SurlyFest - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by goindownsouth:
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Many thanks to brother BA mikesgroove for this one, consumed on 10/30/08...
I love the can, first off. "Bier for a stein, from a can" - Sounds good to me! So I poured this one aggressively into a 0.5L mug from Bavaria. Pristine and copper in color. Effervescent, with about an 1 1/2" head sitting firmly on top. Nose thick and clean of malty goodness followed succinctly by the dry, spicy crystal rye. I was floored by the resemblence to a traditional Bier of this style so far. Great malt on the palate. Surprisingly clean on the tounge, very bright. Do not be mistaken though, there are extra hops here, for sure. The malt combined with the rye and American Summit hops make this one very unique, but I liked it more than I even thought I would. The hops with the rye and malt make for an interestingly flavorful yet still balanced combination. Highly quaffable and not overly high in the ABV, this is one I will need to re-visit.
Special Bier. Well done.
Serving type: can
10-31-2008 12:33:04 | More by goindownsouth
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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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