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Warrior Strong Pale Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by dfried on 05-25-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cue up the Patty Smyth (and Scandal?) song, or dialogue from the 1979 movie...it's up to you...

Malts are American and English, and ample enough to balance this blistering hoppiness...I heard 112 IBUS...might be true...? Tons of Warrior hops thrown into this...let's crack the growler and check it out, eh?

Hazed, bronzed appearance, solid, staying chalk-white head, leaving some lace. Very nice.

Aroma is lovely, spankingly hoppy...yes, that's my phrase now, I'll copywrite it, "spankingly (c)"...bold, fruity, bitter, but not too much so...apples and dark fruits match citrus and pine...a delicious mix. Me likey.

Drinking it, big, fat, blasting hops right on the tongue, but not too much...just enough. A...wait, I said "delicious mix"...so, it's a "flavorful ferrago"?...(look it up, somewhere)...Appley, citrusy, melony, ...and the high alcohol content is well buried below the malt. Yum, I keep saying, yum, and yum, again.

Sweetness from the malt, a sturdy bottom, with this tastiness dominating. By no means an overly hoppy ale, this is absolutely well-balanced, and quite worth the drinking.

The more I drink, the more I wonder what could possibly be wrong with it. Nothing, is all I can come up with...I just love it and love it, despite the super-hoppiness. It's delicious, as I already said...did I mention yummy, though?

Actually, it gets better as I drink it...and I had four servings before I cam home to crack open this growler...I like it more, as I drink it. And it's not just the booze talkin'!

Good job again, Mr. Hoops!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this is listed on MTH's website as a strong APA. Hopefully that gets updated in the near future. Thanks to younger35 for a sending a growler of this to Chicago. Served in a NotLA taster glass.

A - Transparent golden orange body, with a couple fingers of soapy foam that dissipates to solid cap and tons of lace. Good looking stuff.

S - Very earthy, grapefruit rind, peaches, bubblegum, sweet apple. Quite unusual - I don't drink a ton of all-Warrior beers. Sugar cookie and light dough malt backbone.

T - There's something like strawberry in there, along with the peach, bubblegum, and some light pine and dankness. Some burnt sugar malt character. Bitterness isn't all that intense, but it lingers for quite a while and builds over time.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, a good amount of residual stickiness, very smooth.

D - Alcohol is pretty well hidden, although after all these other beers the heat is slowly building. Bitterness is nice, but it never gets out of control. If this came out earlier in the night I think I would have been more enthusiastic.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer's got a nice glow to it. Incandescent orange. Good sized creamy ivory white head. Lace is quite plentiful. Good aroma. Pungent, oily, resiny. A little citric. And some of that orange marmalade maltiness underneath. On the buds, this beer has a nice sweet, toffeeish malt base. Quite substantial enough to support all the Warrior hop goodness going on. The bitterness is pretty clean and not overbearing in the least. Hops also add some bright citrus and fruit tones (orange, lemon and apricot come to mind fleetingly). And there are also the resiny attributes as well. The rind like properties. Canabis. You know the drill when it comes to these High AA PacNW hops. Good stuff. This beer is quite drinkable for the high hopload and a/v. I don't even notice any alcohol in the flavor. Yet another solid DIPA from Town Hall.

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Photo of ZAP
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another nice IPA from TH.

Deep orange color...nice white head...nose is leafy canibus...also a english style biscuity maltiness present on the aroma.

Taste is loaded with the tobacco, and canibus flavors...also some bitter grapefruit rinds, and even some pine elements...hops are way in front but there is a decent enough biscuity malt backbone...IBU's must be 100+ as this has a good strong bitterness...

Medium bodied...carbonation spot on...finishes tight with a lingering bitterness..

This is my first battle with the warrior hop and I am impressed but not knocked out. A good solid, bitter DIPA but I wouldn't rate this as elite..

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Photo of tavernjef
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Hazed, soft, and pale copper. Incomplete and sporatic capping of whitish foam. Lacing is slow and inky.

Aroma is resinous to say the least. Raw, unhinged, greasy hops, lay out some pale grapefruit, oily pine sap, and floralness as a small backing of toasty/paled malt sweetens the back slightly.

Taste is flavorful and lengthy. Simple, bold, and rounded front of lightly toasted and pale malt. Big bursting pine oilyness and deep woody resin jumps into the middle and increases from there adding some extra depth to its seemingly simple display of hop tones. Twisted additions to grapefruit oils and pineapple mush add some sweetness along with a souring citrus bitterness that builds and doesn't escape the finish. Lengthy and striking in its character, but somehow familiar with tones and not as complex as other Dbl IPA's. Was still very impressionble however and contiued to grow on me from sip to sip.

Body is thick, creamy, oily, and hoppy. Probably the best aspect of its overall likability is its thicker body. Thickly silken; malted with a semi light toastedness and paleness which is helping provide an extra firm and saturated deep thick sweetness. Quite nice actually, as its body holds the flavors in place for a long time, keeping it interesting and on the buds for longer. Finish is a collage of oily hoppy stuff with pine, grapefruit, resin, oils, and deep, somewhat darker bitterness.

