Little Stubby | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 04-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep copper color with a thick off-white head. It leave a good amount of lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is toasty, with a caramel maltiness. It has a nice floral hoppiness and spiciness too.

The flavor is malty and toastiness. It has a pleasant floral, spicy hoppiness through out.

It is medium in body and nice drinking. It is well balanced between with malts and hops. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a pale ale, borderline American though with such big hop flavors. I've never had an EPA like this. Maybe an extra pale ale?

Long lingering hops flavor that dances down your tongue. English hops with earthy, pine and citrus flavors. Nice lighter malt back bone let the hops really shine here. Not overly bitter for the style too, very impressive.

Best pale ale (that wasn't really an IPA) I've had in a long, long time. Hoist a pint if you get the chance. It's a nice drink to have before Masala Mama.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking dark copper. Great looking ivory white head. Leaves enormous amounts of lace. The aroma is real earthy in the hop department. And also resiny and pungent. Toffeeish malt is noticed on the nose as well. On the buds, there is a nice balance of malt and hops. The hops add the herbal, earthy, pungent punch that any hophead would love. And the malt adds some solid toffee and biscuit tones to the backbone. Bitterness is noticeable, but not nearing the "IPA territory." Mouthfeel is agreeable with a slight prick of CO2. Medium to Medium-full in body. Nice take on an English style pale. Definitely different than our American counterparts, but still good.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brew pub: Clear light rusted orange with a small cap of dusty whitened foam that lasts for good length. Small stringy lacing sticks.

Aroma is fairly clean and paled down in a slight honey sweetness tossed with a sweet caramel covered apple, and a tired nuttyness. Only lightly tinted with a fruity-like hoppyness.

Taste is quite nice and not as pale as what the smell would lead you to think. Though at first, this was served colder then it ought to be and wasn't as impressive. Once warmed up, this gets actually quite fantastic for a English style Pale. Clean, crisp, soft, smooth, and malt loaded with an easy going body and fullness. Mostly sweet upfont and fairly solid with malt flavor of nuts and honey dashed with nice nuances of apples, pairs, and starfuit. Has a crunchy hop tone of toasted leafyness around the edges. But the hops take a turn, finely coming in with more character as it begins to finish with a fantastic little pinch of toasted piney grapefruityness and delicately squeezed in bitterness. Quite a subtle ride of flavor. Nice.

Feel is steady and even with a smooth malt soaked body thats nearly silky smooth at the front with a nice little snappy crispness to it that seems to always keep a tender toasted bread and piney hop tone as the sweeter side makes the main hold through most of its flavor and medium malty body.

Big time drinkability. Its clean and smooth taste and body is eager for some easy sessioning as this is quite effortless to put back. Not a surprise really coming from Mr. Hoops; always brewing something pretty darn drinkable.

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Photo of dfried
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was excited when I saw that T-Hall was comming out with a seasonal pale ale. Little Stubby did not, however, impress me all that much. It is an English style pale ale, and I guess I am partial to the American style. It is a solid beer, a bit carmely and nutty in flavor, with a hop flavor that is not distinct in the smell of the beer. I was drinking it out of a growler, and it got a bit flat and stale tasting, so I would definitely recomend getting it only at Town Hall.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little Stubby, named for the new, shorter fermenting tank just installed at Town Hall, and this is the first beer brewed with it...more brewing capacity at TH? Oh, my, things have gone from great to greater around here.

Maris Otter floor malts, Kent Goldings hops, and a new, Irish yeast make up this ale. It's higher in hops than a typical ESB, which this may remind some of, so I went with the pale ale category, though it's even hoppier than that, I think.

Two pints during the initial release dollar-hour, and now I pour from a growler...clear, classic bronze cast, with milky white foam above...definitely looks the part of an English ale...

Aroma: bittersweet, bristling with that classic EK Goldings smell, light caramel tones, whispers of fruit, ...quite nice.

Taste: Big, beefy hops grap at the palate right away, and stick to the mouth through the beer's stay...and then some...this is some hoppy stuff here, but fully English style. If I wasn't spoiled by the Masala Mama, or the better west coast versions, this would be my favorite. Crisp, clean, fully flavored and jumping with hops! Malt is classic here, too, imparting a bready feel, mixed with caramel and toast...Medium bodied, tight finish, but long on the hops, clinging hard on the tongue and the memory...excellent drinkability...seriously good. My kind of session beer, to boot.

Tough time at Town Hall tonight, as they also released a new batch of Midnight Howler Coffee Stout, and an honey barrel aged version of the Grand Cru...above and beyond their normally great selections and the cask there such a thing as too much good beer?

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Little Stubby from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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