Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Skidz:
4.55/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours out copper-brown and sits a deep ruby-tinged mahogany in the glass with a large frothy beige head.
Dry, crackery malts on the nose with notes of autumn leaves and caramel.
Light malt build, little sweetness to speak of. Hops move in swiftly and powerfully, lending moderate levels of bitterness. Roasty coffee flavors, toast and a bit of nuttiness. Everything is surrounded by the dry, grassy hops flavor. Bitterness all the way through the finish.
Body is light, soft and built on a good swell of fine carbonation, making this dangerously drinkable. This is pretty much its own thing, and this thing is good.
Serving type: can
08-12-2009 03:29:29 | More by Skidz
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4.14/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This is an excellent brown ale and has a unique style focused on smooth, velvety oats.
Rich dark brown appearance with a small off-colored head, great for a brown ale. The nose consisted of a gentle sweet maltiness along with a nutty malt roast. The flavor profile begins with a mild hop presence, leading into the dominant silky-smooth maltiness of the ale from the heavy dosage of oats. The finale is roasty-toasty with very subtle hints of chocolate and cream, much more subdued then some other brown ales I've had that are almost porter-like.
For me, it's that velvety oat mouthfeel that defines this universally liked beer. It does have just enough hops and is not too heavy in the mouthfeel such that I was able to enjoy it on a summer evening. A beer worthy of drinking again and again, but there are a wide variety of brown ales that would offer a different and also worthy drinking experience.
Serving type: can
06-24-2014 19:42:52 | More by juanny
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.