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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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1,128 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 109
Gots: 105 | 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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2.58/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice light gold, IPA appropriate white head. 2 week old 4 pack, a couple cans consumed before reviewing.

Smells are sweet citrus and pine, but subdued. No pungency or sharp hops.

Tastes showcase the pale malts mixing with some pine and citrus. But the bright zest is missing. Nothing attacks the tongue. Bready, grainy.

Mouthfeel is too heavy and sweet. Minimal resin or pith. Easy drinking for the "fanboy", for whom I'll leave this on the shelf.

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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 beagle75
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a significant amount of suspended sediment hangs stubbornly in the column.

S: Resinous pine and thick base maltose combine for a cloying and unsophisticated smell.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with spicy and bright citrus peel hops aromatics and clean malt flavors that appear rye-influenced by the middle. Assertive carbonic acidity prevents the malt from becoming as heavy as the smell suggested. Hops aromatics become muted soon after they are established. The finish is clean, moderately bitter, and slightly spicy in an ambiguous grainy/herbal way.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The marketing strategy displayed on the label of this beer's packaging suggests disdainful feelings toward what it is intended to be. This beer is safe--proficiently brewed but mediocre in strategy--among actual West Coast IPAs. If the brewer's intent was to create disinterest in strong pale ales aggressively hopped with late additions of American hops cultivars: mission accomplished.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma certainly features the pine hops you'd expect...very fresh smelling and true to the style they're going for at first, but then it seems kind of candy sweet.

Pours a dark golden color, crystal clear. Head is fairly small but present.

Taste is hoppy upfront, with a good deal of pine hops....but not overbearing at all. Somewhat middle of the road I suppose. Fades into a bready and candy sweet malt taste that really seems a little bit off to me for the style. A bit resiny on the finish, lingering a bit. Still, I don't think this is Surly's best beer by a longshot. It's a fair west coast style IPA....but they have far better.

Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned 09/26/13. Reviewed live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Expectations are high given its current ratings. 500ml aluminum can served into a stem-tulip.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness. Decent creaminess. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes. Spotty uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent semitransparent dark copper of below average vibrance. Fine yeast particles are visible floating in the body.

Overall, it's generally attractive for an IPA, but is far from unique or special. No egregious flaws here. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Subtle piney and nectary hop character. It's surprisingly timid for an IPA, but has a good hop profile to it. There's some generic floral and fruity notes as well. Grapefruit, sure. Citrusy esters. Pale malts. Maybe a teensy bit of caramalt, but not so much it adds a sickening sweetness. I do get a bit of onion and garlic. Zest. Fairly fresh pine is the dominant note here. I always like Surly's hop choices. Hope they carry through in the flavour profile.

No yeast character, spices, or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant appealing aroma of average strength.

T: Crisp piney notes/pine needles are dominant. Light nectary hops. Some floral and fruity character - grapefruit primarily. Pale malts. A bit of caramalt. Plenty of assertive hop bitterness here, but for the most part it's nicely tamed. Nicely resinous. Balanced enough, but the hops are forward and fresh enough. It's a nice little build for an IPA and is very cohesive but isn't quite gestalt. Too timid and reticent for an IPA, but still likable enough.

Low depth and intensity of flavour. Below average depth of flavour. Decent complexity. Not much subtlety.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp, and oily. Refreshing. Medium-bodied, with a nice approachable presence on the palate. Good thickness. Well-carbonated. Complements the flavour profile well.

Could be softer, and could also have a bit more bite. I want more assertiveness from this beer - both in flavour and in texture.

Not astringent, harsh, rough, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but I did expect better from Surly. Not a great or world class IPA, but maybe it falls off much quicker than most? I'll plan on revisiting this one fresh. As it stands, it's a nice IPA but way too timid and closed down. I'll easily kill the others in the fridge but this isn't up to par with Surly's better offerings.

B-

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.