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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,223
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 3.97%
Wants: 1,041
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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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 spointon
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Poured into a 13oz stemmed goblet.

A= This ale poured a very clear orange/copper color with a with a thin 1/4" white head. The head shrank to a skim in no time but left lots of sticky lace on my glass.

S= The aroma was dominated by piney hops, with some fruity notes buried deep. The malt was completely overwhelmed by the hops in this one.

T= As expected from the smell, this was a chewing-pine-needles bitter hop onslaught. Just a hint of caramel malt sweetness was detectable under the sheer volume of the hops. The finish was dry and, well, bitter.

MF= Medium body with modest carbonation. Felt very dry on my tongue.

D= I think I could feel the skin cells being scraped from my cheeks by this beer! Such a hop bomb! A great one if you are in the mood for a hop explosion. The only other thought I had as I drank this was that it was VERY similar to Surlt Furious. I wonder if its the same recipe but just uses fresh "wet" hops instead??? (1,007 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having this once or twice, had another pint of this gem at The Blue Nile tonight after dinner. Served by Al. Which I'm sure made it taste even better.

Pale IPA gold, but the nose is what let's you know you're in for something special: it's vicious. The hops smell doesn't come out of the glass, it's shot out of a plasma cannon up your nose. Frickin' beautiful.

Wet is a hop-bomb. No doubt about it. Anyone who detects any malt in this is a better BA that I. Blast of hops. Full stop. My friend with me who hadn't had it before made a beautiful face when he first tasted it but powered through. Unbalanced enough to need its own shrink. Any West Coasters who think they own the IPA - sorry, you haven't met Wet yet.

Frickin' awesome. This is a great beer. As long as this one is churned out in the fall, I'll be happy to belly up & have a pint or four. (863 characters)

Photo of AylwinForbes
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank in a 12 oz snifter at the Bavarian Lodge. Even the shrieks of a herd of drunken revelers did not detract from the immediate impact this beer made upon us. I have drunk a lot of very good beer over the past year or so; in fact I try only to drink very good beer; so it has to be something quite special that makes one really take note. The Wet is one such. Dulcie immediately proclaimed "top five." I tend to be more circumspect, but I will say I will savour the memory. Even several hours after leaving the Lodge, the hop imprint still lingered on my palate.

The beer is a lovely warm copper color in the glass with a healthy, quite dense head. Oodles of pine and earth emerge from the glass. Hop experts will be able to detect better than I the varieties. On the palate is where it is most striking; it is really dry and quite mineral, reminiscent of a really dry champagne oddly, withering bitterness unfolds upon the palate, with, and perhaps here is a fault, little balance provided by sweetness from the malt. I see some have scored it low in this regard and I can understand that. Personally, I found the style so full of character that I liked it. I can't imagine that it will have any aging qualities given the predominance of hop character. (1,256 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge.

A: Served in a snifter with about a 1/2" of soapy, airy, sticky head that left some extensive lacing. Dark, clear copper color. Oddly, this beer looks much like a cask ale.

S: Woodsy hops, pine and citrus.

T: A light maltiness with a heavy bitter hop presence that becomes increasingly astringent with every sip. There really isn't much in the way of flavor. Just a woody bitterness.

M: Medium in body with low carbonation. Astringent, tight, and very dry.

D: This beer was a bit of a disappointment and not only because I was expecting another exceptional Surly IPA. I would have been disappointed no matter who the brewer. This remains a decent beer, but the flavor is a little flat and it seems to showcase bitterness at the expense of everything else. (793 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An tap at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL

Poured a brilliant copper color with a sudsy off-white head that stuck around for awhile and left excellent lacing. Aromas are piny with a large dose of citrus. So far so good. Tastes are all hops. Bold, bold, pine with a huge astringency to boot. Some citrus remnants and slight malt character, but the piny hops own this ale. Finishes extremely dry with hints of aspirin, ash, and white pepper. Mouth-feel seems thinner than expected, but still acceptable. Overall, this didn't live up to expectations. Appearance and aroma were both great, but the balance wasn't there for me with this one. I was hoping for some sweetness and malt to come though, but it didn't. (707 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from the tap into a pint glass at the Darkness release party.

The beer is light copper orange with not much of a head, but the beer was poured to the top of the glass so that might explain that. The beer was pretty watery so I doubt it would have had much lacing anyway.

The aroma is strong with lots of hops, a little pine, and some bitter citrus.

The taste is very strong, almost a little strong of pine and bitterness. Its a good ipa, not great, I prefer the furious. Mouthfeel is nice, not terribly drinkable, couldn't have more than a couple. (563 characters)

Photo of samie85
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap earlier tonight at Sheffield's(Chicago). Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a copper color with an off-white head.

