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Ratings: 1,209
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 963
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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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
BITTERING HOPS: Columbus
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 17º Plato
ABV: 7.5% v/v
COLOR: 6 ºSRM
IBU: 90
AVAILABILITY: October

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009)
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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of oline73
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy dark amber color with a finger of foamy off white head that leaves a little bit of lacing and good retention.

Smell: Citrus hops are the dominant smell, but you can still pick up the malt as well. Rather mild but nice.

Taste: Much better than the smell. Citrus peel hops hit the tongue first. They have a very fresh, grassy taste. They use the perfect amount of malt to balance things out. Hops dominate, but the malt doesn't get pushed too far into the background. Great balance. The finish reminds me of bitter citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of prickly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I really love this beer. Wonderful balance. They used the perfect amount and type of malt to go with the fresh hops.

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After erroneously being served Broodoo due to a tap handle mix-up I finally got a tulip of this stuff.

A - One finger of off-white foam with excellent retention that finally dissolves to a thick cap with lots of lace. Nice hazed glowing dark red-brown color.

S - Pine, grass, dankness, fresh hop oils, some light citrus and tropical notes. Well-balanced with caramel and multi-grain malt characters.

T - The taste is more malt-forward with smooth caramel and bready flavors. A good amount of Yakima hops that ooze pine and lemon. Tons of residual bitterness in the finish.

M - Lots of oily resins, medium-bodied, lower carbonation. Pretty much what I like from an IPA.

D - Well-hidden booze, easy drinking. The only thing that gets tiring is the high level of bitterness.

Nice change of pace, but I think I prefer fresh Furious.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of drabmuh
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful IPA from Surly. Beer is amber and clear with moderate carbonation and a big white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is super hoppy, lots of piny, its really strong, smells awesome.

Beer is light and dry with monster hops in there. The hop flavors dominate both the front and the mid palate. The dryness leaves this lingering bitterness to the whole thing. Its wonderful, dangerously drinkable, the bitterness is growing with every sip. Its very wonderful. One of my favorite IPA. This is slightly unfortunate since I can't get much of it.

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

1400 Pounds of hops in one batch. One small batch. 50 barrels, was it? Centennials and Chinooks, picked in Yakima, WA and shipped off to Brooklyn Center, MN, tossed into the brew kettle a mere three days after the picking. Wet as in not dry, not old, fresh as they get. Big, bright, bold, brash hops up in there and all over. So good I had 7 pints in a row at it's release. Two nights later, I sit down with one to investigate it.

Appearance: clear, bright crimson...dazzling...big, creamy beige head, rocky, lace leaving, ...lovely....great looking glass of beer.

Aroma: pine needles, lemon zest, orange rind, grapefruit, bright, fresh, lively, beautiful. Hop lovers rejoice, this is heaven, here in the nose.

Taste: Bam! Big fat hop blast on the palate, fresh and fruity, gobs of resiny hop oily goodness dripping all over...so much transferred from the leaf, the cone, the plant...the flavor swims around, the bitterness spills and clings to the corners. Sticks and survives. Hangs on. Nothing but the essence of the hop here. Big and juicy. So tasty. Mmmm...yu-um.

Hardly any malt feel in this one, just barely enough to keep it beer, but there's no complaints here, and the hop bitterness keeps grabbing, keeps holding it's ground. Hangs on, clings, stays, survives. Lays in. Blends in. Fades back and becomes part of the background. Never leaves.

Yum, I say. I say, Yum. Such a treat in the mouth, for the afifcciando of the hop. Gets no better than this.

I know that Fresh Hop/Wet Hop isn't a style, but if it were, it would be my favorite. Bar none. Hands down.

Drinkability is amazing, actually. I forgot to ask about the ABV on this, but it's not much. I'd guess 6% or so. If it were more, I couldn't drink as much as I can. It's amazing. Mmmmm. Love me the hops. Mmmmm.

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel tulip. Received as an extra in a trade with GoldenJet; big thanks Cory! This was a Want I was thinking of trying to trade for. Canned on 10/12/10, consumed on 11/11/10.

a - Pours a nice transparent golden amber color with one finger of fluffy white head with great retention and light carbonation evident. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, floral notes, and tropical fruits. Smells great and strongly of juicy wet hops, though they aren't too overpowering.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruit, fruity malts, a small amount of pine hops, grapefruit, and maybe some caramel malts in the end. Slight bitterness up front that subsides into malts, much more so than the smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Juicy.

d - I thought this was a very good wet hop IPA. I thought it smelled really good; the hops were fresh and present, but not too overpowering or in your face. The taste had more malts then I was expecting, but I liked this beer a lot. I also found it very drinkable for 7.5% ABV. Glad to have a 4 pack of it and would certainly like to have it again sometime.

