Pursuit Of Happiness | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Summer

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Added by feloniousmonk on 07-21-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wolfpac255
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub.
Lively feel and near medium body.
Deep amber body topped by a very good head.
Surprise!...This is not sweet.
Plenty of blueberry flavor and aroma but not too much.
Well done.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml mini growler bought from the brewpub with a date of July 14, 2015. Poured into a Town Hall Chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very fruity and nicely sweet malt forward aroma with a big scent of blueberries and caramel malt. Big upfront scent of fresh blueberry juice that dominates the aroma. Bready malt hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Very light on the hops. A pretty good fruit forward aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very fruit forward and sweet malty taste with notes of blueberries and caramel malt. Big juicy taste of blueberries throughout that is the dominant note. Pale malt with sweet notes of caramel along with some grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Hops are pretty subtle. A very nice fruit beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A really solid fruit beer. Big taste of blueberries with a solid caramel malt backing.

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Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a large white head that settles quickly. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

I smell blueberries of course but the aromas are muted and soft which is surpising for a fruit beer. Has a sweet malt base.

The sweet malt makes the initial taste impression and the blueberries slowly comes out as it passes over the tongue. Overall a very mild flavor.

Rather unimpressive mouthfeel. Lacks any charactor. Light body with low carbonation that adds nothing to the beer. The beer Town Hall uses as a base of this is mediocre at best.

Better as a compliment to a fruity dessert or blueberry pancakes rather than a stand alone drinker.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been a big fan of fruit beers, but if Town Hall is making it, I have to try it.

Pours a clear, orangish amber color. I thought it would be blue, but its not. A soft, fluffy white head sits atop. The aroma is pleasant but a bit blunted. There is a definite blueberry aroma. This is followed by a slight malty sweetness. The flavor is quite suprising. Its not overpowering with blueberries. The malts seem to hit the tongue first. Then the blueberry flavor hits you. It is very subtle at first, but finishes pretty strong. Not overly stong though. I don't really taste any hops, but that's ok. The mouthfeel is soft and crisp. Very refreshing.

As stated before, I'm not a big fruit beer guy, but this beer is changing my mind. The blueberry is strong enough to make you know its there. On the other hand, it doesn't overpower the beer. I tried it with some blueberry pancakes and honey for brunch. This is a highly recommended pairing. Otherwise, it is pretty damn good on its own.

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Photo of edbeered
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewpub, this pours a hazy pale amber color, with a frothy white head that quickly subsides and minimal lacing on the glass. The smell is terrific-blueberries with a hint of tartness and perhaps a touch of vanilla. The promised blueberry flavor however is washed out and weak. The hint of vanilla is present in the flavor as well as a crispness from the wheat. The mouthfeel is light and the beer is certainly drinkable, but based on the flavor, not one that I would seek out. Overall, this is pleasant but not outstanding.

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Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a shimmeringly clear bronzed maroon topped with a dense khaki milky fluff.
Scented of blueberry pancakes, and caramel candies. The aroma isn't exactly broad or potent, and largely hangs on one's opinion of blueberries. I like 'em, so bingo.
Malt enters with a flop of toasted caramel, then switching slightly to caramel nougat after a moment. Toastedness folds, as this gains a portly sense of sweet-tinged doughiness, compliments of the yeast. From here, it gathers a convincing similarity to pancakes. Outwards, it's all blueberries. Fleshy fruit sweetness cut with a trace of subliminal tart ideation. It concludes dry with few lingering sugars, and no appearance from anything hop-related. Just a afterimage of blueberries, flakes of pie crust, and a fleeting glimpse of maplewood.
The body is light, but carries an illusory sense of doughiness. The carbonation is tiny and persistant.
A nice little drinker of a fruit beer. Approachable, accessable, and without any sort of bludgeoning fruit-syrup cloy, even though the fruit is constantly spotlighted.
Absolutely enjoyable.
I think this accomplishes exactly what it set out to be.

Music: "God Bless the USA (Town Hall Remix)", by Big Hugewood.

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Photo of ZAP
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impressive amber...looks clean....regal in some ways...

Nose is sweet blueberries...I love booberriers....and if I'm drinking a blueberry flavored beer I want to smell the fucking booberries and I do with this one....also a toffee like malt backing....

Nicely done flavor profile too....a good fresh, sweet blueberry taste...Did I mention I love Booberries? And if I'm drinking a booberry flavored beer I want to taste the fucking booberries, and I do with this one...The booberry flavor though never becomes cloying....

Body is light-to medium...closer to light...not a real big beer but a nice rounded mouthfeel....finishes with just a little berry pucker...

Nicely done fruit beer...Great blueberry flavor and nose while not being too sickeningly sweet.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep burgandy. Thin coating of light beige head. Lace is minimal. Very brilliant appearance. Very nice fruit aroma. Blueberries smell delicious. Like that Blueberry Patche Pie cooking in the hot coals of a campfire. (You know, that sandwhich with 2 pieces of bread coated with butter and blueberry pie filling in the middle...sprinkled with sugar hot off the coals...) Light toasted malts underneath the thick fog like presence of the blueberries on the nose. Nice blueberry essence on the buds as well. It's not overpowering. Just very pleasant. The toasted/caramel malts serve as a sufficient backdrop for the fruit to do its thing. The mouthfeel is prickly with carbnation. No alcohol or warming. Slightly dry finish. Medium-full body. Quite a nice fruit beer. And just off the top of my head, from what I can remember, the best blueberry beer I've had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An American amber ale, with blueberry essence added, filling in for hops, they say...

Clear, coppery amber color, good, thick, creamy-toned head, disappears nearly instantly.

Big aroma, projecting the fruit far and wide, from the moment the cap is removed. Blueberries, blueberries, blueberries, yum, yum, yum...nothin' but.

TAste: smooth, and sweet, malt-dominated, with the fruit mingled in every swallow. Medium-bodied, with a light, dry finish. Very easy to drink, and a friend to all who favor fruit beers.

Finishes the revolutionary troika of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, "Red", "White" and "Blue" beers, celebrating American Beer Month in July. An interesting idea, well executed.

...although, as I finished my second pint, I eyed my neighbor's Masala Mama with envy...

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Pursuit Of Happiness from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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