Thunderstorm Summer Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by feloniousmonk on 08-13-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by MNBeerGeek:
Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: standard pint, honey golden in color with a low, white head

s: gingery nose, honey, lots of lemongrass but the orange doesn't really pull through for me, dry pale body

m: carbonation on the light end with a light-medium body, just a little slick and somewhat fizzy

t: no ginger here but that's what it smells/tastes like to me - assuming that's a lemongrass effect, lots of dry, fermented honey flavors, quite spicy, light malt base lost in the mix, very flavorful but it just seems like there's too much shoehorned into a lighter style

d: eh, it was interesting for about five sips, then the intense spicy flavors really began to wear on me, creative concept but it just seems to be all over the place

pint at the brewpub, agree with the original adder/review that the style categorization is questionable, but I've got no better ideas

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MBrausen
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on- tap into a pint glass.

A. Beautiful dark honey brown color. 1-2mm head that faded to a nice thin ring.

S. Fresh honey, lilac, Fresh flowers smell. This beer smells like walking outside on a summer day. It really is just something different and great.

T. A wonderfully smooth honey and lemon flavor. A sweet tingle of lilac.

M. A nice smooth dryness with a slightly coarse finish. Light on the tongue and very easy to drink.

O. This is something completely different for me. I'm normally a dark beer person. But this is something that I could drink year round and feel like I am laying in a summer meadow. This is another impressively different beer from Town Hall.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall Tap. This beer arrives a clear orange-red color. The head is an inch of bright white foam that recedes slowly leaving nice rings of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is very floral with a ton of hibiscus, lemongrass, and honey. The taste is similar to the aroma, but this slightly more honey, and an assertive sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice summer beer that I will happily drink again.

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Photo of Duff27
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mistofminn
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass, this golden colored brew has a copper tint. Little to no white head with initial pour, and a good swirl doesn't do much. No lacing.

The nose is definitely as advertised, honey, lemongrass and orange peel, with a solid sweet malt backbone and a light brushing of bitter hops.

Taste is pretty much what you would expect from the nose, just more subtle and light. Sticky honey, lemongrass, bitter orange peel as well as floral hops and a sweet maltyness. It sounded delicious, but I'm just not feeling this. It's not bad, just not Town Hall's best.

Mouthfeel is much heavier than I imagined it would be. Definite carbonation bite. Drinkability is high.

I just don't get this beer. A Belgian Pale Ale, this is not, but it blurs the lines of beer styles so I can see why it was categorized as such. It has the honey like characteristics of a Kolsch, and the malt and hops of a Euro Pale Ale, with the spicyness of a Belgian. Not bad, just not Town Hall's best beer. I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Growler: Clear and shiney straw gold with a fluffy and small white cap sitting atop. Laces well in lots of broken sheeting.

Aroma is beautifully perfumed with a great flowery bouquet of citrus tree blossoms and an overall candy sugared sweetness thats very akin to a hard lemon candy and dried oranges. Nice wheaty backing and light starchy breadyness too.

Taste is quite nice. Fresh as hell, clean as can be, and wonderfully coated in sugar candied goodness. Wheat tenderness of lightly floral grasses and grains with a smoothly defined overlay of lemon hard candies and orange soaked dried pineapple. Great malty clean body that maintains a great smooth crispness all throughout its candied center. Has just a nudge of breadyness and grains to keep it in balance and not too sweet or sugary. A tasty maltified/candied treat.

Feel is super clean, crisp, quick, slick, and smooth. Malty creamyness is the main forwarding composition as its easy going medium body has welcoming sugary sweetness and a breath of bready grains. An easy drinker, very refreshing, tasty, and a very nice treat for the last days of summer. I had this last year a few times at the Autumn Brew review and remembered liking it alot but never got around to try it fully. Fully growler worthy this time around no doubt.

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours a nice creamy beige head. Not the best retention. Not a lot of lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: I must smell the lemongrass. A lot of spices, orange peel, and fruits. A very nice summer beer. Impressive.

