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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

985 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 102
Gots: 82 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-05-2013)
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-21-2014 12:33:03 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-20-2014 15:31:43 | More by ONovoMexicano
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nickbman

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +10%

08-18-2014 12:23:24 | More by nickbman
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birchstick

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

08-18-2014 01:43:27 | More by birchstick
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stephensinner

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

08-17-2014 20:03:45 | More by stephensinner
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-17-2014 17:49:44 | More by ccurrid
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SuperHop18

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

08-16-2014 03:09:26 | More by SuperHop18
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.2%

A - pours a glowim golden orange with s finger of near white head, good retention,perfect lacing

S - Big sweet citrusy notes, mostly orange and lemon.a bit grainy/seedy

T - grainy lemomy hops, seedy/find flavor, a wee bit malty sweet

M - medium bodied good carb good mouthfeel

08-15-2014 22:05:10 | More by MacQ32
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msumike89

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-15-2014 00:06:20 | More by msumike89
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

08-14-2014 21:53:45 | More by Brewsed
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BarrelAgedG

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-12-2014 13:57:42 | More by BarrelAgedG
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argock

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a 16 oz tallboy can into an oversized wine glass. Canned on 07/22/14 on bottom of can. Received through the neverending generosity of my brother Greg. Thanks bro.

A: Clear lemon gold with 2-finger, nearly white, frothy head with good retention and a nice collar of lacing.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, and lime combine with pine resin and floral hops notes. Malt component is lean and light 2-row pale malt grain with minimal to no sweetness, more crackery than anything else. I wish this nose had less lemon/grapefruit and more lime and juicy orange citrus character.

T: Solid flavor profile with big citrus assault with grapefruit rind, lemon, lime with floral, pine, and a little resiny dankness in the finish. Maltiness is crackery and could stand to be a touch sweeter. No yeast and alcohol is well-hidden. A good beer with solid WCIPA flavor but that's all the more I can say about it. It does not have the more lush juicy hops character I love in beers like Alpine Duet or Kern RIver Citra.

M: Crisp and light-bodied for the ABV with moderate carbonation and a very dry finish.

O: I liked this beer but it's not better than Stone IPA, Alesmith IPA, or a number of other WCIPAs. If I lived in MN, I would drink a fair amount of this, but it is missing the slightly oily, coating, more lush feel and more juicy citrus and floral character I enjoy more in an IPA.

08-12-2014 02:34:32 | More by argock
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-11-2014 15:08:24 | More by Gotti311
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Stillyman11

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-10-2014 14:43:03 | More by Stillyman11
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

08-10-2014 13:50:44 | More by Rborre321
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Ultimate

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-10-2014 06:27:54 | More by Ultimate
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-10-2014 05:01:19 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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JayCheG

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-08-2014 02:14:03 | More by JayCheG
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%

Picked up a single at Four Firkins. It certainly is a West Coast style IPA, big juicy hops over a lighter body. I'm not complaining, I like the style and this is a great example. I'd liken it most to Lagunitas Sucks. The aroma holds a great mix of pine with floral spice and sweet grapefruit. The flavor follows suit with a softer bitterness of piney apricot and less floral character. The finish is slightly dry and with the lighter body, a 4-pack would be dangerously drinkable.

08-08-2014 00:30:50 | More by tempest
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amano_h

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-08-2014 00:21:44 | More by amano_h
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Beestin

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-07-2014 23:22:48 | More by Beestin
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steviedahlen

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-07-2014 16:22:15 | More by steviedahlen
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-07-2014 15:10:30 | More by comfortablynirm
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IPAddict88


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-07-2014 03:52:26 | More by IPAddict88
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Beric

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%

Serving: On tap, 4oz sampler
Served: 6 August 2014

Appearance: Golden yellow with a marvelous head that just wouldn't die, even in the small sampler glass. Left lacing in the glass. This would make an excellent pint. Much lighter in color than a standard IPA- almost looks like a session IPA.

Smell: Huge notes of citrus and floral hops, some sticky sweetness.

Taste: An excellent taste on an "overrated west coast IPA"- massively unbalanced towards the floral and citrus hops. This is all hops, and barely any malt presence at all. The hops really shine though, and the malt backbone is there just enough to really carry the hops through an entire sip. Finishes semi-sweet.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and medium-light body makes this one dangerously drinkable.

Overall: I love the tongue-in-cheek nature of this beer, and I frankly find that it does an excellent job of mimicking an "overrated west coast IPA". Would highly recommend.

08-07-2014 02:54:38 | More by Beric
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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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