Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by JamesMN:
4.11/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 4/2/13.
Appearance: Pale golden with good clarity and a lot of effervescence. About one finger of sudsy off-white head.
Aroma: A pleasant hop-forward blend of pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, and a touch of pine.
Taste: Along the lines of what I expected from the aroma but definitely some moments of greatness in there. First half is on the sweeter side with a dab of caramel malt flavor and a very light bitterness. As the bitterness intensifies in the second half the hops lend flavors of citrus, pine, and a few succulent moments of a mango/passion fruit character during the finish. I'd clock the IBUs in around 100, Surly never skimps on the consumer in that department. Unlike Abrasive which has oatmeal added in the mash to smooth out the flavor, Overrated has an in-your-face type of bitterness that lingers nicely in the aftertaste. Good and dry finish. Most definitely qualifies as a West Coast IPA, and a very good one at that.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body with aggressive carbonation. Above average drinkability.
Final Thoughts: What you've got here is a very good beer. However, I think Surly jumped the gun by naming it "Overrated" because it really isn't so spectacular that the joke works. But I think their point has been made: Surly brews good beer and at the end of the day that's all any of us care about. As a side note, this beer tastes an awful lot like Summit Brewery's Saga IPA. Would I drink it again? Yes, one of my favorite beer styles from one of my favorite local breweries.
Serving type: can
04-12-2013 22:19:04 | More by JamesMN
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep, golden body with a light haze and an incredible off-white head. Head retention is fantastic, as is lacing. Plenty of carbonation keeps fine sediment spinning violently around the glass.
Nice herbal and pine hop notes with a fantastic, sweet caramel malt to provide some balance. The addition of citrus notes make for a very welcoming aroma.
Bitter bite is right up front and is both brutal and smooth. Confused? Yeah, me too. In my opinion, this one sets the bar for what balance should be in an IPA! Plenty of pine hops character here meets a slightly sweet roasted caramel.
Super smooth medium bodied IPA. Plenty of carbonation. Semi-dry and clean finish.
Fantastic and very easy to approach IPA. Overrated, this is not - grab it.. even if you're not an IPA fan - this might convert you!
Serving type: can
02-22-2014 05:30:51 | More by alphagnome
Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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