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Festivus | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by feloniousmonk on 12-15-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of beckje01
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, this is the 2007 release of it.

A- Black and still with a half inch of head.

S- Smokey nutty smell.

T- Full malty flavor with a nice smoky ending.

M- Nice thickness and good activity.

D- Very nice winter drink it fits the weather well.

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Photo of alexgash
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes.
Clean, clear, dark bronze, with a small, off-white head. Nose is very spicy. Cloves, nutmeg, and ginger really stand out. Maybe some licorice too. Interesting. Taste is over the top spices. All I can taste is ginger and clove and maybe some anise. Bleh. Not what I look for in a beer. Perhaps if the spices were a little more subdued, but I can't even taste a hint of malt. Light-medium bodied with a touch watery feel. The only beer I've had from the Town Hall that I was disappointed with (so far!).

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Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clear deep gold...nice 1/2 inch fizzy white head....unique nose like licorice cough drops...anise (big time)....body is medium...creamy...not watery...sweet flavors...vanilla, giner, licorice...low bitterness..

Nice enjoyable holiday brew...not for everyone but a nice change of pace...interesting spicing...not overdone but flavorfull.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear bronze tone. Off-white head that leaves nice enough lace. The aroma consists of sweet malt, anise, nutmeg, black cherry and ginger. Very nice. The taste has some licorice to it. Ginger, soft malt tones, nutmeg...a Christmas jubilee. Pretty solid all around for the style.

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Photo of ADR
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub...

Clear darker amber, less than copper appearance. Head is middling, down to a skim in half a minute. Just a few dots for laces. That's a spicey meatball in the aroma and flavor department, wintergreen and ginger, almost witch hazel antiseptic. Medicinal and not very subtle. Flattish mouthfeel and light-medium body. The locker room linament impression, dry ginger, and heavy black licorice gets a little annoying for me. Finishes with a spiraling sweep that left me in a little offput kind of mood. Its certainly a bold take in its spice, but I just don't like it very much.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Bright and clear yellowy-orange color with a slippery foamed small off-white cap that keeps a thin collar at the top once the head floats off. Lacing in a moderate placement of spots and strings.

Aroma is a perfume of ginger, orange, and sweet candyish malt.

Flavors are spicy and lingering of orange peel zest, ginger, corriander, and nutskins while a boostful sweet candied apple and watermelon render in the back; lying low til a very late finishing return once the spice fades. A pleasing little spiced brew with a candied melon fruity malt backing thats tamefully juicy.

Feel is below a mediumness with a fairly quick zip to it, yet carries a bit of thinner wateryness to it. Not one of the better drinkers at TH but a nice treat to perhaps enjoy as an after dinner drink.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.06/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Wow, TH laid an egg with this one, possibly the first beer from this great brewpub that I haven't liked. Medium orange color, medium head. Smell was full of ginger and stale bubblegum smells, oh, how I despise ginger. Taste was well spiced and also full of foul (IMO) tasting spices, mostly ginger, again. I bet it's a good beer, if you like ginger, but for me it was nearly undrinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, light peachy hue, topped with a sizeable chunk of froth, delicate white, rocky, ...
Aroma: orange and ginger entwined harmoniously, and more maybe at play, for there was talk of a "secret spice blend" involved with this, it's the ginger mainly, with maybe cinnamon and clove lying in the background.
Taste: smooth and sweet, utterly untroubling, lightly lit on the palate, and easily passed down the throat. very light in body, with the flavor resting just on top. They made an easy-to-please one here, rather than a challenge, and i can see the wisdom there. Minor hops play, but disappear quickly.
This a tasty brew, one that the whole family can get into at their annual Festivus celebrations, just before the Airing of Greivances, and perhaps during the Feats of Strength!

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Festivus from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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