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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The 2008 Surfís Up Symposium IPA was brewed San Diego Style: highly quaffable,pale in color with a lighter body and profound emphasis on hop extravaganza.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalekliz (878) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
On cask and tap at Hamiltonís, shared with WeeHeavySD. Cask pour is a cloudy, yellow amber with a thin, white, foamy head. Strong sweet and tart aroma of citrus hops. Taste has a ton of lemon, in addition to the hops. Intense lingering lemony bitterness. On tap was a bit different and not quite as good, but still quite nice. It poured a clear amber, with no real head. The taste had a lot more sharp hops presence and a lot less of the lemon. Overall, excellent IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
Shared by Bill Batten of Alesmith. Pours with a clear, amber-orange body topped by a thin to medium thick ehad with some lacing. Itís bitter, piney and hoppy with a very slight malt note. The finish is full of bitter hop notes. Medium bodied and warming with a touch of dryness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
On-tap at the GF Brewery. Pours cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head. Actually smelled a bit subdued to me, does smell of earthy hops. Taste is big. Lots of astringent, bitter hop flavors. Somewhat earthy with big ripe citrus flavors. Hop bomb for sure. Lasting bitterness on the aftertaste. Full body with good carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2008
Golden amber pour, some head. Danky hops, citrus. Tastes citrus, kinda weak. Thanks Cokebottle and pepsican

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2008
From a 12oz Bottle. Generously shared by Saco_De_Toro. Pours a crystal clear, honey gold color with a firm finger of well sustaining, fizzy white foam. Intensely hoppy nose, bringing forth a bouquet of fresh, dripping hop resins. Notes of orange zest, grapefruit, and even a bit of floral complexity. Dank, dank, cascade - wonderfully fresh and inviting. Light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, cleansing palate. Huge hop flavors explode across the tongue, bringing out citrusy grapefruit notes along with a floral orange blossom smack. Intensely hoppy, but definitely packed full of flavor without any harsh, pithy bitterness. The malt, while dry and minimal in contribution, is perfectly balanced with the hops, bringing forth a subtle honey caramel sweetness that works perfectly with the hop flavors. Incredibly fresh and hoppy - the sheer amount of hop flavor is mind blowing, especially considering the lack of scratchy or harsh pithy characters. This is a new benchmark level IPA. There is an incredible array of IPAís currently available on the market, but this is one of the rare gems that can replace all the selection in the world with itís beautiful balance, flavor, and drinkability - exactly what an IPA should be. Thanks for sharing, Julian!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2008
Had this on cask and on tap side by side at Hamiltonís. Shared with Dalekliz, Blair nicely poured me the very first pour off the cask, and I matched it with the tap version. I found out from Jessica from Alesmith GF used their hop back for this beer which makes sense, as they pull off sick hoppy beers all the time. So Wetherel hyped this for me. How are there no more ratings between us? Cask first. Pours golden yellow with a off white 1 finger head. Nose is really super hoppy and resin filled and big big big. Taste is amazingly citrusy, it is bitter, tonuge prickly and it is a very nice IPA complex and worth the hype with a lemony citrus character. Tap is great, but not as good. Pours Amber tan with off white head. Nose is hoppy and resiny. Taste is much much more upfront hoppy and bitter. There is a lingering bitterness. Its good but not as good. Glad I had it on cask!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
Hot off the presses, looks like Iím the first to rate this gem. Tim helped bottle this, and brought a few to PP bottle shop and gave me one for my birthday, yesterday. Thanks Tim! Wonder hoppy aroma when the cap is popped. The aroma has Green Flashes signature all over it, but is also reminiscent of Hop Suey nose pounding hop aroma. I feel like Iím standing in Green Flash during brewing. A little malty, leans a little sweet. Medium bitterness that lingers on the tongue for 30 minutes after tasting. Nice earthy grassy hops. Super duper drinkable. I want a big keg of this for home. Beers like this make you want to rewrite your top beer list, because of their high drinkability.


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