Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by grub:
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
deep brown colour with 1/2" of thick creamy tan head. the head lingers long down the glass and leaves plenty of lacing behind.
aroma is nice and malty with a nice, floral hoppy smell.
taste is great. rich bready malt flavour with a big of roasty/smokeyness. nice level of hop bitterness and fresh floral taste. just a hint of coffee in the finish.
mouthfeel is actually bigger than i thought and seems a bit much for a brown ale, but it's not to the point of being thick like a stout. just a little thicker than i think it should be.
drinkability suffers a bit from the thickness, but other than that it's quite nice.
overall this was a great beer that i really enjoyed.
Serving type: on-tap
05-15-2006 04:16:29 | More by grub
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4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Got this on tap at a local bar and restaurant and I loved it.
A- is a dark brown almost black with a nice cream head
S- coco, nuts, coffee and oats.
T- follows nose. Chocolate, caramel, nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, coffee, some butter and nice oats. Delicious brew.
M- medium bodied with good carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.
O- delicious and very drinkable brown ale. I wanted more and more after every sip
Serving type: on-tap
04-10-2014 21:51:32 | More by gangstafaceclay
2.91/5 rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.
Thanks to VDubb, I finally got around to trying the coffee-less version of Bender. It pours a clear sunset topaz topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild graham cracker, grass, flowers, and a touch of Oreo. The taste focuses on the grass, flowers, and mild lemon peel, all to the detriment of the grain-y, biscuit-y base. Basically, they took the "American" label stereotype and ran with it, over-hopping what may have been a nice enough brown ale. A shame, really. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, this brown just didn't sit right with me. It's too hoppy for its own good, and those grains mentioned in the blurb above don't come through at all. I wanted to like this stuff, especially given my love of Coffee Bender, but I guess I'll just stick with the coffee-infused version for the duration.
Serving type: can
03-24-2014 18:19:46 | More by TMoney2591
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.