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Golden Leaf Pale Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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3 Ratings

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Town Hall. $3.75 for a late night happy hour pint. Damn these guys know their hops. This Columbus dry-hopped pale ale kicks ass. It's got big biting hops, nice and rough, while the body is still very drinkable. The flavor is a mix of earthy and grapefruit hops and they pair perfectly. It's part garden, part citrus punch. There's also a slightly fruity, trademark Town Hall note that I only taste in their beers. House flavor I suppose. I could ask for a little more flavor from this beer, but it's still one of the best pale ales I've had in a long time.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a buddy pick this up on a recent trip to the twin cities. Thanks Pete! Served in a Willimatic pint glass. Best before 5/18, so it's a tiny bit past its prime. Shared with Dave for NBS.

A - Two fingers of dirty slow-dissipating white foam and some spotty lacing. Transparent gold (leaf!) body with lots of tiny bubbles racing around in there. My pint glass seemed to have slightly better head retention than Dave's New Begium snifter.

S - Dank earthy weed mixed with sweet citrus notes. The MTH website said it was mainly made with Columbus. There is still a solid toffee malt backbone, but this is one of the most hop-forward APAs I've ever had the pleasure of smelling. I'm not going to penalize it for being "off style" because I don't know for sure what MTH considers this brew to be.

T - Again, lots of that pungent dank earthiness blended with some lovely ripe orange and grapefruit. The malt is again filled with sweet toffee and cookie dough flavors. Great balance here. The aftertaste is a persistent moderate bitterness - very IPA in that regard. In some ways the taste and smell are very reminiscenct of the incredible MTH Batch 1000 - you could have convinced me that this beer was from the second runnings.

M - Moderate carbonation, light-to-medium body, very smooth with a fantastic dry finish yet lots of residual hop oils and resins.

D - The only thing keeping this from a perfect score is the mounting bitterness. There is not trace of alcohol, the carbonation is refreshingly mild, and the taste is fantastic. This is about as much of an APA as Alpha King is, but whatever style you want to consider it, it's superbly drinkable stuff.

Another incredible brew from Minneapolis Town Hall - I'm not sure why their seasonal brews aren't more popular on the trading forums.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler: Clear medium gold with a starchy white capping of foam that slips to just a few specks of lace and whispy skim. The pint at the pub was incredibly foamy however.

Aroma is heavenly spiced in Columbus, as it should be, as it was dry hopped with em. And os it goes with a wonderful blitz of pungent citrus and resinuos leafyness with some lovely aspects to floral and herbal freshness.

Taste follows suit, much like most of the Town Hall Pales that keep getting cranked out in superb drinking form, this fits right in with a load of crunchy, crisp, fresh, hopitude. Layers of citrus, floral leafy resins pop and fill the palate quickly as some tender crystal malt sweetness keep a slick smooth balance along with touches to some toasty notions. But the crispness of the hops is the mainstay and has a extrememly delicate but potent bittering finish of dried citric peels and resinous oils. Super high yum factor!

The body is clean, semi crunchy and snappy with hops then smoothened over with a tender malt backing that eludes to open the gullet open and say ahhh. I swear this grolwer is somehow better then the pint i had for lunch?

Unholy deliscious and growler worthy! Gotta love that Columbus! Get it while ya can!

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Golden Leaf Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 3 ratings