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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,225
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 17.44%
Wants: 1,046
Gots: 78 | FT: 2
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 jjanega08
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a nice white head that settles into a goopy film. One of the lighter IPAs I've seen in awhile, which I guess shouldn't be a surprise if they're really dialing back the malt here.

At first, the smell is not quite as potent as I'd hope for in a fresh hop ale, but it does open up given a little time. There's some nice grapefruit, apricot, and a little pine, and although I'd still consider it somewhat reserved, it is very appealing.

Flavor is a nice combination of citrus, pineapple and resinous pine. Pale malt contributes a light breadyness and sweetness, but is not taking any of the spotlight away from the hops. Finish is very long and stubbornly bitter.

Mouthfeel is oily with a full body and fine carbonation for a smooth chewy feel. Surly always hits this aspect right on the nail and this beer is no exception.

After drinking a few of these, I think it's a very good IPA, but not quite good enough to justify hops/expense. Personally, I'd like to see the recipe tweaked as the gnarly old Columbus hop bitterness obscures too many of the other delicate hop flavors that fresh Citra and Simcoe bring.

EDIT: original review was for 2010 version. I would rate 2011 about the same. 2012 version (all Simcoe)was easily better. Hop flavor was more potent and prolonged. Rating was adjusted to reflect this.

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Photo of herman77
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edited ratings from 2012 version with straight Simcoe. Best version yet.

Canned 10/11, had my first one less than 24 hours after canning.
A: Pours a dark, clear gold with a moderate white head. Nice lacing as to be expected.

S: Grassy and fruity hops are. Grapefruit and lemon as well. Just a touch of biscuity malt lurking in the background. Not as pungent as I thought it would be.

T: Obviously its hoppy, is it a palate shredder? No. Floral, citrus and green/earthy hops all mixed up together with just enough biscuit and toffee malt to let you know its not completely one sided. Finishes with a nice sweet, floral and "green" bitterness. You can really taste the "greenness" in this one.

M: Medium body. Smooth, slightly creamy from the lower carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink, can't say that I can compare it to other wet hopped beers though.

Its very good, but not great. Had higher expectations since I've never had a wet hopped beer before and plus its from Surly.

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Photo of hardy008
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this last year on tap at Darkness Day last year. I am glad Surly decided to can this. "Canned 10/12/10 Get Wet" is printed on the bottom.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a bright white two finger head with great retention and lacing. Absolutely beautiful in the glass. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, pine, and grass.

The taste has grapefruit, oranges, pine, and a lightly sweet malt backbone which makes for a superb combination. Hop bitterness reigns supreme, but is nicely balanced by the sweetness from the malt. This couldn't be better.

Smooth, easy to drink, perfectly carbonated, and light to medium bodied. This is so great, I could easily drink it all the time.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Surly pint glass. Canned on 10/11/10 (yeah I know, I may have aged this a little too long ;)

A: Light orange-yellow in color. Slight amber hue. A strong, bubbly head is there at first, but dies down to a 1/8 inch crown. All I have to say after that is "holy lace." This beer has some of the craziest, stickly lace I've seen in a while. Very nice.

S: No suprise that there a tons of hops in the nose. Lots of fruitiness. I get strong orange and pineapple notes. Maybe some tropical fruits like papaya/mango too. This is followed up by a pleasant pine and grapefruit aroma. Faint sweetness from the malts, just to let you know they are there. Really a nice, aromatic beer, but didn't hit me as hard as some others.

T: More beautiful hop flavors. The hoppy flavors seem to trend more toward the pineapple and orange. There is some grapefruit-piney bitterness, but it is pleasant and well-balanced. I do get a hint of grassiness in the end. This is something that can plague a fresh-hop ale. In this beer it is there, slightly, but not overpowering. Even though the description of the malts is fairly bland, they do come out nicely in the flavor. I get a light honey sweetness with just a hint of toast. They really balance the beer out nicely.

M: Light-medium bodied. Very crisp on the palate. Finishes slightly sticky from the abundance of hops. Slight bitter twinge in the back of the throat, but what would you expect from an IPA.

