West Bank Pub Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

BA SCORE
3.83/5
62 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
townhallbrewery.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
British style pale ale featuring the the rich character of UK Golden Promise malt with a distinct finish from the use of British Fuggles and Golding hops.

Added by feloniousmonk on 07-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,367
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
62
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear amber with a nice head that persists for a long time with slight lacing.

Smell: Fruit, caramel and light fuggles/goldings.

Taste: Caramel and fruit malt backbone with English hop counterbalance. Maybe a little more bitter than the English examples (not that that is bad).

Feel: Moderate to high carbonation (too high for the style), medium body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Great example of the style, just a little too carbonated.

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear coppery orange, medium sized white head forms, drops to a thick ring, some looks chunks of lace stick to the glass. Smell is nice, toasty and caramelized, some light fruitiness, oats and honey, earthy, lightly spicy hops, floral, very malty. Taste is similar, very malty, caramel, floral, lightly fruity, earthy, oat toastiness, solid bitterness, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, nice fruitiness and nicely balanced. Just a good session beer, I could knock back pints of this all night.

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Photo of opwog
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Prong - Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck

A- Golden/copper, two finger white head that trailed down
S- crisp malt and earthy hoppiness
T- Pretty good malt/hop balance. Tastes a bit of wood or nutiness.
M- Medium body, good carbonation and finishes clean
D- Pretty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of edbeered
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, this pours a pale golden amber color with a quarter-inch whitish head and nice lacing on the glass. There is a minimal smell of malt. The taste is mildly malty and grassy, with a touch of caramel and just a hint of bitterness. This feels pleasingly light on the tongue. A nice undemanding easy drinker.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a bright honey gold with a foamy white head that left awesome lace. Smells of yeasty malt with a very slight bitterness. Tastes of delicate bitterness and of a buttery brown ale with some decisive grassiness. Mouth feel is medium with a very light carbonation.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a clear amber, nearing copper, with a decent half inch head that shrinks to a thin film, a little bit o lacing. Aroma is weakish, but pleasant for a bitter, good malt profile of caramels and nuts and some herbal hops. Taste is rather the same as aroma, short, pleasant, more herbal hops here, a very Fuggle feel to it (obviously), nutty, tasty even when burped up, and while a little thin, very drinkable, extremely sessionable, a die hard quaffer for a more social occasion perhaps.

As a side note, on cask, or on nitro, this beer is extreeeemly smooth, tops mouthfeel for sure. On grolwer though, much is lost. A shame, oh well.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this several times, but it tastes a bit off on the pint I'm reviewing. I guess I'll just owe it to the beer to re-review next time. The main thought on the pint was that it reminded me of grains. The taste wasn't grainy out right, but it reminded me of the smell of when I have a 12 pund bag of grains for homebrewing in my living room. Sure there were some pleasant hops in there, but it was just a sweet taste and smell of barley ready to be brewed up. It's almost like it was dry malted is you know what I mean. Either way it was tasty and felt like it deserved to be drank while eating the pub fries (if you try them you'll understand) but was still good nevertheless. It's tasty, give it a try.

UPDATE: 11/24/10 - This is a pale ale now with Simcoe hops. It's an even better session beer with a great citrus fruity and perfumey hops.

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Photo of Phelps
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Minneapolis Town Hall brewpub.

Formerly the West Bank Pub ale and now known as West Bank Pale, this APA is made with American malt and Simcoe hops.

Hazy, the color and clarity of honey. A fuzzy one-finger head of grayish foam leaves icicles of lace.

Absolutely awesome nose. Mangos, grass, vanilla, orange creamsicle. Bright and Zesty.

The flavor is more subdued. Mango, floral roses, honey, grass, crackers. Clean finish, with moderate bitterness. Good stuff, and very Simcoe-focused.

Medium, electric carbonation and a thin watery body.

A surprisingly flavorful pale. It’s a bit weak on the finish, but a good display of Simcoe hops.

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Photo of djschnabel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GeezLynn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale, staw colored beer with a decently sized, frothy white head. Some nice stick and lace left on the sides.

S - Pale malts, some earth tones, and some good hops. It's a pretty hop-forward APA with grassy and citrus notes.

