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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
NB SM Big Jim IPA. Named for brewer/owner Jamie Robinson's father, who was not a tall man at all. This one was a big seller from the start, and used to run out so quickly that it took a few visits before I could find it. When it was erased from the chalkboard, boos ensued, and it's readmission to the ranks on tap caused great cheering and exultation. Neighborhood beer lovers threatened to burn the building down when they were alerted to it's absence, and gangs of disgruntled beer geeks roamed the streets looking for Jamie, noose in hand.
(okay, that last sentence is entirely invented.)
Lightly hazed. Color edges between orange and red, with a nice, white, lacy head that unfortunately, with this pour at least, drifts down too quickly.
Aroma: moderate hop presence, with notes of grapefruit and orange, with sweet malt presence beneath.
Taste: Big, fat hop attack at the fore, pleasantly bitter and juicy and once. Bitterness hangs on the tongue, gets cozy, relaxes, and hangs out in the back. Citrus fruits are largest in the flavor, with portions of pine joining in. There's another factor in the flavor: deliciousness. Malt presence has something to do with this, I'm sure.
Here's how Jamie describes it on the website: "With Town Hall’s Masala Mama and Surly’s Furious, it seems as though there is a new Minnesota style of IPA emerging. Because these are two of my favorite interpretations of the IPA style, I decided to make my own intense IPA. Cascade, Mt. Hood, and an enormous amount of Columbus hops late in the brew and in the fermenter give this beer the hop punch IPA lovers crave. There is also a significant malt backbone and complexity to this beer to stand up to the hop intensity. At 7.2% ABV and roughly 90IBUs, this is my tribute to the style I call the Minnesota IPA."
I tell you what: this gets tastier the more I drink it, and, yeah, it does remind me quite a bit of Masala Mama, and a little bit of Furious. The juicy and the fruity starts to lead the bitter, and they make a terrific tango. No wonder this is a hit at the brewpub, for we are for damned sure a city full of hopheads. Makes me wonder what might have happened if Surly came out with a scotch and an amber ale, instead of Furious. We're dyed-in-the-wool hop freaks here, make no mistake.
Serving type: growler
05-17-2013 09:20:37 |
More by feloniousmonk
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer arrives a hazy amber-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is apricot, passion fruit, tangerines and grapefruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but fuller. This is one juice beer, but that is balanced nicely by a firm bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a fine IPA that I will surely order again.
Serving type: on-tap
05-02-2013 17:41:56 |
More by KarlHungus
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Read Edit (5/10/13)
I really wanted to like this one. The brewery is in a great area of town and seemed to nail the description of what I want from an IPA.
A: Coppery while being slightly on the gold side. The ivory colored head faded as I got ready for my first smell, then sip.
S: Wow, way more caramel than I was expecting from this 90 IBU beer. Crystal 60 seemed to battle for my attention like a 6 year old drama queen. The hops did come through and presented a nice combination of herbal and sweet citrus goodness. Just too much one noted crystal malt in the aroma for my liking.
T: From the aroma I knew that the my preconception of a hop-forward ale needed to be thrown away. The taste was rather malty sweet with large impressions of caramel and toffee. The hops did come through as the beer reached the back of my tongue with a quick uppercut of Columbus hops (spicy, herbal, and a touch of citrus). Still every flavor seemed to be anchored by the incredible amounts of caramel malt that were used. Maybe if they had a more aggressive yeast to dry out the malty sweet taste a bit...
M: I was impressed by how the carbonation thankfully cut through the chewy, thick body of the IPA. Just right. Still the IPA was a tad too syrupy.
Overall, this is a slightly above average IPA. If they could tone down the crystal malts used, I would personally like it much more. The hops just have no chance to sing. Still with excellent local IPAs and hoppy beers (Surly Furious, Town Hall Masala Mama, and Indeed Daytripper) I will probably pass on another trip to Northbound when I am in search of an IPA. I tried their Pacific Jade double IPA that seemed to have much more citrusy hops, but plagued by massive amounts of caramel malts.
It seems as though they may have worked a few kinks out in the system and have polished their previously under attenuated product. Now it is ripe with flavors of ripe cantaloupe and grapefruit instead of that overriding malt sweetness. The body has thinned to something more expected for the style.
Serving type: on-tap
12-05-2012 00:35:05 |
More by Miketwolf21
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the Northbound website:
With Town Hall’s Masala Mama and Surly’s Furious, it seems as though there is a new Minnesota style of IPA emerging. Because these are two of my favorite interpretations of the IPA style, I decided to make my own intense IPA. Cascade, Warrior, and an enormous amount of Columbus hops late in the brew and in the fermenter give this beer the hop punch IPA lovers crave. There is also a significant malt backbone and complexity to this beer to stand up to the hop intensity. At 7.2% ABV and roughly 90IBUs, this is my tribute to the style I call the Minnesota IPA.
Served in a pint glass. Golden in color, rocky off-white head of foam.
Intense and pungent hop filled nose. A citrusy, piney, maybe dank, nose. Bright and hoppy.
The taste is big and at 90 IBU's, it's pretty noticeable. I even had some hop head friends that said it was "intense". Hop forward is an understatement, but their is a light malt presence in the background. Not a west coast style per say, as it has more of a malt presence. The hop profile is pretty darn complex though.
Medium feel that is pretty resiny sticky.
This is one big IPA and will garner some big eyeballs from unsuspecting patrons. I wish they would have went this route with their smoked porter. This is truly a hop head type of IPA and I would grab one again for sure.
Serving type: on-tap
10-23-2012 03:36:20 |
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