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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 920
Gots: 67 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009)
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Photo of Arenbeer


4.97/5  rDev +14%

Canned 10/11/10 and Consuming 10/22/10 So Fresh!!!

16oz can into a DFH Snifter

A- Pours a clear as day golden orange with a nice 1 finger white head that rests on top.

S- Stanky Dankin fresh earthy hops. Smells like I literally have fresh pulled greens in my glass. Grass, pine, and citrus. What else could a hop head ask for!!!!??!?!

T- Soooo smooth but the second that gulp goes down those insanely bitter hops rip the tongue apart leaving it numb and begging for more. Much like the smell it's just straight up intense IPA that should be doubled. Crazy pine and grass with a nice citrus background, sitting on top of some very pleasant and surrendering malts that really fill the brew out nicely. Couldn't really ask for much more, this beer has it.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation surprisingly even due to freshness. And of course the crazy bitter dry finish.


10-23-2010 02:55:36 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.83/5  rDev +10.8%

Canned 10/11/10. Consumed 10/19/10. I like those numbers. Big shout out to Einweizenbitte for making this possible! Thanks again Todd.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Cracking the can unleashed a bouquet of wonderfully hoppy aromas. The pour was fantastic. Dumping Wet right down center of my goblet produced a gorgeous cascade of bubbles and at least two fingers worth of dense, eggshell-colored froth. A modest column of carbonation did its best to hold up the massive pile, but eventually it collapsed, dragging a thick web of lacing in its wake. The body looks like polished copper; bright and crystal clear. Head retained as a creamy cap for the entire session. Excellent!

Smell: Ocean-sprayed pine trees, tangerines, herbs, grapefruit, earth, and lemon zest. I can't help but think of fresh Sculpin right now - I'd love to try it next to fresh Wet. Pungent, complex, and delightfully hoppy.

Taste: Mango, grapefruit, pine, earth, and hop resin. Each sip starts off with several seconds worth of sweet, tangy, complexity; followed by a delicately adjusted bitter finish, dominated by earth and pine. This section was really hard to put into words. India Pale Ale bliss.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and resinous with soft, rolling carbonation. Finishes a bit sticky and dry, with the perfect amount of bitterness. Aftertaste is earthy, bitter, and long-lasting.

Drinkability: Have I achieved nirvana? My mind is at ease. I crave nothing; care for nothing. Oh shit, the can's empty. Dammit. I could really go for some more Wet. Thank Buddha, I've got two more cans of nirvana replenishment in the fridge. Ohhhmmmm...

10-22-2010 23:59:02 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of mnbrewery


4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Aroma: (10/12)
The smell of fresh/wet hops hit the nose, first. The first thing to pop in my head is of a west-coast IPA. Citrusy nose, with some black pepper as well / some earthiness. Not a hop bomb on the nose, though.

Appearance: (3/3)
The Golden Ale is very clear and has a perfect golden hue for this style. Very clear and golden-hued. Obvious filtration utilized. Poured about a one-fingered head from the 16 oz. can. Head does dissipate quite quickly.

Flavor: (18/20)
Nice maltiness here to balance the hops. I get the malts on the front to middle of the tongue, the hops come to the forefront on the back end and at the aftertaste. Extremely fresh-tasting - as it was canned, yesterday.

Mouthfeel: (5/5)
Some stickiness / dankness here; really nice. Very clean, with a light body.

Overall Impression: (9/10)
Extremely fresh and green-tasting. Reminiscent of the Furious backbone/malt. This isn't an uber hop bomb, but is extremely clean and refreshing. I have to try this on tap! On cask would be amazing....!

TOTAL: 45/50

10-22-2010 17:54:44 | More by mnbrewery
Photo of drabmuh


4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

10-22-2010 01:00:10 | More by drabmuh
Photo of brewdub17


4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance: Beautiful clear coppery, brass body lays beneath a thick, fluffy white/off-white head.

Smell: Dry malts combine with a slight hop freshness and is followed with slight but notable bits of sweetness, nothing too powerful. A little shocking to not find as powerful of an aroma as expected.

Taste: Very fresh tastes are found up front and complement well with the solid dryness and the subtle sweet tones from the malts. A little unbalanced towards the hop side but enjoyable for that reason, considering the style.

Mouthfeel: This brew does not bring out the expected mouthfeel from the malts but still feels splendid with the fresh hop characteristics.

Drinkability: The freshness that is created is unique and desirable.Very crisp, clean tastes with minimal amounts of alcohol flavor create an extremely drinkable beer.

