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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,260
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 117
Gots: 149 | FT: 8
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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 tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of NilocRellim
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.

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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can (2013)

Thanks for sending me this one, yamar68!

Clear orange and slight golden. Moderate off-white head that's not very persistent. Messy, irregular, and sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

Very hoppy aroma--nice, expressive citrus notes. A bit of melon maybe as well. Simple, but expressive, appropriate, and bright.

The flavor isn't quite as bright or expressive as the aroma, though this is very much an IPA brewed in the West-Coast tradition. Bitter citrus, a touch of melon, and only a mild malt presence. Nice and exceptionally drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I like this one a lot.

Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass. Canning date of 04/02/2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp and juicy aroma of citrus hop esters and biscuit malts. Citrus hops upfront with good hints of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Solid hint of pine hop spice along with floral hints and grass. Solid bready malt backing with hints of biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Also some noticeable honey like sweetness. Smells like the West Coast style with the citrus presence although there is more of a malt balance here. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Nicely juicy like the nose hints with a solid taste of citrus, pine, and bready malts. Citrus hops upfront with a juicy taste of oranges, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Notes of spicy pine resin and grass along with some floral notes. Hops are lively but not overly bitter. Good malt balance with notes of bready biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast along with a little honey. A really well balanced citrusy taste that leans towards the West Coast style. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and nicely creamy. Juicy and slightly oily. Very smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: Another good one from Surly. A very different type of IPA than Furious. A pretty good take on the West Coast style. Similar to their recent Bandwagon IPA.

Photo of moundbz
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

tasty and solid and strong

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can with a large bone-colored head over a clear amber body. Excellent lacing.
A surprisingly restrainted flavor follows a strong hoppy nose that has piney, herbal, weedy and grassy elements. The flavor is a bit metallic and dank.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of jeonseh
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at DLD

A - Light orange with nice white head to it. Slightly hazy body

S - Orange and grassy. Actually smells a bit like weed with a rich and earthy grassiness.

T - Pine and grass up front. It also has a nice citrus aspect to it as well which tastes a bit like orange juice. The finish is very grassy and earthy from the pine.

M - Medium carbonation with a resiny aspect that lingers on the finish

O - Solid grassy and resiny IPA that is dominated by wet and juicy hops. Another great IPA from Surly.

Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium sized maybe slightly bigger off white head settles to a quarter inch froth covering a cloudy honey golden colored beer filled with little particles that show this beer wasn't over filtered, which to me is a good thing.

Citrus fruit and light pine fill the hops based aroma.

Smooth citrusy fruit, light grasses and lighter even pine aspects fill the taste of this Overrated offering.

A lighter dryish aftertaste with just a noticeable bit of the citrus tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied IPA.

I like this, what to me seems to be the right amount of the west coast style of IPA in a beer, it has the taste I want without overkill. I think an evening filled with these would do a person good.
Enough said.

Photo of joeseppy
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden honeyed pour with a decent white froth head and stratospheric lacing.

Bar none, one of the best smelling IPAs I've had. Mangos, cling peaches, subtle pineapple-basically tropical fruits here. Pine and sweet malt.

Big rush of tropical fruit and hops at the same time, Bam! Beautiful dry hop and malt is balanced well, gotta say.

Plenty-O-carbonation, medium body, bittersweet and hop tongue numbing to a point where you can't get enough. Splendid!

Pulled the trigger on this after having Mikkeller Brunch Geek Weasel just to get my tongue scrubbed. Quite sessionable as I immediately went out and got a four pack to end my night. In the Chi-town world of sensational, pert near, unlimited offerings this could get lost. Brew coming to mind is a Daisy Cutter. A very much welcomed brewery to Chicagoland and looking forward to their other offerings. I'm crushing these with ease. Overrated, well you figure it out yourself.

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can, thanks John. Pours golden with a little head. Citrus orange hop aroma, and that is the taste that delivers. Superior IPA and very drinkable. Just a minimum of malting to keep your palate from shredding. Well crafted. Smooth and satisfying.

Photo of alphagnome
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
Super smooth medium bodied IPA. Plenty of carbonation. Semi-dry and clean finish.

Overall:
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!

Photo of spacecake9
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm really enjoying this one. Just enough citrus, just enough bitter.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 4/15/13 Canning date. 16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Beer pours a .5 finger fine white head with low retention. Color is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Honestly, I expected a bit more here.

