TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours burnt amber with a nearly non-existent off white head. Nose is filled with caramelized sugars, sweet malts, with spicy, floral grapefruit hops dominating. Taste is a blast of astringent hops, so spicy, with an amazing malt character. Sweet, just enough to balance out the bitterness, mixed with some grains, and caramel that bring up the rear. This sports a full bodied and creamy palate that leaves your mouth a bit sticky and dry. While this is plenty complex and rich, it is still fully sessionable and goes down easy. With this IPA, its not so much the hops, as it is the malts. Two thumbs up!
stoutchap (422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lunar in Villa Park. Clear light amber pour, frothy off-white head, lacing. Lots of grapefruit in the nose. A variety of hops in the mouth, decent mouthfeel. Perhaps a bit too hoppy for my personal tastes, but my buddy who loves IPAs loved it. Definitely worthwhile.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Trade with ketchepillar. 16 oz can poured a deep amber color with red highlights. A small head that disappeared quickly sat in a ring around the glass. Great grassy and hop nose to the pour. The smell even reminded me of sweet herb (so did the flavor). Some sweet malts as well. First taste was a grassy bitterness that was not overwhelming. This was followed by a great maltiness to balance it out. Very nice IPA. It is not way over the top like some IPAs are moving. I hope Surly will soon be in MD.
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very thick, cloudy red/orange with a creamy off-white head that will not die. A very attractive looking beer. The aroma is thick with citrus hops - mostly grapefruit I think. The flavor is very intense - hugely bitter peppery grapefruit hops hit the tongue immediately. Fortunately there is a very sturdy malt backbone to keep the hops from overwhelming the flavor - still though, this is a very, very bitter brew. The palate is fantastic - thick and creamy. Overall an excellent beer. Another very solid effort from Surly.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful poor with a huge creamy head and dark amber body and great lacing all down the glass. Citrus, pine, and floral hops aroma. The flavor has a really nice kick to it that is beautifully balanced by the malts even if it is 100 IBUs. NIce thick mouthfeel. Superior beer.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2009 I got really excited when they switched over the tap at Kuma’s in Chicago from Bender to Furious. Distinct C-hop aroma that really carried through into the bitterness of this beer. I knew it was bitter, but never would have guessed around a 100. Deep rich amber color and very nice malt/hop ratio. Very drinkable and nice.
Update - Cask at Map Room. This beer is unreal on cask with an absurd piney hop character and super fresh tasting. Definitely one of the best cask beers I’ve ever had.
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 Thanks a ton tytoanderso. Pours a rich ruddy orange amber with a thick two finger creamy light orange head. The aroma was thick citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit, sweet malts, pine, spicy hops. The flavor is full and hoppy, citrusy, waxy, sweet caramel, piney and spicy. The mouthfeel has no carbonation, weird it had plenty in the pour. Waxy finish.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was dark amber/orange. The head was creamy, thick, frothy, off-white, and laced. The aroma was citris, apricot, pine, spicey, and slight aged fruit. The flavor was pice, citris, waxy/bitter, and apricot. The palate was average. The finish was waxy. I was surprised that this was an ipa and not a double. The palate was really the only thing that seemed like a typical ipa characterisitc.
EithCubes (5545) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can via a trade with jrob_21 - thanks, Jonathan! Luscious, rich hoppy aroma, strong in caramel and a little less muddled than what normally falls into ’American Strong Ale’ on this site. Big on pine with a little woody citrus. Deep, dirty copper body with a twinge of amber and a huge, lacing, gorgeous rocky beige head. Taste is very dry and deeply bitter - but the kind of bready, redeeming bitterness that keeps me coming back for more, rather than the harsh, aggressive kind. Medium body and, again, full of bread/pine-soaked dryness and a certain earthy, rooty quality. Awesome.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The second i smell or taste this beer i can tell its an IPA (i don’t like IPA’s). I like hops, but not like this, its just liquid hops. I know there are lots of beer enthusists who love this and can really appreciate the very bitter, dry, piney cleaning product, flowery hop overloaded taste, but not me. I just can’t sit back and enjoy it like i want to with a beer. I still will give it good ratings, but not because of my personal tastes, rather i can appreciate what they wanted to do and they succeded. They made a total hop bomb in lquid form. Another critique i have is why only 6.2!, this intense taste could easily hide 10% or more. Will not try again.