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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

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#482
Reviews:
680
Ratings:
1,375
pDev:
9.03%
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Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of markhvizdak into a Duvel tulip.

A: A straight-on pour results in a finger of light tan foam placidly overlooking a nice deep orange-amber body. Decent retention and some delicate lacing. Attractive, and the carbonation is just what I'd expect for a growler that's about two weeks old.

S: Dazzling display of hops complexity. Largely citrusy, with plenty of tangerine, as well as light floral and grassy notes. Some slightly spicy caramel malt on the tail end. Lovely.

T: Starts out with fruity, citrusy hops, then transitions to a smoothly malty middle, and finishes with an appropriately bitter grassy hop aftertaste. Very nice, but not quite as lively as the aroma.

M: Smooth medium body, but distinctly undercarbonated. I suppose I'm partly to blame for keeping the growler for an extra week (so that I could share it), but I'm pretty sure that it was counter-pressure filled and sealed with shrinkwrap, so it's not just me.

D: Very easy drinking IPA, as you'd expect from its very modest ABV.

Notes: Thanks a ton, Mark, for hooking me up with this long-desired beer. It was excellent, but not as transcendent as I'd hoped. I can't wait to try it fresh at the brewery this summer (fingers crossed). I bet it'll be sublime straight from the tap.

Cheers!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes- drank 5/17/10. 64oz growler into chouffe tulip.

A- Nice golden color w/ a dash of copper, good pour and sticky lacing.

S- Bitter, piney hops. Grapefruit/citrus notes. Bready malt.

T- Bitter oily hops. Pine sap, resiny. Floral/citric notes, pretty good malt base, lingering bitterness. More bitter than flavorful. Tasty.

M- Good carbonation- actually one of the best growlers I've come across. Good balance too.

D- Fairly high, good stuff. If I was local I'd drink it a lot. Not the best I've ever had, but a good IPA that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Stigs
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

growler shared with Davolebomb and some Thai food, split and served in standard pint glasses...

A - lightly hazy dark copper/amber colored beer hoists a small layer of white, light and fluffy cream colored foam. leaves behind a thin wall of lacing throughout most of the drink.

S -ample amount of pine resin along with some freshly cut wild grass and citrus (some orange and lemon) rind. malt is present with light caramel and subtle doughy bread with fresh black pepper sprinkled on top.

T - strong hop profile with pine taking the lead...nicely bitter on the back end but has excellent flavor to go along with it, grassy with a light touch of citrus grapefruit. balanced very well yet still hop-heavy, a thin layer of caramel and bready malt nicely sits underneath the earthy and lightly spiced hop profile. delcious.

M - perfect. medium bodied and very slick and oily, coating. carbonation is spot on, propelling the flavors to every corner of the mouth and leaving a lightly tingly lingering bitter piney aftertaste. just a real pleasure to drink (a few glasses).

D - loved it. went perfectly with my slightly spicy fried rice. at this ABV I could (and would) drink this all day. nicely balanced but still true to its roots. a real pleasure to drink.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip. Huge thanks to beerwolf77 for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish mahogany color that produced a great off-white head with good retention behind it. Left tons of lacing behind.

(S)- A big dryness with a bigger malt profile. Some good notes of lemon and lime.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A bigger malt profile than most, but is counter acted with a good hop backbone of lemon and lime.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A happy medium between malt and hops. Bitter, but supplemented well with a big malt background and creamy citrus hops.

(D)- A good IPA. Maltier than most, but that does not really bother me when enjoying this one. A happy medium between malt and hop additions. Solid stuff.

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Photo of BeerShirts
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 5/31/10
opened 6/12/2010

A-Brown/Amber, head forms fast stays for a short bit and is sticky on the sides of the glass
S- Hops, spices, citrus
T- Hops of course, a piny taste, the citrus is there but not over powering and lingers after
M- low-medium carbonation, very smooth
D- This is a great IPA, not to high on the ALC so you can buy a growler and enjoy it between 2-3 people.

(changed when I first wrote the review I used a small glass and did not get any head form, switched to a larger glass and received a larger head)

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish to copper color with a nice tan head. In the aroma, piney hops. In the taste, piney hops and green apples, a touch of nice maltiness. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with dry, piney hops in the aftertaste. Bigs hops and very nice.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

How good do IPA's get (notice I didn't distinguish regular IPA's from Double IPA's), well I'll let you know in just a moment. I have extreme high hopes for this beer.