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this canned goodness.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is resiny hops, along with some pine and grassy notes. This is one of the more dank smelling IPAs I have tried. The aroma has a lot of pine, resin and dank qualities to it. There is a little bready malt in the backbone and the bitterness is low to medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice fresh-hopped IPA that definitely lived up to the hype. I only wish I could drink this beer more often.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz aluminum can served into a Dick's Last Resort Pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; I fancy me some Surly. No best before date.

Served a bit too cold, but I'll let her warm. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige-khaki head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Vibrant and appealing.

Sm: Hoppy and diverse: pine, citrus, floral character, and emergent but tame hop bitterness. Clean malts. A hint of soap. A moderate strength, assertive, biting aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Pine, citrus, biting but contained hop bitterness, grapefruit esters, lemon zest, cream, pale malts, and a grapefruit finish. Grapefruit is probably dominant; it could use a bit more pine. It's certainly hoppy, but the bitterness adds a dimension and doesn't shrivel the palate like many imbalanced beers in the style. It's surprisingly balanced and diverse in its hopping. That's tasty, albeit a bit murky. It could use more distinct notes and acts. As it stands, it resembles an audio recording with overblown loudness; it's bold but fuzzy. No alcohol or yeast comes through. It is a bit lacking in the malt department; I could use some malty backbone to support the hops.

Notably, there's no metallic taste here despite it coming from a can.

Mf: Perfectly coarse yet smooth enough to refresh. True to its moniker, it is indeed quite wet. Clean, refreshing, yet biting from the hops. Suits the flavours quite well. Could use more thickness. Carbonation is ideal.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV and hop content. I'd definitely have this again, and it would pair brilliantly with spicy food - but it's probably better fresher or on draught. I feel like I shouldn't be drinking this from a can; draught seems to be the appropriate serving vessel. Still, I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Tasty tasty stuff. Another solid brew from Surly.

B+

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of orangesol
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a globe. A bit old but still plenty good. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours golden orange with a thin bubbly half finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - A bit muted now but still plenty of grassy citric hops are present. As the hops fade they are being overtaken by the strong toasty malt and crisp citric fruits. A bit old but still very nice.

T - Nice light citric hop bite up front mixes well with the lightly toasted caramel malt and ripe citric fruits. Finish is bitter but it doesn't linger on the pallet for very long. This stuff is good. I would love to get a few fresh cans of this next year.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with good balance. Finish is bitter but it doesn't linger for very long.

D - Very high. I really enjoyed this one. Surly easily makes the best hoppy beers in a can that I have ever had. I will definitely have to get some fresh cans of this next year.

Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear coppery amber color with an initially thick, bubbly off white head before fading to a thin film a solid ring with thick streaks of lacing. Like the can, the flavor has a (imaginary?) perceived sticky, wet green flavor of sweet citric hops. Body is medium thick with soft, fine carbonation and sweet, slick finish. Aroma is drier and more bitter than the flavor, showcasing more of the Columbus than Simcoe or Citra hops. This beer brings to mind words like raw, green, dank, etc while drinking yet has a complex balance of hops with a strong malt body. An exceptional wet hopped IPA and one of my favorites from Surly.

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

Thanks go cmurren25 for sharing this at the pumpkin murren event at Al's.

Pint sized can poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear golden orange color with a creamy white head. Spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is fresh hops that have some floral and fruity character like pineapple blended with grassy notes, citrus and herbs. A sweetness somewhat mango-like resides inside the nose. The herbal aspect of the smell comes across somewhat minty with a touch of alcohol.

The taste of this brew is grassy and herbal with a fresh, lightly grainy sweet backing. It finishes herbal like mint with flavor before turning bitter and a bit oily. The alcohol and carbonation level provide a pleasant tingle in the back of the throat with an increasing amount of alcohol warmth. Medium to light in the body, this brew was very drinkable.

Photo of woodychandler
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I CANnot tell you how much I enjoy Surly's beers and how grateful I am when they arrive in support of The CANQuest (TM)! This one kind of makes me giggle from the utter simplicity of its name. I guess that if they had Michelob Dry in the late-'80's, we CAN have Surly Wet in the early-'10's.

