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Wet - Surly Brewing Company

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461 Reviews
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Reviews: 461
Hads: 1,483
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 1,016
Gots: 147 | FT: 7
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

We took a break from brewing our Wet Hopped West Coast Style IPA in 2014 while we moved into our new brewery so for 2015 we came back with a bang. Our 2015 edition features 6,000 lbs of Simcoe hops harvested from the Yakima region of Washington. We went all out in 2015 and brewed 600 barrels, TEN TIMES as much WET as we first brewed when we started wet hopping back in 2009. And, for the first time ever, WET distribution will reach our neighbors in Wisconsin, Iowa and Chicago in both draft and 16oz cans.

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
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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced a good white fluffy head with decent retention. Tons of lacing left behind.

(S)- A damp wood aspect with some lemon & peach citrus.

(T)- A very potent woody bark/pine dryness up front. Some citrus notes.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit woody; Minimal bitterness.

(D)- Not bad. Its really dry and woody. Would like to see more citrus to balance it out.

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Photo of claspada
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely clear amber/copper color with a nice inch of sticky white head that leaves a nice soapy/sticky head as the foam recedes.

Aromas begin with a really dank but not overpowering amount of hops on the nose. There is a lot of great citrus notes as well as some oily, resinous pine with an underlying grassiness that is normally present in all wet dry-hopped beer. Some light bready and sweet pale malt with a touch of caramel become apparent as it warms and the hops aromas evaporate, but don't get me wrong the completely own the nose. This is a wet hop beer in all it's glory.

The tastes begin with some sweet pale and a little bit of toasted bready/caramel malt once again but the hops "hop" in immediately and dominate the flavor profile. There is a really nice balance of hop bitterness and hop flavor here. Nice pine and grapefruit equally dominate your tongue with a little earthy and grassiness that lingers a little on the palate. Lesser amount of citrus and tropical fruit are also present in the background.

The mouthfeel is really nice and balanced; medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is nice and sticky yet pleasantly crisp and dry. Hops linger the perfect amount on the palate through the finish.

Overall this is another super freakin' beer. Surly wins, period. 16oz can format is awesome. The hops are awesome and are packed into this beer in all aspects; aroma, bitterness and flavor. Highly recommended and well worth the elevated price considering what brewers charge for 22oz beers these days. Probably too late to get it this year, but mark your calendars for the beginning of October next year and seek it out.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear Orange color with a high amount of carbonation and a semi-foamy head. Aroma has some citrus hops, yeasts, biscuits, and malts.; Bit of an earthiness to it. Flavor has resiny hop bitterness, yeasts, biscuits, light caramel, malts and dry hops. Aftertaste is a fairly prominent bitter resin flavor. Body is moderate in weight and carbonation is fairly mild.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a very nice, thick, consistent head. Aroma out of the can is actually much better than from a glass. The nose doesn't blow doors off but you get some inviting citrus, dry malt and mango hops with some light grass. Flavor is clearly better. It possesses a really tangy, citrusy, grapefruity, orangey hoppiness. Almost tart. Then you get some more of the nuances from the hops. The malt is drier than many but still offers a bit of sweetness for balance. I enjoy the flavors from the hops in this beer. Hops almost taste a bit peachy, too. Medium body with some potent bitterness. Been a long wait for this one and I know the recipe or at least the hop varietals change year-to-year but this year was quite tasty.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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.


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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G311 sent me a can of this as an extra. Thank you, Vince. I just didn't get around to trading for this in time.

Light orange, this is initially clear, this gains a slight haze as I pour the last bit. A dense, off-white head is present. Retention is excellent, and there's very nice lacework too. The nose is great. Soft citrus with orange, wet tobacco and a definite malt character, similar in nature to Furious, mildly honeyed toast-like, are all present? Mild resiny hop character is present as well.

The palate opens with a great wet hop flavor. Pine, fresh oranges, wet tobacco-like earthiness are all present with moderate bitterness. The citrus character is really great here, nice, sweet oranges. The malt appears mid-palate, with a light honey and light sugar. Drying on the finish with a blend of mild bitterness, some citrus and again, a little tobacco and resin. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this is great stuff. Alcohol is quite well-hidden, though a lot higher than I'd like it to be.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An tap at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL

