Monday, July 16, 2012

Beer of the Week July 1 - 7, Summer Beervana # 2

Surly Furious and Surly Cynic

This is kind of weird combination of one of the best beers I've ever had, along with another favorite, and that favorite being fantastic for summertime.

Furious - 6.5% ABV, American IPA. This is the pinnacle of mid-western IPAs. It is hoppy (99 IBUs), pulling flavors from a variety of hop styles to create a complex blend of cinnamon, grapefruit, and pine needles. However, there's a big malt body to balance out some of that bitterness, and lend a toffee-caramel sweetness to the overall beer. How many IPAs do you know that claim the addition of some roasted barley?

CynicAle - 6.6% ABV, Belgian Saison/Pale Ale. Amazingly, this beer almost tastes like a Wit to me, with less citrus. Fantastic blend of belgian yeasts, earthy continental European hops, pilsner malt, and some oats that round out the body and keep it smooth.

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