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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 211
Hads: 1,453
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 128
Gots: 218 | FT: 14
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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 Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. This west coast style single IPA is a new release from one of the midwest's master of hops. I've had this a few times since grabbing some courtesy of Brandon at Dark Lord Day, figured I should finally get around to reviewing one since I am on my last can.

Score: 93

Canned on 04/19/13. Served in a Goose Island Chicago flag snifter and enjoyed on 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a clean/transparent light amber-orange color with a half finger of head off the pour. Good lacing, poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Dank, resinous hops and tropcal citrus. Sticky pine sap, grapefruit, pineapple, and grassy hops. 4.25/5

Taste: Bitter citrus rind, sappy/piney hops and sweet tropical citrus. Nice sweet malt backbone that is not very pronounced, but adds a good balance to the hops. The hop flavor is there, but it is not quite "in your face" palate wrecking intense like Abrasive Ale. The bitterness and lingering hop flavor are spot on for what I love in my IPA. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, excellent carbonation. Oily mouthfeel, slightly dry finish. 4.25

Overall: Better than Furious, but a slight notch below Wet. Surly has another winner on their hands. Hopefully this will become a Surly staple.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack of 16 oz cans.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cyclone8 for knowing that 1 can of Surly beer is never enough for me!

A - Light straw. Crystal clear. Beautiful head that does not stick around for long, but its brief appearance is great: big bubbly and tight.

S - Great aroma. Right as I popped the can it hit me over the head. Intensely citric and floral hop aroma invades. Light grassy notes. I also get some "cookie spice" from the light touch of malts. The alcohol comes in strong along with an aspirin-y note. Overall the aroma is so powerful that it smells close to light hair permanent.

T - Big grapefruit taste, you almost get the whole fruit in order: zest, bitter pith, and then juicy and sour fruit. As the can says there is not much in the way of balance, but it is nice overall. Finishes with an herbal quality akin to mint

M - Nice and smooth, suggesting an easy drinkability. Lighter body for an IPA, but in the spectrum of beer it is about medium.

Solid IPA, great sensory experience until the beer is in your mouth and then the party's over

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can opened on 4.27.13

A - Pours a hazy medium to dark orange wiht a smaller tan head with good retention.

S - Bitter orange peel, malts, some tropical fruits.

T - Sweet orange then some bitterness. Fruity finish.

D - Good carbonation and a bit to thin of a body.

O - Great, orange and tropical IPA with a bit of bitterness in the middle.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 4/15/13 Canning date. 16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Beer pours a .5 finger fine white head with low retention. Color is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Honestly, I expected a bit more here.

Nose is citrus, pine, tree sap hop bitterness, and some grass. Moderately aromatic. Very clean and fresh.

Opens bright citrus and pine hop bitterness. Some grassiness and sap hop presence in the middle. West Coast for sure. Very little malt presence. Finishes resin-y with a sharp hop bite at the end. Aftertaste of pine and citrus hop bitterness. Dry. Pretty good.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Quenching and bubbly in the mouth and goes down abrasive and sharp. Accented finish with a dry, lingering, sticky aftertaste. Love it!

This beer certainly lives up to its name. Huge hop presence that makes itself known with a nose and feel that only serves to enhance the bitterness. Real drinkable and definitely worth visiting. I'd say not at all over-rated!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Canned April 30th 2013.

A fairly clear, bronze gold amber body, with slow rising carbonation. Head is off white and is about two fingers deep, but falls to a thin puck and soapy fat collar. Not too bad looking.

Nose is fairly subtle hop wise. Mild sense of sweet melon, perhaps a hint of tropical juicy quality. Mild sweetness, a little bit of piney spice and light brown sugar.

Good bitterness matching the hint of tropical quality. Toned down malt sweetness hinted with a little bit of toasty brown sugar. Slightly more than moderate carbonation but with a hint of wet body. Hints of earthy quality on the aftertaste and finish with a matching pine bitterness.

Overall not bad, and not overrated either.

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Photo of guityler83
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear, bright orange color with bright white head that falls quickly.

S: Catty, pine and citrus hop aroma that puts your sences in to a euphoric state

T: A big burst of pine bitterness on the first sip. The crisp toasty malt vibe is subtle when it washes over the pallet, then it finishing with a catty west coast hop bite. \m/

M: Sticky hop oils, mild carbonation and moderate body.

O: I've never had a subpar beer from Surly. They have another winner with Overrated, I just wish we could get it easier in WI.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 16oz can.

Pours a nice clear and bright slight golden color. There is a nice 1 inch white head that is slightly soapy and has some nice dense notes. The head is pretty sticky and leaves some nice lacing as it slowly recedes.

