Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 1,027
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009

2013 was a mix of Cascade and Centennial hops
2012 was Simcoe hops only
2011 was Citra hops only

2,400 lbs of hops picked freshly in oregon and shipped to Minnesota immediately. We brewed this beer three days later. This is a hop forward beer, dry with subdued malt flavors.
STYLE: West Coast India Pale Ale
MALT: 2-Row, Crystal Crystal
WET HOPS: Citra, Simcoe
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 17º Plato
ABV: 7.5% v/v
IBU: 90
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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnished golden orange pour with great clarity and a creamy half inch of bubbly foam on top. Nice active carbonation. Aromas kick off with juicy, fresh, resinous hops. Lots of citrus and grapefruit all over the place. Mellow roasted malt in the background with some caramel sweetness, but hops rule the show as it was brewed with 100% Citra.

First sip is...HOPS! Bright green citrus with lots of orange, grapefruit and resinous oils. Lightly toasted malts with some caramel sweetness. Flows down with a nice kick of bitterness. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with great carbonation. An easy drinking brew that brings the fresh dank hops! Glad I happened to be up in MN when this was out so I could grab a 4pack, my only regret is this being my last can...yum!

Photo of NWer
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic offering from Surly.
Golden/bronze clear appearance, moderate head, floral lightly citrus aroma. Very pleasant. Floral up front, balanced taste, citrus lingers. Not at all overwhelming.
Smooth. A very easy drinker finished off quickly.
Very much worth seeking out.

Photo of warnerry
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised that there is no canning date on this, as they do put dates on some other beers. Still, probably within a few weeks of canning.

A - Beautiful clear dark copper pour with almost two fingers of dense off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Nice herbal hops, with some tropical fruit, a bit of citrus, and floral aromas as well. Interesting hop combination with the earthy and fruit Also a decent malt presence, though hops do take center stage. Doesn't have the "punch you in the nose" hop presence, but the aroma is very nicely balanced.

T - Nice resiny hops up front, with more citrus than I got from the aroma, some pine and an earthy herbal presence. While quite hoppy, I wouldn't characterize this as a hop bomb. There is a nice balance of caramel malt. Finish is a bit bitter and piney. Very nice.

M - Wow, this is the creamiest IPA I've ever had. Has quite a luxurious mothfeel that balances the bitter elements nicely.

O - I've used this word several times already, but balance is definitely what makes this one a great beer. It is quite hoppy, and the bitter aftertaste lingers for quite awhile, but the malt presence is just enough to balance, without detracting from the hop character. Easily one of my favorite fresh hop ales.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this canned goodness.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops, along with some pine and grassy notes. This is one of the more dank smelling IPAs I have tried. The aroma has a lot of pine, resin and dank qualities to it. There is a little bready malt in the backbone and the bitterness is low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice fresh-hopped IPA that definitely lived up to the hype. I only wish I could drink this beer more often.

Photo of bsp77
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First can review! (even if it is only #38 overall)

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very light gold with moderate stark white head. Surprised how light the beer is.

Smell: Strong, fresh, sweetish, pink grapefruit with some orange, mango and pine.

Taste: Somewhat tart grapefruit assault, with layers of just barely sweet orange, mango and pine. Malts - not sure there are any. Ends very bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, hop oily body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Freshness personified. Great Wet Hop IPA that is, as expected, all about hops and bitterness. Simply, a bitter, tart grapefruit onslaught.

2013 Update: My initial review was for the 2010 release, which was a mix of Citra and Simcoe hops. 2011 was all Citra and 2012 was all Simcoe, but these were relatively similar beers, just accentuated more of this than that. However, 2013, with the Cascade and Centennial hops is vastly different. It is more citrusy and simple than tart and tropical, and definitely less aromatic. It is still really fresh tasting and maybe a little more drinkable, but not quite as good. Maybe more like a 4 than the 4.2 I gave the other vintages. I hope they do something more distinct next year, such as Amarillo or Mosaic.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big huge thanks to tom (trxxpaxxs) for randomly gifting me an ultra fresh can of this! this has been one of my top wants for awhile, stand up guy.

