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Masala Mama India Pale Ale by Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
American IPA
6.00 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 11/18/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2009
64oz Growler

I'm getting the chance to try this thanks to a great trade with mully, thanks Matt! Masala Mama pours a slightly hazy copper with streams of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. That carbonation helps keep the incredibly dense sticky head going throughout the session. Two fingers worth of off white head was produced on the pour and quickly became meringue like and left great webbed lacing. This is the best lacing I've come across in quite some time!

Biscuity and caramel malts greet the nose right up but an earthy citric hoppiness quickly comes forward. Sweetened grapefruit and orange pith are the culprits. The hopping combined with the dry biscuitiness makes for an enjoyable nose for sure. Each swirl of the glass brings alive the aroma.

When colder there's a buzzsaw of bitter sprucey hoppiness right down the middle of the tongue, which is actually how I prefer things. As it warms the caramel and biscuity malts catch up to the hoppy bitterness and bring a bit more balance. The sprucey, resinous hoppiness does try and run roughshod but the malt just barely holds on. I wasn't expecting such a hop blast and I'm glad I got it. This is my style of IPA without a doubt!

The body is medium in viscosity and the carbonation gives a light texture on the tongue. The carbonation seems pretty lively in the mouth and awakens the tastebuds which seems to intensify the hoppy bitterness.

This IPA goes down without a problem. Big on flavor with a low enough abv to enjoy all night long. I can't remember coming across a beer in this abv range with such a bold bitterness.

Masala Mama is, without a doubt, a very well crafted beer. I actually prefer it colder than usual. This helps the bitter hoppiness come through boldly compared to when it warms and a caramel earthy maltiness makes more of a play.

Reviewed: 3/29/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by thickfreakness on 11/15/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2008
Thanks to SurlyDuff for the growler. Nice and fresh with a best by date of 11-17.

Pours clear bright orange with a nice reverse cascading off white head that never quite fades away. Some nice lacing left on the glass as well.

Aromas of big pine and spice with some grapefruit and a nice solid caramel malt backbone.

Tastes of nice balanced spicy pine and citrus with caramel malt. Juicy resinous hops.

Nice and dry with a lingering bitterness.

This beer is just imminently drinkable. Not the best IPA I've ever had but I could just continuously down pints of this if I was at the bar.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by smellysell on 10/31/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 7 18 4 9 2008
Appearance
Pours a cloudy copper with some red highlights into my Sam Adams glass. The big, creamy head is light beige. The retention is solid and the lacing is extremely thick. Carbonation looks to be somewhere in the middle. All indications point to a very well crafted beer.

Smell
Not a whole lot going on other than a whole mess of hops, piney and resiny.

Taste
This is a hop bomb in every sense of the phrase. Initially, the bitter hops are a bit overwhelming, for me at least, but as it warms and the bitterness mellows a little, the different flavors begin to shine through. The bitter and piney hop flavors are balanced very nicely by their grapefruit and resiny counterparts, although the bittering hops are definitely more assertive. Also, as it warms a bit of a sweet malt backbone comes through, but it is minimal.

Feel
I would classify the body as medium, with a bit of lingering bitterness. The carbonation is right in the middle as well. The only thing about the feel of this beer that I don’t really enjoy is that the bitterness makes it a bit coarse.

Overall
I’m not a hop head at all, and the hops in this brew are pretty intense. That being said, this is a very well crafted beer and I can’t really say anything negative about it, other than that it isn’t my favorite style. I was going to say that I think the bitterness limits it’s drinkability (damn you Bud Light for making me think of your stupid commercials every time I see this word!), but I guess since I drank the whole growler it must not be too bad. Any hop head needs to try this beer if you have the opportunity, and even though I don’t fit the criteria I still really enjoyed it.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 9 20 4 9 0
Originally reviewed 08/17/06

On cask at the brewpub on Monday, 08/14.

A - Slight Guiness like cascade on this one. Pours a Ruby red, amber with a thick frothy head that is super sticky. Great lacing.

S - Sweet, juicy hops. Smell isn't as prevelant as on normal tap for this.

T - Great bitter hop bite, well balanced with some sweet caramel malt. Grapefruit and other citrus.

M - Medium to full bodied. Oily hops. Solid carbonation.

D - Super easy drinker. Glad to be lucky enough to grab a pint whenever I want.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by beagle on 11/25/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 18 4 8 0
A - Slight Guiness like cascade on this one. Pours a Ruby red, amber with a thick frothy head that is super sticky. Great lacing.

S - Sweet, juicy hops.

T - Great bitter hop bite, well balanced with some sweet caramel malt. Grapefruit and other citrus.

M - Medium to full bodied. Oily hops. Solid carbonation.

D - Super easy drinker. I would drink this all day

I would like to thank JeffKrenner for this great growler... I am jealous that he can get this on a daily basis.

Served In: Snifter

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 18 3 9 0
Received in a trade from jeffkrenner. Big thanks to him.

Appearance is very good. Large clumpy head forms off the aggressive pour with tons of lacing sticking to the glass. Glowing maroon/copper colored liquid with small amounts of sediment. For an IPA, this is a dark bastard.

Smell is good. Juicy citrus hops jump out and grab the nose. Pear, tangerine and ripe juicy plum. Nice.

Taste is very good. Once again, a large juicy hop profile with a lingering, grassy bitterness at the end. They blended the hops in this beer very well going with citrus and bittering creating a complex hop profile. Caramel malt is present but in the background, complementing the flavor nicely and yielding to the magnificent hop profile. Well done.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly thin in the mouth due to below-average carbonation. However, the beer coats the tongue and cheeks nicely. Mouth-watering after every sip.

Drinkability is very good. If i had a keg of this, a few friends and i could easily put a nice dent in it.

Overall:
Awesome IPA that has an addicting flavor. One of the better IPA's out there. Highly recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

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