Grinch's Grog | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 45
Photo of deebo
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint from a cask at town hall tap
After the beer settles down a bit it is clear with an amber color with a lot of orange hues. A tight cask film reminiscent of the thickness of an Irish stout with similar stickiness to the glass.
Big hop aromas-west coast APA style with citrus (orange and grapefruit) with a bit of evergreen resin. Bready, sweet malt. Taste is hop forward and like the aroma with a bit more of the resiny hop coming out in the finish. Malt is clean and carries the hops nicely while certainly taking a back seat to the hops.
The cask gives this beer a real creamy mouthfeel by cutting down on the carbonation.
Overall a really easy drinking, hoppy while not being overwhelming, pale ale. Recommended on cask.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by drabmuh. Dude, you rock!

The beer is light golden hued and pretty clear, sporting a small white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is fresh and inviting. Hops all the way. Floral notes and citrus. A delicious beer, and refreshing. On the lighter side, and at a mere 5.4%, one could easily go through a few pints of this. Good stuff!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub, a good beer, a great APA. At the time of this review, this is #39 on the "Top Beers - American Pale Ale" list on

Beer is yellow with a slight haze, amber. Nice tight head, decent retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is all hops all the time, hop bomb? Here you go...

Beer is quite bitter, nice mouthfeel, medium body, a little smooth, minimal malt up front, a nice finish, sweet on the end, a great beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Color is a hazy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly recede into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A hope forward aroma with lots of bright citrus esters. Hints of citrus orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and lemon. A good scent of pine resin and earthy hops are also in the mix. Sweet malts back up the hops with hints of soft biscuit, cracker, caramel, and toffee. Also a bit of a candy like sweet scent. The citrus scents are pretty strong here. Solid aroma.

Taste: A very citrus driven taste like the smells alludes to. Taste of citrus fruits including pineapple, orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Earthy and floral scents with a good kick of pine spice. Very hoppy, but the bitterness is fairly light. Soft malts in the background with notes of biscuit, yeast, caramel, and crackers. Slight taste of a honey like sugary sweetness. Very citrus hop driven taste with a balanced bitterness. Really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and crisp with a nice bite. Pretty drying finish.

Overall: A really good Pale Ale. Leans more towards being a West Coast IPA with the big ripe citrus taste. Pretty smooth considering the big hop presence. Interestingly the bar menu description says it was brewed with oatmeal. I didn't pick up any of that but the big citrus taste might of hidden it.

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Photo of younger35
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saturday morning on Christmas Eve enjoying a few beers. Literally just me and a couple people who work here. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a lightly hazy yellowish orange with a nice one finger bright white head. A spotty cap and collar remains along with plenty of ring like lacing.
Smell- No doubt about the Simcoe in this little guy. Piney with hints of citrus that is reminiscent of cantaloupe and pineapple. Slightly earthy with maybe a lightly grassy scent but it's light and fleeting. Nice nose that really accentuates the hops well.
Taste- Surprisingly earthy start with a very piney sort of raw bitterness. Not as fruity as the nose would suggest but there is a light bit of grapefruit pith flavor in here. I'm searching for some malt in the background but I can't seem to find any. It’s so light and crackery there isn't anything in here but hoppy goodness.
Mouthfeel- Light wispy body with a nice zippy bite of carbonation.
Overall - Awesome beer. This is one of those brews that you could plop down in the couch and drink all day. It’s hoppy and yummy but light enough to be easily quaffed. Enjoyed this beer again this year – very much.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden brown with a beautiful white head. Great retention.
S: Citrus, apple and a bit of bready malt. Subdued but nice.
T: Bright floral hops are the primary focus, with a light bready base. Specifically, hops are grassy with a potent white grapefruit bitterness that increases over the course of a pint. Finish is long with lingering bitterness.
M: Lighter bodied with full carbonation. Feel is soft and creamy despite the moderate dryness.

