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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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North Shore style hoppy pale ale.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2009
[Tap] Part of the brewpub sampler back in August. Pours an even amber color with wisps of white head. Aroma of sweet biscuit and lots of pine. The taste certainly consisted of more pine than citrus, which was quite tasty. A good amount of caramel malts added a pretty decent balance to this beer. Could have been a little thicker, but a nice robust pale ale overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Sample at the brewpub Dark gold/amber with a white head. Good hops all around, a bit nutty as well, good hop finish, a little piney as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemooner (623) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Aroma is hoppy with pine, citrus, and some grains. Flavor is also hoppy though well balanced and features more pine, citrus, grains, sweet malts, and some earthy notes. Quite enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
TAP: pale amber pour, pine hop on the nose. Fairly well-balanced, medium-body, and citrus on taste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008
on cask at the brewpub. i love a good pale on cask so long as its nicely bittered. well this is not, but it brought something else to the table to really make me scratch my head...and smile. the hops i craved were replaced with mysterious fruity notes, matched by the almost tropical valencia color. wonderful body might have just been due to an excellent pour by the barkeep but either way this is a winner.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
juancoltrane (2) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2008 does not count
Aroma is hop foward with some crystal malt in the background. Apperance is pale amber with a nice fluffy head. Decent lacing. The initial flavour is of earthy/piney hops, then comes the sweet caramel malt and then a rather large and assertive bitterness. This is a medium/light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall this is one heck of a good beer. I would say it is closer to an IPA than an APA but there isn’t anything wrong with that.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1172) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Initial rating, 4-6-08: 3 oz. pour, on tap at the brewhouse. This was the fourth of 9 Fitger’s beers I tried on 4-4-08. It was my favorite of the bunch, and hence it was the one I brought home in a growler. Wonderful, floral hops aroma. I’m not an expert at identifying hops, but I think these are Simcoe. Pours a slightly hazy but mostly clear gold. Nice, floral hops taste with a bitter finish and long, bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Fitger’s Starfire is a good-tasting and great-smelling APA. 9/3/7/3/15  3.7 <P>Re-rate, 4-19-08: Consumed at a beer tasting on 4-12-08. Roughly 20 oz. poured from a growler. Herbal, dusty aroma that suggests the use of Simcoe hops. Grapefruit scent. Underlying sweetness in the smell. Pours an appealing brass or light copper. The liquid is mostly clear but does have a slight haze. Moderate amount of beige head. Produces nice lacing. The flavor starts sweet and has a dry finish. Lemon and apricot elements. The taste reminds me of that of a well-hopped version of a bitter. Dry aftertaste. Lively in the palate. I enjoyed this beer the second time around, but I was less impressed with the aroma. 7/4/7/3/14  3.5 <P>Composite rating: 8/3/7/3/15  3.6

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Light aroma with some honey and some soap. I think maybe they don’t rinse their glassess well. Punch you in the face hops, lots and lots of bitterign hops in the flavour. One dimensional.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Draft at Fitgers. Average interpretation of an overproduced beer style. I guess every brewpub needs to make an American Pale Ale. For you folks that like these cross-your-eyes-it’s-so-bitter beers, go nuts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (802) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 sample at pub. This was a good one. One of those that has the balance down nicely. Plus the hops were dominated by pine taste which I love. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but this is just a straight up good session beer.


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