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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 FightingEntropy
2.11/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: bottle from France 44 in Minneapolis served in a pint glass

A: hazy off amber to burnt orange color with a thick white head that lingers for a bit

S: slight hop aroma, mineral or metallic smell, with a small amount of bready malt underneath. Not pleasant but not overly bad either.

T: buttery, probably diactyl, and slick. Some maltiness and no real hop character at all, taste or bitterness. Lingering astringentcy.

M: slick, watery, and a lingering sweetness.

D: negative tastes build and overshadow the beer.

Overall: not a great beer. Seems to have a couple of clear flaws, and none of the crisp, light hop on malt of the style. A clear miss. I've done two bottles of Furthermore tonight, and unimpressed, though I seem to be below other raters. The defects aren't skunk or light struck, so seems to be from brewing rather than handling.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.12/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light orange reddish yellow color with a small very thin head, almost no lacing. Below average carbonation with a slight smell of bittersweet hops. Tastes extremely weak with a very light body at all. Somewhat bitter not enough flavor to be had again. Avoid this one!

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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 botham
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Pours an amber color with sediment throughout, and a half finger of off white head that has poor retention and leaves light lacings.

Aroma is of floral hops up front, with a bit of pale malt thrown in. not much else. Lightly stale in the nose.

Taste is lightly floral, with a bit of bready malt and stale grain on the finish. Devoid of any real character and somewhat flabby on the palate. Not impressive.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and mildly crisp with an aftertaste of only a bit of stale grain.

Drinkability is decent. For a non-descript light amber ale, this gets the job done, but it just fades away without any distinct character.

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Photo of surlyseth
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of a pick six from France 44.

A: Nice enough. little to no lacing, but a gold-orange copper hue.

S: Sweet, but malty and kind of Breakfasty (biscuit?).

T&M: Weak and a little odd. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Light and, sorry to say, cheap tasting.

D: I'll drink this again if I ever find myself in SpringGreen, WI (never).

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Photo of wedgie9
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted on draft at Sugar Maple. Pours cloudy orange with an average white head that leaves heavy lace. Nose is simple with very light malt, hops, and yeast. The flavors have a little more depth with good citrus, bread malt, and good wheat flavors as well. Body us light with heavy carbonation and a mfuum bitter and wheat finish.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with Jdiddy. Good guy. 12oz bottle...

A: Medium honey color with a small white head that quickly fades to nothing. Ok.

S: Smells of hints of rye and corn. Some bready malt in the middle with a watery base on the backend. Ok.

T: Tastes of hints of rye with a slight metallic taste. Some faint cherry and hints of caramel and chocolate. Eh.

M: Medium body with not much carbonation. Decent.

D: Goes down easy, but almost in a watery sense. Decent.

All in all, don;t bother trying or hunting. The brew is ok and that's about it. An ok brew, but not a good or great brew. Comments to the brewer, try harder and expect better from your brewery. This is not at all good or great, try harder.

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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 mtnbikerpa
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle with no freshness date, into my pint glass. Orange in appearance with very weak head. Very little scent coming from this brew. Bland almost flavorless. This brew is very underwhelming, nothing real outstanding. I did note some sediment floating in my glass.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out golden straw color with about two fingers of white foam head that lasts for about two minutes and no lacing at all. Lighter body and carbonation levels, a touch watery and thin.

Smells and tastes vaguely floral and biscuity with a touch of diacetyl that didn't blend well with the malt profile like some of the better English Bitters do. It's pretty average all around, the hopping seems a bit too murky and the texture isn't as sharp and crisp as it could have been. If these issues were addressed, it could be a really nice beer.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice yellowish gold color with a thick white head and a fair amount of lacing. Smells of corn and rye with some malty goodness floating up. Tastes mostly of corn and malts, some caramel and maybe toffee. Do not like it much. Mouthfeel is medium and pretty nice. Drinkability is low.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, coppery, carbonated, with prodigious head.

