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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,223
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 3.97%
Wants: 1,040
Gots: 76 | 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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Reviews: 397 | Hads: 1,223
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surly Wet (2012 Vintage)

Appearance: Surly’s version of the wet-hopped ale, this year made entirely with Simcoe hops, pours a brilliant, crystal clear, golden-orange color. A massive, four-finger, bone-white pillow of head that takes ages to deflate, during which it transforms from tightly bubbled to enormous soapsuds. The lacing is brilliant and there are minimal alcohol legs. Surprisingly, there is not much visually noticeable carbonation, but, other than that, this beer looks near perfect.

Aroma: Massive does not begin to describe the hop aroma of this beer. Citrus notes and dankness flow freely and furiously from the glass; the drinker need not even put his or her nose to the glass to smell it: this smell is noticeable from the other side of the room. There is also a nice, caramel sweetness and earthiness hiding behind what could be mistaken for a newly opened carton of orange juice. Speaking of juice, this beer smells incredibly, ludicrously juicy. Surly makes a strong case for producing the best smelling wet-hopped beer on the market.

Taste: Hops, in the form of juicy citrus, rindy bitterness, grapefruit, lemon, and, of course, orange are huge in this beer. The experience is akin to sampling the fresh fruit section at the local farmers’ market. The malt (surprisingly) stands up to the staunch hop presence and provides the caramel sweetness and warming earthiness. Simcoe is known to have sort of a “cat urine” flavor to it, and thankfully this one avoids that caveat since that flavor comes through more in the dankness of the drink than a straight up urine note. The best, and perhaps most masterful aspect of this beer is the way the bitterness is not a smack in the face, but a building sensation over the course of the taste. Perfect for the style, perfect as a beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer reminds me a bit of the episode of Seinfeld entitled “The Glasses” in which Jerry is dating a woman, Amy, who thinks he is perfect initially but eventually sees a “side” of him that she does not like. For Wet, this side is the mouthfeel. The carbonation is extremely minimal, which really does not suit the beer, and the feel itself is rather thin. This lends a strange, watery feel to the beer that feels awkward for both the style and the beer itself. Still, it remains slightly above average, but just barely.

Overall: I am a huge fan of the wet-hopped beer style, and I feel blessed to have gotten a hold of this one. Along with Three Floyds’ Broo Doo and Sierra Nevada’s Estate, this is the highest point that the style has reached. This beer should be the benchmark for the fresh-hop style. If only they could have perfected the mouthfeel as much as the rest of the beer, this may have been my first perfect beer. Another homerun for Surly. 18/20 (2,798 characters)

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clean, golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is awesome! Fresh hops with pine and citrus. A good amount of orange and grapefruit. A hint of marijuana. Very light malt, quickly overcome by more hops. Taste is just as I was hoping it would be. Reminds me of some of the great IPAs I get here on the west side. Clean, crisp hops with just a tiny bit of malt. Has some familiar "Sierra Nevada hoppiness" to it. Lovely grapefruit, orange, lemon, and a hint of melon. Bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is another amazing hoppy beer from Surly. I really wish I could buy this beer here in California. (713 characters)

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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, pine, Carmel malt, slight grassy

T-grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, pine, grassy hops and a nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O-a solid IPA with a nice balance of malt and hop flavors, would have been interesting to compare the Citra version 2011 (370 characters)

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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Large white that's very frothy and has great retention. Body is completely clear copper orange-y and has some nice carbonation. A ton of lace is left and a rocky foamy slab is above the body. Looks fantastic.

S. Dank pine and citrus on the nose with a subtle malt in there as well. Hops are prominent and smell grassy and earthy as well.

T. Sweeter citrus upfront with a bitter wave coming through in the middle. Pine, earth, bitter grapefruit and sweeter citrus. Big bite on the finish that lingers.

M. Lighter side of medium on the tongue with medium carbonation. Sticky finish from a dank as hell brew.

O. Really nice stuff from a bigger want. Lives up to the hype nicely (684 characters)

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3.85/5  rDev -10%
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.

