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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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985 Ratings
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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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Reviews by xmorgan:
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

This is a tasty IPA in the west coast style? It is very balanced and not overtly hoppy. It is a very well made IPA! My only complaint is it is in a can!
Pour it into a glass!

Apperance: Orangish amber forms a white head and nice lacing
Smell: hoppy citrus aroma
Taste: dry hop heaven it is well balanced and awesome I normally am more discriptive but hoppy and well balanced is all I can say
Overall: this is a well made beer and not overtly over hopped. Would dri no it again and again!

06-26-2013 03:40:23 | More by xmorgan
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

04-24-2013 12:04:23 | More by tectactoe
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

08-16-2013 23:59:18 | More by MadScientist
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-10-2013 07:18:29 | More by Schlais
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-13-2013 01:12:41 | More by supa0525
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-18-2014 21:23:31 | More by danthehopslamman
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South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-29-2013 03:58:07 | More by SD-Alefan
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-06-2014 01:12:34 | More by csmartin6
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-20-2013 06:11:49 | More by Hamburgers
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-16-2014 15:04:17 | More by 77apm
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-31-2014 03:03:27 | More by cincysig
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-10-2013 15:43:28 | More by Dbrulet
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-18-2013 03:53:13 | More by megamass
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

06-28-2014 23:55:11 | More by codysjb
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-01-2013 01:58:27 | More by Guinnsslvr
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-11-2013 02:32:42 | More by ryancl
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-06-2013 21:19:40 | More by thaghost
Photo of bsp77


4.16/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

04-12-2013 02:53:47 | More by bsp77
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3.69/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

01-28-2014 19:07:36 | More by NilocRellim
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-17-2014 17:49:44 | More by ccurrid
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2013 18:06:42 | More by mrw1zard
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-12-2013 14:38:01 | More by virinow
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-07-2013 13:53:23 | More by warmbier804
Photo of ehammond1

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

04-15-2013 00:33:33 | More by ehammond1
Photo of MattyG85


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

04-11-2013 06:51:20 | More by MattyG85
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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.