The beer pours with a very froathy, deep copper/lightly rusty color. The beer doesn't let go of its bubbles easily. Eventually, the foam separates from the beer and reveals a standard hop-hazed liquid with a creamy and stubborn head resting above. Off white creme forums a mousse that linger well beyond the session and lacing as well as any IPA can. Really an ideal look though the haze might be a bit excessive.

Surprisingly, only a moderate citrus (grapefruit) aroma rises from the glass. Accompanied by an orange zest and grassy note, the grapefruit only hits medium intensity as far as IPA's are concerned. The malt character takes on a very crisp, yet creamy aroma that makes the beer very appealing and inviting.

Flavors of the beer are very balanced from the nose to finish- a very consistent flavor of citrus balanced by malts of bread crust and deep caramel. Neither the malt profile nor the nops appear first or let the other to take precedence until mid-palate when the creamy malts fade to dryness and the hop flavor (citrus) and clean bitterness take hold in true Double IPA fashion. Not a whole lot of esters or varying hop flavors, but this beer remains simple, clean, and focused.

The best part of the beer is in its texture. Where the beer starts out with a subtle malt creaminess, the beer transitions beautifully into a crisp, dry, and fleeting bitterness well into the finish. Where the initial impression makes me think 'balanced', the finish allows the hop bitterness to dominate and to do so without any hint of bite, astringency, or roughness. Absolutely effortless to drink.

In a nutshell, the beer is wonderful. I wish that there were the fragrant and flavorful first impressions of a dry-hop Centennial hop character but it just isn't there. But from mid palate on, the beer is as perfect as I have tasted- absolutely wonderful.

A big, big thanks to Chickdighops for this wonderful beer. I seriously owe you!

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at the brewpub on 5/22/10

The color is a darker shade of scorched amber. Though slightly cloudy, it still maintains a nice radiance. The pour featured an 1/8th inch head that quickly entered "skim" territory. Good lacing despite head retention.

The aroma is impressively chock-full of American hop goodness. Smells quite resinous & piney. Spicy citrus notes via grapefruit, tangerine & lemon zest. The Amarillo hops really cut through the mix. I'm not picking out a whole lot in the way of malts.

The taste upfront is piney bitterness working in conjunction with a prevalent spiciness. Citrus is there as well, just not with the same fortitude as the nose. Biscuity malt notes round it out. Just a touch of sweetness. I really like the overall dryness.

Medium to full bodied with appropriate carbonation that places focus on the zestier qualities of the beer. Bitterness lingers on.

Drinkability is great. More balance than I expected, but Masala Mama is so dang tasty. Most definitely recommended if you are in the area.

On a side note, Town Hall's sweet potato fries are excellent.

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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery, but drinking from a growler I got to go as I write this review.

A: Slightly hazy orange /copper in color. Served at the brewery with a scant 1/8 inch of sticky head, however from the growler I'm able to pour more aggressively, resulting in a good 1/2 inch of head that has decent retention. Good lacing from the growler. Wasn't enough head to generate lacing when poured from the tap.

S: Quite aromatic. Pine. Pine resin. Spicy black pepper.

T: Spicy malt. Almost a characteristically spicy rye malt. Some caramel notes then moves into a moderate to heavy bitterness. Spicy. With a long pine and pine resin finish.

M: Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Spicy. Pungent. Tingles on the tongue.

D: A great IPA that focuses on the spicy, peppery characteristic of hops. Very easy to drink for any hop lover. Oddly, I found this one to be better from the growler than on-tap. At first, I was a bit underwhelmed by this beer, but the growler seems to have restored my respect.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber color with a nicely soapy looking white head. Some chunk lacing as I drank which faded into some fine stick as time went on.

S - Really hoppy, a nice amount of citrus, but not too grapefruity, subtle pine notes make up the hop profile. Subtle malt backbone that doesn't detract from the hops or make it to carmelly.

T - I think this might be my favorite IPA, even moreso than PtE and PtY. Would want to do a side by side for comparison. Nicely bitter resin taste with pine notes blends in with the citrus. It's slightly sweet, and balanced by the bitterness which does not become overpowering. The malt backbone is there, but complementary.

M - Finishes bitter, a bit puckering, but not too bad. Definately a medium bodied IPA, with some great carbonation to make it refreshing.

