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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 978
Gots: 72 | 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 ratedz
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a 2 inch off-white head.

The nose is full of fresh, citrusy hops. A sweet caramel malt backbone is present, but the hops are the feature presentation here.

The hops continue their assault on the senses at first sip. Orange and grapefruit are what I am picking up the most of. A sweet maltiness sits in the background and doesn't try to take over the flavors of the fresh juicy hops.

Mouth feel is good...a little oily from the hops with light to moderate carbonation. Very drinkable...one of the better fresh-hop beers I've had.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.39/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey gold color out of the pint can with a nice, mellow white head. Lacing and retention are great.

Aroma is nice, but average in strength for an IPA. I was hoping the Wet hops would carry a more fresh smelling nose than it does. There is slight citrus and grass, as well as a full yeast fruitiness. The patent tropical fruit aroma of Citra is barley noticeable.

On the palate, there is a full body and sweet caramel flavor. Hop flavor adds a general, fruity flavor. Bitterness is strong, but not as tight and crisp as I'd like it to be. Overall, this beer feels like it needs some tightening up. This beer certainly seems like a weak spot in Surly's great line-up.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Lee - much obliged!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large amounts of citrus and tropical fruits backed up by light pale malt aromas. Also present are hints of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though with more of a fresh hop influence. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip the brightness of the citrus and tropical fruit hops are darkened a bit with the addition of more earthy and slightly leafy hop flavors. The combination of citrus and earthy hops carries through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is yet another solid beer from Surly - one of the better fresh hop beers out there. Well worth a shot.

Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to UncleJedi for a can of this special treat.

A-Hazy, glowing copper with a medium light tan head that slowly reduced to a thin cap that leaves nice swaths of lace.

S-Grassy citrus blast from the ton(literally) of fresh pick wet hops. A healthy dose of caramel malt melds nicely and adds adequate balance without overpowering the hop goodness.

T-Powerful citrus (grapefruit and orange being dominate) zing with a surprising dose of spiciness. The sweet caramel covered biscuit malt adds balance and support without being intrusive as in the aroma.

M-Medium bodied and somewhat sticky on the palate with all those hop oils going on. Long lingering hop bitterness and spiciness.

D-Nicely done but for some reason the spiciness becomes a tad strong and begins to detract from the pleasantness of the citrusy goodness. I certainly like it but I don't love it.

Photo of cadaugherty
3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 10/16/10:

Appearance- Golden and bubbly! Good two fingers of head off a gentle pour.

Smell- Nice citrus hops that pop out of the glass. Not quite as bold as the aroma on Furious but nice.

Taste- I know it is a wet-hopped harvest ale but there is no malt backbone in this beer. I like the crisp hoppy taste, but I need some more malt. It makes the beer fall flat for me.

Mouthfeel- Just fine. Very clean and crisp. Maybe a hint more stickiness than I would like.

Drinkability- Easy drinking, but again it is a Harvest ale so what are you expecting.

I personally enjoy this beer but feel it is a bit overhyped and is not my favorite of its type.

Photo of malty
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this 4-pack from an excellent trader who made the Darkness Day fest and bought me some scrumptious Surly brews. Thanks unclejedi!

Poured into my old school Coors dimpled thick-walled stemmed chalice a brilliantly clear bright, bright copper color with a 1/2" settled loose white head. Undisturbed curtains of white lace that stretch down the entire glass.

The scent on this literally took over the entire airspace of the room I sampled it in. FRESH, FRESH, FRESH aroma of bountiful hops everywhere. I've never been to a hop field, but now I can only imagine what it must smell like. Oily, leafy, earthy glorious hops penetrate the nostrils and dig their heels in deep. Grapefruit rind. Fruit cocktail syrup. Apricots. Peaches. Pears. Perfection.

I've been waiting for this...Shazzam! The hop brigade flanked me from the front, both sides and the rear. The hop flavors are sharp, poised and relentless. There's malt in here somewhere, but I can't really taste it. I can feel it's somewhat felt-like softness, but it's getting the crap kicked out of it from these hefty hops. The citrus flavors morph into a piney finish, giving the earthy notes the final say. There's only one thing left for me to say...wow!

