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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,153
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 902
Gots: 68 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 12:01:07 | More by cyrusthepup
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 07:24:52 | More by larsenju
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 07:17:10 | More by Sender
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 06:42:56 | More by tbeq00
Photo of Ohiovania


4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Possibly the best straight up American IPA I have ever had. Complex, like the hops have their own aroma and flavor bell curves of perfection. The malt is hidden underneath but is still fully present in the flavor. And the hops taste just a fresh as they guarantee them to be. My can was only 2 weeks old. I would simply buy this all the time if it was available for me on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:52:24 | More by Ohiovania
Photo of tsatem


4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can into a snifter, big thanks to Coldponcho! Canned on 9/24/11, it seems.

A: Pours a burnt orange/honey tinge with a beautiful big billowy head. Lacing starts immediately and continues to look great.

S: Smells earthy and natural - more simcoe than citra. Like a pine forest, everything is super crisp and clean smelling. Citrus takes a little bit of a backseat but is definitely juicy. A lot of malt is actually coming through as well, very nutty.

T: Not the over the top hop bomb I was expecting from the nose. It's actually rather sweet and the hops are very tame. The aftertaste is super resiny. Lots of sugar, but balanced by a nice zesty spiciness - sweet tropical fruit. A little bit of garlic?

M: Mouthfeel is great. Really sticky and coating and the carbonation is present but super mild - it's perfect with the flavors and you barely even notice it's there.

O: I'm drinking this almost two months after canning so I'm sure it's a little bit past its prime, but I quite like it. I don't know if the fact that it's an "ultra-fresh hops beer" is just messing with my perception of the taste, but the flavors all seem very fresh and natural to me.

Serving type: can

11-14-2011 00:42:01 | More by tsatem
Photo of nppeders


3.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 version

appearance - clear, orange, little head that dissapates. Little bit of lacing sticks around

smell -fruity, caramel, pinesol, not as appealing as I remember it last year. Maybe they used citra hops this year? Don't get the simcoe much.

taste caramel sweetness starts it off, piney lemon pinesol in the middle, and then it ends with an astringent harch bitterness and pinesol/medicinal finish.

mouthfeel - low carbonation

overall - not as good as last year. Too harsh bitterness, weird medicinal thing on the end. sweet from caramel malts. Not very well balanced, and the flavors just don't mesh for me.

Serving type: can

11-14-2011 00:04:23 | More by nppeders
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into Duvel tulip. Canned 10/4/11, drank 10/29/11. Big thanks to BA mob2332 for hooking me up with this can!

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch frothy white head that dissipates steadily leaving a nice ring of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent gold. Not much subsequent lacing.

Smell: Very, very dank and pungentm with pineapple, grapefruit, mango, some pine and small garlic-y undertone. This is Simcoe and Citra hops all right. Huge.

There's some biscuity malt in the background, but mainly it's deep, fruity hops that remain powerful and inviting for the duration of the beer.

Taste: Sugary tropical fruit, with a dank, somewhat orange-y background and some Summit-like onion that really works with the sweet fruity hops. Sugary malt presence as well. Very juicy character overall, characteristic of these hops. Like mango juice with bitterness and grains.

This is a surprisingly well balanced beer given the pungent hops. Grains have a real biscuit and cereal character, and stand up to the potent hops. While the can says 90IBU, the perceived bitterness is a lot lower than that suggests. Still, there is a nice bitter hit that shows up at the end with the biscuity flavor (up front it's all mango juice, weed; hops).

I considered giving this a 4 for (perhaps over-) simplicity, but really this is like good Italian food: the ingredients are shining, and are married almost perfectly. You can pick out what each listed ingredient is doing with little difficulty (the dankness, pine, and mild citrus of the Simcoe, the further dankness, succulent orange, mild onion/garlic of the Citra, the fresh cereal graininess of the 2row, the mild sugariness from the crystal malt), and it's all contributing to the great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and juicy. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Almost dry... wish it were dryer (my only complaint about the beer, really).

