Masala Mama India Pale Ale
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #27
Ranked #1,185
4.31 | pDev: 9.05%
May 07, 2022
Jan 01, 2003
Notes: American style India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed using Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial and Mt. Hood hops. A beer with crisp hop flavor and bitterness well balanced with American malt sweetness.
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4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on May 07, 2022
4.15 by adosen01 from Minnesota on Oct 04, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jeffoert from Minnesota

This is, no doubt, an old-fashioned IPA, strong on the malt/hoppiness side. This is much better than their Dortmunder beer, I thought. I bought a growler of each. Definitely a better than average IPA but not sure it is worth the extra trouble and cost.

Jun 10, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by hhughes2008 from Minnesota

L: Copper-auburn color with 1 finger of soapy foam that retains well, some lacing
S: pine, grapefruit, some biscuity/carmel malt aromas
T: resinous with a chewy malt backbone. Grapefruit, Candied oranges, cherry.
F: medium body, somewhat velvety, good carbonation
O: Crushed a 32 oz crowler of this easily and probably could have had more. Def my go-to West/Midwest IPA in the twin cities.

Sep 11, 2020
4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Jan 31, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

Cask pour at MTHB. Cloudy, medium amber with cap of thick creamy head. Aroma is light hops with some fruity overtones. Taste adds a layer of hops to the bready malt base, subtle. Cask brings a nice creaminess to the brew, but hard to believe this is a Top 50. Not impressed.

Nov 05, 2019
4.06 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Aug 08, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

Cask at Town Hall Brewery, Minneapolis, MN

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and lacks visible carbonation. It kind of looked like a beer on nitro when the waiter brought it to the table with the yellowish and amber colors settling down and mixing together. It poured with a finger high white head that this excellent properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of citrusy hops - orange and grapefruit stand out in particular - along with notes of floral hops and hints of herbs. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels very smooth and creamy on the mouthfeel and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I;'m really glad that I had this beer from a cask as it was a pleasure to drink, especially with the smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: cask

Aug 04, 2019
4.11 by smithj4 from New York on Aug 04, 2019
3.99 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Aug 04, 2019
4.42 by mrcraft from California on Jul 08, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. Copper brown with a finger of white foam. Smell stars the hops in a bitter and herbal way, with supporting caramel malt. Taste was pretty average, with the hops truly starring, but wasn't super memorable beyond the hops. Somewhat bready in feel with the hop textures interceding. Good ipa, but nothing outstanding

May 22, 2019
4.28 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2019
4.26 by cgwami from Canada (MB) on Apr 06, 2019
4.25 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Feb 18, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beers-es from Virginia

On tap at the brewery, pours a very clear copper. Lots of lacing. Older school American IPA but that’s not a criticism. Hops and malts in perfect balance, nice bitter finish. Glad to finally enjoy one of these.

Feb 01, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by MuddyFeet from North Carolina

Cask ale. Solid copper color. Big giant head tho but I dug the color. Nose is floral with some of the wood. Feel is silky. Thanks to the cask. Taste is good from the front end to the back going thru the rainbow of bitterness but well balanced with the malt.

Jan 03, 2019
4.25 by brandoneast from Texas on Dec 12, 2018
3.75 by codytwo from Connecticut on Sep 29, 2018
4.44 by SuomenAmerikkalainen from Minnesota on Jul 07, 2018
4.29 by qcghost from North Carolina on Jun 10, 2018
4 by cp45 from New Jersey on May 27, 2018
3.75 by Noelito76 from New York on May 23, 2018
4.52 by grapeshops from California on Mar 31, 2018
3.27 by KevinMc from Illinois on Mar 29, 2018
4.31 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota on Mar 06, 2018
4.35 by Brent_B from Iowa on Feb 22, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

Growler from the source.

This one pours a completely clear dark reddish amber, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like crusty and bready biscuity malt, resinous piney hops, orange peel, and grapefruit peel.

This is super old school- I can tell this was an absolute banger back in 2006 or so. It's still really great. The malt character is fascinating here- bready, crusty, and just the tiniest bit sweet. There's a great reasinous and very bitter backbone, with slight grapefruit and orange sweetness. It's not tropical or hazy or jooooosy, but it's still great.

This is medium bodied and incredibly drinkable- I was able to take down a 32 oz growler in about half an hour. It's really crisp.

I've been looking to try this beer forever, and I finally just pulled the trigger and traded for a few growlers. It's an exceptional example of how American IPAs used to be.

Feb 17, 2018
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3.67/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by grover37 from District of Columbia

At the source. Tastes like 2009.

Oct 28, 2017
3.88 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota on Sep 30, 2017
4.17 by jeff1973 from California on Sep 29, 2017
3.99 by socon67 from New York on Jul 27, 2017
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4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mrsockless from Minnesota

An absolutely lovely IPA in the style of Size 7 or Surly Furious, Town Hall's Masala Mama has inspired many imitators, but few can compare with the balance, delightful aroma and subtle bitter taste of the original.

Jul 04, 2017
4.02 by MrUse from Minnesota on May 30, 2017
4.25 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on May 11, 2017
4.17 by chrischamberlain from Minnesota on Apr 07, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by unclekeith from Alaska

Long time want - thank you Chris P!

4-day old Growler into a tulip - crystal clear honey hue, nice 2-finger head with pretty lacing - biscuit malt, piney hops on the nose - resinous pine, long lasting bitterness, great carb.

An IPA from a different time, a nostalgic classic the predates the hop escalation. Great malt, bitterness, hop balance. Tremendous- wish I had access to this around here.

Mar 12, 2017
4.1 by Can_has_beer from Texas on Feb 22, 2017
4.39 by mkhartnett from Minnesota on Feb 05, 2017
3.47 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia on Jan 26, 2017
Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1402 ratings