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Ratings: 1126
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%


Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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
BITTERING HOPS: Columbus
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 17º Plato
ABV: 7.5% v/v
COLOR: 6 ºSRM
IBU: 90
AVAILABILITY: October

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009)
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy glowing yellow straw color with a magnificent light tan/off white head. Retention is a 10, lacing is a 9+. Fantastic.

S - lots of light citrusy fruity hops, some malty sweetness, minimal pine.

T - Quite a bit of sweet caramel type malts mix with hop bitterness, citrusy and minimally resinous. Well balanced, a bit on the malty side... why doesnt this thing have a date?

M - Really ideal, medium bodied and medium carbonation, yet very smooth while still being refreshing. Big fan of the mouthfeel.

O - Man would I love to get a freshy, im assuming this is a month or more old - really fantastic either way

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:37:47 | More by MacQ32
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Ohiovania

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Possibly the best straight up American IPA I have ever had. Complex, like the hops have their own aroma and flavor bell curves of perfection. The malt is hidden underneath but is still fully present in the flavor. And the hops taste just a fresh as they guarantee them to be. My can was only 2 weeks old. I would simply buy this all the time if it was available for me on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:52:24 | More by Ohiovania
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fdkayti

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A big, sticky, slightly off-white head squats on top of a clear, amber beer. Head is dissipating slowly into nice craters, and the lacing is thiiiick.

S- A malty sweetness up front, followed by citrusy, earthy, piney hops.

T- An initial sweet citrus is followed immediately by bitter, pithe-like citrus. All of this is supported by a caramel undertone and solid, bready malts. Crisp, refreshing bitterness lingers.

MF- Carbonation is spot on, but it drinks slightly less sticky than I'd hoped. Leaves me feeling thirst-quenched and cheery.

O/D- An excellent offering. Easy drinking - it's bitterness provides a deep need for more. Comes highly reccommended and remains to be so.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:44:02 | More by fdkayti
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow this is my first Surly review? I guess when the brewery is local it gets taken for granted.

Poured into a pint glass. Man, for a pretty straightforward light gold, it really is a pretty brew. So clean and clear.

Smell is floral and organic, but surprisingly not that strong. NOT THE CASE for taste however, total hop/floral sledgehammer. It's like sucking on a mouthful of plants. Fabulous. Also a remarkable creamy consistency with not too much carbonation.

Good golly, such a terrific drink. Would have preferred a little more aroma, but no big deal. I am supposed to trade a few of these, but now I'm feeling greedy and want the whole four-pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 12:35:29 | More by lurpy1
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dgugliuzza

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip

Orange/amber in color with a thick mountain like head. White, bubbly and frothy. Sticky lacing surrounds the glass on all sides. Fantastic head retention.

Pine, citrusy and resin aromas. Has a clean hop profile with a great bittersweet balance. This beer is all about the hops and I'm not complaining.

Fresh piney hops up front followed by a bitter resin and sweet citrusy hops. Amazingly clean and fresh tasting wet hopped beer. Tongue smacking hops that keep me wanting more.

Light to medium mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Good carbonation, fantastic drinkability. This is as close to chuggable as it gets for an ipa.

Delicious, clean and fresh wet hopped ipa. The hops are addicting as they keep you wanting more. Creates a striking combination of piney and citrusy while throwing in some sticky sweet resin. A definite must seek out.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:49:20 | More by dgugliuzza
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HosP

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple of these from my buddy Patchmaster. Very gracious of him to share!

A - Very clear with a darker yellow, light amber color. Decent white head to it. Left nice residual lace down the glass.

S - Big hop aromas come from this can once it's cracked open. Grassy, orange, citrus aromas come out all pretty strong to the nose. Makes you want to take a drink as soon as possible.

T - Very much like the nose, the big hop flavors come out in this beer from front to back. Get more pine flavor with the citrus. Some hints of maybe pineapple mixed in the middle. Not as bitter as I would have thought. Some malt flavors round out the taste of the beer but don't draw to much away from the initial flavors.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Doesn't seem as bitter and dry as some IPA's, maybe from the wet hops.

