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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 997
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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."


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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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

Bifrostguard shared a few cans of this over the past week. Thanks, Cam. Pouring a gold-tinted amber, Surly Wet is clear in the glass with a lasting sticky head. Hops dominate the aroma, citrusy and resiny, reminding me of pine needles and grapefruit. The hop aroma doesn't display much complexity, but it's very pleasant. The same flavors are present on the palate, pine being especially prominent. There's also a spiciness, and a mild green/grassy hop note. Malt flavor is subdued, almost absent, though the beer has plenty of body. Despite being fairly strong and bitter, this drinks easy and kept me coming back for more. Another very solid offering from Surly, this is better than many West Coast brewed wet hop beers I've had this year.

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Wet from Surly Brewing Company
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