1800 Old English IPA
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #5
Ranked #4,954
4.11 | pDev: 9.49%
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Notes: Recreated from an IPA recipe Mike Hoops found from the year 1800. The recipe was altered slightly with the british style hops additions (5 lbs per barrel) spaced out more during the boil to allow the beer to be drinkable now instead of months after a sea voyage.
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Photo of Taybeh
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Tap, served in a TH tulip. Very clear bright light honey copper, with a good 1 finger head, good retention, good lacing. Nose is sweet malty-biscuity goodness, flowery and slightly green sweetness...nicely done. Taste follows...pretty sweet, but there’s a little bitter edge there that is nice, too.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this might be the best thing i've had in a long, long time. kind of in love with this one.

pours clear copper, with good carbonation and a lingering head. no lacing.

very floral aroma, with a spicy bite to it. yeasty, bready notes follow, but really the floral note takes center stage.

taste is bitter mitigated by the malt and floral hops, but the mildness doesn't linger. there's almost something minty about this one, too, or something a bit cooling.

medium body overall with a drying, bitter finish.

i'm a fan. malty, well hopped, higher abv - really hits all the point for the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant gold with a 1” creamy white head that produces decent lace. Floral and malt aromas rise from the glass. Floral hops provide enough bitter accent to balance a slightly sweet malt presence. Medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tea gold color with an off white head. smell is floral hops and malt. Taste has a bitter hop bill followed by some Creamy malts ,some toffe and dark fruit . Medium carbonation lead to a toffee and hoppy bitter finish.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a golden-orangish color with a white whispy leaving behind some moderate lacing, faint bubbles..

S: Herbal, bready with some floral notes

T: Initial taste is a bit herbal with floral hop notes riding on the back of a bready malt base. A little bit of lingering bitterness on this but mainly on the back end/finish.

M: Low-medium bodied, well carbonated

O: Traditionally not a fan of the style but if I were to drink a modern day English IPA it would be this one. Very good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64 oz. growler bought from the brewpub with a date of 2/22. Poured into a Town Hall Chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Starts with a big four finger off white head that quickly fades into a thin patch. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma is a bold but very balanced mix of bitter hops and sweet malts. Earthy and citrus hops with hints of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Some spicy pine and floral aromas. Big malt profile with good hints of bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, nuts, and grains. Some candied sugar and a little hint of honey. Leans a little more to the bready malt side but the balance is pretty good with a strong hop presence. A nice spicy full aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, although the malt presence is even stronger. Very bready toasted malt presence up front with a taste of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, yeast, and nuts. Some sweet sugar and honey notes linger around. Solid hop presence with a nice spicy kick of floral hops and pine resin. Notes of citrus orange, grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine. The spice is so noticeable that it seems like there is some rye in the mix as well. A pretty good balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and smooth. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on the style. Very English with a strong malt balance to the hops. Really nice spice going on here.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1800 Old English pours a slightly dark golden color, with not much head. There was a nicely balanced malty/hoppy aroma. The taste is the same good balanced between hops and malts, but still bold flavors. Good full body, and strong flavors, and has a good dry finish. Overall a nice potent English style IPA.

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Photo of Weli
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale copper colored pint, with ok clarity and half inch of white to off white head

S- Subtle and subdued English hop character, very floral and spicy.

T-Very spicy almost peppery hop flavor, with a mild earthy character, Interesting mix of hops and wood flavors, malt is pleasing, but mainly stay in the background

M- Medium bodied medium carbonation, Dry finish

O-Really interesting IPA, cool drinking an interpretation of a historic beer recipe

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Photo of MrBluto
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really liked this beer, and this was after having a different beer first (their Scotch ale) which may have affected my pallete. Even though it is an IPA (English) I thought it was very well balanced and not overly hoppish. It had a thick 1" head that settled like a Guinness but lasted throughout the drink. It had a floral nose, and the first sip was sweet, though it didn't last long...very nice! It was full bodied with a nice mouth feel and very light carbonation. The finish was moderate with a light bitterness. And the fact it was served at standard cask temperature (around 52 F) made it an overall enjoyable beer. I would definitely order again!

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Photo of MBrausen
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A. Pours a nice golden yellow, a nice one finger head, resides to a thin foam ring with a nice island.

S. Smells very flora, mild hops and a nice sweetness.

T. Tastes of sweet hops, barley, a little malty with a mildly bitter finish.

M. Medium thin body, slightly chewy with a sweet dry finish.

O. A great beer. Light and easy to drink even with the high ABV. This could easily be a session beer for me. Just a good beer to drink anytime. Well balanced and smooth.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to LaCoursiere for sending me this brew...

A: Pours a translucent honey with shades of red and orange. There is about a half finger of pure white head that settles quickly. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: The smell of this beer is big bitter hops, caramel malt, rose, and rust. It starts out ok, but it's terrible as it warms.

T: There is a nice initial kick of hoppy bitter, but that doesn't last too long. I'm bombarded by floral and citrus notes. There is a big malt undertone, but it ends with is huge grapefruit kick.

