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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 hoppytobehere
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated 09/29/2015

Hops: 100% Simcoe

This is my first time trying Surly Wet, been wanting to get it for a few years now. All Simcoe was an interesting pick. I'm getting tons of white grape notes from the hop, which I wasn't expecting at all. Gets much better as it warms up in the glass. I'm a little disappointed after having Abrasive and Todd earlier this year, but that's setting the bar pretty high. Still a good beer.

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Photo of Moose90
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz tall can "CANNED ON 09/29/15 F3079"

A — Poured into a 13oz tulip for tasting. Pours with a nice vivid orange hue to it. There is a coconut colored head on-top of the beer that leaves behind a thin layer of lace with each sip.

S — Smell is sweet and brings notes of lemon, pineapple, peach, bit of mango, guava, little bit of earthiness, some fresh cut grass, and fresh picked hops.

T — Taste is light initially, but as it warms it build to a real melody of juicy and sweet flavors. There are notes of mango, melon, pineapple, citrus, passionfruit, guava, lemon, and orange. There is a bit of a bitter pine here but overall it is quite sweet and lingers.

M — Medium bodied, perhaps a bit heavy, there is a lingering sweet finish. This is also just a touch overcarbed for my tastes.

O — Very nice overall, and a good representation of sweet Simcoe. Overall this is sweet, and delicious. Would seek out again.

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Photo of Prospero
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

TONS of white grape must in the nose, smells like I'm walking in a vineyard there's so much grape. Flavor is actually pretty well balanced, maybe could use more malt to back up how fruit forward the hops are. The most white grape I've ever gotten in a Simcoe hopped beer. Could've sworn it was Nelson Sauvin. (2015 vintage)

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Received as part of a BIF.

Poured from a can. Nice golden color with small white head, that dissipated quickly, a little murky. Smell is awesome, pine and citrus from the Simcoe. Taste follows, with a nice wallop of hops at the end. Smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, canned 9/26/15, poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep golden color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains nicely after throat, leaving some lace behind

S- very resinous and leafy hop aroma up front with notes of wet grass, citrus peel & some Danny notes. Underlying toasted and caramel malt, but clean overall

T- fresh, resinous and dank up front, with flavors of orange marmalade, fresh cut grass, leafy, guava & mango, lingers of fresh citrus and grass

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, super drinkability

O- a wonderful showcase of wet hops that goes down way too easy

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 16oz. can into a Grrrz teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy, 1.5 finger white head with great retention. Beer is a clear copper. Lacing is patchy and thick with excellent cling. A fantastic looking beer!

Nose is citrus, pine, tree sap and dank hop bitterness. Deep and subdued.

Opens tree sap, pine, papaya and mango. Some citrus in the middle with a big, bold hop bitterness balanced by a nice malt backbone. Sappy end with a sweet, tropical fruit finish. Dry, lightly bitter aftertaste. Really nice.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth and lightly prickly in the mouth and goes down wet and quenching. Sticky finish with a lingering aftertaste. Very nice.

I thought I wouldn't like this seeing as it starts of resiny and sappy. However, a nice tropical and citrus fruit malt presence balanced things out nicely and turns this into a very enjoyable and intriguing beer. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of tmryan21
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice looking beer. Yellow-orange with a thick white head.

Smell: Dank grass (simcoe hops), pine, and citrus fruit. West coast IPA pillars.

Taste: Better than the smell for me. Dankiness and pine are the most noticeable. The bitterness of the hops comes out on the back-end.

Feel: Pretty thin-bodied. Goes down really easy. No alcohol taste present.

Overall: Really good fresh hop IPA. Surly is so good at IPAs. It was as good as expected.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 09/29/15. Only a month old. Poured into a pint glass. Almost clear gold with a one inch head. Flakes of sediment float throughout. Decent lacing. Not much in the smell. Grass, lemon, and citrus. Taste follows. Not very bitter and has a sweet malty taste with slight grapefruit in the finish. Creamy and smooth feel. Good beer but a little disappointed. The rating was a 95? Definitely think that is too high.

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Photo of kevanb
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, dated 9.30.15, poured into a Surly Darkness tulip glass.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, orange hues with a foamy white head, about a finger high that has decent retention and leaves little lace. The aroma is pleasant, super piney and resinous, grapefruit peel, earthy hop spice, a bit of onion-y vegetal notes, very green, definitely reads "wet" or fresh hops, light pale grain sneaks in. The flavors are in line, earthy hops, very green, plenty of resin, pine, sticky and oily hops, grassy and herbaceous with some prominent vegetal flavors and just a kiss of malt sweetness, very much in the West Coast vein. The mouthfeel is good, coating, super smooth, lower carbonation but a nice full body that finishes with a bitter and dry kick, lingers nicely.