B+ (2,115 characters)

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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, canned on 10/04/12, poured into a pint glass. Major thanks to Brian for the hookup with this.

A- Pours a clear golden amber color topped with a finger of creamy white head, nice retention and thick sheets of lacing.

S- Juicy hops, lots of citrus and fruity orange aroma, also some pine and freshly-cut grass. Caramel malt lingers in the background but this is definitely all about the hops.

T- Huge rush of hop flavor with grapefruit and lemon rind, lots of pine resin and a bit of dank earthiness. The malt is also very assertive, with bold caramel flavors and a nice bready texture. Bitterness is persistent throughout and builds on itself.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, oily hop resin feel, dry towards the finish.

O- An awesome, juicy, and very bitter IPA. The hop flavors are really great and are balanced really nicely by the malt; as bitter as this is I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting. Great stuff. (942 characters)

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4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Special Thanks to Irish763 for sending this one over to me. This beer poured out as a beautifully clear gold color with a fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing are very good on this beer. The smell of this beer is incredible... I can pick up some of the freshest and juiciest citrus aromas. Packed with orange, some peach and grapefruit all come together on the nose with some subtle malt. The taste of the beer gives off lots of citrus flavors as well. It's very refreshing. The mouthfeel is light bodied it has a smooth feel to it with a very nice dry finish. Overall, this is excellent. I enjoy this beer a lot. Looking forward to have the rest of my 4 pack soon. (679 characters)

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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 09/20/12. Tulip glass.

A: Pours light gold, with two fingers of Orange Julius-like, dense off white head. Leaves behind some intricate lacing and displays good retention. Looks very appetizing.

S: Like smelling orange juice concentrate, pretty concentrated aroma but far from overwhelming (if that makes sense).

T: Pretty pronounced orange on the front end, a hint of greenness/vegetal/spiciness, transitioning into floral notes. Tasty. Leaves sort of an ephemeral bitterness long after the taste has disappeared and your mind began to wander to other things.

M: Medium-full body and light carbonation.

O: Very tasty, pretty drinkable. There's something about wet hop ales which I find fatiguing, but that's not unique to Wet. (740 characters)

Photo of brock146
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light white head that laces glass nicely. Beer is golden/amber color.

S-Citrus and earthy, sweet hop aroma.

T-Malt sweetness gives way to fresh and smooth fresh hop taste. Excellent.

M-Medium carbonation and body

O- Excellent fresh hopped beer from Surly. Different from their usual bitter hop style that everyone has come to know and love. I just wish this stuff wasn't almost $20 a 4 pint pack. (404 characters)

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3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Version, out of a pint glass. Canned on 10/1/2012

A- A nice golden amber color, very clear and crisp. A light white head forms when pouring, good lacing and retention.

S-Mostly piney hop resins with some malty sweetness blended in. I get some touches of some tropical fruit, mango/pinnapple.

T- Smooth and malty at first, with some touches of piney hops coming through after a few seconds. Then comes this big resinous hoppy aftertaste. The initial flavor is quite nice, however I found the aftertaste to be too resinous and not very well balanced.

M- Aside from the overly resinous lingering flavor, the mouthfeel is quite nice. Good body and carbonation, but the aftertaste is a bit much.

O- Overall I had some high expectations for this beer and have to say I was a bit let down. The garlicy-resinous aftertaste is just overboard and too much for the initial flavor. I could see this working with a different hop, but the simcoe didnt really do it for me. Not a bad IPA, but I wont go overboard trying to get more. (1,028 characters)

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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid is somewhere between brown and orange, sort of a gasoline color, maybe slightly darker. There is a nice fluffy white head with tiny bubbles that work their way up to the brim of the glass. The head takes forever to go away and a film stays on the top the whole session. This one took a while to pour out. The clarity is absolutely perfect in every aspect. This is an amazing looking beer, a perfect representation of an IPA in my opinion. Also, the can is pretty cool looking, I like the light green and it looks like a can shaped hop, if only...that'd be awesome.