S-Really aromatic citrus hops(orange, and tangerine) with the slightest hint of caramel malt.

T-Astringent, bitter citrus(grapefruit and orange) and pine-y with a bit of caramel malt. The malt really makes itself apparent, and the astringency goes away as this beer warms a little. This helps it develop some balance.

M- The carbonation really accentuates the hop bitterness and flavors. Light bodied.

D- This became very easy to drink after it warmed. I was having a bit of a hard time drinking this at first, but it really turned a corner as it got warmer. Very nice wet hop. (743 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ngon Vietnamese in St. Paul and served in a tulip glass. The beer appeared orange-red with a tall white head that left lacing. The aroma is a little too strong to make out a lot of discernible hop character - it blend into a big blast of citrus punch. The flavor, however, puts this beer among the best wet hop ales I've ever had (2008 SN Harvest comes to mind). It begins with floral and apricot hops before sliding into rougher grapefruit and citrus rind notes. The citrus then dries out in the aftertaste to leave a bitter dried fruit and crushed pepper taste. Damn, that's a good IPA. Drink it if you can find it. (627 characters)

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Pint Glass
On Tap At: Cafe Twenty-Eight

Went here on Halloween night specifically to try the Wet. We stuck out as we were the only people dressed up, but I liked this place quite a bit.

Appearance: Pours a copper and amber color with a finger of oily looking head. Very little effervescence, and a small amount of lacing covered my glass.

Smell: A sucker punch in the nose of hops. Centennial and chinook hops, you say? Yep, the chinook is definitely there. A very earthy smelling beer with notes including pine, soil and flowers. I'm not getting a load of citrus hops from the centennial though. A subtle amount of grapefruit and orange is there, but I wish it was more.

Taste: The palate follows suite with the nose. The caramel malt provides a very nice backbone to this beer, and the hops play nicely with it. As the beer crosses the palate the sweet malt reveals itself, but the hops quickly come in to play. More earthy flavors spring into action. The tasting comes to a bitter end with light notes of citrus including grapefruit and orange.

Mouthfeel: Surly knows how to make a beer feel good. This medium bodied beer has a perfect amount of carbonation. I love drinking Surly offerings because they are always so damn easy to put down.

Drinkability: This is a well crafted beer, although Furious is a superior beer in my eyes. Perhaps if Wet is brewed again I can give it another go, but I think Furious has a much nicer hop portfolio than this one. Furious has a nice balance of earthy and citrus notes, while I thought this one was a bit one sided towards earthy. (1,590 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A crystal clear copper pint, brimming with a sticky crown of foam. The retention was good, and a swirl summoned a swarm of bubbles up to the surface.

Resiny green aroma, very herbal and vegetal hops. Grassy, piney, with a fair amount of citrus. Swirling brought out the pungent wet hop funk. Pretty much like smelling a fresh hop cone.

Flavor was intensely piney and bitter, dry and sappy. Some grapefruit pith was there, must be the Centennial. Yakima hops were also used, lending a dominant Pac-NW bitter pine flavor. A trace of malt was present, but this was a fresh hop vehicle first and foremost. Light bodied, but the strong bitterness prevents extended sessioning. A great wet-hopped brew that I was happy I had the chance to try. (741 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After erroneously being served Broodoo due to a tap handle mix-up I finally got a tulip of this stuff.

A - One finger of off-white foam with excellent retention that finally dissolves to a thick cap with lots of lace. Nice hazed glowing dark red-brown color.

S - Pine, grass, dankness, fresh hop oils, some light citrus and tropical notes. Well-balanced with caramel and multi-grain malt characters.

T - The taste is more malt-forward with smooth caramel and bready flavors. A good amount of Yakima hops that ooze pine and lemon. Tons of residual bitterness in the finish.

M - Lots of oily resins, medium-bodied, lower carbonation. Pretty much what I like from an IPA.

D - Well-hidden booze, easy drinking. The only thing that gets tiring is the high level of bitterness.

Nice change of pace, but I think I prefer fresh Furious. (834 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on tap in a pint surly glass it had a beautiful light copper coler with fresh head and lacing the smell was fantastic it was hops fresh hops with pineapple and grapefruit,mango and more oily hops with a malt smell in the background the taste was exceptional it was so smooth creamy and silky and delightful to drink..this ipa was brewed to showcase fresh hops and brewer excellence and it does both extremely well this is a hop explosion with a perfectly balanced ipa between hops malt and water...had 1/2 dozen wet -hop ipa's in the last 2 weeks and this is is by far the best not even close.. ...im so glad i live here to experience this elite brewery and the products they put out (690 characters)

Photo of beertooth
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sheffield's served in a shaker pint glass.

This beer is a cloudy burnt honey red color with a thin layer of bubbly head.

The nose is all hops, tons of catty notes.. Some grapefruit, pine, floral tea notes..

