satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
juancoltrane (2) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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 isnít anything wrong with that.
islay (1093) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2008 Initial rating, 4-6-08: 3 oz. pour, on tap at the brewhouse. This was the fourth of 9 Fitgerís 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. Iím 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. Fitgerís 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
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light aroma with some honey and some soap. I think maybe they donít rinse their glassess well. Punch you in the face hops, lots and lots of bitterign hops in the flavour. One dimensional.
thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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-itís-so-bitter beers, go nuts.
undsioux7 (794) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one on draught as part of the sampler flight at the brewery in Duluth, Minnesota. Hazy, dark orange pour with a filmy white head, piney floral hoppiness with some pineapple. Extremely bitter, especially for an APA, with an unexpectedly alcoholic finish. Great!
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On the hoppy end of things, good complexity, cuts spicy food well but leaves its own little tingle. Piney. Plain golden color. (on tap at brewpub)
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A light orange color. Bitter, herbal hop flavor. Some citrus. Simple and good.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Fitgers Brewhouse in Duluth, MN, pours a hazy golden amber brew with a minimal white head that diminishes to a fine film and slick lacing. Aroma of sweet honey, citrus peel, and powdered sugar. Taste is medium body, some sour citrus, and a grassy pine bitterness. Finish is dry with a slight citrus aftertaste.