Fresh Hop 2009 | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mothman on 10-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of the WankerWeasel.
Complete with a big ass 3-4 inch hop cone in the growler.

Pours a completely clear dark amber in color. A very nice off white head forms on the pour of about two inches. Leaves very nice lacing on the side of the glass throughout the entirety.

Smell is piney hops. Some grassy and just a hint of citrusy hops as well. But mostly piney, sweet hops.

Taste is more bitter than I was expecting. Which is a very nice surprise. It's not a tongue shredder by any means, but it still has some stinging power. More piney, resinous, grassy hops in the flavor. Very nice. I would like to see some more juicy, citrusy flavors as well, but oh well, this works.

Full and somewhat chewy in the mouthfeel. The biggest surprise is just how damn drinkable this beer is. Incredibly smooth and going down way too easy. Very good beer. If this were local to me, I would be drinking it until it's gone!

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Photo of brow1901
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Really nice looking beer as always from Town Hall. Amber color with bright white one finger head. Great retention, execellent lacing. This is a beauty all the way down.

S- Really nice, it's easy to tell this is a fresh hop from the smell. Clean pine hop spice takes majority, but also lemon zest and grass are present.

T- Tastes kinda similar to Masala which I would equate to an East coast IPA. There is still that nice malt presence. Which I think makes this beer stand out from other wet hop beers. Don't get me wrong it is different from Masala but it isn't a hop bomb like I was expecting.

M- Slick in the mouth, leaves slightly slick as well. Perfect carbonation.

D- Excellent drinkablity, I finished mine way to quickly. Another great beer from town hall, they never disappoint.

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Photo of beertooth
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler with a huge hop cone in it into a Bell's tulip.

This beer is a glowing apricot orange with a frothy two fingers of off white head that fades to a thin collared layer.

The nose is dank cheesey hops, bitter pine, tropical tasty treats. Some dry malts.

The first sip gives me those cheesey fresh hops(chinook?). Some bready malts. It's not as potent as I thought it would be. A little one bit of a one trick pony, but still tasty as hell.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low to medium level of carbonation.

I could drink a ton of this, too bad the growler was killed in ten minutes. Thanks to Dave and Joe for sharing!

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Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler via trade. Huge thanks to Mistofminn who shipped this out super-fresh. Enjoyed with 5 other BAs at a tasting.

A - Arrived very fresh and awesome, with hop cones in growler. Awesome. Clear reddish amber color with a large creamy white head and great lacing.

S - Aroma is loads of fresh hops, mostly piney and resinous. Really smells great.

T - Flavor is just a little sweet caramel malt, and then loads of fresh hops, pine and resin, not much citrus character. Must have used different hops from Masala Mama.

M - Great palate: medium body with good carbonation and an intense lingering bitterness that destroys your palate.

D - Pretty high considering the huge hop flavor. This is about as good as an IPA gets.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler filled at the brewery. Whole hop cone thrown in as a nice extra touch. Received in a trade from the great Mistofminn. Thanks Brad! Served in an Oversized tulip.

A: Clear amber pour in the glass. Finger of white head that's gone in a flash. Some very nice lacing.

S: Pungent, citrus fruit attack. Papaya, mango and grapefruit. There is also some raw, resinous hop aromas as well.

T: Super ripe and ready hops. Definitely some Centennial in there. Strong citrus notes like the aroma. I also get some resin and earthy tones. There's a decent amount of bitterness on the finish, but it gets balanced out for the most part A small amount of sweetness rounds out the mix.

M: Medium bodied. A little sticky, but the carbonation helps with that.

D: I think I could have drank most of the 64oz myself on this one. Very drinkable. Beer feels a lot bigger than the 6.1% ABV.

A very enjoyable Fresh Hop ale. This is how I like them and ranks up there with some of the best like Founders and FFF's. Hope I can get some more of this next year!

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dave for busing this out at growler night.

A glowing orb of rusty orange, bright clarity with intricate lacing and lasting foam. This reeks of the dank stank. Tropical, cheesy, pungent hops in raw form.

Bitter pink grapefruit flavor, citric with a dry tangy bitterness in the end. Grapefruit pith and peel. Drying finish, with the grapefruit notes lasting long into the aftertaste. Very light bodied and almost sessionable, if it weren't for the deep bitterness that keeps you sipping. Overall it's interesting with a complex hop character, if not a little one sided.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buebie
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this awsome growler for a birthday present from my cousin. Pretty rad!

Poured from the growler into a pub glass, served at 45 degrees. Good carbonation life in the growler, bubbling up to an inch of white froth on a semi-soft pour.
Receding to leave a thin cap and quite thick collar. Slight haze to the brew, but mostly transparent. Color is a rich copper/ amber.

Aroma is pungent with hops. Mild pepper, earthy tones, pine and resin filled delicious hops with a touch of dank weed.

Flavors are mouth watering, tongue buckling hops, infused with more hops and a hops reduction sauce. Wow, this thing packs a punch!
Earthy pine filled flavors, puckering my tongue. Some malt upfront with a biscuity caramel flavor and mildly sweet. Floral hops flower flavors as well, mixing with a small amount of aspirin and mustard seeds.
Bitters last for a long long time into the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick with noo real full bodied weight, carbonation is mellow, non stinging, but present throughout.

