heemer77 (5008) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a can, thanks badbeer and Erdinger2003. Medium red body with a khaki colored head. Lots of grapefruit and toffee in the aroma. The aroma is massive and fresh. The taste has some very nice grapefruit rind and some slightly burnt toast crust. The finish is bitter and clean. Nicely done.
gdaigle (12) - North Oaks, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Too hoppy for me! I want to like this beer and keep buying it but I just canít seem to get through all sixteen ounces without hop overload. Definitely does better with food. I tend to enjoy an IPA but this one, as well-made as it is, is decidedly at the upper end of the hop spectrum and not to my tastes. Kudos to Surly, however, for unabashedly making it. The canís graphics, however, are kind of strange: "Anyone want a sip of my Rockstar?"
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a large pillowy light tan head that leaves a clingy lace behind as it subsides. Aroma boasts a good amount of piny citrusy hops and lightly toasted crystal malts. Body starts with a nice malty sweetness and good fresh bittering grapefruity hoppy balance toward a drier earthy bitter finish. A nice IPA.
slcbrewer (44) - USA - JAN 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! This is the best canned beer Iíve ever had. An outstanding IPA, and no worries about skunking, storage, or broken bottles. If only more brewers were able to invest in canning lines.
puzzl (3172) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I got this can in a trade from Footbalm. I was scouring through the styro shipper, and was taken aback when it appeared Mr. Balm had sent me a can of coke. Little did I know, it was nothing short of Surly Furious! Madness.
This is a great IPA. Iím not really that into hops at all, but this is really sessionable, well balanced, extremely drinkable, and damn pretty in the glass to boot. Nothing unique in the taste or aroma, typical stuff, just very very well done.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a translucent amber, with a good sized off-white head. The aroma is an explosion of grapefruit and other citrusy hop aromas, with a hint of smoke. The palate is an explosion of bitterness, that is nicely balanced with a citrus and a hint of sweetness that is anything but malty. This is a hop lovers dream, and if you like your hops this is worth the trade. This beer has a permanent spot in my fridge (thanks Omar for canning) until the darkness hits a can.(wink wink)
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thank you Shannon!!! Slightly reddish golden brown. Citrus! Some pine and tropical (pineapple-mango) in there as well. Bitter, and flavorful, perfectly balanced with a sweetness that would be too much in other beers but just right here. WOW. Smooth as mothers milk, coating the tongue with a marvelous flavor that lasts for minutes after a gulp. That it comes in a pint can makes it that much cooler.
kramer (3875) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can, via joebrew. Pours a clear amber colored body under a creamy and foamy light beige head that left intricate fine lacing. Aroma is full of sweet malt and lots of piney citrusy hoppiness. Very clean and straightforward. Flavor is very bitter from front to back, lots of hops in the boil for this guy. A nice lingering piney finish. The malt has a minimal presence, just a little toasted note. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of fizzy carbonation and a slightly sticky resiny finish. Overall, a nice aggressively hopped IPA.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Surely this can of Surly couldnít compare with a bottled beer. You are correct. It doesnít compare. It is actually better than many bottled IPAís. Aroma and flavor is full and rich hops and malts. Pours a dark amber with a nice sized head. Pine, pineapple, big hops and big malts. A sticky brew and I loved it. One last thing.... Did I mention anything about BIG HOPS!!!!!!! It is like my nose was smashed into a pine tree!!!!
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 pint can. Props to my brother-in-law for bringing this to me from Minneapolis. Aroma: Bursting with grapefruit, pine, and floral hops. Medium sweet maltiness is more than just backbone. Appearance: Deep red in color and slightly hazed. Light beige head was full and creamy with great retention. Great lacing. Flavor: Lots of hop flavor, again with grapefruit, pine, and floral notes. Some mown grass in there, too. Medium sweet maltiness with a biscuity note in the background. Bitterenss was stronger than expected and lingered for a long time. A slight tea flavor in the finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: If the flavor matched the aroma, Iíd rate this higher. Great fresh hop aroma. Flavor was a little week and overshadowed by the bitterness. A great beer, nevertheless and worth a try.