Bitter Brewer - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by demcorhip:
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to BAer chonyr for bringing this to the Great White North.
A nice looking brew, an orange tinted amber ale is capped by a one finger off white head. OK retention, already leaving some lace as the head subsides, and continues to leave random, chaotic patterns of sticky lace . Very mildly carbonated.
Nice aroma on this one, some toasted multigrain bread, and the hopping does provide for the orange marmalade as stated on the can. Some tea like aromas linger in the background.
A tasty brew from one bitter brewer! Much like the aroma suggests, however there is also a somewhat substantial clean hop bitterness (surprised?) with the citrus/marmalade qualities being somewhat more subdued. The toasty whole grain bread is there, and a slight kiss of toffee, but the tea like notes are more substantial than i was led to believe from the nose of this brew.
A nice light bodied brew, although the malts are not quite up to the task of standing up to the hop bitterness. Also somewhat astringent and tea like.
If hops and some astringency are your thing this beer is for you. I'm finding this to be pretty drinkable, but this may be too extreme of a small beer to be truely sessionable for myself. That said this is a very tasty small beer, and one that i wish i had more of so i could challenge myself to see just how sessionable it is. The burps come up as tingly pine... just thought i would throw that in there. Another ballsy beer from the ballsy brewery we know as Surly.
Serving type: can
06-29-2008 23:13:04 | More by demcorhip
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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 840 ratings.