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Chico's Revenge | 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): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tempest on 11-23-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of ZAP
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Hazy golden color

S-A bit of an odd aroma....strong sweet perfumey smell...also some hints of noble hops..

T-Sweeter sugary maltiness....high bitterness from the ops...piney....acidic hop load..

M-medium bodied...finishes bitter

D-It's OK...a little high IBU for the English style...odd hop impression for the stule....not one of the better Town Hall beers I've had but worth trying a pint

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I was a bit disappointed in the beer, but it was still quite good. Part of the reason is I had the Evolution first, which was stronger, so the Chico's lacked in comparison a bit. The Chico's had a light mouthfeel, a bit watery, but fine. Light malt and caramel taste with some hop that ranged front to back of the mouth, and a bit of an astringent taste. Dark golden beer with a nice lace all the way down. Good, glad I had one, but didn't order a second.

I guess I didn't see what other did in the beer, which I'm glad others liked it better. The hops were very restrained, and not as well balanced with the beer. I don't consider myself a true hophead, though I like solid IPAs and the occasional DIPA if it's balanced, but don't think that's why I seem to undervalue the hoppiness of Chico's. Just didn't have the NW punch to me that others seem to get.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazed copper. Thick cap of white froth. Lots of clingy lace left behind.

Aroma: Fresh yeast aroma mixes with some west coast hoppiness. Decent nose.

Taste: Malts are toffee and biscuit flavored. Hops give some herbalness and bitterness. A little perfumey as far as the hops. Everything combines together pretty nicely. Bitterness lingers in a nice way.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated.

Drikability: Nice, easy drinking beer. Flavorful. Good beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Nice medium yellow cast with a shimmer of orangeyness to it. Pale white capping of half inch height stays for quite a bit before releasing to an always present amount of foam and tons of lacing patterned in thick broken sheets and strings.

Now for an English Pale, this stuff is killer awesome yum with a great hoppy nose that stands quite tall with a fresh, yet pale pine and citrus hoppyness which has a decent resin coated factor to its dried oilyness. Tenderly sweet and malty too.

Flavors are great; welcoming a bold, bright, and semi-brittle snap of hops grabbing the forefront and tantilizes from there with a broad, well-lasting range of pale citrus and pine. Mellows and glides from there with nice sweet malt underneath keeping a wonderful balance to it all as it carries a bit of breadyness within and finishes with a small pull of resiny, oily hops. A very well mannered drink for the hops, fully tasty and unbittered in a barely got ya grab of bite thats fair and easy going on the palate.

Feel is fresh, clean, crisp and brisk with a flavor of hops that's really quite nice. Mediumish body, with a growing fullness into each glass. The first glass went down so fast, it was hard to note anything. It was so damn tasty smooth and drinkable. Second and third glass was much more filling and long lasting in memory. Very slick, very smooth, and soft with hop tones. The tender sweet malt backing is almost bready, but more bockish smooth than anything.

Man Oh man, how I loved this beer. Another keeper of a Pale, English or not, from the folks at Town Hall. My growler won't last the night.

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Photo of Chaz
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pale tan head sits atop his golden straw body, shimmering in the haze of the waning afternoon before riding off into the sunset. Bountiful lacey frills bid him a teearful farewell, petticoats clutching washpails. Sharp as the points on a sherriff's tin badge the hops had mown down the the bland malt bad-guys and in house ale yeast strain. Filmic metaphors exhausted, your hapless reviewer found Chicos' Revenge to be an enjoyable and well-above average pale ale with a nod in the direction of a certain flagship: mouthfeel starts out brisk and cleansing and finishes creamy. Nose isn't hoptastic, but they didn't shoot for a hop-bomb; I actually picked up on more of the yest and malt, so there's a nice balance. Light in body and very sessionable. A certain booziness peaked out from behind the swinging douuble doors of tawny malt (aha!) before it was all over. Roll credits . . .

(Note: While FMonk thought this was "Easy to drink, for the typical hophead, maybe a bit too brash for others" I recall several Town Hall APAs which exceeded Chico's brashness.)

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, pale orange appearance, cream-toned, brobdignagian froth buzzes above.

Hoppy nose, soft, sweet, and fruity. Underlying citric tones, but not too bitter.

Once in the mouth, a brisk blast of bitterness, a barrage of hops, all Columbus, if I recall correctly, but fading surely, mellowing, softly settling back and vanishing away. Rather thinly bodied, and light in malt. The hop bitterness, however, is restrained and while allowed to shine, they do so in a stable and mature fashion. Hops get more comfortable in the mouth and their tidy tickle is well appreciated.

Easy to drink, for the typical hophead, maybe a bit too brash for others. All in all, though, a nice pale ale. I liked it okay on cask (it's initial offering), and a little less on tap at the pub. At home, I'm really liking it.
Cheers to Chico, whoever that is...

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, antique gold with a fine, lasting head. The bartender informed me that they used Columbus hops. The aroma is incredible, not overpowering, but floral and citrusy at the same time. The taste is a bit of a surprise because bitterness is so low in taste but so prominent in aroma. As others have observed, malt is subdued, and dextrins are just enough to provide a medium mouthfeel while still allowing good drinkability. Would not be even remotely as good on tap (just as Masala Mama is vastly better on cask.)

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Photo of dfried
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They had this on cask the week before it was released. Golden straw in color, off white typical cask head. Strong orange, grapefruit and other citrus fruit in the aroma. A distinct musty smell underlied everything as well, with a sweet pale malt backbone. The taste was of ripe oranges and orange rind, that musty/resinous charater was more apparent in the flavor as well, almost like humulus's cousin cannabis. Town Hall usually does a great job with the malty backbones of these pale ales they brew, and this one is no different, it's there and you know it and it's good, but the beer is all about the hops. Medium body, on cask anyway it was a very smooth and delicious beer, I am guessing in the 5%'s for ABV, very drinkable.

Verdict: if you like musty citrus flavors in a PA, this ones for you. I was pretty impressed with this beer, tasty and drinkable, one of the reasons I love TH.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer only on cask. According to my waitress it is a Columbus hops pale ale. I'm generally not a fan of cask beer, however, I found this to be quite nice. It had the typical creamy quality of a good, fresh cask beer, along with a good citrus hops kick. There wasn't much to speak of for malt, they were more of a hops delivery system. Overall just very drinkable with good hops.

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Chico's Revenge from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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