Single Malt Ale | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

10 Ratings

Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADR on 04-06-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of dfried
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orangish golden color, beige head. Quite malty aroma of lightly toasted grains. Pretty earthy and grassy overall with some hints of scotch and hops. More scotch notes in the flavor, but they at no point dominate the flavor, they kind of come and go. Fruity malt, apple peel, pears and melons. Interestingly there were some light smoky coffee notes as well. Some what creamy and filling body and mouthfeel, not heavy, in the medium range.

The low down: interesting and original brew. I enjoyed it quite a bit but there were times when I would get a stronger scotch flavor after a sip and think "Why did I just take a big gulp of some scotch out of a full pint glass." But then sweeter fruitier flavors would come in to balance it out. Good beer, worth a try, but I would find it hard to have more than one or two at a time.

 831 characters

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange amber with a small head, lots of froth though, just a bit of lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty, some grassy herbal hops and a faint bit of alcohol noticeable, pretty clean. The taste was not really my bag, but it was clean, tasty, featured the malt very well. The mouth is nice and smooth on tap, good carbonation, nice warming, but man would this be brilliant on cask. Overall, quite a nice beer.

 422 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden/ amber hue, tangerine-y, milky white head stands tall atop.

Sweet, malty nose, with plenty of hops. Bright fruity aroma.

Taste: tingly hops, bouyant fruit, tantalizingly hoppy, with pithy malt. This showcases Golden Promise, the Scotch malt featured in the Macallan whiskey, and it shows. Next time I have the chance, I need to pair those two and see what happens.

Dry exit here, after a glorious wave after wave after citrus and melon in the flavor. Dry and hoppy, well-textured, and even tempered. This is a good drinker, and fairly uniquely flavored. I've rarely come across another beer quite like it, from anyone.

Such a mellow drinker, too, and so satifying.

 692 characters

Photo of slyke
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single Malt pours a lovely golden color with an creamy head. The smell is sweet and grassy - a little like a freshly mowed lawn - and a note of alcohol. The notes of sweetness and grass continue through the taste. This beer has a subtle flavor and smoothness that I enjoyed on its own, but also worked very well with spicy food. Mouthfeel was great coating the mouth with creaminess. Drinkability is good. I easily poured two of them down in the course of an hour. Recommended.

 477 characters

Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

about 1/2: head sits atop a medium golden body. Smell is intense grassy malt very fresh and powerful. I really like what they did with this beer. Very bright malty flavors are more refreshing and delicious than many beers i have had. I really liked it, excellent drinkability and very approachable to all.

 305 characters

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden brew. Nice looking bone white head leaves web like patterns down the glass as I drink. The aroma is unique and nice. Smokey, peaty, dusty and quite grainy. It's as if I've stepped into the grain room at my local homebrew shop. The taste follows suit with a very clean profile. Smokey and dry. There's a pure maltiness that is quite nice. A little dry hoppiness on the finish. Some subtle fruit tones are pleasant. Grapes and melon come to mind. There's just the right amount of prickly carbonation and the body is about medium. Easy drinking brew. Quite nice.

The one malt used to make this beer is Golden Promise.

 638 characters

Photo of RedDiamond
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was exceptionally clear with the unique crystalline clarity that magnifies images behind it (such as your fingers on the far rim of the glass). The aroma is faint but clean and malty. The head is thin with no trailing lace.

The taste is unusual, distinctive, yet difficult to describe. Call it woody, pungent. It is somewhat bitter, but not overly hoppy or floral.

This is an enjoyable and distinctive brew that’s hard to get a handle on. I would personally define it as a pale ale though it's produced as a spring seasonal. Visually it tilts towards a lager. Its defiance of easy categorization makes reviewing it a challenge. But no matter. Just think of it as “good.” That’s what it is.

 713 characters

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my second brew at the Minnesota BA gathering on 4/5/03. I have to say I was really impressed by this beer. The color was a deep golden with an orangish hue. It had a small off-white head that eventually settled to a fine layer. The aroma was unique, with a spicy, almost pepper-like aroma. The aroma also had a fruitiness and a slight sweet caramel malt scent. The flavor was very well balanced with sweet caramel malts and a slight fruity hop bitterness. It was a very smooth, easy drinking beer, that was relatively light in body despite its strength.

 562 characters

Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the tap - fresh growler 2/24/05: Same color, a peachy yellow thats very clear with a bigger, steadfast, firmly foamy whitish head and thin ink blobby lacing stick all over the glass.

Aroma has a very pleasant fresh crispy sweetness of wheat dough and grains that you can tell is gonna stick to your palate with love as you sip. Lightly transendant caramel biscuit notes frolic underneath.

Flavors just don't quit with this one, lovely sweet malt bringing a nice light toasty caramel and wheat dough mix within a lightly leafy hop backing and a ton of favorable sticky tones making a home right on your palate. Very malty, and not darkly so, more wheaty/grainy and toasty bringing to mind the Maibock style it nearly mirrors.

Feel is quite chewy, sticky, and full; lushiously smooth with a full malt load of under currents that builds with a bit of toasty factions then turns to a light husky wheat and leafy hop topped with a touch of melony sweetening way late. A true keeper! This shit rocks! Another Hoops wonderment of drinkability! I could drink it all day!

Original review 4/6/03 On Tap: Color is a clear orangey/yellow with a small white head that retained for the first few sips. Smell is faint and soft of sweet caramel and hops with a fruity/melon note. Taste is darn good, super smooth and kinda light with a good sweet caramel front following nicely behind by a clean hop that resembled grape or melon, just a bit chewy. Very nice. Quite drinkable, but the 6.8% is hardly noticeable so watch out.

 1,541 characters

Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub...

Clear burnt gold with an orangey head of slightly less than 1/4 of an inch and about one minute's duration. Spotty laces. Overall, hops assert in the aroma, a bit of black pepper and lime. Well-balanced flavor but with a lightish mouthfeel. Starts with toffee, some fig, and rounds to a just barely astringent citrus and grape-like fruit impression. Nice flavors and quite drinkable -- especially for its 6.8% alcohol by volume presence.

 465 characters

Single Malt Ale from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 10 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.