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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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1,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 997
Gots: 73 | 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:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009

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
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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of ShanePB
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 can, no freshness date marked on the bottom but it certainly tastes it. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Clear golden orange copper colored body with a rich and creamy slightly off-white head. A thick retention cap lasts throughout and amazingly splotchy patches of lacing on the walls. This is just a seriously killer looking beer for an IPA.

S: Green wet hops, pine, dark citrus fruits, bitter peels of grapefruit and lemon, and orange oils. It's a very interesting balance of juicy tropical and citrus fruits with an earthy hop profile. Not as aromatic as I was expecting though; nothing popped or jumped out, and it lacked any noticeable bitterness I was expecting.

T: A wash of tropical fruits first, papaya and orange, quickly followed by earthy hop notes, bitter oils and resin. Subtle malts are in the back end, along with some stickiness in the linger. It's pretty tasty and certainly isn't overboard in bitterness, still allowing plenty of flavor to come through. Very nice.

M: Creamy, certainly more than I thought but I've come to expect this feel in Surly beers. Medium-bodied with an incredible feel. Super drinkable and a nice bitterness in the linger.

Wet offered a lot of great qualities that, unless you're a craft beer enthusiast, you wouldn't fathom would come in a can. Everything about this beer is wonderful for a fresh hop IPA, the only thing I could have used more of is an aroma, but overall a seriously drinkable and flavorful beer. Great stuff.

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 Zaphog
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can into my Surly imperial pint glass. It poured a beautiful, crystal clear amber color with a thick and rocky head nearly spilling over the edge of the glass. It had some decent head retention and left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows off the juicy, citrusy, tropical fruit like hops very nicely. It isn't an immense hoppiness or overwhelming, but just a very nice, bright, fresh hoppiness.

The taste has a very fresh hoppiness to it. The citra especially adds some nice pineapple and mango notes. It has a moderate dry bitterness coming through as you start to get to the finish. The bitterness lingers along with more of the juicy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is a little below medium bodied with carbonation being a little little below average for the style. Very nice mouthfeel overall, I really liked the lower carbonation which made it even smoother for me. Drinkability is very good, it had some great flavors and was extremely easy to drink. The hoppiness was very good and fresh but also not overwhelming. Delicious beer that went down very easily after work tonight.

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is great, showcasing dank earth, considerable dry citrus, light pine and a hint of caramel/brown sugar. The flavor profile replicates the nose on this beer, with the hoppy bitterness winning out handily over the sweet brown sugar flavor core to this beer. The finish is dry and bitter, with a hint of caramel sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is otherwise medium bodied, with a fairly long, sweet and bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the the flavor profile, though I did get a touch of alcoholic heat at the end.

Really prefer furious and abrasive from the Surly IPA stable, but this was still a very tasty, easy to enjoy beer from the folks at Surly.

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a Manchester United pint glass. Thanks to copyguyadam for this a four pack of this long-time want.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a nice white head. Never full dissipates. Nice layer of foam throughout the drink and distinct rings of lace around the inside of the glass.

Smell - Strong simcoe. Garlicky. Good dose of pine. Grapefruit comes through in the end. As much as I don't love simcoe hops, this is an extremely clean simcoe hop aroma.

Taste - Same simcoe hop flavor. Pine and garlic and a shade of grapefruit come through. Malt is a touch biscuity but barely perceptible compared to the hops. As it warms a touch of sweetness kisses the palate, but it's all hops throughout. Finishes the slighest bit bitter.

Mouthfeel - So easy to drink, even if you don't love simcoe. Well carbonated without being spritzy. The sweetness hardly makes it heavy. Medium bodied and a 16 ounce can is gone in an instant.

Overall - Perfect hop balance, even if it's the wrong hop. Stop with the 100% simcoe beers! Even so, most breweries don't manage to make this good of a simcoe IPA. My wife said, "Whoa" when she first tried it. She is the pickiest of IPA drinkers. Must be a good beer.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 16oz can to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/26/11
*From Notes

A BIG thanks goes out to ncmussell for including this as an extra in our recent trade. Cheers, Nate!

A: A really gorgeous glowing amber that clouds as I pour it into my glass. A whopping 2.5 finger head on a good pour. Sticky lacing remains as the head slowly dies.

S: A mild and mellow hop profile hits the nostrils. I would expect a wet hop like this to overwhelm the nose, but this isn't the case.

T: It hits immediately - the floral hops invade my palate. As it moves around in my mouth, the bitterness comes out on the finish. Overall, this is much less intense then I was expecting.

M: Good cream here, nice and rich. It's really a pleasure to drink.

