Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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196 Reviews
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Reviews: 196
Hads: 1,385
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 122
Gots: 200 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-05-2013

It's been said; "Its easier to brew an extremely hoppy beer than an extremely balanced beer." And you know us, we are always looking for the easy way out, so we jumped on the West Coast IPA Bandwagon and brewed this dry and hoppy ale. "Surly's a little bit of a one-trick pony, they just brew gimmick beers," and maybe we are OVERRATED, but at the end of the day it's just a beer. If yo like it, great, so do we. If you only liked us when we were small, then leave this one on the shelf. Let one of the fanyboys grab it.
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Photo of laketang
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great amber color, not too dark, can whiff it as you are pouring,citrus bite evident. small tan head. I like it, i'll put it with shlayfly apa as well as smuttynose finestkind, tho I give the edge to finestkind. (211 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says Canned On: 06/03/15.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Super fruity hop nose with a sweetness from the malt that amplifies the aroma.

T- The taste varies a bit from the smell. Hits of pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit here and there but it's the big bitterness that reigns over the the profile. The malt provides a bit of balance but the hops end up dominating.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Ironically enough, I'd say this is about on-par with the current score of 92 it has. (804 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma's really good with fruit, malt, caramel, hops, herbs, grass. Appearance is good too with a nice head that settles after a bit, good lacing, and a clear gold amber color. Flavor to me is a slightly modified West Coast Style or, West Coast interpreted. Loads of hops and their bitterness, good strength, and in this case, a little more balancing malt ( which I like ). Slightly medicinal finish. Gimme another. (414 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 4 week old tallboy into an imperial pint

a: hazy pale pineapple gold with a tinge of orange and a 2 finger puffy white head that leaves great lacing...looks good.
s: grapefruit rind, lemon peel, pineapple, very faint herbal notes, caramel and bready malts...a little too sweet to be ideal for me, but...
t: what one expects from the nose...nice layered approach with good things at each step. sweetness, some light peppery spiciness and citric hoppy bitterness linger
f: medium to maybe a little low on the carbonation. plenty of hop oils coating my mouth. a little more oily and sticky than is ideal for a west coast style ipa imho, but still plenty enjoyable. (672 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange infused hazed lighter golden with a great looking almost creamy-like sticky white head atop.Whoa man the tangerine and ruby red grapefruit are just jumping out at me in the nose,a bit of caramel thrown in makes it more than inviting to say the least.On the sweeter side on the palate,almost candied flavored hoppy goodness with a hefty caramel base,like sweet hop juice.Not for the non hophead, but it is on the sweeter side but damn I love it. (460 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can dated "05/04/15 F2901" poured into 16oz tulip

A — Pours a light hazy orange hue, there is a light caramel colored head that forms and leaves behind minimalist lacing.

S — Smells mostly malty, little bit of juicy fruit tones, mango and light pineapple.

T — Taste is quite bitter and piney, there is a little bit of a pineapple sweetness to balance it out, lots of sweet light malts as well.

M — Light-Medium bodied, there is an adequate amount of carbonation as well.

O — Nice overall, expected a little more, it's certainly hoppy but not what I would really expect from a "West Coast" IPA, too malty. (625 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazed golden with a foamy head that lasts. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of robust citrus - grapefruit/orange with some pine.

The taste is of strong citrus - orange, grapefruit - with some pine. A firm, chewy malt backbone ties hops together and adds smoothness.

A "classic" "West Coast" IPA brewed in the Midwest! Very nice! A "hop-head's" delight! (358 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, slightly Hazy golden orange. The smell is phenomenal! I set it a cross the room and could smell the perfect combination of piney citrus. Extremely balanced APA. Not overbearing piney resin, with slight citrus and malt for balance. Still provides dank. A slight onion/garlic in the end to heighten the feel. Not a lot of carbonation, and is crisp and refreshing. I could drink a lot of these, the 7.3% could sneak up on me however. Another good beer from Surly. (483 characters)

Photo of kwettig
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very slightly hazy amber color. Head is milky white with good retention. Very similar to the Pliny I'm tasting it with. Pliny being a little cleaner.

Smells like grapefruit with a little lemon/lime zest. Some pine background. Similar to Pliny but less piney and absolutely no danky pine aroma.

Tastes very citrusy, a little sweet, but not overly sweet, with a little lingering pine finish. Not a lot of depth with the hop flavors but refreshing with a bit of bitterness.

Medium carbonation. Not much to say here. Clean, crisp, like this style should be.

Overall I think this is a good beer for the style that it set out to be. I wish I still had a Blind Pig from Russian River to compare this to but if memory serves me I'd say that the Blind Pig has a little more depth for a single IPA but this is still a beer I'd start with and it is available in the area. (882 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Light gold with 2 fingers of loose head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, passion fruit, peach, wintergreen, dank greens, and candy sugar.

Taste
Pineapple, passion fruit, and peach. Dank greens and wintergreen with some damp, woodsy flavors. Light candy sugar and honey maltiness. Finishes with grapefruit zest, pine needles, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, off-dry, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Dank, juicy, and lightly bitter. A very fine IPA. (556 characters)

Photo of mmahanna41
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This should be called UNDER RATED! Even at its current BA rating at 4.09.... I don't know why I waited this long to try this but I'm glad I didn't wait another day. Will be a main stay in the rotation. (204 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as a part of a build-you-own-sixer at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The canned on dated states this was canned a month ago. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a deep straw/honey amber color with about a half-inch of off-white head the falls fairly quickly to a film but leaves decent lacing on the glass. Quite clear, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Not an exceptionally big bouquet, but what's there is very nice: citrus hops, with notes of apricot and freshly cut grass. There's some bready malt notes present, along with a bit of pine hop notes, as well.