Poured a brilliant copper color with a sudsy off-white head that stuck around for awhile and left excellent lacing. Aromas are piny with a large dose of citrus. So far so good. Tastes are all hops. Bold, bold, pine with a huge astringency to boot. Some citrus remnants and slight malt character, but the piny hops own this ale. Finishes extremely dry with hints of aspirin, ash, and white pepper. Mouth-feel seems thinner than expected, but still acceptable. Overall, this didn't live up to expectations. Appearance and aroma were both great, but the balance wasn't there for me with this one. I was hoping for some sweetness and malt to come though, but it didn't.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Soonami for this great extra. 16 fl. oz. can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a pale, honey-colored hue with a translucent clarity and a rocky, two inch cream-colored head. Head eventually dissipates into a solid 1/8th cap. A delicate, textured semi-circle of lacing adheres to the walls of the glass. Great nose - starts out with pine resins followed by citrus rind. Taste is a slightly sweet with a more assertive malt profile than I anticipated, based on the nose - light, toasted malt with a pleasant cereal sweetness. There's a bit of citric acid in the mix but the big piny aromas in the nose do not translate to the flavor profile. I have to say that I dig the mouthfeel - light-medium in consistency with a slightly oily texture and an extremely smooth carbonation. Overall, not as much of a hops presence as I anticipated, but I found this beer extremely pleasant and drinkable with a well-hidden abv. I'm not sure how this beer is fresh from the line, but I really enjoyed this brew as is with a month or two on it.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is perhaps the best IPA i've ever had! Poured with a small to average off white head and a little lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is the freshest hops and balanced against malt, caramel, fresh bread. Flavor is like nose and again the freshest hops perfectly matched to the malt, yeast, and carbonic tang. Body and carbonation excell. Finish is like flavor and surprisingly of average length considering the fullness of the flavor.

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange/tan colored....white puffy head

S-Piney, grassy, herbal...fresh...

T-Not as much citrus as I'd expect from Simcoe and Citra but it does have some of that...also nice herbal, grassy hop flavors and a sublte but sweeter maltiness that really works well with the hop load...

M-Good dose of bitterness on the finish but not as abrasive as Brau Brothers or even TH's 2010 Wet Hop.

D-Very enjoyable wet hop IPA. I had high expectations for this and it meets it. Tough call between this and TH's this year. TH is slightly more vibrant but it is splitting hairs.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

canned on 10/31/2011.

poured from can to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Straw Golden yellow bodied beer with a white colored head. Really sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Piney, oranges, and hints of grass. Fairly ordinary smells from a IPA, but its the depth of the nose thats awesome. This beer smells really fresh.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness that is fresh and juicy. The hops profile is similiar to the nose; great piney notes with oranges and just a little grapefruit. The grass is there faintly and just a little bit of spice noticed in the background. The malt profile is also easy to find and is fairly biscuity. The pine eventually overtakes all other flavors and pleasantly lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is probably one of the cleanest and most refereshing IPA's that I have tried.

Overall: This is my first Surly beer and all I can say is WOW! This is a crazy good IPA. This beer should be a seasonal release twice a year. I know which brewery, I will be visiting when I make it to the state on Minnesota. Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crisp clear orange color. Nose is fairly light. Taste is a smooth bitter. Finish is juicy, like a hopped tea. The feel and finish make the beer, a solid beer worth trying.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/17/11. Poured from the can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color. Bubbly head with a little lacing.

Fresh cut grass, some earth and slightly citrusy hops.

Some lemongrass and sticky fresh picked hops. Taste is much more bitter than the nose suggests.

Carbonation is spot on. Helps break the bitterness up nicely. Quite drinkable and really hits the spot. The feel isn't drying like lots of other bitter brews.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending me this one so I would have the chance to tick it! Freshly canned (<1 week)! Served from can into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured red-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit hop, toasted bread, and subtle earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, bread, earth, earthy hop, and grapefruit hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I can honestly say that this is one of the better brews I have had out of a can. The freshness of the can I had really shined through on this one with a really nice hop aroma and flavor. A well done brew that no beer lover should go without trying. Nice job Surly, nice job.

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Photo of maximum12
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having this once or twice, had another pint of this gem at The Blue Nile tonight after dinner. Served by Al. Which I'm sure made it taste even better.

Pale IPA gold, but the nose is what let's you know you're in for something special: it's vicious. The hops smell doesn't come out of the glass, it's shot out of a plasma cannon up your nose. Frickin' beautiful.

Wet is a hop-bomb. No doubt about it. Anyone who detects any malt in this is a better BA that I. Blast of hops. Full stop. My friend with me who hadn't had it before made a beautiful face when he first tasted it but powered through. Unbalanced enough to need its own shrink. Any West Coasters who think they own the IPA - sorry, you haven't met Wet yet.

