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Furious IPA

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The love affair I’ve had for years with IPA’s continues and today I’m reviewing yet another. I drink all sorts of styles, but I can’t seem to get away from IPA’s. When I get to the bar, an IPA is what I look for on a tap list and even look for them when I go beer shopping, it really is a favorite style of mine. Years ago, when I first got into this craft beer thing, I received a package from Michigan that my bud Steve sent me and it contained a few bottles of Hopslam by Bell’s Brewing. Even though Hopslam is a Double IPA, it was very drinkable for my novice palate and made me realize how beer can be complex and have great flavor like you’ve never experienced during your yellow piss water days.  Here’s the reason for all the talk about my love for IPA’s in case you haven’t figured it out by the title or pictures, I’m reviewing Furious IPA by Surly Brewing.

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Surly Brewing is one of many breweries that can their beer and in recent years, some of the newer breweries are opting for this method to store their suds; this is a great idea I approve of simply for the recycling factor.  Furious IPA is an American style IPA with an aroma of hops, malt, citrus and surprisingly alcohol, surprising because it comes in only at 6.2% ABV; aroma unmistakably of an IPA. Furious pours a nice dark copper color and has a medium body with medium carbonation. You’ll experience a smooth and delicious flavor for this non-aggressive IPA, but still very hop forward and bitter. The malt in this IPA nicely rounds the sip with those sweet toasted notes and will have a dry citric finish.

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In the past few months I’ve had the ability to purchase beers from Surly Brewing, sadly it doesn’t ship to California, but luckily a local spot has the hook up for their beers.  I’ve had a chance to drink Bitter Brewer, Bender, Coffee Bender, Overrated West Coast IPA, and Furious IPA, a few from their line-up and based on what I’ve had so far, Surly Brewing makes great tasting beers.  I wish I’d bought more of the Furious IPA as this one is up there with the rest of the Four Beer Cap IPA’s I’ve had; pick one up or any of the ones I mentioned above.

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Posted by on July 5, 2013 in Empty Bottles

 

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The Falcon IPA

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My first visit to Beachwood BBQ in Long Beach was over two years ago, my wife Alicia, took me there for lunch on my birthday; they also have a location in Seal Beach. I don’t recall specifically what I had that day, but I know it was a pulled pork sandwich and a few good brews. I was in Long Beach in recent days having lunch with family just down the street from Beachwood BBQ, and I thought it would be good to go pick up some beer. I was in the mood for an IPA and got a chance to sample two of them, the Melrose, labeled a West Coast IPA and The Falcon, an American IPA; both were delicious, but I filled my growler with The Falcon IPA.

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I poured myself some of the beer the next day in one of my new IPA glassware, the beer had a nice amber color. The aroma of The Falcon IPA had sweet notes of malt and bright floral citrus notes, but the pungent hop aroma dominates. The sip is very refreshing, it’s a hop bomb! Low carbonation with a small amount of malt sweetness up front and it’s all hop from there. Citrus, pine, and tropical fruits mix nicely to create an intense hop flavor while a bitter citric rind aftertaste will remain after the wash.

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I really enjoyed drinking this beer and it’s too bad that I don’t live near Beachwood BBQ as I know I’d be there frequently, eating and drinking. I’ve been thinking of going back very soon to have a meal there and to fill my growler with more delicious beers. If you’re in the area, cheek them and out and get a pint of The Falcon, it was 4 out 5 Beer Caps delicious!

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Empty Bottles

 

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