1800 Old English IPA | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by feloniousmonk on 07-30-2004

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -5.9%
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 -5.1%
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 -5.1%
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 +8.1%
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 -3.9%
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 +12.5%
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 +14.2%
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 +16.6%
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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Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Flying Dog Pint Glass

Pours 1 and 1/2 finger of creamy beige head. Color is an appealing slight hazed dull copper orange. Decent retention with some splattered lace.

Aroma: Some dulled down hops mixed with citrus. This is a very bready smelling beer. Has some grapefruit and lemons.

Taste: I can definitely tell this is an English IPA. The malts are so bready. Some dulled down citrus, but for the most part I am really not feeling this beer.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but ever so chewy. Medium bodied and the same goes for the level of carbonation. Ends with a dry, hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, either I don't like this style or this beer just isn't clicking together. I like many of Town Hall's beers, but this one seems a little subpar to me. My growler got shared with a few people in order for it to be finished.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up a growler of this about 2 weeks ago, and finally am gettin the chance to crack it.

Pours a clear rusty orange color with an off white 1.5 finger head. Shows small carbonation.

Smells of lots floral hops with a good malt profile coming in through the background.

Tastes of very bitter floral hops flavor right off the bat which moves into the malts which have a bready slightly toasty taste to them.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with light, fine carbonation. Body feel of the beer is on the mid to upper part of the medium side. Finishes pretty clean.

Drinks very nicely. Just opened the growler tonight and will probably finish it.

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Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5-day-old growler. I LOVE how they put "best by" dates on their growlers.

Pours like an ESB, dark rust with a very large head.

Smells like a great EIPA, deep nuanced nodes of toffee, biscuit, caramel--strong but not thick, backed up by a big handful of sweet and spicy European hops.

Tastes like it smells, only with the hops taking center stage. Lots and lots and lots of English hops. Sweet god almighty, there's a lot of English hops. That's kind of a shame, really, since the aroma's malt profile was so darn good.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask initially and brought home a growler.

A: Pours a nice orangish color with very slight amber hue. Good carbonation, but not too much. I would prefer to see some more amber but pretty spot on for an English IPA.

S: Pungent hoppy bitterness. Hops are floral and earthy with faint citrus aromas. The malts are definitely here with toasty biscut aromas and mild caramel as well.

T: Very strong bitterness initially. This is followed by a nice malt profile with toasty biscut flavors. Not a whole lot of caramel and toffee. Pleasant floral hoppy finish. Unfortunately I felt the malts fell short for an English IPA.

M: Smooth, nicely carbonated and medium bodied.

D: Overall, a pretty good English IPA. It seemed it had a little too much of a harsh bitterness. The malts were a little lacking as well. It was definitely better on cask than in the growler. Maybe this was truly meant to be drank as a "real ale." I'll have it on cask again, but probably won't try it on tap or in a growler.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub. Appears a hazy gold-amber with a short white head. This beer is basically a British IPA with the hops dialed to 11 or 12. They're big, but just balanced enough to keep this drinkable, with grassy, herbal, citrus rind and a slight bready malt backbone. If you dig english hops, this beer is for you. Certainly more an American IPA than British, but a fun beer to drink.

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Photo of alexgash
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from 12/29/08. Menu listed this batch of 1800 at 8% abv.

Pours a slightly hazy peachy orange with golden edges. Thick finger of creamy, very lacy, light beige head. Heady nose of toasted bread, sugary fruits, toffee, marmalade, and minty hops. Nicely balanced nose that brings out that toast and marmalade English IPA quality nicely.

Herbal hop bitterness up front along with toasted grains. Sweetish fruits and toffee malt follow; herbal hop bitterness remains and even increases. Orange marmalade and mint hop flavors come through near the finish. Toffee and bready malts hide out among the numbing hop bitterness. Toasted malts linger in the citrus-y finish. Medium-full body with a creamy, excellently-drinkable feel. Very nice! Man, the Town Hall can sure crank out some unbelievable IPAs!

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Photo of surlyseth
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a Masala Mama pint and took this growler for the road.

A: IPA-looking. Quite clear from the growler. Nice loose head. Some lacing, but not much.

S: Floral, but a tinge of earthy goodness.

T&M: Wow. Mostly AIPA'ish, but definitely some English dankness with the Kent and Fuggles. Soooo nice. Hop Head delight, but a nice change from all the citric, piney C varieties I've been chasing.

D: Restraint is an arduous, ongoing process with this one.

One of the best ever, for me.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold pour with a nice white head that laces well throughout the experience.
Aroma is floral, but I am not getting much other than the nice hop aroma.
Taste has some light carmel, and biscuit. The hops come through but mostly bitter, flavors are floral and citrus from the hops though.
Mouthfeel seems a little thin, but only for my preferance in an IPA. Maybe even a little over carbonated.
Drinkability, this is a nice beer, but I am not going to rush for another one. It seems a little off in the balance between Bittering, flavor and aroma hopping. This is more of a cross between an EIPA, and an AIPA, which is good in my book.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden yellow color with 1 finger of bubbly white head, good retention and great sticky lacing. Smells of grass, floral hops, biscuit, honey, and light citrus notes. Tastes of grapefruit up front briefly followed by lightly toasted grain and biscuits. Finishes with a touch of lemon, dry grass, and pine. Medium in body with nice strong fizzy carbonation. Sweet, malty, and bitter with a great balance. A good English style IPA with a little American twist to it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy reddish bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of a flower bed with hints of grass and grapefruit. The taste is a balance of soft floral notes, and a firm bitterness. The aftertaste is long and vibrant. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very good IPA. I don't think it is as good as the Mama, but how many beers are? However, I am a huge fan of English IPAs, and find this one to be a great change of pace if you are in the mood for something hoppy, but different.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is cloudy as all hell! It's got this sort of milky-honey color to it, darker mocha-like shade near the bottom. The thick inch of head lasts forever. Looking at it after it settles a bit, kind of looks like maple syrup. The lacing left behind is most ultimate, totally covering the sides of the glass.