The first gulp is harsh pine, catty chinook and simcoe, maybe.. I'm picking up on some herbal tea as well. Not as easy drinking as Furious, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel is full with some nice bubble bite.

An interesting fresh hopped IPA and I'm glad I got the chance to try it. (498 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is not for virgin eyes nor is this beer for virgin hophead wannabes as Surly "Wet" is nothing but a straight up wet spot! Whoops, I mean, wet hop.

Bright burnt orange with a slight scarlet cast to its body. Nice medium sized rocky capping of yellowed firm foam that sits like a pro stripper earning an extra $20 for lengthy lap dancing. Lots of lacing in droppy sheets that could possibly be mistaken for the details of lingerie.

Alurring aroma makes you lick your lips with enticement and excitement as its damp and oily resinous quality perfurmes with freshness that peaks out perfectly from its layers of citrusy zip. Orange oily, lemon rindy, grapefruit skinned, and mango sinned; this stuff begs to be lapped up.

The taste is infatuating with a tongue teasing temptation of pleasingly bold, heavy hops that lay in deep earthy plant herbalness. Moderately resinous with a two part weedyness - as in the ones you pull from the garden and the ones you grow in you basement closet. Quite herbal and cannibus hinted with hugely deep darkness of whole hop goodness. The flavor spreads its wholesomeness wide and encapsulates the tongue as it has all you'd ever want or need from a hop, the whole plant; the vines, leafs, roots, you name it, its in there. Lots of backened citric action in the finish with piney bitterness and ground up pithy toned grapefruit fluff coat the tongue with a tender but firming herbal prick.

Moist and bold medium body with lots of zippy hop tang and oily pizazz on the palate that shoots a wrench load of hops to delightfully coat the tongue and pucker the cheeks. Keeps barely enough tepid balance within its tantric malt backing. Yet the tightness in bite and bitterness creates enough pleasure with an exceptable girth and length as not to be pre mature in its hop ejaculation.

"Wet" is a beer made to have hop sex with your mouth. An orgasmic deep quality of hops so invigoratingly fresh you'll need a post coital cigarette. Or at least a shower. (1,998 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in 10 oz. wine glass

A: 1/3 finger of cream colored head with good retention. Clear reddish amber liquid is beautiful
S: Man Candy! So hoppy. Tropical fruit. Simcoe? Pineapple esters?
T: Bracingly bitter, white fir needle, terribly hoppy! Wow, one of the hoppiest beers I've had - like Hopsickle at Moylan's. I like a lot. Grapefruit rind.
M: Pine resin, heavy on puckering.
D: Yeah I'd buy again and probably order another. Annihilates the tongue. (456 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this twice now, once at Town Hall and once at Stub and Herb.

Color is clear orange amber, with a creamy beige head, very chunky in nature. Leaves tons of lacing all over...just a solid looking beer.

The nose is piney hops, citrus and floral hops, grapefruit and lemons...ah no doubt this is a fresh hop ale.

Initially your tastebuds are blasted with fruity and floral hops, absolutely envoloping all senses to focus on the glory that is hops. This beer is completely void of anything that isn't associated with hops...but thats more than fine with me...this is one extremely tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is...oh who cares? Honestly? Everything in this beer is just extras...this beer is ment for one thing and one thing only, to showcase hops. And it does a great job of that. From the moment you pick up the glass, to the last drop, this is one spiritual hop experience.

Drinkability is great. Not sure on the ABV but this could be one solid session beer. I highly doubt you would have any useful tastebuds afterward, but it would be more than worth it.

Surly impresses yet again, as if there were any doubt. Now...if only they could budget some of this to can...I might have to make it a permanant spot in my fridge. (1,227 characters)

Photo of brow1901
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap minutes ago at Town Hall ironicly.

A- Nice dark amber/ orange color. Bone white head that disappeared to quickly. Good lacing, poor retention.

S- Ok this beer smells like nothing else on earth, it's stunning, literally one sniff and you will be blown away. Fresh citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, and strong pine hop smells. Just dominate the nose and it is amazing!

T- The taste might not live up to what you would expect after smelling the amazingness, but it is none the less delicious. I don't know why this is a IPA instead of a IIPA. The hop bite and I really mean BITE is intense. Yet so flavorful, loads of grapefruit and spicyness.

M- Pretty slick and oily, but it leaves the mouth dry. Adequate carbonation.

D- Good drinkablity, goes down fast, leaves you wanting more. Surly needs to can this beast next year so the wonderfulness can be shared! (869 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at Stub & Herbs.

