SurlyFest - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Blybloke:
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Just picked up a 4-pack of Surlyfest in cans at the Liquor Barrel in Golden Valley.
Pours a gorgeous ripe-pumpkin orange into a pint glass with an inch of head that dissipated quickly. Moderate to low lacing.
Smell is tough to describe other than amazing. I smell bananas, pumpkin, black pepper, and grapefruit with a little bit of funk and something else I cannot put a name to. Very complex aroma to me.
As far as the taste,.I'm not normally a huge fan of Oktoberfest beers, but then again, this beer isn't claiming to be a run of the mill Oktoberfest. You've gotta love Surly, once again, for thinking outside the box. More breweries should take that tack. Anyway, taste starts out malty with some spice and pumpkin and then the citrusy hops kick in.
Mouthfeel is good too, not exceptional, but a solid experience.
Drinking a few of these on a crisp autumn evening by a nice fire would be perfect. In fact, that's what I'm gonna do tonight...
Another great beer from Surly. They deserve every accolade they have received. Buy this beer. You won't be disappointed.
Serving type: can
09-14-2007 18:45:45 | More by Blybloke
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4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to Cyclone8 for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into an Upland pint glass.
A: Pours incredibly clear - nice light bronze with some faint reddish highlights. Forms a half-finger of off-white head with lots of small bubble visible carbonation.
S: Bready malts and clean lager yeast with no discernible sulfuric qualities – a very restrained aroma but nice. Perhaps a touch of oily hops lurking in the background.
T: Bready malts with some rye spiciness and just a bit of husk, extremely clean lager yeast character – no fruity esters that I can find. Mild resinous and earthy hops with maybe a touch of citrus bitterness near the end. The hang is mostly residual malt sweetness but with a bit of hop bitterness.
M: Medium body for style, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is essentially nonexistent.
O: Really digging this beer – it's not always my favorite style, but this example is well-lagered and enjoyable. I do wonder what yeast strain they used because it comes across very well in this beer, and the rye addition with restrained American hops (don't know which one, also curious about this) create a very drinkable and tasty beer. I feel like this is a beer that needs to be in my fridge every fall.
Serving type: can
04-22-2014 04:41:55 | More by macrosmatic
SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
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