D: Overall, this is a very flavorful, aromatic, hoppy masterpiece. It doesn't hit "5s" in my opinion due to some very minor faults. Nevertheless, this is an epic beer. It would score a 5 for drinkability for me, but the price is a little too steep at 16 bucks a 4 pack. I would buy at least two to three more 4-packs though. If you have the chance to try this beer, you should. It is truly a great fresh hopped beer. I've had some that really suck and some that are phenomenal. This one falls in the latter category. Great job Surly!

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Photo of boomer31
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap last year and enjoyed it, happy to see it come to cans!

A - Golden and transparent with a nice tiny bubble of a head. Very sticky on the glass

S - Grass and huge citrus/grapefuity just all over your nose.

T - More bitter grapefruit and piney going down. This is a stark contrast from Surly's other American IPA but just as hoppy and tasty. Not dry but you do feel like you took a bite out of a grapefruit that just fell onto freshly mown grass.

M - Sticky form all the hops but a great high carb

D - If you like hops this is a fun beer. I wouldn't consider this balanced in that the hops are just all over your toungue. But a great beer that keeps you coming back for more

I'm very happy Surly canned this bad boy cuz it is a solid IPA. If you like these fresh hop/wet hop beers I'd seek this one out.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into my Russian River glass.

A: This brew pours a crystal clear bright orange color with a foamy off-white head that settles slowly to a thick froth on the surface. Lacing is sticky and lingers on the glass walls. Lively carbonation as well.

S: Wet smells exactly like a fresh hopped beer should smell. Extremely floral, citrusy, and grassy, the aroma is almost all hop, with just a touch of biscuit and grain in the backround.

T: Bring on the hops! Spring flower, grapefruit, and grassy notes dominate the palate, along with a hint of cedar. Caramel and toast-like malt rounds off the flavor. Finish is refreshingly dry, and quite long lasting.

Notes: Wet is medium bodied, resinous, and extremely flavorful. Flavors dance around the palate for minutes after each sip. There's a lot going on in this brew, and at the same time, it's incredibly easy to drink. Quite possibly my favorite canned release from Surly. A job well done, guys!

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Photo of icemonkey908
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. Fresh hop aroma is immediately evident as the beer is being poured. Appearance is a vibrant copper. A moderate head dissipates rather quickly. The taste is all about the hops. Very grassy, fresh and vibrant. Intense and aromatic.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear golden colored brew. Sizeable memory foam head, tan colored. Sticks to the glass. Scent is all floral hops with some fruity notes such as grapefruit. Smells very good. Probably because it tastes very good too. A light malt front, almost like a pils without the lagered fermentation, given how light the malt profile is compared to the hops, which is clearly the highlight. Lots of sticky icky going on here. Floral, bitter and citrus, its got em all. Fairly thin, and a wet feel. Good stuff

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a crystal clear reddish bronze color. The head is a rocky two inches of foam that recedes slowly into nice sticky lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer. The aroma is very bright with hops. Floral hops, herbal hops, piney hops, and a hint of grapefruity hops all mingling together perfectly. The taste has a very sharp bitterness that comes across first. However, behind it there is a plethora of complex hop flavor. It tastes like a hop rainbow in a glass. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate, fine carbonation. The texture is extremely silky which is immediately noticeable, and adds a lot to the taste. Overall, this is a great beer. I am a huge fan of wet hopped beers, and this beer is the best I've ever had. If only hops could be harvested year round.

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Photo of BuckettOfBeer
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I biked all over to find this today and I am not disappointed. One of the most refreshing brews I've had the pleasure of tasting, made all the better by this beautiful fall day. It's not Furious and nor should it be. The taste of Wet is just perfect hops. It's bitter but not too much to slow me down. I dub this beer the Fresh Prince of Minnesota.

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Photo of tewaris
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz canned two days ago, bitches, poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint on the early morning of October 13, 2010.

Appearance 5/5
Crystal clear amber-orange with a big off white head and great lacing. Looks the way an IPA should.

Aroma 4/5
Pine, mango, and papaya. Only complaint? Strength. Any IPA Surly churns out will always be compared to Furious, and this is not as furious -- I can smell it! Yet, very very nice.

Taste 3.5/5
Fruity hops dance on palate with enough malts in the background. I have to say that malts hold up alright, against what Surly says about this beer, "This is a hop forward beer, dry with subdued malt flavors." This beer is not bitter at all in the first impression although after a finish that's not as dry as advertised, an intense bitterness can be felt in the back of the mouth. I wonder what's up with the finish, given the clarity and brewer's statement! Good as it is, it doesn't belong "up there" in my opinion.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Almost perfect, but the finish is sweet for the body, and the carbonation seems a tad low.

