Wet - Surly Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
16oz can into Duvel tulip. Canned 10/4/11, drank 10/29/11. Big thanks to BA mob2332 for hooking me up with this can!
Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch frothy white head that dissipates steadily leaving a nice ring of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent gold. Not much subsequent lacing.
Smell: Very, very dank and pungentm with pineapple, grapefruit, mango, some pine and small garlic-y undertone. This is Simcoe and Citra hops all right. Huge.
There's some biscuity malt in the background, but mainly it's deep, fruity hops that remain powerful and inviting for the duration of the beer.
Taste: Sugary tropical fruit, with a dank, somewhat orange-y background and some Summit-like onion that really works with the sweet fruity hops. Sugary malt presence as well. Very juicy character overall, characteristic of these hops. Like mango juice with bitterness and grains.
This is a surprisingly well balanced beer given the pungent hops. Grains have a real biscuit and cereal character, and stand up to the potent hops. While the can says 90IBU, the perceived bitterness is a lot lower than that suggests. Still, there is a nice bitter hit that shows up at the end with the biscuity flavor (up front it's all mango juice, weed; hops).
I considered giving this a 4 for (perhaps over-) simplicity, but really this is like good Italian food: the ingredients are shining, and are married almost perfectly. You can pick out what each listed ingredient is doing with little difficulty (the dankness, pine, and mild citrus of the Simcoe, the further dankness, succulent orange, mild onion/garlic of the Citra, the fresh cereal graininess of the 2row, the mild sugariness from the crystal malt), and it's all contributing to the great flavor.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and juicy. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Almost dry... wish it were dryer (my only complaint about the beer, really).
Overall: Really nice beer. Showcases the fresh ingredients, while still being greater than the sum of its parts.
Serving type: can
11-11-2011 23:04:20 | More by Pahn
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