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
Ratings:
1,371
Reviews:
680
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
877
Gots:
91
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Reaper16
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery into a pint glass

Pours a burnt amber color that looks to be completely translucent but is a dark enough beer that you can't really see through it all that clearly. 1.5 fingers of loose-ish eggshell white head sit on top.

You can tell by the smell that this beer is imbalanced towards the hoppy side of things (which is a good attribute), but the hops aren't all that intense. Grapefruit, pine, resin, and some distant pomegranate -- well, more specifically POM brand juice -- are there in the nose, but it isn't all that strong. A lightly caramely malt presence is down there somewhere.

Forget what I said about the hops not being intense. This is a full-flavored IPA. Lush bursts of pomegranate and passionfruit meet an abundance of grapefruit and oily resin. It's a very focused IPA, but that focus also doesn't lose interest throughout multiple pints. This is less bitter than it is full of citric acid like flavors. It's really wonderful stuff.

I love the mouthfeel on this beer. It's nearly perfectly carbonated, and the body is quite thin (which is always my preference with hoppy beers). Overall, this is a fantastic IPA. It's worth the hype and I am stoked that I finally got the chance to try it.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Buebie for this growler! Woo hoo!

Pours a dark amber color with orange highlights. Solid inch of off white bubbles cap it off. Lots of nice, sticky lacing clings to the glass.

The aroma is full of hops. Citrus and pine dominate once this one warms a bit. There's a good backbone of sweet smelling malt when the beer is colder.

The flavor is packed with those hops. Not overly bitter, but very flavorful. More pine and earthy hops than citrus here with a slightly sweet and sour finish.

Medium body with light prickly carbonation. Very dry aftertaste has me constantly going for another drink to wet my palate. This growler may not make it through the night! Well done....

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Photo of jsprain1
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden copper color. White head is one and half finger and lasts quite well.
S- Smell is piney hops and a splash of a tropical, pineapple juice flavor.
T- It's fairly sweet. A decent malt base props up a big pine flavor. Very heavy on the pine flavor with a touch of tropical fruit.
M- Fairly firm body, low carbonation. Flavor sticks around in a long finish.
O- A very good IPA. Easy drinking and packs a solid hop punch. Definite recommendation.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-golden color, with a fluffy two-finger head. Fine lacing.

S: Bright grapefruit with nice candied tropical fruits and a detectable malt backbone.

T: Grapefruit, candied pineapple, dry hops, toasty malt backbone, and a dry finish.

M: Dry and syrupy.

I'll always say yes to more hops but for an AIPA, this is excellent and well-balanced. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev 0%

I have always had this on tap, cask-conditioned (perhaps that is the only way to get it). A truly delicious, very authentic IPA. Very well balanced.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler into my nonic.

A - Pours reddish/copper with a off-white head which vanishes and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- A mix of hops and malts with a slight sweetness, a perfect balance of hops and sweetness...nice!

T - Floral hoppy flavor (not a whole lot of grapefruit/citrus), which I really like and a slightly bitter finish...very clean and smooth

M - Very "slick", coats the inside but not a think beer by any means. Perfect carbonation from the growler.

D - I would drink this beer every single day if I wasn't so far away. One of my favorite IPAs of all-time.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.35/5  rDev 0%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a mostly clear, glowing orange color. Thinner head. It leaves smaller rings of lacing.

S-Big juicy citrus notes. Highly hopped complementary aromas of tropical fruits and grass. Freshly squeezed hoppiness with resinous notes. Lightly balanced by some dough and caramel.

T-A huge duet of tangerines and grass. Light mango and serious, lingering piney bitterness. The bitter aftertaste lasts and lasts. Light breadiness as well as caramel come in but quickly give way to the erupting bitterness.

M-Super drinkable. Agreeable body with softer carbonation. Again, long, seemingly endless bitter aftertaste which I loved.

O/D-A really awesome IPA. Maybe a step below elite but it clearly delivers. A definite winner. Wouldn't complain if I had this again!

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Photo of Holland
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber color, clear, with a decent head that stays as a thin layer for the glass. Sticks to the sides of the glass very well.