16oz can at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. canned on 10/12/11, exactly 2 weeks old...ohhh baby.

pours out a fairly clear golden color with maybe some orange. a nice dense 2-3 fingers of slightly off white head with some very nice retention, some lace.

big dank resins, pine, some tropical fruits, a bit spicy and a bit vegetal at times, but it smells very close to what actual fresh hops smell like. a definate cereal grain is apparent and becomes more so as the beer warms.

again very dank and resiny flavors, pine and tropical fruits being at the forefront with a bit of almost spicy onion and a hint of some sweet citrus. cereal grain malt is right there and maybe a very slight hint of the yeast noticable. a nice smooth bitterness.

a very smooth medium body, also very resiny, did i mention dank. good feeling carbonation.

definatly one of the better fresh hop beers out there, goes to show what freshness really does when it comes to hops. very similar to what the sticky yellow powder (lupulin) smells like on some fresh high alpha hops. id drink this again and again, but sadly, very hard to get and a very small time slot, its already too late to trade for...damn

Photo of ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can (2011)

Thanks for sharing, j47paco!

Slightly hazy auburn and orange with a very thin off-white head.

As expected, the aroma is quite hoppy and focuses on citrus: lots of grapefruit and orange. There's a hint of pale or crystal malt, but this is certainly hop-forward. There's also some grassy aromas peeking through as well. Nearly perfect for a harvest/wet IPA.

A very floral and grassy hop flavor with a mild citrus behind it. Simple, yet obviously fresh, and incredibly tasty.

Disappearing, crisp, medium mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable.

A wonderful, refreshing, drinkable, tasty fresh hop IPA.

Photo of MattyG85
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Canned on 10/04/11.

Appearance: Bright and lively amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger white head that holds up pretty well. Lots of sticky lacing rims the glass.

Smell: Huge aroma of hops. Lots of citrus including notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and orange. Strong presence of pine resin and a hint of onion from the hops. A healthy background of malts is also noticeable with a nice bready aroma lingering behind the hops.

Taste: Like the nose, a huge assertive flavor of citrus and piney hops. Big notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and orange with lots of pine resin. Also a hint of spicy onion and grass. A nice presence of bready caramel malts brings some balance. Very bold and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy, somewhat dry and very smooth for such a boldly hopped ale.

Overall: Another great ale from Surly. Very boldly hopped but still very smooth and balanced. Very tasty.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lighter yellow pour with lots of clarity, didn't expect it to look this yellow and professional. Big burst of citra and simcoe jumps out in the aroma, very nice at 9am.

Taste, bold hoppiness, but bitterness doesn't destroy you. Not over the top, but definitely ample, definitely more pine mouthfeel to the hops than any other flavor. Has a relatively light weight to it, hides the alcohol extremely well. Malt stays away from caramel, a unique little quirk for an ipa these days. Hoppy, without a lot of weight.

Pricey at $18 a 4 pack, only thing inhibiting a perfect rating.

Photo of brow1901
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap minutes ago at Town Hall ironicly.

A- Nice dark amber/ orange color. Bone white head that disappeared to quickly. Good lacing, poor retention.

S- Ok this beer smells like nothing else on earth, it's stunning, literally one sniff and you will be blown away. Fresh citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, and strong pine hop smells. Just dominate the nose and it is amazing!

T- The taste might not live up to what you would expect after smelling the amazingness, but it is none the less delicious. I don't know why this is a IPA instead of a IIPA. The hop bite and I really mean BITE is intense. Yet so flavorful, loads of grapefruit and spicyness.

M- Pretty slick and oily, but it leaves the mouth dry. Adequate carbonation.

D- Good drinkablity, goes down fast, leaves you wanting more. Surly needs to can this beast next year so the wonderfulness can be shared!

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Lee - much obliged!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large amounts of citrus and tropical fruits backed up by light pale malt aromas. Also present are hints of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though with more of a fresh hop influence. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip the brightness of the citrus and tropical fruit hops are darkened a bit with the addition of more earthy and slightly leafy hop flavors. The combination of citrus and earthy hops carries through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is yet another solid beer from Surly - one of the better fresh hop beers out there. Well worth a shot.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Shane for this can, been a want for a very long time.

