lb4lb (2552) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2008 bottle courtesy of Tytoanderso
Pours a rich maroon color with a huge fluffy beige head that lasts and lasts. Smell is big on hops and a red ale like malt backing. Kind of reminds me of either Bear Republic Red Rocket or Hop Rod Rye. Very fresh smelling. Dark rich caramelly piney hops flavor with a moderate tea like hop bitterness . Very nice IPA that I like better after trying the 2nd time. Thanks Tyler and Andy!
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow I was very impressed by this, couldnt wait to try it. Very very hoppy, and I was surprised to see the ABV was so low. Had a bit of thickness that carried a good head. Alpha King should be sweating, if this was more available in chicago it may become my favorite out there.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint Can coutesy of Skyview. Aroma malted sweet citrus on the nose. Amber body and with a easy pour a thin head. Flavor was average grapefruit with medium bitter hop at first. Middle to finish citus bust of sugary ornges and grapefruit had me saying this is more like it. Good refreshment while watching football on a Sunday afternoon.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 I crack open the can and take a quick smell.......whoa! A strong smell of pineapple and piney hops. Pours a dark amber color with a thin foamy head which made me check whether this was really an IPA. Lots of sticky lacing. Upon first tasting it is rather smooth and citrusy (orange/pineapple). It then finishes with a piney bitterness with some roasted malts in the background. Has a nutty touch to it. A great IPA.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16oz. can served in a pint glass. A bit of a gusher when I opened it.
Poured a hazy dark gold. There appeared to be yeast, can conditioned?
Huge citrusy hop aroma. Initial hit of hop bitterness. Plenty of caramel malt flavors to back it up. Some orange, citrus in the middle.
This is a really nice IPA, plenty of hops for the hop heads, but a nice malt backbone to support it.
Thanks to Dansting for this one.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz. can via trade with mreusch - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is big pine and citrus hops and light malt in the background. Flavor is big hops (citrus and pine) and with some sweet floral fruitiness to it. Quite bitter, but goes down quite easy. Slight lingering hop aftertaste. Medium body. A very good beer. Thanks Matt.
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 that’s 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 (1640) - 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 (2534) - 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. There’s 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.