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Overrated West Coast IPA | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

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.

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - light, a little cloudy
S - spicy, fruity crisp
T - hay floral nice aftertaste
F - refreshing hops up front but not too heavy
O - Not bad, first beer from this Brewer. Had one on tap as well, tasted the same.

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Photo of MACrist
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: A hazy, burnt tangerine with a good finger of creamy, off white head that lingers a while. Leaves some very nice lacing down the glass. Slight amount of carbonation rising.
AROMA: Mild. Bready caramel malt, pine, and some citrus notes.
TASTE: Lots of nice bready, and caramel notes. Citrus/grapefruit and a bit of pine.
FEEL: Nice strong level of carbonation. Medium body. Dry all the way through the swig.
OVERALL: I didn't notice the bitterness at first, but it is building to a nice crescendo with each sip. Good level of malts but the citrus and pine notes are kind of more in the background than I would have thought for a west coast ipa. Still, a very enjoyable brew. (Edit: Enjoyed round two even more. Served a bit warmer, and got more hop characteristics, i.e., pine and citrus.)

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Photo of Strix
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a substantial frothy head.

Pine and citrus in the nose.

All pine in this one, with a grassy hop finish.

Crisp, dry mouthfeel.

My personal preference for citrus notes made this a bit... underwhelming.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

cloudy apricot with a one-finger bone white meringue head. widely scattered, large bubble lacing.
oh yay, more grapefruit, but at least this time I detect some malt. the grapefruit is embedded in nougat.
the flavor has a bit of pineapple in addition to the grapefruit, but it's almost all the latter's rind in the finish, which is fairly persistent.
mouthfeel is not as full as expected given the gravity, and the carbonation is on the prickly side.
seem to enjoy this one more than the furious, and both are certainly drinkable, although I'm nowhere near blown away. by the end of the can this one only grew in its likeability, warranting a bump upward in the taste and overall evaluation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium gold with a firm and slow shrinking head of foam.

Notes of grapefruit and pine with a very wee bit of bread in the smell.

So hoppy with nare a sign of any malt. Plenty of grapefruit some pine yet, to me, mild but ample bitterness.

Nice mouthfeel and great drinkability. A treat.

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Photo of ImperialChi
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much needed beer after a long day. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass (need to get a proper tulip).

A - Golden beer, slightly cloudy with a creamish colored head. Leaves slight traces of head as it is drunk down on the glass.
S - A fresh, citrus nose to the beer with a pleasant caramel maltiness to it. Slightly "dank", smells inviting.
T - Refreshing. Hoppy but balanced, citrus and pineapple with perhaps something both green and tropical (not such if saying "green papaya" in a review makes me a douche or not). More balanced than my steady diet of Imperial IPAs, crisp and refreshing.
M - The creaminess of the head gives way to a medium body, perhaps a little on the light side. Ends with a slightly viscous, sticky finish.
O - Solid beer. This is was my first Surly Brewing and I really enjoyed it. Not a palate-destroyer and very refreshing, although perhaps slightly too restrained/balanced for my personal taste.

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Photo of wgk
2.65/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I expected a lot when I heard that Surly was going to be having some brews in our area stores soon. I had heard some of the reputation and was anxious to know more. When it arrived, it was pretty well represented in purveyor places we frequent, enough so that we overcame our reluctance at buying 16 ounce cans of anything. It was pretty in the glass. The smell didn't arouse much in us, it didn't put us off, either. But, the taste was disappointing. Balance is lacking....we imagine a big, surly "who cares" coming over the Internet at us, but we'll stick with that because two of the 16 ounce cans are still sitting in the fridge on the top shelf after 6-8 weeks, at least. We'll give that as this is an American IPA, it balances American-ish, but to a fault. And, it is dry, as advertised. It's "just a" (overrated) beer.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. This is just a really solid modern IPA. Pours a nice honey-orange with a fine white head. Smell is a little subdued, but there's the requisite citrus. Taste is similar--not at all a hop bomb, just a fairly balanced, well-made IPA. Went well with a meal there at the brewery.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired via trade from CapCollector16 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a medium off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is in the thin side for the style but brings a good a balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of corby112
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with bright tangerine colored edges and a two finger white foam head. Excellent retention, slowly settling into a thick, lasting cap/ring that coats the glass with large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing on its way down. Impressive.

Dank juicy hop aroma with a nice balance of earthy resins, fresh cut grass, juicy tropical/citrus fruit and pale malt. Fresh kind bud and pine needle resins countered by prominent tropical/citrus fruit hop character. Very strong grapefruit presence along with mango, blood orange, melon and candied orange fruit slices. Faint summit onion/soap character. Subtle malt backbone with hints of caramel, bread, biscuit and cracker.

Medium body with a blast and dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweeter hop notes and pale malts into a dry finish. Dank buds and oily reins along with pine needle and spruce tip but this beer never becomes overpowering or too bitter. There's the perfect amount of luscious fruit sweetness with hints of ruby red grapefruit, melon, pineapple, blood orange and candied fruit. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit goodness perfectly balancing out the bitterness. This is rounded out by faint malt backbone with some caramel sweetness, biscuit and grainy graham cracker. Very well balanced with great complexity and a delicious flavor profile. Not sure what the ABV is but this beer is incredibly crushable. Awesome beer!