Great beer. I might have to have a friend over, theres no way I can keep this to myself.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Town Hall minutes after the release. Also purhcased a bunch of growlers for BA's across the country to enjoy.

Served in an unmarked pint glass, the beige head was overflowing from an aggressive pour (right after the release they must have poured glass after glass for a solid minute or so). Head has great retention, and leaves excellent sheets of lacing. I love it when I can see where the level of my beer was after ever drink. I was kind of surprised to see I finished this one in only 3 or 4 drinks!

The nose is pure, unadultured, fresh hops. Hop smell leans towards the piney and resiny side of things, but there is still some citrus and floral hops going on. This actually reminds me of Masala Mama.

Taste department doesn't disappoint. Wet piney, earthy and resiny hops with a light citrus and floral hop presence in the background. Nice malt background, something I wasn't expecting. While this is definitely tasty, I'm a little surprised at the level of hoppiness here. A little less than I anticipated, but still great none the less.

Mouthfeel is medium with an appropriate carbonation level. Smooth going down and leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is great. I can't imagine an easier drinking brew with this level of hops. Just a well crafted beer all around, and I look forward to having it again.

Edit: The score I'm giving it is based on the 5-6 pints I had out of a growler that was intended for Beerlando, but thanks to a leaky bottle made it back my way. Still 4 days of freshness and even though it hasn't been refrigerated in a week and a half it's still very good. So, like I said, the score is based on the growler, the above description is the tap version.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a small white head.

Scent of fresh juicy hops, and some caramel. Definitely a good hop focus here, but even with that it is still not amazing.

Taste of bitter, juicy hops, and some caramel. Nice and bitter, pretty damn good, but still not as good as other Midwest fresh hops beers.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a fairly strong carbonation.

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Photo of Shango42
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler with a huge hop cone in it to boot!
Slightly smeared dullish squash ornage hue with a huge rocky topping of frothy yellow tinted foam that sits strongly and longly. Incedible lacing scraps itself across the glass etching it with tons of delicately woven torn and tattered clothing.

Aroma is green and fresh of hops with dullish citrusy things that smell of orange and grapefruit. But what makes this particualr batch unique is its evident whole vine freshness that screams fresh, full, and lively. It has a remarkable earthy herbalness that smells of the entire plant in a well displayed tone of nose inviting hoppyness.

Taste is slender, tender, soft, and fresh of hops. Its texture and body is so smooth allowing for nice little tid bits of hop resinous qualities that seep in some citrus tones and bittering pithy juices of that of orange oil and white grapefruit pith. All the while a tiny backbone of toastified caramel keeps a balance close from teetering into a hop tongue oblivion. Nice complex finisher with dusty hop pollen, leafy pricklings, and lofty pine soaked oily hop resin.

The body is succulantly soft, full, and tender with just the right amount of hops to make it boastful with a nice grab of citrus bitterness and pithy fullness in each fulfilling sip. It finishes by squeezing resin and oils into the left over crevices of the palate as the pollen powder from the hop cones and leafy vines dance on the tongue.

A true fresh hop keeper of a beer and well worth the extra $ for the growler, which drinks down seemingly a slight bit easier then the pints lifted on-tap while at the pub the other night.
I love this time of year. Hale to the Hop!

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Photo of Gtreid
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler poured into my Stone RIS tulip. Big thanks go out to mothman for the chance to try this brew. Thanks for your generosity Ben.

A: Hazy burnt orange color. The pour produced a quarter of off white head that receeded rather quickly and left great lace.

A: Just huge piney and citrusy hops. Great grapefruit, orange, and pine with a caramel malt that gives the brew a great balance. Might be the best smelling IPA I've had.

T: All the flavors I got in the nose. Great Fresh hop flavor, grapefruit, orange, and the balance from the caramel malt. The beer finishes extremly bitter from the gargantuan amounts of fresh hops.

M: A bit chewy on the palate, but the carbonation delivers the flavor nicely.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is as good as it gets. I want this whole growler for myself. Overall, from the perfect nose to the fresh hop cone thrown into the growler, this is a great beer. It dosen't get much better than this. Skal.

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint glass

Pours 1 finger of creamy beige head. Great retention with amazing lace going on. Color is a slight hazed golden hued harvest orange.

Aroma: super fresh chinook hops. Floral notes with grapefruit scents. Good caramel mixed in. Nice.

Taste: pretty much the same as the aroma expect the hops stick out more in a great way. I am definitely liking it.

Mouthfeel: bitter in an amazing way, smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with perfect amount of carbonation. Ends with a slight dry sticky hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, an amazing beer. Has to be one of my new favorites. A lot of great qualities dominate this beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusty copper body. Medium sized off white head. Lacing is pretty full and quite intricate. Aroma is piney, grassy and a little resinous. First hop impressions on the palate are fragrant and minty. As I move along, it seems more herbal and resiny. Bitterness is really not that coarse. I thought it was when I sampled it at the brewery, but now that I'm mid growler, I'm finding it quite quaffable and drinkable. As usual, the Fresh Hop is a winner at Town Hall.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for grabbing a growler of this stuff and sending it via d0b express back to Chi-town. Served in a Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Poured with a couple fingers of soapy foam that dissipates slowly and leaves tons of lacing. Mostly transparent fiery copper red color with lots of visible streams of bubbles.

