AdamChandler (4049) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2012 Acquired this in a trade. Itís the first DIPA Iíve had from surly. Stoked to try this and hoping itís still fresh! Poured into a Newcastle glass direct from the fridge. Canned on 12/08/11
A - 2 Finger head, tight and creamy bubbles that were off white and on the tan side. Deep and hazy brown with golden tints. Gorgeous looking beer! A+
S - TONS of pine, tons of hops, tons of brown sugar, caramel and sweetness! I got a bit of citrus but not a lot.
T - Absolutely amazing. A fantastic DIPA with tons of hop, great aftertaste. Iím getting orange, vanilla and brown sugar. Thereís some ginger in here as well.
M - Nice carbonation but not overwhelming. Very drinkable!
O - Iíve had Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder. This is up there with those beers. an A+ in every way. I need to acquire a can fresh.
Update: New batch canned 11/14/12. Fresher than before and my palate is hopefully improved since then.
On the nose, I pick up a lot more grapefruit and citra than last time. I take back that thereís minimal citrus. Taste is super chewy. As great as I remember though and the most close Iíve had to Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead. Not as bitter as Heady Topper but a fantastic malt backbone, still nice levels of brown sugar, tangerines, grapefruit juice and cranberries. Very happy I have more of this to enjoy over the week. Thanks Dan!!
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber golden unclear (some type of sediment/bubbly particles with a decent tan head, a bit bubbly on the head. The aroma is juicy and perfumey hops with some sweet notes. The flavor brings big juicy and bittersweet flavors that balance out so well on a smooth body, such a hoppy pleasure on the palate.
Macegan75 (778) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can from France 44. Pours mostly clear golden light brown. Nose is fresh cut grass, bergamot & bubble gum. First sip is spicy hops, malty flavors with cotton candy, wrapped bubble gum & citrus rind. Finish is nice linger grapfruit bitterness. This beer is as good as I remember when it was 16 Grit. Awesome beer!
obguthr (5094) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can: Light orange nose. Clear auburn, thin head. Overripe orange flavor, lemongrass.
loafgoat (53) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful piney citrus smell. Color is hazy amber with foamy white head. Hops dominate the flavor in a good way. Bitter flavor lasts quite awhile after drinking. Surprisingly light body and low alcohol presence. Pretty damn good, but at this price it better be.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can into glass. These Surly beers are just outstanding out of the cans, especially this one. Has so much hop character mixed with slight citrus. Itís a constant reminder of why I love this style. Outstanding beer!!
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz can from mattyb83, thanks Matt! Canned 1/9/2012...pretty damn fresh. Pours a cloudy, brighter amber-orange colored body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of soapy, sticky lacing. Aroma is pretty solid. Lots of fresh pine needles, bright citrus oranges/tangerines/pineapples/grapefruits, tropical fruits and sweet mango, big florals, resins, and some dank herbal notes. The malts are clearly present as well with a nice, biscuity caramel and pale malt backing as well as a light cereal grain. Flavor is similar. Lots of sweet orange pines and resins, tropical fruits and mangos, pineapples, and juicy florals up front before a light, but balancing biscuity caramel malt comes in. The pines and florals grow towards the end along with the juicy fruits, dank herbal hops, and resins while this finishes dry and not overly bitter. Very clean with lots of fruity hops in a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light, very smooth and soft body with a creamy, moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a really nice, extremely fresh tasting DIPA. Lots of juicy citruses and sweet tropical fruits with a solid mix of resiny pines, bright florals, and dank herbal hops that are all backed by a light, but distinct biscuity caramel backing. I really like how this finishes with lots of juicy fruits and resiny hops, but not overly bitter. A very clean, highly enjoyable beer. Well done.
eruizgarcia (276) - - JAN 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extremely hoppy with enough malts to balance it. Finishes surprisingly sweet then bitter. Surely a lot of peopleís dream beer, just a bit too hoppy for me.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can dated 12/29/11 pours intoa pint glass a hazy orange color with a thin white head. Aromas are immediately noted and consist of floral and citrus both lemon and grapefruit. Taste is big bitter, a hint of some light caramel, then grapefruit and floral notes. Medium body and very drinkable with a long astringent finish. Overall, this is a tremendous DIPA that should not be missed.
MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a can into a pilsner.
A. Pours a reddish brown hue, thick 2 finger head, continued to maintain a 2mm thick head sip after sip.
S. Smells strongly floral, lots and lots of sweet pine, and tons of citrus. This is a big smelling beer the second you open the can.
T. Tastes of sweet citrus, lots of pine, slightly sour grape fruit, and tangy orange peel.
M. Medium body, coarse feeling, with a lightly dry finsh.
O. I love this beer. Itís well balanced flavor, and an amazing smell. I could open a can of this and leave it in my bathroom as an air freshener! This is a super tasty beer. Everyone should try this beer at least once (But needing to have more wonít be an option).