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Furious | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tempest on the tongue, or a moment of pure hop bliss? Brewed with a dazzling blend of American hops and Scottish malt, this crimson-hued ale delivers waves of citrus, pine and carmel-toffee. For those who favor flavor, Furious has the hop-fire your taste buds have been screaming for.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer in a can I've been excited about since I was 18. Thanks to cvaypai for sending one my way.

A: Clear amber color with a good sized white head.

S: Very floral and piney.

T: Malty and caramelly--somewhat sweeter than I'm used to with an IPA, but a good bitter piney finish

M: Very nice level of carbonation, medium body.

D: Quite drinkable. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

I know I had this on tap, but I can't recall where, and my notes don't mention. Poured a dark orange-brown with a modest white head. Very hoppy aroma and not much else; citrus and pine. Nice blast of hop medley flavors: orange and grapefruit, pine, and a subtle dash of herb. A smooth, earthy, malt base balances things out. Medium mouthfeel, and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of mothman
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is Tea Bagged Furious.

Poured into a pint-like glass at Grumpys. Got to enjoy this with Brad (Mistofminn), Justin (justn) and Al (feloniousmonk).

Pours 2 fingers of beige head. Very hazed golden copper. Great retention. Lace is very unique. Kind of like pop fizz that sticks to the glass.

Aroma: Sweet and hoppy. Some caramel, which is what I always get out of IPAs, apricot, mangoes, and sweet lemons.

Taste: Very fruity, but has a nice floral hop taste to back it up. A lot of the same fruits from the aroma along with the sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Hardly bitter at all. I love the mouthfeel as it is so refreshing. Ends with a slight hoppy aftertaste, but so clean. No dry stickiness going on.

Overall, this beer is great. I am pretty sure this beer is better than regular furious (even though it is really the same beer). Very drinkable. I like the fact that it doesn't have the ipa bite or leave the typical ipa mouthfeel. Try this beer if you get a chance. Nice job Surly.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to have the chance to try this at a recent IPA day event, poured from the chilled can into a tulip.

The color is golden with orange shade hazed with a thin cap of light beige, there is some good lacing sticking with a tight bead and the ale is visibly carbonated. The smell is great, a punch of pineapple and has a big sweet grapefruit nose with floral accents that give a nice depth to the aroma. The scent has a slight earthy almost nutty undertone which could be yeast or malt, but it doesn't trigger any particular ingredient just a secondary aroma. The feel is very nice with agressive bitterness and nice body with a bit of sharp edges, but generally smooth bitternes throughout, mild malt sweetness anchors it with tangy juiciness from the hops and subtle dry finish.

The taste is a very full and layered blend of bitter and tropcial hop tastes, the pithy citrus rind tinges with mildly sharp grapefruit-like bitter citrus flavor and slight tangerine sweet accents with some pineapple in the mix and a mild grassy sharp element in the tail end, a real kaleidoscope of hop elements all coming together seemlessly with nice balance from the malt and it has the nice dry finish that brings you back for the next wonderful taste. I was overwhelmed since I didn't know what to expect other than a great beer -the overall result for me was part of the can was not enough. I could have drank both cans being shared, it is a fantastic IPA, a well brewed beer above the rest of the pack. One of the best I have had recently perhaps -it is certainly an outstanding IPA in the American Style no doubtaboutit.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Buffalo Bills/Coors Light shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this BIFed can!

Feel the fury! It pours a hazy amber-brown topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises pine, mint, light menthol, grapefruit, toffee, and caramel. Lovely. The taste is mostly a blast of caramel-dipped pine, with a side note of ruby red grapefruit. Hops, baby! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky feel. Overall, a very nice IPA that makes me agree with Mike on this one: We need Surly back in these parts!

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Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to HogWildLiquor for this one, thanks Cody!

Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness & grapefruit in copious amounts, plus some breadyness as this warms

T: Grapefruit, lemons, & breadyness up front. Biscuitty malt & grapefruit/piney bitterness play well together as this warms. Finishes, dry, with some orange rinds, then the high alpha-acid assault continues, this just exudes fresh hoppyness in balance

MF: Medium bodied, smooth, superb balance

Drinks pretty easy, the bitter has enough malt backbone to balance this out. I could happily session on this one. i think this was little better in the can than the growler, but the growler itself is bad-ass

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Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whoever brought this one to our IPA day party.

A - Pours golden amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of tropical fruits; like grapefruit and mango; pungent citric hops, and some light sweetness, possibly from the caramel malt.

