Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
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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3.78/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown head with an inch or so of light brown head. A tad bit dark for Decent retention and a good amount of lacing. A little bit of mild sweetness in the aroma paired with dark chocolate and a little nuttiness. Good balance in the taste. Nothing over the top. A little bit of sweetness, followed by caramel. Lightly roasted coffee and slight hints of chocolate.A little bit thinner than I expected, with a touch of creaminess. Goes down really easy. I could knock back a few of these.
Overall, I consider this one to be a curious case. This is the second can of this that I've had. The first one was a bit fresher. I'm not liking it as much this time around. The aroma and taste seem a bit milder this time around.
Serving type: can
07-19-2014 03:02:06 | More by majorbase2
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,529 ratings.