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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,224
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 10%
Wants: 1,046
Gots: 77 | 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 HeyBeerSnobFU
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed fresh one day after canning. Appearance is typical IPA burnt orange almost amber. Noticed a good amount of carbonation and a thick frothy pillow like head that stays around for a good while. The aroma has hints of lemon like citrus and some pine. The taste is best described with one word... resinous. There is some citrus rind in the background, but resinous pine dominates. Overall I think this IPA is much more one dimensional than the previous reviews would indicate. The flavor profile is super hoppy and resinous without much else going on in my opinion. Definitely a good tasty brew and if resinous is your thing I would definitely reccomend trying to get your hands on this elusive beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 batch review. 1 week after being canned

Reviewed out of can. Smell is boozy wet floral/pine hops. Taste is a slick earthy pinecone, mossy, wet, and dank. Caramel white bread malt backbone. Feel is fantastic: drinks like a fine lager, but with a medium fullness, and no offensive slickness.

Even though I preferred the 2011 version, this stands on it's own as great as well.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful clean amber pour, visible carbonation, 2 fingers of off-white creamy head causing lots of sticky lacing.
smells of grapefruit, pine, honey, grass.
a very vegetable-like taste up front.. like raw broccoli almost. very grassy, earthy, citrusy. lots of grapefruit and a spicyness created by the hops that make this beer amazing. sweet malty backbone balances out the earhty bitterness of it all.
mediu body, medium carbonation, very creamy and rich for an ipa.

this is a great ipa, and i'm so glad i got such a fresh batch to enjoy. highly recommended to all who have access to this.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden orange with a half finger head that settles into small wisps atop the beer. Only a little lacing.

S: Bright citrus hops, with a light earthiness underneath. Orange and light grapefruit particularly come through.

T: Orange citrus and a stinging bitterness mid-sip yield to a light bitterness in the finish, with hints of pale malt poking in sporadically. This beer really allows the fresh hops to shine. And shine they do.

M: Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Works for the style, but it does seem a touch thin.

O: Surly Wet is an awesome beer that really lets the hops star. Super fresh and bright. A beer that I'm excited to have again!

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Photo of miketd
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can courtesy of Fiver29... 2012 version.

Pour is cloudy orange with a big white head.

Aroma is great - sweet fruits with an underlying bit of resin. It has the potential to be a little sweet but it's pleasant anyway.

The flavor is flat and doesn't quite match up with the aroma. Slight pine and sweet, it lacks body and carbonation.

As noted above, the soft carbonation is fine but the body is too thin.

A good beer, but would have liked more hop flavor and a drier beer.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 9/20/12, so nine days ago. Poured into an Irish Tulip Glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden straw color with an eggshell white head. Looks very pillowy and will hopefully leave good lacing (it did).

Aroma: Can definitely smell the Simcoe hops but really not as powerful of an aroma as I was expecting. Hop juicyness, melon, and grapefruit in the nose along with a little grain.

Taste: Oh yeah, this one is good! Completely hop dominated but lets a little grain flavor through which helps balance the palate. Right up there with the juiciest IPAs I've ever had. That grapefruit and melon aroma comes through nicely in the taste. Not all that bitter at first but decently tongue biting in the finish. Not even a hint of that 7.5% abv.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and inviting. Medium bodied and highly drinkable.

Final Thoughts: A near perfect beer. Leave it to Minnesota to make one of the best West Coast IPAs in the country. I tend to think that Surly is a little overrated (due mostly to the high price point and the "we're better than you" attitude), but their seasonal options always beat the competition in flavor and drinking experience in my opinion. Get it if you can find it!

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Photo of theHoff77
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had some at Surly Fest for volunteering and managed to find some in stores this week. Tough stuff to get a hold of.

The color is a very nice light honey color and upon pouring i got thick white two finger head that has good retention. Lacing coats the glass with every sip. Smell is an intense hop and evergreen with a mild citrus. Actually smells a lot like the brewery. Taste is a bit boozy but it tastes like it smells. Very smooth drinking with the right amount of bitterness. Overall this is another excellent IPA from Surly. I feel like it's actually more simplistic in flavor than compared to their other IPAs but I really enjoyed it as it is almost refreshing.