Verdict: A solid fresh hop or "wet" hop IPA from Surly, a bit dominant on the pine, earthy and vegetal flavors, which isn't exactly what my palate prefers, leaves little room for any fruit, floral or bright flavors. That being said, this definitely quenched my thirst and should suit any hop head well.

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Photo of argock
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz tallboy into a clear glass tulip. Canned on 09/24/15 on bottom of can. Lugged by my parents from IA -- thanks M&D, that's love.

A: Hazy orange-amber with 1-finger oatmeal colored head with good retention and irregular sheets of lacing down the glass -- need to get more measured with my consumption.

S: Big waves of grapefruit and orange citrus with a substantial spicy and pine bite, and nice herbal grassy wet hop character, maltiness is not idle but provides a light caramel counterpoint. Very clean aroma.

T: Huge hop flavor, delicious in every way, but I wish it was a bit drier. THe spiciness really battles the citrus and pine character to be top dog and the grassy wet hop bit is very well integrated. The malt component is not ignored at all and comes through with a bit more sticky caramel but damn it's good. Medium to high bitterness.

M: A little sticky and I wish it was lighter and smaller with medium body and carbonation.

O: Wow am I glad I got a chance to try this one. Substantial IPA, bordering on DIPA feel and flavor, really excellent but I wish it was a tad lighter and less caramelly but it is a Surly signature.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Excited to try this one. 16 oz. can into a tulip. Dated 9/25/15 so about 5 weeks old.

A - Lighter than I expected. It's a beautiful, transparent hello/orange with a fluffy white head. IPAs don't get much nicer.

N - A pleasant hop aroma with very little bitterness. Not as intense as I might have hoped.

T - I'll admit that I'm not the biggest fan of simcoe hops, but is is pretty good. It's almost an ode to the simcoe. Tons of piny hop bitterness. Dry on the finish, but not as clean as I would like.

M - Yeah, nailed it. Immediate froth on the tongue and palate. Love that.

O - Nice, but not my favorite from them. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light golden honey color with no haze. It has moderate carbonation and a very thin white head.

S: Aroma is not as extreme as Furious, citrus, lemon but also a bit of spice. It's a somewhat subtle hop aroma.

T: You get such a wide range of hop flavor that includes a spectrum citrus, such as grapefruit, orange, lemon, but a touch of spice. The fresh hop flavor is certainly different than other Surly offerings, such as Furious and Overrated. The malt quality balanced with the hop flavor combines for a great beer. The malt delivers a bready and biscuit flavor that provides a backbone to this beer. Smooth taste experience for an IPA and only a touch of backside bitterness.

M: Medium body of malt and moderate carbonation. Malt provides bready character for a pleasant mouth feel.

O: Todd Haug and company have come up with another impressive beer that's a stand out in the category. It's always enjoyable to have a hop forward beer that's not an assault on your taste buds and provides a smooth that flavorful taste experience.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 29 Sept and enjoyed on 16 Oct. Medium dark with heavy head which stays around with good lacing. Nice, fresh hops aroma drifts up. Taste is clean and clear, piney and resinous. Long, lingering aftertaste. A wonderful fall alternative to the pumpkins and Marzens.

Update 23 Oct. Side by side with Founders Harvest, bottled on 30 Sept. It was a very tough call, but Surly came through on the taste with greater complexity. Both are fine, fine works.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jason83 for this one!

So, standard, slightly cloudy appearance and pretty aroma.
Taste is where this thing delivers. So balanced! Some fruit, some pine, some bitterness, some sweet malt. Everything in its right place. I swear I'm tasting some mosaic hops, though the desc. says ctz, simcoe, and citra only.
Carb is spot on. Somewhat fluffy.

Had head to head with founders harvest tonight, and while I love the clarity and unique fresh dank bitter of the founders, I think wet is a more nuanced effort.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz. can into s Surlyfest stein.

A: Pours a hazy deep golden honey color with a finger of creamy slightly off-white head. Head lingers around for quite and leaves some nice thick bubbly lacing.

S: Aromas of lemon peel and citrus greet you immediately then aromas of pine, fresh cut grass, honey, cracker and biscuit like malts, and some nice floral notes from the hops. The aromas are phenomenal yet surprisingly subtle.

T: You get some nice flavors of lemon, orange, grapefruit, peach and other citrus notes from the hops right up front. In the middle you find flavors of sugar cane, biscuit malts, and honey. Finishes with some more citrus, and some great earthy floral hops providing a nice subtle lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium in bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very crisp with a slick oily finish that leaves a perfect amount of bitterness.

O: A very delicious and impressive fresh hop IPA. From the second it is poured you can't help but be impressed. I just wish I could have gotten my hands on more then two four packs. This is an incredibly easy drinking brew that seems to get better each time you have one. If you get a chance to try this brew don't hesitate for a second because you will be missing out on a great beer.