D - Very easy to drink this beer. I could drink a couple of these and be very happy. Even my wife who is not a fan or hoppy beers, said it wasn't bad!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 05:48:08 | More by HosP
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klshanks

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 07:00:12 | More by klshanks
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours about picture perfect copper color with a beige topping of medium/thick head. The smell is evident of hop residue as soon as the can is opened. I brought by buddy a glass and from across the room he said- oh wow- that's some hops. Taste is incredibly dry- like bone dry- but the plentiful hop profile is very nice. Very tough to get through the second one of these- the first was very drinkable- but I wouldn't recommend more than one at a time- this is very thick and is filling me up way too fast.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:36:12 | More by ThaBobfather
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a four pack thanks to Lenny1203, thanks a lot man. Me and my friends each drank a can and we all agreed that this was a pretty good beer. I think this may be the best wet hop beer I have ever had. It really captures the hop oil in the aroma and the taste, its strong and distinctive. This is easily identified as wet hopped and I honestly can't think of how to define teh flavor other than super hoppy and dank. Not much pine or citrus that I could detect, this was all humulus lupus, fresh nugs. I wish I could buy this.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:49:45 | More by ArrogantB
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned one week ago, and this is my last one. So sad...

A. Thick creamy head on a bright amber body. Fairly transparent.

S. Tons of mouth watering citrus. Pineapple in particular comes to mind. There is a perfect balance of bright sweetness to balance the aggressive hop level.

T&m. This instantly hits on all cylinders. Explosion of citric hops up front. Creamy body allows it to linger. Just enough resiny hop taste to make it chewy, but not thick enough to take away from its approachability. Assertive alcohol bite fits well on the finish.

D. Due to the style, this will never be a year round offering of course. This is too bad, because it would definitely be a beer I would come back to often (probably on the same day) if it was easier to come by. An amazing beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 00:21:05 | More by dougofthefuture
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tall can received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, lime/melon, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some melon, lime, and a touch of apricot.

Overall - I expected more hoppy taste and aroma. My can is a few months old but still, this shouldn't have faded so fast. Even though, this is a good beer, just not one that lived up to the high rankings.

Serving type: can

12-05-2013 00:51:12 | More by spinrsx
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magictacosinus

California

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to amerak for sending this to me as an extra. Poured out of a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Canning date is listed as "09/12/13."

Pours a cloudy amber orange color complete with a decent yet nice initial frothy white head that rises about 2 fingers tall in the glass. There's sediment in this, but it settles at the bottom in a powdery, refined appearance. Bubbles are visible, and thanks to the glass, keep a modest half finger around for a while. Some stickiness, as always with this brewery, stays around upon the glass's walls. Looks like a great West Coast IPA, which is exactly its apparently attempting to be.

As far as wet hop beers go, this aroma is totally killer - better than most I've had to date (but, I admit I haven't had enough). Notes of freshly cut limes, lemons, orange peel, grapefruit, pine, cantaloupe, green melon, and apricots are most predominant at the front. This follows with slight spiciness and earthiness, but the melon forward aroma, as well as the limes, is astonishing. A bit of a toffee sweetness rounds it up, but the fruit flavor is by far the highlight. Great stuff.

A true delight from the first sip - the melons and limes are even far more pronounced on the palate. A honeydew, pine-tinged, citrus and grassy flavor soon follows, but it's actually far less astringent than I expected it to be. It's definitely dry, with herbal and citrus notes galore at the back, but it turns out to be enormously refreshing given the excellent fruit profile as well as the soft, toffee/caramel combo that immediately cuts the bitterness ten-fold. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but it only adds on to the sweetness. Given the creamy, fruity feel of the beer, this is a dangerous - I could easily down this without thinking twice about it. Simply awesome stuff yet again from Surly.

