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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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1,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 1127
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.4%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: can

10-15-2012 03:40:44 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever."

--Aristophanes

Sunny tangerine orange with polished 24-karat gold accents. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with three fingers of alabaster colored mousse that has lots of interesting surface topography, especially as it loses altitude. Abundant lace means abundant hop resins... just guessing.

The nose didn't assault my nose on the pour, but is all kinds of wonderful once the two are in close proximity. Citra hops contribute a lemony herbal quality and Simcoe adds grapefruit and pineapple. Pure pleasure to sniff.

This can is roughly 3 months old... which is far from advanced... but we're talkin' about a wet hop ale here... so keep that in mind. Wet is still tremendously hoppy beer, but it isn't an enamel stripper. Most breweries would kill for an American IPA that tasted anywhere near this good right out of the kettles.

The malt tastes mostly pale with a hint of caramel for additional flavor interest. The stars of the show, obviously, are the little green cones noted above... plus Columbus. Each mouthful is a controlled explosion of citrus zest, pineapple, peppery herbs and Mary Jane. Citra gives this brew a 'not your typical AIPA' quality.

The mouthfeel does everything that it needs to do... and then some. It's medium-full for the style and the carbonation is right on the money. The ideal amount of energy transfer occurs to challenge, yet still coddle, the mouth and tongue.

It's mighty tempting to give canned Surly Wet the ultimate taste score, which is what on-tap Surly Wet received at my hand. However, wet hop IPAs are meant to be consumed immediately after their creation, so some decline is only natural. I'm still enjoying the hell out of a brew whose original 20 ounces are almost gone already. A big Thank You to the consumate BA, feloniousmonk, for an incredibly generous package that brightened my holiday season.

Serving type: can

01-08-2011 13:31:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what an exceptionally good beer and a wonderful way to bring myself back into the groove. served cold and poured into a pint glass.

huge amber color with a massively thick and foamy head that just coated the glass with an ungodly amount of lacing and foam. aroma is giant wet hops and dank pine right off the bat, sticky as all hell with and enormous fresh scent which carried over into the flavor nearly perfectly and really just blew me away. such a sticky, gooey hop mess all over the place here. ripe pine, citrus, rich and dry finish that left me dying for another sip.

one of the freshest, stickiest and most drinkable ipas i have ever run across, just a beautiful beer.

Serving type: can

12-18-2010 17:06:16 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a thin white head.

S: A really dank nose to this beer. Lots of great citrus notes as well as some oily, resinous pine. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

T: More intense hops to this one. Grapefruit and lemon peel with lots of piney goodness. Fairly bitter, but much more hop flavoring.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: A really great wet hopped beer without any of the pitfalls that many others experience. Very nice and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

11-08-2010 02:06:13 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge back in November 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Poured a copper color with a nice white head. Aroma had plenty of pine and floral hops with some other fruitiness and that fresh hop smell thrown in. Little to no malt detected behind that, just as a harvest ale should be. Taste is similar with the pine hops and resin becoming dominant. Mouthfeel is a bit too dry from the wet hops, not quite the proportion (don't want to say balance!) I prefer in these beers, which slightly detracted from the taste. The problem for me was a lack of bitterness compared with dryness; this had nothing to do with malt. Drinkability was very nice, but not excellent given the clash between the taste and the mouthfeel, which was simply too dry when compared with the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 15:56:47 | More by Thorpe429
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1400 Pounds of hops in one batch. One small batch. 50 barrels, was it? Centennials and Chinooks, picked in Yakima, WA and shipped off to Brooklyn Center, MN, tossed into the brew kettle a mere three days after the picking. Wet as in not dry, not old, fresh as they get. Big, bright, bold, brash hops up in there and all over. So good I had 7 pints in a row at it's release. Two nights later, I sit down with one to investigate it.

Appearance: clear, bright crimson...dazzling...big, creamy beige head, rocky, lace leaving, ...lovely....great looking glass of beer.

