Bandwagon - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Sirwootalot:
4.08/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Reviewed from memory; Served in a dinky plastic cup at Target Field.
The beer looks deceiving - a solid white head, cloudy nutmeg-colored body, and only minor carbonation make this look like a saison or hefeweizen, but as soon as you smell it you know you're dealing with another love note to hops from Surly. Piney, citrusy hops dominated the nose, with a hint of something quite like peaches and syrup.
This beer tasted great! You'll be hearing a lot of "Milder version of Furious", but that's flat-out untrue. Bandwagon is hoppy as hell up front (It's Surly, we'd be shocked if it wasn't), but in a more fruity and balanced way than Furious' spice and evergreen notes. The body was only lightly malty, and reminded me of white wonderbread in a strangely pleasant way. This beer had strong notes of peach and nectarine, likely from the yeast. Paired with a ballpark "cheesewurst", it's utter perfection. The mouthfeel is typical of traditional IPAs, equal parts dry-tasting and going down smooth.
Overall, while this beer is damn good, I really wish it was either served elsewhere or not so expensive - at $8.75 for a roughly 18 oz pour, it's damn pricey. If that point doesn't bother you though, surly has hopped on the bandwagon of more traditional IPAs and really knocked it out of the park. For those that are wondering where the hell the surly booth is, it's just south of the light rail platform (gate 6), on the main concourse along the 3rd baseline.
EDIT! 01/24/14: This exact same beer is now widely available in cans with the new name "Overrated"! I was going to do a new review, but they are completely indistinguishably identical so I don't see the point. Surly likes to move around the building, too; during the 2013 season it was tucked back in a regular concession stand with little fanfare (recessed into the 1st base side of the gate 34 plaza). In 2014 it's likely to move again, hopefully back to its own stand on the concourse.
Serving type: on-tap
05-16-2012 02:08:17 | More by Sirwootalot
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