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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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460 Reviews
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Reviews: 460
Hads: 1,478
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 1,016
Gots: 142 | 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 Hookstrat
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beguiling. I wanted the hammer, but Surly said no. no. You must dance with this one and be rewarded. Often plain. Sometimes rough. Sweet grape. Pinecones.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap. Might as well suck on a hop. Canned 9/25, this Wet is dripping with hop goodness. Picked up a single can for about $5. Being my first wet hopped beer I didn't want to get crazy. The pour is beautiful, the nose—pretty weak. Almost smells like a Hoppy Pabst. Seriously. Taste is great. Resiny, weedy, piney, dank, and delicious. I will definitely seek more wet hopped beers. Very good overall.

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Photo of don1481
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got the last 2 4 packs at Woodmans in Menomonee Falls. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: an amber pour that you can see right through. Tiny streams of bubbles. White head that lingers and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: compared to things like Todd, this has a far less overpowering hop aroma.

Taste: my goodness. This is unique to put it nicely. Maybe the tea like taste that was in the $urly thread is the closest descriptor I can find. Surly does things right with these limited makes. This is outstanding taste wise.

Mouthfeel: slightly syrupy, resinous. Leaves the mouth feeling slightly coated.

Overall: $4 per pint can is frankly worth it if you can foot it, folks. I'm glad I didn't have to chase down trucks like some folk in Milwaukee did this week.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is a grassy, almost woodsy kind of aroma - like rotting vegetation. Also smells of light dankness, pine, and sugar water. Taste is lemon, pine, citrus, with very light bitterness throughout. A really refreshing IPA.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015. This beer pours a slightly hazy mellow honey color with a average but lasting head. The aromas are lemon peel, mango, guava, pineapple, and grapefruit. The flavor is fairly fruity, mostly tropical, with a nice citrus kick, and a strong but quickly fading burst of bitterness. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick. Overall this is a very enjoyable IPA. In past years fresh hop beer have not bee my favorites, but they are starting to grow on me now. This one is frighteningly juicy and well balanced.

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Photo of mikevanatta
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although there is a very obvious lack in aroma, the flavor makes this beer worth coming back to. Dank and slightly piney with a beautiful grapefruit-ish finish, there is a very pleasant lingering bitterness that carries the beer through the taste. As I've come to expect from Surly, this is an exceedingly easy drinking beer that betrays its ABV by being so smooth. It's gone before I even know it.

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

2015. Light gold color, perfectly clear with thick white head that sticks around for a bit. Dank, but not overwhelming, hop nose. Medium-light body, easy-drinking, almost lager-like. Taste is piney, resinous, with a strong lingering bitterness.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015 offering, from a can to a glass.

clear, golden beer here, with a little lacing on the sides. nothing remarkable.

i'm going to come back to this one with smell, but this is kind of piney with some piss.

taste is resinous and hints at pine, but i'm getting a green lollipop flavor at the end. artificial lime. maybe lime zest? other folks might say apricot, but it's not got that bit of tang to it. this is sweet. (edit - second can, another day. lots of sparkling grape juice in the flavor, at least in the first couple of sips, but it fades pretty quickly.)

mouthfeel is syrupy and good carbonation. hops flavor really lingers a bit.

green lollipops. seriously, i can't get past that.

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Photo of Coon_Hopster
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is super dank, super hoppy. It's not like other IPAs that I've had. It almost smells grape-like with citrus. I am just dumbfounded by it as I don't know what to think yet, but I know it's tasty. My score my change.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful and lively one-finger head. The color is a lightish sort of amber, with slow upward moving bubbles. Just a beautiful looking brew.

Smells of citrus-laden hops. The smell has a distinct sweetness to it as well.

By God, this beer is good. Just like the smell, this is a very citrusy and hoppy flavor, but with an incredibly juicy feel. Great combination between hops and sweetness. Impeccably smooth to drink. I wish I had this at hand during a 90-degree summer day as it is incredibly refreshing.

