Masala Mama India Pale Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

BA SCORE
96
world-class
1,372 Ratings
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:
1,372
Reviews:
680
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
876
Gots:
91
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of MasterSki
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a colleague who visits family in the Twin Cities I have a regular hookup for growlers. Anyone in the Chicago area should hit me up for a trade...

A - Off-white creamy two fingered head that takes a while to dissipate, leaving behind a lace that coats the side of the glass. The beer is a golden-amber color, mostly opaque, with slow moving bubbles. This is what an IPA should look like.

S - Floral hops, sweet citrus, pine, and some caramel malt in the background. Smell is a little understated, but that may have to do with the fact that the growler traveled 500 miles. I remember it being more pungent on-tap. Complex and deep.

T - Starts very bitter but mellows into an exquisite blend of orange, lemon, pine, malt, and honey. Leaves a bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth.

M - A little lighter than I'm used to, but very smooth with the right balance of carbonation. Leaves a sticky resinous quality. If it were a touch more viscous it'd be perfect.

D - This is the quintessential session beer. If you're looking for something refreshing, light, and inexpensive (if you live near Town Hall, that is) this is the perfect beer. I'd love to have this after a hot summer day.

Wow - $13 for a growler (less if you refill!). I think pints were like $3 or something, and since this is one of their standard brews you can get it every day of the year. Between this and Furious the Twin Cities really set a high bar for the IPA.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Wasatch
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to objectivemonkey for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger creamy off-white head that lasts a long time, then leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is a big hop bomb, with some grapefruit, pines, and a good dose of caramel. The taste is absolutely delicious, hoppy, nice malt blend, grapefruity, and a good touch of pines/caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body, a nice well rounded brew. Very drinkable, glad to finally make an effort to get this brew sent my way, why did I wait so long, lol Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of drabmuh
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my trek to Minneapolis was to get this beer and the mango version on draft. Mission successful. Generally speaking, I enjoyed both of these IPAs but especially enjoyed the mango. I think it narrowly edges out the original in flavor.

Beer is amber to orange and mostly clear. Head of small white bubbles leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is pretty piny with a strong hop presence. Minimal malt aroma.

Beer is medium body and has nearly no malt sweetness up front. It finishes with a medium dryness to it and has some great hop character in the midpalate. The finish is quite bitter and is probably what gives me the mild dry feeling at the back. Very drinkable, I once drank an entire growler of this beer at one sitting -- I wouldn't recommend it, and a great mouthfeel. Carbonation on the palate carries the hop flavors and the accents the bitterness well. A great IPA.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice amber/autumn color with a rather large head that chunked up a bit. Good lacing, sticky. Looks great.
Mostly citrus aroma with hints of lemongrass and herbal butteriness (is that a word?). A slight touch of pine as well as some malt biscuit in the end.
Great taste. Smooth, yet very biting. Citrus hops turn more to pine, but not all the way. Biscuit holds up in the end, but the hops are overpowering. Seems a bit thick, not as crisp as I was hoping. An almost great brew.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't know about #9 on BA, but then again, I don't seem to think anything deserves to be in the top 10. I guess I'm just stingy. Still, this is an IPA for the ages. If someone needed one example of the great American IPA, Masala Mama could be it. To me it has a deep, rich grapefruit hops flavor complimented by floral hops. There's enough bitterness to catch up with any good hop head. It's a shame this isn't bottled

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.54/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this growler. This has been on my wants for a long time.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the candy hops, orange citrus, pine and biscuit malt. A very well balanced smelling IPA.

The flavor is similar, but not quite as good as the aroma. I get a lot of orange and brown sugar notes, as well as some toffee. Low to medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer! I really loved this one and would like to try more from the same brewery. Thanks for sharing, Lance! Pours orange with nice clarity, a great head and nice lacing. Pretty impressive from a growler. Wonderful floral and pine aromas- big and juicy. For me, the taste is perfectly balanced. Piney and dry with just enough firm malt to support the hops. long, delicious bitterness on the finish. In the mouth it's quite dry- almost asprin-like in its dry astringency. Superb beer.