Mouthfeel is a solid medium body with a very oily feel, thanks to the fresh hops oils no doubt. carbonation is super fine and at a moderate level. The prickly, ultra sharp & bitter mouthfeel does diminish somewhat, but it takes quite a while. It could last all night and that would be fine with me.

Drinkability is very good. The hops do what they're supposed to, without any apologies. They capture and dominate the palate, leaving no prisoners. If you like that kind of domination, this one's for you.

Overall a fresh hop IPA that had me at the initial splitting of the aluminum threshold. I'm a fool for this beer. The tongue tingling hoppy trampling does get to be a little overwhelming, but what would you expect from Surly? If your in the mood to get nutz with some hops, then get some Wet!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ahalloin for this one. Thanks Tony!

A: Bubbly amber-gold hue with a small bubbly head with good retention. Good lacing and leaves nice legs, huge rings of lacing like the rings of a tree trunk.

S: Earthy hops, a little citrus, grass, a whole range of hops come through with some biscuity malt to boot. I get a dry, champagne grape in there as well. Some great earthy raw hop hop.

T: Nice biscuity hops that are biting and bitter, dry to finish. A short burst of hop juice with grass and tropical citrus character and Biscuit covered with honey for the malts, which is nice. Tasty clean flavor that lingers nicely as well.

M: Nice carbonation, semi creamy but a little tingly as well.

D: Very drinkable and sessionable. Very good., I'll try to get this every year.

Photo of adrock7309
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a can into my royal pint glass.

Plenty of carbonation leads to about am inch of creamy peachy tan head.

Aroma is actually a bit muted. There is grapefruit, citrus, and some pine coming through.

Flavor is instant bitterness on my tongue followed by some sweetness. The flavors are similar to the scent but more pine on the palate. There is also some fresh straw and grass there too. The bittering hops are a bit over shadowing the flavor.

Very drinkable and solid brew from the pros at Surly.

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

Thanks Bill!!!
Poured from teh can into a dogfish snifter. Pours a beautiful clear dark gold with a fluffy white head. Tons of lace left in the snifter. The aroma is of light citrus, some bready malt and a bit of pineapple. Not overwhelming on the fruity hop aroma as I had expected. Nice, clean flavor of light citrus, with a hint of mint. Again, not overwhelming on the hop front. I would classify this as an easy drinking summer pale ale. Really crisp and clean mouthfeel. Great drinker.

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of robwestcott
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to wkcyr for including this cool surly surprise as an extra. can marked with "canned on 10/13/10", so it's been trapped in there for 28 days and it's time to pop the can.

poured cold from the can to a sun king shaped pint glass a crips clear, translucent yellow with orange highlights and a big bubbled full finger, relatively short lasting white head and minimal retention.

great big tropical fruit aroma, pineapple, citrus, the aroma is huge.

creamy, sweet, tropical hops forward, sweet to start followed by a fairly mild bitter near the back of the tongue.

creamy, thicker than expected, big bodied for the style, sweet up front, mild bitter after.

drnkable - aboslutely.

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can into my Surly imperial pint glass. It poured a beautiful, crystal clear amber color with a thick and rocky head nearly spilling over the edge of the glass. It had some decent head retention and left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows off the juicy, citrusy, tropical fruit like hops very nicely. It isn't an immense hoppiness or overwhelming, but just a very nice, bright, fresh hoppiness.

The taste has a very fresh hoppiness to it. The citra especially adds some nice pineapple and mango notes. It has a moderate dry bitterness coming through as you start to get to the finish. The bitterness lingers along with more of the juicy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is a little below medium bodied with carbonation being a little little below average for the style. Very nice mouthfeel overall, I really liked the lower carbonation which made it even smoother for me. Drinkability is very good, it had some great flavors and was extremely easy to drink. The hoppiness was very good and fresh but also not overwhelming. Delicious beer that went down very easily after work tonight.

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 BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Canned on 10/13/10. "Get Wet", No info.

This deserves a big thanks to Beerwolf77 who brought this back from Darkness Day for me...as well as a bottle of Darkness!

A - The lip of the can creates a turbulent pour into the glass giving Wet a three-finger white head. Good retention above the golden yellow beer. Carbonation stems from the etching to the foamy pile with halos of lace above.