T - Starts off with a big dose of bitter citric hops slowly giving way to a mix of tropical fruits; like mango, grapefruit, and orange peel; sweet caramel malt, and a touch of chewiness toward the very end. The finish is a mix of juicy fruit, hop bitterness, and a touch of dryness, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Bitter-Sweet feel with a good bit of it lingering through the finish. A tiny bit too sweet but overall it has very good balance.

O - Pretty damn good. When fresh, this one is really hard to beat. I still prefer Abrasive over this one but either one would be great in my book. I look forward to my next encounter with the awesomeness that is Furious.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall pillowy dark beige head that reduces to a mottled patch of thin and thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of hops - primarily grapefruit/citrus hops with lighter notes of pineapple/tropical and much lighter notes of pine/resin.

T: There are huge hops flavors upfront with this beer - primarily grapefruit/citrus and pineapple/citrus with some very light hints of pine. There is some bitterness in this beer but it is not overly aggressive. In the finish, there is a light presence of caramel and toffee malt sweetness which balances out the bitterness of the hops.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is really delicious with a wonderfully inviting aroma. I really enjoyed this beer and found it so easy to drink, it left me wanting for another and another. I could easily enjoy multiple of these though the ABV is a little too strong to be doing that. Wonderful complexity to the hop flavors and aromas.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 1/15/11.

A: Pours a deep cloudy orange/red, much darker than most in the style. Nice foamy two finger head that leaves some nice lacing as I drink.

S: Has a very nice hop aroma, really strong pine and juicy grapefruit. Don't get any malts at all, just lots of hops!

T: The malt is a little more present in the flavor and comes through in a nice sweetness that helps to balance the hops a little. The grapefruit is coming through strong and there is a slight nutty flavor at the end. Has a slightly bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, leaves a slightly bitter finish. Leaves my mouth a little dry. Overall very enjoyable, not overly bitter and very drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

a- A dark orange-amber color, with about an inch of head and very little carbonation.

s - Smells strongly of piney hops, as well as citrus fruits.

t - Stong taste of hops, pine, and citrus. Also has a smooth after taste of toffee or caramel. The bitter hops and smooth malts balance very nicely here and I like the taste a lot.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

d - Overall I really liked this IPA. It had a nice citrus smell and you could really taste the hops. I also really liked the smooth after taste it had. It had a small, nice bitterness to it from the hops, but also had a nice balance of smooth malts at the same time. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mnjeff for the awesome package of Surly products. Poured from a can into a Surly pint glass also obtained from mnjeff.

Pours a beautiful dark copper color with a small white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is dominated by the citrusness of the hops which is very appealing. Taste is also dominated by the citrus and grapefruit flavors from the hops but there is also some nice sweet maltiness from the Scottish malt. Also very drinkable, I could have a few of these easily.

Awesome beer by Surly. I love this style of beer where there is a little more going on then just a regular IPA. This reminded me of some of my favorite rye-pa's like Founders or Hop Rod, which is a good thing to me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking to try the Surly beers for quite some time it seems that this beer has had the cult following from day one. Yet, I've never even attempted to trade for it until recently. I love to see an IPA in can form, there's just not enough of them out there. I heard Two Hearted and Torpedo are coming soon, but I've yet to see them in my beer stores. The simple description on the can really gives you what your in for. Definitely a crimson colored IPA with a light khaki beige head forming even thin lacing between sips. Aroma has some citrus and pine hops but there's a nice caramel malt base with Scottish malt adding just an air of rustic smokiness to the mix. Flavor has a beautiful blend of caramel with pine spiced hops and hints of citrus peel. A really mellow IPA even though it's called Furious, it should just be called Delicious. Definitely hop bitterness coming through but throw me a West Coast style or a midwest style West Coast IPA anyday. For example I've been drinking more White Rajah than I care to admit. I fantastic example of the midwest West Coast IPA, or Fathead's Headhunter IPA both beers I would love to have regularly. Masala Mama from Town Hall is actually the most amazing Minnesota beer I've ever had. Mouthfeel was resinous with a strong lasting hop bitterness, balanced on the palate I didn't feel overwhelmed by the big dose of hops. Overall I would be super proud of this beer if I were from Minnesota but compared to the rest of the country it's on par and defintely ot superior with a West Coast IPA. But I want more at the same time, that's the catch with this beer it makes you want to drink another one. Thanks to Ryan aka Schlais for the trade.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy ruby hued amber with a crème head. Nose is strong citrus (grapefruit) and stronger piney resin. Flavor is quite sharp. Brings the expected bitter tone with firm leafy tones and a supremely hoppy presence. Almost comes off as a very hoppy amber ale. Like I said, a sharp flavor profile. Feel has a biting carbonation and the liquid is thicker. Nice to drink. Very heavy, but this is what the hop heads like.

