Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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1,359 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 122
Gots: 197 | FT: 11
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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Photo of martyl1000
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a can at Johnson public house best IPA I've had in a few months.

Photo of Taybeh
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 4 week old tallboy into an imperial pint

a: hazy pale pineapple gold with a tinge of orange and a 2 finger puffy white head that leaves great lacing...looks good.
s: grapefruit rind, lemon peel, pineapple, very faint herbal notes, caramel and bready malts...a little too sweet to be ideal for me, but...
t: what one expects from the nose...nice layered approach with good things at each step. sweetness, some light peppery spiciness and citric hoppy bitterness linger
f: medium to maybe a little low on the carbonation. plenty of hop oils coating my mouth. a little more oily and sticky than is ideal for a west coast style ipa imho, but still plenty enjoyable.

Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange infused hazed lighter golden with a great looking almost creamy-like sticky white head atop.Whoa man the tangerine and ruby red grapefruit are just jumping out at me in the nose,a bit of caramel thrown in makes it more than inviting to say the least.On the sweeter side on the palate,almost candied flavored hoppy goodness with a hefty caramel base,like sweet hop juice.Not for the non hophead, but it is on the sweeter side but damn I love it.

Photo of Uhopia
3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think the name says it all. Meh.

Photo of Moose90
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can dated "05/04/15 F2901" poured into 16oz tulip

A — Pours a light hazy orange hue, there is a light caramel colored head that forms and leaves behind minimalist lacing.

S — Smells mostly malty, little bit of juicy fruit tones, mango and light pineapple.

T — Taste is quite bitter and piney, there is a little bit of a pineapple sweetness to balance it out, lots of sweet light malts as well.

M — Light-Medium bodied, there is an adequate amount of carbonation as well.

O — Nice overall, expected a little more, it's certainly hoppy but not what I would really expect from a "West Coast" IPA, too malty.

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazed golden with a foamy head that lasts. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of robust citrus - grapefruit/orange with some pine.

The taste is of strong citrus - orange, grapefruit - with some pine. A firm, chewy malt backbone ties hops together and adds smoothness.

A "classic" "West Coast" IPA brewed in the Midwest! Very nice! A "hop-head's" delight!

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, slightly Hazy golden orange. The smell is phenomenal! I set it a cross the room and could smell the perfect combination of piney citrus. Extremely balanced APA. Not overbearing piney resin, with slight citrus and malt for balance. Still provides dank. A slight onion/garlic in the end to heighten the feel. Not a lot of carbonation, and is crisp and refreshing. I could drink a lot of these, the 7.3% could sneak up on me however. Another good beer from Surly.

Photo of kwettig
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very slightly hazy amber color. Head is milky white with good retention. Very similar to the Pliny I'm tasting it with. Pliny being a little cleaner.

Smells like grapefruit with a little lemon/lime zest. Some pine background. Similar to Pliny but less piney and absolutely no danky pine aroma.

Tastes very citrusy, a little sweet, but not overly sweet, with a little lingering pine finish. Not a lot of depth with the hop flavors but refreshing with a bit of bitterness.

Medium carbonation. Not much to say here. Clean, crisp, like this style should be.

Overall I think this is a good beer for the style that it set out to be. I wish I still had a Blind Pig from Russian River to compare this to but if memory serves me I'd say that the Blind Pig has a little more depth for a single IPA but this is still a beer I'd start with and it is available in the area.

Photo of justintcoons
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Light gold with 2 fingers of loose head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Pineapple, passion fruit, peach, wintergreen, dank greens, and candy sugar.

Taste
Pineapple, passion fruit, and peach. Dank greens and wintergreen with some damp, woodsy flavors. Light candy sugar and honey maltiness. Finishes with grapefruit zest, pine needles, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, off-dry, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Dank, juicy, and lightly bitter. A very fine IPA.

Photo of mmahanna41
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This should be called UNDER RATED! Even at its current BA rating at 4.09.... I don't know why I waited this long to try this but I'm glad I didn't wait another day. Will be a main stay in the rotation.

