Beer Review: Surly Todd the Axe Man


This beer is brewed in collaboration with Amager a brewery in Denmark and named after head brewer Todd, who happens to be quite the guitarist as well. Todd the Axe Man showcases a single malt variety, golden promise and is hopped up with two of my all time favorites Mosaic and Citra. Todd the Axe Man comes in at 6.5% ABV.

Appearance: Pretty murky with lots of floating sediment. Nice amber/orange color with a 1 finger head thats dissipates quickly. Has some decent lacing, love the can art.

Nose: Huge nose, so dank. Lots of citrus, pineapple, mango, floral, resin and earthy notes. Super juicy nose on this one, awesome showcase of two of my favorite aromatic hops Mosaic and Citra.

Taste/Mouth: Wow, really just wow right off the bat just such awesome flavors. Lots of citrus rind and citrus peel. Piney and spicy as well. Malt backs up the huge bitterness and hop flavors well with a nice dose of golden promise. Follows all the great characteristics of the nose just a little more muted. Really such a delicious, crushable beer.

Price/Availability: It is a seasonal/occasional release. Kind of pops up randomly now. Around $14-$16 for a 4 pack which can be viewed as it’s only downfall. Not too difficult to find in Chicago or Midwest when it is released, can get snatched up quick.

Overall: An incredible IPA, one of my favorites of all time for sure. Citra and Mosaic together is magical and Surly showcases them incredibly in this beer. Seek this one out if possible, you will not be disappointed. Keeping shredding Todd.

Grade: A+

Beer Review: Surly Furious IPA


Some fresh reviews coming your way in the coming days and weeks, got a lot in my archive I am going to get typed up and posted. Here is Surly’s Furious IPA, one of the most infamous canned beers and certainly a classic IPA which is actually a hybrid of an American style IPA and an English ESB which helped build up this breweries now outstanding reputation. Furious comes in at 6.6% ABV.

Nose: Pine, earthy, some resin with a good amount of caramel coming through as well. Citrus is definitely present and showcased. Has a solid and pretty standard American IPA nose, maybe a little more malty than some.

Appearance: 1 finger head, some very amazing lacing. Deep hazy amber color, a lot darker than most IPAs, really looks more like an amber ale. Surly always has great art on their cans.

Taste/Mouth: So clean, so crisp and so damn balanced. Caramel and toffee balanced so perfectly with pine and citrus. Nice bite of bitterness and hop notes paired up perfectly with that malt presence. Definitely a beer you can put back a few of without a problem.

Price/Availability: $11 for a 4 pack of tall boys, which isn’t the best but not the worst, and available all year round. Since their expansion you can get this beer in cans or on draft very easily anywhere around Chicago.

Overall: A brewery that has a nice amount of well deserved hype and this beer in particular for a long time was the Midwestern IPA people wanted to trade for, a legendary IPA at this point in time. Definitely lives up to that hype it has built, although it does have the feel of an older IPA at this point. It is a unique and great beer and is often a go to for me on draft as the 4 pack is a bit on the pricey side.

Grade: A-