Drinkability 3.5/5
This one needs more bitterness, cleaner finish and higher carbonation. Also needed is a lower ABV for a beer this easy to drink!

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Photo of pdoran10
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a light orange color with two fingers of head that leaves decent but not great lacing. a lot lighter than all of surly other hoppy beers. definitely fits the label description of west coast style IPA on the label.

smell is some grassy resinous hops, lemon, a hint of orange. smells are a bit muted.

nice taste going on here. lemon, grapefruit, pine, resin, sticky goodness. no balance here, hops carry. really nice flavors going on, not as strong of flavors as i thought i would get. good taste.

mouthfeel is a bit thin not much malt going on, which is obviously by design being a west coast ipa, but i still miss that balance. hops are the star. moderate carbonation just fine.

could drink a few of these, wish the flavors were a bit stronger

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Version Canned 10-12-10

Poured into surly pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Leaves some lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Earthy hops, some citrus, bready malts. The nose is fresh, but fairly muted.

Taste: A bit more flavor here. Sweet citrus flavors. Earthy pine hops. The has some bready malts. It is overall a sweet tasting ipa.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin taste.

Overall, I am not that impressed with this year's batch. I was really excited for the citra hops, but it just didn't work. Good, but nothing mind blowing. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of jera1350
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/11. Can't get much more fresh than that!

Crystal clear gold color with a thick off-white colored head of fluffy goodness. Fair amount of lacing.

Huge grassy hop aroma with some citrus and green apple notes. The citrus is quite lemony.

Quite green and grassy tasting. Getting plenty of lemon. More of a piney bite comes in on the back end. Clean malt adds some light sweetness and balance.

About medium bodied and smooth. A touch sticky, but not much.

As fresh as it gets and drinks superbly. A perfect example of a wet/fresh hop IPA. This really does go down easily and I could have a couple two three easily. Goes great with this balmy fall weather we're having here!

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. pour into glass pint.

$6.00 / ea. @ 3 Squares Restaurant in Maple Grove, MN.

A: Bright golden body topped with a small tight head of light retention that left behind light sticky lacing, and a thin wispy cover.

S: Apricot citrus hop aroma dominated with light grainy malt in the distant background. Reminded me a bit of Abrassive.

T: Again apricot citrus is at the forefront, but the malt bill has more presence. Grainy throughout and very little bitter aftertaste. Simple flavor profile, but pleasing and effective.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean on the palate. Very little of the resinous character I was expecting.

D: Excellent drinkability, even if you are not an IPA fan. The hop character is centered on aroma and upfront flavor, and the aftertaste is very subdued. Additionally, the clean finish and light body make a perfect canvas for the citrus flavors to shine.

O: Really solid brew. I would love something like this during the summer, but I'll have to settle for the Dog Days.

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Photo of bsp77
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First can review! (even if it is only #38 overall)

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very light gold with moderate stark white head. Surprised how light the beer is.

Smell: Strong, fresh, sweetish, pink grapefruit with some orange, mango and pine.

Taste: Somewhat tart grapefruit assault, with layers of just barely sweet orange, mango and pine. Malts - not sure there are any. Ends very bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, hop oily body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Freshness personified. Great Wet Hop IPA that is, as expected, all about hops and bitterness. Simply, a bitter, tart grapefruit onslaught.

2013 Update: My initial review was for the 2010 release, which was a mix of Citra and Simcoe hops. 2011 was all Citra and 2012 was all Simcoe, but these were relatively similar beers, just accentuated more of this than that. However, 2013, with the Cascade and Centennial hops is vastly different. It is more citrusy and simple than tart and tropical, and definitely less aromatic. It is still really fresh tasting and maybe a little more drinkable, but not quite as good. Maybe more like a 4 than the 4.2 I gave the other vintages. I hope they do something more distinct next year, such as Amarillo or Mosaic.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Darkness Day 2009 (finally putting in notes)

A: Golden ruby with practically no head, probably due to the 12 oz plastic cup it was served in...

