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SŸX - Surly Brewing Company

Not Rated.
SŸXSŸX

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BA SCORE
86
very good

311 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 71
Gots: 156 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-19-2012)
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siege06nd

Virginia

1/5  rDev -73.7%

12-14-2013 20:49:43 | More by siege06nd
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Bluecane

New York

1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

06-12-2013 04:57:19 | More by Bluecane
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solargoat

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

10-29-2012 13:42:15 | More by solargoat
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leschkie

California

2/5  rDev -47.4%

08-12-2012 06:32:31 | More by leschkie
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VaTechHopHead


2/5  rDev -47.4%

10-31-2012 17:10:41 | More by VaTechHopHead
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MrFootstones

California

2/5  rDev -47.4%

07-28-2012 08:07:10 | More by MrFootstones
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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -47.4%

11-17-2012 15:01:59 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

01-17-2013 23:25:21 | More by Thorpe429
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Zbeetleman

California

2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

07-10-2013 01:44:14 | More by Zbeetleman
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billab914

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

12-14-2013 20:53:46 | More by billab914
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kevanb

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -36.8%

750ml bottle, thanks for sharing this Ward!

Pours a very interesting orange, copper color, very clear, no bubbles or liveliness. A thin head appears briefly, immediately vanishes leaving behind no lacing or trace of its existence. The beer almost looks still, and at ~15% that wouldn't be unexpected, but there really isn't anything interesting or exciting here. The aroma changes that a bit, lots of citrus, smooth oak, sweet malt and a harsh amount of alcohol. It really pops out of the glass, but isn't the most balanced nose, the alcohol kind of dominates at times. The flavor is where this one falls off the tracks. Huge crash of wood, cloying, sticky can't get it out of my mouth taste of bad stale moldy wood. The citrus is kind of there, but it doesn't helpt his beer at all and the alcohol is extremely present dominating the finish and taking this from bad to worse. There are some interesting notes in the glass such as honey, cereal malt, a bit of fruit, but the balance is so poor and the wood just dominates this beer to no end. The body isn't bad, it's a bit more carbonated than it looks, which props it up a bit, makes it easier consume, certainly a sipper though.

Verdict: This is just plain awful, one of the worst beers I've had in recent months, surprising given the surrounding hype and the consistent quality from Surly. We had to drain pour this almost immediately, as it had no redeeming quality and was completely unpalatable.

08-12-2012 18:01:51 | More by kevanb
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tewaris

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -36.8%

On tap at Muddy Pig. Served in a 12 oz tulip.

Deep amber with a viscous clarity. Medium head and retention. Doesn't smell like much at first but some malts and fruit come forward as it warms up. I am neutral on the aroma.

Off to taste --- WTF?! Acidic, harsh and somewhat bready but very shallow malt character for the octane. I am NOT digging this weird tartness at all. Drinks like a poorly made DIPA once you get past the acidity. I'd give it a 1 on taste but there is no hint of booze at all, which is something.

Mouthfeel? I am not sure what to expect but I am going with a 3, right in the middle. Not bad but nothing exciting either.

In my humble opinion, this is just not a good beer. Or maybe it's not ready (no pun intended!).

4, 3, 2, 3, 2

08-10-2012 21:01:47 | More by tewaris
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beerpirates

Belgium

2.45/5  rDev -35.5%

75 cl bottle poured in a tastingglass

Bright copper color with nearly no head. Messy aroma.
Oak, honey, slight citrus, and boozy. Not starting off well.
Sweet as balls. Thick and syrupy body. Lots of fruit, plenty of residual sugar, veryhigh bitterness in the finish. I’m not liking this. Thick, sweet, boozy. Wirh a very high bitter finish
I can’t fathom taking more than 3 sips of this,
One of the worst beers i ever had !

05-31-2013 14:55:47 | More by beerpirates
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

03-20-2014 17:36:34 | More by BuckTuckian
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

03-02-2013 19:46:22 | More by Rhettroactive
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RayOhioFelton

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

01-03-2014 03:43:33 | More by RayOhioFelton
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

12-17-2012 07:06:39 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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drummermattie02

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

04-29-2013 13:53:58 | More by drummermattie02
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.55/5  rDev -32.9%

Had bits & piece of this brew on tap at a couple festivals & wasn't impressed, but the atmosphere was hardly conducive to serious contemplation. Now I sit in my warm chair with slippers, fleece, & word processor...ah, that's better. 750ML bomber split with my wife.

Pour is IPA orange, it might be amusing to try to pass this off as an IPA to some unsuspecting idiot. Nose is a letdown, which I remember clearly; faint exhalations of honey & grass that's been packed in a wood crate. Not much going on.

Syx is that rarest of creatures - a letdown from Surly. Booze is out of control, rubbing alcohol style. Citrus clashes with this harsh base unpleasantly. Wood enters stage right & increases the confusion. Hops taste almost stale, & add a side of mint, grain, indistinct light fruits. Experience is heavy, sodden, cloying. I'm looking at all the ounces I have to get through, & the high octane ABV, & thinking, oy vey.

Not sure what the brewery was aiming for here, but it couldn't have been this - it's like Surly Three gone bad. A mishmash of tastes that don't mesh well at all. Not a good beer.

10-06-2012 01:48:26 | More by maximum12
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -29.5%

750mL bottle poured into tulip - thanks to therobot

Pours a clear golden copper color with a bubbly crop of white head on top. Fades into a carbonated film with some spotty, patchy lacing on the glass.

Curious nose with a mixture of citrus fruits, toasted oak and boozy warmth. Honey and caramel with fruity sweetness and solventy alcohol. There's also a funky, yeasty, butteryness that keeps coming back to me (against my wishes).

Sweet and citrusy up front with some boozy warmth. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange with juicy, pithy fruit flavors. Woody notes with toasted grain followed by honey and syrupy sweetness. Slightly cloying, and there's also a yeasty funk that seems to come through the profile. Finishes with persisting citrus fruit, alcohol and sweetness.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky, chewy and lingering on the tongue. This is the first Surly beer that I really didn't like, which is super disappointing for me. Too sweet, too funky, too weird and completely unbalanced.

10-15-2012 00:35:23 | More by xnicknj
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.68/5  rDev -29.5%

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

I very quickly consumed half a bottle of this. As Darrell pointed out, better to get it over with as soon as possible.

The beer is orange hued with a small white head. Lots of booze in bothe aroma and flavor. I would definitely describe this as hot. Oak and alcohol with a ton of malt and some citrus soaked in alcohol. Flavors clash and the overall presentation of the beer is off kilter. Overall, this was not that great. Not a repeat for me.

11-04-2012 03:38:50 | More by Huhzubendah
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GRG1313

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

05-15-2013 03:40:14 | More by GRG1313
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

12-17-2012 01:47:09 | More by vrbulldog22
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Hanzo

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

12-16-2012 20:59:59 | More by Hanzo
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

11-28-2012 05:24:34 | More by doucmehu
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SŸX from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.