Great pale ale showcasing simcoes. Not really mild, but easy to have several. Looking forward to having this again next year.

Edit: 2013 batch was outstanding. Score bumped up.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Bobby.

A: This one pours amber in color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Smells kind of funky at first, almost like feet. That gives way to a pretty malt forward aroma of toffee and bread. There is a nice floral hop character to this beer as well as some grass.

T: The flavor is also quite malt forward. Lots of toffee and bread, maybe a bit of toast. The hop profile on the flavor is surprisingly different to what I picked up on the nose. Definitely a bit of grass but also some grapefruit and other fruit notes with a moderate bitterness.

M: This one is medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: The nose was just a little too off-putting for me. The flavor was pretty decent, however.

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

A: poured a translucent golden orange with yellow highlights and had a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: piney grassy hop aromas upfront with citrus grapefruit some earthy character and a good sweet caramel malty presence.

T: pine and candi sugar flavors were more apparent on the taste alongside grassy, citrus grapefruit, hoppy accents with a decent balance from the sweet malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, citrusy, grassy hoppy, and mild bitter finish.

D: pretty decent pale ale that was drinking good and was really refreshing.

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Photo of champ103
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to jenray for sharing a growler with me and some other BA's.

A: Pours a bright and clear golden orange. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Light lace is left behind. Considering that this is a growler, it has very attractive carbonation.
S: Not overly bitter at all, but a really big hop aroma. A big grassy and herbal character. Very medicinal. Also some veggie aromas, is that summit?
T: Ya, this is summit hops, at least in part. A big cooked veggies flavor. Green, grassy hops. Very medicinal, with a light metallic ting in the finish.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp, very clean and dry. Not hard to drink. Take away the veggie character and I can quaff a few without a problem.

I was really excited to try this. Not bad, but the summit hops I detect is not for me. Overall, something I am glad I tried.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear vibrant golden-orange color. The head is two inches of rocky white foam that recedes very slowly into a half inch cap that lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and some pine, but mostly it is just really citrusy. It is a strong aroma too. The taste isn't quite as strong as the aroma, but I think that works very well of this beer. Like the aroma it is mostly grapefruit and oranges, but there are also some herbal hop notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively, fine carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the better APAs I've had to date. I will certainly drink this beer again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

62 oz growler into a pint glass. Huge thanks go to joshuaseresse for grabbing this for me on a recent trip up to the brewpub.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with several thick foamy fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of rich frothy flare-up that slathers the sides of the glass with drenching lace that hangs in thick swathes. The aroma is floral, herbal, and sugary sweet from a blend of tropical fruits and bready malt. In that order. This just has a fresh hoppy vibrancy to it, possessing a flavorful forcefulness yet still staying light and breezy feeling in the nostrils.

The taste is flavorful and biting yet not overly bitter or aggressive, with a green hoppy bite of fresh grapefruit and citrus rind. Soft tropical notes of apricot, papaya, and pineapple really makes this, combining with underlying sweet sugary grains to give this a sticky balance and refreshing quality that floods the back of the palate. The finish is mostly dry with a bit of leftover bitter earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch lighter, with an initial sharp crispness on the tongue that then gets much more smooth and creamy as things move out into the mouth. This is just as crisp and thirst quenching as all get out with that lower 4.9% ABV being spot on for maximum drinkibility.

Nothing Grinchy at all about this well balanced, extremely flavorful, and easy drinking APA. As a matter of fact, this put a big-ass smile on my face! Those Simcoe hops really shine here. This is probably one of the best hopped up session beers that I've had in a while.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Poured into a pint glass a clear amber orange color with a slight off white head. Nice aroma of bitter citrus rind. The taste is quite nice with an abundance of citrus notes with a slight malty backbone. The mouthfeel is medium/light with more carbonation than I thought it would have. Some lace left on the glass. Overall, decent but really no different than most other pretty well done apa's.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to brian23456 for sending this growler my way. Shared with Bryna and Sean, and served in my Half Acre pint glass. Growler is dated 1-13, but I've known these Town Hall growlers to hold up pretty well.

