Fresh Hop 2010 | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This year [2010] we used nearly 20 lbs per barrel of "wet" Citra hops from the Pacific Northwest to create this annual ale. Expect classic citric, tropical fruit flavor from this hop with the addition of defined herbal, earthy, and garlic spice from the use of 100% Fresh Wet hops.

Added by kbutler1 on 10-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by brewdoc75:
Photo of brewdoc75
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up the two of the last 5 growlers today.

A: Dim orange with some amber in the background. Moderate to strong carbonation. Very slight chill haze. THe head lasts quite awhile at 1/4 inch. A nice lace is left behind.

S: This beer smells phenomenal. Very strong citrus and fruity notes. I get a lot of mango and papaya at first. This quickly goes to the fruitier citrus fruits with orange and tangerine present. In the end I get a kind of dank, resinous bitter hop aroma. Extremely aromatic, even though its been a few weeks after this was released. The malts are there too. Just enough caramel to let you know there is something to back up this hop profile. I was quite suprised how aromatic this beer was.

T: As the nose would imply, this beer is a hop bomb. The flavors are a little more muted than the aroma, but I still get plenty of mango and papaya. Also a touch of pineapple. Tangerine rounds out the citrus flavors. In the end, I get a resinous, piney bitterness. Maybe just a touch of grassiness from the fresh hops, but not too bad. The malts are there in the back seat and provide a nice caramel backbone. Not too chewy of a caramel flavor though. Definitely hop forward, but there is enough malt to balance.

M: Light-medium bodied. Moderate-strong carbonation. Finishes slightly sticky.

D: This is an exceptional fresh hop ale. Probably the best I've had so far this year (sorry Surly wet). I really felt like the citra hops came through. I bought the second growler for a buddy. I may have to confiscate it for myself.

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Photo of gatornation
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap it comes a hazy color of a ripe peach golden amber with slight red striations of color a full 1 finger head that stays put for a while then nests to a peach/tan collar..smell is citrus and tropical fruit, pine needles and sweet caramel malts blended together for a superb harvest hop ipa..mouth feel is strong with the b4 mentioned lots of resinous hops both floral and tropical make this one of the best fresh harvest ales of the season so far..try this one b4 it is gone

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Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at the brewery oct 21/2010.

pours hazy reddish orange with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves tons of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. tangerine and orange. pine. slightly catty, but not enough to be offensive. whole wheat bread and a bit of biscuit. light alcohol.

taste is good. resiny hops. much like the aroma but the brigh citrus fades to pine and slightly catty character by about mid-glass. just over medium bitterness level. light alcohol. hint of spicy fresh character.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body with a pretty dry finish from the hops. slightly below medium carbonation level, very fine.

drinkability is good. pretty nice balance. good hop character.

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Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in October.

Pours a lightly hazy amber/orange, very thick white head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, good chunks of lace stick all over.

Smell is nice, big and hoppy, lots of citrus, grapefruit, caramel, fresh and herbal, some mango and orange peel, a bit of a sugary sweetness, light toasty malt behind the hops, nice balance.

Taste is similar, big pine and grapefruit hoppiness up front, very fresh, caramel and biscuit malty middle, just enough to balance, a bit boozy, some tangerine peel, orange, grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A real solid fresh hop IPA.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately hazey dull peach. Dense and firm crown of half inch foam laps up with lust at the top and fades slowly to a slender collar. Lots of lacing in speckled spotty sheeting.

Aroma is sweetly citric of some orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. The Citra hop was used and it shows up well here. Nice balance with a bready dullish backing. Not a hop bomb nose like some but well worth every wiff with its clean hop presense.

Great crisply tender taster with a well rounded tone of balance where the hops make a clear statement but never rubs the fact of being more intelligent in your face with a bunch of complexity. Here the Citra hop has been smoothened out with a clean, tendererized citrusy tone that lends some orange, peach, and tangerine. Backed well with a balance of bready malting. Nice little sublte display towards the finish of some added hop resinous quality that adds a oily grab of bittering clean citrus.

Crisp, nearly full body. Smooth, tender, balanced with a dull sweetened malt body letting the hops come in with just enough pop and punch.

