hombrepalo (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2014 On tap @ Maproom Saturday. Big IIPA! The aroma is intense, strong fresh amarillo hop, you can tell this one is going to have a kick ass bitter hop flavor. The taste is just a suspected, just not too balanced in my opinion. Over done on the bitterness and no much malt backbone. Taste of pine, citrus and fresh hops. A real intense IIPA. Could have let this sit and mellow a bit. But oveall a nice IIPA
Aroma has strong citrus notes. Grapefruit may dominate and offset the bitter feel, but doesnít completely hide the nice hop profile. Body is more full than it initially lets on. Tremendous lacing down the glass. Lovely
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Maproom. Pours orange with a white head. Awesome hoppy aroma, with heavy grapefruit and a little bit of pine. Great bitter flavor, hops dominate just the way I like it. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors. Oily mouthfeel. Awesome stuff, glad to finally grab a pint.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap Firkin Fest 09. Pours a deep orange color, slight sediment, thick foamy head. Flavor is lovely citrusy thick hops and a slightly sugary malt backbone. Notes of citrus fruit, citrus zest, candy sugars, crystal malt. Slightly gritty, I imagine due to the barrel conditioning. Finishes dry and earthy.
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 TAP: at the Happy Gnome (St. Paul, MN) on 4.11.09. Pours a gold amber with a heavy white head. Floral hop nose, Big citrus hop flavor, with some malty backing. Great beer.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours serious amber with thick white head. nose of heavy hops, grapefruit, floral and pine and a little carmel. taste just as it smells, floral, grapefruit and lots of hops, quite bitter and woody. Really good, too bad Surly wonít make it again.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2010 Have had numerous times now and need to bring it down. Had fresh at Fountainhead yesterday and feel like there just too much malt character. Iím getting a fair amount of C-malts which donít work for me in IIPA. Still good, but not worthy of a 4+.
Draft at Binnyís south loop. Pours a mostly clearly amber. Nose is well hopped, tropical fruits, a bit of resin and funky hops. Nothing too over the top. Taste is comparable, very hop-forward with some nice, clean bitterness. Not harsh at all. Lots of fruity notes come through, as does the resiny pine notes. This one is super easy to drink. Good stuff.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Binnys South Loop, Chicago. pours slight hazy amber with white head. nose is very piney, earthy, melon, and grapefruit hop forward nose. flavors are piney, bitter!, juicy, mango, nice balance here, slightly sweet middle, very tasty.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Happy Gnome, served in a mini tulip, appearance is clear gold with a minor head. Aroma is quite citrus like, hops, and sweet. The flavor is solid citrus IPA with sweetness and lots of warmth. The palate is rich and delecate. Overall, nice.
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color. Not my favorite double IPA by any stretch. I found the hops to be massive, but not so much on the front end. Thereís the usual assortment of citrus flavors on the front end, with well controlled alcohol and a bit of candy sweetness too, but it was really the finish that marked out this beer for me. It finished with a kind of hop unidimensionality, where it lingers (only moderately bitter) but with an acidic pine flavor that seemed both crass and unwelcome. The malts here arenít doing enough to give this sophistication and subtlety. I couldnít finish my pour. I thought in Minnesota we had some chance of avoiding the banal excesses of West Coastism in brewing. I guess not. (on tap at Muddy Pig, St. Paul)
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Galway Tribes. Watch out for the teetering bar stools. Amber pour into what appeared to be a water or soda glass? Short off white tannish head? Aroma of zesty citrus, hops. Mouth is great, with creamy feel and good carbonation. Not @ all the hop bomb I expected. Tastes dominantly citrus with a good malt back. Bitter rind finish, and a buttery breadiness. Balance and drinkability paired with a decent bitter linger redeem this. Not Surlys best. Highly drinkable. Would try again.