S - Big, fresh citrusy hops on the nose explode just as the can cracks. Very freshly cut pineapple and a strong squeeze of grapefruit with a drop of lemon juice. A bit of resin and a touch of pine sap come out as well. Very hop-forward but it's well-balanced by the caramel malt backing.

T - Rich toasted caramel malt backs up the hops wonderfully. Not intrusive. Very balanced. Forward fruitiness mirrored in the nose, there is pineapple, grapefruit, and melon, but a bigger contribution comes from Willamette hops with an earthy, dry leaf, and grass clipping thing going on.

M - I can't stress enough how well-balanced this brew is. A lot of sweetness comes through but a good, lightly dry bitterness finishes out this ridiculously smooth beer. Soft and medium-light in body, it goes down really well.

D - I'm saving a few ounces of this for my hop-head friend when he gets here, otherwise this would go down all too quickly. I think I like this one more than Furious. Very solid fresh-hopped IPA.

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 woosterbill
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, dated 10/13/10, courtesy of Hopstoopid120, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A straight, leisurely pour results in 2+ fingers of creamy off-white head presiding over a clear medium-amber body; some fine carbonation lazily drifts upwards from the nucleation point to maintain the chunky, slowly-deflating head. Sheets of lace coat the glass. This is one fantastic looking IPA.

S: A mellow wave of citrus hops gets to me before I even raise the glass, showing just how potent this one is going to be. Upon closer inspection, a full array of fresh, resinous, vegetal, spicy, and citrusy hops dance around the glass, greeted after a while with some lightly sweet, biscuity malt. It's actually not as intense as I expected at first, but still quite well-balanced and enjoyable.

T: Beautiful balance of dominant hops and supporting malts. It opens with grapefruit pith and resiny pine, but almost the hops meld with some beautifully creamy (but not overly sweet) malt. The malt really plays a much bigger role than I was expecting, but it works wonderfully, providing both balance and complexity through the middle while fully giving way to the hops when it comes to the clean, bitter finish - although just a touch of booziness does creep in on the aftertaste. It's the pleasantly fruity kind of booze, though, and this is simply a delicious beer.

M: Fairly full body for an IPA, with plenty of smooth, creamy carbonation. Absolutely lovely.

D: Despite the noticeable alcohol on the finish, this is still a remarkably easy-drinking IPA - especially for 7.5%. I can't believe I'm almost done with the whole can, and I wish I weren't.

Notes: What a great beer. Huge thanks to Tony for hooking me up with this gem of a fresh-hop beer. Surly can do no wrong, and that's all I've got to say about that.


Photo of jamie2dope
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit that I am not the biggest fan of fresh hop brews, but if anyone can do it right, Surly can. Many thanks to Hogwildliquor for throwing in this much wanted extra. Poured in straight in to an imperial pint glass, the look is hazy gold in color, and three solid fingers of heading that sticks around for a while. Big whiff of piny, citrus hops right from the start, as well as tobacco and grapefruit. The taste has West Coast IPA written all over it, with aggressive hops bringing on the citrus and earthy qualities they are known for. The body is medium, and about as drinkable as it gets for this style. Unlike many other fresh hop beers, the hops here actually taste fresh, and are as aggressive as any other IPA. Aside from their Imperial Stout, Darkness, this is the best brew I have had from Surly, and also the best fresh hop beer I have had at all. People from Minnesota are truly lucky to have this beer around.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber brown with orange highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was really sweet and floral consisting of piney hops, citrus grapefruit, grass notes, but did have fruit aroma like apricots. The nose made it seem like it was gonna be delicious but it was surely decieving cause the taste was not as bold as the nose. There was some hop character but was very mild and didn't really have a bitter bite either. I did manage to detect citrus grapefruit with very slight fruit notes and malts that probably overpowered the hop profile. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, sweet, and very mild hop bitter finish. It drank real good but was let down especially because they noted it was an interpretation of a west coast IPA. I guess you have to leave it to the west coast to handle that business.

Photo of number1bum
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for a couple cans of this.

