MN Harvest Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by feloniousmonk on 10-20-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 9
Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Russet brown..minimal head.

S-Earthy....musty...some fruitiness...maple syrup evident

T-Wow this is in sweet like maple syrup....sugary...brown ale like backing with a spiciness on the finish(perhaps from the wild rice)

M-Medium bodied...cloying....

D-I love beers like this even when I don't particularly love the finished product. This is simply OK to me....just so sugary sweet...I am glad I am not diabetic because I would probably be in trouble after drinking this. Kudu's for the interesting concoction and it works for one but a bit much for more than that.

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Photo of younger35
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Man I love some of these wild things Town Hall comes up with. It's really what makes these Saturday mornings so interesting. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Minnesota Harvest 6.4%

Appearance- Pours a dark copper orange with a decent one finger off-white head. Leaves a thin spotty cap, fairly thick collar and some randomly speckled lacing.
Smell- Definitely a maple syrup influence in here as it has that earthy sugary smell that I get from the tree sap. A nutty toast holds its own here as a bit of toffee mixes in. Maybe a bit of lemon grass as well but not a big hop presence in the nose. The majority of the influence here is the maple.
Taste- Big and bold with a huge maple syrup profile. Slightly sweet as brown sugar and toffee malts interact to really kick up the flavor. A slightly citric backbone but for the most part very little hop profile. The finish is maple syrupy and earthy. I'm not sure the wild rice does much but what the fuck do I know? (Nothing; that is the correct answer)
Mouthfeel- Very thick and extremely rich with a great creamy feel and surprising crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- One of the more intense brews I've had in a while. I'm fairly sure this 14oz beer just added 3lbs to the ol' temple that is Dan. Interesting and completely unique but maybe a bit much. Super fun to try though, exactly what makes TH world class.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Served with about 1 finger of khaki colored head. Fades to a think ring around the edge. Leaves splattered lace. Color is a dark ruby-hued copper.

Aroma: Sweet maple syrup, some very slight notes of wild rice. Some nut flavors as well. Reminds me a little of a nut brown ale.

Taste: Lots of maple syrup and the wild rice comes out a lot more here. Big roasted malt taste with some grassy hops. A lot of nut flavors as well and some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and fairly refreshing. A little crisp. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends slightly sitcky with a sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall, this beer just wasn't for me. It taste a lot like a nut brown and I really liked the maple syrup, but it just didn't work for me. This is a one and done for me.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wild Rice from Bemidji?? Gotta try this one....

Nice autumnal look to this beer. Clear auburn tone. Thick rocky beige head. Great retention and lace qualities. Nice aroma of brown malts mixed with some herbal and earthy tones. It smells like a spiced up brown ale (though not at all spicy if that makes sense). Really nice easy going taste this one. Great Fall quaffer. The honey rings in some underlying sweet tones. The Wild Rice brings some character to the table in it's earthy and spiciness. An a solid brown ale type of a base beer lays under it all providing a solid foundation. Very enjoyable autumn beer all around.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Dullish copperish appearance with a fairly large sized cap of off-sandy white foam thats a bit crunchy looking. Fades to keep a great skim always present and the lacing is minimal in sporatic spotting.

Aroma is fairly light and simple yet forward and approachable with a full maple tone and some backing of lightly roasted or baked rice grains.

Flavor is seemingly light as well. Some light maple keeps a sweet side in the flavors as well as a light malting as the rice builds underneath with a dryish baked rice cake and light roastyness. Quickly glides down staying mildly mapley sweet as the feel is on the lighter side with a smooth and clean body. Slightly sticky in the front and middle with rice grain but overall quite light and super quickly smooth.

This one didn't do much for me. Seems well made, no doubt, just not what I'd prefer over many of the other wondeful TH brews Hoops creates. From what others have discussed since its release, the cask offering was better.

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Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub...poured by Mike Hoops himself...

Clear dull copper appearance, nice yellow-tan head of almost an inch in height. Laces in incomplete collars and drips. Roasty aroma, like kilned grains. Mouthfeel is lightish, the carbonation about average. Flavor follows the form of the aroma, husky and grainy in tone, wild rice nutiness, a speck of hops coming through. Sweetness is well-done (maple syrup added), nicely attenuated but not at all cloying. Perhaps a little thin at the close. The way this beer achieves its balance is very nice, and the aftertaste is spot-on balanced as well. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going to just throw a dart at the board, when it comes to picking a style. Not a lot of pale ales use maple syrup and wild rice, but it's not a lager, not a dark, or a brown ale. Not dark, not hoppy, not that malty. And it's an ale to celebrate harvest, but no Oktoberfest.

Enough of that, on to the beer...

Lightly hazed, pale orange hue, decent sized head, rocky, off-white.

Nose is sweet and complex, brown sugar and maple, roasty and rustic.

Very smooth and clean on the palate, sweet from the syrup, but with excellent balance and form. A super-drinker, light in body, slick, almost sugary, juicy mouthfeel, malty finish. I suspect the use of rice adds to the thinness of body, and the maple syrup gives enough flavor to help cover up such failings.

Fresh on the heels of the Fresh Hop Ale, this one offers a different perspective, in form of a tasty and very companionable ale. Let's hear it for Minnesota, come on, Fall!

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MN Harvest Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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