Photo of Maryobeerian
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lot going on -- bold, without being in your face. Great beer.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as a part of a build-you-own-sixer at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The canned on dated states this was canned a month ago. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a deep straw/honey amber color with about a half-inch of off-white head the falls fairly quickly to a film but leaves decent lacing on the glass. Quite clear, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Not an exceptionally big bouquet, but what's there is very nice: citrus hops, with notes of apricot and freshly cut grass. There's some bready malt notes present, along with a bit of pine hop notes, as well.

T: Some nice citrus and earthy/funk hop flavors right out of the gate, with good bready malts to balance things out a bit. A bit of grassiness and bumble gum in the mix, as well. The middle moves a bit toward the more piney hop flavors, with a bit of clear alcohol coming through. A touch of apricot/stone fruit. The close is definitely dominated by the hops, with a real resinous quality that leaves some nice bitter on the palate.

F: This one is a bit creamy at the start, but it quickly turns quite bright/bitter. It's got a medium body, very nice carbonation, and close that brings all the bitter but doesn't quite completely coat the tongue. Quite drinkable for this ABV.

O: I had the chance to try Furious and Todd the Ax Man at the Surly Tap House, and this was doesn't disappoint, either. It's got nice balance despite bringing very big hop flavors. I like that it lets me know I'm drinking an IPA without prohibiting me from drinking another. I would definitely return to this one again.

Photo of hoagzzz
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prob a psychological effect going on here (score beer otherwise not available to me, it must be incredible) but this is good shit. Awesome hazy yellow pour, great nose, some dank as well. Loved it!

Photo of RichH55
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall very good. Pours and looks like an optimal IPA and first few sips go down easy.

Only issue is after a few sips you will get a slight bitter aftertaste.

Photo of mr-jj
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to snaotheus for providing me this beer. Dated 2/23/15.

Poured into an IPA glass, it has a clear gold color with a two finger white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus and some tropical f. Taste is dominated by the hops - bitter citrus on the palate with a lingering bitter finish. It's pure hops, and I like it. Body is medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Not as good as Abrasive, but it's a very solid IPA.

Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-04-17
Pint can split between a pair of snifters. Canned on 2/23/15. Delivered by in-laws who brought it from Chicago.

Pours slightly very slight hazy golden with a small head and a little carbonation. Smell is powerful. Smells of citrus juice, tart. Nice.

Taste is juicy with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry. Overall, good beer.

Photo of Wolfhead
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a really good West Coast style IPA
Never disappointed buying a four pack that's not too old as I don't see it around here very often

Photo of dleigh
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 3/17/15. Golden-yellowish color. Citrusy, a little floral, with a lot of that hoppy resinous smell coming through. Real bitter, hoppy taste, not a ton of malt to balance it. Fine, unremarkable mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good IPA, but there are plenty of better ones out there.

Photo of spacecake9
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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 RMelyon
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not cloudy but a ton of lacing.

A little citrusy, but there's some... Potpourri?

Whoa, definitely potpourri. Like drinking a diverse bouquet of flowers, in a good way. Only other comparable beer is Revo Anti-Hero, but this one's brighter in some way.

Feels fine. No real lingering stickiness either. What an IPA's supposed to feel like.

Overall, if you want a floral IPA, and don't have access to Anti-Hero (which is a bit better than this) go for it.

Photo of jzlyo
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is mangoes/pomegranate, citrus and a hint of Belgian sugar. The flavor is citrus, mangoes/pomegranate, fruit, mild hop resin, malts and a mix of bitter and pine needles in the finish.

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Spiegealau IPA glass. Look is medium gold in color and very clear. 2 finger head with staying power. Taste is somewhat sweet initially but closes with a mild bitter hoppiness. Mouth feel is smooth, not overly bubbly. Overall, a very tasty and smooth IPA from Surly that I'd buy again.

Photo of Jaredkrauss
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Would drink it again. I don't think I've liked many so-called West Coast IPAs thus far.

Photo of Enochase04
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not as good as their other ipa offerings

Photo of boblee
2.1/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

The name says it all.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,359 ratings.