Bitter Brewer - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
3.86/5 rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can provided by Allen “Mid” – thanks brother!
Notes from 05/04/14 using my FW Imperial Nonic glass
A: Unfilitered look with a body that moves from a golden straw yellow color into some darker orange hues. A healthy whip of ivory cream settles across the top with decent retention efforts and sticky cling action.
S: Lots of toasty malts up front like nutty biscuit and toasted bread aromas with a spread of orange marmalade. Dash of caramel sweetness and some peach fruit melds into a cluster of Floral hops. Smells nice and inviting to me.
T: English malt is standout with its toasty bread and biscuit like quality encompassing candied orange peels. Super floral like Honeysuckle with a slight herbal twist to it and a dose of ripened stone fruit underneath. The beer is plenty hoppy but not sharp at all with a low amount of actual percieved bitterness. Very smooth with the alcohol completely masked throughout. I must admit this is highly quaffable stuff.
M: Moderate body on account of the more filling English malts. Low to even carb keeps it lighter with a nice creaminess and a touch of drying snap towards the finish. Comes off a little watered down at times. Slightly oily but mostly clean on the whole.
D: This is a nice little bitter and would go great if served as a Real Ale. All things considered it is well balanced and offers up some good flavor points. It is far from any type of a game changer but I don’t think of an ESB in that regards any matter. Just a really well crafted brew with no frills. Glad to have tried but not something I would probably go seeking out.
Serving type: can
05-19-2014 21:02:23 | More by Nugganooch
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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
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