says Woo, citrus-y!

March 24th, 2008

I guess when I saw “Belgian” I expected it to be a little sweet. It’s not really, but it certainly is crisp. Nice, neat finish.

I usually reserve beers I really like to be consumed alone, and stuff I could take or leave I’ll eat with food. This finds a nice spot in the middle. I had it with pizza, but it was flavorful enough to stand up for itself without taking away from either the eating or the drinking experience.

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says …and don’t call me Surly

January 24th, 2008

This beer pours a purdy ruby/copper color with a a nice think tan head. Lots of citrus in the nose, with some notes of resin-y pine and an aroma I can only describe as Hawaiian Punch-like that’s all in the Simcoe hops. I loves me teh Simcoes! A deeper sniff (or six) pulls out some nice, caramel malts. I can totally understand if people don’t catch this because this is a super hoppy beer throughout… huge bittering hops, huge flavor hops and huge hop aroma. Yup. More caramel sweetness and lots of citrus come through in the flavor. Yum!

It’s funny… two years ago when they debuted this beer at Winterfest, I couldn’t get over the hops… now I sit here on my couch and can’t help but notice the malt sweetness. In any case, a nice, local hoppy HOPPY beer. Good in the can, better on tap, best in a pin or firkin.

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says Furiously strong

January 24th, 2008

Pow. I like hoppy beers, don’t get me wrong, but Furious is pretty strong. It is definitely on the more bitter side of beers, but there were some nice hints of citrus. I also definitely tasted the pine taste that Surly boasts of it having. For some reason this beer always reminds me of summer.

What’s the alcohol content in this beer? It’s strong in more ways than one!

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says shot through the tongue, you give hops a good name

January 21st, 2008

I love everything about this beer.  I love to take a can out of the fish killing rings (i do cut them up).  I love the “crack” sound.  I love first smelling the beer out of the can, then pouring it into a glass and smelling it more.  I keep smelling it until my tongue wants in on it.  The furious is so pretty in its glass, all amber and hazy, reminds me of this hippie chick…..    What can i say, if you dont enjoy intense hop flavor you probably wont like this.  If you see the Furious on cask, give it a try.  Even some hop-haters (joking, dont get so serious) like this beer on cask.  I really like this on cask and tea-bagged!

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says Snowstorm: A mix of many flavors

January 6th, 2008

The sip starts with a medium dash of spice, followed by a a fair share of citrus, and finishes with a light hint of rum. It’s a bit fruity-sweet (I use that word very loosely here – we’re not talking kool-aid). While drinking it, I had a few thoughts of crackling fires, toasted nuts, and gingerbread cookies. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

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