jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy copper pour with small off-white head. Aroma leans toward the malts — toasted grain, — but is also moderately hoppy with notes of flowers, resin and grapefruit. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter and slightly acidic. The hops are more dominant in the flavor, presenting bitterness and flowers on top of the malt sweetness. Medium body and slightly sticky texture. Fairly good balance between malts and hops.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can: Pours a creamy carmel with a smallish white head. The nose is hops and more hops - deep grapefruit and orange with some rind as well. A healthy dose of caramel backs the bitterness. Chewy mouthfeel. The hops take center stage again, but much brighter and defined. Fresh pressed OJ, sugary grapefruit and rose petals lead into a bitter, rindy finish. Another good one from Surly.
after4ever (6736) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 16-oz can. Thanks, Theisti! Pours murky dark brown with golden brown highlights and a thick, sudsy off-white head. Intermittent little puffs of cumulus lacing down the sides. Big piney nose with hints of sharp grapefruit zest. Medium body, active carb, very refreshing attack with plenty of toast and pine/fruit. Nice clean-drinking mid-palate and then a big wash of piney creosote resin across the back. Nice stuff, kinda harsh, bracingly refreshing.
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Styles
Bottle: Great aroma of pineapple and citrus hops with some faint caramel. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head that lasts a minute or so and leaves behind sporadic lacing. The flavor starts with some light caramel that gets dominated quickly by citrusy hops and pineapple in the finish. Grapefruit bitterness lingers in the aftertaste for quite some time. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Nephilium (1516) - Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong hop notes off opening this one (pine/citrus). It poured a hazy dark red with a huge head (about an inch and a half). A bit sweeter then I like my IPA’s. Had a decent bitter finish. Overall, it’s a tasty beer that I wish would get wider distribution.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can- Pours a hazy off brown copper color, small off white head. Nose is strong british malt, some american hops mix to add a distinct aroma. Some grapefruit and pine notes (simcoe?) More hops fill the body of the beer. Dry fruit citrus filled flavors.
wildfan (8) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2007 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent beer. Big bold bitter hoppy flavor. This one is a delight every time.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz can, no date from hellomynameis, thanks Zac! Clear reddish orange with a one finger yellowish off-white head, good retention. Aroma of spicy pine and floral hops, moderate caramel malt sweetness and some grainy notes. Flavor is much the same, and despite the hops being pretty strong, the malt sweetness does a pretty good job at keeping the bitterness at bay--for a short while. Dry finish with bitterness sitting around a 7 that lingers. Medium body with creamy light to moderate carbonation. Very good beer.
WisconsinBeer (716) - 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.