Hell - Surly Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the 16oz can to my FW Imperial Nonic glass
Dated 02/12/14 – Thanks to mid as always for my Surly fix!
A: Pale straw gold body with a slight unfiltered haze look to it. About three fingers of eggshell colored suds builds up in the nonic holding for a lengthy amount of time. Suprisingly low amount of stick given all that head. Just a few dots and ribbons laced here and there.
S: Smells very doughy with that common Pilsner grainy bread like character. Has a touch of sourdough twang to it with some floral cut grass and dried citrus peel there. A very simple and clean aroma. You can really sense the high quality ingredients used.
T: Bready Pilsner malts take lead with a tuck of sour grains and a light dab of honey sweetness. Has a vanilla like creaminess to it that I find is just great. Some mild tingly hop bitters of prairie grass move in with flashes of old citrus and earthy spice. Subtle kiss of lemon lime there as well as some green apple. Alcohol is entirely disguised. Simple and understated but totally refreshing.
M: Moderate to lighter body with an upper amount of carb lending to an extremely smooth mouth feel. Moderate to lower amount of perceived bitterness. Very nice crisp finish. Balance is solid between wet and dry.
D: Very drinkable with some delicate flavors built around a base of Pilsner malts. I am no expert on this particular style but I found Surly Hells Lager to be utterly refreshing to drink. This beer is the reason why I need to check out more Lagers.
Serving type: can
05-02-2014 18:28:00 | More by Nugganooch
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours with a finger of bubbly head. Settled in to a thin layer across the top and was present while drinking. Sticky random lacing left behind at each level. The color is a straw yellow/golden color. Active carbonation, in line with many other lagers.
Smell: Grassy hop character with some mild tropical fruit hop tones jump out right away. Cloves and buttery yeast character form an impressive body. Flowery, airy character rounds out the aroma.
Taste: Rounded yeast character gentle warms its way on to the palate. Prairie grass and some fruity hops jump out on the body. Lingering light hop bitterness meshes well with the pilsner malt dryness on the back end.
Mouthfeel: So wonderfully clean and crisp on the palate yet provides an extra layer of hop tones which takes this brew to the next level. Carbonation is perfect.
Overall: A masterfully executed brew and has single handedly rejuvenated my love for lagers. Great lagers seem to be few and hard between in the American craft seen, but this one is a must try.
Serving type: can
03-30-2014 19:05:03 | More by KFBR392
Hell from Surly Brewing Company
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