Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a four-pack at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a semi-clear golden amber colored brew with a decent size off-white head that leaves behind some excellent lacing and a rocky head. Aroma of grapefruit, piney hops, a hint of caramel malt and some light tropical fruit. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of citrus zest, some light pine that hides the caramel malt. Finish is a touch sweeter than the 2011 version of 100% Citra, with a shorter lingering bitterness aftertaste. Nice to have the tangerine/tropical fruit return for the 2012 vintage.
emusche (107) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kicking myself for somehow missing the 100% Citra edition; that woulda been something to try. As for this, pours bright orange, nice head, lacing present throughout the duration of the drink. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, some almost "wine-like" grape presence, deep dank nose. Taste is citrus, somewhat earthy, sweet with a pleasant bitterness. Very good.
Obfuscate (312) - Minneapolis, - OCT 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís a good beer but not my favorite Surly IPA. Clean and hoppy, not too bitter.
undsioux7 (862) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden-amber with a medium white head. Grass, lemon, herbal, pine, fruity with a caramel malt backbone. Very clean but just missing that kick you in the face surly we all know and love.
bookman10 (757) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit disappointing. Iíve had this before and itís been great, but this yearsí version just seems rather muted all around. Pours a golden-copper, with good-sized head. Aroma is primarily grassy, without the citrus and tropical fruit aromas one would expect. Flavor is marked by some citrus--a bit of lemon--some hops, with a clean finish, not bitter. I guess I was expecting more of a hop-bomb or something. Not sure this was worth the price.
Ericular (850) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2015 Aroma is some citrus, somewhat dank, very fresh. Taste is balanced, with pine, pineapple, and sweet malts melding together nicely. Not nearly as "in-your-face" or bold as Axe Man or Abrasive, priced the same. Pretty good if price isnít a factor, but sub-par if it is. Pretty muted, overall. Fresh and mild.
arminjewell (8754) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 16 oz can, dark orange clear pour with white head, aroma brought big orange, grapefruit notes with a bit of citrus peel into some resinous, herbal fresh hop notes, some caramel comes through with some pine. Taste was a mix of lemon, grapefruit, and orange into some resin, piney, fresh hop notes with more grass, some caramel to balance, finishing bitter. Nice.
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can from the 2012 Release courtesy of Tyto. Thanks, dude. Admittedly, I never added this rating and with 2013 coming in soon (Still never got 2011), I wanted to get it in. Pours a decent hazed golden hue, settles out a bit and some nicer darker fall sunny hues glow, a touch of orange. Decent carbonation, firmer ring of brighter white head sits atop, dies to a mellow layer and dies down a bit. Laces ok as a filmy layer. Aromas show distinct simcoe, fruity tropical elements meet grapefruit, rind, and a touch of cattiness and piney hops still sustain. Bready malts, florals, and grass hit the nose. Firmer bitter and hop driven nose is fresh and vibrant. Clean, a bit soapy. Really nice fresh nose. Initial is good and bitter, a firm hopping displays citrus rind and grapefruit quickly, pushing into piney and floral hops very soon after. Dry, resiny, and bitter off the bat. Good hop profile and bitterness sustains, the middle showing bready and gentel fruit elements. A lighter body and malt presence, but still at 7.5% ABV, Iíd never be able to tell that. Some crisp bready and golden cereal malts, quickly back into dry and resiny hops. Pine, dank green and earthy hops, some citrus tapers out as we round the corner. Just really sustained the hop presence, especially pine and earthy life. I really expected more fruit. Donít get me wrong, the citrus and grapefruit juice, lemon and soapiness is there.. but the pine overwhelms it. Quite resiny, dank, and bitter as we finish up. Some soap, florals, dry and quite drinkable even at itís size. Quite lovely. Really sad I never had the Citra version (I didnít know these were new at the time), but excited for the 2013.
Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beers they put out. Definitly one of the top 3 in my opinion. Nice and fresh and a beer of theirs that is worth seeking out. Wet and Abrasive are currently my two favorite beers of theirs.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A clean citrusy, grassy, piney blond IPA. Excellent.
How: Can 16oz. A few cans sent from a few people, thanks guys. Consumed approximately 2 months after the beer release.
The look: Clear golden body topped by a medium white head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is citrusy and slightly piney hops with some green grass. Taste has a bed of honeyed cereals, a light Frosted Flakesô sensation, a solid hopping, green grass juice and citrus fruits and piney notes. Short bright bitterness of medium intensity. Nothing resinous or sticky here. As it is always the case with Surly cans, carbonation was spot-on perfectly levelled. This one didnít feel like a typical wet hop IPA to me, there was some of that green grass juice/vegetables that I usually associates to wet hop IPAs but overall it tasted as much like a Ďnormalí IPA than a wet hop one. Anyway, an excellent IPA. I got a few cans from a few regular trade partners (oakbluff, tyler_mn) because my wife wanted some too, sorry guys about the ďcan you get my wife Wet?Ē confusion.
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can [16oz] courtesy of Glouglouburp. Pours a hazy gold with a large semi-lasting frothy white head and some lacing on the glass. Nice, big hoppy aroma along with bready malt and citrus fruit. Great hoppy flavour, resiny, fruity, piney and more, along with bready malt, citrus and a medium+ bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied. Simply put, a solid IPA.