Holy crap, it's truly eye-opening what Cascade and Centennial hops can do at their best. Wet hop beers, in spite of their difficulty to brew, need to become more widespread - you truly get the herbal, citrus laden core of the hops when they are brewed this way. Add the appropriate funky yeast flavor as well as the right touch of sweetness from the malts, and you have yourself a highly drinkable beer. I could have this in my fridge full time if possible. Delicious and highly recommended.

Serving type: can

11-29-2013 06:15:56 | More by magictacosinus
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. canned poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip glass. Canned on 9/12. Consumed on 11/9.

A - Orange/amber in color with a less than a finger of bright white head. Head quickly dissipated. Light irregular lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S - Moderately fragrant. Tropical - pineapple, papaya, and some sweetness, maybe banana.

T - Complex. Pineapple, kiwi, and tangerine with a fantastic tart/somewhat bitter pink grapefruit finish. Finish lasts in mouth. Not overly bitter.

M - Nicely carbonated with a nice tingle throughout the mouth. Too lightly bodied though.

O - Can almost 2 mos. old, so I'd like the opportunity to try again fresher and amend my review. Very nice for a single IPA.

Serving type: can

11-09-2013 21:40:55 | More by Duane_Opfer
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wet pours a copper color with a small but lacing head. There is a mellow hoppy aroma, that is sweeter then it is bitter. The taste has a nice mellow long lasting, drawn out hoppy flavor, nice and floral. Good solid body, good flavors, and very drinkable. Overall its a very nice beer, the "wet" hops do cause a different experince.

Serving type: can

10-29-2013 00:41:07 | More by vette2006c5r
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joe1510

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz Can
$16.99 4-Pack
Warehouse Liquors - Duluth, MN

2013 Edition

Canned 9/12/13
Drank 10/19/13

Gurgling from the can Surly Wet produces a hazy apricot body with golden highlights and some tiny floating particulates. The soapy white head reaches a finger plus in height and takes on the sheen and color of an eggshell before receding to a thick ring and swirling foam. Thin, sticky lacing gets left behind.

Bright orange and candied grapefruit are first from the glass to my nose. Weed and some herbal qualities follow close behind. Pale malts lay the foundation both crackery and biscuity. There's somewhat of a lactic quality. Smells good.

Flavor follows the nose closely but is a little brighter. Sweetened, citrus leads the way, orange marmalade mostly, but grapefruit and lemon curd show up as well. Weed mid-palate with some herbaceous qualities shortly after before the all citrus finish. The malt base is simple, biscuity, and enjoyable with this particular fresh hop combination.

The body has a moderate weight with a soft, velvety feel. The bitterness grows as I drink but never surpasses medium in intensity. The bitterness lasts a while after each drink and the finish is nice and dry.

While the 2013 version of Wet is probably my least favorite of the batches up until now it's still a damn fine IPA. Good complexity over a simple malt base that allows the wet hops to shine makes for a good harvest.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 04:49:52 | More by joe1510
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mikeyv35

New York

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 10/11/2013
Type: 16oz. awesome can
Canned: 09/12/2013 *about a month old
Glass: Heady Topper Stemless

Pours a clear golden in color w/ a 1 finger white head that left light lacing. Aromas of caramel, a vegetal quality, light lemon, and cat piss. The flavor was of caramel and toffee sweetness up front, leading into a vegetal grassiness, and finishing w/ mild resinous bitterness and slight lemon. Medium bodied, lush, and finishes moderately dry. Pretty drinkable as I had no problem with the 16 ounces.

Overall, very unique and a nice treat to enjoy. Not my favorite of the style, but very good and I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: can

10-16-2013 22:24:42 | More by mikeyv35
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Cyclone8 for sending this one down! Poured from 16 oz. can into a CCB pint glass.

A: Bright gold, nearly clear, with lots of visible carbonation and about two fingers worth of white fluffy head.

S: Grassy, floral, citrus, melon and spice, with some very light cracker malt – but there's no huge hop punch here. A very nice aroma, but it's a balanced, constructed aroma rather than a huge bitterness.

T: Grassy, floral, and bitter citrus hops, sweet cracker malt, almost a candied sugar sweetness, and lightly bitter in finish.