Aroma: pine needles, lemon zest, orange rind, grapefruit, bright, fresh, lively, beautiful. Hop lovers rejoice, this is heaven, here in the nose.

Taste: Bam! Big fat hop blast on the palate, fresh and fruity, gobs of resiny hop oily goodness dripping all over...so much transferred from the leaf, the cone, the plant...the flavor swims around, the bitterness spills and clings to the corners. Sticks and survives. Hangs on. Nothing but the essence of the hop here. Big and juicy. So tasty. Mmmm...yu-um.

Hardly any malt feel in this one, just barely enough to keep it beer, but there's no complaints here, and the hop bitterness keeps grabbing, keeps holding it's ground. Hangs on, clings, stays, survives. Lays in. Blends in. Fades back and becomes part of the background. Never leaves.

Yum, I say. I say, Yum. Such a treat in the mouth, for the afifcciando of the hop. Gets no better than this.

I know that Fresh Hop/Wet Hop isn't a style, but if it were, it would be my favorite. Bar none. Hands down.

Drinkability is amazing, actually. I forgot to ask about the ABV on this, but it's not much. I'd guess 6% or so. If it were more, I couldn't drink as much as I can. It's amazing. Mmmmm. Love me the hops. Mmmmm.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2009 09:19:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After erroneously being served Broodoo due to a tap handle mix-up I finally got a tulip of this stuff.

A - One finger of off-white foam with excellent retention that finally dissolves to a thick cap with lots of lace. Nice hazed glowing dark red-brown color.

S - Pine, grass, dankness, fresh hop oils, some light citrus and tropical notes. Well-balanced with caramel and multi-grain malt characters.

T - The taste is more malt-forward with smooth caramel and bready flavors. A good amount of Yakima hops that ooze pine and lemon. Tons of residual bitterness in the finish.

M - Lots of oily resins, medium-bodied, lower carbonation. Pretty much what I like from an IPA.

D - Well-hidden booze, easy drinking. The only thing that gets tiring is the high level of bitterness.

Nice change of pace, but I think I prefer fresh Furious.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 15:00:47 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A crystal clear copper pint, brimming with a sticky crown of foam. The retention was good, and a swirl summoned a swarm of bubbles up to the surface.

Resiny green aroma, very herbal and vegetal hops. Grassy, piney, with a fair amount of citrus. Swirling brought out the pungent wet hop funk. Pretty much like smelling a fresh hop cone.

Flavor was intensely piney and bitter, dry and sappy. Some grapefruit pith was there, must be the Centennial. Yakima hops were also used, lending a dominant Pac-NW bitter pine flavor. A trace of malt was present, but this was a fresh hop vehicle first and foremost. Light bodied, but the strong bitterness prevents extended sessioning. A great wet-hopped brew that I was happy I had the chance to try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2009 18:03:54 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful IPA from Surly. Beer is amber and clear with moderate carbonation and a big white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is super hoppy, lots of piny, its really strong, smells awesome.

Beer is light and dry with monster hops in there. The hop flavors dominate both the front and the mid palate. The dryness leaves this lingering bitterness to the whole thing. Its wonderful, dangerously drinkable, the bitterness is growing with every sip. Its very wonderful. One of my favorite IPA. This is slightly unfortunate since I can't get much of it.

Serving type: can

10-22-2010 01:00:10 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-24-2010 07:08:21 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured a clear, bubbly burgundy color with a small, off-white, head of thick foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled very grassy and piney. Some bubblegum aromas with a malty backbone.

T - It tasted of sharp piney hops with a citrus kick - mostly grapefruit. It had a great burnt toast maltiness to even out the powerful hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer that is surprisingly easy to drink.

D - This is a great IPA. I was thrilled to find it on tap at the Pranca.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 21:51:52 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GoldenJet for a great trade. Also yay for cans, who doesn't love it in the can. I wish I could tell how fresh this is, but the lack of dating is a big thorn in my side.