D - Could drink this all day, a great thirst quencher too if you're thirsty.

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Photo of kbeals
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler sent to me by younger35.

A- Dark amber/copper in color with a frothy, billowing white head on top. Excellent lacing left behind, a flawless appearance.

S- Tons of tropical fruits, grapefruit, pineapples, oranges with a hint of pine. The amount of citrus in it leads to a very sweet smell, some of it could be from malts, very caramel like with a bit of toffee.

T- Loads of citrusy hops, pineapple and grapefruit once again. Finishes off very bitter, exactly what I expected. The rating for this could be little higher, but there was just nothing that blew me away about the flavor. It was still good but not over the top good.

M- Medium body, slightly prickly mouthfeel. Hop resin lends an oily characteristic to this one, very pleasing.

D- Very good, easily knocked back two pints of it and probably would have drank more if I didn't have to drive.

Thanks again, Dan! An outstanding brew.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 64oz growler into three pint glasses. Thanks to Steve and Chris for the assist! Extra special thanks to Phil and Amanda for bringing this back from MN!

A: Pours a clear copper gold. Sticky off-white head sports good retention, but sadly, hardly any lace was left behind. Carbonation was active.

S: As soon as I cracked the growler, I could smell the hops. I held my freshly poured glass at arms length and I could smell the hops. Yes! A true "three footer." Glorious tropical aromas of apricot, mango, grapefruit, and pineapple with cut grass, caramel, and wildflowers thrown in for good measure.

T: Same as above with the only chink in the armour being that we found the tropicality of the flavor seemed to die off slightly as we closer to the bottom of the growler. Maybe our senses just got used to it?

M: Spicy, prickly, and very sticky. Hop oils stuck to everythingg!

D: Unbelievable and legendary. Worth every bit of the hype!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a growler of this in a trade with cope0021, thanks man! Poured into my SN 30th Anniversary tulip.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with one finger of off white head that has great retention and lacing. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus fruits and hops, especially grapefruit. Also smells of smooth caramel malts. Hint of pine.

t - Tastes of citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, and some smooth caramel or bready malts. Nothing is too overpowering and no real bitterness to it. Quite enjoyable.

m - Medium body and light carbonation, very smooth and creamy.

d - This is a great IPA. At 5.9% ABV this is insanely drinkable; I feel like I could drink this all day. The smell and taste is a great combination of hops and malts and several things are notciable, yet nothing overpowers it. This is not a crazy hop bomb and does not have a lot of bitterness to it, but if you like balanced IPA's you'll love this. Would highly suggest checking out.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review at Town Hall.

A: Brought to me straight from the tap with a full two finger width head of off-white. Fluid appears as a bold goldish copper color. More copper than gold. A slight haze creeps through the beer.

S: As soon as the pour finished, my nose was in the glass. A two-timing Pinnochio wouldn't have beaten my nose for a sniff. The waft of hops is absolutely intoxicating!! I brew my on sometimes and this aroma beat the beautiful unleashing of a vacuum sealed package of cascade hops!! I feel like I'm sniffing the vine on an early fall day. Bursting with floral citrus, this aroma is second to none. Sweet grapefruit with earthy undertones permeate this magnificent bouquet.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced: hops being the focal point with some residual sweetness to balance out the bitterness and citrus. Bitter finish comes out on the slighter side of dry with a tiny bit of lingering caramel.

M: The mouthfeel is good with a medium-low carbonation.

D: The drinkability is good with a pleasing citrus hop profile and dry bitter finish that I find highly consumable.

This is one of the greats.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd like to thank the mully..beautiful!

The package arrives, like on Christmas days of yore, I tear through the packaging to retrieve the innards. The growler I place in the fridge for another day.
One day passes...
I remove the tape seal and then the cap. With a hiss, the growler reveals a fiery aroma of grapefruits. I giggle and pour into three glasses. As the amber liquid bubbles and releases more and more grapefruit, I begin to notice the subtler piney and crystal malt flavors. It is an astounding smell, one of the best smelling IPAs I've experienced. The hops punish the palate with reasonability (Everything we do is reasonable) whilst the caramel malt sets the tone with unfermentables to make the body a touch bigger. Finishes very dry with the starches and hop finish combo. Absolutely excellent

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler shared and poured into an American tumbler pint. 5-5 written on cap. (Tapped over DLD weekend and brought down).