10-21-2010 00:53:12 | More by brewdub17
Photo of beeeeeer


4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

Got a 4 pack of Surly Wet in Apple Valley last night. Light brown hue, and poured with ample head. Great soft mouth feel with light citrus resign-y flavor. Guy at the store told me to drink 'em fast they dont keep. That won't be a problem. Spendy but worth it.

10-20-2010 21:46:01 | More by beeeeeer
Photo of joshuaseresse


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

Can dated 10-11-2010. Consumed 10-12-2010. Poured into a pint glass:

A - golden amber. Lots of bubbles and carbonation. Initial pour produces thick, white foam head about a finger thick. Head dissipates into thin white foam cap. Lacing retention is good.

S - nice aroma of pine and citrus flavors. Sweet. I guess you could call it "fresh."

T - Very fresh and tasty. Not really bitter but has a bitter bite. Pine and huge citrus fruit flavors. Grapefruit, orange and lemon peel. Kind of earthy. Refreshing.

M - not over the top carbonated but the carbonation holds out well. Very smooth and pleasant. Leaves a nice bitter, dry after taste/feeling in the mouth and gums. Very good.

D - Awesome. I really wish I bought more. Very smooth and goes down easy. Very, very fresh and refreshing. A good take on a west coast IPA. Well done, Surly.

10-20-2010 15:19:42 | More by joshuaseresse
Photo of shawnp


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

16oz. can poured into a pint glass. Canned date: 10/12/10.

Pours a nice, clear and deep gold color, with about an inch of an off white head, lasting a short amount of time. Lacing was very good throughout consumption.

Floral aroma with citrus well blended. The scent of hops was extremely evident.

Good carbonation, not too much and not too little, just about right. Mouthfeel was smooth in and down. Taste is exceptional, with an abundant hop presence and a grapefruit and floral note. Wet has a good bitterness on the backside.

Wet can be an extremely sessionable beer. I found wet to be more hoppy than I'm used to, but it didn't bother me. I really enjoyed Wet. I would drink this on a regular basis if offered year round. Another very good brew from Surly.

10-20-2010 03:56:56 | More by shawnp
Photo of bennetj17


4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Canned 10-11-10, 1 week ago today! Ultra clear appearance, more on the golden side for an IPA. Lots of sudsy white foam leaving behind a nice lace. Well balanced aroma with a bright hoppiness leading the way. Less citrus than expected, it's more of an earthy/grassy smell with a spicy bite. There is a grainy malt note present also that borders on a toasted nut character. Not too intense but rather inviting.

The taste is clean with more hop dominance, followed by a hefty bitter finish. Again the hops are very grassy and dry-like. It's not the west-coast IPA I expected, not the overly heavy syrupy orange/grapefruit hops. No, this one stays clean and crisp, more like a Sierra Nevada style IPA. Unfortunately some of the complexity hinted at in the aroma gets lost in the flavor, although it is still very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is crisp, with perfect carbonation. It's not too thick or syrupy like some of these IPA's tend to get.

This is a perfect late summer or fall beer. With it's sunny appearance and dry bitter finish, I picture a late September afternoon in Iowa, with the cornfields all but turned golden brown. Really glad I got to try this fresh, wish I had more...

10-19-2010 05:17:04 | More by bennetj17
Photo of dougofthefuture


4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Canned one week ago, and this is my last one. So sad...

A. Thick creamy head on a bright amber body. Fairly transparent.

S. Tons of mouth watering citrus. Pineapple in particular comes to mind. There is a perfect balance of bright sweetness to balance the aggressive hop level.

T&m. This instantly hits on all cylinders. Explosion of citric hops up front. Creamy body allows it to linger. Just enough resiny hop taste to make it chewy, but not thick enough to take away from its approachability. Assertive alcohol bite fits well on the finish.

D. Due to the style, this will never be a year round offering of course. This is too bad, because it would definitely be a beer I would come back to often (probably on the same day) if it was easier to come by. An amazing beer for sure.

10-19-2010 00:21:05 | More by dougofthefuture
Photo of JackieTH


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Canned/bottled: 10/11/10 "Get Wet"

Appearance: Atypical yellow-orange but with a big fluffy white foam head that fades quickly.

Smell: Grassy, fresh citrus hop, tropical fruit, some subtle sweetness..yes hoppy...

Taste: Fleeting tropical pineapple sweetness with big dominating citrus and secondary pine hop presence that together are successfully but barely restrained by a sweet malty backbone. Overall Wet comes together very nicely leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, balanced.

