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Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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BenderBender

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,539 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,539
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 427
Gots: 169 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Here's what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, carmel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.

(Beer added by: tavernjef on 02-04-2006)
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a willi becher pint. Purchased at Hawthorne's (illegally?) and it says "Canned on 11/06/13"

A mahogany colored brew with a beautiful tan foam cap that arches out of the glass. As it recedes, it leaves behind a spotty webbed lacing. The body shines with ruby red highlights and a decent clarity for a brown ale.

The aroma is soft, and clearly malt-forward with only a mild hop balance. It carries hints of baked bread, chocolate, and a faint hoppiness behind that. This is a little more robust and hoppy than an English Brown might be.

Unique, and definitely American. This brown ale carries the hops from the first tingling (gentle) bitter sip through till the lingering bitter aftertaste. But hops are not running the show here, as the malt is equal in its presence, and offers the palate flavors of light coffee, cocoa, toasted bread, and nuts.

The body of this beer is right on point, though I felt like I would prefer this beer on cask, with lower gas. The medium body allows this to feel substantial, but not heavy, and the carbonation is good enough to lighten the bitterness and refresh the palate.

I honestly wasn't expecting this to be my first Surly beer, but I am glad it was. This is a well-made beer: balanced, semi-hoppy for the style, and quite drinkable. It isn't the best brown ale I have ever had, or most "Americanized", but it was damn tasty. Worth a shot for sure.

Serving type: can

03-06-2014 02:08:52 | More by MusicaleMike
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Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.