Festivus 2010 | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A holiday beer for the rest of us! English Old Ale style brewed using pure apple cider and orange in the boil and aging tank. Great with poultry!"

Added by kbutler1 on 12-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Jodio
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 01/13/2011:

Every year, a new holiday beer from Town Hall Brewery called Festivus (for the rest of us!) but different every time. This year, I had some at the brewery (after the stouts at Haute Dish, actually), but missed the pole, the airing of greivances, the feats of strength, etc. And took home a growler, which sat in the fridge for about two weeks. When I finally opened it to enjoy and take notes, here's what I wrote:

"Festivus 2010, Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery, best by…1/5? Ohmygod, only 3 days until it dies!)(just kidding, I bought this on the day it was released almost 2 weeks ago, and haven't touched it, but I know Town Hall growlers can last and last.)

Clear, amber color, dotted, off-white head, slim, but staying.

Aroma: floral, fruity, hoppy aroma. very pleasant, mild, and lovely.

Taste: brisk bitterness, bright, fresh, and a little astringent. Some citrus hop character, some lime and grapefruit, and then it's sweetness. Great interplay and balance. Nice little dance between hops and malt. Sweet, bitter, and a bit creamy. Some caramel malt sweetness.

High and easy drinking, that's for sure. Light to medium body/mouthfeel. Feels something like a bitter in profile, like a pale ale in hoppitude, almost aggressively hoppy, giving the palate a run for it's money."

So, guess what happened? I couldn't remember what style it was, and, since previous Festivus brews had been some kind of stout or dark ale, I wasn't sure if what I had was Festivus. Did I get the wrong beer? That's never happened. So, I had another at the pub last night, and learned anew what kind of beer it was that I had. An English old ale, with apple cider, and orange peel.
Who'da thunk it.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of tbeq00
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at TH. Pint glass.

Served with a finger of beige head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a murky orange brownish color.

Aroma/Taste: It was kind of sweet with some orange peel. It had a lot of apples and cider which worked very well with all the malts. It had caramel and biscuity malts. Not overly malty like an English Olde Ale. Very fruity. No presence of alcohol for the somewhat high abv.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and somewhat creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sweet and clean.

Overall, a really interesting take on an olde ale. It had some great flavors and it was really enjoyable. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerloco for sending this one out to me while visiting family in MN this XMAS.

Appearance: Pours an attractive caramel with vintage fender sunburst folds. The crown is 1 finger, slightly off white, shows moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Lots of orange peel over bubblegum, pear and honey.

Taste: Crystal lite / Tang orange drink with a tiny amount of caramel malt and a grapefruit hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation but too thin for my liking.

Drinkability: It goes down fairly easy but the taste and mouthfeel hold back the drinkability overall.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler on Christmas Eve and drank it on Christmas day. Poured into a Stella snifter:

A - Pour produces a tiny head that quickly dies into a light foam ring around the edges. A cloudy golden brown with a light center at the bottom. Lacing is pretty good.

S - Apple cider, bubble gum and pear. A little honey and orange and other citrus flavors.

T - Taste follows the nose. Zesty orange peel and pears. Apple cider and honey. A bit malty and slight boozy but pretty good.

M - Crisp and refreshing. A bit thick but for the ABV not bad. Great carbonation.

D - Pretty easy. The smell and taste invites you to pound it but the thickness and mouthfeel makes this a bit of a sipper. I liked last years style better but this is pretty interesting. This feels like a summer brew instead of a winter one, but its still good.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft. Pours a cloudy amber orange color that reminds me of how mango mama looks. Slight tan head of 1 finger. A very fruity aroma of citrus, apple, and cherries. Wow, this taste to me almost exactly like fruit punch! Fruity and very well blended flavors. For being a higher abv, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Starts of with a mouthful of fruity goodness and then has a slight citrus rind bitterness that creeps in. Very easy drinking. Festivus for all of us!

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Festivus 2010 from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
4.2 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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