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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 935
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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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

I bought a 4 pack of Surly Wet on October 12th from Heritage Licquour in Maplewood, Minnesota and it had been just delivered to them that morning. The beer was canned on October 10th! I have never drank a beer that the hops tasted so fresh on the pallete than Surly Wet! This was one of the most enjoyable beers I have ever had and hope that it becomes available on tap and many bars in the twin cities as I have only heard it being available at a select few including The Blue Door Pub in Saint Paul.


dberthia, Oct 16, 2010
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

BeerKMC, Jul 17, 2012
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Cheers2Me, Sep 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Stales, Sep 27, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

Purchased this beer the morning of its first deliveries in Minneapolis on 10-12-2010. The bottom has a canned on date that reads 10-11-2010.

Poured into a pint it had a tremendous amount of high quality head that almost had a green tint to it. Not sure if this was a reflection of the bright green can it was poured from or my mind just playing tricks on me. My initial reaction was a little surprise at the clarity... Made me think about the rumors of Surly using isinglass to clarify their beer. (It is an exceptional clarifying agent but some people freak out about it because it is an extract of a sturgeon or codfish swim bladder and therefore crosses some vegan/vegetarian ethical lines)

I will reiterate - exceptionally clear with a bright golden color and excellent head.
The hop character in the nose is also exceptional. My first thought was that it smelled like a freshly mowed yard.

EDIT: I have had this beer multiple times since this review and each time I noticed progressively less and less of that wonderful piney/grassy aroma. This is certainly an example of a beer best had at the peak of its freshness. It's no wonder Surly only releases it over the span of about a week and it says on the side of the can DRINK NOW! DO NOT AGE. That first two day old can was like a revelation.

Drinkability was very nice too.. Left me wanting more. Noticed a heavy bitterness to it that lingers quite a while after swallow.
Lots of resinous citrus flavor and a nice amount of barley backbone.

Beers like this make me wish there was a better way to preserve that amazing freshness exhibited in so many CA style IPA's like this.
At least I live near enough to get it while the gettings good.

JeremyHB, Oct 17, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

HeyBeerSnobFU, Oct 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

InstaBeer, Oct 15, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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

JJBC, Dec 12, 2011
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Merica_FYA, Oct 30, 2013
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4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

Got a 4 pack of Surly Wet in Apple Valley last night. Light brown hue, and poured with ample head. Great soft mouth feel with light citrus resign-y flavor. Guy at the store told me to drink 'em fast they dont keep. That won't be a problem. Spendy but worth it.

beeeeeer, Oct 20, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Light bronze in color with a two-finger thick white foam head.
The instant the seal is broken a burst of citra hops fills the air, which intensifies as it is poured into the glass.
The initial taste of crisp citrus consumes your palate as you take the first sip. The swallow leaves a dry and slightly bitter sensation in your mouth.
All in all it was an excellent brew.

joshuaguck, Oct 17, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter

Appearance: Poured a beautiful dark orange/light copper color with nice carbonation streaming off of the bottom of the glass. Had a 1 1/2 finger's worth of off white eggshell head. Just a beautiful beer.

Aroma: Boom! Tropical fruits...mango and pinneapple are filling the nose. It smells fresh. That is the best way to describe it

Taste: This beer coats the mouth with an earthy, grassy, tropical dream that leaves you wanting more. The juicy fruits and grassy notes harmonize in a way that only a wet hopped beer can deliver. Amazing stuff from Surly.

Molly701, Oct 14, 2011
Wet from Surly Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.