GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another Surly brew from buebie. Thanks Brian!
Pours an unbelievably clear golden orange with a huge fluffy white head that recedes very slowly to a small cap and leaves small hints of lacing.
The aroma is very clean with some light lemony hops and lots of light sweet malts and toasted bread in the background. I’m also getting some grain in the nose, definitely some corn. Kinda has a grassy character overall.
The taste has the same clean citrus hop presence up front which gives way to the toasted bread of the underlying malt base. The corn sweetness is more prevalent in the taste and lingers through the finish with a dry bready character as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and smooth and slightly spicy in the finish.
This is a very solid lager from Surly and extremely drinkable. Not sure it’s my favorite style, but this is a very good example.
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can thanks to Dalezale. Pours yellow with a big foamy head. Aroma is rather biscuity with some spice. Flavor is grain spice and some grass. Very good finish..lightly creamy and smooth. Very good example.
jstraw (1937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Straw gold with big, foamy white head / Nose of lemon, grain and spice / Light to medium body, some tartness and sweetness, creamy and resinous, with good balance and fine, bitter, finish / Flavors of lemon, apple, hay, and dry hops / Outstanding.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from can into Frankfurter glass.
Bright, clear gold with billowing foamy head. Certainly doesn’t look unfiltered.
Somehow smells both sweet and dry at the same time. Light semi-sweet fruits (apple, pear) and doughy bread. Despite these notes, it leaves my nose feeling dried out.
Certainly tastes unfiltered. Packs more of a malt punch than expected for such a low abv pale lager. Nice rounded flavors consisting of apple, pear, hay and bread dough. Slight noble hops detected at the end.
Pretty high carbonation, smooth clean body that is light but heavier and softer than a Pils. Dry finish.
Endless drinkability. Just fantastic!
falkirk005 (27) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pale color with thin head. Looks nice and refreshing in the glass. Malty flavor with very faint hops. Quite different from most of Surly’s beers.
Not bad. Won’t mind finishing of the last 3 of my 4 pack.
madvike (2847) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Darkness Day - Copper pour with a little white head. Smell is apple, sweet bready malt, and just a hint of sourness. Taste is roughly the same, but the apple flavor is a bit more forward. In fact, had you told me this was brewed with apples, I’d probably believe you. The lightness of taste and the slight syrupy feeling works well together, and this was a great beer to have after drinking the mouth onslaught that is Darkness. I know this is tough to get for out-of-staters, but I’d pick this up if I could get it locally.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from maximum12. Pours a clear, pale yellow-gold with off-white head. Not much of a nose. It smells of grain. Taste is sweet citrus with nut and grain. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a slight bitterness. Now, I am no fan of lagers, but I did enjoy this.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Darkness Day. The pour was bright firey orangish with a bit of white head. Very bold on the hops with plenty of bready malt character. Medium body. Fluffy, yet sprite. Balanced finish. A great drinking beer the should please a novice to the most jeded beer snob.
ContemplateBeer (1580) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of black pepper, ripe apple and grape. Appearance was golden bronze with patchy head. Flavor reminded me heavily of grape juice, with some fresh watermelon and juicy apple as well. Palate was lively and cooled gradually.
hombrepalo (1852) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pint can courtesy of Maximum12 (Cory, Beeradvocate) from our fantasy baseball league, Thanks! Pours light gold with decently bubbly white head. Mild grassy hops and bready malts on the nose. Similar taste. Crisp, and hoppier than expected. Great summer beer.