Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a really hyped brew and Iím glad I got the chance to try it but it was way too one dimensional for me. Iím a hop lover so it smelled great, probably the best smelling IPA that Iíve ever had, but thereís no malt presence at all. Its just bitter, bitter, bitter.... Guess Iím in the minority but there are much better IPAs out there.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 Rerate 1/28/09. Can courtesy of Guerde. OK, now I get it. The nose smells like fresh cut grapefruit! Taste is orange, yellow grapefruit and pine. Delicious. Thanks Andy for sending a fresh can for rerating!
4/3/08 Pint can. Pours a cloudy amber with a big foamy 2 finger tan head with nice lacing. I had to check to see if Furious was indeed the IPA, as my can tastes more like a barleywine. Maybe I got a bad can, as the other ratings sure donít match what Iím experiencing. Nose is caramel malts, spice and some hops. Palate is much the same with a bitter hop finish. No citrus hops, no grapefruit, no nothing. I may have to give it another go later down the road.
Oakes (15457) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick hazy amber - ugly body with a rich "we used a lot of hops" head. Big hop nose - orangey, wood with an earthy, breadcrusty background. Fat body is resiny with hops, in a pleasingly moderate bitterness matched by caramelized sugars that are only slightly sticky. An assault of hops - perhaps lacking the sense of style you see in the best PNW examples but this is nonetheless well-structured.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint can from a trade with mcbackus. a big thanks to matt for hooking me up with some surly. pours deep orangish/red with a mid sized tan head. darker then most IPAís ive had. aromas are citrus hops, piney hops and caramel malts. flavours are sweet citrus and caramels initially but then the bigger hop varieties come in for a big bitter hop finish. very enjoyable. thanks again matt anytime you wanna send some surly my way im cool with that!
Hoonerific (16) - USA - MAR 31, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a wonderful wonderful beer! Iíve just gotten turned on to IPAs lately and after one of these on tap Iím hooked! Smell and look...both heavenly. Tasted just like a hopper should - a perfect blend of hops with hints of citrus. Perfect finish and very refreshing. And the best part it is (which I did not know at the time of sampling) was they are a 10 minute drive from me. Soooooo happy!
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Being a hop lover, this beer starts with an advantage. That said, this is special. The aroma is so enticing, like skiing through the pines on a warm spring day when the sap has just begun to run, but with a hint of a tropical island fruit. The flavor starts there and then smoothly moves to an explosive, pleasant bitter flavor that lingers just the perfect amount of time. From beginning to end, and even to the next, the anticipation and enjoyment remains.
Goodgrief (1990) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 Nov. 2007 - Pour was dark brown color with good inch head and nice lacing. Strong aroma of hop. Flavor was kick you in the teeth pine and citrus hops with a nice caramel malt backbone with a touch of chocolate and maybe even some earthiness. Really bitter, but not unpleasant. Good brew!
July 2010, on tap in MN - Canít say too much different, except the color was dark amber with red highlights and nice lacing. I have to bump this up because it was just really tasty. It is everything mentioned in the original review in spades. 3.9 up to 4.2
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange pour with a thick white head. Very hoppy aroma with fruits and berries, maybe mango and melon. Very good flavor. Lots of hops, but they donít overpower. Pineapple and mango. Very good, but a tad bitter, could use a touch of sugar. Best beer in can Iíve ever had.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome beer, thanks oakes! Pours reddish with really solid fluffy head. Intense hoppy nose has hints of raspberry and other berries. Perfectly smooth, balanced character with woody finish. Scrumptious flavors bordering on perfection. Nice slippery mouthfeel. Absolutely lovely IPA!
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 Cask version at the 2008 Night of the Living Ales at Goose Island - Wrigleyville. Going by the moniker Tea-bagged Furious this was an impressive beer for my first Surly offering. Very hoppy, fully floral resinous and very fresh aroma and flavor. Creamy but not oily a very nice brew.
Draught 04/02/2009. Reddish amber with a moderate creamy off-white head. Full creamy lacing down the side of the glass. Sweet floral and piney hops, very nice. Flavor is quite piney, particularly in the finish, sweet upfront. Full hoppy but with enough malt to provide a full body. Nice bitter lingering aftertaste.
7 4 8 4
Amazingly the exact same numerical rating both on my first try cask and the draught version. A really good IPA.