ERB - Black IPA | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mothman on 09-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Jodio
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. This beer works. Assertive roast malt flavors and aromas bring chocolate and caramel to the game nicely balanced by a perfect hop touch for a very mellow and drinkable beer.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Deep, nearly black red-brown body with a finger of ultra-fine tan head. Ok retention, great lace.

S: Coffee + hops. Herbal, piney, and grapefruit hops, on top of some coffee roast and caramel malt. Pretty good.

T: Follows the nose, with some spiciness joining in. More sweet than I'd like, almost resembling a hoppy porter more than a Black IPA. Big bitterness on the finish, though. Pretty darn tasty.

M :Fairly light bodied with carbonation to match. Nicely understated.

O: This was a delicious beer, but wasn't quite what I expected based on its designated style. If you don't mind some serious sweetness in your ABA, then this should really hit the spot.


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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz pour on tap into a snifter

A- Very dark brown/black color cannot see through it, off white ring around the glass, no head, moderate lacing.
S- Nice floral hoppy aroma, pine, grapefruit, slight citrus, malt in the background.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, slight bitterness, grapefruit, pine, some citrus, slight roasted malt presence as well.
M- Medium mouthfeel, smooth, well carbonated, clean finish.
O- Decent beer, it’s been on tap for a while and every time I come I pass it up, it was solid and enjoyable but a beer I would only order once.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap of Town Hall Tap. This beer arrived a dark brown almost black color. The head is half an inch in color, and recedes slowly into sticky lacing that lasts a while. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee grounds, and a lot of grapefruit. The taste is similar to the aroma with a firm bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. It is more stout like than any other Black IPA I've tasted, but the heavy hops clearly distinguish it. This is one of my least favorite styles, but I would happily drink this beer again.

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Photo of birchstick
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - after the cask pour settles, this has a dark black body on which rests a very creamy faint mocha one finger head

S - smells of bitter pine and some toasted malts

T - taste starts off with faint sweet cocoa malts and chocolate that fade to a nice combination a grapefruit and bitter pine hops. A bit of burnt malt and coffee rounds out the flavor profile and lingers on the exhale.

M - full and creamy from the cask, really nice

D - solid black IPA here. Well balanced in all of the right places with the hops being the most dominant (as they should be). Recommended if you can try it!

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Photo of klikger
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark red - almost black, decent white head, and great lacing

S - Pine forest, mint, and roasted malts

T - Roasted malts & pine needles --> citrus hops + pine = much bitterness --> coffee notes and some more pine --> bitter, lingering finish

M - Medium bodied for a dark beer, adequate carbonation. Bitterness hits me in the back of the cheeks/jaws.

D - For the style, very good.

Second to Sublimely Self Righteous in terms of my favorite Black IPAs, this was a treat. I hope to come across it again sometime down the road.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dull black and thick with just a small flash of deep mahogany in brighter light casting within. Moderately tall, thick, and whipped cream frothy dark beige crown that laces the glass with tons of pin holed sheeting. A wonder to view!

Aroma is quite fresh and green with hops with a waxy context behind it along with a squeezed in tangerine citric puff and a light pale dark husky malt. It's wonderfully fresh and clean but isn't quite booming out from the glass like you;d want.

Taste is nicely balanced of smooth, soft, pale, bready, sweet malts and citric fresh hoppyness. Starts soft and tender with a crazy lofted blackened malt sweetness. Smidgeoned in roast and graham craker crust. The hop tones rush in quickly from the first sip with a dulled but fresh tangerine and orangish tinted hoppyness that has a well rounded bitterness that holds the palate well into the finish.

Great, smoother medium body, semi fluffy, semi tangy and sweet with a dullish bready flow underneath while keeping the hops fuzzing about on the surface. The texture is nearly cask-like in dimension with its bolder fluff. Very nice!

Another super fine drinker from TH. A real beauty of a beer to look at and has a nice balancing act of black and IPA.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Town Hall ERB...Black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale.