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A wonderful golden hue that's nearly clear. Has moderate carbonation, poured into a snifter and settled into a thin white head.
S: An abundance of hop citrus, orange, grapefruit, and a little herbal character.
O: The grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and other citrus flavors come to the forefront and last for the entire tasting experience, but it's balanced by a pleasing malt backbone, and it's not so overpowering hoppy that it becomes overly bitter. Rather, it provides some sweetness and a touch of bitterness at the finish.
M: Malt is light and a little bready but it also provides a necessary counterbalance against the hops.
O: It's smooth, crisp, and has a lot dimension to it, and among West Coast IPAs, it's one of my favorites.

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Photo of 98green
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Links taphouse in Chicago. West coast ipas are a thing for a reason, and that is because they are awesome. This one is very good, so even if it is a gimmick it is well done. A solid beer

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Photo of anonymoose
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Old can. The beer has a hazy orange color. The aroma is malt. The taste is a typical malty west coast IPA. The name kind of explains itself unfortunately.

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Photo of dd43
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's hard to know what to make of the whole west coast vs east coast IPA thing anymore. Everyone can brew IPAs to any sort of style benchmark. This offering from Surly is rather delicious and blissfully simple to drink. As an IPA specifically targeting the west coast style, I was looking for a little more of that pine bitterness and more of the onion/garlic kind of character often referred to as "dank". The mouthfeel on this hazy orange beer is great, nicely carbonated and the alcohol is not detectable despite clocking in at over 7% ABV. Good citrus aromas but could have been a little more aggressive in that regard. Still, I'd happily order one of these at the pub and would delight in being able to pick up a four pack if Surly had CT distribution.

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Photo of pghsensation
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice amber hazy look. An aroma and taste typical of a good west coast IPA. The finish is less citrus and pine than u would think. Overall, a solid hoppy offering in the west coast IPA style.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for the hookup on this one. Pounder can appears a hazy golden color with yellowish stained cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

This smells pungent with cheesy, herbal and fruity hops. Its got some dankness to it with a touch of caramel malt sweetness to contrast.

This tastes herbal with a touch of caramel malt that barely provides some contrasting sweetness against the bitter hops. A little cheesy and dank with pine but easy to enjoy.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A pleasantly hoppy and complex ipa thats enjoyable.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Strong hop aroma and taste. Good job making the citrus fruits stand out in the nose and taste.

Having now had the opportunity to enjoy Furious and Todd the Axeman from Surly, Over Rated doesn't stack as high, but an overall solid IPA.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden/copper amber color that's clear with an eggshell white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - slight dankness, hop resin, ganja, tropical fruits - mango, pineapple, papaya
T - follows the nose, tropical fruits - mango, pineapple, papaya, orange/lemon/lime peel, less dankness on the taste than on the nose
M - light-medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is bitter, orange/lemon/lime peel
O - decent beer, I'd buy it again, at a month old the hop character is still great.

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Photo of tlema1
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: bright golden color, tight white head
S: dank, pine, resin, faint citrus
T: similar to the nose, but with a dry bitter finish
F: light bodied, light mouthfeel
O: not my favorite Surly offering, but enjoyable

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Photo of unclekeith
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5 week old can in an IPA glass

L: Straw yellow, with 2 finger white head, minimal but stubborn lacing
S: Citrus, piney hops!
T: Dank hoppy resin, nice bitterness
F: Nothing special - nice balance
O: A fine IPA, prefer other Surly offerings

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Photo of kbwalters
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a tulip glass; bottled within 2 weeks of consumption.
Look = 4.25 Pours a cloudy golden orange with 3 fingers of off white, thick, frothy head. Great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Citrus and piney hop goodness but also a thick sweet toffee malt backbone. Fairly strong aroma overall.
Taste = 4.0 Pine hoppy notes lead the way with light citrus or fruity notes and a sweet finish that leads into a moderate bitter finish.
Feel = 4.25 Medium bodied with medium carbonation; a little syrupy, a little resiny, good for style.
Drinkability = 4.0 West coast IPA with a decent bitter bite.
Overall = 4.075 A pretty solid west coast IPA more piney than citrusy.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can was about 1 month old.

Pours an amber orange color. Nice citrus hops, grapefruit, bready malts, and fruity malts. Medium body, no bitterness, low carbonation.

Overall a decent beer. Not a hop bomb but good....would like to try it again fresher.

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Photo of jhavs
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served at the brewery tap room in Minneapolis in their chalice.

A= Medium amber with medium haze. White head with lacing that rings the glass as I sip.

S= Sweet malt, toasty malt, citrus and some grassy or pine hints.

T= Lots of bitterness with citrus and a bit of tropical hop flavor, toasty malts and some malt sweetness in the background of the bitterness.

M=Moderate level of carbonation and medium body.

O= Good IPA, lots of bitterness but enough malt to give it some sense of balance, would drink it again, but would choose Axe Man first if offered.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Bright clear light amber color, thin white head. Nose is faint tangerine. Citrusy hops are the flavor throughout, orange and grapefruit peel. Crisp and clean with just enough malt sweetness to balance. Finish is not very dry. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall this is a very solid, hop forward, good tasting IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold under a 1.5” foam cap with persistent multi-sized bubbles. S: Fresh meadow. T: Starts creamy malty with light fruit and then the hops come on board and it finishes with a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness. F: Creamy medium body and carbonation O: has that West Coast hop character.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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