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Finn's Finest | Fitger's Brewhouse

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Brewed by:
Fitger's Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by garymuchow on 06-21-2003

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of ta_hagen
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of olafphysics
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigbeers84
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FitgerFanatic
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finn's Finest #10. This once a year birthday North Shore style pale is brewed in honor of the boy (Finn Hoops) for his Birthday.

Had this on tap this June (2012). I am guessing the #10 meant it was the tenth anniversary or tenth time it was brewed.

Earthy, floral, and fresh. Fairly bitter. Decent amount of citrus. Kind of sticky mouthfeel. Very little malts show here.

Overall, this was a solid brew. I think this is more of an American Pale than an IPA, however. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Cooper
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a moderate head of foam. Hoppy pine nose with some caramel sweetness. Pine and orange citrus from the hops. Not overly bitter thanks to the caramel malt backbone. Nice layers of hops. Smooth and medium bodied. A good drinkable IPA.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of tasting this beer from the cask. It arrived an amberish color with a full inch of thick creamy head floating on top. I pickup citrus hops in the nose, mostly grapefruit but some lemon as well. Smooth and silky on the palate -- it is a cask ale for sure. A slightly sweet biscuit malt leads into a smooth bitterness. A tinge of citrus, similar to the nose, is noticeable but mostly it ends with a long last bitterness that the palate remembers.

I could have drank this beer all night.

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Photo of smittyjr
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on-tap 6.8.09, purchased growler same day, bottled 6.5.09:

Good Work Dave (Head Brewer)! He brews this beer once a year for his son's (Finn) B-Day! if you haven't ventured to Fitger's Brewery complex in Duluth, MN, i hope you take the time to do so!

A- Very nice appearance, a golden color with a touch of amber, with good clarity, just a slight haze to it. Aggressive pour into a pint glass results in a .75" head white in color. lacing is present all the way through! head retention could be better, but i can deal with it, still laces all the way down!

S- WOW! a bouquet for sure! smells of florally hops and sweet malts! Smells like a candy store! i wish i could glue a glass of it under my nose.

T- The taste is very close to the smell, hoppy, florally and sweet. The malt sweetness is just as prevalent as the sweet malts, the balance to me is new, but i enjoy it very much! i usually enjoy more hop than malt.

M- Carbonation is perfect if you would ask me, not too much, not too little. it is smooth with light to medium body. it leaves a hoppy bitterness at the end that i do enjoy!

D- Top of my list, i could drink this everyday! A beer this fresh from a bomb local brewery, can't pass it up! the experience from smell to finish is great, i recommend this beer to anyone that hasn't tried it and loves IPA's!

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Photo of dfried
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think this beer should be classified as a pale ale, closer to the English style. The bartender called it a PA, and it was hoppy, but I didn't get the bite of an IPA.

Deep brown/amber color, a film of head that always covered the top but stayed thin. You can definitely tell the malt is there in the smell from it's sweetness, but the aroma is dominated by skunky, resinous hops, and not skunky in a bad way. The taste starts much like it smells, but as it unfolds there is a lot of floral and citrus flavor from the hops but there is always a kind of musty/skunky tone to it that is far from off-putting. The whole time there is the toasted pale, maybe slightly caramel malt that balances the hops well. I did feel there was a quite gritty texture to the beer that took away from the mouthfeel a bit.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first reaction to this brew is MMM. This is such a good beer. What I really appreciate about it is the superb balance of the malt with the extended hops. This is a very hoppy beer, but not necessarily citrus in quality, but it never gets out of hand with the great malt foundation. Aroma also carries the rich mix. Excellent amber color, clear with a firm medium head and lacing to the bottom. The malt in the flavor is rich and the hops are complex with both a flowery quality and a firm bite with a long lingering finish. Perfectly balanced carbonation and richness with a very decent softness and smoothness. An outstanding beer. Having so intermittantly drank at brewpubs, the freshness factor really comes true. It's as though you can taste the vitality of a newly brewed beer.

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Finn's Finest from Fitger's Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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