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Anniversary Ale 2005 | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tavernjef on 10-31-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Oxymoron
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to feloniousmonk for a trade. Poured from a growler a very dark brown with amber to lighter brown hues. Some clarity and good head retention and superb lacing. Much darker then what I would consider an IPA.

The smell has a roasted almost nutty malt character mixed with a good earthy complex hop aroma to it. Some biscuit and toasted tones are noticed as well. Lighter fruit remnants remind me of an apple pie.

The taste has a stronger sweeter malt flavor with some roasted flavor and a caramel smoothness that stays around throughout the after taste. There is a smoky wood taste that isn't quite piney but still noticeable to mention. Relative cinnamon notes as well. The hops have a good bitterness with light tangerines tart flavors.

The body has a medium feel to it. Very crisp texture but a slight burnt taste remains in the aftertaste.

Overall it is a good beer and what I would consider unique in style.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color..nice frothy tan head even out of the growler....excellent nose to this one...toasted malts and juicy hops...great hop aroma that mixes what I like to call a tobacco leaf like smell with some piney notes..

At first this one bites you hard with the hops...my first impression was this is too unbalanced and the hops too strong...BIG piney hop flavor...but then it smooths out nicely...the malt is clearly secondary but it adds at least lends some semblence of balance...clearly hop driven and not as good as the last Anniversary Ale I tried a few years back. Still, this is a very good, tasty IPA...

Thanks to Huge Person for the BD Gift..

Body is medium, and about right for the hopping....seems a little bigger than Mama and may teeter into DIPA territory...nice beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice burgandy tone. Scarlet red maybe. You get the picture. Slightly hazed. Good sized beige head leaves ample amounts of lace. On the nose, there's great malt tones. Toffeeish and biscuity. No shortage of hop attributes either. Sharp and piney. A little resiny. Smokey. Quite good. The flavor follows suit nicely with the nose. There's really a great balance of malt and hops. Nice, profound flavors of each entity. Malts are thick and toffee like. Toasted notes check in as well. Hops are piney and grassy. Leaves a nice, dry finish. Body is damn near full and the carbonation thinly prickly. Again, this beer is quite an achievemnt in balance.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown body, a little darker than most IPAs, almost like a red ale. Creamy tan head atop the beer.

Smell: Very hoppy, lightly sweet and fruity.

Taste: Hoppy and strong, fruity, apples and well toasted. Slight nuttiness, full bodied flavorful. If you like hops, this beer has a fine payoff.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, finishes sharp and bitter.

Drinkability: Very good, not quite as good as the Mama, but this is apples to oranges.

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Photo of slyke
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the Anniversary Ale today at Town Hall - yum, yum, yum. The lady tending the bar referenced Sierra Nevada Celebration when describing it to me. That was enough to get me to order one rather than my usual Masala Mama. A wonderful dark amber appearance with about a 1/2 inch head. The aroma was nice, but it didn't completely let on how tasty this beer was going to be. Hoppy throughout the flavor, but a lot of malt character too. A nice full mouthfeel as I'd expect from a beer of the style and the referenced Celebration. Drinkability was real good. I finished mine in about 20 minutes and could have easily had another one if a drive back to Rochester wasn't ahead of me. Get it while you can. This beer is a winner!

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

Lightly hazed bronzed appearance, puffy creamy 1/2" head standing guard atop.

Aroma shines with hops from afar...ripe and riveting, abundant fruity hoppiness...quite nice...ahhhh!!!

Brisk, bitter, delicious hoppiness returns on the tongue, apples, and grapes, and cherries, and twist of citrus, but never-flagging hoppy bitterness..yum...continues forever in the taste...
Medium bodied, everlasting flavor, long, fruity, bittersweet finish...quite nice...yum, yum, yum...

Another awesome Anniversary Ale! This did very well in the past week, when Masala Mama ran out...what would we Minneapolitan hopheads do if this wasn't on? Such despair would cause lamentations that would echo throughout the 10,000 lakes!

EDIT: after writing this review, I left home, went out, had a Sierra Nevada Celebration on draft, came home, had a bottle, then, poured more from the growler...no difference. Whatsoever. Couldn't tell I'd been having 2 seperate beers. Perfect replication of that classic brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewpub: Off opaque burnt orange with a smoothly firm and tall surf of light tan froth that cakes itself to the top and sides. Unforgettably beautiful to the eyes.

Aroma is exquisite with a big sprucey waft up front as wonderfully warm biscuity muffin toastyness and smokey burnt wood tones really add depth which is very nice to let breathe into the mind. Dark citrus notes add some light souring and fruity effects underneath.

Taste is just as good if not better. Darkly bittered with burntish smokey wood, pine, and dark citrus. Warm, filling, thick, and roastified. The wood tones are quite unique here, like burnt marshmellow edges over a campfire of spruce wood while making smores and having some red grapefruit and tangerines on the side while doing it. Hops are darkly set in bittering levels across the baked on, caked on dry, toasted, and grainy malt backing. Fuckin' lovely and undecipherably describable. An immaculate blending of lightly dry whole grain cake/muffin batter thats been sitting beside a woodfire grille and coated in dark citric juices. Yum!

Feel is clean and well bodied with a medium weighting, gaining a nice cask texture gradually as it goes from middle to finish. Feathery, velvety, soothing, warm, tender, and bold.

A great beer to commemorate the Anniversary! Wow!

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Anniversary Ale 2005 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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