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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

944 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 96
Gots: 79 | FT: 6
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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Prince_Casual

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can dated about a month and a half ago. Poured into std tulip glass.

1.5 inch head recedes with little to no lacing. About the color of a ripe clementine, fairly translucent in the glass.

Hit right off the bat with apricot and peach aroma. I can smell it even when the glass is not near my nose at all. I'll disagree with a lot of reviews on here and say, an avg amount of grapefruit, and a well below avg amount of pine, for the style. I really liked the smell it had things I've not yet noted in a single IPA before.

The taste of this is interesting, it immediately has a mineral component that is very refreshing. I got more of the typical pine taste here than in the nose. Finishes with some grapefruit rind. Not too adventurous, but exactly what is expected for the style.

As with any well executed IPA, the alcohol was not noticeable at all. Great balance on carbonation, finishes extremely dry on the tongue.

I'd say this is an extremely balanced, and well thought out example of the style. It was less flamboyant then some similar things I've tried, just the right balance on a bunch of factors. I'd definitely call the aroma and the minerality the absolute highlights of this beer.

This is out of market for me so I probably won't seek it out very hard, but id I saw it on draft I'd 100% take one again. It's a great representation of the style, and you can't beat a fresh IPA from one of the big guys. I only wish I had a (fresh) GF WCIPA and racer 5 on hand to compare.

Serving type: can

07-30-2013 21:25:19 | More by Prince_Casual
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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.