Thanks, Beerwolf77, for having me come over to share this guy.

A - Poured into the pint, the beer was a lightly hazy golden orange-amber color with a thin tan head floating on top. Good retention held on for a while and left the small area of glass coated in thin lace.

S - The aroma is low but good with a nice aromatic hop nose of flower pedals and grapefruit citrus with pine resins and a nice caramel and toast backbone. A solid IPA aroma all around.

T - The flavor has a strong pine and hop resin kick to the taste followed up by a pretty potent bitter grapefruit citrus finish. The Backbone that holds it all together is a good balance of toasted caramel malts.

M - Masala is medium-bodied and fairly smooth with a pretty decent carbonation sparkle to the finish. It's also got to have pretty high IBUs cause it's got one bitter kick to it.

D - The bitterness is pretty strong, not that deters very much, but otherwise its a really good IPA with solid drinkability. It's definitely not something I'd session but two pints would be a tasty treat.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to FreshmanPour77 for bringing me a fresh growler in great condition.
A: clear light amber, slight chill haze disappears quickly, nice creamy eggshell head is dense and lasting. gobs of lace.
S: oranges, grapefruit mostly with some resiny pine and toffeeish malts.
T: above flavors continue with light/medium sweet caramel malts very well balanced by smooth yet prominent bitter hops.
M: frothy, lively. just under medium in body. a crisp yet lingering and drying bitter finish.
D: great stuff and under 6% abv which i like.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About time I've rated this beer

Growler into a Duvel tulip

Murky copper pour that settles nicely with a thin head that covers the entire surface

I have a difficult time pinning down this beer, as each time I've had it yields a different result. Inconsistent batches? Power of suggestion? Incompetent rater of beers? You decide.

Aroma yields grassiness, hint of pine, and faint citrus. Have to really agitate the hell out of this to pull out much on the nose.

Really nice tastes of grass, melon. faded grapefruit, and a very mild bitterness at the finish with a fair smack of malt. Quite clean on the back end.

Appropriate carbonation, medium bodied, enjoyable.

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Photo of Lunch
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 64oz. growler acquired from a trade with chixdighops and nbeattie (Thanks!) into my Brooklyn Brewery snifter at the appropriate temperature (03/20/10)

A: Pours darker than expected and looks like a DIPA. Nice dark golden copper with a slight mahogany hue, capped with 2 finger of an off-white head. Great retention and lots of lace left on the inside of the glass.

S: Great nose that is intense with pine and citrus hops. A nice sweet malty backbone as well.

T: Well...this certainly lives up to the hype! The palate is hit with some many intense flavors with pine and citrus hops dominating along with a fairly sweet, but never cloying, caramel/toffee malt. Layer of tropical fruit, orange, mango, lemon, pine, grapefruit, and some citrus zest.

M: Medium to full-bodied with some appropriate carbonation that was lively yet creamy. Perfect in every way.

D: It is shocking that this beer is 5.9% as it is so complex and so full flavored, but I must say that this is extremely easy to drink and it certainly drinks like a 5.9% IPA or even below.

Overall this was a great IPA and my first beer from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. Lives up to the hype and then some. Thanks again Megan and Nick! Highly Recommended.

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Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to GregMcQ for sharing this with me and some other BA's.

A: Pours a copper/orange color. A perfect, frothy, two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Sticky lace is left in rings. Really impressive coming from a growler.
S: Juicy hops up front. Citrus, pine, grapefruit. Some buttery malt balances everything out well.
T: Follows the nose. Tons of juicy hops. Citrus, pine, grapefruit. A substantial bitterness, but it does not overpower. Well balances with some residual sweetness lingering.
M/D: A medium body. Very crisp and dry. Creamy and smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. A relatively low alcohol IPA, and something that is not just bitter. I can put a few away with no problem.

This is an excellent IPA, and I am not a big fan of the style. I really enjoyed this. So much hop flavor going on. That is the key, hop flavor, not bitterness. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hayesez
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Justn" sent this to me from St. Paul in a recent trade. Sat in my fridge for one day before opening.

Split with three buddies after a day of NCAA men's March Madness upsets! Poured into Rose Polytechnic beer glasses.