Drinkability: It's hoppy flavorful but not a hop bomb. Very tasty. Not as grassy as I remember 'Wet all the Way' from 2010 brew review. Oh, yes, it's expensive, so think of this as a high-brow Surly Furious.

Wet 2012: 100% Simcoe hops. Huge fluffy head over a golden body. Very nice sheets of lace. Smell and taste are virtually identical. Citrus, resin and garlicky hop flavor. Loads of flavor. Moderate bitterness but enough malt sweetness to make this one quaffable. Solid body, good carbonation, creamy feel and refreshing. The garlic-onion flavones give me a pause for a half second, but its so damn balanced and delicious.

Wet 2013: centennial & cascade hops. Bright golden beer with a small white cap and minimal lace. Smells of lemons, fresh cut hay and biscuits. Taste is faint citrus, grassy, lemony, lightly sweet, biscuits, mild bitterness. Medium light body, medium carbonation, clean finish, nicely balanced. Wet isn't over the top bitter, it's all about fresh hop flavor, and it's very good.

10-18-2010 20:10:52 | More by JackieTH
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Reviewed on 10-17-10
Reviewed cold from a Can to a glass

A - Poured a finger of foam, nice layer of lacing, lots of carbonation present, pale orange in color. Very clear brew!

S - Potent hop aroma, citrus notes with very little malt flavor

T/M - Hops and citrus, a clean refreshing brew. Medium bodied, crisp hop bitterness but not over powering. Smooth tasting brew at finish

D - Great tasting brew, another winner from Surly. It didn't go down like a hop bomb but the hops of course were very present. An overall great experience for me. I highly recommend this brew and will have it again! Try and get some before it is gone for the year!

10-18-2010 17:45:56 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of Buebie


4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

4 packed grabbed from Heritage for $15 this past saturday. Can date of 10/11/10 with a stamp reading 'get wet'.

Poured semi rigorously from the can into a full pint glass. About an inch of white head forms. Good retention, very slow to recede. Hop cones do work son, in providing great retention, foam and a nice lace display...rings all the way.
Color is a quite pale, golden amber, transparent.
Aroma is dank, large amount of citrus hops, sweet malt, just hop pungency.
Flavors mimicking aroma nicely. Sweet upfront with large hop presence, citric fruit, bittering pine and dank weed, with malt alongside to balance.
Excellent flavors from this beer. Bittering nicely through the finish, pairing with semi sweet malt flavors and fruity hops/ dank weed and drying towards the end. God this is good.
Full flavored all the way.
Feel is slick, yet carbonation bites.

Excellent beer. Love it! Drinkability is terrific, hops don't obliterate and alcohol is non existent in aroma nor flavor. A bit spendy but well worth it.

10-18-2010 00:45:23 | More by Buebie
Photo of younger35


4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

Picked up a 4-pack of this stuff from Edina Liquors for $15.99. Pricy but worth it this year. Drank from my Minneapolis Town Hall weizen glass while watching the Desperation Bowl (Dallas vs. Minnesota).

Appearance- Pours a light crystal clear yellowish orange with a decent half finger fluffy off-white head. The head actually disappears fairly quickly and no lacing or head is left what-so-ever.
Smell- Very fresh and super fruity with hints of mango and pineapple right from the pfffttt of the can. Almost a green apple like scent as well and I almost always get a sort of light vegetable thing on the Wet Hopped brews. It's not bad, it's just really the only way I can describe it.
Taste- Nice light bitterness upfront along with a somewhat subdued fruitiness. Some hoppy peach notes along with a touch of pineapple and mango. The beer is actually a bit more intensely flavored than most Wet Hopped brews. The bitterness grows and but is quickly cut off by a surprisingly noticeable biscuit malt finish. The malt adds just the lightest touch of caramel in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Light body with a nice tinge of carbonation that is spot on.
Drinkability- I really like Wet this year a lot. Last year's was a bit boozy and just sort of out of whack. This years is freaking spot on delicious. Everything is right in balance (for a bitter, hoppy IPA anyways) and it's a wonderfully enjoyable beer.

