342 - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
During my week of barrel aged beers, I picked up a growler of a Town Hall single hop beer simply called 342. This is an experimental high alpha aroma hop from Hop Union according to farmhouse brewing supply.
Creamy thick head of extremely tight bubbles on a shiny copper colored pale ale. Singular hop is strong citrus, lemon, light spice and grassiness. Aromatic and pleasant on top of a bready malt. Significant bite lingers and floats above a solid malt backbone. Sweetly bites for a finish.
I remember the draft on site being brighter, but time and circumstances conspiring to delay the drinking of this growler for over a week may account for this difference. Both versions were excellent beer drinking experiences and I expect HBC 342 will get a cool, marketable name that will inspire more hop laden beers in the future.
03-04-2012 06:22:08 | More by FightingEntropy
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
Couple glasses deep into my growler.
Pours a finger of beige head. Great retention and awesome lace walls. Color is a slight hazed dark golden orange.
Aroma: a nice amount of dank hops. Lots of pine and fruitiness. The watermelon flavors show. Reminds me of starburst. Awesome.
Taste: more dank hops and fruits. Pine and watermelon. A little pale bready malts to keep things in check. Very citrusy.
Mouthfeel: bitter and clean. Medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky.
Overall, this is another fantastic pale ale from TH. A definite must try. Very juicy and hoppy. Extremely drinkable. This growler is going to be a cake walk.
02-11-2012 23:15:23 | More by mothman
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
A clear dark red beer with a white head that sticks around forever. Wonderful lacing as well.
Juicy citrus and watermelon aroma.
Sweet caramel malts at first then turn into citris hop bitterness that lingers well after each sip. Quite refreshing. Would guess over the 5.8%abv because there is so much flavor!
Medium mouthfeel, nicely carbonated.
A wonderful pale ale! Just nicely balanced, I really have no qualms at all. Worth the try if you make it to TH.
03-17-2012 02:04:50 | More by Duff27
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Serving glass: Poured from tap into Pint.
Appearance: Clear amber with a thick off-white head and great lacing.
Smell: Light toasted malt with orange and grapefruit. The watermelon that is promised by the new hops is extremely subtle. Actually, the aroma is a little too subtle overall.
Taste: There's the watermelon! Much more prominent in the taste, with some light grapefruit and orange backing it up. Malts are light and of the toasted variety. Finish is very peppery and somewhat bitter.
Feel: Moderate carbonation with a body that is surprisingly creamy for being so light. Dry, crisp finish.
Overall: This is a very unique APA, with a refreshing watermelon taste, and a great light, creamy body.
03-23-2012 16:54:49 | More by bsp77
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Minneapolis Town Hall 342.
Clear, amber-hued, huge, lace-leaving head, creamy-white, beautiful.
Big, wide-open, floral aromatics. Lightly spicy, softly fruity, purely delightful.
Let's drink it up: Mmmm. Hey! Hoppy. Lovely bitterness, glides softly over the palate, and gently subsides. Citrus and tropical fruit is at the fore in the flavor. Hoppy bitterness hangs in there, clinging in, never quittin'. I like that.
A little astringency emerges, a slight aspirin harshness, but it remains minor, and doesn't trouble too much. A hop-head like me thrives on the stuff. Hey, there goes the pineapple and here comes the coconut! A little catch-up play from malt, although the bitter edge never goes away. Mmm, toasty, fruity,
Ah. I lke this one. One of many hits from Town Hall.
Oh, here's what they officially say: "American Strong Pale ale brewed with an experimental hop variety simply known as "HBC 342". You may never see this hop, so we wanted you to try it. Although this beer offers a definite bitterness, the flavor and aroma profile of this hop is that of watermelon."
Watermelon? Watermelon? Really? What is it with everyone tasting watermelon when I can't? Do I lack the watermelon taste receptor?
Wait, there it is! A little…I guess...
05-22-2012 06:47:40 | More by feloniousmonk
3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours a deep golden color with a little red hue, nice 1" thick white head, beautiful lacing after just one sip.
Smells of citrus, slight hops and a little watermelon.
Tastes of bitter hopes, some citrus, slight pine and a little vinegar.
Medium thin body, full feeling, soft and watery with a coarse finish.
Another solid beer from Town Hall. A nice hop profile with some noticeable tastes, but not a life changing beer. Worth s try if your near by.
02-11-2012 22:39:42 | More by MBrausen
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
On tap prior to picking up a Buffalo Bock bottle.
A: Golden straw with some unfiltered haze, decent white head with moderate sticky lacing.
S: Dry and earthy like dried grass clippings, as well as some slight resinous hops and some fruit rind.
T: A fairly hopped up pale ale, with substantial bittering hops being extra noticeable. The hop flavors are predominantly floral and some earthy grass notes. The "experimental" hops are fairly mild, but yes they are reminiscent of watermelon rind. Not a lot in the way of malt in the flavor, but yet it didn't seem totally one sided. Dry floral hops on the finish.
M: Appropriate body and carbonation for the style, it is quite thirst quenching but the finishes is quite bitter and leaves you a bit dry.
O: Very nice pale ale, not my favorite type of hop profile but it works well as it is not overdone. The 342 hops added a bit of interesting characteristic to the beer, but the flavor was subtle enough not to overpower but rather compliment the beer. I would definitely drink again.
02-21-2012 03:31:28 | More by doucmehu
342 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.