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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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97
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1,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 936
Gots: 66 | 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
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 John_M
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

John_M, Oct 17, 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 rab53
5/5  rDev +14.7%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
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.

billab914, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Bighuge, Oct 28, 2010
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Zaphog, Oct 07, 2013
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

JohnGalt1, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Lee - much obliged!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large amounts of citrus and tropical fruits backed up by light pale malt aromas. Also present are hints of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though with more of a fresh hop influence. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip the brightness of the citrus and tropical fruit hops are darkened a bit with the addition of more earthy and slightly leafy hop flavors. The combination of citrus and earthy hops carries through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is yet another solid beer from Surly - one of the better fresh hop beers out there. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of ShanePB
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

ShanePB, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of iL0VEbeer
5/5  rDev +14.7%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with ncmussell.

Pours a light golden-amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Decent hues here.

A combination of grassy and citrusy hops greet the nose followed by some buttery malt. Aroma isn't as strong as I hoped but this beer is very fresh! (canned 10/12/11).

Mmmmm, citrusy hop goodness followed by a light, buttery helping of malt.

Mouthfeel is nothing but lingering hops and buttery malt, which it should be.

I hate to sound redundant but this an excellent IPA that is worth a try for fans of Surly's brews. Not quite a DIPA but it still has the hop kick that I love!

Brad007, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -8.3%

TurdFurgison, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Ty for sending this my way.

appearance: copper orange with a 2 finger off white head

smell: citrus, pine, hops, resin, caramel, malts,

taste: citrus, pine, hops, caramel, sweet, malts, smooth, crisp and refreshing.

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium bod,

overall: this is one badass IPA. So glad I finally got to try this beer. probably one of the easiest drinking IPA's i've had.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Oct 17, 2011
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

drummermattie02, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into tulip glass - thanks pat

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a thinner, wispy head which slowly fades to light film and spotty lacing.

Plenty of floral hops with hints of herbs and citrus in the nose, well balanced.

Nice dosage of bitter hops right up front with explosive juicy flavors. Citrus fruit sweetness combines with a lighter malt backbone, but still keeps the profile in check. Notes of spice and herbs are apparent. Finishes bitter and juicy with another punch of pleasant hop flavor and slight warmth.

Medium bodied, sticky with mild carbonation. The alcohol is masked well as the beer drinks nicely with solid flavor. Another hit from Surly for sure.

xnicknj, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

Rhettroactive, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from the tap into a pint glass at the Darkness release party.

The beer is light copper orange with not much of a head, but the beer was poured to the top of the glass so that might explain that. The beer was pretty watery so I doubt it would have had much lacing anyway.

The aroma is strong with lots of hops, a little pine, and some bitter citrus.

The taste is very strong, almost a little strong of pine and bitterness. Its a good ipa, not great, I prefer the furious. Mouthfeel is nice, not terribly drinkable, couldn't have more than a couple.

jrallen34, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Canned on 10/13/10. "Get Wet", No info.

This deserves a big thanks to Beerwolf77 who brought this back from Darkness Day for me...as well as a bottle of Darkness!

A - The lip of the can creates a turbulent pour into the glass giving Wet a three-finger white head. Good retention above the golden yellow beer. Carbonation stems from the etching to the foamy pile with halos of lace above.

S - Big, fresh citrusy hops on the nose explode just as the can cracks. Very freshly cut pineapple and a strong squeeze of grapefruit with a drop of lemon juice. A bit of resin and a touch of pine sap come out as well. Very hop-forward but it's well-balanced by the caramel malt backing.

T - Rich toasted caramel malt backs up the hops wonderfully. Not intrusive. Very balanced. Forward fruitiness mirrored in the nose, there is pineapple, grapefruit, and melon, but a bigger contribution comes from Willamette hops with an earthy, dry leaf, and grass clipping thing going on.

M - I can't stress enough how well-balanced this brew is. A lot of sweetness comes through but a good, lightly dry bitterness finishes out this ridiculously smooth beer. Soft and medium-light in body, it goes down really well.

D - I'm saving a few ounces of this for my hop-head friend when he gets here, otherwise this would go down all too quickly. I think I like this one more than Furious. Very solid fresh-hopped IPA.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear light gold from the 16oz can, close to a 2 finger head of foam, plenty of lacing.

The smell is of wet hops! lol! So aromatic, so full of grapefruit and pine, some tropical fruit(mango?) it smells so hop oily, I can imagine what it tastes like. A big thumbs up on the nose and look.

Mmm...first sip in. I haven't had a wet hop IPA in quite a while; this is kissing my palate like 2 newlyweds kissing on their honeymoon. ;^)

The fresh wet hop flavours kill it. Grapefruit and some pine, and some tropical fruitiness are leaving me wanting for more after every sip. I can't taste much of a malt profile here but there's gotta be some..the bitterness level isn't through the roof, thankfully. Goodness, that resiny hoppy goodness coats my tongue so well, I can thrive off it in between sips. What an IPA!

Medium bodied, a lightish amount of carbonation, and I have a beer with a smooth mouthfeel and super drinkability.

This is outstanding!

Bitterbill, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

chippo33, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -14%

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 29, 2013
Wet from Surly Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.