Lothore (647) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a deep reddish brown with a 2 finger head that sticks around for quite a while and leaves a huge amount of lacing.
S- Smells consists of sweet piney hops, orange, citrus, and underlying hints of pear.
T- Taste is citrusy and acidic with a bitter hoppiness at the end. Small hints of pine.
M- Mouthfeel is actually a bit watery but extremely crisp.
D- This is highly drinkable, the fact that its creamy and slightly watery makes it go down easy with the crispness leaving you wanting more.
17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2009 [Can 4/26/09] Pours copper reddish/orange with a fine head. The scotch malt is easily identified in the aroma and flavor. Piney and pretty bitter, dry. Sticky body, with soda like carbonation. Reminds me of Moylan’s Hopsickle. 18.104.22.168.16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
[rerate can, thanks to WisconsinBeer!] Pours a darker copper/red, clear, with a very sticky foamy off-white head. Aroma is brightly hoppy, very piney, resinous, honey malt sweetness, loads of green pine needles. Flavor follows, super piney, sweet cotton candy, great aggressive hop kick, quite bitter but also very sweet so the high IBU’s are fairly balanced, seemingly like a double IPA. Medium bodied, sugary watery feeling with sharp carbonation.
22.214.171.124.16 ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2008
Pours hazy and copper with off white head and nice lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine. Similar flavor throw in some caramel malts.
Thanks Tytoanderso for this can! MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
16 oz can thanks to maximum12 (from RB site). This pours a dark copper color with thin tan head. Strong smell of pine and grass. Taste was strong hops with a peachy taste. Mouthfeel was thick and very bitter. Definitely out of balance, if you like that. Could have used more sweet malt to offset the bitterness. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 16, 2008
Can via trade with mreusch. Incredibly darker than I was expecting. Burnt copper color with an ivory head. Big, citrusy hop aroma- short of lemony with a "toned down" grapefruit note. Grassy hop flavors. Sweetish caramel maltiness and More grapefruit and citrus hop notes in the flavor. Grainy, caramel malt flavors. I’d consider this a very "outside-the-box" IPA but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. A very well made beer.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2008
Can from Sean. My first Surly beer, and since I have another can from them, it wont be my last. Pours out a dark red color with a nice thick off white head on it. Smell is full of hops, pine, grapefruit.. Damn. It smells like a double IPA. Taste is very thick and chewy (that is for you, Seant), with no alcohol detected. This beer is so thick, I struggled to get the can down. Ridiculous how thick this beer was considering it isnt a double IPA. This isnt a bad thing though, as it is a very good beer. Thanks Professor Sean, I owe you a hot lunch. MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 [can] Poured just like the description, like liquid fire. Huge hop aroma that I can’t get enough of. Flavor is huge hops with not quite enough of the caramelly malt to balance it out, but that’s fine by me. Destroys your palate after one pint. The bitter spiciness lasts and lasts. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 9, 2008
#900!!! Can courtesy of Tytoanderso trade. Pours a beautiful creamy deep orange. Ful aroma of piney resiny hops & toffee & caramel. Malts really balance well with explosive hops here. Toffee sweetness & piney hops. Fuller creamy mouthfeel. Grat beer. Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2008
gigantic sized grapefruit citrusy hop with some pinecone bitterness tagging along. not as much malt flavors as I approve and not enough juicy ftuitness to justify the extreme bitterness but a solid drinking potent bitter ipa. mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2008
Can thanks to Tytoanderso. Nice hefty caramel malt backbone. Lots of crystal in there. Then, a big full citrus and floral hop flavor. Soapy hop flavor. Nice and tasty, but pretty standard for the style. Nothing new or exceptional.