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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 943
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009)
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Photo of NWer
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic offering from Surly.
Golden/bronze clear appearance, moderate head, floral lightly citrus aroma. Very pleasant. Floral up front, balanced taste, citrus lingers. Not at all overwhelming.
Smooth. A very easy drinker finished off quickly.
Very much worth seeking out.

NWer, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -8.3%

kevwcamp, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Adamostella
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent representation of a fresh hop beer. As with many in a similar vein, the smell is typically the star of the show. You certainly get the Citra, but I also pick up an equal amount of the Simcoe in there.

Pours a touch hazy, just one shade off of gold. Extremely effervescent in the glass, kind of fun just to sit there and watch it bubble when you pour it into the proper vessel.

Certainly bitter on the tongue, however it ends up drinking very easy, it is an extremely solid well crafted beer overall. I am often not let down by Surly's offerings and this is no exception.

Adamostella, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
3.6/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 10/27/11.

A- Pours a transparent golden-orange with about a finger of off-white head. Lots of carbonation and sticky webs of lacing.

S- Juicy citrus notes. Orange, grapefruit, etc. Also a decent kick of bitter piney resins. Maybe a bit of a bready note. Seems a bit subdued.

T- Sweet juicy citrus at the front paired with a bigger bitter presence than the nose suggested. Finishes really dry with some lingering bitterness and malty, bready notes.

M- Medium-light bodied with just enough carbonation. Drying finish.

O- I honestly thought this one would be better after seeing the buzz around it when it came out, but it just seems really subdued. It's not a bad beer by any stretch, but Abrasive blows the pants off of this in my book.

stxSS07, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of kjyost
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5 week old can consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share. From notes.

A: Copper, clear with a nice white head and enough lacing to keep me happy.
S: This is pure hop juice. Tropical fruits, grapefruit and light hints of pine along with a bit of black pepper.
T: Falls off the rails here for me... Thin body without the powerfully whallop of hop flavours to back it up. I find it hard to believe that it faded that quickly... Not a bland body, but a body of a watery APA at best, with similar hop notes to the nose.
M: Bitterness really builds up over time and the beer finishes quite dry, but the beer itself is thin.
O: The body of the beer really disappoints here, but if I could breathe this nose 24/7 I would die happy. A real dichotomy here, but a beer is meant to be drunk...

kjyost, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of kdmcguire10
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rating the 2013 vintage.

Appearance: Amber Orange in color. 1.5 finger head.

Smell: Fresh cut grass, floral, grapefruit, but not overly citrusy. Balanced by a slight maltiness

Taste: Super fresh (what else would you expect). Taste follows the nose. You get that fresh cut grass/pine, but you get that herbally/floral taste to it as well. Really great stuff.

Mouthfeel: Slick, bright, and crisp.

Overall: 2011 with Citra was the penultimate for me, but this is great in its own right. It's a completely different beer than years' past. More balanced, crisp, and still the best wet hop beer on the market today.

kdmcguire10, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to beerhan for sending this as an extra! pours out a crystal clear bright golden orange color. topped off by a two finger bright white head that slowly fades to a cap leaving sticky lacing behind. nose is filled with big tropical, sweet, juicy citrus fruits, some malts and a little pine on the tail end of things. taste buds are greeted with pineapple, orange, mango fruits, some sweet malts and a little earthy pine needle. mouthfeel was surprising to me. it had great carbonation and a well balanced body. it just seemed to not be as dry and bitter as it should have. dont get me wrong, this is an excellent beer, but it tasted more like a pale ale than a west coast style ipa.

match1112, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of pjones36
5/5  rDev +14.7%

pjones36, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of iadler
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 10/27.

A- pours a sunset orange with a two finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice cap and some lacing left behind

S- fresh tropical fruits with pineapple, mango and peach, followed by mandarine, caramel malt with some pine sap

T- Juicy pineapple, mango and peach with some grass and pine, caramel malt and herbal hops are in the background.

M- medium carbonation  and a light to medium body. A nice crisp mouthfeel that finishes slightly bitter.

O- one of the better wet hop beers I've had. Citra hops are quite noticeable with  this beer being another one showcasing the juicy tropical notes with minimal bitterness.

iadler, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -8.3%

mdillon86, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Very light orange color. The pour dropped a great 2 finger head that left tons of spotty lace.

A: Great sticky hop aroma. Ripe citrus friut, with a touch of pine sap. Light notes of caramel malts give a nice touch to a very hop centric brew.

T: Very bitter but also quite sweet. The caramel notes come through in a big way, but in now way detract fom the essence of the brew, which is undoubtably the hops.

M: Medium body, perfect level of carbonation.

O: Great beer. Funny how a brewery in Minnesota can do a west coast ipa better than the west coast. Wish I had more. Skal.

