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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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461 Reviews
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Reviews: 461
Hads: 1,483
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 18.31%
Wants: 1,016
Gots: 145 | 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 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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 9/30.

Slightly hazy golden yellow. A 1/2 of white head, decent retention, no lacing.

I'm surprisingly underwhelmed by the aroma, mostly due to the lack of the lack of hop aroma. Light lemon peel and a bit of pine, but lacking in the citrus department. Lots of bready and cracker malt in it, almost grainy.

It's a balanced IPA that's heavy on the bread. Light pine and still, the citrus is minimal but at least comes through more in the finish than it did in the aroma.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel. Slightly dry and bitter.

This one's been high on my wants list for a long time and I was a bit disappointed. A good beer and I'm happy to have tried it, but not something worth seeking out.

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

2015 canning; dated 9/25/2015. Poured into a Surly goblet.

Pours a clear light copper body, one finger thick slightly off-white head with very nice staying power. Some lacing, but not a ton. It's clear all the way through with a clean appearance somehow befitting the name Wet. Smells of pineapple, crisp bread, crackers, a bit of pine resin. It opens up a bit with time as well, bringing out a bit more pine and a bit of tropical fruit. It's fairly resinous in character. Flavour follows the nose, with a nice bit of resin, balanced out by a fair bit of bread and crackers; not grainy but more of a mild caramel sweetness. Pine throughout and is accentuated on the finish. Not particularly fruity. The finish is slightly perfume-like, and reminds me just a little bit of Toppling Goliath's Dorothy New World Lager. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, very drinkable and delicious. Overall- a very nice wet-hopped IPA that seems to showcase the wet-hopped, resinous nature of the fresh hops quite well, with a good balance. It doesn't pound your mouth or go out with a whimper, but seems to be just right.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz can flown in by my dear wife. Canned on 09/30/15. Served in a pint glass.

Pours clear golden with medium head and lots of carbonation. Smell is mild, grassy, and slightly hoppy.

Taste is surprisingly mild, but still surprisingly hop forward. A little soapy, a lot of pine, maybe the slightest hint of tropical. As the flavor builds, raw hops become more noticeable.

Mouthfeel is nice, full but dry. Overall, it's good, but I'm definitely not blown away.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear Orange, white head
Smell: Pine, Hops, subtle citrus
Taste: Great West coast IPA
Feel: thin
Overall: For a west coast IPA it is good, if you are expecting a traditional IPA you will be disappointed.

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Photo of Roland7792
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had really high hopes for this beer after everything I've read about past brews. Sad to say I was really let down with Wet (although Surly makes the amazing Todd the Axeman and therefore will always holds a top spot in my heart).
I haven't had a ton of wet hopped beers in the past but this is my 4th different brew of the 2015 season and by far my least favorite.
The look is a nice clear amber. Smell is very malty with some pine, dank wet grass, sweet grapes and lemon/lime pith. Usually dank and lemon are a good thing to me but I find this unpleasant. They combine for an aroma I cant quite place but know well, maybe pinesol or some other cleaning product. Taste is similar with a bitterness I don't quite like and not typical of an IPA....more like the bitterness from straight citrus pith without any rind, if that makes sense. Feel is very thin without much stickiness. It's almost like a cheap AAL with some wet grass and citrus pith.

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Photo of bound4er
2.56/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours to a nice light copper to straight amber color with a two finger white head that laces well. Smells like German malts with a touch of lemon - no hops detected. Tastes nothing like it should - plenty of lemony maltiness and not much else. Finishes with some faint, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side as is the carbonation. Surly has missed big time with this beer. It tastes nothing like I would expect - more like a semi-hopped up lager. And at $17 ... well let's just say I am not happy.

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Photo of mschrei
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The fact that I destroyed the four pack in under 24 hours says a lot about how I feel about this one. Fresh is the one word that I'd use to describe it. Crystal clear with strong foam and carbonation. Hop smell and taste is superstrong, but surprisingly not overpowering. Just a mild bit of bitterness on the aftertaste. Crisp, refreshing, juicy, and extremely well-balanced. Did I say fresh? One of the best beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of mnbrewery
2.07/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

2015 Version:

Can dated 9/29/2015.
Beer smells and tastes like a lager. It actually reminds me of Hell, with much more Sterling hops, than normal. I am sorry, but the beer inside of my Wet can, is not Wet or even an IPA.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear bright orange, thick fluffy head with good retention. Smells of light toasty malt, flowers. The taste is very different, light malty sugar with grassy leafy hops, like a hoppy sweet tea taste. Very clean, refreshing. Finish is wet, grassy, crisp. Bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is light, but slick. Overall not what I was expecting, very different tasting IPA, but very tasty.

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Photo of rockernino
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just cracked open my first can. Nose is semi-sweet hops, piney, resiny some citrus notes. Nose kinda reminds me of Sierra Nevada hoppy beers actually. Taste sorta follows the nose but also includes some malty sweetness and a nice bunch of bitterness that lingers a bit. Finish is biscuity malt and some sweet, piney hops flavors. Mouthfeel is medium...a little sticky.

I've enjoyed a few wet hop beers, and I don't think they're might favorite style for hops, but I think this is pretty solid.

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Photo of pagriley
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall a disappointing beer. Was expecting tropical, but got a lot of cat pee dank and a stickiness to the malts that was out of balance. Nothing distinctive about the fresh hopping, very middle of the road

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Photo of kbwalters
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look = 4.0 Pours a clear golden orange with 3 fingers of crisp white head; some floating sediment in this pour. Great head retention and lace.
Aroma = 3.75 Piney, grassy hops with a light lemon citrus and a little spice dankness. Overall pretty weak though.
Taste = 4.0 Fresh hoppy grass, pine, lemon notes and mild spicy hop bite. A mild sweetness provides some balance and a moderate to significant bitter finish lingers into the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.25 Medium bodied with medium carbonation, light but resiny.
Drinkability = 4.25 Pretty easy drinking, fresh IPA.
Overall = 4.0 A decent wet-hopped IPA here; nose was lacking a little but otherwise pretty solid.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 version. Interesting beer from Surly. Tastes a little light for an IPA IMO. Not necessarily a bad thing here though. Hops come through very smoothly with some effervescence in the beer. Think this is good, though atypical for the style. That's not a knock against it though.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a seidel at my dad's cuz he doesn't give a shit about glassware.

Exceptionally bright golden body with impeccable clarity. Sudsy, plateaued head. 5

Smells sweet, floral and bubblegum-like. Sweet fruit, that's neither citrus or tropical but irresistible. Smells of Fruity Pebbles, zest and honey sweetness. 4.25

Tastes highly lemony and grapefruit zesty, with some fruity pebble flavor that is sweet and tangy. Biscuity sweet malt flavor creeps in lightly but sweetens the beer up a bit. More orange flavor develops as it warms. 4

Tangy, zesty, lemony, light sweetness and a strong, resinous, bitter finish. 4

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Wet from Surly Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.