M: Medium bodied beer. Big bitters up front and a dry finish.

O: I'm not overly impressed by this beer. I might even be a bit disappointed.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Clear amber body under a finger of frothy, persistent off-white head. Strong retention, decent lace. Attractive.

S: Whoa - that's a Barleywine: toffee, caramel, and floral hops. Simple, sweet, and enjoyable.

T: Super malty, with toffee, caramel, toast, marmalade, and finally some substantial hops bitterness. Simple and good, but much more like an American Barleywine (albeit with English hops) than any IPA.

M: Fairly full body with lots of soft carbonation. Lovely.

O: If you want something that tastes like a Barleywine but can be consumed in greater quantities, check this one out. Tasty stuff.


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Photo of tjkinate
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had been waiting a long time to travel up to Minnesota and check out this brewery's beer.

A: First off I noticed this IPA had a striking orange amber color that resembled an american hefe, it was topped with a meager white one finger head that dissipated quickly and only exhibited average lacing.

S: Highly malted with only hints of floral hops, sweet honey was also very prevalent.

T: Fairly sweet IPA, with lower amounts of bitter hops than most of this variety.

M: Fairly average for the variety

O: I enjoyed this unique tasting beer, showed me this brewery isn't content with making their beers taste like all the rest.

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Photo of birchstick
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour an amber orange with a nice creamy head that retains really well. Smells a little strange, with floral bitter hops and cereal malts. Taste was unexpectedly sweet with a nice cereal malt malt base from the marris otter and is rounded off with some citrus, grass, and floral hops. There was something in the mix I couldn't put my finger on but was a little strange. When it comes to IPAs here, I'll stick with the Mama, but this is pretty decent.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10 oz pour on draft into a snifter.

A- One finger off white head, nice carbonation, some lacing, orange bronze color, nice lacing
S- Very similar to 1776 , malts upfront, hops are not as apparent, slight citrus and lemon, really bready and nutty.
T- Tastes exactly as it smells, sweet and slight bitterness, malts take over, bready and nutty, slight citrus and earthy notes.
M- Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, easy drinkability, smooth.
O- Solid beer as usual from Town Hall, glad I was able to try it, easy drinking but nothing special.

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Photo of tmcelvain
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold pour with a bright hint of orange; thin head poured out of the growler.

Earthy, almost musty smell with just a hint of floral hops.

A very complex taste. the hops are way forward, but they are less floral and a lot darker than typical american hop profile. Musty, almost funky wild taste that is balanced with just a hint of bready malts.

Not quite up to par in the mouthfeel. The earthy/funky malts contribute to a grainy mouthfeel that keeps this from a bright, hoppy feeling ale you might expect from the taste, and especially the smell.

This is complex enough to keep you interested through a few, though this pour does not seem quite balanced.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall in June 2010. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden color with a bit of a white head. Very minor lacing as this goes down. The nose is nice with some floral and earthy hops. A tiny amount of grass in the background. There's a bit of malt underlying the taste on this, but not really all that much. Light bread. Mostly some nice, earth-driven hops with a slight floral presence. Good bitter feel. This drinks quite well. Town Hall can do no wrong with hops.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Minneapolis Town Hall. Served in a pint glass.

A - Served with a finger of eggshell foam that settles to a thin cap and leaves some lacy fingers. Lightly hazed golden orange body.

S - Smells like an English IPA? Sweet honey and lightly toasted malts mingle with floral hops and a kiss of lemon zest.

T - Taste is a little more bready and zesty. Some nice caramel malt and floral character. Where's the bitterness?

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium body, clean finish. This batch was listed at 7.7% and I couldn't sense any alcohol.

D - Very easy to drink, but not something I'd go out of my way to revisit. There's an interesting historical aspect to this, and the 200+ year old recipe actually yielded a pretty solid brew.

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Photo of boomer31
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got growler on 7/3 and took THB advice to fill up before the Holiday.

A - Beautiful transparent gold with white lacing that slides down the glass as the beer disapears.

S - Given the style of beer I wasn't expecting a hop bomb so I was pleasantly surprised by the grassy and herbal nose. Not overpowering by any means but its their. There is also perhaps a hint of alcohol but it may also be the hops playing tricks on me.

T - The grassy hops hit first and the bitterness lingers through til the end. Nice malt back especially as it warms but the hops are the main character in this beer. Very nicely done.

M - Nice light carbonation and smooth. Feels like a 7% ABV IPA should taste on tap.

D - This is a great beer on a hot muggy day like today. The hops are present but not overpowering. The growler will be gonge soon and refilled with Masala

Overall another nice offering from THB. I opted to take this home vs Masala and I'm not disappointed at all. I'm usually not a fan of English pale ales but the bitterness in this keeps me satisfied.

