Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you, Ron. Pours a deep bown amber. Hints of heavy citrus on ths nose with an undertone of sweet malt. Taste of hops is strong on the palate with citrus.Finish is of never ending hops. Very good!
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 2007. After being disappointed by the Darkness and then tasting this, I became very skeptical of Surly. The hops profile reminds me of DFH 90 minute in the smell, but with more grapefruit over the dirt and earth. Thinish body. Not at all expansive or bright with the flavors, this degenerates mostly into unbalanced bitterness. In my notes, I wrote, "I have a feeling Surly is everything thatís wrong with over the top." In the burgeoning craft beer world, where brash in-your-face brands like Three Floyds and Stone are doing so well, there is the danger that new market entrants will confuse style with substance. My limited experience of Surly so far has me thinking that they are going over the top for all the wrong reasons.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 Pours opaque ruddy brown. Thin head and lots of lacing. Wonderful hoppy nose with pieapple and caramel. Great balance between hop and caramel malt in the flavor. Clean dry finish. The best canned beer I think I have ever had!
PhillyBeer2112 (2527) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome beer from a can! And hoppy? Man. At 6.2% its an IPA, but the hop rate here is all DIPA levels. Big huge piney resiny hop aromas, followed by monstrous resiny hop flavors. Hugely bitter finish. Huge, just huge. Thereís a brown sugared toast for the malt, which is heavy enough but is clearly taking a back seat. Lightly hazed dark reddish copper, big beige head, thick and protein rich, with moderate lacing.
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from GenoG. Thanks Adam! Pours an orange amber with a small white head. Huge aroma of caramel malts, and tight, earthy citrusy hops. Flavor is equally tasty with a lot more hops and a nice malt backbone to balance it. Well made ipa. Wish I could drink this everyday. Do these come in 30 packs?
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz. can from slob, thanks for this goodie! Pours hazy dark reddish copper, with a huge, fluffy beige head that leaves thick lace. Aroma features caramel, toast, floral and citrus, spice and ripe fruit. Rich malt backbone with toffee, citrus peel and pine needles, nice balance to the flavors, sweet orange juice in the finish. Smooth, medium to full body and easy carbonation. Wow, this is a great beer - especially from a can!
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Small Bar- Division, Chicago. The prominent flavor is the hop bitterness-- I can believe itís around 100 IBUs. I thought it was ok, but not spectacular. I think I was a little unimpressed because it tasted just like an IPA I made about a month ago.
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank this one out of the can for the novelty, but from other descriptions, it sounds like itís a nice looking beer. Itís definitely a nice looking can! The aroma is very fruity. While the hops are evident, the aroma goes beyond the typical citrus fruit notes and into some kind of tropical mix. The flavor is very well balanced. While the hops are certainly strong and flavorful, they are not overwhelmingly bitter so as to take away from a very complex toffee flavored malt. The finish is very nice as well as it is crisp and very clean on the palate. Overall, this is an aggressive IPA done right!
larsga (6218) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin offwhite head. Amber body with light carbonation. Intense oily mango aroma with catty hop notes. Dry-and-sweet roasty catty mango taste, somewhat chalky. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Dry chalky catty hop aftertaste. Itís good, but itís a bit one-sided and thin. Still interesting. (0.47l can at Knut Albertís.)
KnutAlbert (6110) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rather light body, but with a full assault of the hops. More a showcase for the hops, the maltiness underneath does not stand a chance in this duel!