Tasting: August 20, 2014
Beer #: 589
A few months ago, I discovered an on-line retailer that sold a number of brands from Surly Brewing. My excitement turned into total disappointment when a pop up message informed me that New Jersey was a NO SHIP STATE. Really!!! They couldn’t they have told me this before loaded up my cart and set up an account? I was furious – practically abrasive and even a bit surly. Okay, now that the bad jokes are out of my system, the blame doesn’t lie with this website – and not entirely with our state legislature. In New Jersey, our state is controlled by unions, powerful lobbying groups and cartels.
Liquor distributors in New Jersey certainly don’t want to give up even the smallest slice of their control of the market and have repeatedly squashed opportunities to give consumers more rights on where and how they purchase their alcohol. Ask yourself this – why can I can legally buy beer or wine from an on-line retailer based here in New Jersey and have it shipped to my home and I can’t do the same with an on-line retailer outside New Jersey? You guessed it – the New Jersey distributor has gotten their share of the in-state purchase.
Now let me step down from my soapbox before I fall. Let me crack open this can of Furious which by the way, is an ill-gotten gain – “wink”.
Furious pours a rich reddish brown. Really not much of an aroma – maybe some very light citrus. I have to admit that after drinking so much west coast and east coast IPAs of late I was expecting a stiff hop wallop to my tastebuds. The name Furious might is initially misleading as it is really quite demure out of the gate. Then again, I have to realize that there is still a strong “mid-west” IPA (ala 3 Floyds – Dreadnaught) that doesn’t subscribe to the palate crushing philosophy. A few more sips in and this becomes a really well-balanced beer. Medium strength citrus and grassy/earthy hops over medium strength caramel. Mellow hop bitterness finish. I’ll put Furious at 90 points.