Masala Mama India Pale Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States
townhallbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 01-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#493
Reviews:
681
Ratings:
1,376
pDev:
9.03%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of grover37
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At the source. Tastes like 2009.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mrsockless
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MrUse
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrischamberlain
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mkhartnett
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.47/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CraigP83
3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average IPA, moderate bitterness, sticky sweetness, fairly malt forward.

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Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npachl
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was super excited to try this given the high rating, but really disappointed when the beer hit my tastebuds. Had it at the tap room, very avg IPA

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Photo of Crepuscular
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andylipp
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SinjaminBentek
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler shipped to Nebraska. #propertownhallipaglassware

So I'm on this mission to tick BA's Top 250. As I enjoy Masala Mama it sits at #249 on the list.
On this quest of mine I have had so many really great beers this however is not one of them...

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3.03/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Malty woody bitter smooth

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Photo of ElizKarr
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of imbibehour
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Minneapolis Town Hall into a half pint (9 ounces).

Bronze amber, and quite clear, nearly crystal clear body color presented. Top is a little less displayed but is quite creamy looking with a nice collar that laces while drinking slightly. Solid and nice looking brew.

Real impressive aroma. Soft caramel warmth and almost a taffy/toffee mix smell that comes off. Big amounts of chewy biscuit and graham cracker and an excellent hop flavor that hits of pine, dank, and perhaps some citrus grapefruit.

Palate is a real winner. A real nice creamy feeling palate that almost brings out vanilla tones. Hints of light caramel sticky flavors, toasted hazelnuts, and a real washing digestive cookie biscuit aftertaste. The hops really hit on the aftertaste and swallow. Grapefruit slightly with a hot pine that has real nice aromatics on the swallow that are nearly hot, not on booze either. Excellent continuing caramel and a slightly lighter than expected body while drinking as well.

This beer really reminds me of what Fat Tire could be if it was amped up properly and done even better as both have very similar character but with one glaring miles ahead in make and taste. It's striking, and stupidly well done. Excellent beer.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,376 ratings