A messy pour from the side if the can yeilds a big fluffy 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace with quite a bit of soapy lacing, decent bubbles rising up from the bottom to reinforce the head as well, crystal clear tan orange amber-ish brown-straw like colored beer.

Nose brings plenty of fresh wet hops, light resins and musty aromas, a bit of hop oils, light citrus and hints of fruits, a little bit of pine, light floral hops as well. A bit of citrus fruit comes out as well, tangerine, almost apricot like. Not as big hop aroma as I expected. theres also a hint of malty sweetness.

Taste comes on with some malts actually, a semi sweet malty backbone with a bit of toasty and aromatic malts, and decent sweetness. Then the hops kick in, some fresh hop flavors but not super big, hops but good flavors. This time fruits first, a bit of apple even, apricot, and light tangerine. Then a hint of spicy hop after waves of light resins and plenty of hop oils, and a touch of pine. fairly juicy overall. finishes still semi sweet, a lot more musty resinous hops come through finally, with some light pine and bit more fruit, semi bitter long hop finish, and a bit sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, a bit of hop oils, decent carb.

Overall good but not as great as I was expecting. Nice fresh hops that don't come on as strong as I expected, and not as resinous and hardly any citrus or tropical fruit flavors. A nice malty balance though, and juicy and drinkable, but not the crazy hop bomb I was expecting. I bet a year or two ago I would have loved it though.

Serving type: can

12-04-2011 22:10:44 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Special Thanks to Irish763 for sending this one over to me. This beer poured out as a beautifully clear gold color with a fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing are very good on this beer. The smell of this beer is incredible... I can pick up some of the freshest and juiciest citrus aromas. Packed with orange, some peach and grapefruit all come together on the nose with some subtle malt. The taste of the beer gives off lots of citrus flavors as well. It's very refreshing. The mouthfeel is light bodied it has a smooth feel to it with a very nice dry finish. Overall, this is excellent. I enjoy this beer a lot. Looking forward to have the rest of my 4 pack soon.

Serving type: can

10-28-2012 21:52:09 | More by Knapp85
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 16:11:25 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

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

Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel tulip. Received as an extra in a trade with GoldenJet; big thanks Cory! This was a Want I was thinking of trying to trade for. Canned on 10/12/10, consumed on 11/11/10.

a - Pours a nice transparent golden amber color with one finger of fluffy white head with great retention and light carbonation evident. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, floral notes, and tropical fruits. Smells great and strongly of juicy wet hops, though they aren't too overpowering.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruit, fruity malts, a small amount of pine hops, grapefruit, and maybe some caramel malts in the end. Slight bitterness up front that subsides into malts, much more so than the smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Juicy.

d - I thought this was a very good wet hop IPA. I thought it smelled really good; the hops were fresh and present, but not too overpowering or in your face. The taste had more malts then I was expecting, but I liked this beer a lot. I also found it very drinkable for 7.5% ABV. Glad to have a 4 pack of it and would certainly like to have it again sometime.

Serving type: can

11-12-2010 01:21:28 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz aluminum can served into a Dick's Last Resort Pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; I fancy me some Surly. No best before date.

Served a bit too cold, but I'll let her warm. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige-khaki head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Vibrant and appealing.

Sm: Hoppy and diverse: pine, citrus, floral character, and emergent but tame hop bitterness. Clean malts. A hint of soap. A moderate strength, assertive, biting aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Pine, citrus, biting but contained hop bitterness, grapefruit esters, lemon zest, cream, pale malts, and a grapefruit finish. Grapefruit is probably dominant; it could use a bit more pine. It's certainly hoppy, but the bitterness adds a dimension and doesn't shrivel the palate like many imbalanced beers in the style. It's surprisingly balanced and diverse in its hopping. That's tasty, albeit a bit murky. It could use more distinct notes and acts. As it stands, it resembles an audio recording with overblown loudness; it's bold but fuzzy. No alcohol or yeast comes through. It is a bit lacking in the malt department; I could use some malty backbone to support the hops.

Notably, there's no metallic taste here despite it coming from a can.

