El Nino IPA - Fitger's Brewhouse
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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sponberg:
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured it out of a very full growler - very little head; yet it tastes fully carbonated, and laces like a m'f'er so go figure. Gold with a reddish hue. Smells like a Northwestern hop harvest soaking in sweet tea.
DAYUM!!! This beer is clear - I can see through it, nothing floating around - so how come I taste hop cones? Whole. leafy, fresh picked hop cones? It's the same flavor when I pop a hop of my vines and chew on it, with the added benefit of a toasty, autumn leaves, tea and caramel maltiness behind it. All kinds of grassy, leafy, resinous, citrus rind hops going on in here. Great bitterness on the tongue. The malt's there on its 10 HP MTD but can't hope to compete with the 26 HP turbocharged John Deere hop lawn tractor mowing my tastebuds down. Finishes with a dry bitterness and lingering tea-like maltiness. Nicely medium-chewy mouthfeel. Could drink several of these until my tongue is completely numbed.
Gracias to BA JeffKrenner for the growler!!!
Serving type: growler
10-29-2006 02:23:38 | More by sponberg
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3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Fitger's Brewpub - Duluth. MN
El Nino is a surprising garnet red with crystal clarity. I could read a book through the body of this beer. The antique white head is rich and creamy leaving sheet lacing down the glass as I drink. The interior of the glass is almost 100% covered in foam. This is a great looking beer but I have to say I'm a little worried at how dark the body is. Looks like there's lots of malt.
There is a lot of malt, comparitively, in this IPA but it's nicely balanced with a big, juicy, sweet hop profile. Brown sugared grapefruit, orange marmalade, and wildflower honey all show up. The hops are basically citrus drivien and dripping with sweetness while the malt profile is big and biscuity with some lightly toasted white bread. I like the smell of this beer.
The flavor is nearly the same with biscuity malts and light toast laying a solid malt base. Big sweetened citrus is the highlight though. Candied citrus peel, sugared ruby red grapefruit, and honey drizzled candied orange... I don't know where this shit comes from but that's how it tastes. I wasn't all that interested upfront but as I dissect this beer it really starts to grow on me.
I'm met with a full figured body on each sip. It's all at once rich, full, and dense while showing a little stick on the backend. The bitterness grows but never past moderate and even though there's sweetness on the finish it gradually dries.
El Nino gets nicked simply because it's labaled an IPA by the brewery. If this was labeled as a hoppy red I would give it a much higher score and everyone, including myself, would have a much better idea of what they're getting into. The flavors are full & lush, the citric hoppiness is dripping & sweet, and the body is luxurious; I just don't see where this is an IPA... In Minnesota apparently.
Serving type: growler
10-04-2013 02:42:18 | More by joe1510
El Nino IPA from Fitger's Brewhouse
92 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.