Pours a mostly clear orange-tinted amber color with two solid inches of light beige head. Keeps quite well, with a full but thin lace. Lots of stick on the sides too; coats nicely.

Smell has a big dose of grapefruit, a somewhat softer and sweeter grapefruit than the often very pithy aroma featured in many IPAs. There is a lemony and spicy quality to the nose as well, with just a touch of some pale malt sweetness to round it out.

Taste also has a good amount of citrus, grapefruit and lemon like the nose. Bitterness is moderate with a spicy element in the finish as well. Malt is in the background with just a bit of sweetness. I don't think this quite delivers the level of hop flavor the nose implied, but it is still very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite dry for an IPA, with a drying bitterness in the finish.

I haven't been wowed by the citra hop beers I've had so far but luckily this one also features Simcoe. It's really tasty, with a good amount of citrus and some really nice fresh hop flavor. Just has that element of softness to all the flavors that you don't get with regular IPAs. Very drinkable and another excellent beer from Surly.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled can into a glass. Thanks to Wisconsinality for supplying this!

A: Pours a hazy, seemingly unfiltered amber that leans toward orange in the glass. It's capped by a half-finger of off-white head despite a vigorous pour. Not a heavily carbed beer. But it has lots of resins and hop oils in it, as evidenced by the sticky trails of lace it deposits down the sides of the glass.

S: This is remarkably non-vegetal for a fresh, wet-hop beer. It's quite perfumey; even from far away, I can pick up the generous grapefruit and tangerine flavors that went into the beer. I heard this was dry-hopped with Citra, so I was expecting some beautiful tropical fruit goodness, but it seems to be more 'traditional' citrus aromas. It's quite grassy as well.

T: While there is a pronounced bitterness up front, I'm surprised to find that the beer has a strong crystal malt presence, as well. It manifests as a caramel sweetness with a touch of straight sugar. While the beer is relatively dry, I don't think I'd call the malt subdued. That being said, the hop flavors are vibrant and fresh. Grass is quite strong (at least it's not vegetal), but it gives way to grapefruit rind in the mid-taste. The finish is clean with a touch of crystal malt, but even that can't fully hide the long-lasting, sticky, bitter finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation for the style. Fresh hop flavors abound, and lots of bittering hop oils cling to the tongue. I've never really enjoyed lingering bitterness, but when a beer has enough residual sugar to offset it, I can forgive it somewhat.

D: Definitely one of the better wet hop beers I've tried this year.

Photo of klshanks
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- 16 oz can poured into a pint glass. Clear golden orange with a solid inch of white head. Good lacing all down the glass as it is drank.

Aroma- A good whiff reveals some herbal grassy hop notes too it. The aroma isn't overpowering like you might expect

Taste- Lots of grassy bitter flavor as well as some pine and orange peel taste. A hint of booziness to it.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good. Well carbonated, not too thin but not coating your mouth and lingers just long enough

Drinkability- Sign me up for another pint!

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 wisrarebeer
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Blue Max in Burnsville, MN for $14.99/4 pack.

A: slightly cloudy, amber color - there is something very fine in suspension in the beer, nice creamy head
S: very nice resiny hop nose, not overpowering, a bit of malt backbone noticeable also
T: very nice beer, good resiny/pine hops up front with good balance of malt in finish, well-made
M: very nice
D: I usually don't prefer over-hopped IPAs but this is a good one

Photo of woodychandler
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.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass a beautiful amber color with a puffy white head that held for a good bit of time and left good lacing down the glass.

The smell was truly wonderful --- absolutely fresh grapefruit and pine straight to the senses. Held up well with a sweet malt character that didn't distract from the fresh (wet) hop aroma.

I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in the taste. It was much more crystal malt upfront than I was expecting (or wanted). Don't get me wrong, this brew brought the hops. After the initial unwelcome malt flavor, it was all grapefruit and flowery hops. Quite dry on the finish.

Surly knows how to do an IPA. The mouthfeel was spot on for an AIPA.

I would certainly include this in my late fall/early winter fresh and wet hop rotation if Surly were available in my area. I'm not sure, given it's overemphasis on the crystal malt, that I could have more than a couple in a setting, which I am apt to do with an IPA.

Wet from Surly Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.