S: tons of citrus, sweetness, pine, and malt.

T: the taste is surprisingly awesome, even for expectations. Amazing blend of flavors, with the citrus, pine, and malt and sweetness all hitting up front. The aftertaste is hop bitterness. Awesome.

M: smooth and crisp at the same time. Or at different times. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: this is full of win. Growler it is...if only they sold them on Sundays.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-11-18 in Minneapolis, MN. Our group bought a growler to take back to the Holiday Inn next door to the brew pub. Since it had been less than an hour since leaving the pub, the brew tasted the same as on-tap.

A - Clear orange-amber with a 1.5-finger white head with moderate lacing.

S - Tropical, mild citrus, floral, pale malt.

T - Orange flesh first then some pineapple/mango. Light pine, nutty/pale malt followed by some grapefruit flesh bitterness and a sprig of mint. Dries nicely with a touch of fruit and caramel sweetness to compliment the bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp and a touch prickly.

O - This is a very fine APA. Lots of flavor for this ABV level with a good balance between bright-citrus and sweetness; somewhat-like a Troegs Nugget Nectar.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lhaqq
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent copper-orange body with a beautiful 1cm ripply white head. Swirling the glass throughout drinking whips up a good sized head that retains for a while.
S: Huge floral hop smell up front. I feel like I'm in a field of flowers. After getting acquainted to the hop smell, a light malt aroma comes out.
T: Pretty hoppy like the smell but still has a bit of a malty sweetness and not much bitter aftertaste.
M: Refreshing and clean.
D: A great session beer. Probably my favorite IPA.

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Photo of yoitsarch
4.35/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into shaker pint glass on 11/6/08. Big thanks to Deuane for sharing this with me!

A - Poured a medium rusty orange/copper body with moderate carbonation and one-finger dense, rocky beige head that receded to a quarter inch of retention and deposited a thick coat of lace around the glass.

S - The nose of this IPA is a wonderful blend of toasted grains, caramel malts and piney and citrus hop goodness. Hints of fresh baked bread and a touch of brown sugar also merge into the aroma.

T - Kicks off with a one-two punch of sweet malts and juicy citrus hops, then segues into more subtle hop notes of pine and resin. Finish is quite bitter with citrus rind and a pleasant grainy, bready character. Some toffee and caramel notes sweeten the pot a bit.

M - Medium body with creamy texture and pretty light carbonation. Quite crisp and dry in the finish. An assertive bitterness envelopes the palate.

D - Wow! This was worth the drive over to Deuane's for a pint (and a half) of this wonderful nectar. Awesome American IPA with perfect balance of hops and malt with a nice lingering bitterness. This was an excellent introduction to Town Hall!

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Photo of Mplsbrew
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at the brewery. Silky smooth nice bitterness with a great hop to malt balance

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Photo of BZero007
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a Growler threw a trade, thanks to maximum12!

Pours a amber and cooper color with great head retention and lace. The aroma that this beer gave of was great!! Every time that I inhaled it seemed new to me. Lots of citrus hops with floral accents and fruits in the background. maximum mentioned to me that this was one of those rare beers that tasted different with every glass, and it really did live up to that. With every glass I was noticing more and more flavors being dominant. Dominant bitter hops power this brew for sure! with only the slight hint of malts in the background with floral notes. This could be a great session beer and was for me!!

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Photo of necoadam
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler.

Poured out a musty orange color with a few hints of very light red mixing in as well. A nice head that also stays with you for quite a while.

Smell was outstanding. The first thing you'll notice is the huge fruit notes in this beer. Big pine aromas as well. And of course, a good hops are also in the nose.

Taste was quite good. This beer has a huge malt backbone to it. A lot of toasted malts with a nice hop and citrus taste on top of the malts. Quite a bit of toffee also in there that mixes in towards the middle and the end. But towards the end it just gets hoppy and more hoppy. Some pine flavors also mix in the aftertaste. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation was quite good considering it was sitting in the fridge for 2 and a half weeks. This held up quite nicely.

A damn fine IPA. The drinkability is high since it's less than 6%, but the flavors are everywhere and balanced nicely.

