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Free House Standard | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 09-08-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Oxymoron
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Would you bet the house with a full house? If it’s a Free house it’s a light amber color with some copper coloring when held to the light. Good head retention but didn’t last long. The lacing was good and etched pretty well.

The smell is light overall. Some fruity esters with more of a light citrus feel . Some other lighter malt characteristics that I would consider more German.

The taste clean. Light in the hops especially for an ESB. A sweeter malt flavor with some earthy tones to bring it more of a stronger more noticeable malt backing. The hops are hard to find but the aftertaste has some limited zip to them. It remains throughout the end of the taste. I can also taste some lighter spice tastes, like cinnamon and nutmeg. Gives a slight bready quality to the taste.

A light body and smooth to drink. The style is off but overall it is a good beer all the same.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-cask at the brewpub: Semi clear with a bronzed gold hue. Milky smooth off-white cap of normal consistantcy from the cask sits about a pinky high and hardly moves from that point on into the well o fthe glass through consumption. Laces lightly but decoratively in broken patterns of close spotting.

Aroma is fairly light but clean with a simple yet inviting all grain malting giving off light breads and oat based cereal with slivers of fruityness and caramel.

Taste is about the same as what the smell eludes to as it begins very light and nearly non-existant at the front with a barely there, simple, fruityness. Holds for a stint. Some baked cookie dough of oatmeal and corn make an entrance then turns more to an all-grain/whole grain feel and taste as it begins to turn into the finish. And this is where it pulls together nicely. Very interesting whole grain tastes with oats, dark wheat, dark flour, baked cookie dough, and very light vanilla and a smidgeon of corn husks. Hops are light and fruity with perhaps a touch of grassy herbalness adding to some of the grain aspects.

Feel is clean, fairly light bodied with a simpleness to it. The cask pull did add a bit of noticeable girth in the warmth, texture, and smoothness then what I think would be from the tap. Which was a good thing here, as it seemed pretty light bodied. A simple 4% drinker of a better then average bitter that seemed more grainy then hoppy. About right for the style I guess. Not a bad thing really, just nothing to get extremely excited about. I quickly returned to the Fresh Hop Ale after this pint was had.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear bronze tone. Thin dirty white cap. Lacing is adequate. Aroma is nice. Toffee and butter. Hops impart a nice flowery aspect and herbalness. An earthy aroma overall. The flavor follows suit. Malts impart a toffee characteristic. The mouthfeel is a little slick and buttery. Carbonation appropriately low. Herbal and earthy in nature. This really goes down nicely. Very tasty session brew. This was modeled after Timothy Taylor Landlord. I have not had that brew, but this one is A.O.K. in my eyes. There's something to be said about tasty, low alcohol session brews. In all honesty, I've got more use for beers like this than the Big Double IPAs and Double Imperial Stouts and whatnot. Plain and simple, they are just harder to come by and I appreciate them all the more when I find them.

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Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub...

Settles as clear dark gold in appearance, creamy thin head sets well on top. Laces in thin sheets with dots sticking nicely to the glass. Caramel aroma, a bit of lemon as a background player. Medium mouthfeel, magnified by lower than normal carbonation -- on this day, a bit flat. Malt is slightly dusty in tone, brown sugar in character. Snap of mellon rind and slight citrus hop expression seems decently done and adequate enough to balance the beer. Slighty soapy aftertaste and the flat body detract a little from the brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Named for non-tied, independent British pubs and the mild ales that are the focus of their cultural life. Could be an ESB, but far too mild in hops for that, so I went with this designation. (Edit: the above written before consumption from the growler, after having a 2 oz. sample at the bar.)

Clear, light amber appearance, adequate head, very active, but slowly disappearing.

Citric aroma, happy hoppiness, honey-sweet, floral, very pleasant.

Taste: hoppy, citric bite at the front that rides along the palate and slips off nonchalantly. Very light in body, almost thin, but consistently flavorful, there's a more generous hop activity going on that I remember from the small sample I had while at the pub. Lemn and lime, skates all over the tongue with a keen, contained bitterness.

I've had mild ales before that have disappointed me, but they were far too thin or flavorless, or lacked entirely in mouthfeel or finish. This is amazingly good. Now, I wish I knew more about it, the hops used, etcetera...

With the low alcohol, and the terrific hop presence, tangible texture, ...this is quite an excellent accomplishment. You could just drink a ton of these, and be happy all night long!

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Free House Standard from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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