Saturday, December 17, 2016

Town Hall Grinch's Grog 2016

You know what, bitter ones? I searched though all one hundred of my posts about Town Hall Brewery here on the ol' Nib, and I could not find Grinch's Grog. Nowhere. I did Elves Elixir once, (and then a second tine) and Festivus over the years (it seems like every other year. why did I skip the odd-numbered years?), but never Grinch's? So, this will be a two-fer. First, I'll share the one I wrote back in 2008, (when I added it to the database), then after that, I'll share the notes taken a few nights ago.

First, notes from 12-16-08:

Grinch's Grog, American Pale Ale, 5.4% ABV.

Why is the Grinch green? Because he loves hops! That's what Hoops is telling us, and I believe him. Not because his beers make me drunk and susceptible, but because Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, creator of the Grinch, was the grandson of a German brewer. In fact, Geisel's grandfather took over a Boston brewery in 1876 with his friend Christian Kalmbach, and their new brewery, Kalmbach and Geisel, was given the nickname by Bostonians of "Come back and guzzle." Honest to Horton, I Sneetch you not. (from "Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel: A Biography" by Judith & Neil Morgan, De Capo Press, New
More evidence of the Dr. Seuss and beer connection from
my breweriana collection, a Narragansett beer tray from
the 1940's, which I got on eBay for $110--a steal!
York, 1996) Seriously. It's true.

So, the American pale ale full of Simcoe hops. They've got my number.

Clouded golden hue, huge pillowy white head. Gorgeous, lace leaving, lovely.

Pine and citric nose, apricot, tangerine...maybe pineapple, a little. Fruity and spicy, and fine.

"What a great grinchy trick!" So many Christmas themed beers go for the sweet, here's one that delivers on the deliciously bitter. "Garlic in the soul"? A little. Spanks the palate with bitter hops, but it's a delicious thrill, this one.

Medium bodied, and wonderfully drinkable. Plenty of zesty hops. Well balanced, never too much. Beautiful stuff, really.

I like this Grinchy Grog. Could've made it bitterer, perhaps. But then what would happen if my heart had grown three sizes today, then what, huh?

P.S. I liked this so much I downed the whole grinchy growler in one sitting. Yikes! That's what I'm talking about...

And, then, just a few nights ago, I downed another growler, this one of the smaller variety, and had this to say (pretty much the same thing): 

Crystal clear, bright golden coloration, slim whitish head.

In the nose: vibrant, citrus-y hop notes. Doses of tropical fruit, too, and not too bitter, either. Rather smooth and creamy.

In the mouth: Light hop attack, a pleasant blitz on the palate, and underneath is nothing but easy-going. Like I said, smooth and creamy. Oat malt in the bill for this one. Slightly sweet, lush and likable malt. Smoo-, oo-ooth.
Well, this is a tasty treat, but it's not meant for the likes of me. I need more from hops.

You go ahead and drink it up, though. I'll stick to Masala Mama and it's brood.

Addendum: Looking at reviews online, others find it hoppier than I. I think my palate has been abused by over-consumption of hoppy beers.

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