Big Ben Double IPA | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Buebie on 02-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 11
Photo of kbutler1
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Made with American Hops. Nice strong hops aroma. Fruit rind and slightly piney notes. Tastes exactly like is smells. Strong malt backbone to support the hops. Excellent lacing. Wonder what the IBU's is on this as it has a pretty extreme bitter bite at the end.

 267 characters

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light brown, orange color
S: good, malty with nice grapefruit hops
T: excellent, well-balanced beer, good malt and doesn't taste like a double IPA with 9.2% ABV
D & M: good mouthfeel and drinkability considering I'm not a huge IPA fan and less of a double IPA fan!

 268 characters

Photo of ZAP
3.41/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Burnt orange/tenné colored...

S-More of a earthy/herbal aroma...toffee

T-Toffee...earthy herbalness...a good hit of bitter pine needles and aspirin...

M-Full bodied...definitely DIPA...strong bitterness on the finish.

D-One of the most purely bitter TH beers I have'd never guess it from the nose...that is not to say it is unbalanced....the toffee notes play me this seems like an English Style DIPA with some west coast piney hops mixed in...a little rough and jagged around the edges...Some will like this more than I do...

 554 characters

Photo of Bighuge
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear bronze body. Bighuge crop of dusty white froth. As it recedes, it forms beautiful cavernous and rocky terrain. Lacing comes in thickass webs of deceit.

Aroma: Pungent, resiny, smoky, and some sweet caramel malt in the background.

Flavor: Base is laid down with the Townhallesque orange marmalade malt backbone. Also some sweet caramel corn too. Hops impart juicy fruitiness and resiny goodness and a clean bitterness. A little pine and a little grassiness add to the mix.

MF/DK: Medium full body. Very rounded texture. Alcohol is perceptible in trace amounts. Bitterness lingers nicely. As usual with Town Hall IPAs and DIPAs, this is extremely drinkable. A growler in a siting goes by in the blink of an eye.

 731 characters

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

Goblet at town hall.

1 finger of off white head. Good retention and nice lace. Color is a clear copper.

Aroma: a massive amount if fresh pine hops with some caramel malts to balance it out. A big blend of citrus and some pineapple. The Amarillo hops stick out a lot

Taste: lots of fresh hops. Big pine flavor. The amarillo hops stick out the most again. Lots of caramel malts. Big flavor.

Mouthfeel: bitter and more bitter. Huge hop bite. Medium bodied but big for the style. Decent carbonation. Ends with a big amarillo hop flavor a little dry.

Overall, an awesome beer from TH. Glad I got to try it. Very drinkable! Good rep of style. Would have again.

 661 characters

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

Nothing beats a fresh IPA for lunch...mmmm

10 oz pour is a beautiful orange color with a light off-white head sitting on top. Retention was great and it manages to leave some nice sticky lacing. Only slightly hazy, for the most part transparent, which took me by surprise.

Big bitter hop blast in the nose, piney and resiny hops dominate with fruity and floral hops taking a back seat. Sweet caramel malt backbone, almost bready, in the background.

Again, piney and resiny hops dominate, with a sticky lingering bitterness. Not so much floral hops here, but a nice earthy character. A large sweet malt backbone balances it out, but in the end also steps back to let the hops destroy your palate. Finishes with a nice spicey hop character.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, much heavier than I was expecting. Smooth and creamy texture, with a light carbonation to it. Drinkability is great, I don't get a whiff of heat in this one.

Overall, a solid IPA, what Town Hall does best. I considered buying a growler of this but I already spent too much money as it is. Excellent DIPA, try it if you can.

 1,094 characters

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

Picked up this wonderful one off growler today at TH, couldnt wait, had to drink it as soon as I got home.

No other specs available on the beer, I was told literature on the release was not put out as the beer was pushed quicker to release and they did not have time to print info packets on the week long release of one off beers.

Poured from the growler into a pub glass. A billowing 3" head of off white beaten egg white consistency forms up. Very slow to recede, leaving a half inch of retention and super sticky lace, resembling sea sponge.
Color is very nice, a redish copper amber color, transparent, filtered looking.

Aroma of earthy pine resin filled hops, aspirin, its more of a dry specie hop aroma, then a juicy sweet nectar aroma. Mild sweet caramel though, as well as some breadyness and really no alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel is outstanding, full bodied with a cramy slick feel, some carbonation, but layed back, enough to keep this from feeling flat. It has a tremendous feel. A bit sticky too.
Taste is ultra bitter with pine and aspirin, earthy hops as well with a spicie finish. Semi sweet upfront with caramel malt, a spicie rye flavor, probably the hops, bready sweet rolls somthing resembling fermented maple syrup, and only a very small touch of warming.
Finishing bitter, with wisps of caramel malt sweet flavors and some very minimal cereal grain taste too.

This is a really great pallet crusher of a beer. I am really enjoying it. Drinkability is not super high though with the raised abv and the mouth puckering hops. I could definatly drink too many of these, but I cant taste anything else as the hops have destroyed my pallet.

 1,662 characters

Big Ben Double IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.31 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.