A form of this IPA has been brewed since Town Hall opened in 1997. It began as Town Hall's best selling beer and still holds that title. Influenced by the American IPAs brewed in California, Washington, and Colorado in the early days of craft beer. Therefor this version tends to have more balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness, compared to modern West Coast IPA's.
Typical to an IPA this beer is bitter and hoppy first. Strong piney and citrusy aromatics dominate the aroma. The flavor is very bitter forward and lingering well into the aftertaste. There is some caramel character which provides a slight contrast to the bitterness, but the beer is still definitively bitter.