MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: Can at Chris O’s Pre GBBF Tasting
Glorious stuff. Golden amber looks with a good off white head. Massive pine and spruce hoppage. Good earthy malt backbone. A lick of sweetness. All I could ask for from an American IPA. Great stuff.
dmac (5378) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can sampled at BCTC 2008. Pours a clear orange amber with a bubbly white head. Aroma of pine and earth, actually very reminiscent of a christmas tree. Flavor is spot on from the aroma with lots of piney hops and earth notes with some caramel malt moving into the mix as well. This was one fantastic beer and to think that it was moving from warm to hot when I finally tried it makes me wonder how awesome it will be served cold to cool.
KimJohansen (10414) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with medium white head. Sweet and hoppy aroma with caramel and hoppy notes. Flavor likewise. Ends bitter.
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2009 I love hops, and what was nice about this beer is that they are all over the place. At the brewery, Surly had a glass filled with the hops they use in Furious and I sat there just smelling them. Incredible aroma. The beer, the same aroma thats sweet. Dark golden orange color with a white head. Flavor was hops with hints of malt. Smooth with a great bitterness. mmmmm hops.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can@Home. Very sweet and very fruity aroma, also light grassy. I can imagine that this aroma is getting annoying if you get it all the time but over here you don’t get it that often and so I still like it a lot. Orange/amber color, yellowish head, good lace. Very sweet but even more bitter, fruity, pine, grassy finish. Soft, flat, nasty dry in the finish. Too bitter for me and I don’t like the mouthfeel but well brewed.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can courtesy of pepsican (Furious as an added extra!). Pours a hazy reddish amber covered by a frothy, off-white head. Excellet lacing is left, but minimal retention. Wow. Aroma of pine and tangarine hops, raspberries and toffe. Taste is decently malty enough to combat the 99 IBUs that come in like a bunch of pine needles. Some orange towards the finish and a slightly nutty aftertaste that reminds me a bit of Macallan 12. Great can of beer, and a very rich and well balanced IPA. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with nice light bubbles. Wish I could get this stuff when I am in Texas, it would be a constant presence in my fridge...guess I have to settle for Gordon or Dales cans.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, thanks to pepsican for getting me this. Pours pretty dark for an IPA, but that’s definitely not a bad thing. American hops get the aroma going on this one and give off the typical citrus profile along with a bit of a pine scent. Flavor could be described as sweet and malty with a nice hop flavor and just enough bitterness to balance it all out. I like this one a lot, but it’s very similar to a few other highly rated IPA’s aside from the color.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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-head’s 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).
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.