Overall: Really nice beer. Showcases the fresh ingredients, while still being greater than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 23:04:20 | More by Pahn
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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into a pint glass. HUGE thanks to storminspank for this Major want. Canned 10-17-11

A: Orange with a slight red tint. Perfectly clear. One and a half finger white head with awesome retention and amazing lacing.

S: Very resinous citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, some light tangerine. Some pine also. A touch of caramel fighting to get through.

T: Not hugely hoppy, but hugely resinous. All the citrus and pine that was in the nose with a earthy finish. Just hops all the way through.

M: Amazing. Medium light bodied. Medium carbonation. Very oily and slick. Super dry.

O: This is probably the best fresh hop I've had. As oily as can be and super dry. Surly is amazing!

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 20:35:36 | More by doughanson78
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

941st Review on BA
Can to Pint
16 oz
Canned 10/31/11

Thanks Louis for this one!

App- A great looking beer. A good Orange color with a nice 1-1/2 finger head and such a great sticky sheen wall of cling.

Smell- Big fresh hops in a glass with a bit of juice notes. A more citrus forward IPA and this was very aromatic.

Taste- This was a good IPA. A good bit of citrus with only a small bit of malts. A small bit of pepper on the finish. A little grassy and earthy. Just tasty but a bit thicker than some.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A good bit of citrus and earthy malts on the backend.

Drink- This was tasty. I really enjoyed it. A bit of a citrus and malt mixed with some earthiness. From a a can this was a good suprise that I was suprised was as tasty.

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 03:26:35 | More by FosterJM
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnished golden orange pour with great clarity and a creamy half inch of bubbly foam on top. Nice active carbonation. Aromas kick off with juicy, fresh, resinous hops. Lots of citrus and grapefruit all over the place. Mellow roasted malt in the background with some caramel sweetness, but hops rule the show as it was brewed with 100% Citra.

First sip is...HOPS! Bright green citrus with lots of orange, grapefruit and resinous oils. Lightly toasted malts with some caramel sweetness. Flows down with a nice kick of bitterness. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with great carbonation. An easy drinking brew that brings the fresh dank hops! Glad I happened to be up in MN when this was out so I could grab a 4pack, my only regret is this being my last can...yum!

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 02:41:39 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes a couple weeks back.

Poured from can to tulip.

An amber orange hued IPA with a nice 1.5 finger head that leaves some scraggly lacing as it falls - borderline clear through and through the glass. The smell is dank and resinous with wet piny hops that smell green and fresh, if you know what I mean. Some citrusy notes and a sweet caramel malt that shows through nicely to balance this brew out. The fresh dankness comes through again in the taste - piny, oily, resinous, delicious hops and a sweet honey/caramel backbone that allows the hops to take the spotlight but makes its presence known. Damn good. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation - leaves my mouth watering and craving another sip. This was my first Surly Wet experience and I gotta say, at 19.99 a 4pack it's a hard hit to the wallet, but I'm wishing I would have bought more than the measly 4. I'll plan accordingly next year to buy a handful of this mean green hop machine.


Serving type: can

11-08-2011 04:48:35 | More by antlerwrestler19
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light caramel with light tan 2" head. A ton of white lacing that sticks to the glass.

S- Piny resinous hops, light caramel sweet malts

T- Sweet malts, slight caramel/toffee, pine and grass bitterness. Just a hing of citrus in there.

M- Medium body, very smooth and creamy. Amazingly drinkable.

O- Best fresh hop ipa I have had. Usually like a little more citrus in my ipa's but this does it just fine for me.

Serving type: can

11-08-2011 02:18:53 | More by kawilliams81
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4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into Gulden Graak tulip. Great extra via kingkong. Thanks man.

A: Pours a clear honey-amber with a thick, greasy, oily, off-white head that took forever to fade into a thin wispy film that left a crazy network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Huge notes of dank fresh hops including citrus, grapefruit, lemon and a bit of pine resin. No malt to be found, just the way I like ‘em.
T: Just a tad of biscuity malt pokes through beneath a killer amount of fresh citrus and pine flavored hops. I get a touch of lemon and sweet caramel in the finish, and the aftertaste is ‘green’ and nicely bitter. There is a honey-like sweetness as the beer warms.
M: Medium body, smooth and slick mouthfeel that finishes dry. The carbonation is light and pleasant.
O: Really fresh and hoppy ipa that is super easy to drink and flavorful. Thanks again, Patrick!

