auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a growler. Aroma runs downright musky and rich with sweet perfumed oils, heavy concentrated tangerine and prickly pear juice. Dense. Pours a darker copper and amber, heavily hazed with an off-white rim. Flavor has a very interesting fresh dragonfruit, creamy banana, and heavy wet tropical fruit. Thick and creamy. A peculiar musk rides over this beer in a really nice manner. It balances grasses with heavy tropical fruit. The palate runs a nip sweet. However, there’s a unique, musky tropical grasses, seed, and pit flavor running over this that I assume arises from the high alpha hops. A nice version, kissed with the good edge of Surly house yeast. Nice.
DalzAle (1988) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Growler shared with friends. Pour was a rich dirty orange color with medium carbonation. Aroma was very fruity, flavor had lots of orange, grapefruit and of course; HOPS! For being a stronger beer, it hid the alcohol very well. I hope Surly reconsiders making this a one time only offering, as I’m going to be pretty bummed once I run out of Growlers.
badgerben (4405) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler courtesy of BDR and Tdaglow. Copper color with a medium head. Strong tangerine and orange aroma. Some grassy-ness and lemon. Far stronger caramel malt flavor than I was expecting. Not overly bitter tasting at all. Sweet orange peel. Delicious. Great way to end 2008!
timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler - also poured courtesy of Omar from the bright tank on the 27th of December and kindly picked up by my wife (I was busy!) A hazy reddish/gold hue, mild carbonation, not too much of a head on it. Sweetness in the nose once you get past the incredible piney and citrus hop aroma. Good caramel malt profile and a balanced, yet bracing bitterness with a mildly sweet finish. You can tell this brew has some punch as it has that nice warm feel to it. I liked it a lot!
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Re-rate on this after I had the can version. The hop profile is quite weak - the beer tastes more like a double malt version of Furious without the super intense mango and citrus character. Taste is really sweet and is like drinking candied apricots. There is a strange plastic character, and lots of oddness going on in the finish. Considering how good Furious is, this one is quite disappointing and dare I say below average.
[Growler] filled directly from the brite tank by Omar. Pours a hazier, slightly darker crimson than the original Furious. The hop profile is extremely similar to that of Furious, lots of mango, grapefruit, pine and citrus, but a touch thicker and there was a lot more malt backbone. Flavor is a lot more malty, and a touch sweeter than its counterpart, but the hops are also significantly more concentrated. This must have been a dangerous beer to brew. If they use too little malt, this monster would have been undrinkable from the crazy amount of bitterness, but it strikes as more balanced, which is honestly a little disappointing.