SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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....
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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!
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. I’m not a big fan of IPA’s, but this is the best one I’ve had so far. Hats off to Surly for another nice brew.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 I’ve 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.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A darker colored IPA, more of a dark brownnish/burgundy color with a full, wispy head. Extremely fragrant hop nose, it’s 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 IPA’s, but with a lovely, fresh hop flavor. Awfully complex and well brewed. This is deserving of its high score.