Very nice looking in the glass, deep amber, white head, long lasting.
The aroma is a sign of things to come, as you get hops, hops and more hops. Mostly citrusy, but pines make a nice apperance. Nothing that vaguely resembles malts.
Medium bodied, abrasively bitter, piney and citrusy.
Nice, but unidimensional as expected, it gets too much halfway through the glass. (414 characters)

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

Appearance: Deep red, good head, coats the glass with lacing as I drank.

Smell: I usually can't smell on-tap beers, but Wet gives a big blast of citrus hops.

Taste: Huge hop flavor, citrus and pine, quite bitter. Bitterness lasts and lasts after swallowing. Seems like Furious but with even more hops.

Drinkability: Goes down smoothly, not overly heavy or boozy feeling. Limited availability knocks it down from a 5.

Picked up the latest Surly creation on tap at the Happy Gnome. An excellent beer, like I said before, tastes like Furious with even more hop forward profile. Good stuff, glad I tried it. (607 characters)

Photo of mwagner1018
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Surly Brewery.

A- Nice medium dark amber, slight red hue, nice fresh head on top. You can actually see some of the hop oils in this beer, very nice.

S- Incredible fresh hop aroma, bitter, floral, citrus.

T- Awesome crisp bitterness, balanced, and fresh...decent malt back bone, but significant hop character definitely dominates this beer, but not in an overwhelming way. Dry and floral, citrus, and grapefruit.

M- Carbonated enough to deliver, but not too much. Balanced and clean on the palate, significant bitter delivers on the tongue.

D- Very drinkable for the style, and for the bitterness. Very nice beer, had two of them and was still longing for more. (692 characters)

Photo of Duffman
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of enjoying this one on-tap at Roat Osha.

A deep red color, not that unlike furious, but with a tinge more brown to it. Another visually striking brew from Surly.

The aroma is powerful, fresh, and distinctly piney. A veritable journey to the Pacific Northwest, this one. While on the whole rather forceful it does maintain a discernible delicacy. But ultimately this aroma is best understood as a welcoming invite to take the fresh-hop character a bit further.

Though the fresh hops provide for a highly distinct and dominant vegetal flavor profile the beer is a bit lacking in balance and complexity. I can safely say that I've never tasted hops like these before but that I wish it wasn't so. That being said I think this beer could do with a bit more maltiness--a touch of sweetness, be it honey, citrus, vanilla, what have you, would take this beer to the next level. Don't get me wrong, the hops translate brilliantly here but while the unflinchingly fresh flavor profile is highly unique and praiseworthy I think it comes up just short of greatness. That's not to say it isn't very, very good.

This one has a nice body that has enough weight to hold up to the potent taste profile. Fine, though not as notable as the other characteristics of the beer. The body--and everything else in this beer for that matter--simply takes a backseat to the hops.

Though ultimately not of the same caliber as some of Surly's other exquisite brews this one does have that distinctive addictively drinkable quality to it. The alcohol isn't discernable enough, the weight of the beer is not overwhelming enough, to make this one anything less than highly drinkable. Another highly distinct and supremely crafted beer from the ever-impressive folks at Surly. (1,769 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1400 Pounds of hops in one batch. One small batch. 50 barrels, was it? Centennials and Chinooks, picked in Yakima, WA and shipped off to Brooklyn Center, MN, tossed into the brew kettle a mere three days after the picking. Wet as in not dry, not old, fresh as they get. Big, bright, bold, brash hops up in there and all over. So good I had 7 pints in a row at it's release. Two nights later, I sit down with one to investigate it.

Appearance: clear, bright crimson...dazzling...big, creamy beige head, rocky, lace leaving, ...lovely....great looking glass of beer.

Aroma: pine needles, lemon zest, orange rind, grapefruit, bright, fresh, lively, beautiful. Hop lovers rejoice, this is heaven, here in the nose.

Taste: Bam! Big fat hop blast on the palate, fresh and fruity, gobs of resiny hop oily goodness dripping all over...so much transferred from the leaf, the cone, the plant...the flavor swims around, the bitterness spills and clings to the corners. Sticks and survives. Hangs on. Nothing but the essence of the hop here. Big and juicy. So tasty. Mmmm...yu-um.

Hardly any malt feel in this one, just barely enough to keep it beer, but there's no complaints here, and the hop bitterness keeps grabbing, keeps holding it's ground. Hangs on, clings, stays, survives. Lays in. Blends in. Fades back and becomes part of the background. Never leaves.

Yum, I say. I say, Yum. Such a treat in the mouth, for the afifcciando of the hop. Gets no better than this.

I know that Fresh Hop/Wet Hop isn't a style, but if it were, it would be my favorite. Bar none. Hands down.

Drinkability is amazing, actually. I forgot to ask about the ABV on this, but it's not much. I'd guess 6% or so. If it were more, I couldn't drink as much as I can. It's amazing. Mmmmm. Love me the hops. Mmmmm. (1,808 characters)

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