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Masala Mama India Pale Ale - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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1,164 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 826
Gots: 59 | FT: 5
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Viciousknishs, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from a trade with tavernjef. Thanks!

Body is reddish-orange with a huge frothy, almost cake-like, off-white head. Massive lacing from top to bottom in my Duvel tulip. This is visual IPA perfection.

Nose is citrus with a sweet wrapper. Really nice!

Flavor is a wonderful candy citrus blast with a resinous pine finish. The hoppiness really reminds me of SNCA. Has a substantial malty backbone that holds up well and does not get too intrusive. Taste manages to be very intense, yet not fatiguing to the palate. A real treat!

Mouthfeel is almost creamy, yet still quite tangy with a little tooth-strippiness.

Drinkability is insane. Town Hall needs to bottle this ASAP.

ghostwalker, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly copper in colour with a wonderful nose of citrus (a combination of orange and grapefruit) and spice (somewhat peppery) hops. Very fresh hoppy flavor and a long finish. Not overly malty or heavy, but that was a good thing in this case. Medium carbonation and high drinkability. A fantastic IPA to say the least.

fisherman34, Aug 25, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Beerontwowheels, Sep 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

ubufan2112, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of kenito799
3.1/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Town Hall BrewPub, Minneapolis.

Since my family lives in the Twin Cities now and this beer sits so highly near the pinnacle of the BA top 100, of course we stopped to check it out on the way from the airport. This scenario is a set-up for a let-down, as happens whenever hype precedes an experience...what's more, American IPA is not my favorite type of beer. However, I made my best attempt to set preconceived notions aside and evaluate this beer objectively.

Appearance was average for an amber tap beer, nice lacing, not too much head. I appreciate and enjoy the floral aromatics that massive hopping provides to our national hophead style; piney, grapefruity, nice to inhale deeply.

The hop flavors come through in the drinking, walloping one's (hop-)head with overtly strenuous bitterness, endlessly lingering and puckering the tongue. Nice with food. I have admitted that the style isn't my favorite, nevertheless, I think American IPAs succeed more when the hop slam is balanced by careful attenuation with mellowing malt flavors. Anyone can dump hops into a brew at all steps of its creation...it takes skill to harness their intensity. I don't think that was really done here. For me a more successful attempt is found over at Smuttynose in New Hampshire with their Finest Kind IPA. If you are looking for a full-on hop bodyslam, though, you'll find it here.

kenito799, Dec 24, 2006
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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sent from a generous trader, this selection poured a crimson amber from the growler. The thick off white head holds well and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is very citrusy and tart with plenty of hops and some light malt complimented by pine.

Most definitely some great hops and lots of tangy citrus are the main flavor components. Grapefruit and orange provide a refreshing twang. The sharp pine notes accentuate the brew's complexity. A nice bit of light malt provides balance. The lingering bitterness of hops leaves me wanting more.

Moderately carbonation makes for a well balanced IPA. Somewhat dry in the finish, very satisfying. An awesomely complex IPA.

letsgopens, Jul 16, 2007
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4/5  rDev -8%

Franch, Mar 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Azrael, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Axic10
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.

Axic10, Jul 25, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is soft, velvety, seductive. A Nordic goddess if you will. Some piney notes on the smell, but subtle. Our goddess is into seduction and doesn't want to reveal too much, until you are in the web. Mouthfeel is amazing on cask. Creamy and smooth, this temptress is teasing you, but she delivers in the end. Taste is subdued yet powerful, we are not getting hit over the head here, like a west coast IPA. This woman is the total package.

Please, keep in mind. I am talking about this beer on cask, only. I enjoyed it on tap, but cask turns it into one of the best beers I have ever had.

Romulux, Apr 04, 2009
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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to yamar68 for this one.

64oz Growler poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Orange/amber with a big fluffy 2" to 3" head that leaves curtains of sticky lacing.

Smell: Hoppy citrus with some nice bready malt.

Taste: Very well balanced IPA, grapefruit citrus, hoppy bitterness in concert with a nice bready malt backbone. Really more citrus hop flavor than pine (which is a personal preference of mine).

