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Masala Mama India Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,111 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 820
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.

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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
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Ryan011235

Ohio

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

On tap in a pint glass at the brewpub on 5/22/10

The color is a darker shade of scorched amber. Though slightly cloudy, it still maintains a nice radiance. The pour featured an 1/8th inch head that quickly entered "skim" territory. Good lacing despite head retention.

The aroma is impressively chock-full of American hop goodness. Smells quite resinous & piney. Spicy citrus notes via grapefruit, tangerine & lemon zest. The Amarillo hops really cut through the mix. I'm not picking out a whole lot in the way of malts.

The taste upfront is piney bitterness working in conjunction with a prevalent spiciness. Citrus is there as well, just not with the same fortitude as the nose. Biscuity malt notes round it out. Just a touch of sweetness. I really like the overall dryness.

Medium to full bodied with appropriate carbonation that places focus on the zestier qualities of the beer. Bitterness lingers on.

Drinkability is great. More balance than I expected, but Masala Mama is so dang tasty. Most definitely recommended if you are in the area.

On a side note, Town Hall's sweet potato fries are excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 07:04:33 | More by Ryan011235
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Florida9

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery, but drinking from a growler I got to go as I write this review.

A: Slightly hazy orange /copper in color. Served at the brewery with a scant 1/8 inch of sticky head, however from the growler I'm able to pour more aggressively, resulting in a good 1/2 inch of head that has decent retention. Good lacing from the growler. Wasn't enough head to generate lacing when poured from the tap.

S: Quite aromatic. Pine. Pine resin. Spicy black pepper.

T: Spicy malt. Almost a characteristically spicy rye malt. Some caramel notes then moves into a moderate to heavy bitterness. Spicy. With a long pine and pine resin finish.

M: Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Spicy. Pungent. Tingles on the tongue.

D: A great IPA that focuses on the spicy, peppery characteristic of hops. Very easy to drink for any hop lover. Oddly, I found this one to be better from the growler than on-tap. At first, I was a bit underwhelmed by this beer, but the growler seems to have restored my respect.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 01:09:18 | More by Florida9
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AgentZero

Illinois

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

A - Clear amber color with a nicely soapy looking white head. Some chunk lacing as I drank which faded into some fine stick as time went on.

S - Really hoppy, a nice amount of citrus, but not too grapefruity, subtle pine notes make up the hop profile. Subtle malt backbone that doesn't detract from the hops or make it to carmelly.

T - I think this might be my favorite IPA, even moreso than PtE and PtY. Would want to do a side by side for comparison. Nicely bitter resin taste with pine notes blends in with the citrus. It's slightly sweet, and balanced by the bitterness which does not become overpowering. The malt backbone is there, but complementary.

M - Finishes bitter, a bit puckering, but not too bad. Definately a medium bodied IPA, with some great carbonation to make it refreshing.

D - Could drink this all day, a great thirst quencher too if you're thirsty.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2010 14:55:40 | More by AgentZero
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kbeals

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler sent to me by younger35.

A- Dark amber/copper in color with a frothy, billowing white head on top. Excellent lacing left behind, a flawless appearance.

S- Tons of tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapples, oranges with a hint of pine. The amount of citrus in it leads to a very sweet smell, some of it could be from malts, very caramel like with a bit of toffee.

T- Loads of citrusy hops, pineapple and grapefruit once again. Finishes off very bitter, exactly what I expected. The rating for this could be little higher, but there was just nothing that blew me away about the flavor. It was still good but not over the top good.

M- Medium body, slightly prickly mouthfeel. Hop resin lends an oily characteristic to this one, very pleasing.

D- Very good, easily knocked back two pints of it and probably would have drank more if I didn't have to drive.

Thanks again, Dan! An outstanding brew.

Serving type: growler

05-09-2010 13:44:08 | More by kbeals
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 64oz growler into three pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist! Extra special thanks to Phil and Amanda for bringing this back from MN!

A: Pours a clear copper gold. Sticky off-white head sports good retention, but sadly, hardly any lace was left behind. Carbonation was active.

S: As soon as I cracked the growler, I could smell the hops. I held my freshly poured glass at arms length and I could smell the hops. Yes! A true "three footer." Glorious tropical aromas of apricot, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple with cut grass, caramel, and wildflowers thrown in for good measure.

T: Same as above with the only chink in the armour being that we found the tropicality of the flavor seemed to die off slightly as we closer to the bottom of the growler. Maybe our senses just got used to it?

M: Spicy, prickly, and very sticky. Hop oils stuck to everythingg!

D: Unbelievable and legendary. Worth every bit of the hype!

Serving type: growler

05-08-2010 23:54:42 | More by GbVDave
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mdfb79

New York

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a growler of this in a trade with cope0021, thanks man! Poured into my SN 30th Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with one finger of off white head that has great retention and lacing. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus fruits and hops, especially grapefruit. Also smells of smooth caramel malts. Hint of pine.

t - Tastes of citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, and some smooth caramel or bready malts. Nothing is too overpowering and no real bitterness to it. Quite enjoyable.

m - Medium body and light carbonation, very smooth and creamy.

d - This is a great IPA. At 5.9% ABV this is insanely drinkable; I feel like I could drink this all day. The smell and taste is a great combination of hops and malts and several things are notciable, yet nothing overpowers it. This is not a crazy hop bomb and does not have a lot of bitterness to it, but if you like balanced IPA's you'll love this. Would highly suggest checking out.

Serving type: growler

04-30-2010 21:35:35 | More by mdfb79
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ahalloin

Virginia

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

Live review at Town Hall.

A: Brought to me straight from the tap with a full two finger width head of off-white. Fluid appears as a bold goldish copper color. More copper than gold. A slight haze creeps through the beer.

S: As soon as the pour finished, my nose was in the glass. A two-timing Pinnochio wouldn't have beaten my nose for a sniff. The waft of hops is absolutely intoxicating!! I brew my on sometimes and this aroma beat the beautiful unleashing of a vacuum sealed package of cascade hops!! I feel like I'm sniffing the vine on an early fall day. Bursting with floral citrus, this aroma is second to none. Sweet grapefruit with earthy undertones permeate this magnificent bouquet.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced: hops being the focal point with some residual sweetness to balance out the bitterness and citrus. Bitter finish comes out on the slighter side of dry with a tiny bit of lingering caramel.

M: The mouthfeel is good with a medium-low carbonation.

D: The drinkability is good with a pleasing citrus hop profile and dry bitter finish that I find highly consumable.

This is one of the greats.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2010 19:03:10 | More by ahalloin
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