A - A couple fingers of white creamy foam. Good retention, and lots of spotty lacing that isn't quite glass-coating. The body is a slightly drab hazy golden orange-yellow, that gets murkier the further I get into the growler. By the end there are some interesting chunks - this is definitely unfiltered. I wish the color "popped" a little more. I suspect if I had a fresh pour on-tap I would have scored this a bit higher.

S - Smells like a hoppy pale ale, which should come as no surprise. A bit of citrus rind, pine and floral notes, tropical fruits, and the faintest touch of soapy Cascade hops. The hop profile definitely exemplifies the "kitchen-sink" nature of a grog - I'm guessing there's some Simcoe, Warrior, and Chinook hops in play in addition to the aforementioned Cascade. The malt backbone is some toffee and sugar cookie, but it's well into the periphery. The nose is a little understated, which is a change of pace for Town Hall.

T - Like a good pale ale, it starts balanced, but picks up some moderate bitterness about a half-pint in without ever crossing into extreme territory. Well-balanced flavor, with a lot of the aforementioned hop flavors integrated into a slightly hard-to-define malt character. I'm wondering if that's the malted oats peeking through.

M - Dry finish, some light residual resins, smooth medium body. The oats contribute on a textural level. Active tingly carbonation that's not overly harsh.

D - This was super easy to drink. I could easily have killed the growler on my own. A well-made session beer - somewhere in the middle of MTH's output, but well worth trying if it pops up on-tap again.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight. From my notes...

A: Bright orange with some haziness. Good carbonation. Nice, everlasting 1/2 inch head with lovely lace.

S: Blasted with hoppy aromas! Piney, citrusy (orange, grapefruit, tangerine), and even tropical (passion fruit and pineapple). Faint fruity sweetness as well. Well done.

T: Just as flavorful as the nose implied. MOre of that hoppy flavor with the tropical and citrus fruits reigning king. Some piney bitterness as well. The maltiness is subtle and honeylike in its sweetness. Some nice fruity esters add to the hoppy flavors. Very heavy on hop flavor but not so much on bitterness. Very nice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Clean, crisp and finishes well. Quaffable.

D: I was quite happy with this beer. A great APA. Tons of flavors going on from the hops with a nice body to boot. I picked up a growler to have at home.

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Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazed golden color

S-A lot of citrus...grapefruit...tangerines...also some fresh floral and pine scents...

T-Hopped up strongly like an IPA...juicy citrus...finishes with a more bitter piney note...

M-Really a big hop presence but well done...a little hop juice like but the malt keeps it balanced enough. Quenching. Don't realy notice the oats in the flavor or texture..

D-Another top notch APA/IPA from TH. If you like hops you will like this.

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

Served in a pint glass with about a finger of off white head. Good retention leaving sticky lace. Color is a hazed burnt orange.

Aroma: lots of floral and pine notes. Some citrus fruits with apples. The oats stick out in the background a bit. Pretty solid for an apa.

Taste: lots of dry tasting floral hops. Some biscuit malts. A lot of grapefruit citrus here with a hint of apples. The oats are a lot more present here. One of the best APAs I have had.

Mouthfeel: bitter and smooth. A medim body with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky.

Overall, with all the hops, I'd say this is more like an ipa. Very tasty beer and glad I got to try it. I do recommend this if you are in the area.

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Photo of illidurit
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Growler to pint glass. Nice light amber color with a huge fluffy off-white head that leaves some thick lacing. Really dense resinous foam displays great retention.

Nose: Sweet citrus, extreme tangerine and oranges and maybe even some lime. Very bright with no trace of malt.

