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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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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 DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A nice brown orange hue the an inch of the fluffy stuff.

S - Biscuit like bread malt with slight grain and caramel.

T - Starts off kind of grainy then gets sweet in fact sweeter than Serra Nevada's pale ale with the caramel finishes kind of bitter with bready malt.

M - Light and refreshing.

D - One of the reasons why I bought the variety pack was for this beer. Light. refreshing, and a tad on the sweet side this is a great pale ale!

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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 beerwolf77
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Hooligans.

My pint glass arrived with a mostly clear golden yellow brew. The stark white head was a solid three fingers high. Lots of nice sticky lace is left around the glass after some settling.

The aroma is mild hops and pale malt. It has a rather nice sweet apple juice like quality to the nose. Maybe a touch of spice and yeast.

The flavor is right in line with most EPA's. Light hops with a fruity sweetness that simply wouldn't offend anyone. I get a hint of malt and some light spice in the finish.

Light body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall a supremely drinkable beer. I managed to kill a handful of these throughout my lunch.

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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 demcorhip
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking PA. Slightly hazy golden amber ale poured with a one finger off white head. Displayed ok retention, head receded to leave a decent collar that has me expecting some lace.

Pear and apple esters from the ale yeast on top of bready pale malts with a nice touch of biscuit. Some woody and slightly floral hops with a hint of lemongrass from the goldings and tettnang hops. A fairly simple, straightforward, yet well crafted aroma.

This a straightforward, tasty pale ale done in the english style. Taste is much like the aroma, but some honey like qualities are also evident.

A nice, almost medium bodied brew. Slightly creamy in feel along with a touch of honey, yet this finishes dry and with a nice touch of astringency.

This is a very nice EPA, and is better than most of the dead versions that make their way across the atlantic. Highly recommended to fans of the style. This is a well made sessionable ale that i will enjoy again.

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Photo of Finn
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

murky, light orange, hazy color. smells, sweet and fruity, like an english ale. taste is pretty nice, a bit of round fruity flavor, mixed with a touch of maltiness, with a medium/light body and carbonation. overall a very drinkable session beer in the english vein.

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Photo of irish
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 Long lasting lace, muted amber-gold color

3.5 Good nose that picks up on some of the fresh grains

4 Remarkablel malty taste: rich, fresh, robust, rounded. Not overbearing with hops, even in a day of over-hopped bitter bombs. In fact, even though I am finicky on this point, this one mad be just a tad shy of the ideal amount.

4.5 "Thick" mouthfeel (a compliment: the opposite of thin), but entirely within the class

4.5 Very drinkable, just enough heft to want to keep 'em coming, yet not overly full nor overly hopped. In fact, drinkability is a particular strength of this bad boy.

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Photo of Musky
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Furthermore Proper - funny name good beer. Pours with a very minimal amount of head that dissipates before you even take your first sip. I can say this has a very malty sweet aroma that reminds me more of a scottish ale than an english. Definitely high amounts of maris otter malt with little to no hop aroma. Very smooth at first on the tongue then a small hop bite at the end. Here again I feel that I am drinking a scottish ale and not an english one. Either way you will not be disappointed if you like malty beers with very little hop aroma or taste.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks nateberger.

Pours a light copper and a very pale amber hue. Pretty quick head and almost no bubbling. Soft, earthy hops greet the nose first. Some faint toffee and fruit from the malt on top of the bread base. The taste starts sweet and incorporates the soft earthy hops well. Starst sweet and ends earthy and bready. The palate is soft and crisp. Great English style session ale.

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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 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 mdwalsh
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a large, tight, white head, 3.5 fingers or so, with a decent little texture developing up top. The beer, while it has a lot of active carbonation, is rather hazy. Not particle-y but just not clear.

S: A lovely little tippler of a smell. A rather floral hoppiness, not at all citrusy. I'm getting something that I want to call buttery, but it isn't diacetyl. It's creamy and nice rather than offputting.

T: Again, that creamy, flowery taste. Almost like creamed honey. Not much of a malt profile, basic English Pale, but I do get a nice finishing bite from the hops.

M: Creamy, not nearly as light as I expected.

D: Very drinkable. I'd like to get some more of this beer, perhaps from some different batches or get in on tap. I like it, a lot I think, but I'm just not sure about something. I'll have to investigate more.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy off orange with a nice lacy off white head. Lasts a bit.

Nose is malty, not much of a hop presence. Deep bready with nutty notes.

Taste is bready malt and notes of caramel, balanced nicely but no sign of hops, a lovely drinker.

Good carbonation with a medium mouthfeel, right for the style. This is a good fresh example of what a good midwest brewer can do with this English style. I'd take this over most imports available.