One of my favorites. And without a doubt my favorite Surly beer. Surly, I bow down to you! Fantastic value for a 4-pack (pints) for $15.

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Photo of thorkelson
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 version - exceptional. 100% simcoe.

Extremely dank throughout the entire drinking experience. Fragrant earthy tones with citrus in the background. Quite fragrant beer from the can and even better on tap. Mouth feel is super liquidy - not dry by any means. Poured into a Surly Teku and pours a beautiful yellow-orange and a solid 3 inch head.

Favorite Surly Wet thus far. Cheers!

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Photo of CJCouillard
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can into beer glass. Warm, orange in appearance with a half inch head. Smelled of mandarin oranges and fresh citrus, with the faintest smell of fresh hops. Complex, colorful taste that is extremely crisp and not bitter. Medium citrus and hop flavors.

Definitely one of my favorite beers by Surly.

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Photo of Md-in-ep
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked some up today at Total Wine in Bloomington - they had a bunch and it was flying out the door. Surly pricing $14.99 a four pack :(

Couldn't wait so I had one with lunch - nose is almost white wine like? Sweet but not fresh squeezed
sweet. Finish is smooth with a touch of bitterness. More later when I have another one.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl L: Brilliant straw gold with a thin white foam collar. S: Spice, herbs and fruit. T: Well developed hop flavors supported by a rich malty texture balance an assertive hop bitterness. F: Low medium body, high medium carbonation. O: Big hop flavors are well handled.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tall can received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, lime/melon, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit, and hops. There is also some melon, lime, and a touch of apricot.

Overall - I expected more hoppy taste and aroma. My can is a few months old but still, this shouldn't have faded so fast. Even though, this is a good beer, just not one that lived up to the high rankings.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to amerak for sending this to me as an extra. Poured out of a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Canning date is listed as "09/12/13."

Pours a cloudy amber orange color complete with a decent yet nice initial frothy white head that rises about 2 fingers tall in the glass. There's sediment in this, but it settles at the bottom in a powdery, refined appearance. Bubbles are visible, and thanks to the glass, keep a modest half finger around for a while. Some stickiness, as always with this brewery, stays around upon the glass's walls. Looks like a great West Coast IPA, which is exactly its apparently attempting to be.

As far as wet hop beers go, this aroma is totally killer - better than most I've had to date (but, I admit I haven't had enough). Notes of freshly cut limes, lemons, orange peel, grapefruit, pine, cantaloupe, green melon, and apricots are most predominant at the front. This follows with slight spiciness and earthiness, but the melon forward aroma, as well as the limes, is astonishing. A bit of a toffee sweetness rounds it up, but the fruit flavor is by far the highlight. Great stuff.

A true delight from the first sip - the melons and limes are even far more pronounced on the palate. A honeydew, pine-tinged, citrus and grassy flavor soon follows, but it's actually far less astringent than I expected it to be. It's definitely dry, with herbal and citrus notes galore at the back, but it turns out to be enormously refreshing given the excellent fruit profile as well as the soft, toffee/caramel combo that immediately cuts the bitterness ten-fold. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but it only adds on to the sweetness. Given the creamy, fruity feel of the beer, this is a dangerous - I could easily down this without thinking twice about it. Simply awesome stuff yet again from Surly.

Holy crap, it's truly eye-opening what Cascade and Centennial hops can do at their best. Wet hop beers, in spite of their difficulty to brew, need to become more widespread - you truly get the herbal, citrus laden core of the hops when they are brewed this way. Add the appropriate funky yeast flavor as well as the right touch of sweetness from the malts, and you have yourself a highly drinkable beer. I could have this in my fridge full time if possible. Delicious and highly recommended.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy glowing yellow straw color with a magnificent light tan/off white head. Retention is a 10, lacing is a 9+. Fantastic.

S - lots of light citrusy fruity hops, some malty sweetness, minimal pine.

