Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by mrseano:
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: Medium brown with white head that retains for a bit.
S: Nutty, roasted coffee-nut, bit of chocolate, some oats
T: Awesome taste. Pleasant nutty flavors mixed with some coffee/oat notes. Not bitter, some caramel flavors round out the slight hop presence.
M: Good overall mouthfeel, medium bodied but not heavy. Great brown ale.
O: Great beer. Easy to drink, very pleasant taste, and local (from MN!). Excellent on tap close to home. It is not overpowering in any way, which is the best part of this beer. It is subtly very good.
Serving type: on-tap
07-05-2011 23:03:17 | More by mrseano
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3.89/5 rDev -5.4%
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
4.01/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Deep brown body topped by foamy khaki head. Amazing lace left on glass and excellent head retention.
S: Aromas of oats, roasted malt, coffee, hint of vanilla, and caramel comprise the nose.
T: Coffee, caramel, creamy flavors with hints of vanilla and cocoa. Mild hop presence on back end.
M: Velvety smooth and beautifully balanced.
O: Excellent Brown Ale that is extremely drinkable and very enjoyable.
Serving type: can
03-02-2014 21:14:06 | More by Paincane
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - light cola color; thin fizzy tan head
Smell - malty, with a trace of caramel and coffee
Taste - very crisp initially, slight sign of hops; lot of malty oatmeal taste; finishes kind of creamy
Mouthfeel - medium-bodied; lighter and more crisp than typical brown ales
Overall - Brought a 4-pack of cans home from MN. Wasn't a big fan after the first two cans. Last two cans grew on me. Very similar to Bell's Best Brown Ale but I do prefer that one to this one. Not too shabby though.
Serving type: can
02-22-2014 19:13:58 | More by henrichsj
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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