Clean, floral/herbal aroma, minor hops, aromatic & bittering...largely empty, though...

Smooth on the tongue, lightly malty, toasty caramel malts, slight cereal taste, lacking hops..."moistness" is the major component here, wet and vacant...

"Light-bodied", yes...but "classic",...not so sure. They could have given this some character, but instead chose to go with weak and wanting. Pity.

Not bad, but could have been a lot better.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a pretty standard colored ale, it had a yellowish golden colors. The head didn't leave much lacing. The smell of the beer has some malts and barley with some hops on the nose. The taste has a decent balance too, give off the flavors that the smell gives off. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. It's an average brew to me, I would drink again if it was offered to me.

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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 Chaz
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright brass (dull orange) in color, topped with a wispy off-white head. Lacing is minimal. Nose is fairly tangy, with almost equal parts floral hop and malt (a blend of caramel and pale malts.) Smells fairly light and easy-going. First impression is Wow, this is a far cry from the others in the Furthermore lineup! Lighter in body and a bit less convincing in mouthfeel. Mildly fruity, with a light flavor of caramel and lighter notes of banana and cherry, all backup up by an odd wheat-like presence and texture. This almost tastes like second runnings of the Knot Stock (minus the pepper), except it’s probably just the same malt base here. Very mild hop bitterness and aromatic quality. Some notes of biscuity malt, but those are soon pummeled by a wave of sweeter crystal malts. Doesn’t necessarily get any better as it warms and it’s not very big, so this is no sipper. On the sweeter side of the ‘dry’ equation, lighter bodied, very easy drinking, and with just a bit of citric tang. If this had a darker complexion and a gussied-up hop profile it would remind me a bit of Schell’s Pale Ale, but as it is, it’s so easy going and nonchalant that I can’t draw any other comparisons so readily. Not bad, but far from interesting.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy peach color with a thin white head.

S - Fruity with an earthy sour graininess.

T - Fruity with a musty earthiness and a dry grainy flavor.

M - Light body with a light carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Pretty bland and boring. This one could use a little more character.

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

Dark pearish yellow with a slight hollow mustard cast. Small and bubbly capping and collar adjusts itself swiftly before fading to a thin ring. Lacing sticks with a few globular strings.

Aroma is partially toned in an ever so light fruityness and a even slighter grainy tint.

Taste is remarkably missing alot here as its incredibly mild flavor is beyond simple with some off grainyness, some tannin touches, and a puff of fruity malt.

Body is pale with a semi clean aspiration towards a mild medium light feel and a waft of malt to keep it from completely being a watery mess.

Very average amature stuff. A true disappointment.

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

Glazed apricot with sun-washed goldenrod edges. Multiple small caliber bubbles ascend and plunk into the underside of a good-sized crown of ecru foam. The head falls in sections and leaves shredded sheets of lace that add to the already attractive appearance.

Proper doesn't smell like the English bitter that its creators say it is. The nose is ale fruity with a hint of sour graininess and an underlying earthiness. Hops don't need to dominate in beer of this style, but they at least need to be noticeable. The more I smell it, the less I like it.

This is not a bitter. It's a garden-variety amber ale, the likes of which I've tasted about... oh... 50 times prior to today. I'm betting that the malt bill consists of predominantly pale with a dash of something slightly darker. Musky fruit is still the focal point, with sweet, sour and bitter canceling one another out in the end. A proper amount of English hops would have perked things up considerably.

I won't be too hard on the mouthfeel since this was built to be a relatively light, sessionable ale. The brewers definitely got the 'light' part right. Given the flavor, I'm not too disappointed that it wanders away fairly quickly on the finish. I'm okay with the subdued amount of carbonation since more bubbles are unlikely to have improved this experience.