A: Pours a clear orange copper color with a thick off-white head on top. Pretty nice retention, slowly reducing a thin layer on top. White foam sticks to the glass all the way around.

S: Fresh, grassy hops, some citrus fruits, lots of rind/peel, mostly from lemon and grapefruit. Doesn't really smack you in the face, but its very nice nonetheless.

T: Lots of tropical fruits, grapefruit, orange, and some rind. Very earthy and grassy, oily and resiny as well. Very nice hop profile.

M: Medium bodied, has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking though, goes down smooth.

O: A really nice IPA, extremely drinkable. I had no problem putting this one down at all. Wish that Surly made it more often!

Photo of klshanks
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- 16 oz can poured into a pint glass. Clear golden orange with a solid inch of white head. Good lacing all down the glass as it is drank.

Aroma- A good whiff reveals some herbal grassy hop notes too it. The aroma isn't overpowering like you might expect

Taste- Lots of grassy bitter flavor as well as some pine and orange peel taste. A hint of booziness to it.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good. Well carbonated, not too thin but not coating your mouth and lingers just long enough

Drinkability- Sign me up for another pint!

Photo of nkersten
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip. Golden amber in color, white head fades to ring with excellent lacing. Smell is impressive for a wet hop - Lots of resin and pine, light malts, some tropical fruits buried under all the piney hops. Taste is very similar to smell, lots of pine tree hops and a light malt presence to provide a tiny bit of balance. Columbus hops stand out most in the flavor, where the citra is more noticeable in the smell. Not terribly bitter but very tasty hops. Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation. I would prefer it to be a bit drier. Overall an excellent beer, I love the smell. One of my favorite wet hop beers. Wish this one was available in Chicago.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big white head and big lacing on a light golden head. Very fresh and drinkable. Leafy minty, hops in the finish that are moderately acidic but also well balanced with spice. Smooth mouthfeel otherwise. Look forward to next year's hops.
Thanks for sharing John.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.51/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, goblet, canned 10/11/10.

Light orange, specifically clear orange juice, with a large, fluffy head of white.

Orange marmalade, buttery yeast, pear, and grassy hops make up a nose that is underwhelming for a five day old wet hop West coast IPA. Unfortunately, Surly struck out on the most important component of a wet hop beer, the aroma.

Decently sweet pale malt and the delicious orange marmalade balance well against orange and Meyer lemon peel bitterness. The flavors aren't typical West coast IPA, but the juiciness is.

Pretty malty and the carbonation has faded quickly, the juicy and oily factors save this.

The aroma just kills it, and because of that I would not go out and buy this again. I think of wet hop ales being some of the beers I just want to sit and smell. I also think Surly went a little too big on the abv. A case of so close and yet so far.

Photo of beertooth
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sheffield's served in a shaker pint glass.

This beer is a cloudy burnt honey red color with a thin layer of bubbly head.

The nose is all hops, tons of catty notes.. Some grapefruit, pine, floral tea notes..

The first gulp is harsh pine, catty chinook and simcoe, maybe.. I'm picking up on some herbal tea as well. Not as easy drinking as Furious, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel is full with some nice bubble bite.

An interesting fresh hopped IPA and I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

Photo of tempest
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ngon Vietnamese in St. Paul and served in a tulip glass. The beer appeared orange-red with a tall white head that left lacing. The aroma is a little too strong to make out a lot of discernible hop character - it blend into a big blast of citrus punch. The flavor, however, puts this beer among the best wet hop ales I've ever had (2008 SN Harvest comes to mind). It begins with floral and apricot hops before sliding into rougher grapefruit and citrus rind notes. The citrus then dries out in the aftertaste to leave a bitter dried fruit and crushed pepper taste. Damn, that's a good IPA. Drink it if you can find it.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Golden amber with a white head. After the head faded my wife said it looked like dark apple juice :)

Smell: Fresh piney hops and citrus (grapefruit and mango).

