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SŸX - Surly Brewing Company

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very good

322 Ratings
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 70
Gots: 159 | FT: 11
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass bottle with orange-red wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired in Minneapolis, Minnesota last year in a trade and served into a Guinness goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. 15% alcohol according to the label. I'm not sure which style this is; none is indicated on the label.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as the bottle is poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and decent creaminess. Nice even consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is an orange-copper. Nontranslucent/nontransparent. No floating yeast particles are visible; it's pretty clean.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance, but I can't discern the style. A bit confusing, but generally appealing.

Sm: Abundant tropical fruit. Floral hops. Pineapple, mango. A biteen boozy. Generic fairly pale malts. It's a hard aroma to peg.

No yeast character or spice is detectable.

A confusing aroma of above average strength. There aren't many distinct notes here.

T: Boozy orange, pineapple, mango, and tangerine notes. Floral hop character. Pale malts. Tepid orange juice. Lots of ripe fruit character. Some questionable bitterness comes through as well.

I'm not getting any yeast character at all. There is some noticeable alcohol warmth.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I wouldn't call it simple, but it's not real complex. Not subtle, nuanced, or intricate either.

Mf: Warm, smooth, wet, and way too thick. Too full-bodied. The heavy presence here isn't justified given the lack of depth, diversity, and complexity of flavour. A biteen overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: The whole warm tropical fruit vibe of this beer isn't doing it for me. I don't know that we'll finish this even with seven of us at this tasting. The alcohol warmth coupled with the relative lack of appealing flavour results in an underwhelming beer. Not sure what they were going for with this one. I hoped for better given it's Surly. Sort of an orange liqueur attempt.

High C

kojevergas, Dec 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

mndanika, Dec 18, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

billab914, Dec 14, 2013
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1/5  rDev -73.7%

siege06nd, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Doyle, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

zestar, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

mmulebarn, Nov 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Sinatra716, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MJSawyer, Nov 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

King_KongDCO93, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

awdturboiv, Nov 08, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It took me awhile to really enjoy this beer!! This is my third bottle and at first I would have probably given this beer a 2.5 on the first bottle a 3 on the second bottle, so I'm doing the review after drinking the third bottle. My favorite beer?!?!?! not by a long shot, but it grows on you

reddfrogg, Nov 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

DaveAnderson, Nov 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MCImes, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

secondtoughest, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Rasmon, Oct 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

jegross2, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

EJJ1848, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Brewski, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a clean copper pour with 2 fingers of off-white head, creamy lacing left behind. smells of honey, tons of malt, heavy booze aroma, caramel, banana, raisins, brown sugar. a very sweet flavor up front.. tons of bready flavors with a subtle bitterness, lots of sugary sweetness, a bit of a belgian feel from the banana flavors in the yeast. full body with a low carbonation profile.

this is a pretty nice belgian style strong ale.. but a little underwhelming coming from surly. the alcohol is quite present and hits you fast and hard. maybe this wasn't an ideal one to open a few hours after that wootstout.. oops!

facundoCNB, Oct 13, 2013
4/5  rDev +5.3%

MITCHELLMPLS, Oct 10, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Onto the next 1000! Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a frothy 3 finger cream colored head with moderate retention. Lacing is spotty with little cling. Beer is a slightly cloudy bright orange-bronze. Decent.

Nose is yams, sugar, caramel, honey, citrus and a slight booziness. Very sweet and hugely aromatic. Appropriate for the style.

Opens citrus, yam, honey, and pulp. Caramel, brown sugar, and mango sap deepen the experience. Molasses too. End is sweet brown and cane sugar with a boozy finish. Aftertaste is syrupy sweet. Solid but a bit too sweet at times.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down silky and hot. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Nice.

Not really one of the better Surly anniversary beers. This one's just a bit too much on all fronts. Too sweet and too boozy without the flavor to tie all the different flavors into one unified experience.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 10, 2013
SŸX from Surly Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.