Gary's Wheat Pale Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by feloniousmonk on 04-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold...nice fluffy white head...leafy, tobacco, and canibus on the nose....big hops on the taste...piney but also leafy...nice toffee like malt backing but it is is small....medium body that finishes dry..

Hop bomb of a wheat...don't get very much wheat impression because the hops blast the shit out of whatever wheat malt there is...intriguing and interesting...worth an occasional pint...these guys should be on the west coast for as mch hoppiness their brews impart...kind of a wheat IPA

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dulled orange. Thin bone white head. Lace is solid as usual with TH. Bright hop tones noticed on the nose. Apricot and nectarines. Spicy wheat. Leafy tones as well. The hops are vibrant on the palate as well. Bright and full of life. Apricot, nectaring and orange rind. The wheat adds a little spice, but really not a lot to the overall profile. Lots of hops and fruit. Carbonation level is fina as is the body, which is about medium. This could almost pass as a borderline IPA. Good beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewpub: Blurry set gold with a firm and crusty white top of medium height. Great sheeting lace down the sides as it subsides from the fast imbibing.

Aroma is clean and crisp with a two tone citrus of orange over lemon with a small hint of pine. Slightly toasted malt hinges at the footing of the citrusy frame.

Taste is also very clean and crisp, inviting little bits of everything here. Little bit citrusy, little bit toasty, little bit sweet, little bit bitter, little bit pine, little bit rock and roll. I will whole heartedly agree with the inseption of it being a "Baby Mama". Very reminscent of Masala on just a slightly toned tone scale. But still brings with it all the willingness of what the Mama provides. That being its thirst quenching goodness! Oh so easily it flows from tap to glass and glass to lips. I'm sorry, but this was great for an APA, easily putting quite a few IPA's to shame.
I didn't seem to undertake any real extra grain qualities from the wheat used other then some finer toasted factions on the finish. Which was awesome. Great mix of citrus pined hops, toasty malts, and clean bitterness and feel along with superb crispness made this one excellent APA in my book. Drinkable? More like drink-a-bowl...drink one every morning and every night. Yum!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer made us wonder...would this be a pale wheat (and what would that be like, and would I like it?), or a pale ale made with wheat, and how about that, too? It arrived a hazy orange, with a capable cap of foam...still no questions answered. One sniff and we were hooked, though...definite APA aroma, big time citric hop sensation. Good wheat texture on the palate, tasty graininess, smooth and easy drinking, but each sip accompanied by a generous hop bite, each and every swallow.
I sat and sipped on a couple with BA steorn and we started calling it Smooth Mama (in reference to the Masala Mama IPA), Mama, Jr., Baby's got all the character of a nice, hoppy pale ale, but made more elegantly drinkable with the addition of malted wheat to the grain bill. Medium bodied, with a long, hoppy finish. I savored this one, though it's a quaffable champ.
I hope this stays around for a while, for I look forward to imbibing it for the remainder of the springtime.
(Reviewed from very recent memory, due to the bartender's mistake. I intended to review from a growler, but he gave me the Spring Wheat instead...oh, well, I'll have to go back for more tomorrow!)

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Gary's Wheat Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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