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2020 - Fitger's Brewhouse

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6 Ratings
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Ratings: 6
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 4.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Fitger's Brewhouse visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2005)
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Reviews by Bighuge:
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4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing copper. Slightly hazed. Thin beige head. Lace is moderate. Aroma is a nice mix of malt and hops. Sweet caramel and toffee mix with fresh floral and grassy hops. Bitterness strikes right off the bat. But it's quite enjoyable. It's not abrasive, yet I wouldn't say it's clean either. Somewhere in between. Hop flavors are nice. Layered effects of cannabis, pine sap, grass and pink grapefruit pulp. Orange marmalade tones come from malt or yeast or combination. They're nice and TownHall-esque in nature. Flavors are quite juicy. Really enjoyable. Malts are firm. Toffeeish in nature. A little caramel. Body is medium. Maybe a little better. Carbonation spot on. Drinkable by the growler. Glad I've got one. Thanks to a Beer Gladiator named ZAP!!

Bighuge, May 10, 2006
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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed August 4, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Great look! Sweet amber orange, slightly hazed pour, with a nice rich creamy froth of ivory head. Aroma is dense and somewhat smock, with deep wafts of floral and light citrus. Very hoppy, as expected, but more complex and muddled. Not enough malt to make it an IIPA, but plenty of hops to get it there. Aftertaste is dominated by ultra-bitter hop sugars and a touch of lemon. Flavor rides on three levels of grainy hops presence. A rich olive oil bread, a dominating rosemary floral, and a wafting blend of citrus. Complex and fantastically solid.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of umustdrink
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fitger's description:
20 hops in 20 additions plus mash hop, first wort hop and of course dry hop. Oh yeah there are English malts and Lake Superior water. mmm

A - Hazy bright red color. Rocky offwhite head settles to thick patches. Lacing was heavy, in thick sheets at first then it lessened to small patches.

S - SWEET, citrusy and slightly piny. Very creamy with a light white pepper-like spice.

T - Starts oily and bitter with a carbonation/hop bite. Mostly a piny hop in the middle. The finish starts creamy, then an oily and lasting bitter citrusy hop.

M - Medium consistency with medium to minimal carbonation. Very oily, and also creamy.

D - Very nicely hoppy but not overpowering (at least for me). Taste is similar to Fitger's other IPA's but it has it's interesting points about it.

umustdrink, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ha, ha, too funny. I was cleaning the place up a bit and I found an old review. This is probably from the summer or winter of '07.

This beer came a bright and shining yet slightly hazy fruity amber with a sustained sandy creamy tan head.

Smells of fresh juicy hop leaves, a slight dirty unwashed veggie and a crisp nip of pineapple.

Silky smooth delivery! Picks up nips of rough and woody pine with a peach that comes through just a touch and a general creaminess. There's a little red grapefruit rind in the finish.

Feels bold and assertive, but it's dense, silky and a slippery.

A nice beer, but it was a little slow drinking.

DarkerTheBetter, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh growler: Had a few of these on-tap while at the pub and had to get a growler of this stuff! Perfect clear copper color with a crunchy topping of lightly yellowed parchment paper foam that lifts up to just over a finger high. Long boney fingered lacing and some spots and placed across the glass.

Aroma bursted out of the growler upon opening - a waft of juicy piney hops filled the air quickly as it does the glass full. Big time toasty pine and burntish citrus of grapefruit and lemon really make up the most of its nose with hints to some oils of crushed grapefruit skins and cannibus-like hops.

Both the aroma and taste show that the hop is a cousin plant to cannibus with one big time toastyness and an oily tinge of cannibus-like hops. Squeezed in are sunburnt grapefruit peels and a ton of bittering toasted pine. Lots of taste to it with a crunchy, greasy aspect that seems to be right on the edge of being out of control. But alas, it's not, it has a terrific toasty balance, flavor, and very lengthy tone. The bitterness is just pushing the envelope right to its tearing point. An enjoyable tangle of hops on the tongue to be sure!

Body is quite full...full of hops that is. OK, that's a give in. Structure wise, its wholly toasty and fairly full with a controlled crunch and a semi oily/greasyness middle that leads to one bittering pine sided finish thats strong and just a dust bowl away from drying your entire laundry. Well, that my be a bit much, but its gets pretty damn bold with toasty piney dryness within its bittering. Again, nothing out of whack, but oh so close. Such a tease...

Fuckin' fantastic brew by the crew at Fitger's.
2020 has it all if you are a hophead! 20 varieties of hops and 20 varieties of grains in a well handled love affair of toasty pine. Yum! Get some while you can! It's well worth the trip! As always...really.

tavernjef, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An eagerly anticipated tasting.

Appearance: Rich, copper color.

Smell: Big pine/grapefruit impression but also some spicier English style notes and a nice caramel maltiness is evident on the aroma as well.

Taste:A lot of things going on here. #1 is pine, #2 is grapefruit rinds, #3 (surprisingly) is a caramel maltiness, #4 fresh floral hops, #5 leafy canibus/weed. Begins tasting like a West Coast Hop Bomb but then settles into more of an English IPA...

Mouthfeel: Definitely a DIPA. Nice job with the malt load on this. An interesting beer with a lot of different flavors and aromas but after settling into more of an English IPA it smacks you hard with a tight bitter, piney finish. You know this has some IBU's in the initial taste and on the long finish. In the middle it's a wonderfull medley of flavors and aromas. IBU's must be 100+ easy

Drinkability: What a treat. I'm surprised (but not disapointed) that this really combines some english style traits with your basic west coast hop bomb traits. About 50-50. I expected more of a pure hop bomb. Quite interesting. I'd love to see the recipe for this one.

Recommended for hop lovers. Jacked up pretty good but not hop juice..

ZAP, May 03, 2006
2020 from Fitger's Brewhouse
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