Pile Driver | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 11-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of dfried
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amberish toffee in color, thin off white film for head. The nose is full of hops, a lot of citrusy orange and grapefruit, but also a lot of skunky, musty, and resinous notes. A little sweetness comes through, or malty caramel. The taste had a pretty bitter edge, reminded me a lot of citrus rind. The malt bill that makes this a double is more apparent in the flavor as well as it is quite sweet and sugary, caramel like again, but not all that full bodied or syrupy like many a DIPA I have tried. Skunky sweet.

Overall: not all that impressed. I heard they had a double IPA coming out and got excited, maybe thats why I was a little let down with this one. The hops in it are great, it reminded me a lot of the hop bill of Masala Mama, but the malt and body end of this beer is where I felt it fell short. Plain with and almost cloying sweetness. Far from a bad beer, don't get me wrong, just not very impressive. Sorry, I set the bar high for Mike Hoops.

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Photo of edbeered
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler, this pours a clear reddish amber color woth a 1/4 inch white head and scant lacing on the glass. The smell is faintly of hops. The taste is intensely hoppy, both citrussy(grapefruit)and piney. It almost burns with hoppiness. There is a gentle malt backing, which is just about overwhelmed by the hops, but which helps impart a smoothness to this powerhouse ale. The alcohol level is 7.3 ABV, but there is no alcohol taste. Drinkability depends on how much one likes hops(I love them!). Due to the upcoming hop shortage, I'm glad I got to taste this now, as they probably won't be able to make this ale at the same time next year. Another fine DIPA from Town Hall. Well done!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper. Medium sized beige head. Lace is moderate and comes in rings. Thick aroma with sticky bong resin, pine sap and sweet toffee the dominators. There's a nice oily feel to this hoppy ale on the buds. Bitterness is fairly clean and the hops emit flavors of pine, citrus and resiny cannabis. The malts are not shy here either and give the beer some nice balance. The signature Town Hall toffeish malt backbone is here and present. This is a nice DIPA.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Very nice and bright scarlet toned amber hue with a dense small capping of dullish white crunchy foam. Tons of lacing decorates the glass with the forms of broken paisley swirls and spots.

Pleasing aroma of firmly present citric toned hops of dull lemon, duller orange, most dull grapefruit, and some melonyness. All on top of a big malty waft of chewy caramel and breadish pale malt.

This is one that grew on me as it went along as its malty carriage of sweetness underneath really helps the hops make for one super creamy deliscious, dullishly delicate in citrus, excellently fine drinkin' ale. The hops make and mark a wonderfully mild tone of melony citrus flavors with just a peak of pithy bite and tug of bitterness at every finish. Other then that, the creamy malts really shine in this one.

Feel is clean, crisp, smooth, and a creamy as all get out medium body with only a pinch of finely tuned bitterness of mild citrusy stuff and pine in the finish.

Another fun hopped up ale from Town Hall. Very akin to the single hopped pale ales. Its bigness catches up to you eventually and you may slow down your session as I did, but that first glass goes down with ease.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This almost tastes like an imperial or double cream ale, because whlie there are big hops doing on, there's also nice, balancing creamy malt flavor. It's quite nice, and while the hops aren't the most complex for a DIPA (still very nice citrus and pine flavors) it's a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. It's a little different for the style and I have to appreciate that.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the growler and into an Urthel tulip glass.

Beauteous crimson coloring, lightly hazed, with an exceptionally solid creamy white head, small bubbles, slowly popping off into the sunset.

Aroma is fairly quiet, but utterly loverly, faint, but flowery, some minor dark fruit notes, cherries, grapes...watermelon...

Taste: aggressive blast of hops, bursts on the palate, bright and scrumptious fruit...and then comes the buzz of bitterness, riding and gliding along the tongue and swimming around the corners of the mouth.
Delicious stuff! Not too punishing to the senses, and the higher alcohol doesn't really enter in...not yet.
Mouthfeel is luscious, bright fruit, bouncing hops, happily at play in the mouth...I didn't get the hops used, nor the IBUs involved, or any malts employed, maybe I'll check next time I'm at the pub. But whatever the ingredients, no matter what the elements, the final result is best described as "yummy." Flavorwise, fairly similar to Sierra Nevada Celebration, but not too far away from good old Masala Mama.

I'm taking this to Thanksgiving. It'll be a good match for cranberries and turkey with gravy.

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Pile Driver from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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