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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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1,055 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 109
Gots: 92 | FT: 7
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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Reviews by JamesMN:
Photo of 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.

JamesMN, Apr 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for this one. Based on my past experiences with Surly IPAs, I jumped at the chance to try their newest one. Overrated pours a solid copper, like a penny straight from the mint; modest clarity with just a touch of haze surrounding the core. The foamy white head lasts for a few minutes and leaves nice, wet lacing legs along the sides of the glass.

The aroma is densely packed with a huge, wet, fresh hop aroma; herbal, peppery, and just a touch spicy, staying very true to the West Coast style. Equal amounts of fruity aromas march in; grapefruit peel, orange zest, and citrus rinds compete with the raw hop aromas for center stage. The hops fire back with more and more oily pungency with each successive whiff. A very raw and unabashed IPA according to the nose - can't wait to finally taste it.

One sip and your tongue experiences a serious raw hop abrasion. A good truck load of oily, resinous, and pungent hops and pine needles are dumped on your palate right from the start. The hops are peppery and highly herbal, again, playing well to the strengths of many West Coast style IPAs. A decent amount of sticky bitterness hits halfway through and gets stronger in the end. Overrated is definitely more (perceivable) bitter than Furious, and I'd go so far as to say it might be more bitter than Abrasive. At least perceptibly.

The citric flavors do not go unnoticed throughout this herbarium, however. Grapefruit and tangerine seem to be the most vibrant, playing more towards the bitter side of things than the sweet side. Peels, rinds, and just a touch of sweetness in the finish to mesh into the bread-like malt body. As often seen with this style, the malts are relatively quiet until perhaps the aftertaste itself, where they coat the mouth with a thick bread and biscuit flavor. Medium bodied, oily and slick with just a touch of stickiness left behind; plenty of carbonation.

Once again, Surly has made an incredibly enjoyable and drinkable IPA, this time with a much more herbal and "spicy hop" stance. I'd definitely give the nod to both Furious and Abrasive over this stuff, but there's no doubt that it's a well-crafted brew. Definitely worth a shot if you're looking for something to scrape your tongue.

tectactoe, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A slightly haze copper ale, showing evidence that it's an unfiltered, dry hopped beer with some fine hops particals.

S: A strong citrus hops aroma with medium pineapple, some pine and a citrus peel. There is a moderate malt sweetness with some caramel character. A moderate grassy dry hopped aroma.

T: An aggressive hops bitterness with a strong citrus hops flavor. The hops are lemon, citrus, some pine and a little lemongrass-like. There is a little malt sweetness, just enough to provide support for the large hops bill. The balance is very bitter but it remains smooth. The finish is pretty dry with a lingering citrusy hops aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a medium-strong level of carbonation and a little bit of alcohol warmth. A light bit of creaminess as well.

O: A well balanced, bitter IPA showcasing a lot of American citrus hops. This beer is smooth while having a very strong hops bitterness and flavor.

MadScientist, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Schlais, Apr 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

supa0525, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -2.2%

danthehopslamman, May 18, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

SD-Alefan, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -2.2%

DaftPatrick, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

csmartin6, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Hamburgers
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Hamburgers, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

77apm, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

cincysig, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Dbrulet
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dbrulet, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

megamass, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

codysjb, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Guinnsslvr, May 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

ryancl, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

alienlifeforcecube, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of thaghost
4/5  rDev -2.2%

thaghost, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich golden color with decent white head and some lacing.

Smell: The aroma is typical for when a Midwest brewery makes a "West Coast IPA" - grapefruit, pine and toasted malts all mixed together and milder than anticipated. Maybe some light tropical notes.

Taste: Nice grapefruit, orange and tropical flourishes over a toasted malt backbone. Finish is very piney, bitter and spicy, along with a hint of berry from the Mosaic hops.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy and very, very dry. Great IPA mouthfeel.

Overall: Not quite up to Surly's IPA standard set by Furious, Abrasive and Wet, but that is like saying that Oahu is not as good of a vacation spot as Maui, Kauai or the Big Island. While the Midwest-made West Coast IPAs are not my favorite, this is much better than most. Nice job.

bsp77, Apr 12, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from the tap.

The beer looked clear and amber.

Strong citrus-hop nose with a hint of butterscotch.

The taste was a little bitter, butterscotch, citrus-hops. The hops were most apparent and left a dryness to the tongue.

Would I buy it again? Maybe. It was good, but there are much better IPAs out there.

NilocRellim, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ccurrid, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

mrw1zard, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

virinow, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Golden hued with excellent clarity. A thin layer of white head covers half of the top of the beer. Pungent grapefruit and mango hop aroma is prevalent. The hop flavor is a bit more mild than the aroma would suggest. While it is still more grapefruit hop flavor forward, it is pleasantly balanced with light malt flavor. The aftertaste is still primarily tropical flavored hops. The mouthfeel is lightly sticky, but refreshing.

Franziskaner, Aug 26, 2014
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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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