10-17-2010 23:47:47 | More by younger35
Photo of morimech


4.1/5  rDev -6%

Canned 10/11/10

Clear amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. A little sticky lacing is left on the glass. The most surprising thing about the appearance is the almost total lack of carbonation bubbles. Wow does this beer ever smell heavenly. Full on hop goodness. Hints of pine and grapefruit. More woodsy than fruity. The flavor did not capture my attention like the aroma had done. I am not a huge fan of most harvest ales as they are too one dimensional for my tastes, and this one is venturing into that territory. There is a little malt sweetness in the background but otherwise it is a mouthfull of pine and grapefruit. A little medicinal in the finish. Bitterness does not feel as high as what is claimed. Almost like Abrasive Ale in that regard. Very low carbonation. Just enough to liven the beer a little. Seems to work on these high IBU beers. I found this more drinkable than some other IPAs that go this route. The little malt that I did taste, helps this go down easier.

10-17-2010 17:21:45 | More by morimech
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

16 ounce can poured into an over-sized wine glass. Canned on 13-Oct-2010, reviewed on 16-Oct-2010.

A- Pours a clear light orange. Medium head that dissipates quickly. Heavy lacing left on glass as beer is consumed. Low carbonation.

S - Fresh hops of course. Grapefruit and other citrus flavors dominate more than any pine scent. Nice smell but not as strong as I would have expected.

T- Very nice. The grapefruit taste is dominate. As well balanced as a fresh hopped beer can be. Very West Coast styled.

M- Great smooth mouthfeel. Perfect amount of bitterness that should be expected for the style.

D- Easy drinking and delicious.

10-17-2010 16:11:26 | More by Timmah11
Photo of JeremyHB


4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

Purchased this beer the morning of its first deliveries in Minneapolis on 10-12-2010. The bottom has a canned on date that reads 10-11-2010.

Poured into a pint it had a tremendous amount of high quality head that almost had a green tint to it. Not sure if this was a reflection of the bright green can it was poured from or my mind just playing tricks on me. My initial reaction was a little surprise at the clarity... Made me think about the rumors of Surly using isinglass to clarify their beer. (It is an exceptional clarifying agent but some people freak out about it because it is an extract of a sturgeon or codfish swim bladder and therefore crosses some vegan/vegetarian ethical lines)

I will reiterate - exceptionally clear with a bright golden color and excellent head.
The hop character in the nose is also exceptional. My first thought was that it smelled like a freshly mowed yard.

EDIT: I have had this beer multiple times since this review and each time I noticed progressively less and less of that wonderful piney/grassy aroma. This is certainly an example of a beer best had at the peak of its freshness. It's no wonder Surly only releases it over the span of about a week and it says on the side of the can DRINK NOW! DO NOT AGE. That first two day old can was like a revelation.

Drinkability was very nice too.. Left me wanting more. Noticed a heavy bitterness to it that lingers quite a while after swallow.
Lots of resinous citrus flavor and a nice amount of barley backbone.

Beers like this make me wish there was a better way to preserve that amazing freshness exhibited in so many CA style IPA's like this.
At least I live near enough to get it while the gettings good.

10-17-2010 15:18:11 | More by JeremyHB
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

We're lucky in Minnesota - Surly Wet and Town Hall Fresh Hop both released on the same day. This one was canned 3 days before drinking - how's that for fresh. This one pours a clear copper with a large head that fades to a film of bubbles throughout the drinking. Smells nice and fresh, not overly hoppy smelling. Has a grassy, green hop taste backed up by just enough slightly sweet malt to make this a well rounded beer. Finished very crisp - that's what I noticed most about this beer. It finishes very clean with a slightly minty smack. This is an easy drinking beer. I could drink alot of these. Had this one within the same week as having the Fresh Hop. If I had to pick one I'd have to give a slight edge to the Fresh Hop due to a slightly bigger backbone than the Wet. That said, I can't drink many of those due to how filling it was, this one the other had could be an all day beer if you take it slow.

10-17-2010 11:53:59 | More by plumcrazyfx
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3.58/5  rDev -17.9%

16oz can, goblet, canned 10/11/10.

Light orange, specifically clear orange juice, with a large, fluffy head of white.

Orange marmalade, buttery yeast, pear, and grassy hops make up a nose that is underwhelming for a five day old wet hop West coast IPA. Unfortunately, Surly struck out on the most important component of a wet hop beer, the aroma.

Decently sweet pale malt and the delicious orange marmalade balance well against orange and Meyer lemon peel bitterness. The flavors aren't typical West coast IPA, but the juiciness is.

Pretty malty and the carbonation has faded quickly, the juicy and oily factors save this.

The aroma just kills it, and because of that I would not go out and buy this again. I think of wet hop ales being some of the beers I just want to sit and smell. I also think Surly went a little too big on the abv. A case of so close and yet so far.

