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, itís 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 itís 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 (4402) - 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. Itís 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, Iíll take Bitter Brewer over this one any day.
mettkea (6) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2009 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a can into lager glass. Pours a pale gold with not much of a head. The aroma is very light with a few accents of hops. The taste has nice spicey hop and finishes with a malty smoothness. Overall a very nice lager.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
looks like budweiser or every beer served in iowa... light gold with foamy head. nose is yeasty bread with maybe a slight pine accent. nothing like an ipa and rather out of place in the normal surly line. but after all, it IS a surly. taste is hoppy minus the hops and great minus the good. leaves a ting of pine burn on the finish. good summer-drinker, but glad i only got a four pack. iíll wait until next year, and pass over it for the coffee bender.
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2011 Best to leave this macro-swill quality mega priced brew on the store shelf.
Almost tasteless with the only carbonation being the CO2 in the can when you open it.Surlys worst ever.A total bomb.Ingredients in all of Surlys beers seem to be lacking lately to save for a new brewery at the consumers expence.Shop elsewhere till it is built and paid for.Maybe the quality of the brews will then return to their former glory.