Pours a deep bronze that begins very cloudy but quickly separates to a frothy light tan head and a crystal clear amber body. The thick three-finger head very slowly retreats to a thin bubbled cap that remains throughout the entirety of the beer. Thick bubbled lace is left the entire way down, with distinct rings left at each intermission. Very impressive.

From the moment I uncapped this one, I could smell those cascade hops. Sweet citrus - grapefruit, orange and probably several others that I can't separate. Nice flowery aroma to complement the fruit.

A very full bodied beer with a heavy malt backbone. The hops are definitely out front, however, with the citrusy palate presenting itself as I had hoped given the smell. Sweet citrus transitioning quickly to a crisp, clean bitter finish. Definitely grapefruit in there as well as others, I'm sure - not quite as sweet as the smell. This medium-bodied brew has a wonderfully creamy feel to it that is balanced by just the right amount of carbonation. The finishing bitterness ended up being a bit too much by the end of my third glass, but this is the only thing I can think of to detract from the taste.

Overall, just an outstanding brew. There is a lot of hype surrounding this beer. Last May, I was supposed to have my first pint (at the brewery) the night before my buddy's wedding. However, my wife had to go and get pregnant nine months earlier. I managed to get numerous phone calls from the wedding party that night, gloating over what I was missing. Well, even after travelling 600 miles in the back of a truck, this one lived up to its reputation. A quality beverage indeed!

Consumed: 3/21/2010

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

Thanks to GregMcQ for sharing a growler with me and some other BAs.

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind all day

S - Is a nose full of hops giving off citrus scents

T - Follows the nose its hops juice lots of citrus hops everywhere

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good IPA with a good taste that makes me wish I could have more its worth hunting down to try

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to younger for this brew. Shared with my homebrew club out of the growler.

Pours a clear red amber color. Very nice head and lacing.

Aroma screams hops. Lots of juicy fruits and mostly citrus. Maybe a little peaches. Nice maltiness.

Flavor is excellent. Lots of hops but mostly flavor hops. I love tons of flavor hops as opposed to bittering hops. But bitter is good too. The malt plays very nicely with the hops. Sooo tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Surprised the carbonation survived so well in the growler.

Overall I would bathe in this stuff and pound a whole keg to myself. Very tasty.

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Photo of mykie73
3.24/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was looking forward to trying this. Thanks Ipafool for sharing your growler.

a) bubbly head that would not go away. Amberish pale color which seems like it will have a large malt backbone. Head looks great.

s) without a doubt the best part of this beer. tropic, floral, citris, pineapple. smells awesome.

t): and it falls apart here. It's not bad but I think it's much more of a pale ale than anything. I tasted some grapefruit and a lot of flowers. I imagine it would taste better with fresh hops as it has that floralness to it. finishes more sweet than dry (like stone) to my palate but there is indeed some lingering bitterness in the aftermath

m): carbonated,coated mouth adequately.

d) we had a growler with four people, but people did not want to drink more than one glass. It's sesionalbe and easy to drink...I was just more, for a lack of better term, bored with it. The growler was in good shape and only 4 days old....overall, the appeal of this beer is a mystery to me. Next time, I visit my sister, I'll have to try it on tap. Glad I tried it though. It was a great smelling beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-pours a brilliant glowing reddish copper color liquid that has a nice op haze. the head is thick, pillowy, off white in color. Lots of head from an aggressive pour that has huge retention and sticks all over the glass. Looks so good!

S-the nose is big and hoppy, good caramel malt with floral notes hitting the nose hard, extremely oily and juicy, tons of grapefruit take over and don't quit with plenty of pine to accompany. Big time single IPA, very impressive nose!

T-the taste is big, thick and syrupy. floral esters are light but present, strong caramel malt to balance the huge hop presence, grapefruit comes in hard and the taste is quite big. A big time oily hop flavor, hints oily pine, more grapefruit bitterness at the finish that doesn't linger at all. this is a hop-a-rific beer!

M-smooth and creamy, full to medium body. wow is this thick and syrupy, creamy but smooth. Light carbonation, crisp finish but not biting at all. it is wet and juicy throughout coating the mouth completely.

D-this is an exceptional beer, notes of balance with big time hop flavors, great mouthfeel, easy drinking. This would rival most double IPA's for supremecy, gives the feel of a pliny, right up there with anything else, the only thing that keeps it from the perfect score is the huge oily hops that do seem to stick a little

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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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