Big Ticket Double IPA | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tavernjef on 03-18-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep copper color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is floral and green, citrusy, with a nice hoppy, resiny aroma. The flavor is bitter and floral, way bitter to be exact with the malt totally in the background. This is a medium-full bodied brew that is super hoppy. A very tasty IPA.

Sampled 4/2/04

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Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The growler pour produces an amber-gleaming liquid with brassy twinkles. The bleached beige head is voluminous and clinging.
The air fills with spruce twigs and pine sap. Ferns too. Whole fucking forests. With an increase in temperature, the malt materializes more fully, with spiced cedar and toasted caramel-dripped woodchips. Heated, the hopping dons a more citric mask. Shaved orange-rind, and zingy, pulpy grapefruit juice.

Then it enters the mouth.

Malt scopes the surroundings and establishes a surprising solid basecamp. Fortified with caramel, dry toffee, toasted bread crust, and wood, the malt solidifies it's position in hostile hop territory.

All is quiet for a moment.
Toasty flares are sent up and explode in brown sugar.
It's quiet again.

Then the earth shakes.

It has begun.

Resin-coated hop rockets come screaming in. Malt is compromised and breeched. Things collapse. Another sense-dulling explosion results in piercing pine shrapnel. Anguished cries are muffled by further bitter blasts. Grapefruit debris rains down. The entire area is cloaked in a humid, herbal mist. Searing metallic fallout. From a malt standpoint, things have turned dreadfully wrong. The camp is seized. Hops are swarming in. The defenses are undermined.
A counterinsurgency of brown sugar and cinnamon-crusted wood is formed, and runs, yelling, to meet the enemy headlong, and ultimately, their own doom. One last glaring rocket crashes down, smearing more rusty pine residue, and then....


The aftermath shows gentle yet heavy plains strewn with long-burning hop fallout. While not the most brutal the world has ever seen, this battle was one of the most decisive.

A Cone-adorned flag is raised amongst the ruins.

Never resting, Generals Bighuge and Feloniousmonk plot the next attack.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh half gallon growler, from Town Hall. This brew pours out a dark, clear golden colour with a huge head of rocky white foam. The head soon dies leaving a nice skim of foam on the top of the brew, and leaving nice lacing down the sides of my arrogant bastard pint glass. Aromas are strong and consist of multiple varieties of hops, a sugary booze sweetness, and some big time malt backbone action. The taste is damn good as well. As others have said, this stuff is clearly "hop juice". Multiple hop flavors caress the tongue (cannabis, grapefruit, flowers, pine needles, herbs, etc...) and this brew has a big enough malt backbone to make it all work. The mouthfeel is prickly and raw with just a tad bit of carbonation and the drinkability is damn fine. Another (although very different) awesome IPA from Town Hall!

Well it was fun having two excellent IPAS (this and nugget nectar) back to back, in between classes today...:-)

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Photo of ZAP
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat hazed deep gold....head rims glass nicley as you drink...Nose is softer than expected....mainly grapefruit like citrus notes...some piney notes too...body stradles into Imperial IPA land but seems just a tich short...Very tasty IPA...big cannibus hop flavors combine with a candy, sugary sweet maltiness....then it finishes with a piney/grapefruit like bitter close...The intial taste is very blalanced, but the on the long finish this bad boy exerts its hop muscles.

Very drinkable and tasty...reminds me of Stone Ruination but not quite at that level....still a top notch IPA that is better than most...I suppose I could name a dozen or so IPA's I like better but that's about it and I might be pushing it at that...

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Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange appearance, brighter than Masala Mama. Head defines what a berr head should be -- whitish, slightly glistening, small-bubbled, and rock solid at just under 1/2 an inch. Laces completely, descending sheets followed by full webbing on the glass. Big hop smell, orange extract juciness, aromatics of fruit cocktail with sugar. Better balanced than I thought it would be, the mouthfeel is about medium with a sense of cream soda. Malt is partly responsible for this, as it nearly stands up to the hops which are big but not dryly bitter. The balance reminds me of 90 Minute, perhaps better in this beer. Masala Mama remains more drinkable to me than these "super IPAs", which seem a little flash-in-the-pan -- but hell yeah, this is another great example of the brewing art from Mr. Hoops...

