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Fitgers Starfire Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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North Shore style hoppy pale ale.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Dark amber colored and brisk. Lemon hops, oranges in the aroma. Biting, spritzy aerosol flavor, crystal malt, powerful sugar-glazed grapefruit. Uninvitingly metallic mouthfeel and not enough nuance to this one.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2006
I loved this beer! Excellent hop aroma with a strong cascade nose. Bitterness was perfectly balanced. Perhaps the only weak point was the mouthfeel was slightly weak in the draft pour. I tried both the draft pour and the cask pour. The cask pour was slightly hazy while the draft was not. An excellent American Pale Ale and makes a great staple.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Clear gold with good while lacing. Strong floral burst. Sweet hops grapefruit flavors. Tart. Finishes strongly bitter. Light wheat and fruit smack in the background. Average.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Sample at the brewpub, keg. Light orange hue with a hint of haziness and wispy white head...grapefruity, lightly herbal nose is assertive, if simple...massive citrusy sourness initially almost overwhelms, but the caramel underpinning keeps the flavors balanced...anise and rosemary appear in the very wet body, which is full but could be a bit more robust to keep up with all that’s happening in the flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2004
On-cask at the brewpub: Light golden peach and a medium capped off-whitish head to boot, lacing in lots of strings and keeps a puffy skim on top the whole glass down. Wow! Holy pine sap and needles soaked in oranges. Super powerful aroma. Nearly reaches out of the glass at ya. Clean, crisp, and hop loaded. After my first wiffs I just had to ask the server if they knew for sure if this was suppose to be just a pale ale and not an IPA or a double something. No one had the answer, not even the bartender. Apparently it just was put on today. Ah, but as soon as it went through the lips, my hopes of a hoplovers dream all but faded into a waking moment of disappointment. Where’s the hop palate, jeez, the nose promised so much but the taste does nothing to compromise my now watering tongue. Hop tones of pine resin, floral freshness, and juiced orange and yellow grapefruit all make a fleetingly small appearance. Reminds of the Skyline Imperial Pale with lesser girth on the hop scale; alot less. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good, but after that nose full of hops, it was a big let down for me, so the mark comes down some in my book I’m afraid. The other quality to Skyline this has is the warming feel it has, which I figure is due to the cask. Which is one thing I’ve found common among the cask brews at Fitger’s is they all have tremendous warming capabilities. This does not differ. Warm! The feel here is also a little wearysome, somewhat empty and thin, displaced medium to light body, it seems to stuggle to find its way. One thing it does have, is again, the whole warming thing. Above and beyond in the nose arena but falls short after that as the ride goes due south into where I find myself saying its approachable and drinakble, but some improving, perhaps some aging, or a longer session of hopping, something, anything, to make that nose come through into the rest its character and this would be killer stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
2004 ABR. Fitger’s flagship pale. Fresh, dry-hopped aroma. Dark gold, no visible carbonation. Good sized, white head. Good flavor. Pretty good amount of hops. Excellent cascading lace. I think I found a Fitgers winner.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Amber color with a thin head. Holy hops, Batman... hops permeates the aroma and flavor; it overwhelms both. I’m a fan of hops and it was a little too strong on the flowers for me. Very dry finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Amber Coloring. Small Head. Very Hoppy..... Especially For a Pale Ale. Smooth. A Little Dry at The End. I Didn’t Care For It, But For The Hops Lover, Give it a Shot.


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