paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thank you Shannon!!! Slightly reddish golden brown. Citrus! Some pine and tropical (pineapple-mango) in there as well. Bitter, and flavorful, perfectly balanced with a sweetness that would be too much in other beers but just right here. WOW. Smooth as mothers milk, coating the tongue with a marvelous flavor that lasts for minutes after a gulp. That it comes in a pint can makes it that much cooler.
kramer (4352) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can, via joebrew. Pours a clear amber colored body under a creamy and foamy light beige head that left intricate fine lacing. Aroma is full of sweet malt and lots of piney citrusy hoppiness. Very clean and straightforward. Flavor is very bitter from front to back, lots of hops in the boil for this guy. A nice lingering piney finish. The malt has a minimal presence, just a little toasted note. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation and a slightly sticky resiny finish. Overall, a nice aggressively hopped IPA.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Surely this can of Surly couldnít compare with a bottled beer. You are correct. It doesnít compare. It is actually better than many bottled IPAís. Aroma and flavor is full and rich hops and malts. Pours a dark amber with a nice sized head. Pine, pineapple, big hops and big malts. A sticky brew and I loved it. One last thing.... Did I mention anything about BIG HOPS!!!!!!! It is like my nose was smashed into a pine tree!!!!
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 pint can. Props to my brother-in-law for bringing this to me from Minneapolis. Aroma: Bursting with grapefruit, pine, and floral hops. Medium sweet maltiness is more than just backbone. Appearance: Deep red in color and slightly hazed. Light beige head was full and creamy with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Lots of hop flavor, again with grapefruit, pine, and floral notes. Some mown grass in there, too. Medium sweet maltiness with a biscuity note in the background. Bitterenss was stronger than expected and lingered for a long time. A slight tea flavor in the finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: If the flavor matched the aroma, Iíd rate this higher. Great fresh hop aroma. Flavor was a little week and overshadowed by the bitterness. A great beer, nevertheless and worth a try.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At GTMW 2006 on 8/12/2006. Had one listed as "Teabag Furious". A randalized or post-hopped version of the beer, I believe. Anyway, it pours to a coppery body with a creamy white head. The aroma is sweet fruity hops, juicy. Very nice. The flavor is sweet, juicy, hoppy. Nice sweet malts. The palate is refreshing, medium bodied. Very very drinkable.
Sammy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is a good American style IPA, but whatís the fuss? Unbalanced, can-conditioned, great aroma c-hoppy with bubbly head and grapefruity body, carbonation and mouthfeel average. A hophead feed, but I have had higher IBU that is more drinkable.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zesty hops burst forth from the can. Oranges and pine are carried over a reddish amber, fairly flat ale. The hops are the shop hereÖlots of dusty dry bitterness. Lemon zinger is fairly prominent with a delicious puckering citrus at the swallow. The sweet malt gives enough of a platform to make this a delicious quaffer - not overly sweet or alcoholic. This is quite a pleasant hop bomb - and easy to quaff. Thanks Jeff.
Brigadier (2595) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can
This is probably the second best beer I have ever run across in can form. It competes in every way with Daleís Pale Ale (except that you get 16 ounces per can instead of 12). I think I like this one a little better. I look forward to the day that Surly escapes the confines of the Twin Cities to reach Wisconsin and beyond. This should be the first thing they export.
Aroma / Appearance - An exploding head cascases out of the can into the glass. Initially there is only an inch of liquid and several inches of head but it settles over the course of a few minutes to the opposite. The body reminds me of rusty water. As I drank it, layers of lacing clung to the sides like layers of sediment tracing the buildup of a cliff. Hints of freshly mown grass, melon, grapefruit and wheat highlight a bright nose.
Flavor / Palate - Caramel and grapefruit precede a bitter explosion that washes across the tongue. When it fades traces of semisweet bakerís chocolate chips unfold into a nutty finish. The last traces of the glass tasted a little like coffee grounds which was a bit odd. On the whole, though, it was extremely enjoyable. Iím glad I have two more cans left. I will definitely be picking up more up this next time I go up to the Minneapolis area.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009 Rating #200. 16 oz. can. Pour is deep copper. Taste and aroma are big hops. If this was a blind taste, would have guessed OR or WA brew. Nice balance throughout, and a very clean, dry finish. Overall a great beer.
Bartzilla (515) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice! Again, with the energy drink cans! Driving just hasnít been the same. I kid! Anyway, this is a fine IPA and a bit of a different result that I would have expected. Nice and hoppy with lots of west coast influence. I want more and guess what? Iím getting more. So there.