M: Medium to light-bodied, average to a bit low carbonation sensation (less than the appearance suggested), low alcohol presence.

O: Truly an excellent fresh hop beer. I had really high expectations (perhaps unreasonable ones) that probably weren't quite met, but really good.

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 21:58:47 | More by macrosmatic
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TheSevenDuffs for sending this beer as part of the fall Canbif.

Canned on September 12, 2013.

A: Pours an exceptionally clear golden yellow with 3 filers of white head leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Upfront herbaceous notes, along with hints of grass, lemon juice and hemp. Background notes of earthiness and fresh pine resin. I've been luck enough to smell fresh wild hops and this is reminiscent of experience.

T: Pronounced sweet caramel malts initially hit the tongue which are quickly followed by resiney hops with herbaceous, pine and lemon notes. Hoppy bitterness lingers long after the last sip, quite delicious.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Leaves a slightly slick coating.

O: Fresh hops are highlighted in this brew, both in the smell and in the taste. Fresh cut, vegetative quality, that you cannot find in dry hopped IPAs. Buy lots if you can find it fresh.

Serving type: can

10-06-2013 03:00:45 | More by FondueVoodoo
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AltBock

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright neon hop green 16oz can that has the name of the beer in big ass bold white letters and "Surly" in smaller light yellow letters. The back of the can has a foamy black pint glass that contains a description of the beer. If you continue on to the right, you'll find the mandatory Govt. Warning. The bottom of the can contains a stamped canned on date of 9/12/13. This can was consumed on 9/27/13 Poured into my Surly Darkness Tulip.

From behind the neon green can came a West Coast style IPA that was a clear as day honey amber color with a small trace of sunshine yellow. I was surprised by the clarity of this IPA. No hop particles or haziness in this beer. I could read a newspaper through it. On top of this super clear IPA was a 1/2 an inch fluffy white cloud of foam. Good retention that left behind a solid string of white rings and a spot or two of lace around the glass. I'm not too fond of the appearance. The head of foam wasn't bad, but the clarity and the color was less than desirable.

This is one of those hoppy beers where the aroma decided to sleep it off. I thought swirling the beer around would wake the beer up from its nap. Nope! Not even that could wake it up. In fact, swirling didn't help the beer at all. I should have left it alone. The aroma was all about the hops with a little toasted honey malt backing it up. The hops in the nose weren't all that forward. They came up slowly and backed away like it had a dinner date or something. My nose could only pick out a little grapefruit, a small number of pine needles, an exotic fruit or two, a few small floral notes, and bitter citrus hops. I was thinking that aroma would give me nose an onslaught of hops. That it did not deliver. Not bad at all, but it had potential for more.

"It had potential for more" should be this beer's motto. Not what is currently on the can. The taste almost had the same weak story as the aroma. The hops decided to wake up in the taste, but it still tasted like the hops were holding back. Come on hops! Make me tongue wished it didn't mess with the great Wet! Instead what I got was semi weak taste of dried and bitter citrus hops, a speck of bitter grapefruit, a gentle touch of mango, a pinch of pine, a few blades of fresh cut grass, some minor floral notes, and a gentle sprinkle of lightly toasted caramel malts. In this can, the hops clearly needed to wake up.

I at least found one good thing about this beer and it happened to be the mouthfeel. This beer had plenty of carbonation to keep my taste buds entertained. It clearly wasn't the hops doing that. There is a hop aftertaste to this beer, but it doesn't bother to stick around for very long.

I've heard very good things about this beer. Unfortunately those words weren't about my can of Wet. I think 2013 is not a good year for Wet. Would I drink another can? Not the 2013 vintage. That's the vintage that never bothered to wake up . Even though this can was sort of a bust, I would still like to give thanks to fellow BA mnbuffalo for giving me the opportunity to try this beer.

