JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to tytoanderso for the unsolicited gift of this beer!!! Deep golden pour, a lovely appearance like most Surly brews. Nice nose, earthy and yeasty almost like it’s unfiltered. Crisp flavors, with the pils malts blending well with the hops. Very drinkable, with a nice lingering finish.
badgerben (4652) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold color with a thin head. Floral hop aroma. Grainy taste, a little touch of corn and a plentiful floral hop finish. Slightly hoppier than the usual example of the style (per Surly standards), but decent. Has to get a knock or two as the price is really outrageous for a beer of this caliber.
malrubius (2190) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Random can at Where the Wild Beers Are @ The Gate 8/30/09. Clear gold with ring. GRassy honey melon aroma. Honey grassy melon with mildly sweet clean finish. Nice internal carbo. Good at what it is.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to JCB for sharing the can! Hazy bright gold pour. Fluffy white head and spotty lace. Grassy hops and toasted malt on the nose. Fruit, spice, malts and a big hop presence. A little too hoppy for the style, however I loved it
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared by JCB. Thanks, Jason. 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.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can courtesy of tytoanderso, Pours a gold/copper with a thin off white head. Smells of toasted malt, caramel, some earthy hints, some subtle spicy hints. Tastes of dry malt, a touch of grass, spicy, some fruity hints, earthy. Well rounded and an excellent autumn beer. I wish I could get this one locally.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
medium golden colour with an okay head. My nose was plugged and I got no aroma. "American hops takes a back seat..." they should have said "compared to Furious" since the hops are fairly prominent here. I mean, it’s not a terribly hoppy beer but one of the first and immediate flavor that hits my tongue is hops. Other than that, its a bit doughy with some spicyness. The hops are mostly up front as this finishes with a dry citrus. Gets points for being interesting, however it’s really not that great.
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared at Where the Wild Beers Are NYC 2009: Clear golden with a white film of head. Dry aroma- pils like biscuity notes with a mildly vegetal grassy character. Creamy substantial body. The flavor is biscuity, crackery, dry with a peppery grassy hop note on the back. Dry, clean, balanced. A great German style lager!
emacgee (4428) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours a pale translucent yellow with a one finger white head. The nose is sweet, bready, malty, some citrus rind hop character. Flavor is crisp and bitter with a prominent hop profile. Crisp hop bite on the palate.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Can] Pours clear and gold with a finger of white foam. Aroma is super bready with tons of lager yeast character. There is also a slight hint of flowery hops and sweet graininess. The flavor is very similar to the aroma, lots of lager yeast character, breadiness, and a just a hint of sweetness and hop character. It’s definitely not obvious that the beer is unfiltered, there is not a hint of haze. Overall a pretty decent lager, but not my favorite. For a session beer, I’ll take Bitter Brewer over this one any day.