S - This literally smells like someone took Chinook hops of the vine and squeezed them into the growler. Super dank and earthy smell, with a bit of cattiness to it. This is actually more malt-forward than the series of single hop pale ales, but it's still all about the hops.

T - The taste starts with some sweet caramel malt and peach and then morphs into intense hop bitterness, pine, and dank earthiness. Again, this is all about the hops, but the taste is not quite as complex as the smell.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body, lots of residual oily hop resin and a bit of dryness too. Right on for the style, but not quite enamel-melting enough to be perfect.

D - Not quite as palate-destroying as the Columbus, which makes it a little bit more drinkable. The growler went fast, and I was sad that I only got one full glass. Oh well - gotta wait until next year, I suppose.

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Photo of younger35
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, another early Saturday afternoon spent at Town Hall enjoying some fine brews while watching football. The good lord spoils me. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark yellowish orange with a nice one finger dirty white head. A great cap and collar remains with tons of thick sticky lacing.
Smell- Full of pine sap and grass as this thing just smells hoppy and raw. It still retains that Town Hall sort of IPA nose but it's a bit mote amped up than usual. Some slightly floral notes as well with a bit of a lavender/rose thing going on. Nice hoppy nose.
Taste- Starts with a huge blast of resiny, piney hops that are raw, earthy and pleasantly bitter. Maybe a slightly grassy or grapefruity aspect but this remains on that herbally/earthy side of the hoppy spectrum. I get very little in malts other than a maybe a tinge of grainy malted barley. The finish is slightly alcoholic and supremely bitter and numbing.
Mouthfeel- Nice and full with an aggressive bit of carbonation and numbing dryness.
Drinkability- Tasty freaking brew here. It's aggressively hopped and probably the bitterest fresh hop I've tried. Definitely the best that I've had this year and maybe ever. Really tasty stuff. Time for another!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Autumn leaves orange with a gorgeous coppery glow when backlit with a brilliant burst of bright sunshine. Fine bubbles slowly ascend to a lovely looking crown of golden sandstone colored froth, while thick sheets of lace begin to stick like glue to the glass. Oh so close to perfection.

The nose has more caramel/Munich malt than expected and isn't quite as explosively hoppy as it must have been when super-fresh (not that two weeks old is over the hill). My source (okay, Al) tells me that Chinook were used this year. I don't like that particular hop as well as Cascade, Columbus and Centennial, but it should do just fine.

Too much toasted-earthy malt almost ruins the party. In my opinion, any beer called Fresh Hop should focus on hop flavor and keep malt flavor out of sight... like FH 2006, FH 2007 and FH 2008 did. This is probably my least favorite of the series to date, but it's still some kind of delicious.

There's actually a fair amount of background sweetness, which seeps into the foreground on the back end. Alpha acids are still large and in charge, though this isn't one of the more scathingly bitter Fresh Hop ales. 2006 was legendary in that department and remains the single most hoppy beer that I've ever had. It was punishingly good!

Flavors include lightly toasted bread crusts, baked nuts, tea leaves, bitter grapefruit pith, orange peel and a generous amount of pine sap. I've always thought that Chinook is one of the most spruce-like of the commonly used hops. Warming neither adds nor subtracts anything of note.

The mouthfeel is more APA than IPA. Speaking of which, why are the other beers in this series APAs and this one is an IPA? More lively carbonation might have earned it the next highest score. Then again, a cask-like mouthfeel isn't bad at all, it just isn't my preference.

My hope for Fresh Hop 2010 is that Hoops moves the malt bill back in a more pale direction. Hops deserve every square inch of the flavor spotlight, not just most of it. A big thank you to feloniousmonk for an incredibly generous Darkness Day present.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh Hop 2009, all Chinook, baby...

poured into a Belgian chalice, just for kicks, Brasserie de l'abbaye de Rocs....haven't used it in a while.

Big carbonation flooding the glass, clear, reddish amber hue, small but lasting head, off-white and dotted.

Aromatics is everything and more, all kinds of freshness, citrus zest, rind and pine...gorgeous, I say...lively and lifting...pungent, vibrant, grapefruits let loose in a forest glen, then squirted up your nose.

All that and more reoccur in the flavor. More than two weeks after the beer was released, I'm glad this Fresh Hop still packs a zing! Mmmm, pucker from the tart, the bitter, the grapefruit face you're gonna get....and, ah, from the refreshment you feel, the fantastic blast of bright hop flavor in your mouth and quickly on out. Mmm, mmm.

Very green, very grassy, (I see no fault in that ), very herbal...hey, it's what it is, and it's tasting terrific, for the lover of the hops. Medium bodied, long finish, Bitterness remains large, and lasts long, and I keep reaching for the glass to deliver it to my lips

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Fresh Hop 2009 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 19 ratings