Bandwagon - Surly Brewing Company
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Sirwootalot:
4.08/5 rDev -1%
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.
05-16-2012 02:08:17 | More by Sirwootalot
More User Reviews:
3.25/5 rDev -21.1%
The Surly Target Field only exclusive. Had this because the Cynic was gone.
A-Off white head tops an amber/orangish colored brew. A little hazy.
S-Hoppy yes (grapefruit, pine, with a hint of some other non-descript citrus aromas). Grainy barley malt, some cookie type sweetness there too.
T-Hops hit me right away and same as the aroma, the malt backbone is ample. Finish is bitter and long-takes away from the refreshment factor.
M-Medium carbonated, a bit piney, astringent, bitter. Too bitter for me.
D-The bottom of my glass was pretty tough to take down. Was ready for a Nordeast after this one.
O-What you would expect from an IPA from Surly. A solidly made brew, just a little over the top and too hop forward for my taste. If you like IPAs you got to check this one out at the ballgame.
06-19-2012 02:14:41 | More by deebo
4.33/5 rDev +5.1%
On tap at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis, MN. Served in a Surly shaker glass.
Appearance: Color is a slightly hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. A decent amount of lacing hangs onto the glass.
Smell: Aroma of bright hops with a nice malt background. Upfront is a scent of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, peach, lemon, and a little apricot. Also some earthy hops with a hint of pine resin. Good bready malt presence behind the hops with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, and crackers. A nice sharp bitterness in the smell. Pretty good aroma.
Taste: Like the smell indicates, a bright citrus hop forward taste that is in line with the West Coast IPA style. Big taste of ripe citrus up front with notes of grapefruit, oranges, lemon, mango, apricot, and a little peach. Some earthy pine resin is also in the hop mix. Solid sweet bready background of malts. Notes of lightly toasted bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and crackers. Hop forward and fairly bitter, but has a decent balance. A pretty good West Coast taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly juicy and slick with a fairly sharp bitterness. Finishes dry.
Overall: A very good take on the West Coast IPA style. Solid juicy citrus flavor up front with a nice soft bready taste in the background. Quite different than Furious, but very good.
10-01-2012 21:52:41 | More by MattyG85
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
I had this on-tap while we were at a Twins game. Poured into a large plastic cup.
Appearance: The beer pours a clear brown amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head sticks around pretty well and leaves a layer on top of the pour.
Smell: Lots of hops up front with some citrus peel notes. Rather sweet from the malt, goes well with the hops.
Taste: A very nice balance here. Enough hops, they definitely dominate, but the grain does a good job of complimenting the hops. The finish is rather bitter with a mild sweetness from the malt.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish.
Overall: This is a solid IPA. More malt than in most, but plenty of hops to go along for the ride. I would have another one.
10-06-2012 21:45:03 | More by oline73
Bandwagon from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.