Sessionable at that, a good all around beer.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass. Thanks to Jason (MBABJJ) once again!

Pours a cloudy copper, with a one-finger bone-white head that settles into a soapy cap fairly quickly. Not much in terms of stickage or retention.

Nose is a mix of cereal grains and some light caramel/honey sweetness, maybe a bit of apple, some floral hops on top of all.

Taste isn't bad at all. a light honey sweetness mixes with a cereal graininess, maybe a hint of floral hops towards the finish. some fruity, almost green-apple esters. Finish is floral, lightly bitter. Went quite well with a burger.

Mouthfeel is smooth, light carbonation that sparkles just a bit over a medium-light body.

Drinkability is nice as well; flavorful without being overwhelming, a restrained but very tasty beer. Glad I got the chance to try this one - really hit the spot.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with a fizzy, foamy, off-white, one-finger head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of earthy grasses, citrus and light caramel malt.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and a little nutty. Nice grassy and herbal hops. A sweet fruity flavor developed as it continued to warm.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good English Pale Ale. very complex with a surprising fruity kick.

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Photo of fizzy
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am still one of those who will buy the cheapest swill and not gripe about it to much. Matter of fact, at 62 YO I remember the days of 3 cases for $8.00 with fond memories. Now those beers are gone, and the ones that replaced them are reborn old favorites like Hamm's and Schmidt (St. Paul Schmidt). I appreciate a great beer though, and Furthermore Proper was part of a "pick" 6 pk. I still have the other 5 different beers to go, but this first one was very nice. But heck, if I want very nice I will just buy a 12 pk of Summit Pale Ale and enjoy the afternoon. Proper is good, but not so good that if I never have it again I will be missing something great. Bought at Four Firkins beer store in St. Louis Park, at the intersection of of Texas and Minnetonka Blvd, across from where Penny's Super Market used to be.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once more, The CANQuest (TM) takes a short break and allows me to try a bottled beer.

My pour netted me a finger-and-a-half of light-tan foam with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was biscuity, malty, definitely on the sweet side. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant mix of biscuit malt along with caramel. The finish really tended towards caramel! Not bad, but I prefer hoppier beers, although this was nice for the style.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Soft grainy character and nicely blended and balanced earthy English hops. Bit of a watery character representative of a light ale.
Cloudy golden amber and nicely dense whitish head with good lacing.
Again with a lighter presentation representative of a session beer style. Less grainy malt than compared to the aroma. Very soft bittering, but a more evident hop flavor. Flavors are less distinct than the aroma and much more blended. There is a prickliness in the carbonation that lends a sharpness to the hop flavors in particular. Also a bigger feel than one would expect from a smaller beer.
I like this beer. A nice afternoon beer and probably since it is so balanced a good beer for most foods.

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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 barnzy78
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, deep golden-amber colored ale topped with a frothy, white head that sticks around for awhile leaving thick lacing at the top of the glass. Aromas are malty, bready, earthy, caramely, spicy yeast. Tastes earthy, fruity, bready, caramel, spicy, slightly dry finish. Medium-full body, perfect carbonation, floats on the palate - really nice mouth-feel. Overall, very good and recommendable EPA; definitely sessionable as well.

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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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Photo of Skidz
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out bright gold and sits a pleasant golden amber in the glass with a decent white head, fading to a faint skim, holding to the sides of the glass.

Smells of mildly spicy and flowery hops, Kent Goldings or Fuggles perhaps. Some faint citric qualities, bordering on lemon. Attractive all-around.

Tastes very clean, not much excitement up front. Mellow hops flavors, leafy in form and just a tad bit wooden. Low malt profile. Finish is mildly bitter with just the slightest bit of acidity.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with moderate carbonation and a light body.

Simple and easy drinking English Ale. Decently attractive, but I think it falls a little short flavor-wise. On to the Knot Stock, I suppose.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored brew, small white head doesnt last too long. Buttery caramel malt scent, maybe just a touch of hops. Caramel malt from, small amount of diacetyl, some nice floral hops rounding it out. Thought it would be more buttery from the scent, but still has a nice english quality to it. Thin to medium bodied, just a bit sharp on the tongue. Overall pretty good

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer didn't really knock my sox off, but it is decidedly different in aroma than other beers I've had recently. Earthy taste is the highlight of this beer.

The beer poured a hazy dull color, with abundant head formation. Aroma is a slightly stale malt taste I've seen other reviewers described as "musty," which is a good term too. Taste is a slightly sweet and subtle yeastiness with a light dunkel-malty taste. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant. I found this beer fairly drinkable.

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