Number 9 | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by feloniousmonk on 10-31-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of pgmach89
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kenito799
2.42/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Town Hall BrewPub, Minneapolis.

Stopped here to sample their very highly rated IPA, also tried this to see what else they do. Served in sort of a goblet. Clear darkish amber, almost no head. Aroma of fruity-banana Belgian yeast and some citrusy hop smells wafting into the mix.

On sip--yow, WAY too sweet. Cloying. Slick in the mouth, must be the alcohol. Off-balance, too, with the sugary sweetness followed by aggressive hop bitterness. Sorry guys, a disjointed brew. Hard time drinking it all, glad it wasn't a 20oz pour, that would have been deadly. But I applaud the effort...

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Photo of tavernjef
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brew pub: Clear lemony yellow. Smallish topping of stark white foam. Keeps a ton of lacing all over the place, again, another 10 oz glass is used well with the filling of this wonderful gem.

Aroma is thick and lemony with sugared candy goodness and yeasty forward dryness. A bit of pineapple and pear make for an interesting share of wiffs among the lemony goodness. Yet, there's more here then that as a peppery spice and grassy edge keeps poking its way across the aroma each new wiff taken. Quite nice.

Uh - oh, we have a winner here! Damn, and holy crap, pardon my frankness, but wow, this stuff is nearly just like the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA in nearly every way. Taste wise anyways. Lots of delisciously sweet lemon hard and soft candies merging and liquidified together with pineapple, pear, and peach. Tons of biscuity maltishness thats dry, flakey, and pastry-like moist floats around in every sip as does a puff of peppery spice and nutmeg. A pure delight to have roll around and soaked into the memory; and the palate. Lemony sweet in a wonderful candied pastry way.

Feel is pretty full, quite smooth and soft with a delicate touch of pastry dryness and yeasty fluffyness that encompasses a soothing tone of drinkability and attention.

A big time keeper and enjoyablely fulfilling to have a bunch of. Another wonderful brew by Town Hall. I seriously cannot keep up or keep track of all the great beers that keep dawning the glasses there. A thicker, wholesome body and in mouthfeel and some starchyness to the overall appearance in color and this could have been exactly like the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel in a MN brewed brewpub. Mind boggling isn't it...are we sure they just didn't tap a keg of it?

YUM!! Times 9

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed copper. Creamy ivory white head. Full sheets of lace left as I drink. Aroma is yeasty. I notice pear-like esters. A little caramel and toffee. Slight whiff of hops, but not much. The taste is quite smooth. I'm glad I let this growler sit for a while because it has smoothed out a bit. Not as much of an edge as when I tasted it a month or so ago. The flavor is quite nice. Belgian style yeastiness. A little of that hard candy flavor. Some fruitiness, with pears and apples coming to mind. Hops more in the background than in the forefront. But everything melds together nicely. And for a 9% brew, the alcohol is hidden quite nicely.

This is a great growler to give me company while I watch Brett Favre's 232nd straght the snow no less.

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Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Impressive peach color with minimal head

Smell: Spicy hop profile...also get some banana, honey as well as a light floral impression....not getting much from the Amarillo dry hopping though

Taste: Has a Belgian malt feel to it...sweet tropical fruitiness...a little bannana...spicy hops and booziness..

Mouthfeel: Pretty it full bodied...left with a sweeter impression in the mouth at first but then the spicy alcohol notes really pound the piss out of your buds....

Drinkability: This is an excellent beer for one or two..which is what it is made got harder to drink the longer I drank it...a bit harsh but worth trying..

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light white head, fell very quickly to just a film around the rim. Golden, slight hazy color. Lots of fruity esters in the nose--spicy--hops strong but not overwhelming or floral, just a bit citrusy. Billed as a Belgian Double IPA, which it is. Kinda like the old joke, double of nothing is still nothing, but this doesn't follow. It's by no means an American DIPA, but the hops are present and perceptively stronger than in a regular Belgian. Very hot--can really feel the 9%, so watch the impact of this smooth beer with a solid malt base to balance the stronger flavors. Very Belgian, yeasty with grapefruit and a slightly oily taste. Big and strong across the board--a Belgian with balls.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JeffKrenner for the growler!

A: Golden bronze with an amber hue. Crystal clean with wafts of bubbles scurring to the surface. Head is fairly creamy, hint of oatmeal color.

S: Spicy banana, cloves, floral yeast, fresh pineapple, bit of grapefruit rind.

T: Begins very sweet with white peach tickling the tip of the tongue. Moves towards a crispy green apple quality with some yellow pear moments. This reminds me a lot of a riesling. Buttery hops show themselves momentarily then moves towards more peach around the back roof of the mouth after the swallow. Then the bittering hops hit, lighter than I expected....although I'm sure they imparted flavor that were initially mixed in with the fruit flavors.. Finishes dry and aggresive towards the tongue with linger fruit cocktail syrup.

M: Medium body, syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Good balance without being too cloying. Not bad and a great stab at the triple/pale ale infusion. Unfortunately, triples are one of my least favorite styles and this one definately leaned in that direction opposed to the pale ale side. I would recommend it to any triple fan though.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed for the Town Hall's 9th Anniversary(name obviously inspired by the Beatles), it's rather tough to categorize this. Americans created the Double IPA, expanding upon the English style. Then Belgians, first Urthel, and then La Chouffe made their versions with a local twist. And now, Mike Hoops has made the Town Hall version of the Belgian Double IPA. He calls it a cross between a Belgian Tripel and an American Pale Ale, so I'm calling it, for this purpose, a Belgian Pale Ale.

Made with Belgian, American, and German malts, kettle-hopped with Belgian, French and Czech hops, dry-hopped with Amarillo. 9% abv.

Poured into an Urthel tulip glass, No. 9 spills out a hazed, deep golden color, under a pure white head, slim, but staying.

Aroma is classic Szaaz hops, (and others, of course), crisp, floral, honeyed, pale fruit, apricots and peach and bit of citrus. Softly spicy, very lovely.

Starts out sweet, fruity, with a spicy kick. Lingers long on the palate, but no hop bitterness resides after. Interesting, very hoppy, and they dance a pretty turn on the tongue, but are matched well with juicy malt. Slight sting of alcohol bumps into the flavor and jostles with the enjoyment just a touch, but it's delicious.

Rich with malt, juicy and tasty, bright and delightful. Medium bodied, but full with flavor. I'm loving it. Has some of the earmarks of the American Double IPA, and many of the favorable flavors found in Belgian ales. They nailed it, for sure.

Drinkability is only limited by the higher alcohol. At the pub, they serve 10 ounces at a time, here at home I get 64 to partake of at my leisure. Ain't life grand?

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Number 9 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.08 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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