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: I hyped this beer up greatly to myself. This is the first IIPA I have ever tried, and to a declared hophead, that is exciting stuff.
Copper orange color, with a white head that sticks around for a while. Smells strongly of hops and floral. Taste is dominated by spiciness of hops, with a finish that doesn't end as bitter as I expected. Still a big hop beer that was excellent with Town Hall's buffalo chicken pasta. Definitely a must try.

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Photo of jwilli7122
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours bright golden/orange, medium clarity, with a large, nearly white head. good lacing.
smells of big hops - big, sweet, spicy fruit.
taste: big hops - big apricot flavors, spicy, but extremely mellow. bitter for sure, smoother and less dry than masala mama. either it is sweeter and fruitier, or it just has a bigger alchohol presence to give you something other than hops to suck on, but I like this even better than masala mama. it feels big enough so that the hops belong.

I really like this- and hope it stays on tap for a while

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Photo of Bighuge
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed orange-amber color. Big ass ivory white head with outstanding retention. Lace comes in the form of sheets... full sheets. Aroma is of grassy hops, sweet carmalized malts, cannabis, hop resin and grapefruit/citrus. The mouthfeel is very nice. This grower almost seems as if it was poured from the cask (which it was not). Great velvety smoothness. Low carbonation, although some prickliness is noted. Body is a little better than medium. The taste is pure hop juice, with a little sweet caramel maltiness added. Grassy and herbal hop notes blend with a NW citric/piney hoppiness to create a nice concoction. The underlying base malt is sufficient to support the hop load. This one is so drinkable. It reminds me of Victory's Hop Wallop in that way. Actually in more than that way. This stuff is the real deal.

This is some good hop juice. Good hop burps too.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber color, big, booming, creamy, off-white head, with much lace sticking to the glass.
Aroma: all manner of fruitiness in abundance, juicy apricot and peach, pineapple, and orange, but remarkably smooth, not as sprucey/ piney as I'd expect.
Now, drink it, silly: big, hoppy attack on the palate, bold, bright, and ferocious! Body is a bit light, but the finish is spectacularly persistent, lasting long in the mouth, coating the palate well. Piney-ness I missed in the nose begins to spring into the taste. Lacks some malt, which allows the hops to show their power all the better. I'd heard "lack of balance" being cited as a flaw in Town Hall's regular IPA, Masala Mama, which I vehemently disagree with, but can only wonder what that critic would say about Big Ticket.
a fun, and fabulously fruity and juicy ale, occupying a sort of middle ground: it's not as forcefully hoppy or high in ABV as some of the giants of this style, nor is as well-balanced and exquisitely drinkable as it's sister (daughter, niece?) MM IPA. I'll be downing my share of this nectar for sure over the coming weeks, but will be happy knowing that I can always count on my Mama being around, when it goes.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big Ticket "K.G. aka Kevin Garnett" can be proud to have such a finely made brew bear his namesake.

Color sits a clearish deep golden yellow with a pretty large fluffy beige colored crown that sustains a solid skim on top nearly the whole glass down. Great lacing is thick webbings all over the place.

Aroma is highly sweet and citrusy in the hops with some fresh, raw grapefruit and tangerine sourness and a toasty malt backing very light underneath.

Taste has a toasty warmth and a hoppy gleam within, hops are dominant and complexing with layers of dryish wood, citrus, grapefruit, piney, resiny, floral, highly sweetish with an overall sour bittering giving a largely grapefruit twinge throughout the encounter. Its much like the Masala Mama but with just a bit more edgyness and hop profile.

The feel is quite nice, fluffy and full, toasty and bitterly filled with a puree of hops that parks on the street we call palate. Becomes really exceptional as it warms with a softer give.

Not as drinkable as Masala IMHO, but damn near respectable in ever accord to what most Imperial IPA's embody. Another hophead delight that can sit next to Masala to watch a full court press, down by 2 with 9 seconds left no fouls to give in the fourth to win it. For three....Wow what a ticket!

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Big Ticket Double IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.43 out of 5 based on 10 ratings.
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