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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,224
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 113
Gots: 139 | 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:
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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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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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: 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.

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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.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,224 ratings.