Thanks to mashmaster for this extra!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange color with a thick head that leaves very sticky lacing.

S: Hops, citrus.

T: Refreshing and tasty. Fresh hoppy beer. Delicious with hop bitterness present in the finish.

M: Very nice. Carbonation is on the money. Crisp and clean.

D: I would drink this often, if it was available to me. I could definitely toss a few of these back.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can that was filled on 7/6/11. Seriously, 11 days old? Awesome, thanks again for the generous extra care of eagles22. Poured into a standard pint glass at 50 degrees. This brew appears a lightly hazed amber copper color with a finger and a half of yellowish stained fluff. The only thing keeping this brew from being perfectly clear is some faint particulate stuck floating throughout suspension. Big bubbles compose the head that is slow to recede. As the cap fades, thick patches of lace cling to the glass in a complete wall. A light swirl revives the cap back to a half finger that holds throughout the duration.

The aroma of this beer is fan-freaking-tastic. I was picking hops yesterday and this brew smells just as strong as my sticky lupulin stained fingers. Citrus and grass are dominant with a bright note of flowers and fruited quality. Slightly herbal and pulpy with a faint dank character across the back. There is a tiny bit of malty sweetness mingled with the bright hop character that just plays together really nice.

The taste is modestly bitter with herbal and dank hops, lightly grassy laid overtop a toasty malt backing. There is more toasted malt flavoring than there is sweetness but the minor amount of contrasting sweetness that is present has a bit of a caramel touch to it. Very well balanced but lets not kid ourselves, the hops are the star of the show. This brew has an herbal flavoring that mixes to grass and clings inside the mouth with a long drawn-out lingering aftertaste.

This brew is somewhat oily with hop residue coating in the feel. It is medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Overall a well balanced brew and a great take on the style. It puts a smile on my face having something like this poured from a can. The alcohol is well incorporated and packs a punch expected of 6% abv. If you haven't tried this, you need to.

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed copper with a thick, off-white, lasting head.

The smell is of sharp citrus. Some pine/resin. Caramel backing.

The taste is of spicy, sharp citric, piney, almost resiny hops. Powerful hop bitterness tied together and balanced by a subtle caramel sweetness. Hops remain assertive, though controlled. A rye-like dryness in the long finish.

Creamy and chewy. Hops galore, but enough sweet caramel to give it body and depth. A "hop head" delight! Smooth despite on-slaught of hops. Great stuff!

Thanks to WankerWeasel for this hoppy treat!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial CANQuest (TM) review: CAN you believe it?!? I really thought that I had screwed the pooch on this one. Omar specifically brought some cans with him to Boston to give to me for review and I thought that I forgot to review them before drinking. Instead, I have copious notes encompassing numerous notebooks and I just got them back from a local transcription service. Lo and behold, here was my review!

A finger's worth of light-brown head with fantastic retention. Nose was thick with Cascade hops. Color was a cloudy, deep amber. Mouthfeel was rather full with lots of hops scouring away at mine palate. Finish had a light sweetness, malt-driven, very nice. More, pls., sir!

Well, not one of my better reviews. If anyone would like to trade me for some more in a CAN, I would happily re-review this beer. Please scroll down for a better showing.

Second review, thanks to Einweizenbitte and Uncle Felonious Monk for getting The CANQuest (TM) back on track.

From the CAN: "Beer for a Glass, From a CAN."; "Fresh Beer, Keep It Cool!"; "A tempest on the tongue, or a moment of pure hop bliss? Brewed with a dazzling blend of Ameri[CAN] hops and Scottish malt, this crimson-hued ale delivers waves of citrus, pine and caramel-toffee. For those who favor flavor, Furious has the hop-fire your taste buds have been screaming for."