10-17-2010 02:53:54 | More by brewerburgundy
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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

My first thought on this beer is about the head. It is one of the most glorious heads I've ever seen, extremely thick, lasts for days if you let it. The body is a clear, amber color. Very pure. Spiderweb lacing throughout.

The nose is huge on the floral hops with a lot of citrus in there too. Very rich aroma at first, but after a while, the power in the nose seems to diminish.

Flavor is just what you'd expect, rich and crisp hops. Lots of grassy flavor, with a backbone of fresh grapefruit. A lingering pine aftertaste. There is a medium body, somewhat thick, but crisp at the same time. Lots of fruity flavor, but the fruit doesn't get much time to shine as this beer is intensely bitter. Not for the faint of heart, but hop-heads will feel right at home.

10-17-2010 00:58:49 | More by dogger6253
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Light bronze in color with a two-finger thick white foam head.
The instant the seal is broken a burst of citra hops fills the air, which intensifies as it is poured into the glass.
The initial taste of crisp citrus consumes your palate as you take the first sip. The swallow leaves a dry and slightly bitter sensation in your mouth.
All in all it was an excellent brew.

10-17-2010 00:23:51 | More by joshuaguck
Photo of Gump


3.63/5  rDev -16.7%

Clean, clear and plenty of foam. Very impressed by the clarity. Head settles to nothing after a couple minutes.

Fresh hop odor. Not flowery, but pungent hop aroma. This may smell like body odor to some, which I won't disagree

with, but it also smells viney, fresh-weed like.

I can't help but search out the hops at first taste. Starts out sweet, then pause to feel the slick mouthfeel then

the dry, biting hop aftertaste hits.
I think this was intentionally brewed light, to let the hops shine. Low malt.
This beer forces you to appreciate the true hop flavor.

10-16-2010 23:59:02 | More by Gump
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

I bought a 4 pack of Surly Wet on October 12th from Heritage Licquour in Maplewood, Minnesota and it had been just delivered to them that morning. The beer was canned on October 10th! I have never drank a beer that the hops tasted so fresh on the pallete than Surly Wet! This was one of the most enjoyable beers I have ever had and hope that it becomes available on tap and many bars in the twin cities as I have only heard it being available at a select few including The Blue Door Pub in Saint Paul.


10-16-2010 19:56:31 | More by dberthia
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3.63/5  rDev -16.7%

Going up against high expectations here. Citra and simcoe, 5 days old according to the canning date. Surly, hops, fresh, etc. Drooling as I pour....

Look is beautiful. Perfect 1/2 inch head when poured carefully into a Surly pint glass. Golden yellow, no sediment. Shines, makes the room a bit brighter.

Smell is grassy and earthy. Where is all the citra citrus? Pine in the back seat too. Some bready and grainy smells from the malts. Not the pavlovian response inducing pungency I was expecting.

Taste disappoints for the relative lack of rich, juicy depth. Grassy hops strong, a nice earthy character to them. Grainy malts balance just enough with some simple sweetness. I can find more to the hops if I really focus as it warms, but the grassy flavors stay front and center. (Liked the earthy vibe overall though, best part of the beer. It just needed more traditional hop character to work with it.)

Crisp and clean on the mouthfeel, appropriately bitter. Not an enamel peeler at all. Pretty easy drinking.

A good beer. Not a great beer. More subdued than I was hoping, and more of a one trick pony than other fresh hops I've enjoyed (Founders, Town Hall)

10-16-2010 12:55:55 | More by caskstrength
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

A= The pour is a nice translucent light amber color with a good looking thick foamy finger of head that holds excellent retention and lacing. The head gives off that almost green color I get with a lot of wet hop beers... may be my imagination though. I will note that this looks a little lighter than last years wet???

S= Like a hop field. Soooo much pollen and resin in the smell. There is a good bit of green planty smell to it that I really love wet hop beers for. Though not as green smelling as Founders harvest this is still up there. Super delicious smelling.

T= The taste is just what I would expect coming from the smell. Super polleny and resious. Got a nice green taste to it that reminds me of plant material. The green flavor comes though a little more in the back sides of the tongue when you sip it. Really lovely.

M= Great carbonation for this beer. A masterpiece.

D= I could drink this beer forever. This is right up there with my favorite IPAs. Glad they canned this this year because I hate to review in bars and can never remember when I get home. This is my last can and I had it on tap last night and it only gets better the more I try it. I see myself running to the liquor store again real soon.

10-16-2010 03:46:09 | More by jjanega08
Wet from Surly Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.