Serving type: can

10-03-2013 03:46:07 | More by AltBock
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear Orange color with a high amount of carbonation and a semi-foamy head. Aroma has some citrus hops, yeasts, biscuits, and malts.; Bit of an earthiness to it. Flavor has resiny hop bitterness, yeasts, biscuits, light caramel, malts and dry hops. Aftertaste is a fairly prominent bitter resin flavor. Body is moderate in weight and carbonation is fairly mild.

Serving type: can

10-02-2013 23:17:42 | More by jbaker67
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The clear goldenstraw-colored liquid is capped by several inches of foam that leaves splashy lacing behind

Smell: Leafy and slightly resinous, with cracker malt underpinning

Taste: Cracker malt delivers a base, with a slightly sugary aspect, but the hops quickly take over, bringing a leafy, resinous character through the middle; quite bitter, in the finish, and a touch lemony

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting this beer to be a bit more citrusy but I think the hops selected this year would have been better paired with more dominating malt bill (and I rarely say that about an IPA)

Thanks, copslovebeer, for the opportunity

Serving type: can

10-01-2013 23:26:17 | More by brentk56
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JohnG190

New York

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with a thick, foamy head. Good retention and lacing. The aroma isn't very pronounced, citrus with hints of earthiness, biscuit and sweet malt. Bitter resiny hops hit the palate upfront followed by biscuit and caramel. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall, a very well crafted fresh hop beer. Not the hop bomb I expected, but a great mellow earthiness that opens nicely as it warms.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 23:02:39 | More by JohnG190
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Canned 9/12/13.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice fresh hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 22:51:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can (canned on 9/12/13) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - This pours a beautiful and absolutely crystal clear pale golden color with a thick two fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Several minutes pass before the head dissipates leaving behind lots of sticky and webby lacing on the glass. This is a great looking beer!

S - Quite hoppy up front as expected. Interesting mix of aromas - citrusy and juicy with grapefruits, quite peachy also. Spicy too with some cinnamon and cloves - maybe a bit phenolic as well. Tropical fruity mango can be found in here as well. Some resiny, piney hops round things out. Really not getting any malt to come thru this wall of hops. Seems like the gamut of hop aromas can be found here.

T - Interesting...first real impression I get is of the malt base...lightly honey sweet, crackery and toasted malt. Hmm, hops are surprisingly subtle especially considering this can is only 2 weeks old. Bitterness is fairly low and mild, lacking the bitter bite I expected to find here. Hop flavors are rather subtle too but consist of a mix of grassy, citrusy and piney flavors. Everything here is nice, but surprisingly muted overall. I'm actually a bit in shock...after having other Surly IPA's I expected this to have a bit more kick...a little disappointed.

M - Lightish medium body with a similar intensity carbonation that is soft and smooth. Hint of alcohol presence is noticeable. Balanced...too well balanced - hops and malt are on an almost equal level here...really wanted more hops.

O - I really don't know what to make of this one. I expected a super fresh and hoppy IPA out of Surly. Fresh, yes - but super hoppy...not so much. Intensity is lacking here...I would almost call this delicately flavored.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 00:04:25 | More by portia99
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Ri0 for this gift. Pours a crisp clear straw/amber color/ Big fluffy white head with very very sticky lacing. Looks ipa-y :)

Smells unexpected. Not super hoppy imo, and it's still pretty damn fresh... Bready, floral, and some sweet hop aromas, a little bit of orangy citrus. Hummm...

A redeeming flavor. It's sweet, juicy, and a pretty damn bitter. Extremely well-balanced. I can't put my finger on the flavor profiles here, but wet is unique and delicious. If I were trying to determine the unique characteristics, I would say there is extra citrus on the front end and tangerine sweetness. A nice floral flavor throughout.

The mouthfeel is good. Medium-light and a little slick/syrupy. A lot of resiny syrup on the backend. High carbonation.

Overall this is good beer. The smell of this year's batch is disappointing which I think makes individual flavors hard to discern, but it hits hard on all other accounts. Pretty unique flavor and mouthfeel. Decently bitter, yet extremely drinkable.

Serving type: can

09-27-2013 01:48:57 | More by lunarbrew
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Wet from Surly Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,126 ratings.