Mf: Perfectly coarse yet smooth enough to refresh. True to its moniker, it is indeed quite wet. Clean, refreshing, yet biting from the hops. Suits the flavours quite well. Could use more thickness. Carbonation is ideal.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV and hop content. I'd definitely have this again, and it would pair brilliantly with spicy food - but it's probably better fresher or on draught. I feel like I shouldn't be drinking this from a can; draught seems to be the appropriate serving vessel. Still, I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Tasty tasty stuff. Another solid brew from Surly.

B+

Serving type: can

11-22-2012 18:04:27 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to unclejedi for this can.

A: The IPA is a pale coppery color, equal parts amber and tea. A generous head, over two fingers on pour, laced in thick patches around the upper third of my glass.

S: The nose is harvesty, an ample dose of caramel malt mixing with citrusy hop strength. The hops are clean with grapefruit and soapy aromas.

T: A citrusy zip is evident from the first sip, a strength that seems bigger than a fresh-hopped ale. Orange and grapefruit stand out, a wet, oily dose of bitterness. Ample bready caramel malts hang around, a foundation that occasionally elbows out the hops. Over time, the hops mellow out and the ale morphs into the harvest ale genre. Soapy freshness, a contrast to the citrus, peaks through periodically. A firm hoppiness lingers in my mouth well after each sip is gone.

M: A little too hoppy early on, the ale quickly fits into its harvest ale boots. The hops, wet and oily, are content to linger for a long time.

D: A little on the strong side, although that facet rarely ever pops up through the beer. A pleasant taste to savor.

Serving type: can

11-06-2010 19:30:45 | More by akorsak
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Huge thanks to brian23456 for sending me this in a recent trade!

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden orange with tangerine hues and two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing on it's way down.

Dank floral hop aroma with lots of resinous oils as well as some earthy pine countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and citrus rind balance out the earthier notes. Pale malt presence with some biscuit and graham.

Medium bodied with lots of dank, luscious resinous oils that create a complex hop profile. Delicately floral with a decent amount of biter dryness balanced by some sweeter fruit notes and pale malt. Hints of earthy, grassy pine countered by tropical/citrus fruits, especially grapefruit and pineapple. The malt backbone is noticeable without getting in the way of the fresh hops, giving off subtle hints of biscuit and graham cracker.

Overall this beer is complex, very well balanced, extremely flavorful and dangerously quaffable. One of the best hoppy beers I've had.

Serving type: can

11-07-2011 03:42:03 | More by corby112
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I CANnot tell you how much I enjoy Surly's beers and how grateful I am when they arrive in support of The CANQuest (TM)! This one kind of makes me giggle from the utter simplicity of its name. I guess that if they had Michelob Dry in the late-'80's, we CAN have Surly Wet in the early-'10's.

From the ultra-green CAN: "Beer for a glass. From a CAN."; "Ultra-Fresh Hops Beer"; "Fresh Beer. Keep Cold. Don't Age."; "Get Surly! You are about to drink a wet hop beer - brewed with AmeriCAN hops so fresh they've never had the chance to dry out. Day 1: picked. Day 2: shipped. Day 4: tossed in the brew. The only delay from the field to your glass is the time it takes for fermenting. The hop varieties vary, but you CAN always expect the intense resinous character that only comes from the fresh hops. This ain't a beer for aging. The beer quickly loses its aromatics. So invite your friends over and enjoy this West-Coast Style IPA ... now." Well put, surs! I get the idea. The bottom of this CAN was stamped "CANned on 10/12/10 Get Wet" I'm about to dive right in!

