Okay, yeah, hops. Seriously. Hops.

Only because I’ve homebrewed do I really know what hops smell like (probably because nobody’s ever pointed it out to me while drinking a beer). Hops smell like green. Grassy, earthy (but not like dirt), and a little sweet. Sniffing a can of Surly Furious is exactly like cutting open a package of hops and taking a big whiff. A sweet smell that turns into a sour taste on the tongue, and back to that sweet green on the aromatic finish (and upon burping). I needed a water chaser.

It’s definitely flavorful, just not my kind of flavor, so it gets a higher score than if I thought it was just bad.

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Erica

I used to say I was a beer snob, but I'm actually just picky. I learned very little from my short homebrewing stint so while I know what I like and what I don't when I taste it, I couldn't tell you what hops or malt has to do with any of that. You can also find me at Metroblogging Minneapolis.

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