J Pale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by edbeered on 08-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of jackorain
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Let's start with the fact that this beer followed Masala Mama cask and a Masala Mama draght. While I did eat and drink water to clear my pallete and rejuvinate my taste buds, my mind was certainly not cleared from the quite nice experience that is Masala Mama. Now on to the J-Pale

A-Light copper to amber color. Nice rentention of the stark white head. As it fell down the glass, the head left a really nice lace.

S-Big herbal hop aroma. There are lots of herbal notes oregano, thyme, tarragon, chervil in this but the overwhelming arome is pot, you know, weed. Quite odd. There was some biscuit malt that tries to push through in the nose, but the "herb" beats it back.

T-Big herbal hops, medicnal, herbal taste made up of the those in the nose. I never ate pot before, but there is certainly that medcinal herb like qaulity. There are bitter greens here as well kale, rabe, chicory. Some biscuit malt comes through, but like the nose is quickly beaten back. This is probably the most unbalanced APA I have ever had.

M-Light body, tingly carbonation with an burning senstaion from the hop oils. There also seems to be an alcohol sting here as well. I neglected to ask the ABV on this one, damn it.

D- I seriously don't think I would order this again except maybe only to test this review.

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Photo of ZAP
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first foray into a single hop "Summit" hop beer and I must say I like it.

Great nose of canibus, tobacco, and grapefruit. This truly smells as good as just about any beer I have had.

Very spicy tasting...weed, tobacco, and then a burst of bitter unsweetened grapefruit.

Body is medium to light...perfect carbonation...looks impressive with a light orange color and a nice white head...

Relatively solid bitter hop bite on the long finish...

Overall this is a exciting beer to try. I don't think I'd like to drink it every day of the year but as a change-up it is outstanding.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tarnished bronze appearance. Slightly hazed. Thin dirty white head. Lacing is moderate in amount and spotty and weblike in nature.

Aroma: Aroma is thick with resinous, smoky hop oils. Also get the lovely cousin scents of cannabis. And tangerine, red grapefruit and orange rind. Great nose!

Flavor: This beer enters with a wash of hop oils and bitterness. Only then do you get to uncover the toffee like malt base. It is there and it serves the purpose for this beer. But before long, your taken back to the hop goodness of this beer. Not particularily "bright", though there are aspects of tangerine and grapefruit pulp. But this is more full of juicy hop flavors and oily, pungent notes, which I have a liking for.

Mouthfeel: Very appropriate in its carbonation levels. It's a very quenching beer and could serve as a nice palate cleanser between bites of a spicy Indian entree. The body of this beer is close to medium-full. And the alcohol is nonexistent. Overall, a nice, rounded feel to this beer.

Drinkability: This is a beer I'd revisit a lot if it were in bottles. It would be great with food and IS great all alone. I seem to be making quick work of this growler, which is another good sign. This seems to be another one of those borderline apa/ipa beers from the Town Hall that I seem to have a great liking for. And yet another "Summit" hop beer I like.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: On draft on site.

A: light white head that fell fairly fast to a thin film over a nicely colored amber le with strong gold highlights

S: Strong Summit hops, clean and singular, grapefruit, open and airy like being outside.

T: Strong front bite, a bit like Sierra Nevada but a little grassy. Good but lacks some depth for me.

M: Medium but a bit light

D: Easy and fairly smooth, except the lingering hop taste builds over the glass, so if you like that--drink all night.

Overall, another good hoppy beer by TH, a strong beer though not among the very best they have to offer. Glad I got a pint of it though.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

All Summit dwarf hops, this one, and ringing in at 5.2%...named after assistant brewer Josh.

Coppery/ bronze coloring, solid white head...

Grassy, herbal hoppy nose...

Taste: juicy red fruits, brisk bitterness, with a toasty malt feel. Very English style pale ale, Bass-like, caramel malt controls the character, but there's still an ever-present hop kick.

Medium bodied, with a hoppy finish. Nice stuff, but not exactly my style.

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Photo of edbeered
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale, brewed with Summit hops, pours a hazy amber color with a 1/4 inch firm white head and ample lacing on the glass. The smell is faintly of hoppy bitterness. The taste is almost all hop, with pine and a bit of grapefruit in the flavor. There doesn't seem to be much malt backing. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Yet, this is a light, refreshing, and tasty APA.

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J Pale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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