O: Let's get this out of the way first: I guarantee that a fresh can of Surly's Wet must be an absolute experience. I'm sure what I had a few nights ago was simply a shell of it's original self. None the less, I'm stoked to have tried this one, and certainly recommend seeking this one out.

Thanks again Nate for this kick-ass can of suds!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought over this gem tonight... Really good... surprisingly hoppy for a fresh hopped beer.

Resilient white head... golden/pale orange ... very clear... great retention and lacing.

Nose shows big bright citrus hops and still retains that "green" aroma.. lite pale malts showed long enough to lift the hoppiness up and out of the goblet.

Wow... pretty bracing hoppiness for a wet hopped beer... no doubt an IPA... citrus zest and bits and pieces of tropical fruit hops... some minor bready pale malts are the 2nd or 3rd fiddle.. hops linger long on the finish and gather a bit of an earthy element.

Very yummy and pretty fantastic... If I had this available, I would drink it exclusively anytime I wanted a hop fix during the fall.

Thanks a ton Sam!!!! Completely off my radar brew.

All 4's

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden body with a slight haze and small amounts of carbonation noticeable. Decent crop of white head on top with good cling. Nice fresh hop aroma. Citric fruits and pine and grass. Grapefruit and lemon. Nice juicy hop flavor. Bright citrus tones with grapefruit, tangerine and orange all coming to mind. Some smokey resinous qualities as well. Bitterness is pretty even keeled. Nothing over the top. Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Solid wet hop.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lighter yellow pour with lots of clarity, didn't expect it to look this yellow and professional. Big burst of citra and simcoe jumps out in the aroma, very nice at 9am.

Taste, bold hoppiness, but bitterness doesn't destroy you. Not over the top, but definitely ample, definitely more pine mouthfeel to the hops than any other flavor. Has a relatively light weight to it, hides the alcohol extremely well. Malt stays away from caramel, a unique little quirk for an ipa these days. Hoppy, without a lot of weight.

Pricey at $18 a 4 pack, only thing inhibiting a perfect rating.

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

16oz can poured into a Pint glass.
Thanks Draughtsman!

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a foamy one finger cream-colored head. Great retention and spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Hoppy pine mostly, them some subtle citrus, oranges and lemon.

T - Resiny hop flavors, pine, grass, leaves, followed by some slight citrus.

D - Creamy and soft. Great carbonation and an average body.

O - Are there hops in my mouth? Really nice.

Photo of Duff27
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/12/11

A- Full two inch off white head on a golden beer thats got a red hue to it. minimal effervescence. Great head retention and patchy, sticky lacing.

S- Fresh grapefruit in the nose. Pungent.

T- Mmmmore tropical fruits with a bitterness that sticks around even after the beer is deep within the stomach. Caramel malt is apparent along with a dose of breadiness. Hops distract from the 7.5%abv

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation isn't as "prickly" as I think would be beneficial to compliment the bitterness of the hops, hmm.

D/O- With a hop profile on the plus side of bitterness this is a hit it and quit it IPA for me...any more and my palate would be well fatigued if there to be any more drinking ahead. Having said that, this immediately goes to the top of my wet-hopped IPA list. Another top notch offering from Surly. Long time want from perhaps my favorite brewery, thanks for delivering CaptCleveland!

Photo of vfgccp
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Beautiful looking beer. Bright, crystal clear bronze. Cream white head has solid lace and nice retention.

S – A kiss of sulfur quickly subsides into an earthy, resiny herbalness. Subtle booze as it warms.

T – Super smooth. Sweet malt into a gentile ramp-up of white grapefruit bitterness. A minerally center and acidic backend do a great job of complementing and accenting the hop-dominated profile.

M – Great smoothness on a full frame.

O – Delicious with a fresh, juicy hop character.

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of aasher
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked this can up in Minneapolis over the weekend as I stopped by for Darkness Day 2011, what a great time! I'd been craving this beer all weekend before finally finding some in a store after the event.

While opening the can you are hit in the nose with a multitude of fresh and aromatic hops. Yes please! It pours a light bodied copper in color with an off white lacing around my glass. The aromas are very fresh and clean. It's just so smooth and mellow. I love it. It's grassy, think ganja. The flavors are smooth and clean with just the right amount of hoppiness. It's earthy, grassy, dare I say herbal? It's just right. It finishes with a light combination of hop bitterness and sweet citrus hops. Great combo. This is an IPA built for success. It is too drinkable. The best part may be that it leaves your palate WET, and it doesn't dry out, just yearns for more. I love it, absolutely love it.

Wet from Surly Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,213 ratings.