The Crack & Glug was its usual success! I was looking at a thick finger of light-tan head that was exploding with bubbles, giving off a scent of caramel-toffee that was richer than I had imagined. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber, so I disagreed with the color. The CAN was stamped on the bottom "CANned on 9/27/10 so freshness was not an issue. In the meantime, the head fell, creating a lot of sticky lacing. Leaning in for a whiff, I got a blast of pine, like undiluted pine cleaner. Wow! The first sip was medium in terms of mouthfeel but heavy on flavor as the pine and the grapefruit-hops strove for dominance. The finish was initially of ruby-red grapefruit, but the extreme finish allowed the caramel-toffee to make an appearance. Goddang, but this was the kind of thing that got me hooked as a hophead in the first place! I would absolutely put this in my imaginary cooler, but I might hoard it all for myself once I got to the beach. Sorry, bunnies, but I've got other beers for yinz.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There will be quibbles, arguments, teeth-gnashing, and bare-fisted brawling over the style choice, but I am going with what the brewers lean towards, although they admit it's not quite an "amber ale" like any other. There was talking of calling it an IRA, or "Imperial Red Ale", a humorous reference to violence in Ireland, but I'm glad they didn't.

(note: style now changed to "American IPA"...everyone okay with that now?)

On tap at Arcadia Cafe'...it looked a dusky, dunnish hue when they server poured it, when I sat at my table, it glowed bright orange...held out of sunlight, a truer dark amber-ish tone. Quarter inch head, creamy, and long-lasting. Very fine appearance.

Up to the nose: fresh, vibrant hops, zesty citrus, glimmers of pine, a grapefruit and pineapple tango, but banana aches to cut in...lovely stuff, and ample for any hophead's appreciation. (4 hops, Amarillo for sure...)(other hops:Warrior, Simcoe, Ahtanum)

Enters the mouth with ferocity and freewheeling force, spill bitterness all over the mouth, every crack and crevice is filled and rejoices from the deliciousness...creeps everywhere into the palate, and each area of contact finds it's reward. A citric fruit explosion, but well met with an ample, biscuity malt base (Golden Promise is in there)...it's a fertile malty field, and the hops are madly at play above! (100 IBUs will do that.)

Next comes the overload, the frequent pucker, the lip-smacking, the bitterness, and tasty hop flavor clinging tenaciously to the lips and tongue...zippy, zingy, mouth-grabbingly delicious at every sip and gulp.

A beer for hopheads to keep reaching for and for Minnesotans to be proud of!

P.S., I've had the cask dry-hopped version, now dubbed "Tea-Bagged" twice now, and never took out pen and paper to compose a full review, but, damn, it would definitely get all 5's out of me, an amazing beer! Check out if hear of a pouring, it is not to be missed!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a British pint glass. Many thanks to biglobo8971 for sending me this incredible box of Surly!

Appearance - Dark amber body topped by a small, but pretty off-white head. Head retention isn't great, but the lacing is sexy. All over the sides of the glass with wisps and pillows floating on the surface. Very dark for an IPA. I worry it's going to be a malt bomb.

Smell - My worries are abated by a pungent aroma of pine hops. Nice grassy hops dominate with a hint of citrus behind. The malt is definitely present, but it's very much a biscuit malt and doesn't come off as sweet smelling at all.

Taste - The taste is even better. Strong hop flavor up front with a tinge of grassiness. No sweetness, I am thrilled to report. Toasted malts and a touch of caramel for support, but it's all a vehicle for the hops. Spicy and bitter in the finish. Is there rye in this?

Mouthfeel - The malt content does make it heavier than a standard IPA, but the hops excuse that. Bitter in the finish and great carbonation.

Overall - As an unabashed west-coast IPA fiend, I am surprised that this is as good as it is. I was prepared to be disappointed when I saw it, but the hop flavor delivers and the hefty malt backbone does not interfere. This may be my favorite IPA between Vermont and California...

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Photo of MasterSki
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this twice now - at Darkness Day, and at Night of the Living Ales. It's always a huge treat to have this one. Served in my NLA taster glass.

A - Hazy orange-brown color, with a nice bunch of persistent bubbles on top. Not much in the way of head or lace. It's a cask beer - this is how they look! I just find cask beer decidedly unsexy looking, even if I love the taste & mouthfeel.

S - Wow! Furious on crack! Tremedous citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, orange) with some tropical fruits (pineapple & mango). There's also some floral and grassy notes not present in regular Furious - I'm guessing there is a huge amount of amarillo involved in the second dry-hopping. In any case, it's huge & delicious.

T - It's just as delicious as regular Furious. Tons of hops, candied citrus, solid caramel malt balance, with a mild residual bitterness. I did notice that after the fifth or sixth pour the bitterness got a bit tiring. It's also a tiny bit of a letdown from the smell. Those two elements keep me from giving this a perfect score.