S: Resiny, bright, grapefruity hops. Orange with a peachy-ness as well.

T: Bitter smack in the face. Intense, bitter grapefruit rind and some citrus orange. Lingering bitterness...This is the stuf hopheads dreams are made of...

M: Medium. The oiliness of the hops seems to make it a bit heavier.

D: Intensely hoppy--no more than one of these me-thinks, unless ones tastebuds start to numb... (delicious though)

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge back in November 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Poured a copper color with a nice white head. Aroma had plenty of pine and floral hops with some other fruitiness and that fresh hop smell thrown in. Little to no malt detected behind that, just as a harvest ale should be. Taste is similar with the pine hops and resin becoming dominant. Mouthfeel is a bit too dry from the wet hops, not quite the proportion (don't want to say balance!) I prefer in these beers, which slightly detracted from the taste. The problem for me was a lack of bitterness compared with dryness; this had nothing to do with malt. Drinkability was very nice, but not excellent given the clash between the taste and the mouthfeel, which was simply too dry when compared with the taste.

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Photo of MPLS
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found some notes I had put in my cell phone, won't be able to get too descriptive as it's not in front of me.

Had this one on tap at it's initial release and was served in pints for like $3, consequently since then I could only find it in 12 oz servings for nearly $6? Hmmm...pays to go to releases I guess.

A: A nice looking AIPA with orange accents. The head was very condensed off white madness. Good lacing.

S: Wow, this was my first impression as to how fresh these hops were. This beer is suited for the hopheads, a big pungent citrus aroma holds it's ground.

T: Again, full hop speed ahead. Big flavor that is herbal and citrus. Though completely bitter throughout.

M: I had no idea what the ABV was at the time but it's big enough, creamy and oily.

D: This was a treat to have throughout the summer, now that I see the ABV is 7% that might explain some of the extra inebriation. Hopheads need apply.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber brown with little or no head or active carbonation to speak of.

S: Mild smelling, surprisingly. Solid hops (i.e. no malt) but more like they're in the room, not specifically in the glass.

T: Out of the park. A great hop tea. Fresher than fresh. No malt, all hops. A hop heads delight.

M: Biting, but with a clean finish

D: I could have one or two, but no more, it's just too hoppy.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear, bubbly burgundy color with a small, off-white, head of thick foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled very grassy and piney. Some bubblegum aromas with a malty backbone.

T - It tasted of sharp piney hops with a citrus kick - mostly grapefruit. It had a great burnt toast maltiness to even out the powerful hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer that is surprisingly easy to drink.

D - This is a great IPA. I was thrilled to find it on tap at the Pranca.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden red with a off white smooth bubbly head.

The smell is of fresh hops, mainly citrus and grapefruit with a slight malt aroma present.

Taste is like heaven. Hops and more hops. Fresh hops make this beer taste amazing. If you ever wanted to know what fresh wet hops taste like in a brew try this beer. Tons of hops with a perfect amount of malt backbone, awesome.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and pleasant. Awesome.

Very drinkable, probably the best balance of pure hoppiness and drinkability I have ever encountered.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.57/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jake Melnick's, Chicago, Illinois.

Nice looking beer after a great Surly Furious. It was served in a goblet and was cloudy with dark amber colour.

Smelled like Furious.

The flavour was Surly and not much more. Perhaps a slight but more malt, but it was quite similar. Kind of sour and citrusy, but this one had a biscuity flavour as well.

This was a bitter as hell beer. Almost uncomfortably so. It was just so sour and bitter. Definitely high on the IBU scale but almost in the way that eating a raw lemon is.

I barely drank one goblet. It was nice with the so-called "spicy" wings, but I craved more malt and balance in this beast.

Overall: I would rate this as pretty damn good for an IPA but ridiculously unbalanced. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16oz pint glass at Map Room 10/31/09.

A: Served a clear, rich gold color. 1/2 finger of creamy head sports just ok retention and just a little sticky lace.

S: Pungeant, fruity, stinky hops! Mild citrus and some toasty malt.

T: See above. Hop flavors run the gamut from pine, to citrus, to tropical.

M: Spicy, bitter, resinous hops stick to everything. Mouthfeel is slightly sharp but a touch of brown sugar sweetness takes the edge off.

D: Fantastic! Thank you Surly!

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