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated, and clean on the palate.

Overall: Excellent example of a well balanced flavorful IPA, so glad to have the opportunity to try a fresh growler.

BobZ, Jun 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

huskermike12, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Biglobo8971 for this! I've been dying to try this, so here it goes...

A - Clear deep orange copper with a huge rocky ultra-long lasting frothy white head. Tons of lacing.

S - Clean caramel and bready malts. Light citrusy and piny hops. Little bit of fruity esters, but otherwise very clean.

F/M - Piny hops and bready malts with a touch of caramel. Very well balanced IPA. Medium bodied. Moderately high hop bitterness with a clean finish without any astringency. Moderate CO2.

D - Great. Clean, refreshing and easy drinking.

domtronzero, Sep 18, 2010
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4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one hell of a beer. I got this in a trade. A fresh from the pub growler. About one week old.

The color is that of dark amber. Not entirely red though, more of a hazy orange. It has the possibility of pouring a three and a half finger head, really beautiful. The head is white, and never goes away. Once drank, the brew leaves a medium sticky lace.

The smell is amazing. You get some fresh citrus hops. Really great. Smelling some fruits other than citrus, maybe a type of berry. Cannot really specify what fruit is in this, but smells excellent, especially with the hops aroma just knocking you around.

The taste is exquisite. Just a great mouthfeel with incredible drinkability. Tastes like hops and just a really good IPA. It gives you that hop punch that I really respect with IPA's, but it is incredibly drinkable, more than most brews. Overall I am going to try and get some more growlers to share. Really exciting brew and understand why it is in the top ten.


Jmoore50, Jan 30, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Tavernjef.

This beer poured a copper/amber color that had a slight chill haze to it, but you could see that it was well carbonated. The head that it produced was full, thick, sticky, dense and about 1-2 inches thick and it lasted for sometime before it fell to a slight skim on the surface with a thick ring around the edges. This produced a decent lace along the insides of the glass that were intricate and sticky and when dried had to be scrapped off of the sides of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were dominated by hops when first poured and cold, but as it warmed additional aromas came through the nose. Smells of flowers, fresh hops, citrus fruit, grass clippings (while cold), as it warmed additional caramels, sweet malts, bitter orange peel, grains, and hints of vanilla were present as well. The flavors were much like the aromas, first cold pour produced fresh hop, green grass, pine, citrus, flowers and hints of malt, as it warmed these additional flavors became present – orange peel bitterness, caramel, sweet malts, more citrus and hops, some grainy dryness near the end and finished off with fresh grass and fresh hops. The aftertaste was of pint trees, flowers and grass. Medium bodied. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet, dry and hoppy all can describe this beer with every swallow. Strong hop flavors are all through this beer but are well balanced by the sweet flavors of caramel and malt. A well-balanced beer in all aspects. IMO this beer is good when it is served cold, but when allowed to warm just a few degrees this beer goes from a good beer to a great beer.

Thanks to Jeff for the Growler and the chance to try this beer.

Jarod, Oct 17, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

opwog, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Bobbydigi
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Bobbydigi, Jun 01, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler into my Duvel tulip. Got this in a trade with chixdighops. Thanks!

A - Nice orange/amber body with a big white head. Nice lacing on the glass as well.

S - Nice piney/floral aroma with a hint of sweetness

T - mostly a piney hop flavor with a solid malt backbone to try to balance it out a bit. The malt mostly does it's job balancing but the hops win out in the end. While pine is the dominant flavor I get from the hops I am also getting a nice citrus bite as well.

M - fair amount of carbonation, a slight stickyness, medium bodied

D - Pretty drinkable. Nice hop flavor but not hop dominating like a standard west coast ipa. I'm glad I got to try this one and wouldn't ind drinking it again but won't seek it out.

jpmclaug, Sep 12, 2010
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

bstyle, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%

mobius387, Dec 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

slvrmon82, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

EJJ1848, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

cofeeguru, Jan 29, 2013
Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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