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Masala Mama India Pale Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

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

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Ratings: 1,375 |  Reviews: 680
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler opened on 4.17.12 thanks to Schlais.

A - Pours a dark, clear orange with a foamy light tan head. Good retention.

S - Bready, oranges, light carmel, and pine.

T - A roller coaster or carmel, bread, citrus, oranges and hoppy pine.

D - Good carbonation, whew! I was worried since it was a growler, but the counter-pressure fill helped here. No bitterness at all.

O - Very, very well balanced. Bread, orange, and pine. All present, but not one dominates. I usually prefer my IPAs as hop forward, but this has to be the best balanced IPA I have ever had.

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Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A dark orange and caramel appearance. Poured a tad too vigorous and a two finger head is the result. The lacing is a lingering white.

S- Refreshing hops and malt. It smells sweet.

T- This beer is amazing. Very comparable to Hill Farmstead Galaxy. It's crisp and the carbonation is perfect.

M- Carbonation is great and it goes down very light.

O- I love this beer. Credit to Mista for this one! It's an amazing, refreshing IPA. I think I am drinking it too fast, but it's just so damn enjoyable.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a reasonable layer on top of the pour. This is a good looking beer.

Smell: Sweet and hoppy with strong citrus peel notes as well as some bready malt.

Taste: More malt than I expected up front, but it's not particularly unwelcome. Citrus peel bitterness is quite nice, enjoying the west coast hops. The finish is bitter. The only complaint is that there is a slightly buttery flavor in the malt, but not enough to be a real problem.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good IPA. I would definitely go back to have more in the future.

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Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Distinctly piney, with stand-out crystal malt lining up alongside. Otherwise, the smell is very clean.

T: Begins almost dry, with evident crystal malt and savory herbaceous hops. Malt persists into the middle where some late acidity becomes apparent. Bitterness is fairly pronounced in the finish, still retaining residual malt qualities from earlier in the profile.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Shockingly familiar, this IPA seems to share the same malt bill of a friend's home-brew. As a name-recognition American IPA it is over-rated. On a positive note, it's assertive malt qualities position it most favorably among those other IPAs thought of as East-Coast style.

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Photo of bashiba
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on cask.

Poured a nice hazzy amber with a great creamy cask head. Very sticky and tons of of lacing.

The smell was a bit light, with mild buscit malt and a bit of grapefruit.

The flavor followed the nose, a malt forward ipa, very rich with english caramal, nice toffee and biscuit. The hops are light and citrusy, with a good medium bitterness.

The mouthfeel has that great medium cask fullness with the silky smooth texture that accompanies a good firkin.

Good cask ipa, could use more dry hopping or some nice fresh cask hopping would really put this over the top.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of briandot
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Mealhouse
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GraddyMN
1/5  rDev -76.9%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to MBrausen for providing me with a growler of this. The growler made a nice, crisp, CO2 pop, which made me happy. Pours a clear, light amber color with a large, off-white head. Scent is nice and hoppy...very nice hop aroma with some floral hops as well. Not much maltiness going on, which is surprising since this isn't from the west coast. Taste is very well balanced with some dry hoppiness and a nice amount of hop resin. Floral hops with pine and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I can understand the hype over this beer...as its drinkability and easy sessionability is ridiculous. I could have drank this whole growler by myself. Unfortunately, I feel like its fame will die off shortly, as there is nothing overly "stand-outish" about this beer. Very well done though.

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Photo of MplsMel
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Centennial
3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of syrupjoe
4/5  rDev -7.4%

5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of aclark44
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for orchestrating this trade

Review adapted from notes taken 9/12/11

Appearance: Dark orange/amber, darker than the average IPA - ridiculously clear - really nice white head, impressive lacing

Smell: Definitely an IPA, but malty, too - nicely cooked biscuits - lots of citrus, orange rind, grapefruit rind - floral citrus, pine - balanced

Taste: Balanced with a ton of pith - great malt profile and great hops - very biscuity, with some bread crust - some malt sweetness, as well as some light fruit sweetness - orange and grapefruit flesh, rind, zest - tons and tons of pith, with a lingering pithy bitterness that builds over time - personally, this is too much pith - otherwise great

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, but I would like it to be a bit more dry

Overall: Balanced and unique, but not legendary

The malt profile of this beer, surprisingly, is possibly the most remarkable thing about Masala Mama. Biscuity and bread crusty, it almost has some bock-like qualities that really help balance the hops. The hop profile is impressive, but not exactly what I want in an IPA.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of siege06nd
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks IrishColonial for sharing this growler!

A. Pours a mostly clear copper orange. I love IPAs that pour this deep color. About a quarter finger of crisp white head provides a nice contrast. Really nice tightly beaded lacing.

S. Really good. Tropical fruits, pineapple, orange peel. A nice caramel malt presence too.

T. Zesty, spicy hops. Lots of pine resin and floral flavors. Fairly bitter finish. Nice.

M. Well balanced. Perhaps a bit strong on the carbonation. Good blend of flavors though.

O. A very good IPA. Hop heads will love how bitter and bold this is. I thought the finish was just a bit too bitter and drying and the malt presence a bit thick. Pretty full bodied for an IPA: couldnt have more than one or two.

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Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 1,375 ratings
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