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Photo of cx329
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This stuff is the nectar of the gods. Since it's seasonal I anticipate its arrival every year. Unfortunately Surly did not release it in 2014 as they were transitioning their production to their new brewery. If you're a native Minnesotan or just visiting definitely check out the new Surly brewery complex. Great food as well.

They source different hop styles each year. This time around it's west coast American hops.
Once again they absolutely nailed it. Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter. This stuff is aromatic. Nose is pine resin, cut grass, and lemon. Pours a perfect dark amber with nice lacy head. The first sip screams fresh squeezed hops. Strong chlorophyll notes with a hint of sugar cane. Finishes with a nice bitter hop bite in line with a traditional IPA. I'm glad they didn't over hop this one as to not drown out the complex character of this exquisite brew. Perfectly balanced and one of my all time favorites.

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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 spacecake9
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy to get to taste this.
A - Pours a clear medium golden color and 2 fingers of head.
S - Aroma is hops.
T - Flavor is hops, a little sweetness, a hint of citrus.and bitterness on finish.
M - Mouth feel is medium and medium carbonation.
O - Definitely west coast style. Very good beer, but I can't say I like this any more than a good IPA.

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Photo of mabermud
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a bad looking orange and amber body. The head is white, sticky, and foamy. After the breakdown of the head, there are some really unique looking clumps of dense foam. I also really appreciate the artwork on the can. It is basic, bold, and manly looking. Nice and light, fruity aromas of tangerine, nectarine, peach, and light tropical fruit. The taste is similar to the smell and is very nicely balanced, no tang. The fruity hop flavors properly meld into a very fine taste. The sweetness is under control. For me, this beer ends with a nice honeydew melon and hop taste. Feel - Nice lighter than not body. Almost crisp in the mouth. Nice dense foamy action in the chomper.

Overall - Nice, bright, and overall luminous. Delicate.

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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 StinkyFishBoys
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was one of the stranger beer experiences I've had. The first sip was absolutely incredible but about halfway through, the flavor just vanished. I'm almost wondering if the fresh simcoe coated my palate and prevented me from being able to taste it the further I got into it. This started out as a perfect 5 and ended up as a disappointing 3 so I'm splitting the difference.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with an orange hue and about a finger of off-white head.

Aroma is very musty (barnyard-like) and dank. Also get lots of pine resin, grass, floral, and light lemon. Get a lightly sweet and biscuit malt undertone.

Taste is much fruitier and juicier than expected based on the aroma. Get juicy peach, grapefruit, floral, pine, slight orange, and dankness up front from that Simcoe. There's a nice discreet sugary sweetness and slight biscuit there from the malt too. It dries out nicely like a west coast IPA should and brings with it a load of more dankness and substantial pine resin bitterness to layer on top of the juicy fruits.

Medium body. Crisp and slightly creamy. A sticky and very oily finish.

This is a very well-done wet hopped beer that deserves to be in the conversation with the Broo Doos and Founders Harvests of the style. Shows off that great resinous, danky, and fruity character of the wet Simcoe hops while still keeping everything in balance.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The beer was a golden copper color with a bubbly white head.

Smell – Wow. Fresh juicy hops really jump out on this one. It is both floral and citrusy.

Taste – I detect notes of grapefruit, apricots, orange, and mild resin. The backbone is both biscuits and slightly dry. This is an excellent complement to the hops. The citrus fruits continue to stay sweet in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation allows the fruit to linger, being appropriate for the style.

Overall – This is the best harvest ale I have ever had. Well done.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tallboy poured into a clear Solo cup. Hey, I'm at the train station.

A - golden burnished orange haze. Absolutely lovely. Head is minimal, but retention and lacing are on point.

S - Barnyard in abundance, but dank pine and freshly cut grass make strong star turns as well

T - Simcoe hops bring their pine nuts, grapefruit and lemongrass notes to the party. The farm comes back in a big way right after and brings pineapple and blue cheese along. Finish is juicy sour orange and a hint of creamy avocado. No malts to speak of, this is a pure hop-delivery system operating at peak efficiency.

M - Sticky and oily, but thin. Soap film, but in a cleansing way.

Well, this is what wet hops are for, basically. Way too expensive, but glad to find a single available and a cute ale slinger willing to give me a slight discount.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3 week old canned poured into a pint glass. Clean dark blonde or light orange body with a nice full white head. Nose is fairly muted with hints of grass and pine. The body is clean and emits a west coast style slick mouthfeel. The flavor is non-descript. I don't know if the hops are already falling off after 3 weeks or if they just weren't that pronounced. No flaws outside of the lack of flavor and hop punch especially at the price point.

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