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Bender - Surly Brewing Company

BenderBender

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,427 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1427
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 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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mcintire78

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-17-2012 16:03:03 | More by mcintire78
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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gangstafaceclay

Illinois

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
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Bender from Surly Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.