keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Canned January 21, 2014.BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Appearance: The body is hazy with fine sediment particles in suspension in the straw-orange hued body. The head is dense and messy, forming small craters as it slowly dissipates into a firm white coating.
Aroma: The aroma is very nice, mango and orange juice come to mind instantly with a sharp but hidden pine and bitter orange only shown upon swirling.
Taste: Big flavor here, malts try to meet hops here, but the hops win. The hops give a big orange juice and mango puree flavor. Floral hints and pine are noticed throughout, while the finish is a bit harsh of hops, but in an enjoyable way. Big grapefruit finish.
Palate: Full-bodied with a velvet texture and mild carbonation.
Overall: I think that this is up there with the best. I’m sure this was even better a month ago when I received it, but thanks to a cold then antibiotics I wasn’t able to get to it until today. This sits up there with Heady Topper for me, the mouthfeel is spot on and the hop profile is great. I will be trying to get this again soon!
Cans arrived today thanks to an extremely generous BA. Thanks man! Can dated 1/13/15 poured to a tulip glass deep copper colored with nearly no head. Aroma is straight up malt, no hop presence whatsoever. Straight up caramel sugar. Flavor follows with no hop presence, straight malt syrup, almost like this has been sitting around for a few years. Wow. Thick and syrupy, lower carbonation. Really horrendous. Maybe if this were called a barleywine, I’d give it a few more points. But wow. This is Abrasive? otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Appearance: lovely orange and coppers – like a shiny new penny. Pithy coppery head voluminous and soft. Recedes with lace and bubbles.
Finhead (1770) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Nose: lemon, pink grapefruit, white grapefruit – freshly squeezed. Zesty, pulpy, and oily. Pine in the back. Hop cone oils sticky and sweet. Dew-dropped freshly cut grass.
Palate: sticky and mouth-coating. Honeycomb underneath and in finish. Orange oils – mandarin and nectarine. Pink grapefruit lingers back top of tongue after each quaff. Hop oils throughout. Orange and grapefruit continue to weave in and out. Lemon skirts the sides while a nice bitter citric skin finish brings lemon and grapefruit to the fore. Pine needles and hop oils in breath.
Final Thoughts: divine and delicious. Like every other beer from Surly Brewing I’ve tasted to date, a shining example of tastiness…in a can. May I have another, please.
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. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Can from Secret Santa Summer ’10. Pours an orange-amber color with a thick khacki head. Thin layer of retention, spotty lacing. The aroma shows orange peel, tangerine, citrusy hops, and some underlying caramel and resin. This has a creamy toffee/dough malty backing to the flavor with plenty of citrus hops, tea-like notes and a little resin. Quite a bit of tropical fruit adds plenty of sweetness with bitterness showing in the finish to counter that. Pretty good. A little heavy on the malt for my liking within the style but it doesn’t prevent this from being rather tasty.
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
Can. Pours medium orange/amber. Thin off-white head, solid lacing. Nose is big hops, sweet honey malt, bergamot tea, spicy hop notes are apparent as it warms. Flavors are broad and spicy, rather tea-like, plus orange, grapefruit, pine. More an American Strong than an IIPA. jinroh (1691) - ESTONIA - APR 9, 2017
Beautiful golden pour without much foam. Clean citrus hops, resinous and piney. Tastes herbal bitter and is superbly balanced. Not too long herbal bitter finish. 9% is nowhere to be seen, feels really sessionable.
Johnsense (1685) - - NOV 29, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2016 Very fresh can (only 2 weeks!) Pale gold pour, puffy white head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Big citrus aroma - Tangerine, Grapefruit, Juicy, Hops. Nice blast of hops up front, A Citrus fruit salad, Grapefruit, Lemon Rind, Tangerine, Bready caramel malt to balance it out. Medium body. Fantastic stuff. Wish they’d brew this year round. User29624 (1683) - - APR 14, 2009
Tap @ Maproom. Pours orange with a white head. Awesome hoppy aroma, with heavy grapefruit and a little bit of pine. Great bitter flavor, hops dominate just the way I like it. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors. Oily mouthfeel. Awesome stuff, glad to finally grab a pint. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Can that pours gold. Big huge citrus aroma that just explodes when drank. This is huge full flavored beer that goes down damn easy for 9%. Need more of these.