Taste: Wow I dig this beer for the summer. Lemongrass really pulls this beer together. Wheat, spices, orange peel. Damn, it's tasty.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp but just clean in general. Light to medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Ens with an incredibly clean aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is damn drinkable. Wow, I am impressed with TH on this one. Great taste with great drinkability. Enough said.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Served at St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Poured a nice honey orange/yellow color with a very slight head. The first scent that hits my nose is the orange, followed by lemon, and then a slight note of hops. The flavor is a nice blend of orange that slowly transitions to a light bitter ending. Reminds me of orange Pez but not as sweet. Light/medium mouthfeel. Very good in my opinion on a hot day.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10 oz pour on tap into a snifter.

A- Golden bronze color, pretty clear, one finger beige head, decent lacing.
S- Really nice aroma, spice, orange peel, citrus, hints of lemon, and slight hops.
T- Floral aroma, orange zest, lemon grass, slight malt presence, spice comes through as well, really refreshing.
M- Light mouth feel, well carbonated, crisp finish, refreshing.
O- This is an easy drinking beer, very refreshing perfect for the summer, not my favorite, but enjoyable.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear light copper tone. Nice sized eggshell colored head. Retention is very good and lace is even better. On the nose...fresh yeastiness, lemon juice (not concentrated), candy and biscuit like maltiness. This is a very refreshing beer. Unique, but refreshing. The 7% a/v is hidden nicely. The trifecta is working nicely on the palate. (American Yeast, German Malt and Belgian Candy Sugar). It's a fairly sweet beverage. But crisp as well. Some of the lemongrass comes through in the flavor nicely, adding a bit of tang to counter the sweetness. The fresh yeast properties (esters??) are quite pleasing. Hops add some balance to the sweetness and a little herbal and earthy character. The beer is carbonated moderately and seems to be about medium bodied. A nice experiment.

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Photo of Zuidman
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Florida9
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thunderstorm is a beer that I didn't much like at all when I first tried it, and really love the beer now. My first note of a beer named Thunderstorm at Town Hall was in 2004, and I'm unsure of how much it's changed over that time. Now-it's one of my very favorite beers made by the brewery.

Sunny gold ale that has a puffy white head that has great retention. Light biscuit and malt in the nose with some spicy notes from hops and spices. Like smelling a flower--but since I'm allergic to flowers--this is so much better. Notes of lavender and lemongrass. Clean and pleasant.

While true to a degree for all beer, this is truly a multi-sensory ale. Taking in the first taste, the floral and spicy characteristics pop on the tongue and blend with the nose. Each is a bit different and the contribute and build nicely together. Lemongrass comes out in the mouth more, and lingers nicely as you sip on the beer along with a nice sweetness. Slightly astringent as well--but in the very best way.

Careful--drinking a few can catch you unaware as the immense drinkability of this beer masks the 7% ABV. A very remarkable beer that testifies to Town Hall's quality as a brew pub.

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Photo of ucis
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden yellow color with a head that is about one finger thick. A few traces of lace on the glass.

The only way I can describe the nose is like lying in a field of wildflowers. It is so fresh and floral, it is unlike any beer scent. Also a bit of orange.

Fresh and floral again I will describe the taste as in this beer. Flower petals, honey and orange. It tastes like a summer rain shower. Fresh and natural. The honey give a nice subtle sweetness and the orange compliments the floral notes nicely. Just a relaxing taste.

A body that I would call medium with a honey like smoothness.

Drinks much easier than a seven percent beer should. Just clean and fresh, this beer is really unique and worthy of trying.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have picked the wrong style designation, I admit, but I can't figure out where this would go, it's such a unique creation. German Bohemian Pilsner malt, orange blossom honey, bitter and sweet orange peel, lemongrass and Belgian candy sugar, plus a unique American yeast new to the brewery, and a smaller hop content than we're used to...and boozier than typical, too!

Pours a clear amber color, with a big, puffy white head that has a short stay atop the glass. Aroma is sweetness itself, the honey and orange really mixing well and projecting boldly, with some herbal, grassy notes, as well.
Taste: bright, sweet, and smooth, with a decent texture, but a bit thin in the mouthfeel, until the alcohol creeps forward. So easy going and even delicious,slick, even, you could slip down quite a few, before the booze bonks your noggin!
Quite a nice, easy-drinking ale to salute the last few weeks of summer proper. Quite unclassifiable, too, and I offer anyone the chance to correct me. (I first thought "American Blonde Ale", then changed it to "Belgian Pale", but that still doesn't cover it!)
Way to go, Mr. Hoops, another interesting, great tasting creation!

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Thunderstorm Summer Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 20 ratings