Hoppy Minded Fool (HMF) | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is another strong pale ale featuring the Columbus and Centennial hop. Weighs in at a hefty 7.8% abv and is...well it is pretty hoppy. Some at the brewery call it "Hoppy Minded Fool", some call it something else.

Added by kbutler1 on 01-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Town Hall HMF. Happy Minded Fool. I think? Hapless Mouthy Fulcrum? horrible manufactured filigree? Hoppy Mater Pater? Not sure, they've been mum on the meaning.

There's hops in here, I heard which ones, but forgot. Usual suspects, pretty much.

Let's open up this growler, and drink 'er up.

Clear, pale amber/crimson coloring, huge head, creamy, rocky, lacy.

Aroma: Very vibrant, lively panoply of hoppitude. Gorgeous, lightly sweet, lightly citric, fruity. Apples and cherries. Nice.

Taste: Pleasant bitter buzz on the palate, hangs in with tenacity, stays friends with the mouth. Light malty flavor, slightly sweet, caramel-y, tasty. Malt is holding down the fort, but barely; HMF is a showcase of hops, a bright, beautiful flowering of hoppy deliciousness. Long-lasting bitter finish.

Hop-forward all the way. I'd go for an ale like this one any ol' time.

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Photo of nkersten
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by alex at ufc night. Poured into a lost abbey tumbler, golden orange liquid with one finger off white head, good retention and lacing. Big citrus aroma, pineapple, grapefruit, very light sweet bready malts. Taste is very resinous pine sap, some bitter earthy hops flavors, light malt that is not so sweet, spicy and floral in the finish. Medium bodied with a medium light carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, a very hop forward APA. Actually, how is this an APA at 7.8%? The style maxes out at 6.2 - perhaps the style needs to be updated. Regardless, I enjoyed the beer and would gladly drink this again.

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Photo of gibby
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent growler sent from arctic MN by Mr younger35, thanks Dan.

The growler leaked a little bit in travel so I popped this open last night instead of tonight. Pours a really nice copper color with a head that overflowed out of the glass on the first pour. Really nice lacing left on the glass. Smells of mainly citrus and pine, very nice. A nice blast of of citrus and pine in the taste and very bitter!! Big fan of the bitterness. It's a bit reminiscent of green flash west coast IPA at times. Nice mouth feel, carbonation was great even though the growler had leaked a bit. Very drinkable in my opinion. I polished off the growler to my head and enjoyed every bit of it. I liked this better than masala mama and it's not even considered an IPA. Well done town hall, recommended.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Alex at our UFC 126 tasting.

A - Copper colored beer with an off-white head that had decent retention. Nice looking beer.

S - Hoppy with some herbal notes. Nice and citrusy with orange and slight grapefruit notes. Caramal and slight sweet malts provide the backbone.

T - This is a very sweet, with some herbal notes and malts. Little bit of bitter in it, but not enough to overcome the sweetness. Tastes like a sweet IPA given the hop profile in it.

M - Well carbonated and medium bodied.

D - Really easy to get down, I found it on the sweet side and not outstanding, but pretty great for a hoppy APA. Would drink again.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Alex, for the growler! Shared at our UFC tasting.

A - Pours a orangish/yellow color, nice lacing and retention, in the form of some spots along the sides of the glass and a nice cap on top.

S - Lots of citrus, orange peels, dankness, slight hint of malt on the end. Pretty in-your-face and very solid.

T - Nice citrus bitterness, some hints of floral hops, nice dank hoppy bitterness, oranges, tangerines, and a bitter finish.

M - Light, smooth and crisp, oily finish.

D - Yet another stand-out APA from Town Hall. They sure know how to brew all styles, and especially APA's and IPA's. Overall, a wonderful APA that I give two thumbs up!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a growler provided by Alex into a perfect pint glass... The body is a clear medium copper peach with a really nice off white head. An awesome cap forms, good lacing, looks great... The aroma is mostly hops of dank and catty variety, reminds me of Columbus IPA. Not over complex as I don't get much malt, a hint of citrus only... The taste is on with nose, catty dank hops from the start to finish, a bit simple but I like it. The hops become a bit waring after a while, they seem to get stronger. The alcohol is well hidden but one glass was enough for me.

A good beer worth having, I'd gladly drink one on tap. Just couldn't get a second helping.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler contributed by me to the post-concert/UFC shindig at Chris' place. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Pours with voluminous yellow-tinged head that has superb retention, and settles to a thick cap and glass-coating splotchy soapy lace. Transparent copper body. Looks way better than it did at MTH on-tap. Weird.

S - You can really smell the Columbus hops here. Lots of herbs, dankness, oregano, and a bit of parmesan cheese. This is supplemented by orange citrus as it warms up. There is a little burnt and crystalline sugar malt character in the background.

T - Taste is quite similar - heavy in herbal dankness, citrus zest, and a crystal malt backdrop. The alcohol is very well-hidden, but the bitterness grows very quickly and becomes tongue-numbing. More of a 4.25 for me, so I bumped up appearance a bit.

M - Super resinous and oily. Smooth medium, very viscous body. Finishes extremely dry. Carbonation is pleasant and keeps this from getting overly syrupy.

D - This is one deceptive APA - it drinks more like a big IPA, and has more malt substance that the single hop APA series Town Hall puts out. The palate fatigue and alcohol would make it tough to kill a growler by myself, although I'd certainly try. I oddly much preferred the growler to the tap version.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the brewery yesterday. Served into a pint glass:

A - Pours a nice amber, golden, copper color with two fingers of white foamy head. Leaves behind a foamy cap with nice lacing.

S - Sort of a metallic piny hops. Bits of deep grapefruit and other citrus fruits and bitter dank smell.

T - Wow! Deep pine notes and floral tasting quality. Pretty bitter. A bit of an iron taste but bitter flowers and pine. Slight citrus flavors as well.

M - Great carbonation and biting bitterness that kind of drys the mouth. Crisp but the pine bite is really throughout.

D - It was pretty easy to drink. I am more of a fan of citrus flavors more so than the pine bitterness, or at least I like a balance between the two, but this was really bitter. I almost got a growler of this to bring home, but just went with the classic Masala Mama instead. Worth a try for those who really like bitter pine hopped APAs.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured into a pint glass a clear golden color with a 1 finger slightly off-white head. Fairly strong aroma of citrus rind nose along with a subtle sweetness. Medium mouthfeel. Semi sweet start gives way to nice building hop bitterness. Citrus rind flavor lingers. Not bad. Minimal lace a head retention which surprises me for this being such a hop forward beer.

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Hoppy Minded Fool (HMF) from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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