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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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460 Reviews
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Reviews: 460
Hads: 1,477
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 18.31%
Wants: 1,017
Gots: 141 | FT: 6
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

We took a break from brewing our Wet Hopped West Coast Style IPA in 2014 while we moved into our new brewery so for 2015 we came back with a bang. Our 2015 edition features 6,000 lbs of Simcoe hops harvested from the Yakima region of Washington. We went all out in 2015 and brewed 600 barrels, TEN TIMES as much WET as we first brewed when we started wet hopping back in 2009. And, for the first time ever, WET distribution will reach our neighbors in Wisconsin, Iowa and Chicago in both draft and 16oz cans.

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 -8.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

they didnt make this last year, and apparently the locals and folks in the know are giving this a hard time for being not as good as it has been in the past, maybe a product of their size in the new place, i dont know, and i dont pay that much credence, as this is a wonderful beer, my fist during an awesome week in minnesota, literally right from the plane to the bar, and a pint in my hand. its nice looking beer, but not way out of the ordinary. orange hue, relatively clear, a little grain weight, nice white head. smells juicy and pungent, and im not real sure what people are talking about. i cant imagine this being a whole lot more aromatic, its beautiful, and the freshness of the hops is obvious with a pineapple and sweet oil thing going on, and a lot of resin in the feel. the flavor is a little mild compared to the nose, but i dont need to be kicked in the mouth with it sometimes, and the flavor, not the intensity of it, is what this beer is all about. hints of tangerine and wet grass, lots of oily feel, and a little grain sweetness to balance it out. mild red pepper, which i have been getting in a lot of wet hops beers this year, but its not distracting. drank this way too quickly too, some alcohol in this one! this is one of those old rarities that really isnt anymore, but a beer i have always wanted to try since i first found out it existed. it was nice to realize the dream, and its worth the hype.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy dark amber color with a finger of foamy off white head that leaves a little bit of lacing and good retention.

Smell: Citrus hops are the dominant smell, but you can still pick up the malt as well. Rather mild but nice.

Taste: Much better than the smell. Citrus peel hops hit the tongue first. They have a very fresh, grassy taste. They use the perfect amount of malt to balance things out. Hops dominate, but the malt doesn't get pushed too far into the background. Great balance. The finish reminds me of bitter citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of prickly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I really love this beer. Wonderful balance. They used the perfect amount and type of malt to go with the fresh hops.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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.


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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a globe. A bit old but still plenty good. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours golden orange with a thin bubbly half finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - A bit muted now but still plenty of grassy citric hops are present. As the hops fade they are being overtaken by the strong toasty malt and crisp citric fruits. A bit old but still very nice.

T - Nice light citric hop bite up front mixes well with the lightly toasted caramel malt and ripe citric fruits. Finish is bitter but it doesn't linger on the pallet for very long. This stuff is good. I would love to get a few fresh cans of this next year.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with good balance. Finish is bitter but it doesn't linger for very long.

D - Very high. I really enjoyed this one. Surly easily makes the best hoppy beers in a can that I have ever had. I will definitely have to get some fresh cans of this next year.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can:

Pours golden with a thin lasting head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of mild citric fruit and resin/pine spicing. Milder than expected.

The taste is of a grapefruit-like bitterness with resin and a sweet grainy, slightly caramel-ish backbone. A bit minerally. It has a sharp, dry bite.

It is pretty smooth despite the bite.

A pleasant enough IPA, but doubt I would get again at 5 bucks a can (almost twenty a four-pack). Nice, but didn't stand out as anything "great" or particularly "special".

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Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Version Canned 10-12-10

Poured into surly pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Leaves some lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Earthy hops, some citrus, bready malts. The nose is fresh, but fairly muted.

Taste: A bit more flavor here. Sweet citrus flavors. Earthy pine hops. The has some bready malts. It is overall a sweet tasting ipa.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin taste.

Overall, I am not that impressed with this year's batch. I was really excited for the citra hops, but it just didn't work. Good, but nothing mind blowing. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 can, no freshness date marked on the bottom but it certainly tastes it. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Clear golden orange copper colored body with a rich and creamy slightly off-white head. A thick retention cap lasts throughout and amazingly splotchy patches of lacing on the walls. This is just a seriously killer looking beer for an IPA.

S: Green wet hops, pine, dark citrus fruits, bitter peels of grapefruit and lemon, and orange oils. It's a very interesting balance of juicy tropical and citrus fruits with an earthy hop profile. Not as aromatic as I was expecting though; nothing popped or jumped out, and it lacked any noticeable bitterness I was expecting.

T: A wash of tropical fruits first, papaya and orange, quickly followed by earthy hop notes, bitter oils and resin. Subtle malts are in the back end, along with some stickiness in the linger. It's pretty tasty and certainly isn't overboard in bitterness, still allowing plenty of flavor to come through. Very nice.

M: Creamy, certainly more than I thought but I've come to expect this feel in Surly beers. Medium-bodied with an incredible feel. Super drinkable and a nice bitterness in the linger.

Wet offered a lot of great qualities that, unless you're a craft beer enthusiast, you wouldn't fathom would come in a can. Everything about this beer is wonderful for a fresh hop IPA, the only thing I could have used more of is an aroma, but overall a seriously drinkable and flavorful beer. Great stuff.

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Wet from Surly Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.