DrnkMcDermott (2959) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Guest tap pint at Flossmoor Station. Hazy brown with light at the edges. Spongy head already gives the impression of a hearty beer. Big, but not quite overwhelming hop smell, circled by wreaths of malt. Tasting, of course, starts with big citrus hops that tear at my uvula like an orange peel studded with pips. As the glass warms, it gains a little earthiness and even some Italian spice. An almost syrupy malt texture with caramel on top, but those darned hops stay front and center all the way down.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As much as I love hops, there is always something lacking when I pop open a Furious. Not nearly as piney-smooth as the IPAs I prefer. 100 IBU while being 6% seems like there isnít enough sweetness to offset the bitterness. Good but not great for me.
sebletitje (8270) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kindly of Gunhaver. Magic in a can, amber pour , thin white head with a strong presence of hops. Beautifully balanced with the malt. A little fruity with some citrus.
viciousg42 (46) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
extremely hoppy. so hoppy its almost citrus. good at a colder temperature. refreshing as a celebration piece, not really an every day thing.
graincrusher (8) - ames, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
great hop aroma. excellent ipa with great hop character. dryness in the aftertaste sticks around for way too long.
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 20 oz. Imperial Pint draft at the Galway Tribes (Frankfort, IL). Poured a wonderous dark amber with a translucent body, nice tan head, and a very inviting appearance. Aromas were like a bouquet, very floral with some nice citrus notes and a touch of sweet malts. Initial taste was heaven. Very assertive floral hops that broke way to some citrus notes. A nice complimentary malt body that balances extremely well with intense hop character. Beautiful!
aracauna (3352) - Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big angry peaches in the aroma. Full malt keeps the powerful hop flavor from being overwhelming. Good.
tedovertu (289) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 1 pint can, a soapy heavy hoppiness is the essence of this beer. Major Creamy off-white head that is fully lasting. A crystal clear amber color with no particles. A massive bitterness that starts and ends the same. Extremely long duration in flavor. Medium bodied with soft carbination. A beautiful looking beer that does not taste as good as it looks. To bad I expected more from Surly. Would Not go out of my way for this. I might have a bad batch after reading some of the other reviews. I will try this again in a few months and in a diffent setting to see if my rating changes.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a pint sized can...
Appears a hazy, semi-transparent orange toned amber with moderate CO2 streams that quickly rise to the top. A 2 finger, beige head of cream slowly fades into a mild cap and heavy collar. Tubular lacing is left all around the glass. Very nice.
Smell is of caramel, pine, citrus, grass, and toasted biscuits.
Taste is that of the aromas with a sweet, caramel covered biscuit flavor that has been toasted in a brick oven thatís been fired by cut pine with some tangerine peels thrown into the flame. Along with aforementioned journey through the brick oven, the beer offers some doughy yeast, and a touch of pepper and spice.
Mouthfeel is silky upon the first sip, leading to a nice bite of spice in a medium bodied, sugary, bitter but balanced brew.
Naka (718) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep burnt amber color with a thick foamy off-white head that was gone after a few seconds. Grapefruit with a grassy cat pissy note in the back. I love cheesing. A little noticeable alcohol as well. There is an outstanding caramel balance to the hop flavor. The hops are primarily citrus, but there is a noticeable piny resin and a bit of tea floral. A medium body. A very good IPA.