WisconsinBeer (714) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can. Looks about the way a good IPA should. Flavor is solid. Big hops, sweet malts, and medium bodied. Well balanced and not cloying. Somewhat dry. Grapefruit is prominent. I’m becoming a bigger Surly fan by the day.
SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was a bit skeptical of this product as it comes in a can. But persistent urging from a buddy persuaded me to give it a try. As I poured I found this ale to be a deep, cloudy-amber in color, with a nice thick soft looking beige foam that made up its medium head. This is an eye-catching brew. It has a mild hoppy floral aroma with fruity notes. Unlike the aroma, the excellent full favors of this IPA come storming in on the taste buds, a nice balance of bitterness and body. The mouth feel is creamy, supple, silky, and full. The finish is long and lingering leaving beautiful lacing behind. This is a most excellent IPA and the best I have presently tasted.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Very murky orange-red with a small off white head. Rich candied citrus and fresh cut pine hop aromatics. Earthy, and citric/metallic hop flavors dominate. Sturdy caramel maltiness peers through resinous hoppiness. Fruity and floral hop flavors linger in the finish, with a bracing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, rather dry.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Poured a dark amber. Aroma was malty, but very nicely hopped up in citrus and pine. Taste followed suit. Appearance of head is just awesome- rocky and creamy. Very quality brew in execution, finish is malty and somewhat juicy hop with a slight note of alcohol. Very solid.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
WOW. Poured a dark amber color with good head and great lacing. Aroma was pine and citrus stong aroma. Flavor was much the same but very well balanced with the caramel malts. This is a solid IPA
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mildly soapy and oxized hop nose with a touch of diacetyl. Astringent and vegetative palate with very bitter mid-palate.
isnus (7) - USA - OCT 12, 2007 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice balance of bitterness and body. Grapefruit tones, very very drinkable. It’s bitter but has enough body that its very enjoyable.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Brewery: Amber color, thick white head and light lacing. Nose of ripe clean grapefruit, not too intense. The flavor is fruity and citrusy with oat and grapefruit. The finish is mellow, light bitterness, moderate body, clean, nice.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 Pours a dark amber with a dense, creamy off-white head, Hops-driven aroma with orange, earth, spice, and a bit of grain. Flavor is malt-driven but not sweet, with secondary hops flavors--earth, spice, tertiarycitrus--and lots of bitterness with stick around through the long finish.
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Body: Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 2 Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 2 Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head: None(1)->Large(5) : 2 White(1)->Tan(5) : 1 Lasting: 2 Lacing : 2
Intensity : 3
Yeast : 1 Bread : XX Apple : XX Tropical Fruits : XX Soap : XX DMS : XX Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 3 Biscuity : 2 Hay : XX Toasty : 2 Caramel : 2 Nuts : XX Honey : XX Cereals : 1 Grainy : 2
Hops : 4 Noble(1)->American(5) : 5 Leafy : 3 Spicy : XX Floral : 4 Lemon/Lime : XX Grapefruit : 4 Orange : 3 Herbal : XX Grassy : XX Pine/Spruce/Resin : 3
Notes : Peach/Apricot : 2 Earth : XX Mint : XX Butterscotch : XX Smoke : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 2 Sourness : XX Bitterness : 4 Complex : XX Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3 Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 1 Clean : XX Sharp : XX Watery : 2 Oily : XX Chalk : XX Astringent : XX Alcohol : 2 Mineral : XX Oxidation : XX Metallic : XX
Comments: Strongly bitter, leafy, citrusy and straightforward IPA in the classic American style, but with a solid malt backbone.