From the ultra-green CAN: "Beer for a glass. From a CAN."; "Ultra-Fresh Hops Beer"; "Fresh Beer. Keep Cold. Don't Age."; "Get Surly! You are about to drink a wet hop beer - brewed with AmeriCAN hops so fresh they've never had the chance to dry out. Day 1: picked. Day 2: shipped. Day 4: tossed in the brew. The only delay from the field to your glass is the time it takes for fermenting. The hop varieties vary, but you CAN always expect the intense resinous character that only comes from the fresh hops. This ain't a beer for aging. The beer quickly loses its aromatics. So invite your friends over and enjoy this West-Coast Style IPA ... now." Well put, surs! I get the idea. The bottom of this CAN was stamped "CANned on 10/12/10 Get Wet" I'm about to dive right in!

Following the Crack & Glug, I first noted that it was full to the brim, a phenomenon common to their CANs. I also caught a whiff of earthy, citrusy hops, even before the pour. Nothing wrong with these aromatics! My soon-to-be-famous pour style resulted in two fingers of foamy, tawny head with great retention and now the aromatics were beginning to permeate the room. I was salivating like Pavlov's dogs at this point. My hop addiction may have passed, thanks to too many AALs in a CAN, but I still like a hit every now and again for maintenance purposes. As the head began to fall, sticky lacing appeared in its wake. Color was a medium orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The first sip, OK, mouthful, was medium-to-full and intense with an initial malt sweetness up front to lull my palate into a state of being unawares, followed by a smack of grapefruit hops that made my eyes water! Shazam! This was like being a born-again virgin. My tongue began to loll around in my mouth, I leaned back in my chair, took a deep breath ... Big mistake! The finish was even hoppier than in the mouth! Man, I was totally feeling this one. Dee-lish! The only drawback to putting it into my imaginary cooler might be its ABV.

Photo of corby112
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.

Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Version Canned 10-12-10

Poured into surly pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Leaves some lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Earthy hops, some citrus, bready malts. The nose is fresh, but fairly muted.

Taste: A bit more flavor here. Sweet citrus flavors. Earthy pine hops. The has some bready malts. It is overall a sweet tasting ipa.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin taste.

Overall, I am not that impressed with this year's batch. I was really excited for the citra hops, but it just didn't work. Good, but nothing mind blowing. Decent drinkability.

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ngon Vietnamese in St. Paul and served in a tulip glass. The beer appeared orange-red with a tall white head that left lacing. The aroma is a little too strong to make out a lot of discernible hop character - it blend into a big blast of citrus punch. The flavor, however, puts this beer among the best wet hop ales I've ever had (2008 SN Harvest comes to mind). It begins with floral and apricot hops before sliding into rougher grapefruit and citrus rind notes. The citrus then dries out in the aftertaste to leave a bitter dried fruit and crushed pepper taste. Damn, that's a good IPA. Drink it if you can find it.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Clear, light orange with a decent sized white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Resinous hops, pine.

T: Very fresh and hop forward. Great tasting beer. Pine and hops, similar in some aspects to Surly Furious.

M: Alcohol hidden very well. Very nice feel on the palate.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Definitely recommended.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Shane for this can, been a want for a very long time.

A: Pours a clear orange copper color with a thick off-white head on top. Pretty nice retention, slowly reducing a thin layer on top. White foam sticks to the glass all the way around.

S: Fresh, grassy hops, some citrus fruits, lots of rind/peel, mostly from lemon and grapefruit. Doesn't really smack you in the face, but its very nice nonetheless.

T: Lots of tropical fruits, grapefruit, orange, and some rind. Very earthy and grassy, oily and resiny as well. Very nice hop profile.

M: Medium bodied, has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking though, goes down smooth.

O: A really nice IPA, extremely drinkable. I had no problem putting this one down at all. Wish that Surly made it more often!

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to unclejedi for this can.

A: The IPA is a pale coppery color, equal parts amber and tea. A generous head, over two fingers on pour, laced in thick patches around the upper third of my glass.

S: The nose is harvesty, an ample dose of caramel malt mixing with citrusy hop strength. The hops are clean with grapefruit and soapy aromas.

T: A citrusy zip is evident from the first sip, a strength that seems bigger than a fresh-hopped ale. Orange and grapefruit stand out, a wet, oily dose of bitterness. Ample bready caramel malts hang around, a foundation that occasionally elbows out the hops. Over time, the hops mellow out and the ale morphs into the harvest ale genre. Soapy freshness, a contrast to the citrus, peaks through periodically. A firm hoppiness lingers in my mouth well after each sip is gone.

M: A little too hoppy early on, the ale quickly fits into its harvest ale boots. The hops, wet and oily, are content to linger for a long time.

D: A little on the strong side, although that facet rarely ever pops up through the beer. A pleasant taste to savor.

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.

Wet from Surly Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,209 ratings.