Following the Crack & Glug, I first noted that it was full to the brim, a phenomenon common to their CANs. I also caught a whiff of earthy, citrusy hops, even before the pour. Nothing wrong with these aromatics! My soon-to-be-famous pour style resulted in two fingers of foamy, tawny head with great retention and now the aromatics were beginning to permeate the room. I was salivating like Pavlov's dogs at this point. My hop addiction may have passed, thanks to too many AALs in a CAN, but I still like a hit every now and again for maintenance purposes. As the head began to fall, sticky lacing appeared in its wake. Color was a medium orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The first sip, OK, mouthful, was medium-to-full and intense with an initial malt sweetness up front to lull my palate into a state of being unawares, followed by a smack of grapefruit hops that made my eyes water! Shazam! This was like being a born-again virgin. My tongue began to loll around in my mouth, I leaned back in my chair, took a deep breath ... Big mistake! The finish was even hoppier than in the mouth! Man, I was totally feeling this one. Dee-lish! The only drawback to putting it into my imaginary cooler might be its ABV.

Serving type: can

11-07-2010 07:47:58 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks go cmurren25 for sharing this at the pumpkin murren event at Al's.

Pint sized can poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear golden orange color with a creamy white head. Spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is fresh hops that have some floral and fruity character like pineapple blended with grassy notes, citrus and herbs. A sweetness somewhat mango-like resides inside the nose. The herbal aspect of the smell comes across somewhat minty with a touch of alcohol.

The taste of this brew is grassy and herbal with a fresh, lightly grainy sweet backing. It finishes herbal like mint with flavor before turning bitter and a bit oily. The alcohol and carbonation level provide a pleasant tingle in the back of the throat with an increasing amount of alcohol warmth. Medium to light in the body, this brew was very drinkable.

Serving type: can

10-24-2010 23:23:15 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

16 oz can into a pint glass. HUGE thanks go to joshuaseresse for including this most awesome extra in a recent trade. You really came through for me Josh. Thanks! The can is marked with a fill date of 10/12/10, so I'm only getting into this a few weeks past its optimum drinking window.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of shiny and smooth off-white foamy head. This retains with a ½ finger of tight creamy froth that actually adds a good bit of extra foamy smoothness to the mouthfeel. This is one of the few times where the actual head of a beer actually makes that much of a positive impact on the feel of it. Very nice! The aroma smells of fresh cut grass that is interwoven with a spicy dankness and some bright feeling green citric character that sits behind them. Malts add a pleasant toasted sweetness to the edges of the bouquet and give off of a bit of a fresh biscuit flavor to the nose. A robust and vibrant earthiness just overall drives this though and definitely reminds you that you're dealing with a Fresh Hop Ale here.

The taste is surprisingly not coming off to me as aggressively bitter, although there is a fair amount of fresh tasting citric fruit and rind at work here that possesses an earthy edge to it. Malts back this up nicely, spreading bready sweetness across the back of the palate before segueing into a dry, dank, and spicy finish. Herbal tones run throughout the profile, adding an almost tea-like character that smoothes the profile out greatly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate amount of crispness to the carbonation but the flavors mostly ride along on a tremendously easy feeling layer of slickness that keeps this hugely quaffable. There is maybe a touch of light warmth on the tale-end of the finish but it doesn't impact the drinkibility of this in the least.

While I was maybe expecting some more assertive bitterness going into this, I still came away very pleased with the final result, as this offered up a ton of fresh hop flavor, a nose that put a smile on my face, and a super smooth and drinkable body that had me draining this glass in no time. Surly has not disappointed me yet with any of their canned offerings. Just a really fabulously done hopped-up fall treat here.

Serving type: can

11-10-2010 18:36:18 | More by Kegatron
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is great, showcasing dank earth, considerable dry citrus, light pine and a hint of caramel/brown sugar. The flavor profile replicates the nose on this beer, with the hoppy bitterness winning out handily over the sweet brown sugar flavor core to this beer. The finish is dry and bitter, with a hint of caramel sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is otherwise medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet and bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the the flavor profile, though I did get a touch of alcoholic heat at the end.

Really prefer furious and abrasive from the Surly IPA stable, but this was still a very tasty, easy to enjoy beer from the folks at Surly.

Serving type: can

10-17-2011 16:55:12 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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.

Serving type: can

11-21-2010 19:04:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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