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Then after visiting The Muddy Pig in St. Paul, I decided to hit up one more place before calling it a day at The Happy Gnome. The Happy Gnome is one of the best places to get a beer in the Twin Cities. The selection of beers on tap is probably the best in the cities as well. I didn’t eat there, but more upscale than what I usually want when I’m out drinking a couple beers. It is a bit pricey, but I think you get what you pay for in this case. If you avoid the food, it is much more reasonable. The service seems to be generally good. On the inside the place looks like many other upscale bars, but gets lots of points for the awesome deck area outside. They also hold some great events, tastings, beer dinners etc. During my visit I had a KBS on tap and finally had the opportunity to try the Odell Myrcenary as follows:
9.3% ABV. Double IPA from Odell Brewing Company in Ft. Collins, Colorado. On tap poured into a tulip glass. Pours yellow/golden with a white head. Very light color for an DIPA. The aroma has lots of tropical fruits, juicy orange, pine and a ton of floral traits. Behind it is sweet maltiness with minimal toast and a cotton candy taste. Medium body with fairly soft carbonation. The taste starts off with an oily hoppiness that’s drier than the aroma with mango, floral and spicy traits and the malt presence is less prevalent than on the aroma. There is also a cracker taste to it. The finish is quite resiny and clean. This hides the alcohol very well and is dangerously drinkable. Quickly became my favorite Odell brews next to the IPA.
Available in Metro DC? No