West Bank Pale Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 94
Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at the brewery in Minneapolis. Reviewed from notes taken around Thanksgiving.

A: Pours a half finger khaki colour head of nice thickness and cream, but bad retention. Body colour is a vibrant dark amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Clear and translucent.

Sm: Heavy hop aroma, a bit of ammonia, definite simcoe character and emergent hop bitterness. Light toasted malt. The ammonia is a bit of a turn off. A mild strength aroma. Somewhat soapy.

T: Soapy hops (too long in primary?), some hop bitterness, lilac, traces of ammonia, and amber malts. Pleasant but imbalanced and inappropriately built. It's not bad, all around.

Mf: Soapy, unnaturally thick, smooth, and wet. Quite mellow, yet unnatural.

Dr: Drinkable but lackluster. A passable pleasant pale, but it needs work. I wouldn't have this again. Quite pedestrian.

High C

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Photo of mothman
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Off white head with a little lace. Color is an orange hued gold.

Flavor profile: very hop forward for a pale ale. Very weedy but a little bit of fruit flavors. Maybe some melon. Light citrus. Bready malts. Light floral notes.

Mouthfeel: light bitterness. Medium bodied. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, classic town hall pale ale that is nice and hoppy. A nice mix of flavors.

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Photo of birchstick
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at the brewery. Pours a caramelly chestnut brown color with a voluminous head on it. Nose consists of sweet grapefruit and citrus hops. Taste is similar. Starts off with caramel Malta that are overtaken by some nice floral and citrus hops. Really nice, light, but flavorful, hop profile going on here. Smooth body with decent carbonation helps his one to down. Overall, this is another winner from Town Hall. Nice lance with a solid hop profile that doesn't destroy your palate. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the brewery. Pours a mildly golden orangish with a half finger head. Moderate dry finish with a lingering grapefruit tang. Very bitter lingering taste follows the grapefruit.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, beer is amber to red and clear with a one finger off white head of small and medium bubbles, lots of lacing, nice, retention, some carbonation.

Aroma is sweet and earthy hoppy with some mild pine.

Beer is medium to light in body with a moderate bitterness on the finish and some nice hop pininess in the midpalate, a decent light malt pale ale. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev +1%

Into an imperial pint at the Town Hall Tap
This is quite good (and softens the blow of learning that the Marmalade Sky will now only be a seasonal). Pretty smooth with some biscuity malts, and then the Simcoe hops build some bitterness and strength -- never really too bright or biting, but builds right through the end, with a nice and pleasant bitterness.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orange color with blond hue. Light but distinctive malt body and a zesty citrus hop character. Grapefruit, orange, mango notes coming through. A pleasing and clean finish that's dry and not bitter.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, amber coloring, with a full, blooming ivory head of foam. Perfectly plays the part.

Aroma: Gorgeous. Light, airy, floral, and spilling over citrus. Alarmingly pleasant.

Taste: Bright, fresh, light and lovely. Absolutely everything you want in a pale ale. Lean bodied, lightly hoppy, just enough malt, expertly drinkable. Even tempered in all regards. Hoppy enough to keep it interesting, but not too much to make it distracting. Lean and clean malt profile. An excellent session ale, a damn near perfect pub ale. Set it down and throw your dart, pick it up again and take up where you let off in your story.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, with great lacing and a two-finger dying head.

S: Smells of grapefruit, candied citrus, pine and some tropical fruits.

T: Hop-forward with a great malt backbone. As I like very hoppy beers, this is a little light for me, but great for the style (as always, I reviewed to the style). An excellent intro to hop-centric beers. A little soapy and metallic in the linger (not bad though).

M: Light feel, with medium carbonation.

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Photo of wspscott
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass at the bar

A: light copper color with a half finger off-white head, crystal clear.
S: Hops, massive amount of citrus and pine hops, very American.
T: Very sharp bitterness, I don't usually taste "cat piss" in beers, but I think that some people would find that "flavor" here. A different malt profile from Masala Mama, more rounded and sweet, complements the hops very well.
M: Low level of carbonation that seems to open up the beer.
O: An excellent APA, it seems that the brewers threw financial caution to the wind with regards to hop usage, appears to be an amazing amount of late additions were used here. Great beer and <5% (according to the menu). Very recommended.

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Photo of Holland
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: appears an amber golden color with decent head and good retention for a pale ale.

S: a lot of citrus going on here, and a bit of that body odor smell that comes with it. Simcoe? Yes, there it is.

T: tastes amazing! This is likely the freshest pale ale I've ever had, but it tastes like someone squeezed a grapefruit in my glass and mixed it with beer. Has an incredible bitter and malty aftertaste, too.

M: simple pale ale style with a crisp feeling and medium-light body. Nice carbonation, but not overpowering.

O: drinkable and delicious...might get a growler of this to take home.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

mmm... I love me some pale ales!
on tap at Minneapolis Town Hall -- reviewed from short notes

Golden body, white head, nice lace. Good retention.
Smells nicely hopped, with grassy, floral, and citrus notes.
The taste is GREAT-- just like the nose indicates, but with a nice bitter punch at the back end.
The body is good-- medium, little oily, little prickly, good carbonation.
Overall-- I would certainly buy this if it were available. It is VERY nice, and easily one of the best beers I've had from the brewery!

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West Bank Pale Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
3.96 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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