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RATINGS: 1231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   IBU: 99   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Like Hops? Youíll like this fire-hued beer. This is the beer I have always dreamed of making. This is the beer that would come to mind while spending the last two years tearing down walls, hanging sheetrock, moving kegs, power washing the ceilings, arguing with various agencies, and cutting the water main. Without Golden Promise malt, made by family-owned Simpsons Malt, Furious would just be pissed offed. From Scotland, this malt is still produced in the tradition of turning over the barley by hand, resulting in a malt that is unsurpassed in its quality. Golden Promise is also used extensively by premium whisky distilleries such as The Macallan. This malt provides the backbone for the intense hop character. Four American hop varieties are used at a rate of over three pounds per barrel. The result is a rich malt sweetness infused with bright hop flavor and aroma from beginning to end. Oh yeah, itís about 6% alcohol and around 100 IBUs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Courtesy Quake1028. Hazy amber. Small, off white layer of foam. Spicy, citrusy, resiny hops with some nice pale malt support. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Poured dark amber with white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. Started with a strong hop flavor which mellowed into a sweet caramel taste. Citrus and pine were present also. Very well balanced between hops and malt. Wish I had more than 1 can....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Can, courtesy of hellomynameis (thanks!), pours a cloudy dark amber with a frothy tan head, good lacing. Aroma of pine, citrus, and just a bit of floral and caramel. Taste is a nice bitter hops bite that lingers, with the addition of some grass flavor. Palate is clean, crisp and medium carbonation. Overall, a very nice IPA that would be in regular rotation if I could get it locally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2007
(Can) Pours a mahogany body with a small white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and caramel. Flavor of hops and toasted malt with a bitter finish. Big thanks Mark!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, dark amber color that shows amber-tinged copper color when held up to the light. The aroma as the expected, zesty hoppiness characteristic of American hops. Sweet citrus notes of lychee, bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, and candied orange peel mix with a backdrop of pine and a light herbal character. A light maltiness finishes off the aroma with a touch of toasted malt, and a solid crusty bread character.

The taste is somewhat sweet, but this is tempered immediately by an aggressive bitterness that goes from start to finish. Lots of citrus character, though it is not as sweet as the aroma suggests; notes of orange zest, ruby-red-grapefruit and lychee are all noticeable. The finish, while bitter, has an intermingling of pine, green herbs and a definite menthol edge. Actually the finish at times is quite minty. What a long, lingeringly bitter finish; this helps to really dry this beer out and makes you thirsty for another sip. A nice malt character is noticeable at times too; toasted grain character, freshly crushed malt flavors as well as lightly browned biscuit flavors. This has a nice body to it, that helps to carry the ample hops; a sort of medium fullness that does not hinder this beer from being quite drinkable.

This is a really balanced hop attack. I like how well mixed the citrus, sharper herbal notes and lingering bitterness mix quite well. This is definitely a hop dominated brew, in fact it is very hoppy, but the malt is still noticeable here, though it does play a supporting role. This has certainly lived up to my expectations for a hoppy brew. Another kick-ass beer from a can; I love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2007
16 ounce can. Tulip glass. Mahogany with a medium tan head. Aroma was mainly hops. There was some big hop bitteness up front -- floral and piny hops -- then it evened out with some caramel and sweet notes on the finish. Iím not a big fan of IPAís, but this is the best one Iíve had so far. Hats off to Surly for another nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3565) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Out of the can at C-Bus 7. I have to admit that this beer seems really good just because it comes out of a can, and Iíve been trained that only crappy beer comes in cans. Surly cans some great brews. Deep amber beer with a big, foamy biege head. HUGE hoppy nose with notes of apricot, peach and grapefruit. The hops continue to dominate in the flavor with grapefruit rind, pine resin, and peach. Long orange rind finish. Great hop head beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Thanks to Skyview I finally got to try it. Dark pour with big off-white head. HOPS, my oh my are there hops on the nose. Pine is all over this nose. Big orange peel flavor up front that is well balanced with a hint of roasty malt. Medium body that coats the palate with hops, finish as expected is hoppy that just leads to the next sip!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2009 I had this on tap at Sunsets in Wayzata and it was real fresh. This is a great beer to enjoy on a sunny day. They serve it in a frosted mug which worried me. I usually think beer can be too cold that way. But this beer has so much flavor that it is a bit overwhelming if you let it get too warm. But it is full of complexity that is balanced well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2007
A darker colored IPA, more of a dark brownnish/burgundy color with a full, wispy head. Extremely fragrant hop nose, itís extremely piney and sappy, also a bit medicinal and foresty. Hints of lemon and lime as well come from the sensational aroma. Sweeter and maltier than most IPAís, but with a lovely, fresh hop flavor. Awfully complex and well brewed. This is deserving of its high score.

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