Nose is citrus, pine, tree sap hop bitterness, and some grass. Moderately aromatic. Very clean and fresh.

Opens bright citrus and pine hop bitterness. Some grassiness and sap hop presence in the middle. West Coast for sure. Very little malt presence. Finishes resin-y with a sharp hop bite at the end. Aftertaste of pine and citrus hop bitterness. Dry. Pretty good.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Quenching and bubbly in the mouth and goes down abrasive and sharp. Accented finish with a dry, lingering, sticky aftertaste. Love it!

This beer certainly lives up to its name. Huge hop presence that makes itself known with a nose and feel that only serves to enhance the bitterness. Real drinkable and definitely worth visiting. I'd say not at all over-rated!

Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Small white head leaves wisps and some lacing.

Smell - Lots of pine and grass. Malt comes through behind it. Straightforward IPA aroma.

Taste - More grassy hops than the nose, even. Lots of pine and grass. Drops off to a sweet malt. Big dichotomy. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body but as soon as the hops drop off, it gets sweet.

Overall - Meh. Not up to Surly's IPA standards.

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with fine grains of sediment floating around. White foamy head with very spotty lacing.

Orange peel, lemon, light grassy aromas. Toasted cracker.

Tast follows suit with the citrus notes mentioned above, a little more grapefruit, and buttered crackers. It's a pretty bitter palate puncher.

Mouthfeel is dry, prickly carbonation, with a moderate-light body.

A very good ipa, but if you're going to go all tongue-in-cheek with the name I expect much more than very good.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden yellow with a solid finger of frothy foam.

Biscuity toasted malts, citrus, grassy and floral hop aroma.

Citrus, some tropical notes of guava or papaya, slightly grassy pine, resin, and a biscuity malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet Belgian style characteristics, crisp, dry finish.

Overall, this is not Abrasive and isn't trying to be, but definitely a solid effort, and cheaper option from Surly.

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with just over one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Quite a bit of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Not surprising that it has a hop dominate aroma. Citrus and pine with a hint of tropical fruit comes through.

Juicy hop flavor. Plenty of hop bite. Flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. Dry malt adds little flavor and lets the hops shine. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Really nice texture to this hoppy brew. Perfectly carbonated which is to be expected from Surly.

This will ultimately be a very popular beer. I prefer some other IPAs to this but they do not come in cans.

Photo of Treyliff
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 6/11/13, poured into a tulip

A- pours clear and golden color with a two-finger foamy/creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lace behind

S- piney and citrus hop aromas with some fresh cut grass, a few floral hop notes mingling in as well. Malt base is slightly bready and sweet, a touch of booze

T- grassy hop notes with notes of tropical fruit up front, piney bitterness mid-palate leads to a sweet malty kick and a semi-dry finish

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation, the everlasting head provides a creamy mouthfeel that leads to a smooth finish, very drinkable even at 7.3%

O- most west coast style ipa's I've tried seem to be a little more citrus dominant, but this one was still well made and very drinkable . It drinks almost as easy as a session IPA.

Photo of KYGunner
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This had a pear like yellowish green color with a cloudy hue and a bright white head of dense foam.

The aroma and flavors are spot on as I detect a strong malt backbone at first. It settles into a honey sweetness, cannabis leaf, golden Apple, tangerines grapefruit.

This is very dry in feel with a lot of astringency and bitterness.

The feel is a bit unsettling but it can't deter from a flavor and scent that are top notch.

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright saturated orange, slightly hazed, sticky foam all around the glass.
Huge citrus pith in the aroma, very citric hops high in alpha acids.
Bitter grapefruit, bittersweet orange marmalade. Slick green resin. Super drinkable.
Rivals the best of the West Coast. Get some!

Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another big thank you to Steasy66 for this can of 'Murica!

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a finger of thick white head.

Smell. Yellow grapefruit and orange rinds, ripe papaya and lemon, pineapple, some pine and cedar with a little bit of sweet light malt coming through.

Taste. Papaya agin, bitter yellow grapefruit, pineapple, some cedar and pine with a little bit of light malt. Nicely bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium low carbonation.

Overall. Great west coast IPA. I would drink this often if I could.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,260 ratings.