Nothing to do with Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan creator), but the initials of the brewer's new child.

Total blackness, utter opacity, some crimson edges, under a full, rocky, very busy roasted tan head, thick, softly settling, leaving lace. Beautiful beer.

Grassy hop aroma, piney, vibrant and fresh. I'd swear I was sniffing a Masala Mama if it weren't so stygian.

Drinking it now: Smooth, creamy, roasty, and slick. Tasty dark malts are delivering heaps of flavor, and the hops so evident in aroma are taking a back seat in taste. They're there lightly, and politely, but they stay and they sprinkle the hoppiness around. Roasted malt, with chocolate notes coating the palate, is the mainstay here, really draws the borders. Rich, dark malt is king, and hops are court jester, or minstrel, playing a tune or doing a turn to keep a delightful note in the air.

I was seriously down on this new style until this beer. The first one I had ( Southern Tier Iniquity) was intriguingly wonderful, but subsequent versions had me doubting. Was this too much chocolate in my peanut butter. Maybe there were too many hops in those. This one is juuuu-st right! Yum, I can drink this one up, just like your milkshake.

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Photo of jera1350
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous look of a deep black body and a thick tan creamy head.

Probably the low point of this beer. Pretty faint, light hop scent that is pretty grassy.

Piney hops in combination with a light malty presence. Not real sweet nor hoppy, just perfect.

Pretty smooth, but even for a cask, lacks carbonation. Medium body, mildly dry.

Probably the best representation of the style I've had. A tasty as hell beer that goes down simply. I could drink several of these.

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Photo of naproxen
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a growler of this treat with BeerTruth last night, a gift from maximum12 and his wife for our anniversary last month.

The beer poured a gorgeous deep garnet/coffee with athick fluffy cappuccino head into my nonic Ithaca glass. What I loved is that it was still a bit translucent despite the hue, an actual dark ale and not light porter as other examples have been. A bit of light through the base of the glass reflects the deep hues, very nice.

The nose at first was mild and floral, but over a few minutes developed a citrusy finish and slight toasted malt characteristic. I was wishing for a bit more, but it was pretty balanced.

The taste is where it's at, this is the sauce right here. The hops introduce themselves first, pretty fresh and citrusy. The followup is a hint of roasted coffee beans, creamy cocoa, and a bitter finish that ties it together. It's really easy on the mouth and goes down reaaaally fast if you aren't watching yourself.

This is a great example for the Black IPA category (finally!). It is an actual "black" IPA and not some hopped up porter like some others I have had. This growler was polished off in no time.

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Photo of gatornation
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

color is dark brown toffee color with a decent head and a tan ring lacing clings to the glass to the end..i smell hops and toffee the most with roasted malts not far behind citrus hops linger in the background..taste is just like the smell you get hops and citrus of an ipa then roasted malts ,toffee and peat tastes of a porter..mouth feel is carbonated fresh and crisp very well balanced.this is one of the best black ipa's ive had this year..very good

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Photo of ZAP
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Deep brown...nice tan head..

S-Hops in abundance...bright citrus...some piney fragrant leafy dimensions too...light cocoa..

T-The juicy citrus hops explode on the taste but there is a very nice cocoa/milk chocolate maltiness that combines to make a fantastic beer.

M-Perfect...creamy texture from the dark malts...juicy impression from the hops.

D-I love beers like this and they don't come much better. Extremely well done.

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Photo of mothman
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black IPA

Pours 1.2 finger of creamy tan head. Color is a dark brown, black color. Leaves some really good lacing.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops with roasted malts. Very earthy and hoppy. Citrus flavors with some chocolate and caramel.

Taste: Very hoppy and fresh. Earthy flavors with grapefruit citrus. Caramel with some roasted malt and light chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean and hoppy.

Overall, this is a great BIPA. It is hop forward but still hints at the roasted notes making it a touch creamier. Very fresh tasting. Good drinkability as well.

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ERB - Black IPA from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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