Amarillo Amber | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 04-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American & English Caramel malts, all Amarillo hops.

Clear, coppery-crimson appearance, under prodigious foam, cream-toned, off-whitish.

Abundant Amarillo aroma, crisp orange/citrus/lime flavors, quite vibrant, and lively, mixing well with malt aromatics underneath.

Malt flavors becomes more prominent once meeting the mouth, caramel and an undercurrent of chocolate, with the Amarillo hop flavors still skating on top, a great blend of sweet and bitter. Hoppier than a traditional amber, without quite the malt content, typical of Town Hall, which means nothing but delight for this drinker. More sessionable than than their normal pale ales and IPAs, but the hops keep the tongue happy.

Toasty malt character, also keeps this one interesting. If this were fashioned like the Amarillo PA, or any of their singular hop variety ales, we'd see much paler malt used, I'm sure. I like the difference we see in this, as the blending of flavors from malt and hop are the dance that takes the spotlight. Take a bow!

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Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber, fluffy off-white head, some retention, good lace.

S: Piney, citrusy hops; toffee; brown sugar.

T: Very hop-forward: pine & citrus with a little spice; burnt toffee; slight caramel; assertive bitterness, slight acidity.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, well attenuated, slight acidity.

D: A hop assault on your taste buds... but quite good.

Thanks Grub!

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Photo of biegaman
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Grub for sharing this growler!
A most beautiful colour. Shades of terra cotta, auburn, brick, copper, ochre, cinnamon, sepia, on and on. Wow, a most beautiful appearance... perfect 5 with no hesitation. A thick bubbly white head leaves reams of lacing and stick like spider webs all along the glass. A pure amarillo aroma, mimicked in the taste but with a hint of spice on the tongue. Soft, malty finish that sprouts a light bitterness at the end. This is really good. I'm impressed again with Town Hall.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review notes as of 7-8-09:

Originally I had this beer rated a 4.0. I raised my taste and DK ratings to kick this up a bit. Flavor is quite balanced between the sweet caramel drippings and resiny, pungent hops. Very full flavored and enjoyable.

Appearance: Deep hued mahogany. Clarity is very good. A slime off white head sits on top and leaves a moderate amount of lace behind as I drink.

Aroma: Perfect. Absolutely perfect. This is the perfect blend of hop traits. The grassiness. The oily pungency. The grapefruit pulp. The Mary Jane. And it all mixes with some sweet caramel tones.

Flavor: This is quite a hoppy and bitter beer. For an amber style beer, I would expect a little more caramel or toffeeish maltiness. In that respect, it's a little unbalanced. But, on the flipside, this beer is still quite enjoyable as is. The grassy and resiny hop tones are in the forefront. But there's some sweet maltiness in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium to medium-full. Kind of a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Carbonation is moderate a slightly prickly. Pretty refreshing overall.

Drinkability: This is a nice beer. Easy to drink. Good stuff, but not one of my personal favorites from TH.

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Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Orange/brown color...nice lacing on glass.

S-Not as fragrant as expected..some citrus but really a much bigger toasted caramel maltiness.

T-Taste takes on more of a leafy hop profile along with a more than abundant caramel maltiness.

M-Medium bodied...feels about the right weight...slightly dry finish..

D-Nice drinking amber ale that is nicely balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of Viggo
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this with us to go along with our steaks!

Pours a clear red/amber, thick off white head, very nice lacing, perfect retention, thick sticky head lasts until the end of the glass, looks amazing. Smell is sweet, floral/grapefruit, nice malts through the middle, light chocolate, lots of amarillo, very nice. Taste is very malty, caramel, some spice, bit of grain, some chocolate, huge floral and grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low silky carbonation, very smooth. Excellent beer, thanks a ton Russ!

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Photo of morimech
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stopped in to pick up some growlers and thought I should have a beer before I go. I saw this on the board and knew nothing about it and it completely blew me away. It was on cask so it was served to me with that awesome cascading head. It had a clear amber color and the head did eventually settle to a thick cap. I always have issues trying to pick up scents while I am sitting at the bar in Town Hall but I definately picked up the Amarillo hops with citrus aromas. Has citrus flavors with the customary Town Hall malt profile. Bitterness is high but not overwhelming to the palate. I usually do not like highly hopped beers cask conditioned but this one works. The body probably benefited from the cask conditioning. It had a soft and smooth texture. I wanted to sit and drink this beer all day. I have a soft spot for hopped up amber/reds.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright rusty orange. Slimmingly small and bubbled capping of off-white doesn't keep long when served. Some stringy lace sticks while consumed.