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Photo of Beerlover
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me first say i got to try this beer last year and it was AMAZING! Surly has chosen to forcus on the "Simcoe" hops this year rather than the "Citra" hops they used last year, im excited about this "simcoe" are one of my favs but so are "citra"! all i'm hopin is that it has the same mouth feel as it did last year...that of a "mouthwatering" effect as you drink it!! I've had a ton of i.p.a.'s in the last year (singles, doubles, triples, black.. and even other "wet" hopped) but i have never had another beer that made my mouth water like this one did last year. also Surly screwed a lot of fans of their beer over on this one. I work at a liquor store, people (my co workers and I included) have been waiting a loooong time for this, we preordered 10 cases of this glorious brew waited two extra day to reciecve and FINALLY at 2:20 pm today we recieved our shipment (which we found out unbeknownst to us was/is "allocated") 3 whole cases! WTFrog Surly?!?!? i understand the "Simcoe" hops may be harder to come by but i dont wonder with "surly's" (Our Sh!t dont stink, we are better than every1 else's) attitude if this is not just a marketing trick/ploy/gimmick to make their already high in demand beers even more crazed over...so here it is....

appearance: good 2 inch foamy white head, clear lighter medium gold, some bubbles not too many but can see some carbonation.

smell:magnificently hoppy! wow! some maltyness apparent smells a little earthy, not much sweetness here, but smells delish....

taste: YOWZA! an immediate SHOCK to the entire palate, not just the tongue or the back of the throat but THEE WHOLE THING! waiting for it....waiting.... DANG! no "mouthwatering" effect on the palate! :( i was REALLY looking forward to that!!! oh well... has great hoppiness to it not overwhelming but almost! not bitter, not floral or citrusy but like in the nose "earthy" hops hangs on the palate.

try this if you are a hop head and if u can find it ! (good luck! thanks surly...ya JERKS!)

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, light gold with a pillowy, fluffy white head.

Scent is a gentle dankness backed up by some sugary sweet malts. Nice scent, but that us not where this beer shines brightest.

The taste is where Wet nails it. There are just waves of hop flavors. The light malts are there only as a vehicle to deliver hop goodness.

Mouthfeel is full and a little creamy.

Wonderful beer. Probably my favorite year yet. It is really a shame it is only around for a couple weeks.

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Photo of yamar68
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 9/20/12:

Pours a hazy, burnt orange - slow and steady beading. Capped by two fingers of paper white dense, semi-curdled head with perfect lacing.

Juicy hop aromas massage my nostrils... syrupy mango and pineapple mixed with earthy pine resins. Bright conifer flavors ta boot. Incredibly fresh, unsurprisingly.

Liquid hops. Massive evergreen presence is sweetened with tropical citrus. An orange peel bitterness dries out the palate to keep you thirsty. That bitterness plays well against the earthy evergreen bits.

Terrific stuff.

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

16 ounce can poured into a snifter. Ah it doesn't get much better than Surly.

Pours a clear orange color with great brightness to the pour. Huge white head that never fades. Smells are huge with citrus, pines and hops. Taste is spot on. Very smooth with a nice bitter hop finish. I could drink this daily. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with solid carbonation. Overall I love this. One of the best IPA's I've had.

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Photo of mdvatab
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from a fellow IN BA.
Poured from 16oz can into imperial pint glass.

A: Pine sap with a bit of citrus tartness, pine resin, and sticky, carmelly malt.

A: Excellent clear copper body with some fine floaties. Off-white, thick, sudsy, persistent foam leaves sticky lacing.

F: Immediate carmel sweetness, sappy pine, and a grapefruit like strong bitterness. Bitterness is very strong for the style, but enjoyable if that's your thing.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Hops contribute a slickness, and dry tannins cling to the tongue long through the finish.

O: A delicious, hop-forward wet-hopped IPA. I personally tend to prefer the aroma and flavor of dry-hopped IPAs, but this one was good for a change. I recommend trying a fresh can!

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Photo of thain709
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Harvest. A huge thanks to StormKing47 for this pretty fresh can. Thanks Josh!

A - Straight from the can, Wet pours a clear, golden orange body...you can see some slow carbonation bubbles...two fingers of white head formed and slowly fell to a thick, full cap...nice lacing

S - This one sure is wet...fresh wet hops that are producing juicy, resinous aromas...there is a slight malt backbone that is actually helping to enhance the nose...but there's no doubt the nose is all hops

T - Again, the wet hops give off a "green" flavor but they are also juicy and resinous...the hop flavors really come across as dank, and boy are they concentrated...citrus flavors can be found...the caramel backbone is there but never sticks its head the whole way out...the finish is all bitter hops

M - Medium bodied...clean and crisp...a long lasting, tingly bitterness

O - Wow, I never expected to be able to try this beer so fresh...I believe it was around one month old, but those hops were still kicking...this has been the best fresh hop beer I've had (so far)

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Ungertaker on behalf of Phillyswear as a bonus beer package in the 2011 Secret Santa BIF. Thanks!

