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SŸX - Surly Brewing Company

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very good

313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 17.11%
Wants: 70
Gots: 159 | FT: 13
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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Photo of xnicknj
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

xnicknj, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of AllenJasper
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

AllenJasper, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of bevjen
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bevjen, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of will1256
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

will1256, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a half finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet alcohol with some juicy citrus notes. I'm getting a strong pineapple note here too.

Taste: Quite sweet with tons of juicy citrus fruit notes. Like the smell, I'm getting lots of pineapple, but there is some apricot too. There is some warmth from the alcohol along with a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is really drinkable given the high abv. The fruity notes were really nice. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

oline73, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, alcohol, fruits, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a fruity finish on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite strong.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

ryancl, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Khazadum, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

drewone, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev +5.3%

monitorpop, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of bertram
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bertram, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of maximum12
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

maximum12, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jaminjohnson, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of StarRaptor
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

StarRaptor, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of dsuedbeck
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

dsuedbeck, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Bradbury
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Bradbury, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of hara94
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

hara94, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of jcjerabek
4.75/5  rDev +25%

jcjerabek, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

JustinQ, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Dactrius
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Dactrius, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of azdback
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip. Honey amber colored and clear in appearance. Head is a small one finger of bright white head that quickly becomes a thin collar. Lace is minimal but hanging on in a ringed pattern.

Smell is almost completely yeast, grass, and musty malts. Some tart also. But that's about it.

Taste is a very tart and tangy and not as soggy as the nose. Some super citrus notes and absolutely no wood or barrel in this at all.

Mouth is average and the carbonation is bright. With an average long mouth that is wet.

Overall i wasn't that impressed with this one., but did enjoy the experience.

azdback, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of koes0024
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

koes0024, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of buckywarren
4.75/5  rDev +25%

buckywarren, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of copyguyadam
4/5  rDev +5.3%

copyguyadam, Sep 12, 2012
SŸX from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.