T: Some nice citrus and earthy/funk hop flavors right out of the gate, with good bready malts to balance things out a bit. A bit of grassiness and bumble gum in the mix, as well. The middle moves a bit toward the more piney hop flavors, with a bit of clear alcohol coming through. A touch of apricot/stone fruit. The close is definitely dominated by the hops, with a real resinous quality that leaves some nice bitter on the palate.

F: This one is a bit creamy at the start, but it quickly turns quite bright/bitter. It's got a medium body, very nice carbonation, and close that brings all the bitter but doesn't quite completely coat the tongue. Quite drinkable for this ABV.

O: I had the chance to try Furious and Todd the Ax Man at the Surly Tap House, and this was doesn't disappoint, either. It's got nice balance despite bringing very big hop flavors. I like that it lets me know I'm drinking an IPA without prohibiting me from drinking another. I would definitely return to this one again. (1,601 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prob a psychological effect going on here (score beer otherwise not available to me, it must be incredible) but this is good shit. Awesome hazy yellow pour, great nose, some dank as well. Loved it! (197 characters)

Photo of RichH55
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall very good. Pours and looks like an optimal IPA and first few sips go down easy.

Only issue is after a few sips you will get a slight bitter aftertaste. (161 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to snaotheus for providing me this beer. Dated 2/23/15.

Poured into an IPA glass, it has a clear gold color with a two finger white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus and some tropical f. Taste is dominated by the hops - bitter citrus on the palate with a lingering bitter finish. It's pure hops, and I like it. Body is medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Not as good as Abrasive, but it's a very solid IPA. (445 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-04-17
Pint can split between a pair of snifters. Canned on 2/23/15. Delivered by in-laws who brought it from Chicago.

Pours slightly very slight hazy golden with a small head and a little carbonation. Smell is powerful. Smells of citrus juice, tart. Nice.

Taste is juicy with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry. Overall, good beer. (348 characters)

Photo of dleigh
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 3/17/15. Golden-yellowish color. Citrusy, a little floral, with a lot of that hoppy resinous smell coming through. Real bitter, hoppy taste, not a ton of malt to balance it. Fine, unremarkable mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good IPA, but there are plenty of better ones out there. (288 characters)

Photo of RMelyon
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not cloudy but a ton of lacing.

A little citrusy, but there's some... Potpourri?

Whoa, definitely potpourri. Like drinking a diverse bouquet of flowers, in a good way. Only other comparable beer is Revo Anti-Hero, but this one's brighter in some way.

Feels fine. No real lingering stickiness either. What an IPA's supposed to feel like.

Overall, if you want a floral IPA, and don't have access to Anti-Hero (which is a bit better than this) go for it. (455 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is mangoes/pomegranate, citrus and a hint of Belgian sugar. The flavor is citrus, mangoes/pomegranate, fruit, mild hop resin, malts and a mix of bitter and pine needles in the finish. (189 characters)

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Spiegealau IPA glass. Look is medium gold in color and very clear. 2 finger head with staying power. Taste is somewhat sweet initially but closes with a mild bitter hoppiness. Mouth feel is smooth, not overly bubbly. Overall, a very tasty and smooth IPA from Surly that I'd buy again. (302 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - It pours a nice light yellow color, with a nice white head. Fairly clear also.
S (4.5) - Really nice aromas here. Nice light floral hop. Makes me want to dive right in.
T (4.25) - Like the aroma would suggest, a nice light hoppy beer. Not mouth-puckering bitter, but fairly bitter. A wee bit of after taste, but it is pretty clean, really. No sweetness whatsoever.
F (4) - There's plenty of carbonation here, but it is fairly easy to drink. About what you'd want your IPA to be like.
O (4.25) - Overall, I liked this beer. Surly is recently being distributed in my area, and I am pumped. I had this a little warmer than it should be, and it was good. Plus, being in 16oz cans is fantastic! (712 characters)

Photo of ernestosabato
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful west coast-style IPA found in the Midwest. As some IPAs become less bitter, and more sugary, this holds onto a smooth, hoppy bitterness that pleases those looking to avoid sweet undertones. Very nice. (212 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant Orange look with tons of suspended micro particles. Solid head with larger bubbles. Scent is Floral, Hoppy, a hint of lemon. Solid hop bitterness fades into slight orange zest. This is my favorite year-round offering from Surly (235 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was also picked up on trade. Thanks man!

Appearance: lighter in color decent amount of head at first then settles to basically nil.

Aroma: Floral resinous hops. This does smell like something Stone would produce and does actually reminds me a lot of some Stone beers.

Taste: I reminds me a lot of Stone's DIPA's, not a bad beer in any regard but very resinous and potent. I would say Enjoy By would be a good comparison to this one, but the only difference is this one does not as as much alcohol.

Overall: Great beer, if you live in Minnesota pick this one up, otherwise its great but there are a lot of beer that have a similar taste profile. Great beer but very similar to a lot of beers out there. Its top notch but not on the caliber as the other IPA's in Surly's canon! (789 characters)

Photo of Reinbeck11
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look Good head. Nice looking hazy gold brew.
Smell Has a decent but very light scent
Taste The citrus comes through slightly outweighs the pine
Feel Pretty smooth for an IPA, light carbonation, and not the overwhelming bitterness I've come to expect in an IPA

Overall Solid IPA, has good balanced flavor. Nice to drink an IPA that is not trying to blow your mind by taking the profile to a decided extreme. (424 characters)

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.