Finhead (1843) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
A hazy, orange-brown pour with white head. The aroma has a lot of pine, but also a hint of caramel. The medium body has a creamy texture with average carbonation. The taste is bitter on sides and back of the tongue, but on top it stays semi-sweet. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2010
(16oz can, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and weed. Flavor of pineapple, caramel malt, citrus, herbs, and pine with a bitter finish. conciergeman (73) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2010 version. I have heard that there was a slight difference from this years to last, not sure what those differences were, but I enjoyed this beer very much. Light carb throughout, with a sweet, citrusy aroma. Mouthfeel is a slightly syrupy sweet citrus as the aroma, but melds into a deliciously hoppy pine twang. Seems like the earthy pine sticks with you as aftertaste for quite some time, which I love. And holy cow the 9%.. whats not to love. Good color, good aromas, good flavor, great aftertaste, even an awesome can / logo. My favorite Surly offering. Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Can courtesy Mora2000. Clear light orange color with a light bit of bubbles. Aroma is heavy hops. Lots of sap, hops, earth and spice on the nose. Flavor is sticky hops and sap. Finishes with pine and christmas trees. Good. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Off orange color w/ a full thick dense white head with good lacing and some light visible carbonation. Great Aroma! Tons of deliciously fruity hops, some strawberry, tropical fruits, touch of floral notes, and some nice sweet sugars and other sweetness in there. Palate is full well coated and finishes very dry. Great hoppy flavor w/ a pretty big malty backend reminiscent of a great american barley wine. There’s a light graham cracker in there and lots of fruity floral hop notes. I really enjoyed this one.
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2010
[Can] Pours clear reddish-amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is huge, quite sweet (some honey), with grassiness, citrus notes and peach. Taste is exploding with juicy tangerine up front, which gives way to dominating malt. Average mouthfeel, smooth, slightly dry finish. Overall, I’m really torn about this beer. The aroma is very nice, and the taste was far too sweet, but I do like the tangerine. Not overly complex, not great, not worth the price, but pretty decent. jsquire (4662) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Amber color out of the can with a foamy off white head that left sheets of lace on the glass. Pinching grassy, hop resin nose. Tons of hops in this beer with deep resin, essence of grapefruit rind, and grass. If they made a hop flavored Jolly Rancher candy, this is what it would taste like. Not as citrusy as many DIPAs, but it is a damn hoppy beer. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
NOTE: This review was merged from my original 16 Grit review.
On tap at Piece Pizza in Chicago.
A: Dark amber color with a good white head and some pretty good lacing.
S: Lots of hops of the citrus/tropical variety. A good, sweet malt backbone. Quite balanced in this regard.
T: Again, definitely balanced with some caramel, brown sugar, and perhaps the tiniest hint of molasses. This goes along with the overriding taste of citrus and tropical hops.
M: Pretty creamy and fairly heavy without too much alcohol.
D: Very drinkable. The complexity continues to invite sip after sip.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-01-2009 Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2011 Rerate. 16 oz. can thanks to CLevar. Golden brown, nice head. The aroma is WOW big massive tropical fruits. Buckets of pineapple, mango, citrus, very grassy. This is an amazing overhopped unbalanced aroma showcasing all that is hops. I get a picture of a wooden bowl in my mind with tons of luscious tropical fruits within sitting in the sun. The taste is like grapefruit juice, tropical fruits. I have never tasted a beer that was so much like grapefruit juice. Ode to the hops. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
16oz can courtesy of beeranddogs. Pours a clear orange with a towering, creme head. Huge lace and infinite retention. Nose is not fresh hoppy but not stale hoppy, strawberry pancake syrup either. There is some candy corn, maple syrup, Taste is spicy, sweet, fruit punch, floral and herbal hoppy, loaded with honey, mint, butterscotch. Body is chewy, bitter, thick. Definitely not a hop bomb. Never devolves into an astringent, cloying mess. Even not ultra fresh, it has held itself together fairly nicely.