M - Smooth, medium-bodied, low carbonation (obviously!), great residual stickiness. Velvet creaminess, yet very refreshing!

D - Hmm...low carbonation + medium ABV + incredible flavor = I can't stop drinking this. It's probably a good thing Tea-Bagged Furious isn't available more often, otherwise I'd be adhered to a bar stool somewhere and my wife would be filing a missing persons report - seriously though, this is an incredible brew, and combines the best of extreme American hop profile with traditional English real ale texture. If appearance didn't matter so much on this site it'd be my top-ranked brew.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Prototypic, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a crystal clear red/orange amber color with a big fluffy off white head that sticks itself to everything. The aroma, well its hoppy, I could smell grapefruit and pine from the can as I was pouring, yum! Sticking the nose a little clser reveals some grassy notes, faint hint of caramel and maybe some grren apple. Taste reveals a resinous, grapefruity pine taste with an almost abrupt dry finish. Lots of resin and some malt sweetness with a smooth bitter aftertaste. Medium body, Creamy/oily mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Wow that's a great hop bomb, and dangerously drinkable!

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Photo of ejimhof
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber in color and darker than most IPA's with a large white head.

Smell: hops are the only thing I get from this beer.

Taste: bitter with no sweetness that I can detect.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and light bodied.

Overall: I feel this beer leans more towards the West Coast hop juice style IPA's than the East Coast sweeter IPA's. As stated before the hype is hard to live up to.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from dated can May 5th 2011 into a nonic pint glass.

Stupidly creamy off white/tan head. I mean stupidly it looks like cream is coming out and the consistency is unreal. That large head settles and gives some clump but not lacing. It sits on a nice orange amber body that is slightly cloudy somewhat see through. no rising carbonation from the bottom. This beer looks like hot sex.

Bouquet is basic and solid but almost a one trick pony. Simple orange fruit and airy hop feel. Some spice, but no sense of anything else even, not even malt. Somewhat piny...

Hop orange citrus comes through in the taste, but there is also a distinct taste and sense of brown bread, almost dark bread crust. Body though is a bit thin and watery which is a little disappointing. Piny dryness in the palate after swallowing and a hardly hint of sugar.

Well glad I tried it, but it's certainly not my favorite American IPA but can do no problem.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received as part of a Surly sampler I received through a trade.

Poured from a can into an Imperial pint glass. Beer is amber / copper in color, looks beautiful. Beer is clear and forms a thick, yellowish head that falls away slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is mild to moderate and there seems to be really fine particulates suspended in the beer. They aren't moving they are just floating there.

Definitely an IPA. This beer has a ton of pine aroma coming off of it. Beautiful giant aroma fills the nose. Not a whole lot else is available in the way of scent but I wasn't expecting much else.

Smooth and dry. This beer has a nice level of bitterness and some really nice malt character in the from mouth. I was not expecting the dryness but it fits really well. Beer has a slight aftertaste but it just more of the hop goodness. Hop flavors are still pine based. Great great IPA.

Mouthfeel is interesting, nice medium body, not chewy as you might expect with a high IBU beer but overall a very nice balance with body. The dryness at the end of the beer really improves the mouthfeel a lot.

Drinkability high, really high. I could drink these all day long.

This is one of the best American IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another can of Surly deliciousness sent to me by Derek, thanks again! 16 ounce can poured into a wide-mouth snifter style glass. Considering I was a huge fan of Abrasive I can't wait to see how they do a single IPA.

A: Golden bronze colored body with a bit of haze. Atop sits a creamy slightly off-white head, along with a thick retention cap and some of the best, stickiest looking lacing I've seen. It's really nice on the visuals and looks down right delicious.

S: Pine, floral hops, sap, sweet clementine, caramel malts and a dash of honey towards the end of the aromas. It has a really nice balance of both citrus forward qualities as well as earthy, piney notes. They're blended and both equally fragrant on their own and as a whole.

T: Sweet and sticky caramel malts give the beer a base to work off of. Bitter grassy and floral hop notes jump out mid-palate along with more pine and sap, as in the nose. The finish is a touch sticky from the hops but they don't leave any off flavors and even come across a bit sweet.

M: Lower carbonation that I expected, which gives this a really great medium body that's extremely smooth and somewhat creamy. Nice!

I'm definitely a fan of a lot of stuff Surly does and this just proves that even further. It's a very well balanced single IPA that showcases the expert brewing and combination of both citrus qualities and piney notes. Now if only I could get this stuff in Philly...

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