Smell is good. I've had a few wet hop style beers that are a little underwhelming, this isn't one of them. This is plenty hoppy. It has floral, earthy, and yeasty hints, while at the same time having plenty aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine.

Taste is probably a slight step up from the smell. There is some initial sweetness. Like the smell it has some earthy tones as well. Decent balance between the sweetness and bitterness though. The hops come out at you give some citrus and earthy pine flavors. Sweetness from the malt backbone isn't strong, but it evens things out nicely, finishes with a sharp hop flavor and a little earthy from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is very good. Lighter bodied than I expected. Tries to work it's way towards a medium mouthfeel, but it really has a light one. Excellent carbonation level that is decently balanced. It has a nice light feel with a nice sharp, clean, bitter finish. Drinkability is excellent, perfect on a hot day, but I'll take it in the fall. Nice job Surly, thanks again Noah for sending this one! (1,685 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 10/04/2012 poured into DFH chalice.

Straw-gold elixir, 2-finger rocky head, plenty of lacing remains throughout the tasting.

Very pleasing tropical, citrus fruits co-mingling with earthy pine.

Glorious, smooth hop bitterness, more pine at the back end but complex: citrus, earthy, dank hop resin. Wonderful taste.

Medium body, resinous, a bit slick.

Well done. Nice change from the Citra-heavy brew of 2011. (427 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Surly Wet from Surly Brewing Company out of Minnesota. According to the beer's description, "2,400 lbs of hops picked freshly in Oregon and shipped to Minnesota immediately. We brewed this beer three days later." Last year's batch (2011) was made entirely with Citra hops. This year's batch was made with Simcoe hops only.
Score: 93

Can is from September 24, 2012. HUGE thanks to fan of the blog Mathew Schraufnagel for hooking me up with a few four packs of this wonderful nectar. Served in a Founders tulip and enjoyed on 10/15/12.

Appearance: Pours a very clean, bright and translucent honey-orange color that reminds me a lot of blind pig. Three-plus fingers of frothy cream colored head off the pour settles to a bubble ring around the glass and clump of head in the middle. Nice soapy lacing, but mediocre retention -- though what sticks around really sticks around. 4/5

Smell: Earthy, "dirty" tangerines, dank grass and pineapple. Faint caramel in the background. 4/5

Taste: Super fresh, earthy citrus and bitter, "dirty" and grassy hops! There's a nice hoppy bite upfront mellowed out by sweet tropical citrus on the back end. The hoppiness seems somewhat confined to the center of the tongue. Resinous pine sap, pineapple, and "earthy"-but-zesty orange. Sweet caramel malt backbone. The caramel mostly comes out towards the finish. Quite balanced and tasty. There's a faint "spiciness" towards the finish too. Surprisingly balanced in flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied with light-medium carbonation. Super oily and slick on the palate. Towards the bitter end of bittersweet. 4.5/5

Overall: Delicious, but I have a suspicion that last year's all Citra batch was even better...I drank this side by side with Broo Doo last week and I preferred the Broo Doo.

Recommendation: Worth drinking, but not worth seeking out at its price point.

Pairings: Thai food.

Cost: $16 for a four pack of 16 oz cans. (1,948 characters)

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden orangish color with a nice 2finger whitish head. Moderate amount of retention and fair amounts of lacing.

S: Smells very earthy with a hint of floral and citrus.

T: Fairly close to the nose. Has an interesting almost funk on the front, evolves to a bit of malt sweetness and pine bitterness. Finishes very citrusy and floral that lasts for a few seconds.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Overall, my first "Wet" beer and I must say its a very interesting yet pleasant flavor and drink-ability. I guessed this was made with simcoe hops before I saw it on here and it's definitely apparent. At any rate, great beer, I will be seeking this out next year. (726 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (261 characters)

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4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rutager again, the guy is unreal.

A: 1" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Apple juice, lemonade and hibiscus flowers.

T: Lemon, hibiscus, grass and grapefruit in the finish.

M: Thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: A gorgeous beer with a very unique taste profile. Very full mouth feel and it goes down extremely easy. (388 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a gold yellow orange color, with a good very foamy and frothy head. White head goes as high as you let it.