T - Quite a bit of sweet caramel type malts mix with hop bitterness, citrusy and minimally resinous. Well balanced, a bit on the malty side... why doesnt this thing have a date?

M - Really ideal, medium bodied and medium carbonation, yet very smooth while still being refreshing. Big fan of the mouthfeel.

O - Man would I love to get a freshy, im assuming this is a month or more old - really fantastic either way

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. canned poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip glass. Canned on 9/12. Consumed on 11/9.

A - Orange/amber in color with a less than a finger of bright white head. Head quickly dissipated. Light irregular lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S - Moderately fragrant. Tropical - pineapple, papaya, and some sweetness, maybe banana.

T - Complex. Pineapple, kiwi, and tangerine with a fantastic tart/somewhat bitter pink grapefruit finish. Finish lasts in mouth. Not overly bitter.

M - Nicely carbonated with a nice tingle throughout the mouth. Too lightly bodied though.

O - Can almost 2 mos. old, so I'd like the opportunity to try again fresher and amend my review. Very nice for a single IPA.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wet pours a copper color with a small but lacing head. There is a mellow hoppy aroma, that is sweeter then it is bitter. The taste has a nice mellow long lasting, drawn out hoppy flavor, nice and floral. Good solid body, good flavors, and very drinkable. Overall its a very nice beer, the "wet" hops do cause a different experince.

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Photo of joe1510
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz Can
$16.99 4-Pack
Warehouse Liquors - Duluth, MN

2013 Edition

Canned 9/12/13
Drank 10/19/13

Gurgling from the can Surly Wet produces a hazy apricot body with golden highlights and some tiny floating particulates. The soapy white head reaches a finger plus in height and takes on the sheen and color of an eggshell before receding to a thick ring and swirling foam. Thin, sticky lacing gets left behind.

Bright orange and candied grapefruit are first from the glass to my nose. Weed and some herbal qualities follow close behind. Pale malts lay the foundation both crackery and biscuity. There's somewhat of a lactic quality. Smells good.

Flavor follows the nose closely but is a little brighter. Sweetened, citrus leads the way, orange marmalade mostly, but grapefruit and lemon curd show up as well. Weed mid-palate with some herbaceous qualities shortly after before the all citrus finish. The malt base is simple, biscuity, and enjoyable with this particular fresh hop combination.

The body has a moderate weight with a soft, velvety feel. The bitterness grows as I drink but never surpasses medium in intensity. The bitterness lasts a while after each drink and the finish is nice and dry.

While the 2013 version of Wet is probably my least favorite of the batches up until now it's still a damn fine IPA. Good complexity over a simple malt base that allows the wet hops to shine makes for a good harvest.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date: 10/11/2013
Type: 16oz. awesome can
Canned: 09/12/2013 *about a month old
Glass: Heady Topper Stemless

Pours a clear golden in color w/ a 1 finger white head that left light lacing. Aromas of caramel, a vegetal quality, light lemon, and cat piss. The flavor was of caramel and toffee sweetness up front, leading into a vegetal grassiness, and finishing w/ mild resinous bitterness and slight lemon. Medium bodied, lush, and finishes moderately dry. Pretty drinkable as I had no problem with the 16 ounces.

Overall, very unique and a nice treat to enjoy. Not my favorite of the style, but very good and I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Cyclone8 for sending this one down! Poured from 16 oz. can into a CCB pint glass.

A: Bright gold, nearly clear, with lots of visible carbonation and about two fingers worth of white fluffy head.

S: Grassy, floral, citrus, melon and spice, with some very light cracker malt – but there's no huge hop punch here. A very nice aroma, but it's a balanced, constructed aroma rather than a huge bitterness.

T: Grassy, floral, and bitter citrus hops, sweet cracker malt, almost a candied sugar sweetness, and lightly bitter in finish.

M: Medium to light-bodied, average to a bit low carbonation sensation (less than the appearance suggested), low alcohol presence.

