HonusWagner (1428) - Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 It took me nearly the entire can to realize how good and interesting this beer really is. It’s got great color and lacing. An interesting, slightly grassy and slightly fruity nose. The body is perfectly smooth. And the flavors mix some of the nice lighter hop flavors from the nose with a good malt profile. I think that having this one warm up a bit does it a lot of good; the Brits should be proud.
E: Brand spanking new can thanks to Armin. Oh. My. God.
pacond (187) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
YES! Thanks to Honus Wagner this beer was super fresh. Amazing nose, lacing and taste. Bitter grapefruit citrus hops, english biscuit malt, the smell the dry hopping adds is a treat. Can not believe how awesome this beer is.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beer pours clear copper color with a healthy two-finger thick white head. Abundant and very sticky lacing. Excellent head retention.
Marmalade upfront with a backing of pale and caramel malts, biscuit, some grassy hops, and fruit esters. Light and crisp.
Taste follows nose fairly closely. That interesting and delicious orange marmalade flavor upfront. Toffee and biscuit malt with some toffee.. Not a big hop profile, but wonderfully bitter throughout.
The feel is one of my favorite aspects of this beer. It’s super smooth and the finish is nice and dry, leaving the slightest impression on the tongue.
Surly has it going on!… Craft beer from the can is still a bit of an odd one for me. You couple this with craft beer in a tall boy and I am sold. Surly is not available in Ohio at this time so a special thanks goes out to Sud Savant for a mutually-beneficial trade.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 This was genius. An absolute highlight of Dark Lord 08. Unbelievable squeezed orange juice flavor in an ESB Are you even kidding me? It barely even tastes like an ESB, but in a good way Surly does it again.
BeerKurve (509) - - APR 23, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy Dark Orange color. Very robust flavors of Marmalade, Yeasts, Floral Hops, and toasted malts; Perhaps the tastiest Bitter Brew I have ever tasted. It’s light bodied and has almost no carbonation. It smells, looks, tastes and feels great. Another fine job by Surly!
crossovert (7588) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
16 oz can.
Pours a med-dark amber/gold with a soapy white head that dissipates quickly.
The smell is fruity and lightly hopped with a malty backbone.
The taste has a bit more citrus than normal, a bit yeasty note, some ok malts, not my favorite though. Not any bitterness at all.
Its a good session beer, a flavorful one at that. Probably the best session beer if you stick by the "4%" hard rule.
I had 3 more of these, and I totally appreciate this brew so much more, just fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-09-2010 01:56:00
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had quite a few samples of this at Arborfest 07. This is an "American Style Bitter", but no category for that. Great flavor for a 4.2 abv brew with low IBU’s. Good hop bite up front, not much hop burn left on the pallet. I thought this was like a lighter version of Furious. Very drinkable, probably more session-able then Furious. I havent drank many of this style, so im no expert. Probably the easiest drinking Surly Brew to date. Thats not saying that I wont drink 5 Furious’ in an evening though too. Hoppin Mad won the vote for the name, but Omar found out that it was already taken, so Bitter Brewer took the prize. Good stuff!
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2007 lit this back at arbor fest (first release unoffically, old c in uptown next week). light in color white head. aint had to many ESB, much less ASB as they are calling it. superbly dry and bitter up front but finish very niceley with not alot of hops for the palate out back. low abv would make this a great alternative for SAB/AHB junk. very good blanced beer. look for it on tap next week i beleive! GET SURLY
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Dull orange-gold, very thin head, looks flat but expected for style.
Citrus due to dry-hopping, leading to a stronger smell than typical for style. Also, faint malts detected.
Clean toasted, tea-like malt taste balanced by metallic hop bitterness. Light citrus flavor that is less evident in the taste than smell.
Low carbonation, firm and dry. This is where most American attempts fall short; Surly nailed it.
Very easy to drink and at 4% abv, it is an ideal session beer.
islay (1180) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Two pint glasses on tap at Mac’s Industrial Sports Bar in Nordeast Minneapolis. Wonderful, hoppy, sweetly fruity and remarkably floral aroma features apricot, grapefruit, and peach scents (by the way, I wrote that before reading the commercial description). Pours a hazy, sparkling brass with a small amount of off-white head. Very appetizing appearance. The flavor is dominated by good, solid, adventurous American hops. The taste matches the smell, with a heavy pitted fruit presence. Bitter brewer is very hoppy and far from well-balanced. Take away the hops, and this is a forgettable beer. But why would you ever take away the hops? They’re awesome! Bitter hops aftertaste. Medium body. Stunning crispness that I have experienced before only in the best lagers and never in another ale.
<P>Surly has done it again! This is my kind of beer! It has less malty goodness than Furious but even better hops. I have scored all four Surly beers that I have tried well into the fours. Honestly, I was hoping that I would not have liked this beer and would have been forced to have given it a bad review, because I do not want to come across as a homer. But, like Bender, Furious, and Darkness, it is just so damn good that I can’t help but give it another rave. I just can’t help but love this beer. I do echo badgerben in saying that, despite the name, I would classify this as an American pale ale rather than any variety of bitter.