Big Dog Double IPA
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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4.42 | pDev: 6.33%
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Outstanding nose...toffee/caramel--floral and citrus...outstanding, impressive bronze color...light head..looks clean...full bodied-rich-very balanced....great finishing bitterness although it begins balanced with toffee, and floral hop notes...very bitter and piney on the long finish...excellent beer...a bigger Mama with more balance..

Apr 15, 2005
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LuckySevens82 from Florida

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a growler courtesy of feloniousmonk...
Pours a very nice orange with a slight golden hue to it . Head is dense, white and very nice. Lacing is impressive.
Smell is piney citrus (as is to be expected), a little biscuity, overwhelmingly fruity and sweet (in a good way).
Taste is mild at first, a little sweet, and fruity. Hop bitterness carries to the middle and back of the tongue. While there are definitely more hops in this than it's little sister, Masala Mama, I think that this beer would be the next logical step for the Town Hall IPA. The Hops are very well pronounced, yet not entirely overwhelming, there is a very good sweet, fruity, malt backbone to this DIPA. I'm impressed.
Thanks Al for the chance to try this one!

Mar 16, 2005
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ADR from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, seems a lot like my notes on Big Ticket IPA but OK...on tap at the brewpub...

Pours a sedimented orange color, nice rising pale head and gorgeous thick lacing all the way down the glass...the cask version tavernjef had one week earlier had even better lace. Tart aroma, mixture of aroma hops with creamy orange Amarillo-like qualities. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation matches pretty well. Nice flavor, definitely hopped up with orange rind, slight pine cone astringency. Finishes with a flourish, dry and full in flavor. There's some similarities in hop character to Masala Mama, what it lacks is the sweet malt counterpoint that makes the latter so drinkable. As is, delivers the goods, just doesn't stand on as high a plain.

Mar 13, 2005
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/2 gallon growler.

Perfet shade of copper with the slightest hint of haziness. Good sized one finger ivory white head graces the surface. Small beads of CO2 rise slowly. Aroma is fresh with hops. Citric and pungent. Like grapefruit and like canabis. A toffee malt scent compliments nicely. This Double IPA's got it goin' on!! What a great taste!! Better than all of the commercially bottled samples I've tried. Best I've had. A solid malt backbone with allusions to toffee and toasted malt. A strikingly pleasing orange marmalade type of accent (from hops?? malt?? yeast?? combination??). Something I've noted from other IPAs and DIPA from Town Hall, but not to this extent. The hops are raw, resiny, pungent. Lemon rind comes to mind. As does pink grapefruit pulp. The bitterness is strong and lingering. It has a raw feel to it, but finishes quite clean as well. The mouthfeel is ever so slightly prickly. Seems very appropriate. The body is about medium-full or so. No sign of alcohol whatsoever. This is top shelf. I wouldn't expect anything less when it comes to a DIPA from Mike Hoops. And I wouldn't expect anything less from a DIPA make with Centennials and Amarillos...a couple of my favorite hops.

Mar 07, 2005
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BeerBuilder from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one a couple of time already and just finally getting to review it. I gotta say if you can have this one on cask jump at it, because it is sooo damn taste on cask...ask tavernjef, I was lucky enough to enjoy this one on cask with him and a couple other BAs. This one pours to a clear copper color with an off-white head, leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is green and citrusy, on cask is was more like has a nice solid malt backbone. The flavor is fruity, citrusy, green and damn bitter....cask wasn't as green....very smoooth. It is medium-full in body and I know it has a kick...ya gotta have a glass to know. Needs some mellowing on tap, on cask is perfection....damn good.

Mar 06, 2005
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in an american pint at the brewpub. Very creamy head on top of a copper lightly hazed body. Smell is very intense hop, yet also earthy and a little smokey. Taste was not what I was expecting. I believe I would have preferred this beer on tap, as opposed to cask. Cask conditioning did make it very interesting as the flavors progressed. Very good mouthfeel, I would like to try this beer on tap, and may get to soon.

Mar 06, 2005
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

...after a couple tastes at Winterfest last Saturday, and 3 10 ounce samples at the pub tonight, I sit down with a growler to encapsulate it's essence. Let's see if I can do it.
Clear, bright orange color, with flush, full foam, nicely carbonated (some of the snifters at the pub held little head)...
Aroma: big bitterness, bold piney, fruity flavors, pineapple, peach, apricot, tangerine, orange, big orange, some small traces of lemon and lime, but orange leads the pack. In all, a little more subdued than I'd hoped.
Taste: bang, poppity-poppita, boom, delivers a bracket of bitterness, a brace of juicy fruit, tangy, citric, and very tasty...sticky mouthfeel, a real mouth-gripper, lays tracks and digs into the palate. Richly flavorful, and extra-ordinarily memorable, this was a beer I looking forward to at the tapping, and could not stop drinking. So tasty, just enough and not too much bitterness. There may be some question about it's placement among DIPAS, for it's is higher in alcohol than the typical IPA, and higher in hops, too, but not overly bitter. This one was hopped every 10 minutes during the 90 minute boil, then dry-hopped after that. My kind of beer. However, there is so much of a malt buttress, and significant caramel flavor that the hops aren't as raw as they are in others of this style. it's an astonishly well-balanced DIPA and if you're looking for some caustic tongue-raper, this is not for you, go elsewhere, masochists and daredevils. It is an above average beer, and if you're a hophead here in the twin towns, Big Dog is barking up your tree.

Feb 24, 2005
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Clear ocrhe gold color with a small whitish cap that sits for a short while before making its way to a thin frothy little collar. Lacing very minimal in glaring spots.

Aroma is a lovely but light nose array of caramel biscuit malt creating a fairly sweet entrance to a hint of citrus orange underneath.

Flavors are sweet with a very nice caramel glazed biscuit malting and a feverant pop of orange zest, juice, and marmalade. Touches of lemon and lime sprite to the surface with a freshly squeezed grapefruit controlling a slight citrus edge and hop bite far along the scale of the sweet caramel backing. Has s nice toasty edge with a superb clean hop profile that brings across a beautiful orangeyness with other citrusy stuff mingling around the corners. Some leftover tropical fruits stick along with a small alcoholic hop heat in the finish.

Feel is clean and smooth with a very tame hop edge, sweet mostly, with overtures of citrus orange and bits of pithy stuff protruding at the palate late as the toasty warmth of malts and a firm feel of alcohol sits just right. All this wraps up in a very simple medium body without much heft or hop bitterness, the body is never heavy nor slim, yet is incredibly smooth and lightly creamy adding up to one remarkably easy drinker. Its not quite the hop monster with bitterness, its quite balanced and malty sweet with a nice toasty orange thing mixing together very well. ...Nice doggy.

Feb 24, 2005
Big Dog Double IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 8 ratings