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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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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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 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 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 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 KarlHungus
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange-amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is a nice balance of caramel malt and floral hops with a hint of citrus. The taste is a little maltier than the aroma, but only slightly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very sessionable English Pale Ale. I could easily drink this again.

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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 edmedina
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. I got no head off my pour with this one. I can't really give you a description of the aroma as I had a little accident and got some up my nose. Not cool! Anyway, the taste is mild not really hoppy but definitely more hop character than malt. The finish is mild bitter with a dry mouth feel. I can see someone enjoying this as a nice session beer.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium amber with a nice head that leaves a good amount of lace.

Smell is hops and a nice grainy back.

Flavor is nutty malt with a nice fruity hop back. Caramel and grassy, piney hops are excellent.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry. Nice carbonation.

Can't think of this as a pale's really weak on the hops. Although the hops add a good flavor there needs to be more.

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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 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 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 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 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 objectivemonkey
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale amber with a respectable head with good retention and bit of lacing. The aroma is pretty nice, with grains, English type hops, caramels. The taste is centered on the grains and slightly toasted malts, nice pales and caramels, a good bit of hops toward the end, a slightly dry finish. The mouth really isn't noticeable, pretty stock. Really, its a pretty drinkable session beer, something to enjoy whilst doing nothing in particular.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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Proper from Furthermore Beer
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 101 ratings