Serving type: can

11-08-2011 01:58:40 | More by scottfrie
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sam and Dan for this Can! Can to tulip at 50 degrees. Canned 10/04/11

A: Easy pour down the center of the glass leads to a nice fluffy two finger head. The head on this one is super creamy looking. Beer is a clear apricot orange color no floaties. Distributed lacing with minimal legs. Very nice. 4.5

S: Smell is very citrusy, tons of hops, hints of grapefruit, a bit of orange. The smell is very sweet with huge floral notes. Smells great. 4.0

T: Really nice hop presence with only slight bitterness. Somewhat sweet but not over bearing. Would like some more bitterness here but it still really good and spot on. Definitely enjoying the fresh hops. Smoooth! 4.5

M: Mouthfeel is ok, actually kind of flat but that leads to the drinkability of this one. 3.5

O: Overall this beer is pretty damn good. It goes down really smooth and quickly. This one could be dangerous. Loving the super fresh hops. Really glad I got to try this. 4.5

Serving type: can

11-08-2011 01:38:11 | More by slentz
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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jim (RatedZ) for sharing a can of this with me, I know you didn’t get a ton of this and a big thank you!

A – Clear amber color, there is a nice thick egg shell white head, this gives a great lacing on the glass as it’s enjoyed.

S – Nice dominate citrus hops (lemon, grapefruit, pineapple) and no malt accent, this is HOPPY!

T – Strong sweet citrus flavor, some citrus hops and a good amount of pine/grass hops also. This just takes the mouth and punishes it with hop characters. The beer isn’t overly bitter, but very well balanced, the malt that was used just keeps this beer on par with the 4.5 I give it for Taste.

M – Coming from the can the carbonation is perfection. The thickness is awesome also.

O – Really enjoyed this, more than Founder Harvest, maybe not, but this is an exceptional fresh hopped beer! Wish CA got more fresh hopped stuff.

Serving type: can

11-07-2011 19:14:48 | More by MrTopher
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4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can (2011)

Thanks for sharing, j47paco!

Slightly hazy auburn and orange with a very thin off-white head.

As expected, the aroma is quite hoppy and focuses on citrus: lots of grapefruit and orange. There's a hint of pale or crystal malt, but this is certainly hop-forward. There's also some grassy aromas peeking through as well. Nearly perfect for a harvest/wet IPA.

A very floral and grassy hop flavor with a mild citrus behind it. Simple, yet obviously fresh, and incredibly tasty.

Disappearing, crisp, medium mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable.

A wonderful, refreshing, drinkable, tasty fresh hop IPA.

Serving type: can

11-07-2011 18:51:29 | More by ehammond1
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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to brian23456 for sending me this in a recent trade!

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden orange with tangerine hues and two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing on it's way down.

Dank floral hop aroma with lots of resinous oils as well as some earthy pine countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and citrus rind balance out the earthier notes. Pale malt presence with some biscuit and graham.

Medium bodied with lots of dank, luscious resinous oils that create a complex hop profile. Delicately floral with a decent amount of biter dryness balanced by some sweeter fruit notes and pale malt. Hints of earthy, grassy pine countered by tropical/citrus fruits, especially grapefruit and pineapple. The malt backbone is noticeable without getting in the way of the fresh hops, giving off subtle hints of biscuit and graham cracker.

Overall this beer is complex, very well balanced, extremely flavorful and dangerously quaffable. One of the best hoppy beers I've had.

Serving type: can

11-07-2011 03:42:03 | More by corby112
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to surlytwinsfan for this fresh hopster. poured into my stone cali-belique glass

a-dehydrated urine amber with a one-finger white head. beautiful lacing along the side of my glass.

s-great hop aroma. some citrus and a hint of malt.

t-much of the same, tons of hops with a nice malt backbone. delicious

m-medium body and a great mouthfull with low carbonation.

o-an excellent ipa. they seem to be all that i've been reviewing, but it's been great for comparison. this holds its ground with the best of them and is so easy and smooth to drink.

