KnutAlbert (6440) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rather light body, but with a full assault of the hops. More a showcase for the hops, the maltiness underneath does not stand a chance in this duel!
valpoaj (673) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 Nice deep amber pour with a thick head...awesome glass of beer from a can! Nose is heavy on the hops...very pleasant citrus and woodsy aroma. Very bitter on the palate, there is definitely some malty flavors in the background, but the focus is indeed on the hops. Caramel malts seem to dominate, and the mouthfeel is well above average. Aftertaste was very intriguing...very, very bitter, but mellows out after a short while. A bit too bitter for my personal preferences, but for a heavily hopped beer, this is pretty darn good...props to Surly
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a Big Boy Can. O ya. Pours out a nice amber topped with a off white head. A very nice hop aroma along with a great hop tast. A very nice and thick body. Thanks Jake.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from tytoanderso - thanks, dude! I must say that this brew pretty much lives up to its rep (as is true for all Surly beers I’ve now tried). A lustrous copper pour with a nice silky head, and very good retention (in a can!). A bit aroma of citrus and pine, but extremely well balanced with the malts, giving the beer a pleasant heft. I would drink this by the case if it were readily available here!
jake65 (3125) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Tytoanderso - Thanks! Pours a dark amber colow with a medium, creamy beige head. Thick lacing. Nose is intense with citrus, pine, and caramel. Flavor is full of hops, citrus and piney. The maltiness is subtle, this is lives up to the hop loaded hype. I really enjoyed this brew!
IndianaRed (3221) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can Pours a deep redish amber with a light tan head. Big woody bitter aroma. Flavor was very bitter and a bit of sour fruit at the end. Big long late IBU bite.
jcr (2458) - 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 (7061) - 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 (6143) - 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.