Many thanks to the Monk for sending it this way.

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Photo of ANiklaus
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to THCPJ for sharing this one! Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Pours a reddish orange/amber with a frothy head with great retention. Lacing is perfect, remains on most of the glass.

S: Nice pine, citrus, grapefruit. Not as strong as I was hoping, but very pleasant nonetheless.

T: Much more pine in the flavor than the aroma. The bitterness attacks right away. Has a very nice sweetness that follows from the malt and ends in a sticky finish with a nice hop aftertaste.

M/D: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Finish is sticky. Overall, I was very pleased with this drinkable beer, a very nice IPA, but not one of my favorites.

Edited after having it on tap at Town Hall.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to patronwizard for the remainder of this growler. i drink this for anyone who has lost anything to these fucking fires.

pours golden amber with a perfect one and a half finger head a nice amount of lacing.

smell is nice and hoppy, lots of pine and citrus.

taste is nice sweet. hoppy bitterness that plays nicely in the sypmhony of this beer.

mouth is nice. medium bodied, nice amount of carbonation.

very drinkable.

a shitty review. i just am worried if im still going to have a house after tonight.

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Photo of glazeman
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my first review from a growler. Graciously shared by airohead2001 who received this in a trade. Poured into a pint glass.

A: dark orange with a 1.5 finger white head. Pretty good head retention and excellent lacing.

S: one of the sweetest IPAs I have smelled. Lots of citrus on the nose. Particular smells I get are clemintines, earthy smokiness, and some floral notes

T: I'm really glad to say that the taste is not nearly as sweet. It has a very nice balance with some great hoppy flavors throughout and some subtle malts underneath. The main tastes I get are oranges, lemons, a tad of molases, and a tad of tree bark.

M: a little too much carbonation for me. Otherwise, a very nice mouthfeel in a medium body IPA.

D: very drinkable, nice flavor, and not too high of an abv.

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Photo of Burgh1328
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from half empty growler into a SN tulip pint glass. A big thanks to thecaptain073 for giving me a chance to try this one. The growler leaked in transit so the carbonation suffered.

A: Pours a rich dark amber with a thin tan head that formed a bubbly collar around the glass leaving no lace. Based on others reviews, had this beer been fresh I believe it would have had a good head and sticky lace. There certainly enough hops oils in the nose for me to believe so. I will rate to these assumptions.
S: Pine and citrus hops with notes of fresh cut grass, grapefruit and pineapple. My favorite kind of hop smell!
T: Follows the nose with pine and grapefruit flavors, but there are sweet caramel undertones that balance out a respectable bitterness. Finish is sweet with a touch of citrus and fruit. Very fresh hop flavor. Delicious.
M: Low carbonation due to the leaky growler, but there is still enough to keep the beer from being flat. Body is medium and slightly oily and viscous. I will rate this as if it had appropriate carb.
D: A straight forward textbook example of what a great IPA should taste like. Great hop taste with the right balance between bitter hops and sweet malt. Very clean and fresh flavors and a refreshing mouthfeel. I would love to try this on tap sometime.

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Photo of KingG
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from jeffkrenner. Big thanks to him.

Appearance is very good. Large clumpy head forms off the aggressive pour with tons of lacing sticking to the glass. Glowing maroon/copper colored liquid with small amounts of sediment. For an IPA, this is a dark bastard.

Smell is good. Juicy citrus hops jump out and grab the nose. Pear, tangerine and ripe juicy plum. Nice.

Taste is very good. Once again, a large juicy hop profile with a lingering, grassy bitterness at the end. They blended the hops in this beer very well going with citrus and bittering creating a complex hop profile. Caramel malt is present but in the background, complementing the flavor nicely and yielding to the magnificent hop profile. Well done.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly thin in the mouth due to below-average carbonation. However, the beer coats the tongue and cheeks nicely. Mouth-watering after every sip.

Drinkability is very good. If i had a keg of this, a few friends and i could easily put a nice dent in it.

Overall:
Awesome IPA that has an addicting flavor. One of the better IPA's out there. Highly recommended.

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Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,371 ratings.
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