Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh from the brewery via growler in less than three hours. Normally I donít care for very hoppy IPAís, but wow! This one is hoppier than a dozen kangaroos in the middle of the hottest iron frying pan. Fresh out of the growler, it screams ďpineĒ with a little citrus. A very thick copper and tan head. The bubbles in the head needs a pin to break them. The flavor is most excellent with hops as the dominate feature. There is some nice sweetness and bitterness, but an excellent IPA to help you forget how bad your favorite football team has performed last season, and realize that not everything in the world is all that bad afterall. Again, most Excellent. Use a tulip glass to get the best aroma and flavor. Food pairing? Not needed! Furious is meal all by itself. PROSIT!
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 4 pack picked up at Surdycks (sp?) in Minneapolis. One has to appreciate great beer in a can. On the nose is notes of citrus meshed with peach, leading into resiny pine on the palate with a touch of honey. Its very drinkable, although I find myself wanting a bit more "kick" out of this, and by that I mean not a hop kick. I donít know if that means upping the alcohol percentage, but I found the finish to be a bit lacking. Moreover, the excessive carbonation gets in the way here too. Solid and drinkable, but not overwhelming. Nice artwork on the can.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
There have been two great beers that have come out of a can. First is Gordon beer from Oskar Blueís Brewery and then I think one of thee best IPAís I have had in a while, FURIOUS! This IPA takes the cake! Wonderful amber color. Smell of citrus zest, pine, soap, caramel, hops, flowers, grapefruit, orange, apricots and some roasted malt. Taste of the same but the hops are more flavorful. What an exquisite IPA! What a nice long lasting bitterness flavor. I must get more. Hell, I will drive up there and get a case of it.
mnstorm99 (26) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 One of (if not) my favorite beers. I am partial to my local brews and this is the best local there is. The Surly brewing company is still pretty new but they know what they are doing. Beautiful Hop flavor and aroma, with a touch of citrus. Very pleasing to the eyes, with a good head. Whoever said it tastes like Two Hearted (great beer), not even close in my eyes, Tasteís are very different.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a DARK amber color with one of the best foam heads iíve seen in an IPA. Smell is hoppy, with just enough pine to it to be near perfect. The taste follows suit with the previous categories. Hoppy up front with a smooth, perfect and not overbearing pine finish. Not sure, but close to the best IPA iíve had.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours reddish copper with a frothy, but relatively short lived off-white head. The aroma is very piney along with some earthiness (not a dirty british hops earthiness) and a touch of citrus. The aroma foretells the aggressive hopping. On the malt side, there is a little caramel and a bit of a nuttiness. The beer is bracingly bitter, there is a little malt sweetness, some honey, caramel, and clean maltiness, but this beer is bitter. It is very much an aggressive American IPA, much like itís west coast brethren. The flavor is very piney and spicy with some softer apricot/peach? notes. The finish is lingering bitterness followed by an even longer lingering pine. Enjoyable, nice when you want a bruiser.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice deep reddish amber, with a short, taciturn head of sudsy foam. Okay head retention, pretty good lacing. Citrus hops are very noticeable in the aroma - very IPA-like - with a mild malt presence well in the background.
If the aroma sounds unbalanced, rest assured that the flavor is exceptionally well balanced - lots of hops and lots of malt. Both of which are fresh and delicious. Hops are citrus all the way, with bitter orange and lime flavors. Well, okay, there is a touch of pine in there too. The malt is a caramel-toffee blend, sweet, robust, and delicious. A perfect combination. The body is just north of medium, and generous carbonation rounds out a fantastic brew. Twenty minutes after finishing a second pint, I could still conjure up citrus bitterness in the aftertaste.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Out of a can in Minneapolis, MN. Best hoppy beer Iíve enjoyed from MN. More of a strong ale than an IPA - the color is too dark and the caramel with slight roastiness puts it into slightly out of IPA territory. Iím dubious of the 100IBU, tasted less than that to me. A little more residual sweetness than I would like in a beer like this, but it is still very good. Tasty and unique, with a good package.
lweiberg (105) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 I was expecting more from this based on the high score, but the canned taste is just not doing it for me. Pardon my harshness, but It tastes like skunked genitalia of the female persuasion, almost uncannily, which, I guess, can get fairly surly, although not desirable.
Edit: After finishing the entire four-pack, I hereby declare myself an idiot for not appreciating the rich taste (along with the long, lingering aftertaste, which, admittedly, isnít quite as rich) which really would be better if it came out of a bottle.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Cafe 28. Very comparable to Bellís Two Hearted. Hops of a IIPA w/o the malt profile.