Hoppy New Year Amber Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by feloniousmonk on 12-31-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cranberry color...pretty clear...little head...nice citrus hop nose...also caramel..taste is caramel base with a strong hop presence...piney/citrus bitterness...mouthfeel is a slightly a little thin...on the watery side at first but gets better as it warms...this is a solid amber with some hop bite...I'd expect nothing less from this place....worth trying

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Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice deep clear reddish copper color with a thin off-white head and some sticking lace in strings and spots. Aroma is fairly hopped up in the fruityness with a nice rounded sense of both citrus and tropical. A pleasant blend of dullish lemon with some apple & pineapple notes. A little touch of pineyness and grassy notes come through underneath as well. Taste is very well balanced with good malts upfront gathering a light toasty caramel then wham those hops take over with a really nice calming presense. Not overly bitter in any sense, tame and yummy, super subtle with an intreguing complexity. Dullish paled citrusy things with lemon and melon, some slight pineyness, floral and grassy notes too. Really nice taster with this one. Solid medium body with a nice soothing smoothness and easy bitterness. A swell drinkin' amber for sure, goes down with tremendous ease.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say, I been falling behind on entering my reviews. Better late than never right? Entering these TH brews into the db really makes me wish some of these beers were still available. Oh well, at least Hoops keeps kicking out great new brews. Anyway on to the review.

This one pours to an amber-orange color with a thick, creamy tan head. The aroma is spicy, peppery, peat-like, toasty and malty. The flavor is spicy and peppery throughout, with a solid malt backbone. It is bitter throughout as well with a drying finish. A medium bodied brew with a bitterness that sticks with you throughout each sip. Top notch

Sampled 2/14/04

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Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear copper. Thin creamy beige head. Sticky lace. Aroma's a little grassy, a little tropical, a little citric. Quite nice. Taste is nicely hoppy, but not overly bitter. The bitterness that is present is very clean. And the hops impart a grassy earthiness that is enjoyable as well. A toasted malt backbone is substantial enough. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and the body checks in at about medium. This one is highly drinkable and quite tasty. Yet another hopped up treat from the Town Hall.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Here, I thought Town Hall was done with new brews for a while, after so many in recent months, but here's one last treat for '03!
This is their hopped-up amber, using several varieties,including two that aren't seen so much, Sterling and Galena. Whatever else is mixed up in here, it's makes for a beautiful blend!
Pours a bold, reddish bronze color, with a prodigal creamy, bubbly head atop, that sizzles down to placid pool.
Aroma: damned hoppy! Bright, fruity, fresh, with no particular flavor associations leaping to mind, instead a uniquely integrated nose. I'd say peach, apricot, and a bit of citrus, with glimpses of apple and grape, even, or my imagination is running wild!
Taste: marvelous maltiness, with a generous body and texture, and this feels for all the world like all of the better amber ales that have ever met your lips, with the exception of the high hoppiness that never ever quits the mouth, just rides on through, always on top, always dominating the palate. Lordy, this is tasty! With every sip, the prickly, piney hop character pops up anew and shows a different color from the sip before. Warm, and abundantly flavorful, a cool, and quite uncommon, delight.
I'd say "another triumph for Town Hall", again, but I'm beginning to act the part of the broken record. 'Tis true, though, 'tis true! Once again, they've crafted a unique and intensely lovable brew!

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Hoppy New Year Amber Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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