Serving type: can

11-07-2011 01:57:02 | More by AshleyMiller
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5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, just popped a can of this - the hops hit the nostrils before I even poured it. Pours a beautiful licht copper with a thick golden head. Massive lacing as i drink. The taste is the most floral arrangement of hops I've ever tasted, like drinking a bridal bouquet. It nicely crisp in the mouth, and alcohol is no part of the palate. 6% abv and 90 ibus makes this a hop head's dream. Outstanding job Surly.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 23:58:15 | More by Monkeypaws
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from Bitterbill. Thanks Bill!

16oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed golden color with a off-white head that left some thin sticky lacing.

S - citrus hops in your face.

T - blast of citrus hops keeping things hoppy and bitter all the way through.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel for easy drinking.

O - a very good example of the style.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 22:49:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Received this as part of my box in part 2 of the Growler BIF.

Beer pours a transparent golden-amber with a finger's width head that dissipates quickly. The nose is a real clean, and subtly hoppy variety. The taste, while good, for whatever reason reminds me of any of several adjunct lagers I've had. I can't quite put my finger on it. While the hops are sublime, this just has an odd quality to it. I may have to come back to this and see if this is an anomaly. There's some decent citrus notes, and a very distinct hop profile in the taste as well. The mouthfeel repeats a lot of this peculiar taste I'm getting. It's a bit malty, but really gives me the feeling I'm drinking a BMC product. I don't get it. Overall, this is pretty average, in my opinion.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 03:28:49 | More by Retail1LO
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16 oz. can to Duvel tulip. Canned on 10/12/11.

A: Clear, amber, with modest, off-white head with lacing that fully coats sides of glass.

S: Pungent, pleasant citrus; resinous and earthy; some pine.

T: Sweet citrus, followed with moderate bitterness.

M: Light bodied, light carbonation. Clean, refreshing finish.

O: A most-anticipated brew that lived up to my high expectations. Very balanced. Love the wet hops. A favorite variation of my favorite type of ale. Hoping that future expansion of Surly's capacity will bring it into SE Wisconsin.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 22:18:51 | More by bierbrauer
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4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap darkness weekend

dark gold color. Not a whole lot of malt-- at least not a ton of sweetness. A nice dry crackery bready malt.
Hops hit hard with giant citrus notes and pine-- the citrus is like grapefruit and tangerine, maybe some orange zest. Intense bitterness on the very dry finish.

I was hesitant to try this because last year I picked up so much liver and garlic notes from summit hops... this year they cleared that all up.

Very assertive and aggressive hops here.

The body is medium full with a great lingering bitterness. Dry piney resinous notes meander around my tastebuds after each sip. I like this a hell of a lot more than Furious.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 18:20:56 | More by AleWatcher
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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 a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden with an orangish tint and totally clear. Big, sticky yellowish beige head is dense and creamy with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Super fragrant hop aroma-with notes of fresh grass, hay, lemony citrus, and a hint of pine as well. Solid caramel and toasted malt makes for a firm background. Slight cattiness as well. As the beer sits, a strong, mango aroma develops which is quite delicious.

Flavor-Smooth, sweetish caramel malt up front with loads of hop flavor-pine, lemon, grapefruit, and hay all come to mind. Big sticky resiny flavors leap in in the finish, along with a moderately strong hop bitterness, which manages to remain quite smooth and rounded. Finishes with a touch of toasty malt and piney/resiny hop flavors and bitterness that seems to linger on the palate forever.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Smooth, rounded bitterness coats the palate in a very pleasant way.

Last year, Wet was pretty solid, but not my favorite. They've really outdone themselves this year. The aroma and flavor kick ass, and the bitterness is so smooth it's almost unbelievable. Absolutely superb.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 05:35:41 | More by plfahey
Wet from Surly Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.