Minnesota Nice
Fitger's Brewhouse

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #743
Ranked #17,172
3.98 | pDev: 11.56%
Fitger's Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 22
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Photo of joe1510
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

64oz Growler
Fitger's Brewpub

Centennial Version

Minnesota Nice has a tarnished apricot orange body with haze throughout. Big ol' fat carbonation bubbles seem to pop from every surface of the glass. The foam takes an aggressive pour to develop and eventually sits atop the body, dirty white, at a respectable cap. Splotchy lacing remains after each drink.

The nose is fairly faint but but there is no doubt about all the delicious orange notes present. It's jammy like marmalade, Sweet like candied rind. Juicy like fresh flesh. There's even a solid dose of key lime that I thoroughly enjoy. With warming the nose becomes a little more vibrant. The malt base is that of graham cracker with a soft breadiness. Nice is right!

The flavor profile takes the suggestions of the nose and runs with it. Slightly sweet, slightly pithy marmalade kicks off the orange showcase. Candied citrus peel follows closely behind, orange and lime. I'm surprised at the amount of lime they pulled from these Centennial hops. Orange and lime flesh both runs through the finish. Graham crackery malt manages to balance things out with a touch of sweetness. Nicely done.

Soft carbonation, when combined with a body just short of moderate, makes for a silky feel, if a little flaccid. While it fits well a small gripe of mine would be that the bubbles are a little less aggressive than I think they should be. Growlered beer is growlered beer though. Bitterness grows to just shy of moderate and the drinkability is dangerously high.

I grabbed a growler of this last year, Amarillo hopped, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Ran in real quick this year for a growler of Centennial and while not as good they did manage to pull some great flavor out of a single hopped pale ale. I am a sucker for Centennial though. It's juicy and bursting with citrus. Give it a go if you find yourself in Duluth.

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Photo of ZAP
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A-Very clean golden color...nice white head and excellent lacing along the glass..

S-Fresh and floral with a unique tropical dimension (coconut) ...some vanilla/oak too...

T-I really enjoy the flavor of this....different than most as it displays a toasted coconut/vanilla/oak layer up front....very fresh floral notes...some garlic/onion burps on the finish which I did not pickup on the taste

M-Drinks like a pale ale should....goes down quick and doesn't carry a heavy weight...certainly not watery but also certainly not an IPA...just a regular weight APA.

O-One of my favorite pale ales ever. This is a single hop series pale ale they are brewing and for this one they used Sorachi Ace which I do not think I have had before. I was supposed to taste lemon but I did not no matter how hard I tried to find it. Just very fresh and floral with a unique toasted coconut/vanilla dimension....maybe some would just call it nutty....kind of tough to put a finger on the description but it is awesome however you want to describe it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for sharing! Quick review from notes.
Current batch of this single hop APA with Amarillo.

Bright orange in the glass, brilliant clarity with trails of visible carbonation in the glass. Sticky white foam with a halo of lacing in the glass. Lasting surface coverage.

Fruity citrus peel aroma, classic Amarillo, orange and grapefruit. Some light pale malt behind that.

Taste was similar, citrus and grapefruit, firmly bitter, light bready maltiness in the middle. Clean and light bodied, very easy drinking. Pretty much a prototype example of the style, could be a little more amped up in the hop department, but it was pretty lean and drinkable.

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Photo of mothman
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Galaxy Hops!!!!

White head. Color is a clear golden copper.

Flavor profile is mainly hops. Grassy, earthy, citrusy, juicy, and floral. A nice orange flavor. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not over the top. Light to medium bodied. Ends with a touch of stickiness.

Overall. this is a great beer. I am almost done with my growler and its 2pm. Drinks so easy. One of my new favorites.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olafphysics
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The hop changes every time. So, all are slightly different but good ways to taste a specific hop.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Equinox version

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3.76/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Minnesota Nice from Fitger's Brewhouse
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 22 ratings