Poured into my New Belgium snifter, also received in the BIF.

Beautiful reddish-orange body with a solid finger of white head.

Nose is crisp, green citrusy hops, slightly grassy.

Flavor is exactly like the nose. Like a fresh hop encrusted hopsickle, with hops. Crisp, clean, massive hops without being hugely bitter. Malt is there, but not a big contributor. A well constructed hop bomb without being a palate wrecker.

Mouthfeel is resinous and slightly stripping.

Overall is excellent! Would be a regular in my rotation if it were a local.

Thanks Surly!

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

16oz can courtesy of Adil. Thanks man! Enjoyed at cellar temperature about one month after canning.

Pours a clear amber/orange hue with a thick off-white cap and generous strands of lacing on the tumbler glass.

Smell is lemon zest, tangerine, lime, fresh cut grass, orange peel, doughy malts, resiny hop oils, red grapefruit, caramel, toffee, perfume, and leafy-herbaceous hops.

Taste is big citric, piney, and herbal hops with clementine, white grapefruit, and a zesty, lemony bitterness. Very mild caramel and bready malt flavours poke through to add some balance, but this all about the raw humulus lupulus.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, slick, oily and juicy middle gives way to a crisp, dry finish with a long, resinous, and astringent bitterness. A citric and leafy aftertaste lingers on the palate. Excellent.

Overall, Surly Wet is an exemplary, in-your-face IPA with tons of fresh hop flavour. I've only had three beers from these guys and they've all been outstanding. This is well worth a try if you can hunt it down.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Beautiful looking beer. Bright, crystal clear bronze. Cream white head has solid lace and nice retention.

S – A kiss of sulfur quickly subsides into an earthy, resiny herbalness. Subtle booze as it warms.

T – Super smooth. Sweet malt into a gentile ramp-up of white grapefruit bitterness. A minerally center and acidic backend do a great job of complementing and accenting the hop-dominated profile.

M – Great smoothness on a full frame.

O – Delicious with a fresh, juicy hop character.

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

A: A very cloudy amber pour. Huge fluffy offwhite head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit up front. Citrusy. Nice toasted bread malt. Not as hoppy as I expected, but very pleasant.

T: Not a huge hop-forward monster but still excellent flavor. Sweet citrus up front (mainly grapefruit and orange), very nice toast in the middle. Get some bitter pine on the aftertaste. Great combination of flavors.

M: Mid-range, decently bittering and a little drying.

O: Nothing stands out as amazing but it all works together exceptionally. The transition of flavor is my favorite part, it completely changes every few seconds whenever you take a sip.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending me this one so I would have the chance to tick it! Freshly canned (<1 week)! Served from can into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured red-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit hop, toasted bread, and subtle earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, bread, earth, earthy hop, and grapefruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I can honestly say that this is one of the better brews I have had out of a can. The freshness of the can I had really shined through on this one with a really nice hop aroma and flavor. A well done brew that no beer lover should go without trying. Nice job Surly, nice job.

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Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a large tulip.

Looks like a giant piece of amber, with a slight tangerine, the 1/2 inch head from the vigorous pour dissipated quickly.

Nose not as big and hoppy as I wa expecting.
The hops are there but a little dryer, some maltiness, and earth. A bit of pine needle.

The flavor gave some bitter hoppiness slightly musty. Some oak, maybe some pine but it's not very green. Some citrus

Mouth feel is decent, not very viscous or hot. I'm finding a slightly tannic feel at the end of the finish.

So, after further examination, canned on 10/04/11. 2 months...does this beer lose all it's excitement that quick?

I'd love to try a fresh one. I'll re-rate this beer again...

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

Pours a very pale yellow orange. Completely clear from one side of the glass to the other. Really fresh hop aroma. Fresh melon, mango, nice sweet orange and grapefruit notes along with some floral and earthy hop aromas. Fresh juicy, resiny hops all over the flavor profile. Great grapefruit sweetness, orange is less pronounced, but does well in a back-up roll. Really nice fresh cut grass flavor as well until a very resiny pine finish does provides an excellent balance between sweet and bitter. Terrifically hopped IPA.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 16 oz. can, received from 'Bama's Best, unclejedi, on 12/7/11, Per Mr. woodychandler, 'cracked & glugged' on 12/12/11. Poured to an imperial pint glass.

