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El Nino IPA - Fitger's Brewhouse

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El Nino IPA
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fitger's Brewhouse visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tavernjef on 09-02-2003)
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tewaris:
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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

El Nino Double Hopped IPA
Fitger's brewhouse
American IPA
7% ABV
Sampled at the brewpub in a pint glass on September 26, 2010

Appearance 5/5
Poured clear, deep copper-red with a good white head, that had great retention and left an excellent lacing.

Aroma 4.5/5
Smells like a pine forest: piney, herbal and very fresh smelling ale, that seems generously late/dry hopped. Very inviting smell.

Taste 4.5/5
Full of hop flavor without being overly bitter: pine, lemon peel citrus, and grass. Nice, light, maltiness supports the hops pretty well. Finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5
Very good, but a higher carbonation might help this beer. Otherwise perfect.

Drinkability 5/5
The best!

This American IPA is as good as any other. I am glad I got to try it! A hidden gem.

09-27-2010 21:58:02 | More by tewaris
More User Reviews:
Photo of Schlais


4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-08-2013 09:23:27 | More by Schlais
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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!!!

10-29-2006 02:23:38 | More by sponberg
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-09-2013 21:12:39 | More by ryancl
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

10-06-2012 16:04:02 | More by NilocRellim
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-28-2014 15:00:15 | More by D-town_brews420
Photo of ADR


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

On tap, Autumn Brew Review 2003...

Slightly opaque medium bright brown, good speckly head. Aroma hops dominate the smell, range in the good old fashioned grapefruit with an unexpected grassiness. Malt is honey with slight caramel but the hops (double infused and dry hopped to boot) are like knives, almost slicing into the flavor profile with a bitter pithy grapefruit. Sharp and extreme, good for hop lovers no doubt. resiny finish. A little too unbalanced in tone for me, a kick of malty sweetness like in Dogfish 90 Minute would have helped.

09-07-2003 16:42:29 | More by ADR
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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

Thanks to ShawnBGP for the growler. Served all day in a taster glass at Darkness Day.

Pours a cloudy amber with a fluffy head. Looks the look for sure.

Smells like a bouquet of hops. All the players are here... pine, citrus, floral. Seems like there's going to be a lot going on!

I get a ton of pine in the taste and a good deal of malt. It's very good but nowhere near as tooth-melting as the aroma suggested.

It's fairly smooth and not at all prickly for an IPA. Needs more carbonation! Still, fantastic drinkability as the growler didn't take long to go bye-bye.

All in all a darn good IPA from a brewery I hope to get more accustomed to.

10-27-2010 00:02:25 | More by rudylaw
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New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-25-2013 17:02:13 | More by LXIXME
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4.78/5  rDev +15.2%

Appearance: Cloudy copper

Smell: Citric with notes of pine

Head: Dissipates quickly

Taste: Citric right up front then a small pine note comes in, after that the back of the palate and the cheeks get inflamed with grapefruit so yummy!

Weight: Some maltyness but not to much weight

Finish: Grapefruit stays in the cheeks, very nice

03-08-2011 01:21:21 | More by Snow81
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-28-2014 02:58:46 | More by socon67
Photo of dirtylou


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

on-tap, had on both recent visits to Fitger's

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint - deep copper-amber body, oily beige suds

smell: very nicely hopped - grapefruit zest, floral hops, light caramel malt

taste: This is a great IPA - aggressively hopped but maintains great balance. The hop profile is fresh and pulpy with an emphasis on punchy citrus like grapefruit and tangerine. This double-hopped IPA (one less than miller lite i guess) really delivers - do not miss it when in Duluth

mouthfeel: oily hop resin, just the right hit of bitterness

drinkability: good

08-25-2010 01:43:59 | More by dirtylou
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

06-19-2012 17:29:11 | More by Cooper
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

They call it “double-hopped,” I’d say it just makes it big IPA. The first IPA this reminds me of Surly Furious for the long-lasting hops flavors. The malt profile is surprisingly still present with a creamy caramel taste. The hops complex comes off like variations on grapefruit hops. Definitely a must-have at Fitger’s.