S- Very pungent, fresh hop smell, christmas tree, dank smell, fresh cut grass smell, very very interesting smell.

T- Taste is very similar to the nose, very hoppy, yet in a flavorful way, not an overly bitter beer, but very very fresh and natural tasting.

M- Very well balanced, lingering flavor left on the tongue, very good.

O- Great IPA, very very unique, hard to put into words, but damn good. (518 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to Steasy66 for getting this to me in record time ...only to be delayed on the last leg of its travel by a couple weeks. No matter, it's in my glass now and looking like the real deal.

Appearance. Pours a very rich looking, clear yellow gold with just a little amber. Two fingers of thick, close to white head forms and sloooowly settles to a rocky cap leaving a ton of sticky lace.

Smell. Oh man, fresh, FRESH, grassy and citusy hops, pineapple, fresh Christmas tree, some nice toasty caramel malts are there, but oh man those hops!!!

Taste. Just an awesome range of hop flavours right from the start. Herbal and grassy, some bitter grapefruit rinds, a little pine sap, it's all there, baby. A little sweetness from the toasted caramel malts balances the bitterness, but it's only a little. Outstanding. Lingering grassy, herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Wow, I had big expectations for this one, and it didn't let me down. Thanks again, Steasy66 for the killer box. (1,036 characters)

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4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. tallboy can poured into a becker pint glass. Canned on 9/25/12 and enjoyed 10/11/12

Pours a golden amber with some orangish hues topped with a fluffy and sticky two and a half finger white head. Good retention and splotchy, sticky lacing all around the glass. Strong smell of pine sap, grapefruit rind and citrus on the nose. Opens with a touch of sweet citrus joined suddenly by bitter rind, strong pine notes, a hint of honey like sweetness as the malt joins in midpalate and finish dry and extremely bitter with a blast of pine and grapefruit rind. Slick, oily, and resinous, medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The wet hops are certainly the star of the show in this brew and there isn't much between your tongue and their oily, sticky bitterness. An excellent wet hop West Coast-style IPA. (807 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can thanks to biniek13! Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a translucent orange copper color with about 2-3 fingers of fluffy white head that has great retention and leaves layered lacing. Nice carbonation.

S- Fresh pine, dank citrus hops,grapefruit, hop oil, some honey caramel malts. A little bit above average aroma strength, especially when the can was first cracked.

T- Pine, oily hops, citrus, lemon, honey, some light caramel malts hiding in the background, finishes with a very light bitterness and a very nice lasting light lemon pine aftertaste. Very well balanced and definitely a great finish.

M- Medium bodied, slightly oily- almost similar to Heady Topper, extremely easy to drink, nice carbonation.

O- This was definitely a fantastic world class IPA. Not the best I've had, but definitely up there. Very glad I had the chance to try this. I would definitely drink this often if I could. If you like IPAs this is definitely something you should try. (977 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Penguin3200 for this crazy hookup. 2012 vintage.

Appearance: Clear, deep, dark gold. Head is a pillowy white. Massive, sticky, chunky, and rocky. Drops to a minimal cap and small collar. Mega sticky lacing. Chunks stick to the glass. Moderate carbonation keeps things moving.

Smell: Dank herbal pine. So much oily resin. Some pushes of grapefruit rind. Huge pine. Needles, resin, oils, its all there. Some mint. Malts are mildly bready with some lingering caramel sweetness. Super dank. Mild roasted edge. Some tropical fruit as well, tangerines mostly. Hop leaf. Clean and herbal.

Taste: Herbal deliciousness. Pine. Resin, needles. Grapefruit flesh married with tangerines. Mild floral element. Some mint as well. Mild malt presence brings some caramel sweetness to the background. Minor roasted malts. Some breadiness. Cracker snap. Dank and pine. Incredibly clean. Loaded with fresh hop oils. Leafy. Lingering pithy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Some minor dryness. Body runs right down the middle of perfectly medium. Slight creamy smoothness.

Overall: This is wet hop magic.

