Proper | Furthermore Beer

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Furthermore Beer
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Skidz on 07-13-2006

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Reviews by alphagnome:
Photo of alphagnome
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a perfect, translucent amber color with plenty of sediment hanging in suspension. A thin, white ring around the glass was all that remained after a few minutes of pouring. Carbonation is light,

Nice malty base with pecans and praline playing the lead roles. Light sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar. There is also a light mustiness that adds a bit of character and I like it quite a bit.

Nothing special, but enjoyable - reminds me of a loaf of nut bread. Simple caramel cues. Faint orange on the tail end.

Easy to drink, medium-bodied beer. Carbonation is hardly noticeable. Finish is semi-dry.

This one easy to drink beer. It's not heavy and it's not complex but it has character, making it a fantastic session beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mzogg
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. I keep it at cellar temp and drink at least two at a time. I think it is a good representation of an English pale ale which seems to be a style that is not brewed very often in the states.

There seems to be a difference between the tap product and the bottled beer, judging from the reviews which perhaps the brewery needs to work on. The bottled brew at cellar temp is very delicate with little head or lace apparently unlike the tap product. Like most English ales, this one should be drunk at 45-55 degrees to get the most flavor out of it. The beer is deep golden in color with an amber hue and slightly floral in character with a light mouthfeel and vaguely sweet but balanced flavor and clean finish.

I believe this beer was originally brewed for American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wisconsin, a theater company that does Shakespeare (and other works) in an outdoor setting near Spring Green. I think it is a very, dare I say it, "proper" beer for that setting and also for anyone who enjoys the EPA style.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool art deco bottle served up at the almost beer fly worthy Flat Iron Tavern in Madison, WI. Proper is a barebones, slightly bitter pale, but is there really anything wrong with that? It’s certainly been a while since I’ve had an American made and bottled craft that was just chilling like this. Appearance is fine at a pale gold with thick white fluff that quickly settles to a thin, glass clinging skim. Aroma is all British style hops with some touches of light fruits and caramel. Flavor is very mellow with only touches of caramel, toffee, floral hops and lemon. Finish is acidic and lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is clean, light, and with a moderate carbonation that allows for easy, smooth drinking. Nothing too exciting but decent enough to kick back with when in the mood for something light. I wish the furthermore boys the best of luck and hope to see more beers where this and Knotstock came from.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold with a slight haze, 1” off-white head.
S: melon and citrus.
T: Fresh grain, slight melon, faint citrus, light caramel to honey, slightly sweet.
F: Light bodied, above average carbonation, light, refreshing.
O: Easy to drink light bodied ale.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber light beige head with minimal speckled lacing down the sides of my pint glass. Aroma has sweet fruit raisin mild tart apples with a nice cereal grain maltiness with a touch of sweet honey glazed biscuits. Flavor has semi sweet cereal grains with minimal hops, nice caramel/brown sugar presence with some dark fruits blended amongst the toasted malt character. Mouthfeel is light bodied with carbonation feeling a bit forced at times, nothing cloying or sticky goes across the palate pretty well. Drinkability was pretty effortless, easy going English style pale ale. I'd much rather drink their Knot Stock black pepper infused APA.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy peach colored body with a thin big bubbled white ring around the rim that forms the head. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that slowly float to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft slightly sweet honey malt and pale malt note with a real fresh malt quality to it.

T- This beer has a fresh big pale malt flavor with a light toasted malt note and a soft biscuit note that comes through when it warms. There is a very faint sulfur dryness to the biscuit notes. The finish is a smooth hop bitterness with a slight herbal note and a soft hint of grapefruit to it.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a little fizz in the finish that leave a clean taste.

D- This beer is a great example of simple flavors done well with a nice freshness. This would make a good summer session beer that goes down quick but has a good flavor.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single, most likely purchased at Riley's

appearance: pours into a pint glass...hazy tea-like appearance, light straw-amber body with beige froth/lacing.

smell: driven by toasted malts, well spiced, euro-hops, caramel apple sweetness

taste: clean and smooth...cider like apple traits, consistency and bite of tea (not a fan), toasted malt/grain, sweet brittish-esque hops, mild bitterness. It is what it is, which is probably not something i need again

mouthfeel: very smooth, only a light bitterness, a little watery

drinkability: average-good

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Photo of plfahey
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale orange copper color, with good clarity. Moderate beige head with decent retention and some nice light lacing.

Aroma-Lovely malt aroma of biscuits, nuts, grain, and fresh baked bread, blended with some fruity esters-notably a slight orange character. Low earthy hops are present as well.

Flavor-Compared to the aroma, the flavor is just so-so. Medium toasted/bready malt is somewhat one dimensional. Slight orangey earthy hop flavor on the way out and medium hop bitterness. Slight buttery note.

Mouthfeel-Medium mouthfeel. Moderately high carbonation. Initial prickle from carbonation fades to a smooth, gentle caress of the tongue.

This beer has a lot going for it, but I'm seriously underwhelmed by the flavor. I was expecting a lot from the malt based on the aroma, but in the flavor its just rather one dimensional, and not a good.

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Photo of kristenrae8
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of bashiba
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pored a very hazy orange with lots of sediment, a nice inch of creamy off white head, light retention and lacing.

The smell had a very oxidized metallic copper quality to it.

The flavor was very light with a touch of bready malts and a bit of coppery oxidization comes through here as well.

