MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 My Bottom Line:
The bursting, unfettered hoppy festivities of this India Pale Ale seduce the lupulus lover with minty, resinous, and grassy petals atop a slender caramel malt stem. One cannot help but be hypnotized by this luminosity.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam protects the misty amber copper.
-This could be a little too intense for non-hopheads, but for those looking for a hop fix, this as bright and fresh as it gets.
-This might not be balanced, but who cares.
-The mouthfeel is softly carbonated (feels natural), and the maltís just big enough to provide sustenance while never taking drinkability away.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 Pours a nice hazy amber-copper with a thick off white head.
Aroma is floral hop initially then pine, all backed by a toasty malt.
Flavour carries the pine hop through a medium caramel malt body. Finishes dryish bitter.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by tytoanderso: Pours a dark amber. Aroma of fresh pine, caramel malts, resin. Bitter finish that is rounded out with a sweeter-than-expected malt backbone. Definitely would love to have a 6er hanging around!
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a deep orange red with a huge orange head on it. Aroma is awesome with piney hops rushing in your face, evergreen, and a slight caramel sweetness for balance. Taste is thick with hops, resiny, piney, and dank. The whole beer has an overall bitterness that just smacks you in the mouth and leaves you with a peppery and earthy aftertaste once the hops onslaught is over with. Once again, caramel and toffee notes are here to provide a touch of sweetness and save the day with some balance. Really good stuff, the best beer Iíve ever had out of a can. Good job Surly.
radiomgb (2582) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep copper in colour, medium sized off-white coloured head, excellent lacing. The aroma is incredibly hoppy, some spice, pine, spruce, caramel sweetness. The flavour is again quite hoppy, some pepper, pine and some citrus, moderate sweetness. Moderately bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes very long, bitter, some spice.
A fantastic IPA, very drinkable. I really liked the pine that came out of this. Very well balanced.
473ml can obtained in a trade with Beerlando, thanks Bryan.
Opened on December 17, 2007.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can courtesy of tpd975. Pours a clear amber with a one finger lasting light tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of pine, citrus, and floral hops with a soft balance of sweet malt and caramel. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a strong but well balanced amount of bitterness. Damn good.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge hop nose with citrus and pine aromas. Pours cloudy amber with orange tones. Very hoppy with citrus and piney flavors, its also has a very good malt background with some caramel and hints of toast.
alexsdad06 (7780) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz. can courtesy of SS. Pours a hazy copper color with a medium sized pillowy beige head. The aroma is big on the citrus hops with enough caramel malt sweetness to keep things interesting. The flavor is a nice balance between the pine, citrus hops and the caramel malt sweetness early. As you get closer to finishing the glass, there is a definite shift toward the bitterness. Medium/full bodied, chewy IPA. I would love to have this locally.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a damn good ipa almost seems like it should be from california a nice malt sweetness balances the citrusy and piney hops....wish I could get this in a can around me so I can drink it walking down the street...as it looks like a energy drink....
vyvvy (5149) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Local Option in Chicago. Pours dark brown with a thick off-white head. The aroma is earthy, piny and floral hop goodness along with a solid deep toasted malt balance. Medium / thick body that is smooth for the style with some nice semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts with very earthy hops, pine cones and the sturdy malt of the aroma. The finish is sticky with resiny hops. Very nice IPA ~ wish I could get it in my area.