Delicate and absurd hops. Drinks incredibly well. Tons of flavor with that signature Surly brashness. Loaded with hop oils and pure dankitude. Easily on of the best beers in an already stellar lineup. (1,317 characters)

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10-01-12.
Received in a trade from an awesome BA arniepnminne.

Poured into a pint glass from a pint can.

Pours a nice golden color that is clear and has some copper edges. There is a nice ecru colored head that is creamy and dense.

Starts out with tons of fresh hop aroma. Grassy, herbal and dank with some nice tropical fruit notes as well. Some grapefruit and tangerine notes mixed in with some bready malt on the backend. There is also some nice slight sweet grain notes.

Flavor is fresh and dank! Very very dank. Nice piney notes and grassy notes as well. Some earthy bready grain is also present. There is also some nice citrusy notes present but these are not too intense. There is some good bready malt notes and some slight sweetness in this brew. Very nice brew. Mouthfeel is very nice. Crisp and refreshing but still slightly resinous and sticky.

Im glad I got to try this. Very delicious IPA. Dank and piney but with some good fruit notes also. (971 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blown away when this one showed up last week, part of some awesome extras from laymansbeerfan...

Canned 9/20 and poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Pours a lovely gold, moderately hazy as you would expect from a beer with this many fresh hops...hefty amount of white head with lots of soft fluffy lacing rings.

S: Hop-forward nose, pretty brilliant this fresh...I get a good amount of piney dankness as well as hints of earthiness but there is definitely some fruitiness and citrus notes which I didn't expect from the the Simcoe...resiny herbal notes and fresh flowers as well...and honestly, a bit of biscuit too, which surprised me as well. Lot going on here.

T: The hops are upfront again but are pleasant as the Simcoe isn't overwhelming in astringency...there are notes of pungent flowers, pithy grapefruit, faint but present malt, and sweeter fruit notes too.

MF: Creamier medium body with good bitterness and adequate carbonation. No complaints here.

O: Really nothing bad to say about this one at all. Good Simcoe showcase, and quite drinkable. Having a two-week-old can of this is just outstanding, can't thank Aaron enough. Cheers man! (1,153 characters)

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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/01/12, enjoyed 10/04/12
Poured into Hill Farmstead tulip
Thanks to yamar68

Pour: Clear copper orange with a finger and a half off white, dense, fluffy head. Leaves moderate lacing, and forms a film on top of the body.

Smell: Big burst of oranges and citrus come out, followed by a dank resin. Nice light caramel sweetness, to honey in the back.

Taste: Wow. I don’t know how to classify the taste here… it’s more than just fantastic grapefruit. The more, I think about it, the citrus character here is best described as blood orange. A dank pine continues here, followed by a biscuit to caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty bitter and slick with hop oil. Juiciness is definitely there. Nice lingering bitterness.

Overall: My first wet hop IPA, and a fantastic one at that. This was delicious. I look forward to having this again next year! (859 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a Manchester United pint glass. Thanks to copyguyadam for this a four pack of this long-time want.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a nice white head. Never full dissipates. Nice layer of foam throughout the drink and distinct rings of lace around the inside of the glass.

Smell - Strong simcoe. Garlicky. Good dose of pine. Grapefruit comes through in the end. As much as I don't love simcoe hops, this is an extremely clean simcoe hop aroma.

Taste - Same simcoe hop flavor. Pine and garlic and a shade of grapefruit come through. Malt is a touch biscuity but barely perceptible compared to the hops. As it warms a touch of sweetness kisses the palate, but it's all hops throughout. Finishes the slighest bit bitter.

Mouthfeel - So easy to drink, even if you don't love simcoe. Well carbonated without being spritzy. The sweetness hardly makes it heavy. Medium bodied and a 16 ounce can is gone in an instant.

Overall - Perfect hop balance, even if it's the wrong hop. Stop with the 100% simcoe beers! Even so, most breweries don't manage to make this good of a simcoe IPA. My wife said, "Whoa" when she first tried it. She is the pickiest of IPA drinkers. Must be a good beer. (1,209 characters)

Wet from Surly Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.