balanced. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Glad I got to try this very well received IPA. Got a growler in a trade last year that seemed to lose a little in the journey. I would like to have this beer along a fresh Racer 5 and Liberty Ale to really tell the differences.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 16:33:05 | More by RustyDiamond
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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

10-29-2012 04:27:22 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-22-2012 17:33:21 | More by Cooper
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4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a recent trade, wanted to drink it while it's fresh but slowly to savor it so I have been nursing it slowly the past couple days. Thanks again, Brad!

Pours a murky orange with a little bit of head. Granted this growler has already been open from last night so I wasn't expecting big time carbonation and a huge head or anything but it still has a decent one. Enough for me, to be honest.

Smell is a huge hop aroma. Tons of hops come jumping out of my tulip glass and up my nose. They didn't go anywhere. I know it'd still be like this when I opened the growler again tonight because I was welcomed by a big hop aroma. It smells great. Also, some malts can be detected in there and really round out the smell. Is this really only 5.9%? It's hard to believe they got so much aroma out of a beer of this ABV

Taste is excellent. Everything that is in the smell is there. This is basically like taking a blend of hop juice and fermenting it.

As you sip the beer it caresses your throat with a medium body and just enough carbonation. It's great.

Drinkability is through the roof. Delicious hops and lower ABV. Doesn't get much better than this.

Man, if this were local this would be an amazing go-to beer. Not too much alcohol, TONS of hops and a smoothed out body that just keeps you kicking 'em back. All the flavor of a big DIPA without the alcohol is the best way to put it. Well done, Townhall! Wish I could get a growler of Mango Mama, I bet that'd be even better.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2009 07:34:06 | More by auroracrisis
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4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

P: Presented in a 64 fl. oz. growler with Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery (Est. 1997) logo design. Again, thanks to "Masala Mama" for coming through in the growler-running-clutch. Poured aggressively into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazed, dark copper with a one-finger, bone-white head that reveals intricately complex lacing throughout the session.

S: The nose is all citrus hops with accents of grapefruit, pineapple, peach, pine resin, and brown sugar. The combined aromas waft over an underlying sweetness of caramel malt.

T: Delicous hop flavors meld perfectly with a sweet, caramel malt foundation. Remarkably well-balanced, with huge notes of grapefruit rind, pine resin, and buttered biscuits competing for center stage. Exits with bitter blasts that numb the tongue into submisison. Oh, yeah! Oh, mama!

M: Medium-bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that finishes dry.

D: Lives up to the hype of its #1 BA rating. Exceptionally drinkable with sublime balance, Masala Mama is the American benchmark for India Pale Ales.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2008 19:37:56 | More by CaptainIPA
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-20-2013 22:15:27 | More by aliving1
Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,121 ratings.