Gtreid, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Jips
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Jips, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can thanks to my Surly hookup, Mike.

A - Pours a orage, white frothy head, sticky lacing, think collar, wisps on top.

S - Showcases the Citra hop wonderfully. Tropical fruits, bitter hops, slight dank notes, pine. Not quite as nice as Zombie Dust.

T - Lots of Citra notes, pine, huge bitter bomb, dank, tropical notes, that finishes really bitter.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - An excellent beer that shows how awesome Citra hops are. I could rotate between Zombie Dust and Wet until I die of hop-overload. Excellent.

Sean9689, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of MarkIntihar
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into my Chicago Cubs pint glass. Not sure if this can came from Sean or Dan, but thanks to both of you for introducing me to this wonderful beer! Canned on 10/31/11.

A - Pours a murky yellow-amber-orange that I can just barely see through. A fairly aggressive pour produces two fingers plus of off white head, with a nice amount of creaminess to it, almost like melted ice cream. Looks delicious!

S - Cirtusy hop bomb, with just the faintest hint of piney hops in the background, just enough to give a crispness to it. Also pick up a prominent malt characteristic to it, which, while definitely taking a back seat to the hop profile, adds a nice balanced feel to the nose.

T - Excellent citrusy hops paired with the same malty profile detected in the nose, though in the mouth it is more prominent than I expected. I don't know how else to describe it, but there is something juicy about this beer. I suppose it's something about the citrus dominance, but it is definitely enjoyable. The piney hops help create a nice, crisp and clean finish. A nicely balance and incredibly smooth IPA.

M - Fairly smooth and juicy as I mentioned in the taste section, but there is the slightest bit of an alcohol bite in the finish that doesn't quite seem to fit.

O - Overall an excellent beer, and one that I will definitely seek out again next year when it's fresh.

MarkIntihar, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +14.7%

nh2032, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of dgian13
5/5  rDev +14.7%

dgian13, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of vobr0002
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

vobr0002, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Millah for throwing these in as extras!
Poured in to Nonic Pint

Color: This beer shines golden caramel hue. A fluffy two finger white head forms after the pour and it slowly reduces to a dime sized rings around the top of the glass. Good head retention and minimal lacing from this beer.

Nose: Massive amount of fresh hops! Smells like a wet forest in the spring... ahhh delicious. Light amount of citrus flavors rise from the glass as the beer warms, but the aroma is still all hops. Tiny hints of caramel in this beer as well.

Palate: Smooth and crisp. The drinkability of this beer is just sublime. No hints of alcohol, just all hops and mellow tangerine and peach. The tongue just gets lambasted with a plethora of hops, but its inviting and tasty. At the back the palate gets cleansed by the underlying citrus of the brew.

Finish: It goes down way to fast and way to good. Nothing but good things to say about this beer.... well done Surly. Best wet hop IPA in my book.

Rating 95 out of 100

schmoopsbeer, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

CelticAleMan, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Dating on can is October 31st 2011. I'll take it!

A real nice wonderfully tiny pin head sized forming bubbles of off whit head is made. Extremely uniform, sitting on a very clear orange amber body, some slow rising carbonation, the odd cola bubble stuck to the side of the glass. Lots of stickiness, and giant clumps to bite into for the head. very impressive.

Nose is mushy fruit, and a mix of faint pine, but mostly mushed apricot and citrus hop. Seems a bit sweet and sugary sensation also.

Very interesting palate. Muted but nice stinging short hop palate with a good mix of malt and hop on the finish. Sweetness sensed from the nose is toned down considerably, mixing with a few hints of pine and good soft resin. Citrus angle fruit and mushiness doesn't seem to be as present which makes it much more enjoyable. Texture is almost velvety, rich , just a faint hint of carbonation to keep it all lively.

Very nice beer, a great one, perhaps not my favorite wet hop IPA but it sure is up there. Just another great beer from Surly.

smakawhat, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +14.7%

TicoCali, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of lcmir23
5/5  rDev +14.7%

lcmir23, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-11-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear amber-copper with a 1.5-finger off-white head and mild lacing.

S - Citrus, some tropical, hop bud dank and floral. Smells better out of the can than it did on-tap; perhaps due to the cooking smells in Cafe 28.

T - Hop forward but not over-the-top. Pine, citrus, light pineapple, hop bud goo. There's some fresh citrus flesh and a bit of malty sweetness that hints at caramel. This sweetness lingers into the aftertaste but is gradually overcome by grapefruit zest. The fresh, vegetal hop bud dankness never lets up. Awesome.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Prickly. A little resinous. Smooth and crisp.

O - A very fine, wet-hopped brew. Reminded me of a Port High Tide but with a brighter citrus flavor and even more dankness.

Tucquan, Nov 21, 2011
Wet from Surly Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.