Hillary's Step Pale Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by xymyl:
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a large white head, this beer showed up a straightforward hops and malt aroma. The taste is equally straightforward with a lightly sweet malty front end that swiftly releases and leads to a massive hop clampdown.

Overall: Medium bodied, this beer was listed on the chalk board as an "American Pale Strong Ale", so I assumed it would be a pale version of an American Strong Ale and although I guess it *kinda* sort of fit that category, it seemed more like an IPA. The malt backbone wasn't big enough to carry the beer. As an IPA verging on double IPA it works very well, but you have to mark off some points for missing the category... right?

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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden colored, crystal clear liquid. Small, light tan head. Lacing and legs present, but not show stoppers. Uses some sort of strange dwarf hops??

Smells sweet, initially. Fruits, peaches and melons. Bitterness with deep inhalation - grassy. Some scents of earth and butter as well.

Taste is much more bitter than sweet. Out of balance, at least to me. Especially grassy at finish.

Medium + body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Overall, I enjoyed it, but I don't think I would want to drink too many (more than two) in a row.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at the Brewpub: ...and fabulous! Wow, nice gem look to a pale yellow gold. Smeared and glowing haze to its body. Creamy small top of smooth foam. Immense lacing or should I say straight up sheet of foam lays across the glass like a blanket of pillowy foam. Wow! Gorgeous!

Aroma is of soft citrus and pine that carryies a well displayed sifting of orangey/pineapple juices mixed with tangerine soaked pine.

Taste is quite nice, very firm and peppy with an overall smoothness that is killer. Tenderly soft in citrus juicyness that induces the ideas and tastes of the tropics. Pineapple, red oranges, tangerines, and some nice touches of skin dryness and pith. Earthy yet favors a subtle tone of sweetness over the top with its juicyness. Grassy touches the end with a nicely rounded bitterness thats easy to handle yet has a decent pep and zip to it to keep it interesting.

Feel is super smooth and full on cask pulled delight. Oh so tender and smooth with an amazingly creamy feel with a small texture of buzzing hops and citrusy stuff that floats about.

This stuff is gold to the throat. So smooth and tender and creamy its a breeze to drink. A damn fine drinker by TH. No surprise there. Good stuff!

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Photo of steorn
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong pale from my fave brewpub.

A lovely amber/gold pour with a lasting creamy head.
The nose is gentle with malt and mild floral hopiness.

First taste is very nice,sweet malt,honey, a full rounded mouthfeel.
Then it follows a gentle slope up to a floral slightly grassy hop taste.

The alcohol is there but is well balanced by the creamy mouthfeel
and gentle yet lasting hops.
Seems almost more like a strong ESB than a pale,a big plus in my mind.
There is long lasting lace on the glass and also great long lasting
One of my favorite T H brews so far,and thats saying something.

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Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep gold...looks inviting

S-Herbal/spicy hop impressions...grasssy...a little tobacco....mild canibus...also some lemon rind spritziness.... along with some biscuity like english style maltiness..I'm not doing this smell justice...tough to explain completely but very aromatic

T-Biscuity maltiness is the first impression...some light caramel notes too....then the hops kick in....a nice spicy/leafy hoppiness....flavorfull and not overly bitter....some stronger dryer hop notes are more evident on the long finish....

M-This is medium bodied...very smooth and creamy feel to it...like I mentioned it is dry on the finish..

D-This is an experiment gone RIGHT....now I'm getting some fantastic hop burps too....I love these single hop beers and this is an interesting hop to experience....I think what makes this beer so good is the nicely balanced and tasty english style malt backing....really has the feel of a good ESB....I had heard this hop emits a garlic/oniony odor and taste but I get none of that thankfully. This is very good.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on a visit to Town Hall, if it is there on cask you must have it. I had both versions back to back, the Co2 tap was great but the cask version was exceptional. The body was a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a nice white head that formed after the cask pour. The smell was great, nice citrus hops with a good biscuty malt background. Taste was right on, citrus and then sweet. The taste was like apricots and biscuts, the thing that impressed me about the taste was the way they were seperated and not mixing together. The mouthfeel from the cask was creamy smooth, very low carbonation but still noticeable. I don't have the words to describe the mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer, but awesome from the cask.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly tarnished light copper appearance. Pillowy white head leaves enormous amounts of lace. Moderate amounts of carbonation surface at a slow clip. The nose is strong with a nice blend of grassy, leafy hops and sweet caramel drippings. Herbal, grassy hops hit the palate first, with a wash of caramel sweetness cleaning it up. But the grassiness does linger with a hop bitterness as well. Pretty decent balance between malt and hops. Especially considering the high octane hop used in this (Summit). The beer is moderately carbonated. Medium bodied. Alcohol presence is negligible. Solid strong ale. (Though I'll take Simcoe, Columbus or Amarillo over Summit.)

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. A nice golden clear color with a thin head that sticks to the glass as the beer is consumed. The smell was not as strong as I was expecting but there is distinctive hop/earthy smell. Taste is where this beer really shines. Nice and hoppy with some grassy flavors and floral tasting. Very 'spring like' flavor.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice inch of light, mocha-colored head tops a dark orange body. The body seems to dance between dark orange and lighter amber colors in places. Excellent retention on the head, loads of lacing left behind.

I noticed a light hops smell upfront, slightly citrusy. Very subtle earthy notes can be grabbed from this too, but I had trouble distinguishing the scents. There's a little spiciness and a little fruitiness as well, perhaps apricots or peaches.

The taste is similar in that there is a little bit of hops upfront, followed by a lingering grapefruit. Very malty sweetness with bits of honey and something sort of like grass. Lemons and oats are available for the palate to devour. All of this is kept in balance with a taste I can only describe as reminiscent of Mom's buttered muffins.

This was heavy bodied and extremely creamy. No carbonation. A crisp and dry finish. Very refreshing and an overall great taste. I would say this is a tremendous offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malts: all Golden Promise. Hops: 100% Summit dwarf. Named to honor a figure famous for mounting a daunting summit.

Clear amber/bronze appearance, with a big, lasting creamy head.

Lovely aromatics, big, fresh hops, citrus zest and spice...grassy and green. Wonderful.

Taste: delcicious. Ample juicy malt, contained bitterness, mixed with fresh hop flavor, with fruity associations, then a bold, brash malty feel kicks in, riding with the higher alcohol. A meaty brew. Beefsteak and applesauce!

Great drinking, too, despite the higher booze buzz. A beautiful blend of malt and hops, so smooth, so tasty.

I'll be helping kill these kegs at every opportunity.

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Hillary's Step Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10 ratings