antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Deep amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma is sweet fresh hops, like hops added to boiling wort. Iím not normally a fan of hop monster beers, but there is something differnt going on here. Has all of the good citrus and piney hop flavors and plenty of bitterness, but somehow seems tolerable at 100 IBUís. The hop flavor is so fresh and the malt somehow seems to balance the whole deal somehow. Not an everyday beer for my palate, but surprisingly enjoyable.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cool looking can from the grimreeser. Thanks Chad, I have been wanting to try this for awhile. Pours a deep amber with a thick beige head and spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malts, ale esters, and mild fruity haps. Medium bodied with a nice English malty and well water texture. Carbonation is somewhere between soft and medium, and not prickly at all. Initial flavor of rich caramel and toffee malts, along with some very subtle tobacco and peat. There is an aggressive herbal hopiness mid palate, countered by some subtle citrus. Finish is earthy with dominate wet tea bag bitterness. I think what many people are missing about this beer is that it is more of an English IPA, with some interesting tweaks. Very solid example of the style
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep ruby orange with a good 3 fingers of ivory head that dies slower than normal and laces nicely. This already looks like a knockout. The smell blows my mind. Yes it smacks you with intense hops but the variety is wonderfully noticable along with very intense citrus. Piney, fresh grass and a hint of malt. This is not your average IPA. The taste makes my lower lip quiver and brings a tear to my eye. So many intense hops, citrus, grapefruit, some awesome malty balance with a bitter finish of perfection. Feels crisp and medium in the mouth wih perfect carbonation and has the drinkibility of an ultimate session beer. This brew smashes the IPA mold, a feat in itself, and opens my eyes to what a great beer is compared to a good beer. Minnesota BAís will be recieving a lot of mail from me in the future. This is a classic.
Kinz (3293) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Secret Santa! Deep, very slightly hazy amber, decent head fades to a thin sheen. Aroma is big grapefruit hops, pine, and caramel accented malt. Flavor is an explosion of hops, big grapefruit and pine with some spiciness underpinning it all. Rich caramel malts support the whole thing. Flavors linger in the mouth long after it is done. This is an exceptionally well made beer. Superb stuff.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On the first can of christmas furious sent to me some assertive hops, a bit of malt, a dark amber color and a whole lot of bubbles.
pepsican (1445) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler from the brewery. Pours deep amber with a thin white head. Has a crazy hop and grapefruit presence in the nose. Flavor is just bursting with hoppy goodness, grapefruity bitter citrus, and pine. Finishes bitter and delicious. A very good IPA.
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks for picking this up for me bro!! Pours a deep amber color with off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma is intensely fruity. Iím getting lots of citrus, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, earthiness and a good nose of caramel malt. Taste is intense citrus hops, pine, and caramel malt. This one is a bit too astringent for me. The alcohol shows itís face more then Iíd like and the bitterness is a bit overwhelming. It seems that due to the overwhelming amount of hops they had a good portion of malt to balance it out. In the end, this one is a bit of a mess for me. Itís good, but in the end it has to come face to face with Two Hearted, which I think is the perfect IPA.
ketchepillar (1075) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Hops pouring out of this baby like crazy. Very grapefruity and some lemon. Taste is strong grapefruit as well. This beer is all about the hops, and while there is significant bitterness, it is a surprisingly soft considering the zingy grapefruit kick. I donít even like grapefruit very much, but this is a great beer.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Bold red/amber colored body with a fluffy 1/2 off-white head. The body is crystal clear and looks great when held to the light. This is one of those beers that wears f*ck-me pants.
S: Hops, hops, hops, and malt. The hops have a bunch of pine and citrus and there is some caramel malt also.
T: The flavor is thick with hops. It is good and bitter with mostly pine and grass. There is no citrus flavor. The malt just barely pokes it head through yet it is still balanced.
M: This beer is pretty thick for itís color. The hops really weight this down.
D: The bitterness on this is great for 16oz, but it might be a bit much for a couple of them.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recieved this long sought after brew from my Secret Santa Tayner, youíre the best. Furious pours amber with a mild case of chill haze. Tiny streams of carbonation bubbles stream to the surface. A one finger light beige head appeared on the pour and although losing about half itís height becomes ultra creamy and leaves thick drink lines.
Furious smells like what an IPA should smell like. Caramel maltiness is there but way in the background where it should be. The middle brings sweetened grapefruit for a flash before some bitter grapefruit and big pine break through and overtake everything else. Thereís also a slight aspirin bitterness.
This is a high quality IPA. Again the caramel is there but is knocked back so quickly that you have to pay attention to catch it. That sweetened grapefruit comes along mid-palate just before the bitter pine and grapefruit pith destroy your palate. I love me a good olí fashioned hop whompiní and Furious delivers.
Medium bodied with a lively carbonation that not tingles every tastebud but awakens them for the stomping theyíre about to take. Leaves a solid lingiering bitterness after each sip.
The drinkability is so good Iím already getting teary eyed that my one and only can is just about gone. I could sip this all night long. I just want another mouthful after mouthful of pine.
Furious is one of my new favorite IPAs and without question lives up to the praise it recieves. Guess Iíll be making a trip up to Minnesota in the very near future. I just need to get my hands on the other Surly offerings.