Fresh Hop 2005 | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Recipe changes each year.

Added by feloniousmonk on 10-06-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange tone. Hazy and fiery. Nice cap of ivory white froth. Lacing is quite good. The aroma is outfuckingstanding. One of the absolute best smelling beers I've had the pleasure of sniffing. Resiny and oily. Pungent. Like bong residue. And caramel and toffee are also noted. Right off the bat, the buds are treated to a symphany of hop tones, chords, fifths, etc...And the kind I like. Pungent and oily. Flowery. Cannabis tones. Grapefruit rind. Malts provide a mostly toffeeish backdrop. Bitterness is somewhat raw, but not overly so. It's got an edge though. Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated. Body, medium. Quite drinkable for the amount of hops thrown into this one. If this is what "Wet Hopping" is all about, I think I need to take a trip to San Diego some future autumn.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at brewpub. A fantastic APA I could've sipped this one all day. Very hazy orange color, beautiful looking head. The hops are so prevalent in the smell and taste that this is nearly an IPA, with the ABV of an APA. This stuff is fantastic, though. Sweet and sticky, lots of bitterness in the aroma and taste, floral and citrus. Town Hall really raised the bar with this beer, it is my new benchmark of what an APA should be.

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Photo of ZAP
4.82/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic brew....I knew this was going to be a dandy when a big ass "hop" just about came pouring out of the growler on first pour....

Nice peach color..great juicy hop nose...sweet citrus and a little underlying malt....

Taste at first is overwhelming....big hoppiness and more pine at first than citrus...but as I continue to drink this it mellows out nicely....still a hop bomb but it begins to feel more like an nice APA rather than a muscled up IPA...some real nice citrus notes of tangerines and oranges...

Body is medium....creamy...

What a treat this one was....too bad this can''t be a staple of good as this is, I'd love to see a simlar effort with Simcoe hops...

Thanks to bighugeperson for thinking of me and picking up a growler for me to take back to the northwoods..

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

On-tap at the brewpub: Clouded and hazy goldish yellow with a small white cap of smooth froth. Great lacing is placed all throughout the glass as its comsumed in the patterns of snowflakes and bigger splotches.

Aroma is quite nice and pungent at first, very citrusy fruity with clean popping hops. Nice hints to underlying pine and grasses sweep up under the lemony citrus as does some toffee and cereal-like malting which tends to add a bit of dry biscuity grainyness. Its got a great nose, the only thing was it tended to fade by midglass.

Flavors are nearly the same from what comes out of the smell with a very well balanced and toned brigade of evenly handled hops where mild lemony citrus makes the mainstay with very clean bitterness with a light toffee backing and grass edged pineyness in some of the late effects of the middle and finish. The finish continues to breathe new life into its composition as the fluffy cereal-like biscuit dry malting adds some nice nuances over the end of the clean and easy bittering citric hops.

Feel is quite clean given its unfiltered nature in appearance, light on the buds mostly, which is amazing to behold as its flavors really make thier way around with ease due to that overall lighter-like body.

Drinkablity is down right simple, easy, and clean. By the pint. Yes. And more so! Damnable. Drinkable! Yum! And at only 4.8% this is sessionable by leaps and bounds!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Made with Cascade hops, 150 pounds of them, freshly picked and rushed to the brewery, with 5 hop additions, and a filtration through a "hop tea."

Hazed orange coloration, firm, lasting off-whitish, rocky head. Most promising appearance.

Aroma is all Cascade's citric zest and pine, lemon rind, forest leaves, and pure splendor in the grass.

Fresh hoppitude dominates the taste, and the brew boards the palate boldly, lively and utterly lovely. Huge hop appeal, hop fanatics are in store for a true delight in this one! The flavor lasts long in the mouth, and when the glass is done, it lingers in the memory, as well.
Hops please the tongue with each new meeting of lip and glass, and the pure pleasure never stops.
full bodied, long, fresh finish, all hop pleasure..can't go wrong with this one!

Just delicious. This is what craft beer is all about!

P.S. I later enjoyed more from a growler, and they left a little something inside...I'll let you guess what...

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Fresh Hop 2005 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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