islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Multiple pours from a growler purchased on 11-26-10 at the Brewhouse in Duluth. Labeled as “Dec 09 2010,” presumably a best-by date. Consumed on 12-3-10 and 12-4-10. Very nice, dry, hoppy smell. Herbal and a bit vegetal. Chalky and somewhat dirt-y. Lemon, coriander, muffin, and cookie scents. Pours a hazy brass with many small, fast-rising bubbles. Large amount of uneven, fluffy, cream-colored head. Produces good lacing. Taste is quite dry. The flavor largely matches the aroma. Earthy taste. Quinine (i.e., the key ingredient in tonic water), herbs, spices, celery, and green pepper flavors. Long, chalky, dry aftertaste. Light to medium body. Soft and reasonably lively in the palate. Easy-drinking. Really nice and pleasant palate effects. Fitger’s Superior Trail IPA is a pretty standard American IPA that is good though not great. It is well made, very drinkable, and reasonably flavorful. It pairs well with spicy food.
sthlm (1280) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[On-tap at Burrito Union] Pours light amber with a small, long-lasting off-white head. Aroma is very nice with citrus fruit (lemon/lime), and faint notes of mango. At times this reminded me of a gummy candy that I have had, but with fresher citrus qualities. Malt is detectable, but not nearly as noticeable as in the taste, where it is very pronounced and lasts long into the finish. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and had a decent length finish. Overall, a solid IPA that was good, but not spectacular. I would like to see a touch more citrus taste rather than just bittering effects from the hops in the finish, and the mouthfeel could be a bit fuller, but otherwise I could drink a lot of this.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught during the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a hazy golden amber colored brew with a creamy off-white head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and grassy hops, a hint of caramel malt, and some grapefruit. Taste is medium bodied, a touch of spicy white pepper, citrus zest and grapefruit. Finish has a lingering mild bitterness, yet still a smooth texture finish. Well done.
arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at St Paul Summer Beer Fest 2009. Poured nice copper with white head, smelled of nice citrusy hops, had a good hop forefront that finished nice and bitter. Nothing too fancy, but a very solid IPA.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Burrito Union. #1700! Pours a lightly hazed pale golden, with a super creamy khaki head. Super dank, juicy, hop insane aroma in Cascade and other C-hops. WOW! Flavor continues. Super gummy, juicy, ragingly fresh hop sugar. Man, Fitger’s does the best hoppy beers. This is intensely insane. Crisp, backed with a bit of cracker and fresh beyond belief. Wow. A top IPA for sure. Really great to see that Fitger’s is still at it!
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I nice IPA. I had one of these with a burger and it was quite good. Nice balence and bite.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fairly good middle of the road IPA. I tried so many at ABR, that my pallate was getting overloaded, so probably not the best time to review it, but o well. Nice hop aroma and flavor, nothing stands out to much
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Burrito Union: Cloudy Autumn Gold Color with White Small Bubbly Head. Murky Malts, Piney and Cirusy Aroma. Medium Bodied...Subtle Sweet Malt Background.. Strong Piney Hopped Presence with Light Citrus Notes as Well. Fairly Well Balanced and Clean Brew with a Dry Hopped Aftertaste. Overall a Nice Summer IPA