05-25-2007 21:56:06 | More by tempest
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Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Originally reviewed February 4th, 2006. On tap at the brewpub. Pineapple and Kiwi aromas. Beautiful velvety brown color. Very fruity and sharp. Super hoppy, typical of an IPA. Finishes with pine and grapefruit. Smacks tart and a little heavy on the resins. Predominate use of Cascade and Centennial.

07-21-2006 21:43:43 | More by CharlesDarwin
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-26-2014 20:07:09 | More by morimech
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4.4/5  rDev +6%

Pours a deep copper orange with a healthy dose of milky, off-white head and nice lacing and beading. The nose is big on sweet citrus, honey, caramel, really nice. The taste brings waves of all kinds of bitter: grapefruit, orange peel, spruce, some booze, pretty complex, multidimensional. Pretty low drinkability given its comparatively high bitterness. But all around, a terrific beer.

04-25-2012 00:05:51 | More by yamar68
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-25-2012 04:53:59 | More by bigbeers84
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-21-2013 05:41:23 | More by Hopsiam14
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

a: creamy head atop a coppery medium-amber beer, well retained with good lacing

s: nice malt-hop competition here, fruity caramel thinned with a bit of pale malt holds up well to a vivid green pine hop nose, fresh and sappy, pungent orange and grapefruit citrus, very nice

m: smooth bodied, moderately carbonated

t: pale malt body with a nice level of fruity caramel, powerful green pine hops with some sweeter orange flavors, the finish contains a harsh, sappy bitterness - just the way I like it, some booze pulls out towards the end

d: no problem, a great IPA from Fitger's

pint at the brewpub, consumed with a delicious beau burger

08-31-2010 00:36:31 | More by blackie
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-28-2012 15:39:38 | More by GrizXTKEX519
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from growler into shaker pint glasses (cap says 9/21...from 2008).
A: Dark cloudy honey in color with 1/2 inch white head. Very nice.
S: A wonderful mix of hops...floral, citrus, and a hint of pine. Beautiful aroma.
T: Piney citrus with good caramel malt balance. Not as hoppy as the aroma suggested.
M: There is still a sharp hop bite, but much smoother than you'd expect given style.
D: Very drinkable summer quencher. In my opinion, this is the perfect ABV for this style of brew. Paired well with burgers and steak on the grill. Seek it out!

05-25-2009 18:54:38 | More by mwilbur
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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

A - Hazy bright orange color. Head fades to splotches. Light lacing.

S - Sweet, floral hops. More sweet than bitter.

T - Initially bitter but subsides to reveal a sweet, less bitter, citrusy hop taste.

M - Biting crispness at first but then very smooth.

D - Very hoppy beer with a good amount of alcohol.

01-16-2007 01:42:50 | More by umustdrink
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

A- Pours a dark amber slightly cloudy with virtually no head. Carbonation appears to be very low.

S- Smells very clean, crisp even. Some citrusy hops comes through, some malty sweetness and just a little grassy. Can't detect any alcohol

T- Hops are the star. Citrusy hops a little pine. Again very clean and crisp tasting. It finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness with no sign of stopping. Very refreshing.

M- The carbonation is low and the body is light. Might have waited too long to drink this one because I've had it before and the carbonation wasn't this low. Lesson #1, don't let your IPA filled growler sit in the fridge for two weeks. Still very good.

D- Might be the most drinkable IPA I've had. This beer is brewed with purified water from lake Superior which gives it an especially refreshing taste to it. Exceptional.

I may update this review upon drinking a growler that is fresh...

02-17-2011 23:47:39 | More by Flipadelphia84
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

This was a very good beer but not a great representation in my opinion. There is a bit too much malt which makes this one edge on an APA. However, the hops are drier and seem to more make this taste a bit like the English version. I did like this beer, very big bite from the hops and mouthfeel is nice and oily like its supposed to be. Drinkability is pretty good.

10-07-2008 03:55:52 | More by supercolter
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El Nino IPA from Fitger's Brewhouse
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