O: Truly an excellent fresh hop beer. I had really high expectations (perhaps unreasonable ones) that probably weren't quite met, but really good.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TheSevenDuffs for sending this beer as part of the fall Canbif.

Canned on September 12, 2013.

A: Pours an exceptionally clear golden yellow with 3 filers of white head leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Upfront herbaceous notes, along with hints of grass, lemon juice and hemp. Background notes of earthiness and fresh pine resin. I've been luck enough to smell fresh wild hops and this is reminiscent of experience.

T: Pronounced sweet caramel malts initially hit the tongue which are quickly followed by resiney hops with herbaceous, pine and lemon notes. Hoppy bitterness lingers long after the last sip, quite delicious.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Leaves a slightly slick coating.

O: Fresh hops are highlighted in this brew, both in the smell and in the taste. Fresh cut, vegetative quality, that you cannot find in dry hopped IPAs. Buy lots if you can find it fresh.

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Photo of AltBock
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright neon hop green 16oz can that has the name of the beer in big ass bold white letters and "Surly" in smaller light yellow letters. The back of the can has a foamy black pint glass that contains a description of the beer. If you continue on to the right, you'll find the mandatory Govt. Warning. The bottom of the can contains a stamped canned on date of 9/12/13. This can was consumed on 9/27/13 Poured into my Surly Darkness Tulip.

From behind the neon green can came a West Coast style IPA that was a clear as day honey amber color with a small trace of sunshine yellow. I was surprised by the clarity of this IPA. No hop particles or haziness in this beer. I could read a newspaper through it. On top of this super clear IPA was a 1/2 an inch fluffy white cloud of foam. Good retention that left behind a solid string of white rings and a spot or two of lace around the glass. I'm not too fond of the appearance. The head of foam wasn't bad, but the clarity and the color was less than desirable.

This is one of those hoppy beers where the aroma decided to sleep it off. I thought swirling the beer around would wake the beer up from its nap. Nope! Not even that could wake it up. In fact, swirling didn't help the beer at all. I should have left it alone. The aroma was all about the hops with a little toasted honey malt backing it up. The hops in the nose weren't all that forward. They came up slowly and backed away like it had a dinner date or something. My nose could only pick out a little grapefruit, a small number of pine needles, an exotic fruit or two, a few small floral notes, and bitter citrus hops. I was thinking that aroma would give me nose an onslaught of hops. That it did not deliver. Not bad at all, but it had potential for more.

"It had potential for more" should be this beer's motto. Not what is currently on the can. The taste almost had the same weak story as the aroma. The hops decided to wake up in the taste, but it still tasted like the hops were holding back. Come on hops! Make me tongue wished it didn't mess with the great Wet! Instead what I got was semi weak taste of dried and bitter citrus hops, a speck of bitter grapefruit, a gentle touch of mango, a pinch of pine, a few blades of fresh cut grass, some minor floral notes, and a gentle sprinkle of lightly toasted caramel malts. In this can, the hops clearly needed to wake up.

I at least found one good thing about this beer and it happened to be the mouthfeel. This beer had plenty of carbonation to keep my taste buds entertained. It clearly wasn't the hops doing that. There is a hop aftertaste to this beer, but it doesn't bother to stick around for very long.

I've heard very good things about this beer. Unfortunately those words weren't about my can of Wet. I think 2013 is not a good year for Wet. Would I drink another can? Not the 2013 vintage. That's the vintage that never bothered to wake up . Even though this can was sort of a bust, I would still like to give thanks to fellow BA mnbuffalo for giving me the opportunity to try this beer.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear Orange color with a high amount of carbonation and a semi-foamy head. Aroma has some citrus hops, yeasts, biscuits, and malts.; Bit of an earthiness to it. Flavor has resiny hop bitterness, yeasts, biscuits, light caramel, malts and dry hops. Aftertaste is a fairly prominent bitter resin flavor. Body is moderate in weight and carbonation is fairly mild.

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Wet from Surly Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.