Frickin' awesome. This is a great beer. As long as this one is churned out in the fall, I'll be happy to belly up & have a pint or four.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a four pack thanks to Lenny1203, thanks a lot man. Me and my friends each drank a can and we all agreed that this was a pretty good beer. I think this may be the best wet hop beer I have ever had. It really captures the hop oil in the aroma and the taste, its strong and distinctive. This is easily identified as wet hopped and I honestly can't think of how to define teh flavor other than super hoppy and dank. Not much pine or citrus that I could detect, this was all humulus lupus, fresh nugs. I wish I could buy this.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice orangish color with a white head that receded to a ring. Great lacing on the sides of this one made for a pretty drink.

S - Huge fresh hop aroma, very grassy and wet. I guess that explains the name. A litle bit of pine notes, maybe some resin.

T - I remember hearing a story a while ago about rice that used to be shipped to a small village in China. The shipping took a while and by the time it got there it would be moldy, but the people ate it anyway. When the train systems were put into place, they got fresh rice, but since the taste was so foreign, they didn't like it. They would let their rice sit for a while, until it molded, and then eat it that way. I think this beer is a lot like that for me, I am really not used to hops this fresh, it is a very interesting experience, it tastes good, but I like a beer like Furious a ton more. Interesting grassy taste, with an almost lager-like quality to it in some respects. Very, very fresh hops are super present, so definately lives up to the name and what they're trying to do.

M - Pretty smooth, with nice carbonation.

D - Easy enough to drink, but I would not necessarily call it "high" on that scale. Good beer, but would much rather have a Furious.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is not for virgin eyes nor is this beer for virgin hophead wannabes as Surly "Wet" is nothing but a straight up wet spot! Whoops, I mean, wet hop.

Bright burnt orange with a slight scarlet cast to its body. Nice medium sized rocky capping of yellowed firm foam that sits like a pro stripper earning an extra $20 for lengthy lap dancing. Lots of lacing in droppy sheets that could possibly be mistaken for the details of lingerie.

Alurring aroma makes you lick your lips with enticement and excitement as its damp and oily resinous quality perfurmes with freshness that peaks out perfectly from its layers of citrusy zip. Orange oily, lemon rindy, grapefruit skinned, and mango sinned; this stuff begs to be lapped up.

The taste is infatuating with a tongue teasing temptation of pleasingly bold, heavy hops that lay in deep earthy plant herbalness. Moderately resinous with a two part weedyness - as in the ones you pull from the garden and the ones you grow in you basement closet. Quite herbal and cannibus hinted with hugely deep darkness of whole hop goodness. The flavor spreads its wholesomeness wide and encapsulates the tongue as it has all you'd ever want or need from a hop, the whole plant; the vines, leafs, roots, you name it, its in there. Lots of backened citric action in the finish with piney bitterness and ground up pithy toned grapefruit fluff coat the tongue with a tender but firming herbal prick.

Moist and bold medium body with lots of zippy hop tang and oily pizazz on the palate that shoots a wrench load of hops to delightfully coat the tongue and pucker the cheeks. Keeps barely enough tepid balance within its tantric malt backing. Yet the tightness in bite and bitterness creates enough pleasure with an exceptable girth and length as not to be pre mature in its hop ejaculation.

"Wet" is a beer made to have hop sex with your mouth. An orgasmic deep quality of hops so invigoratingly fresh you'll need a post coital cigarette. Or at least a shower.

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Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I fear I may be coming to the party a wee bit late. Though this beer is barely 6 weeks old, clicking through the reviews reveals a steady dropoff in scores from its release date up until now.

So it goes with intentional hop bombs. Too much is tied up into freshness. And, hey, it says "DON'T AGE" in big bold letters at the top of the can, so maybe this review is unfair...

But six weeks? For a beer they just made one batch of? You can't blame me for this.

So, here's the thing, it smells and tastes like a green, sticky, intentionally unbalanced hop bomb. It's pretty good, but it's got the unmistakable, HopSlammish nodes of a beer that probably tasted a better a few weeks ago.

The plus side: no pretensions towards balance means no off nodes at all. No syrupiness and no gross, too-strong yeast. Also, even though the hop profile is too intense for me to say anything intelligent about it, it still tastes real good.

The down side: like I said, you can tell it was at one point better.

Still worth drinking, but find it quick and drink it even quicker.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

can generously shared by mike after some edward. look is classic orange with thin head. smell was hard to pull at first as it mostly resembles a clean glass. some hops but mostly a sour candy like funk. taste is way different. resiny hops. fairly thick. coats my mouth for sure. none the less pretty good.

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Wet from Surly Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.