Aroma is of waxy, soapy pine resin. Tenderly smokey with some solid orange oil drops and some malt sweetness appear stronger as it warms.

Taste is super gliding smooth and firm with a creamy, easy going caramel malt backing, teethed by a small edge of toasted malt evident in the background. The Amarillo's do there thing nearer the end as it picks up finely tanged pine resin, orangey grapefruityness, and some nice smokey hints to wild grasses on top of the a growing toasted turf of malts.

Semi waxy, clean, creamy, frim, bold, and quick to the tongue with a soothing pleasure of a simple, yet yeilding amount of sweet malt and toasted factions adding to the hop toned finish of cleanly bright pine resin sap, wax, and floral grassy soap.

No surprise here...another fine drinker of a hoppy toned ale by TH.

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Photo of gatornation
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at town hall..pours a darker than usual amber it was a ruby red/brown color with a nice creamy head it looks good and fresh.the smell was hops first then malts..the taste was the same im impressed with this amber its hoppy first but does have sweet malts in it overall just a great seasonal from this brew pub i always like to find a hoppy amber and this one fits the bill real easy to drink very flavorful and well balanced.i will head back to town hall b4 this one is gone..its recommended

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Photo of grub
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

JeffKrenner hooked me up with this one in a kuhnhenn/town hall growler swap that we did at dark lord day. thanks jeff!

pours a deep reddish copper colour with a huge fluffy tan head. the head drops super slow and leaves tons of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. grapefruit and pine. apricot. big biscuit malt. hint of alcohol. i just love the hops on this one.

taste is great. tons of biscuit malt. medium bitterness. grapefruit. pine and resiny hops. hint of alcohol.

mouthfeel is great. fairly big body. great well integrated medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced and extremely enjoyable. this is definitely one i had available regularly. thanks again jeff!

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Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of dfried
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, reddish-toffee in color, thin off white head that lasted well as a ring. The Hops in the aroma jump out at you. There was a light breeze on the patio and I still smelled the hops right when the server set my first pint down near me. Musty and resinous hops, bitter, a lot like orange and grapefruit rind. Sweet, caramelly, and toasted grain malt lies underneath, maybe even some peaches from the malt and hops together.

The taste is much as the aroma led on. Piney, skunky, and resinous which combined with citrus flavors to taste a lot like citrus rind. The malt is caramelly, but not especially rich, it stays crisp and crystal malt-like. Hints of some other fruity flavors crop up like apricot, peaches and strawberries. Medium to medium-light bodied, defitiely a session beer.

Overall: great brew. The malt was somewhere between a brown ale and a pale ale, and the hops between a PA and an IPA. This is tasty and just plain a great session brew. Bring on the hops.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had a bit of hesitation before I ordered this one as I'm not a huge fan of amber ales. But, then again I haven't had too many to compare this with. I was expecting a hopless, bland, malty beer. Boy was I wrong.

Served at a perfect temp in a Town Hall pint glass

Beautiful ruby, amber color. Good carbonation and a healthy head that dwindles to a nice lace after the pour.

The aroma of the beer is phenomenal! There is a big bang of hops to meet your nose right at the start. Nice floral, citrusy scent. There is a faint caramel aroma as well.

The taste is right up there with the aroma. Very nice hop bite initially w/ a good balance w/ the sweet malts. The amarillo hops really come out in this beer. This is one of my first experiences with this hop and it is a good one. The hops are citrusy, floral and a bit earthy. There is a good malt backbone w/ some toffee and caramel flavors. The malts aren't as heavy as I would expect in an amber ale however. I like this about this brew though. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Very smooth and clean tasting.

This beer is outstanding. I was expecting a boring ol amber ale and was knocked back by this beer. I had to buy a growler just so I could take it home. Its too bad thats almost gone now after 1 day. I'll have to make a trip back for this beer. Hopefully I will be revisiting this one over and over again in the future. Another great Town Hall beer.

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Photo of edbeered
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewpub, this pours a clear reddish amber color, with a substantial white head and some fine white lacing on the glass. The smell is faintly hoppy. The taste is primarily a bitingly intense hoppy flavor. The hop taste is citrussy and floral. There is a minor malt flavor, but it pales in the presence of the hops. It may be just a matter of semantics, but the brewer describes this as a malty beer with hops, whereas I find it to be a hoppy beer with some malt. Regardless of my confounded expectations, this still tastes delicious. The relatively low alcohol content(5.2%)makes this a fine session beer. Very nice.

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Amarillo Amber from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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