The mouthfeel is light and thin, a bit watery.

Pretty poor, with no date that I can find on the bottle and no previous experience I can't tell if this is just a bad bottle, or just a bad beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a small head that disapears almost immediately. Some lacing is left on the glass surface.

Biscuit malt and a slight butter aroma dominate. Almost no hop aroma.

Has a nice pleasent maltiness with some hop bitterness on the finish. Mild hoppiness even for a pale ale.

Lighter body bordering on being watery. Carbonation is adequate.

A very mild beer. The low ABV and being inexpensive helps drinkability. I would just like a little more hops.

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Photo of dhannes
3/5  rDev -13.3%

A=Nice golden yellow with generous white foam head.
S= Fair--slightly sweet aroma, most similar to lemondade.
T=Caramel and bread surfaces when warmer.
M=Very light body, and almost no carbonation.
O=Despite the overly light body, the flavor comes through in the finish...I won't go out of my way to find this beer again, but may revisit it if I find it on tap.

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Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from the Beer Temple.
Bottom of the bottle is dated "3057", not sure if it's a relevant Julian date.

Dark saturated orange with a finger or so of dense foam, arcs of spindly lace in the glass, lasting skim across the surface. A closer inspection reveals suspended microparticles in the bottom of the glass.

Estery dried fruit aroma, some minor nutty malt sweetness.

Lightly fruity and nutty, sweet maltiness, dry finish with minimal bitterness. Medium bodied, light spritzy carbonation. Slight astringency from the CO2, but pretty clean and easy drinking. Not bad.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- a light orange color. A frothy foamy head with a gorgeous spiderweb lacing on the pint.

S- not too much nose but i do gather some earthy hops.

T- more one dimensional in that it is salty malty. Some earthy mild hops comes out at the backend but not much going on here.

M- Salty/malty is overpowering at times a si continue to drink. A bready/yeasty flavor comes back as well.

O- ok not worth the money though. id buy one at a bar with a meal but wouldnt buy a sixer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. No date or info.

A - After a proper pour, Proper has two fingers of stark white, fluffy head. The retention is only so-so with a collar of lace left behind and a thin pile of foam on top. The color is a hazy deep goldenrod with fair carbonation rising up.

S - Pale malts build a solid backing to the aroma while a toffee and light honey touch spices it up. A hint of butterscotch is a bit worrying but the presence is low enough to be acceptable. A light fruity presence of white grapes melds well with the soft hop nose.

T - Lightly toasted caramel malt provides an excellent support system in this beer. Lots of subtle nuances give the drinker something else to look for in each sip. Very light butterscotch diactyl comes out here too with a low level of white grape fruitiness. Mild English hops provide just enough soft hop flavor with a pinch of citrus and floral characteristics to add flavor without becoming a strong aspect. It could still use some bringing up.

M - Medium-light in body with a crisp carbonation tickle to the finish, Proper is lacking a strong bitterness that should be present in this style. A small bitterness is found on the finish but there isn't enough.

D - This is one hell of a session beer. Proper is just "good" all around but one thing it excels in is drinkability. It's flavorful and balanced well while being incredibly easy to put down.

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Photo of WhatAlesMe
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: golden amber in color with a light coating of white foam

s: pretty standard fare here, bready pale malt body carries some lightly fruity notes, leafy English hops with a mild lemon aroma

m: moderate level of carbonation and a light-medium body

t: good balance between a pale malt body and mild dried citrus rind hop notes, a little bready and a touch sweet, light-moderate bitterness level in the finish, it's a simple beer but it's also simple style

d: had to work through this one a bit, not as drinkable as it should be

standard pint at the Cabana Room in Madison

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Photo of Mitchmurn
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of ommegoose
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a dense but small white head on a hazy but translucent pale beer. Thin walls of lacing.

Slightly fruity yeasty aroma. Banana Laffy Taffy, bubblegum. No hops on the aroma.

Certainly a malt forward pale ale. Hops are nearly non-existent. Almost nothing on the palate, and just a touch of bitterness and herbal character in the finish, which is at least long. Malt flavors run a bit buttery and flatly grainy. Although EPA's aren't the pinnacle of flavor, this is still sort of drab.

There's actually a nice amount of body to this one. More to it than I would have expected a 4.5% beer to have.

Hits the style parameters, I suppose, but I can't work up any enthusiasm over it. Sort of gives off an air of cheapness, but I have to wonder if this isn't especially fresh. I'm tending to forget I'm drinking it while going about my internet browsing. However, I doubt it would be a problem drinking a few out of the bottle at a BBQ or something. Just doesn't hold my interest under scrutiny.

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Photo of supercolter
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a bit blah, medium copper color, fizzy head that doesn't hold together and no notable lacing.
Smell is improved sweet grass, peach and pear fruits, with just a bit of spice at the end.
Taste starts out a bit more earthy, but finishes sweet. There are slightly faint floral hops present as well.
Mouthfeel is decent, light to medium in body, a bit too fizzy for my liking.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light orange amber with a delicate head that fades quickly. The aroma is very fresh with slightly lemony herbal hops and some nice biscuity sweetness. The flavor is nicely balanced with a slightly grainy malt background and lemony, herbal hops. It also has a very fruity character to it, possibly from the yeast and it all comes together very well. This beer has a pretty firm bitterness that leaves me wanting for more hop flavor. This is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a nice crisp dry finish. Very drinkable, but not the most interesting EPA I have ever had.

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