Taste: Exactly like the smell! The fresh piney hops and citrus go together well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slighly coarse with a dry finish.

Overall: Very tastey. I enjoyed the fresh piney hop flavor. Just another brew from Surly that did not disappoint. Cheers!

Photo of MrKennedy
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml can thanks to stevef03 for the trade! Poured into a Triple Karmeliet tulip.

Golden-amber appearance with a decent off-white head that laced ok on the way down.

Smell has a slightly pungent, hop resin and pine, note to it. Not big, let alone over the top, just consistent.

Tasted in a similar vain, the Simcoe pungent hop resin in the foreground and occasionally some pine came in to break it up a touch.

Mouthfeel was very good, nice body for the style, very drinkable. Not a lot of bitterness for 90 IBU, even as this opened up, staying more like a real wet hop beer that seems all about the aroma, taste and feel being the standout factors.

This works. Consistent, highly drinkable and flavoursome.

Photo of plfahey
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden with an orangish tint and totally clear. Big, sticky yellowish beige head is dense and creamy with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Super fragrant hop aroma-with notes of fresh grass, hay, lemony citrus, and a hint of pine as well. Solid caramel and toasted malt makes for a firm background. Slight cattiness as well. As the beer sits, a strong, mango aroma develops which is quite delicious.

Flavor-Smooth, sweetish caramel malt up front with loads of hop flavor-pine, lemon, grapefruit, and hay all come to mind. Big sticky resiny flavors leap in in the finish, along with a moderately strong hop bitterness, which manages to remain quite smooth and rounded. Finishes with a touch of toasty malt and piney/resiny hop flavors and bitterness that seems to linger on the palate forever.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Smooth, rounded bitterness coats the palate in a very pleasant way.

Last year, Wet was pretty solid, but not my favorite. They've really outdone themselves this year. The aroma and flavor kick ass, and the bitterness is so smooth it's almost unbelievable. Absolutely superb.

Photo of msjacilynn
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: clean copper pour.

S: crisp, floral nose with a bit of piney-grassy accents.

T: holy fresh! (I haven't tasted many fresh IPA's so bear with me) immediately struck by a sweetness that tapers off with the bitter hops lasting...this has such a nice balance of taste. I totally need to check out more fresh hopped brews!

M: high carbonation, medium bodied nice overall feel on the tongue.

D: definitely drinkable...I'd have this as a staple in my fridge if the shelf life wasn't so short, limited and a bit spendy. very well crafted brew! I suppose I expect that from Surly!

Photo of dbossman
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light, golden with a huge frothy head--big bubbles sit on top of each other; bubbles shoot beautifully through the middle of the glass toward the billowing head

S: Oily hoppiness: grapefruit, lemon rind, and pine on top of a grainy quality with a subtle alcohol aroma burning the nostril at the end

T: Very hop centric beer obviously with lots of citrus and pine up front; there is also an oily aspect that sits on the tongue; a bit of alcohol; and a pleasant slightly sweet grainy quality

F: Nicely carbonated; sticky and oily--great for the style

D: A delicious hop forward brew!

Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear caramel color with a quarter of an inch head that leaves very nice lacing.

S: Fresh lemon with hints of pine. also a fair amount of grassiness and floral hop aroma as well

T: Very earthy and grassy up front with a crisp caramel note in the finish. there is also a bit of lemon and pine in the finish as well

M: Really smooth with a good level of creaminess. there is only a touch of roughness but not bad at all.

D: I could drink this one all day without any problems at all. another winner from surly

Photo of cjacobsen
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a clear golden color with a nice white head on it. It looked clean, crisp and fresh.

Smelled of hops, lots of them. Smelled amazing.

The taste was hoppy, but there is a notable difference between fresh hops and hops that have been around for a while. This beer had an amazing freshness about it. It was smooth. Had a bold hit right up front and felt like it was full bodied like you could cut it with a knife.

This was awesome and I have to thank sweemzander with hooking me up with a can of this. Only problem is, now I wan't more.

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