A nutty smell mixed with some hops: almond, cashews and pine nuts with bits of honey, raisins and ginger perhaps.

I was amazed at how fruity this is! Hops take the foreground, but there definite notes of orange in here as well, even a lime kind of tang to it. Nutty flavor, malty-sugary sweetness, kind of buttery too.

So creamy, so thick, so good. Absolutely amazing beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by Faro. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light beige head over the clear light amber brew. Frothy head lasts nicely, and laces that way as well, lots of foamy bits. Aroma is tangerine hops coupled with biscuity malt sweetness. Taste finds the same sweetness cut with plenty of hops bitterness, even more than I would expect for an English-style IPA, with notes of citrus. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great. Another hit of a Town Hall IPA...

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Photo of dfried
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, slightly off white head sticks around for a while before fizzing into a ring, the body is caramel amber in color. The aroma has a malty character to it, but is mainly of an array of hops, first I got a pine-like floral smell, then a citrus/lemon peel zing. This is from a recipe from England in 1800, so it's hard to argue that it is an English IPA, but the taste is closer to what is now considered an American IPA. A good malty character, but not too caramel-like, fresh floral hops rule this beer, then start a bit more floral but end up really citrusy, a lot of orange flavor in the finish. Average 'good' mouthfeel, very drinkable. Maybe not one to put a lot of effort into seeking out, but it is a damn good beer.

Edit: the 2007 batch is awesome, I liked it more than the feeling I got reading through my '06 review, and I bumped its score up a bit. Good complex hop flavor.

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Photo of ZAP
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


This years batch is incredible. Just loaded with flavorful but not bitter hops....I'm getting a lot of fuggles and Hallertau....what a showcase for Eurupean hops....massive floral aroma....big firm body...sweet tasting blend of malts and hops....this is incredible...

2005 notes=4.1 rating

Rich golden color...big frothy head....big hops on the nose...strong citrus (oranges, tangerines, grapefruit)..

Taste is more balanced than I expected...a nice english malt backing but the hops still bat cleanup...not a real bitter beer, just a very fresh hop flavor...finishes a little dry and peppery..

Body is bigger than I expected...on the high side of medium..creamy mouthfeel...

Hell of a tasty IPA...a little bolder than most of the english IPA's I've tried but I'm not complaining.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Yet another one of those funky brown Grolsch like, flip top, EZ Cap brown glass bottles. Has the number ‘1800’ in black pen scrawled on the white ceramic top. More imbibational goodness that found its way to Long Beach all the way from Minneapolis thanks to one of the Sites most awesome BA’s.

Appearance: Once the flip top was released there was little in the way of a release, I was a little worried, but I shouldn’t have fretted. Although this bottle was filled almost to the brim from a Growler, once poured into my 20 ounce Mug, the furry and pellucid peach body has a gorgeous off-white head which has a creamy texture and remains at a healthy and stiff ½” thick throughout. Some nice Saturn ring lacing persists. Above average carbonation, it survived the journey exceptionally well. Nice presentation!

Nose: I got the Hops as soon as I poured this one. A more detailed examination reveals pungent orange perfume, tangerines and a citric bitterness that benefits from a juicy acidic kick. Soft fleshy peaches and apricots mingle with some lightly toasted malts.

Taste: Very bitter start – juicy hops mix and intermingle with a stark acidic citric bite, the sort of effect you get from biting through orange/lemon rind before you hit the fleshy middle. Some very light malts, but barely enough to even affect the bitter hops, let alone offset them. Very dry and Bitter - with a strong orange peel middle, juicy hoppy finish. Very dry in the finish. Lingering juicy end.

Mouthfeel: A medium to full feel in the mouth, citric and sharp, juicy and somewhat tart, dry and yet fluid. Thick orange peel skid-marks on the tongue after the swallow. Hop juices abound.

Drinkability: Somehow clean and yet raw enough to entice and excite. Fresh and inviting, it just asks to be downed by the Gallon.

Overall: A solid, juicy, yet bitter IPA that has lots of tangerines and oranges to entice the Imbiber. Attractive and different, refreshingly nice to try an IPA that is not in yer face, but more in yer mind, this one makes you think, an intellectuals IPA so to speak.

A Big Huge Cheers to BigHuge for this lovely E-IPA. Worth seeking out.
They should bottle this one for the masses.

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Photo of mentor
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to feloniusmonk for picking up this growler for me in January 2005. Pours a 4-finger cream-colored head over a nearly crystal clear light orange-rust colored liquid. Smell is very mild, mostly of oranges but with some caramel and a bit of rough 'grassy' hop. This smells like an enticing sweet orange candy. The prevailing taste is hoppy bitter, but the kick on this bitter is wonderfully tamed by a smooth creaminess. Additional searching revealed oranges, peaches, and mango (I must say, this is the first time I've ever detected mango flavor in a beer). I find a grassy rough hop character that could be a bit more moderated. Mouthfeel is medium-thick and this is complemented by the afore-mentioned creaminess. Too bad my glass is already empty.

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1800 Old English IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 108 ratings