No dating on the label or beneath, but I'm certain this is the Fall 2011 iteration. Love the bold lime green and 'superhero' font on this eye-catching can. "Beer for a glass. From a can"

A: Coppery/light caramel orange, mostly clear but for a little suspended debris. A finger's worth of sudsy head, a shade or two dirtier than 'white'. A few trickling bubbles, rising to a gradually breaking film; terrific lace, lots of sticky foam in splayed bands.

S: Pithy citrus, mostly sweet grapefruit with an earthy note. Deeper, breadier malts, toasty and mildly sweet.

T: Awesome balance - it's 'bread crust' sweetness (grains and a touch of honey) married with juicy hops. Hops are tangy, piney, grassy and still wonderfully fresh after weeks in a can. A little cake, some 'orange peel' citrus, and a drying finish (black pepper?). Yummy.

M: Completely unrecognizable as a 'big beer'... 7.5%? Drinks like 5.5%. Or less. Wonderfully smooth, lightly prickly. Hops oils coat but don't oppress; the result is a green and grassy lupulin burst with balanced sugary malts to compensate. Medium body, a beauty.

O: Whatever Surly does differently, they have bottled/canned 'magic' almost every time. 'Wet' is as good a 'fresh-hopped' beer as I've had in Oregon and this is probably several weeks past its 'prime'. I'd drink this again and again; Deschutes' Fresh Hop Mirror Pond has some company at the top. Wow.

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

16oz can into a pub glass. Got this at France44 when I was visiting MN

A- Light copper/dark blonde color. Pours with some head. Very bright and clear.

S- Grapefruit dominates this beer, but a little pine or spruce also adds to the beer.

T- Hop forward and big hop flavor. Not overly bitter and balanced well by the malt.

M- medium bodied. The malt sweetness leaves the toungue quickly, but hops linger. Good carbonation

Had this 5 days after canning. A beautiful and balanced IPA.

Serving type: can

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Photo of vic21234
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a snifter. Canned on date of 10/31/11.

A- Pours a nice hazy orange with about a finger's worth of head. A bit of lacing holds around the glass.

S- Huge hop presence, as one would expect. Lots of citrus and grapefruit. I get a bit of pine as well.

T- Slight malt followed by a sharp hop bitterness. Very well balanced and citrusy.

M- Bit of alcohol bite but not bad, great carbonation. Strong hoppy finish that lingers.

Overall a great IPA. Wish I could have had it a bit more fresh.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this via trade from Newbrewm, thanks Ted! I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time now. Poured from a 16 ounce can dated 10/11/11, so this is over 2 months old.

A: A medium copper orange color with a nice one finger perfectly white fluffy head. Glass lacing was nice.

S: I still get the fresh hop nose here. Huge smells of grassy hops, mint, some citrus, slight pine and bready malt. Nice.

T: Okay, I'm getting flavors here that no one else mentioned. On taste I got a huge amount of grassy and leafy hops mixed with mint notes and even the scallion flavor. Some slight pine is detected too. The citrus is there but I got more of the grassy flavors pouring out. Sweetness was biscuit and bread like more so than any caramel. Finish is nice and prickly with the hops really hanging on to leave lingering bitterness. I still like this beer.

M: Medium, prickly, slight alcohol but very easy drinking. Carbonation is perfect.

O: I really liked this beer, but I can't help but wonder why I am picking up different flavors than others. My citrus flavors were there, but they were second fiddle the the grassy and garden flavors.

Ted sent me a four pack, so I have three more to try. I'll see what I taste next time I crack one open. Still, Surly is a pure winner in my book. I love the cans and I love what they put in the cans. Tremendous brewer, one of my favorites.

Edit: Second can had this weekend. I got way more citrus notes and still a ton of grassy/leafy notes, but less of the mint and almost no scallion this time. Still, the grass and light citrus seem to dominate the beer which is not what I expected from the Citra and Simcoe hops. Still, a really great beer.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A - lovely copper/red/burnt sienna, half finger almost tan head and some sticky lacing

S - slightly toasted hop smell, slightly sweet, a bit of yeast, lots of hops, flowers, mineral, soil, a bit fruity, very fresh and crispy. Very nice nose

T - super fresh and crisp! Lots of heavy and delicious hops up front, resin, fresh cut grass, nice sweet malt, very slight yeast, pine, nice citrus, fresh island fruits, some wood, earth and flowers

M - medium body, low acidity, well balanced, nicely complex and lovely long finish

D - all I can say is if you think this is I drinkable, you're an idiot and don't drink beer any more

Final thought - thanks "soughtbygod" for this one. Wow! Great abv, loads of flavor and not on the cheap

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