Bitter Brewer - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Florida9:
3.73/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: Color is an earthy shade of orange. There is some visible sedimentation giving this brew a slightly cloudy look to it. Forms a sizable off-white head that offers up some very nice retention. Lots of lacing on the way down.
S: Aroma is a nice blend of malt and hops. Light caramel malts, stewed tea, pine, and a bit of citrus.
T: Taste is somewhat earthy and a bit dank. Mild caramel malts lead into the flavors of tea, earthy hops, and some pine character. Finish is earthier still.
M: Medium bodied with a lighter/medium carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness. Somewhat sticky or coating in the mouth.
O: When I first popped this can and took a swig, I was more than impressed. This beer was really packing some flavor for it's mild 4% ABV. But as a I got about half way through, the flavor became less bright and much darker and one-note. It really just seemed to fall off. I do wonder if this beer has more age on it than it should (there appears to have been a valiant attempt to date the can, but the date is illegible) that is resulting in some of the earthy flavors that seem to be dominating this beer.
Serving type: can
07-21-2012 02:45:05 | More by Florida9
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4.04/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A - Copper orange, clear, with a large white head that bubbled off quickly and reduces to a thin film, with mild lacing.
S - Surprisingly strong hop note, mostly of pine. Malt is also present, a quality of bread.
T - This is a subtle brew, but offers both cracker flavors and bread in the malts and an element of grass from the hop. There is a hint of citrus and pine, but it buried deep in the mix. Most important is the bitter shift at mid-point, where we get a more standard bitter.
M - For as bitter as this is, the brisk carbonation and light body and ABV keep things bright and easy. A true session beer.
O - Where I've found most bitters lack something at their core, this bitter is robust and fully realized, ultimately quite satisfying. This is not my favorite style, but this represents an exciting entry that I'd actually reach for when looking for a brew by the lake where I need to keep my edge.
Serving type: can
07-14-2014 00:17:29 | More by Tsar_Riga
Bitter Brewer from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.