Mouth: Tastes like hop juice to be honest. Pineapple, a light spritz of sweet orange, and a wonderful back-end orange-peel bitterness that lingers nicely. This is just the kind of pale ale I like. It's not too malty, rather it derives both its sweetness and its bitterness from hops. Occasional soapiness but nothing too bad. Medium bodied and refreshing, with moderate carbonation and huge drinkability. One of the best APAs I've had.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub: Served as a well muted, fairly clouded tangerine gold color. More lemony around the edges. Solid foamy cap of medium height that sat for length during the enjoyment of said liquecence. Tons of lacing coated the glass.

Aroma of solid standing hops, Simcoe mostly, maybe some Warrior. Damn solid with crisp, juicy orange rind and lemon spritzed with a nicely mellowed background of crystal malt sweetness.

Taste is boldly forward and hoppy with a pleasing array of citrusy things that peak in orange, middle with lemon, and ends of peachy fuzz and crispy portions of tangerine. Quite fruitified with hoppy goodness and backed with a well-rounded amount of malt to keep it clean, balanced, and refreshingly crisp.

Solid body, especially as it sits. Seemingly grows in tone and girth about half way through due to its enormous hopitude. Yet maintains a very crisp, clean, smooth delightful gulping with a firm touch of citrusy, resinous fuzzy texture on the tongue in its finish.

Another fantastic Pale ale by the folks of Town Hall. Quenchable and growler worthy!

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Appears a hazy amber with a white head. The haze, I assume, comes from the great deal of hops. I might also suggest this beer be listed s an IPA, because it is screaming with hops. I'm always a Simcoe fan, so I really liked this beer. There's a big juicy lemon, grapefruit blast followed by a Cascade-like herbal note and citrus rind. It reminds me a lot of the fine harvest ales from Sierra Nevada. If you're in town and even remotely like hops, drink this beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy tangerine body. Fluffy blanket of white froth rests on top. Lacing is quite full, as usual per Town Hall hoppy brews.

Aroma: Outstanding. Could smell this for a long time before drinking. Great hop attributes. Lemon and pineapple juice. Some tangerine. Sprinkled with malt sugars.

Flavor: Nice balance of hop flavor and hop bitterness. The bitterness is fairly clean and leaves a nice lingering feel. The hop flavors are pineapple and other citrus. Some grassiness. Bubblegum to a small extent. Slight feel of resinous cannabis. Malt backing is sufficient and adds a ghostly impression of carmelized sugar.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Creamy feel to it. Easy going and easy to drink. Medium body. Surprise! Another top notch APA from Town Hall. Picking my favorite hop is like picking my favorite child. It can't be done. BUT...if I were FORCED'd probably be Simcoe.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why is the Grinch green? Because he loves hops! That's what Hoops is telling us, and I believe him. Not because his beers make me drunk and susceptible, but because Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, creator of the Grinch, was the Grandson of a German brewer. In fact, Geisel's grandfather took over a Boston brewery in 1876 with his friend Christian Kalmbach, and their new brewery, Kalmbach and Geisel, was given the nickname by Bostonians of "Come back and guzzle." Honest to Horton, I Sneetch you not. (from "Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel: A Biography" by Judith & Neil Morgan, De Capo Press, New York, 1996) Seriously. It's true.

So, the American pale ale full of Simcoe hops. They've got my number.

Cloude golden hue, huge pillowy white head. Gorgeous, lace leaving, lovely.

Pine and citric nose, apricot, tangerine...maybe pineapple, a little. Fruity and spicy, and fine.

"What a great grinchy trick!" So many Christmas themed beers go for the sweet, here's one that delivers on the deliciously bitter. "Garlic in the soul"? A little. Spanks the palate with bitter hops, but it's a delicious thrill, this one.

Medium bodied, and wonderfully drinkable. Plenty of zesty hops. Well balanced, never too much. Beautiful stuff, really.

I like this Grinchy Grog. Could've made it bitterer, perhaps. But then what would happen if my heart had grown three sizes today, then what, huh?

P.S. I liked this so much I downed the whole grinchy growler in one sitting. Yikes! That's what I'm talking about...

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Grinch's Grog from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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