T - Taste agrees with the nose. Good hop presence over some malt backbone. Floral, citrus, earthy, grass notes. Pretty good beer, probably the best one I had at Minneapolis Town Hall that day.

M - Crisp, medium bodied, with good carbonation.

O - Solid beer, should be easier to drink with the low ABV, but not a ton of complaints on this one. Worth trying if you like hoppy APAs.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery poured into a sampler glass. Pours a glowing golden hue, a good haze, frothy offwhite head laces well. Hops are luscious. Tropical and grapefruit hops, lemon. Touches of gumball, peach. Some pale malts and bread. Initial is lighter bodied, a rich tropical fruit hop profile. Decent bitterness. Some bready malts, sticking tropical. Lingering sweet gumball, tropical fruit bitterness with some mandarin orange, lingering grapefruit. Quite a flavorful hop profile and strong bitterness for an APA. Quite nice. Better than the IPA in my opinion with sufficient bitterness, complex hop profile, and an easy drinkability and solid balance.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sacrelicio
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev +4.4%

One of the few U.S. examples of a proper bitter that I have encountered (the best is from Oliver brewery at the Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore). Well balanced and served cask conditioned, as all bitters should be. This was a surprising treat.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear golden color...nice white head...fresh nose but soft...nice light maltiness with a fresh floral hoppiness on the taste..mouthfeel is perfect for this style...session beer all the way...easy drinking...nice fresh floral taste...nice easy drinking beer...certainly not a big beer...seems more of a mild to me in substance but has a bit more hops than you'd expect....I guess a basic bitter is about right....certainly not an ESB by any means...good brew for the style..I'd select many of their others over this because I'd prefer something more substantial but that's just me...like I said for the style this is good

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Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of psychotia
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of maedhros09
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of Masala Mama I noticed similarities in this one - similar citrusy hop profiles even if this one is not as intensely flavored. Like most Town Hall beers this tips the balance a bit in favor of maltiness but tastefully so. Very solid, and appropriate as a session ale.

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Photo of klikger
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask pour from the brewpub

A - Light amber, sizable white head and quality lacing

S - Floral hops & not much more

T - Light malts and floral hops up front --> caramel --> lots of grapefruit in the end, resulting in a lightly bitter finish

M - Light to medium-bodied, crisp, a joy to swish in the mouth

D - Very drinkable - I'd love to session this

Although the flavors aren't complex, this is a very nicely done pale ale. The bitter back half and finish make the beer for me. I'll be sure to get this again next time I'm at MTH and it's on cask.

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Photo of CultureJamMN
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep amber, almost copper. solid head with beautiful lacing.

the smell is pleasant, and is of toffee and caramel largely, with just a hint of hops.

the hops come out first on the taste, slightly bitter, but fades quickly to rich and malty. Toffee notes are pronounced throughout, the finish very pleasant.

smooth in the mouth, i'm now dying to try this on cask...

In all, this is a beer i could see drinking several of in an evening... not quite a session beer, but i could see drinking enough of these to need a cab or bus ride home.

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Photo of Greggy
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Received in an american pint. Orange in color, no sediment. Thin white head. Decent lacing is present.

S- Fresh floral hops, some apple, and almost marmalade components.

T- Starts with notes of apple, peach, mostly malty, then drys to a light citrus hoppiness. Very nice.

M- Low carbonation and smooth feel.

D- Solid beer throughout and quite drinkable. I probably would opt for others though in the future.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must offer up a confession before proceeding, a disclaimer of sorts. I'm not very fond of "pub ales" or bitters, for they all too often lack in flavor and body for my tastes. Perhaps that's why I never touched this perennial offering until now, just to get it out of the way. I was pleasantly surprised.
Appearance: amber, edging toward bronze, with a perfunctory head.
Aroma: largely fruity, with additional hints of toasted caramel and nuts.
Light hop bitterness at first, quickly departing, with very tasty malt character clearly in charge from here on out.
Well-rounded, with a moderate sweetness, and a long, malt-infused finish. Each time the glass is lifted, satisfaction is ensured. Nutty malt flavor stays on top.
This visit, the WB Pub was also available on cask, and in that form, I'd have to add an extra star: the head was thick and creamy, the flavor was mellow, but made a powerful presence on the palate, and it went down like a dream. Ah, bliss!

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West Bank Pub Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 62 ratings
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