Drinkable by alot, even given its thicker body and well masked 8%. Still, not long after the impression is made, its harder to finish then you'd expect. The thickness did make me slow down some, but didn't have any problem draining another glass. It just took longer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to Alex for scoring this one for our 5 growler showdown. Poured from growler into Sierra Nevada Pint Glass. Notes from iPhone, so they're not all that good.

A - Orange/yellowish, white head, good retention and lacing.

S - Hops, some citrus, tangerines, grapefruit.

T - Light malts, nice floral/citrus bitterness.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, smooth and refreshing.

D - An interesting brew and goes down easily, but I've had much better from Town Hall.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh, this beer is pretty sitting in a wide-mouthed goblet. The head is full and thick and creamy-looking. The body is glowing orange-to-gold (top to bottom) haziness that is full of streams of carbonation. Nice. The smell is at first carmel malts. As the beer warms aggresive hops make themselves known. Fruity and sharply citric. Before I had this beer I was told about a strawberry flavor in this beer. The rumors are true. A great sweet fruity flavor that can be translated as strawberry mixes well witht the bitteness from the gargantuan bitterness. Great flavor. Mouthfeel is metallic yet creamy, good. All in all this is a great boldly-hopped DIPA. I like the choice of hops :-D.

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Photo of younger35
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by Town Hall one lovely Saturday afternoon to drink some brews and watch some football. Drank from a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light orange with hues of yellow and a fairly respectable half finger bright white head. A thin cap is maintained amongst the decent collar and rampant spotty lacing.
Smell- Fairly subdued nose as the hops are fruity and clean with a grapefruity like profile. A bit of pine and/or grass are present as well. The malts are more Than abundant too adding a butterscotchy brown sugar sweetness to the nose.
Taste- Strangely balanced considering. The hops are fairly subtle and earthy with a big pine and lemongrass start. A white grapefruit pithiness steps in as well but I don't think I'd classify this anywhere near fruity. The malts are almost as prevalent as the hops. Plenty of caramel and toffee abound as an assertive malt backbone makes itself known. The finish is basically malty with a light piney bitterness and the slightest warmth of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Stout bodied brew here with a light kiss of carbonation and oily/creamy feel.
Drinkability- Not the over the top bitter hop explosion I was expecting. The Warriors are a fierce hop people and I don't feel as though they were fully showcased. Yes this is a super balanced, drinkable brewski but I wanted a warrior hop bomb. Kind of like how Townhall's cascade was. Minus my bitching, tasty either way

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Photo of Buebie
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received this growler as a gift. Poured from the grolwer into a pub glass. Off a rigorous pour about an inch of tan head forms up, kind of quick to recede. Even after 10 minutes of sitting, not touching the beer, there is an adequate retention foam head sitting there.
The beer itself is crystal clear, light golden amber copper color with long lasting carbonation rise.

Aroma is really a let down and does not deliver much of anything. It smells like air really and a mild caramel malt with just a dusting of hops.

Taste is divine though, making up for the absent aroma. Sweet delicious caramel filled malt, grains and oh its so rich with a bit of hop spice.
Mouthfeel has some full body to it, carbonation is present throughout, but not of the stinging type.
Hops bitter throughout also, but malt and hops walk hand in hand in complete unity. Only at the finish do the hops actually come forward, alone and the bitters longer. Alcohol is absent from aroma or taste, making this one dangerous brew!

Absolutly loved it, now just add some aroma hops please.

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Photo of dfried
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty impressive beer. It has a nice pale-amber, slightly cloudy color. Nice, bubbly white head (that retained especially well when I made a questionable pour out of a growler.) The smell was very floral, a bit cirtusy, with some of the sweet pale aroma. The taste was obviously dominated by hops. There was times where I almost thought I was drinking grapefruit juice, in a good way. The pale malt is apparent in the flavor, but there is an array of citrus and floral hop flavor that provide a bitter/tart kick, but this comes to what impressed me the most about this beer, the silky finish and mouthfeel. I have never experienced that in a double IPA quite like this beer had, it almost feels like actual silk in your mouth after you take a sip, then as you breath out its sweet and citrus-tart at the same time, and it left me wondering, as I said before, if that was grapefruit juice, and this masks the alcohol a lot, so it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap into a pint glass.

light amber with a touch of orange. off-white head that stays forever and leaves tons of lace.

great bold blend of hop aromas: tons of citrus rinds, some floral, a little pine. some sugary sweet malts blended in as well.

some malt, tons of hops with the citrus and pine coming through strong, then an insanely dynamic aftertaste that mixes incredible hops, sugary malts, and a touch of alcohol. every taste is an experience, and the flavor doesn't fade for at least a minute. thick, heavy with a slick oily feel. drinkability takes a hit only because of the alcohol. this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading about Warrior for some time now, I finally caved and made the run to Town Hall to try it.
In the door for not 1 minute and had already ordered it.
It comes, filling my glass with it's hazy, cloudy, pale bronze good-ness. The creamy foam head beckoned me in for smell....
Smells like; citrus- grapefruit, apples and hops, glorious hops.
I want a taste! This Double IPA truly represents itself....great bitter bite, pale malts, but the finish- a smooth, creamy gulp that finishes with just a hint of bitterness. Also apparent is a sweet flavor that lingers on the palate. The lacing is great on this medium bodied "warrior".
Considering I couldn't put down just one and had to order another- it's very drinkable.
Me. Like. Beer.

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Warrior Strong Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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