SurlyFest - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by tewaris:
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Oktoberfest inspired single hop, dry hopped rye lager
OG: 14.5º Plato
16 oz can with no freshness date poured into a Surly pint glass on September 30, 2010. I know it's very fresh since it just came out and I am a homer ;).
Clear red brown with a light tan colored creamy head. Average retention. Good lacing.
Rye bread character is dominant; some hop character from dry hopping. Overall impression is good, although hop aroma is rather weak and not long lasting, which is not a fault. Rye aroma, however, is in abundance. However, none of the familiar toasted malt character associated with Oktoberfest beer. The aroma is unlike the base style so it becomes a subjective question. Does it work? Yes, it does.
Clean, as I would expect from a well done lager. Some bitterness and flavor from hops that plays well with the rye character. Yields to a clean, mildly bittering finish, with a slight creamy texture. This is a rye beer very well done.
Crisp, but not overly carbonated and good even when warm. Body is medium for a lager of this kind.
Very drinkable. In fact, perhaps more drinkable on its own (without food pairings) than traditional fest beers. I wish this had lower alcohol, which would make it an excellent session beer.
Serving type: can
09-30-2010 09:49:05 | More by tewaris
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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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