First pint goes down quickly. Second gets a bit more long as the this stuff fills you up quickly with a nice flavor and body. Town Hall and Hoops knows how to put these single hop and other hoppy styled brews together with some of the nicest balance and drinkability that I have yet to see matched on such a consistant basis. Straight up yummy stuff! Looking forward to opening the growler...

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Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an off-white head. Leaves thick lacing all the way down the glass. Color is a slightly hazed golden orange. Good appearance.

Aroma: A lot of fruit blend here. Citrus, mangoes, oranges, lemons. Caramel/bready malt.

Taste: Bitter and sweet. Lots of fruit. Mangoes, oranges, lemons. Floral hops, bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Bready and creamy, but in a good way. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit sticky.

Overall, really drinkable ipa. Very fresh, bitter, and floral-like. I will be going back for a growler of this one.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Autumn Brew Review. Pours a clear amber orange color with a slight white head. Fruity and floral notes dominate the nose. The citrus is really clean and crisp smelling with citrus rind type bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Wow, really hop forward through and through. Ends pretty cleanly with a lingering bitterness. Really looking forward to having this one again at TH.

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Photo of ZAP
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding wet hop of the best....the Citra really shines on the taste with bright, bright oranges, and red grapefruit...perfect malt backing...bready and toasty but secondary

The aroma is huge as well but more of a cannabis, weedy, green, herbal aroma. Perhaps due to the big hop cone falling into my glass from the growler. Awesome touch....then after the initial wave a juicy citrusy dimension emerges with pineapple, oranges and grapefruit...

Burnt orange color...nice pillowy off white head...

This has a load of bitterness too as expected....kind of a grapefruit peel type of bitterness..body is medium...

Well done...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glowing orange/scarlet red body. Slightly hazy. Thin and creamy yellow stained beige head. It has a lot of grip as I drink. Aroma is flat out outstanding. Beautiful wafts of lemon rind, grapefruit, orange marmalade, grass, mint, and caramel and nougat as well. Tropical fruits galore on the buds with pineapple, grapefruit, orange, lemon, etc... Nice base of caramel/nougat malt underneath. Resiny. Bitterness is moderately high and quite clean. Mouthfeel is clean with a slightly dry finish. Put a great hop like Citra into the hands of a mastercraftsman and this is what you get...a work of art. Exceptional.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved this beer. Picked up a growler at MTH and it was one of the first batch with the fresh citra hop floating in the growler, cool. This is a great beer, yes, it's hoppy but there's more to it than just that. There is a solid malt backbone that holds up well to the fresh hop taste. Pours a cloudy copper color. Smells of fresh hops and a light mint. The taste as described above isn't overwhelmingly hoppy. This is a well rounded beer. You get smacked with a grassy, minty hop flavor that transistions to the lightly sweet malt flavor that just coats your mouth. I tried to sit down and drink the whole growler in an afternoon. I couldn't do it. By the end the hops and filling character of the beer caught up with me. 2 pints was the limit on this one. Got to try this the same week as Surly Wet and of the 2 I'd give a slight edge to this one just due to the more solid backbone. Definately up there as one of the best hoppy beers I've had. Wish I could have it more often but this is a very limited beer that you have to drink fresh.

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Photo of younger35
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to run downtown quick and snag a growler before they were gone. I was powerless to fight it. Drank from my Surlyfest mug while grilling.

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly dark copper orange with a beautiful one finger off-white head that has some serious staying power. A decent cap is left the entire beer along with plenty of lacing.
Smell- Plenty fruity with a more muted hop profile than the Surly Wet I had the night before. It's got a light mango and candy like fruit. The malt is fairly prevalent and the carmel aids that candyish smell.
Taste- A light bitterness upfront with a nice tropical fruitiness to follow. It's not intense as there is a fairly balanced malt thing in the background that keeps the hops in check. I get some peach, mango and crab apple but nothing stands out above the rest. A touch of toffee or brown sugar in the finish but nothing to crazy. Just enough to keep everything in check.
Mouthfeel- Nice full mouthfeel that borders on creamy with a moderator crisp bite of carbonation.
Drinkability- Pretty spanking good. As this is the only second wet hopped beer I've had this year I'd have to give Surly's the edge. This just has a hair too much malt for my tastes. That's being nit picky though as the beer is more than solid. Fucking love Town Hall.

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Fresh Hop 2010 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 11 ratings