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RATINGS: 1230   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Re-rate (3/30/2012): 16oz can from mtjoseph, thanks Mark! Canned on 2/14/12. Pours a cloudy, deep brown-amber colored body with a finger-width, dense, frothy and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is big floral hops with a nice citrusy grapefruit and piney resin. A light sweet orange in there as well. The malts balance well with a toffee-bread and a light-medium sweet caramel. Flavor is similar. Lots of juicy, floral citruses up front before some grapefruit, oranges, and pines come in. Solid malt backing again with the slightly sweet toffee-bread and caramel. Orange comes out a bit more towards the end as the citruses grow a bit juicier and this finishes with lots of florals, resiny pines, and a sturdy malt backing leaving a medium-high, but balanced, dry bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a slightly creamy, medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice IPA. Big, fresh, solid hop mix of citrusy florals and resiny pines balanced with a nice toffee-bread and caramel. Definitely a hop-headís IPA. Great stuff. (8,4,8,4,17=4.1). Original rating (7/19/2008): On tap. Aroma: Extremely hoppy. Tons of fruity and citrus notes. Slightly spicy with some apricot and malt. Appearance: Brown and cloudy amber with a small white head that remains pretty lacy. Flavor: Tons of citrus hops. Loads of really good malt and bitter fruit. Palate: Medium body with a very pleasant coating of the mouth. Pretty creamy. Overall: Very good beer. Extremely bitter and hoppy, but an awesome balance with the malt. Great lingering aftertaste. If this was any more than 6%ABV it would probably screw up the nice balance. (9,3,9,4,18=4.3).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Pours hazy, dark amber with a frothy beige head that fades fast. The nose is a nice balance of caramel malt and really piney hops. Taste is tons of piney hops up front balanced by a really nice caramel malt sweetness and a pleasantly bitter finish. Smooth body and light carbonation. Great IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2008
16 oz can. Pours a deep amber color with an off white, almost tan head. Excellent lacing and very good head retention. Strong pine nose with a subtle fruitiness in the background. You can almost smell the bitterness you are about to endure! Flavor is nice and fruity-sweet with a bitterness that just wraps around your tongue. Hints of pine sneak in and out with different sips. Very delicious. Body is nice, it isn’t too syrupy that sometimes comes along with beers this hoppy. This is a must have for any hop head.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Can: Courtesy of pepsican...thanks Andy. Pour is a translucent copper with small tan head with decent retention and lacing noted. Aroma hits immediately with massive doses of pine, citrus and floral hops...their is enough of a malt backbone to keep this from being too one-dimensional. Medium bodied mouth feel, slightly creamy. Very nice indeed, flavors are massive Simcoe hops and pale malts along with a bit of citrus. I must say I’m impressed with my first Surly brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2010 In short: A well malted, well hopped tasty resinous IPA. Above average.
How: 16 oz can thanks to the simultaneous generosity of mreush and Stine. Thanks guys
The look: Cloudy golden amber body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose of pine-tree and some oranges. Well malted body. Fruity rich sweet fruity cake malt profile. A truckload of hops that have both a resinous and a pine-cone juice flavour. Some orange peels too. Enjoyable smooth carbonation, almost cask-like. A tasty and very good IPA but not quite the kick-ass beer I was hoping for. Although I should specify that my can was probably 4 to 5 months old. I need a re-rate on a fresh can. And when I say I need a re-rate on a fresh can I donít mean a re-rate sitting on a clean toilet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
pours deep ruby with little tan bubbles floating on top. nose is fruity, grapefruity-hoppy, sweet in the background. flavor is creamy and hoppy. medium bodied, slightly bitter, dry finish. another enjoyable entry from surly brewing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Pours a copper amber with creamy head that dissipates to a lacing. Aroma is all about the hops/pine. Aroma is tangy bitter=delicious. Flavor is hops with sweet fruit notes but don’t think it overpowers the bitterness. The bitter pine/hops comes out perfectly. Body is perfect light but creamy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 a great fruity hop aroma with a smooth hoppy flavor and a nice mello after taste very enjoyalbe wish i had more then two of them.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Pours a very dark amber, brown in color with a huge, frothy, off-white head. For an IPA this has a very intense, piney hop flavor! Very nice. Taste is huge hop flavor. There’s no way this is only an IPA. This is better than most DIPA’s that I’ve had. Huge, and creamy on the mouthfeel. I don’t know what else to say, other than this is easily one of the best IPA’s I’ve ever had. I’ve been wanting some Surly beers to see for myself what the hype is about. This one exceeds my expectations. Very well done!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2008
ON tap. Upon the first couple of sips I thought this is one great beer, lots of fruit in aroma and taste with a nice biscuit backbone. But after 3 sips the fruit all but disappears and this turns into a fairly standard tasting IPA with above average bitterness on finish. Had me at the start but lost me in the end.


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