Maybe it's the interesting brewery name or the (arguably) clever names that they picked for their beer, but I expected more from this ale. Since I haven't had a good English bitter in a while, I thought Proper might fill the void. It doesn't. I hope the other Furthermore beers have more to offer.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured hazy, golden and with less than one inch of head. The head quickly retreated into lacing along the edges of the glass.

It had a wonderful well balanced scent. Malt, hops and buttery undertones. Very much what you would expect from an English Pale Ale.

It had a slightly burned malt taste. There was a nice buttery flavor and a suttle bitter hop finish. It had a medium body.

It was an ok beer. I think there are much better beers of this style. I wouldn't turn away a free one but I doubt I will buy another one of these.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange body with a small, ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Some candyish hints to the light floral nose with a note or two of bready malts.

Taste: Light honeyish maltiness. A bit of fruit, a bit floral. Slight, underlying breadiness. Mild, spicy hop bitterness. Finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine, sure, though there's not really much to it to begin with.

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Photo of DeeMented
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

The beer poured a hazy, golden amber color with a very thick, white head. The head faded rapidly into a frothy cap, and left a lot of pillowy lacing.

It smells of slightly sweet caramel, with a bit of pear. Maybe some citrus, but that pear aroma really takes over as it warms up. That's about all I could get on the nose of this one.

The mouthfeel was creamy, with a lot of carbonation, and a dryness that showed up somewhere in the middle and followed through at the finish.

It started off mildly sweet, with a very light, slightly spicy malt. The hops kicked in kind of early, then led to a slightly hops-bitter, very dry finish.

I found that there just wasn't that much flavor up front on this one, and the finish seemed overly dry to me. It was worth trying, but I doubt I'll be buying more.

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Photo of Florida9
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber in color. Forms a moderate sized white head that has some pretty good retention. Head eventually reduces down to a thick surface coating. Leaves some minimal lacing.

S: Nutty malts. A bit of caramel. Some minimal earthy hops. And just a hint of butterscotch.

T: Taste is a mild blend of peanut butter and butterscotch. Light sweetness. Very mild bitterness with a quick finish. Just not much going on with this one.

M: On the lighter side of medium with appropriate carbonation and an almost non-existent bitterness.

O: A rather drinkable, but also fairly uninteresting, beer. Not bad, just not all that good either.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: Served in a 12 oz., brown bottle at The Pabst Theater before Les Paul took the stage.

A: Pours a light, hazy copper with a thin, khaki-colored head and minimal lacing.

S: Sweet, caramel nose with hints of cocoa, green apple and grass.

T: Opens with sweet malts and touches of caramel and fruit. Not much in the way of a bitter hop presence. Finishes dry with a bite of grain.

M: Light-bodied with above-average effervescence.

D: Sessionable, but without any "proper" character to speak of.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More local flavor courtesy of KeefD. This fine extra sports a very cool retro label. Reviewed it pretty much blind of style so not sure what to expect. It hits the Sam's Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a honey-ish color with slight wheat texture and mild caramel notes. Head is about ½ finger with decent retention - a pretty gelatinous head. Reminds me of my homebrew (and that's probably the only thing I got right with that $#!+, so it's a compliment). Slightly cloudy with a fair amount of carbonation flowing at the speed of traffic.

There's a little spice to this deal - tough to place. I catch some very piney hops and more of a honey than a caramel malt presence. Sight sweet booze, but at the same time dry notes abound.

Not sure what's going on here - it's pale and dry, yes...but a little bit of a musty aftertaste (age-related? Who knows). I think I've been drinking stuff with so much of a hop profile that I've forgotten all about subtlety. This is indeed lighter-bodied and is closer to a lawnmower style than expected. Clean malt presence - again, a little light. Decent.

Palate feel makes this sessionable - it has some musty earth to it but alongside that we have some British hops (maybe a few noble ones) and an understated malt profile. Finish is a little husky but clean.

Solid, sessionable brew to kick back and enjoy. Nothing to write a friggin' novel over or anything, but slow and steady wins the race. "Don't go changin'..."

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