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Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery. Pours a amberish orangish color with a 1 inch finger of head. Has nice lacing. Taste is very bitter with an old school hop flavoring. Lingering dry finish. Not much malt character with this beer. Overall an ok IPA.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Eziel
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured outta a growler by oglmcdgl by way of some trader, thanks! Into a plain pint glass.

Masala came with a hiss when the cap was pryed, out came a nice bright copper beer with some golden penny edges. A nice thick inch of foam stayed a float with a off white look leaving nice patterns down the glass.

Smell is in the middle and not veering east, a nice bouquet of floral hops and some pine backing with some slight toasted malt profile. Some earthy aroma with some warming but not much caramel which i was waiting for.

And were off, Masala brings the hops and the pine, citrus is there with slight grapefruit, but mama is not citrus laden. This is more geared in the earthy/pine type of IPA that's bold but not aggressive.

A slight bitterness with a dry finish, not overly malty and the ABV is nowhere in site. This won't kill your palate, just a quick smacking and than wha la. Carbed up just fine from a great growler.

It's easy drinking beer, a nice array of flavors, just not wowing me. Low ABV makes for great drinkability but some more ummpphh would of made me come back.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewpub today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive in this beer, showcasing considerable orange citrus, a touch of earthiness and a hint of sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I also get some tropical fruit flavor as well in this flavorful, fairly dry IPA. The beer has a fairly long finish, with some moderate, attractive bitterness. The beer has something of a soft mouthfeel, which I attribute to the cask conditioning. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

I confess I remain a bit puzzled by this beer. While it's certainly a well made, attractive IPA, I could easily name 20 or 30 I like better. Also, as has been noted before, some IPA's benefit from cask conditioning, and some don't. In my humble opinion, this IPA definitely falls into the latter category (sampled this side by side with the CO2 version, and definitely preferred this IPA on the gas). This is a solid IPA, no doubt, but it's hardly anything to get wildly excited about. I just don't get it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy full copper color that has some amber notes to it. The beer is well carbonated and forms a giant pale tan head. The aroma is all hops with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, and pine. Basically this has a proto-typical fruity American hop nose to it, as I sniff some more I might just sense some malt here as well.

This has a very nice flavor to it, it is light on the palate, yet packed with flavor. It is lightly sweet in the middle, which helps to accentuate the citrus-fruit hop notes. This beer is eminently drinkable, it is not too heavy and I could easily drink a few pints of this (for instance 64oz of this, thanks Garymuchow for the growler). This beer has great notes of tangerine, ruby-red-grapefruit, orange, and hints of apricot and lemon. What a simple wonderful beer, this beer is all about the hops, yet it has enough subtle malt notes that this is not just an astringent hop juice. The malt is here it just supports and accentuates the hoppiness. This is certainly eminently drinkable, and though quite hoppy still quite balanced for an IPA. There is nothing new or unique here flavor wise, but that is not the point of this beer. As every IPA should be this is a mouthful of an American hop celebration, that just keeps on rocking from start to lingering finish. This beer is a nice easy drinking, eminently quaffable, hopaliscious beer that I am quite happy to have a growler of. I could definitely see how this beer would grow on me if I had continuous access to it.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of yourefragile
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A few months back Doug was awesome enough to send me a growler of this. I was awesome enough to smash it in a parking lot. I felt shame, etc. Doug was awesome enough to send me a new one. This is 8 days old, split with others and thoroughly enjoyed.

Appearance is perfect for an IPA, a mostly clear, slightly hazed dark chestnut color with a thick, endlessly retentive light tan head. The head also leaves behind thick, clumpy sheets of spiderweb like lacing. Aroma is fresh, thick resiny citrus hop blend with balancing pine and floral hop notes. I'll knock the flavor down .5 from a perfect five for not having the intensity and flavor of a west coast IPA like Sculpin, while acknowledging that I don't really want it to taste like that either. Flavor is extremely balanced and smooth with a medium-thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation (almost has a creamy texture to it). While there are a fistful of hops present, less dominant on citrus hops than the nose was. Body has a strong caramel and biscuit malt base that seamlessly transitions to a strong pine and citrus rind hop finish. So this wasn't necessarily as flashy or extravagant as some other AIPAs, but IMO you really couldn't construct a better example of the style.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -8%

Masala Mama India Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.35 out of 5 based on 1,372 ratings.
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