Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 109
Gots: 108 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can, thanks John. Pours golden with a little head. Citrus orange hop aroma, and that is the taste that delivers. Superior IPA and very drinkable. Just a minimum of malting to keep your palate from shredding. Well crafted. Smooth and satisfying.

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Canned 5/22/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but tastes a bit old 4 months later.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, date on can 4/30/13

Pours a very light gold, looking at it, IPA does not jump out to you. It has a bubbly off-white to white head.

The smell is somewhat mellow. The hops come through, a bit piney, but not at the level you would expect for a west-coast style ipa.

The taste is juicy, not the bitterness you would expect. Citrus hits you up front, I 100% agree on the tropical fruit comments.

The mouthfeel is nice, but its sweet, and the bitterness doesn't show up until very late to balance it. Overall, an above average IPA, but wouldn't put it in the top-tier.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a very impressive head (two inches and good retention) that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Citrus and hemp, with tropical fruit undertones

Taste: All hops and no malt, dominated by hemp and tropical fruit more than citrus; very bitter, after the swallow, with a touch of medicinal aspirin

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Surly got what they were shooting for though from my personal standpoint, I would prefer more citrus in the flavor profile

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

If West Coast-style IPAs are indeed overrated... and if an upper Midwestern brewery wants to make one to show that it is indeed overrated, they should probably try to screw it up a bit to make a point: not make a great one to further promote such hype. In that regard, Surly's attempt is an epic fail!

Bright copper in its initial pour, its exuberant carbonation races to the surface- hurrying to amass a light and frothy white cap. Incredible honeycomb retention and lace adorn the glass more and more with each drink.

Bright citrus aromas captivate the nose with notes of grapefruit, orange zest and with a hint of pine. Thin caramel malt supports lurk in the background and instead of offering balance, they allow the fruit character to seem riper, juicier, and more vibrant.

Thin caramel and toasted grain coax the early palate, just ahead of an onslaught of hop character. Sharp white grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and a light chive-like earthiness towers over the middle palate. Its dry malt backbone lightens considerably in order to allow hop flavor and bitterness to dominate. Finishing decidedly bitter, yet smooth- a resinous pine-like taste offers a long, clean lingering.

Light, crisp and clean throughout- the ale is far too drinkable to be in excess of 7%- but there it is: drinkable as lager and brightly flavored, its nearly impossible to drink this guy slow. Exacerbated by bone dryness, the alcohol is masked easily by hop bitterness- drying the palate with ease. With no astringency, void of residual sweetness and no alcohol bite- this IPA is as effortless as they come.

Surly partially proves their point- that the drier, criper and more accutely bitter West Coast IPA's are popular, perhaps to a fault. But they are certainly not overrated!

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color, very clear looking with a fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing are very nice on this beer. The smell has a solid amout of citrusy pine hop aromas. The taste is also quite hoppy but does have a solid malt backbone to it as well. The mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of boozy heat to it. Overall I enjoy it, I look forward to drinking the rest of the cans I got.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

kind of a funny concept here, and a hilarious story on the back of the can to accompany this actually not overrated at all ipa. the fourth of july looking can pours a light copper colored brew with two inches of bone white foaming head. the nose is indeed akin to the west coast styles, high alpha, simple barley malt, and a sticky fresh character that reminds me of the finest ganja. the flavor is perhaps a little less dank than the nose, a little more in balance, but the sweeter, juicy hops definitely take center stage. some subtle notes of mango or guava or something else tropical, but this isn't a fruit ipa at all, its pretty straight forward really. good carbonation keeps its pep all the way through, while the body is sort of middle of the spectrum. this is rather drinkable for its size, and one can was definitely not enough to satiate me. I would get this regularly if it were available in Colorado. an enjoyable stab at the arrogant left coast scene.

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright saturated orange, slightly hazed, sticky foam all around the glass.
Huge citrus pith in the aroma, very citric hops high in alpha acids.
Bitter grapefruit, bittersweet orange marmalade. Slick green resin. Super drinkable.
Rivals the best of the West Coast. Get some!

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can shared by Aniela. Thanks! Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and specks of lace. Hazed orange body.

S - Big lemon, grapefruit peel, and pine. Very neutral and understated crackery malt backbone.

T - The taste is similarly heavy on lemon and grapefruit peel, pine, and grass. Very low sweetness, either from hops or malt. Well-attenuated and crackery, with a restrained malt character and moderate bitterness.

M - Dry, medium body, pleasant carbonation, and well-hidden alcohol.

D - A good beer that is definitely West Coast in execution. Easy to drink for the ABV. Could actually use a tiny bit more sweetness to offset the bitterness. I also appreciate that this is totally different from Furious.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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