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. sunski (1) - - JUN 19, 2012 does not count
Perfect beer. Great aroma, head, and mouth feel. If you have one beer at Fitgers, make it this one. 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. nulptr (114) - SCOTLAND - SEP 7, 2013
growler. great grapefruit flavour, minimal malt but plenty of body especially for a pale ale. a perennial favourite. ElGaucho (2401) - 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.
Obfuscate (575) - Minneapolis, - NOV 8, 2014
On tap at the brewery in Duluth. Pretty good nose of pine and fruit. Easy drinking pale ale pretty refreshing light bitterness in back. Solid. 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. undsioux7 (872) - 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. EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Tried as part of a sampler on our way to haul the sailboat for the winter. Nice pale ale. Kind of like a Summit but with more flavor. Left with a growler. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2007
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!