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Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Saturday, another pint at good ol' Town Hall. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light orange yellow with a nice one finger creamy off-white head. A decent cap and collar remains along with a bit of random spotty lacing.
Smell- Fairly fruity (which surprised me considering the hops) with a lightly earthy berry like smell. I'd almost say juniper berries or something of the sort. Not sure if this is dry hopped but I'd be surprised if it wasn't. Maybe a little bit of grassiness mixed in for good measure too. Check that - as it warms it smells really grassy.
Taste- Big bite of hoppy goodness right from the get go with an herbally and earthy bit of numbing. The hops don't taste nearly as fruity as they smelled as the bitterness is fairly grassy with a light peach undertone. Dandelion greens and maybe a touch of pine sap sneak in. The malt backbone adds just a touch of honey like sweetness for the hops to play on but still let them dominate. Finish is bitter with a lingering bit of lemon pith and more grass.
Mouthfeel- Nice and hefty with a thick oily feel and nice numbing hoppiness.
Drinkability- Pretty tasty but I'm just not a giant of the English style hops. They are too earthy and dank for my tastes as I tend to like the fruitier versions. Saying that though, the beer is still tasty and I had no problem enjoying this brew.

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Photo of Buebie
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this growler yesterday 2/01/10 from Town Hall. The abv listed here is lower then what the brew pub now lists it, which is 8% abv. So it was a bit more on price because of this. Went in there with an empty to swap and cost was $13.60 or so. Which is about $4 more then a reguler growler fill of masala mama or other beers. This is also listed as a seasonal.

Poured from the growler into my Surly pub glass, producing about an inch of off white head. Settling to leave a solid collar of retention and a thin froth across the top. Color is a pale amber with some chill haze present. Appearance is great, with a slight haze that resembles a dry hoped non filtered look.
Light thin lace drapes the glass of this also.

Aroma is a bit ashy with an odd perfume shampoo aroma. A nice grain smell coming from this too with a touch of biscuits and caramel pils malt.

Taste is quite good, plenty of malt kick in here, with more bicuits, sweet caramel and a touch of nuttiness too, loads of fresh grain flavors. It starts out sweet with a divine amount of delicious malt and grain flavors.
A touch of ashyness through the middle as well as earthy mildly spicy hops. Becoming a bi more bitter into the finish, mild pine and grapefruit as well as more earthy floral hops.
A touch of pine resin flavors. Malt sweetness pursuing hops all along the way.

Mouthfeel is crisp with some body to it. Carbonation is perfect, medium amount providing crispness to the feel.

This is an outstanding brew with wonderful balance. Incredibly drinkable, no heat or warmth suggesting an 8% abv. I love the English style ipa not too hoppy in a way that would overwhelm grain flavors. Allowing malt to shine as well as hop flavors to come forward. A terrific brew, highly recommend.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Town Hall Brewery.

A- A nice deep burnt orange with a slight haze to it. About a finger's worth of head to it that left a nice cap on the beer and left some great lacing on the side of the glass.

S- The predominant scents were that of some malt and some dark fruits. The hops were barely even noticeable. This one reminded me of an English Barleywine.

T- The sweetness of the malt was the first thing my tongue identified. The hops are pretty well hidden and there is a hint of some dates and maybe even black cherry.

M- What beer from a cask is all about. It has made this beer tremendously smooth with a medium to full body. That's really all I can say about it, smooth.

D- Goes down very easy and that's what it is all about. A pretty good offering from Town Hall.

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Photo of KeefD
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super-hazy orange color with a large white head that left great lacing down the glass. Bold hoppy aroma, with a nice herbal and orange quality, backed up by lightly sweet bready notes. Flavor is a nice balance between toasty malts, sweet breadiness, and an orange marmalade hop flavor that's bitter, but never becomes exceedingly so. Perfect balance in this beer. Body is medium-full, ample carbonation. Great brew, and probably the best English style IPA I've had.

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Photo of morimech
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know this is sacrilege, but I prefer this to Masala Mama. I had this on-tap and immediately followed it up with it on cask. The cask is better looking and has nicer mouthfeel and a tick more drinkablity, but the on-tap version really makes the hops pop in the aroma and taste. It appears a hazy amber with one inch of white head that had good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Wonderful Fuggles and Golden hop aroma. Floral and citrus elements go along with a toffee note from the malt. This is more bitter than other English IPAs I have had but it is not over-the-top and harsh. The flavors meld perfectly. Medium body and perfectly carbonated depending on the prefered delivery method. This beer is dangerously drinkable. The high ABV is the only thing holding this beer back. I see this is offered in growlers. Good to know.

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Photo of will4240
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have always been a big fan of the Town Hall, but when I had this beer I decided to start going there religiously...

A- Beautiful golden orange... the lace stuck around til the very end, from the top down...

S- HOPS!!! as a hop head I can say that even I was overwhelmed by the intensity.

T- Holy Balls, the hoppiest IPA I have ever had (some imperials such as unearthly by Southern Tier and the Elliott Brew would be the only beers that could really compare). The hops are prevalent, but the presence of a solid malt background balances out the beer quite nicely.

M- Again, the presence of the malt really helps here.

D- The hops presence makes you want to slow down a bit. Best drunk as a sipper. It may be a bit strong for the faint of heart.

Wow, just wow. One of the most enjoyable hop bombs I've had in a while.

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1800 Old English IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 110 ratings