Aroma starts off with some nice grapefruit and tangerine citrus notes. Very...dare I say West Coast. Definitely citrus hop notes dominate the palette. There are mild bready notes in the nose and very slight earthy grain notes.

Starts off with some nice piney and grassy sweetness as well as some nice pale caramel notes. Then there is the nice citrus blast of orange and tangerine. There is also some slight grapefruit notes as well. The brew has some nice spicy and grassy hop notes in there as well mixed in with some pine. Quite a plethora of hop note profiles. Very well crafted and yummy. There is some bready notes in there that slightly balance the hop profile. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and clean with a nice bitter dryness.

Surly is good at this IPA game and they did a great job concocting this citrusy and dry hoppy bomb.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” dated printed on the bottom is “04/15/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a nonick pint glass. It is a slightly hazy, syrup-like pale ambler. Tiny, grain-like specks are suspended in the beer. Two fingers of dense, buttery, eggshell-colored head slowly settled to a fairly even skim and left a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Like a true West Coast IPA. Bold citrus aromas (lemon, orange, and a touch of grapefruit), a little bit of pine, and grainy bitterness.

Taste: Hmm — that’s unique. It is sweet at first. For a moment, flavors of pale malts, caramel, and toffee are the first to hit the taste buds. Then the citrus and bitterness run them over. There is a lot of lemon zest, a touch of pine, and the finish is very dry. The bitterness is impressive and somewhat coarse, but nothing overpowering. As the beer warms, hints of grapefruit and tropical fruit begin to emerge, but the lemon keeps them in check. The malts and sweetness also reemerge and begin to counterbalance the bitterness, but the bitterness maintains its edge.

Drinkability: This is not overrated. It is a solid and drinkable West Coast IPA from the land o’ lakes.

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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.

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Photo of caskstrength
2.61/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

Aptly named

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to TIMMYJ21 for the hookup.

Appearance: Bright, clear dark gold with some slight orange leanings. Head is white and fluffy. Drops to a small clumpy cap and collar. Lively but not aggressive carbonation. Big sheets of thin lacing.

Smell: Not as aggressively hoppy as expected. Requisite blast of citrus with a solid pine needle backing. Some sweet malts push something vaguely bready with a nice caramel malt sweetness. Grapefruit, tangerine, pithy orange. Tropical with a slight oily note. Herbal, but mildly so. Not balanced, but not out of whack either.

Taste: Juicy citrus. Orange flesh. Tangerines and ruby red grapefruit. Slight pine bitterness. Oily hops. Solid malt backbone is just sweet enough to cut through the hops. A bit bready. Warming pushes it a bit more herbal with a solid floral finish. Lingering bitterness, but again, not particularly aggressive. Toasted and pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and wet without pushing too far. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: I didn't know Surly could make a drinkable IPA...

It's a west-coast-style IPA. No frills, no muss, just is. It's not a killer in the style, but I don't think it was designed to be. A solid jab that delivers but doesn't go too far. It's Surly and it's worth it.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz, 4/25/13
Riedel tulip

A: Pretty clear light orange color. Nice fluffy egg shell white head. Sticks around. Leaving good lacing.

S: Smells like a West Coast IPA: tropical fruits, mango, papaya, overripe peach. Some grain notes, but certainly hop forward.

T: Nice fruity hop bitterness up front. Get that overripe peach and mango, more like a WC then other Surly products. Thinner malt bill too. Some herbal notes? Dry finish.

M: medium bodied IPA

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Photo of milliCAN
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this can delivered to my door by Jeffrey2310. Stand-up guy. Thanks a million.

From the can I tossed this into a Revolution Brewing pint glass. I love it already.

Perfectly pours an off white head that recedes to a ring around the glass. A beautiful IPA cloud of sediment suspends throughout with a few bubbles of carbonation appearing out of nowhere.

It smells like a dang wet hopped IPA and a little less citrus than I anticipated.

Taste is amazing. What a well balanced freakin beer. At first it seems malty and a bit sweet, then the hops kicks in with a mellow subtle tangerine but not too bitter. On the back of the tongue is a slight numbing and an almost caramel finish that balances out making me want 12 more of these.

Solid ass IPA. I love the "Hype" statement on the can. Good job, Surly.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a fresh can of this for no reason. #gratitudeboner

Appearance: Hazy mid-orange color from a distance, more of a deep gold when held up to the light - bright, off-white head - fades to some nice wisps of a cap, leaves a nice web of lacing

Smell: Hoppy, with some West Coast flair, but honestly not that hoppy - perhaps on par, or even less hoppy than Furious - apparently, even when Surly tries to make an unbalanced beer, they still make a balanced beer - ruby red grapefruits, tangerines, citrus pith, tropical notes, and some spicy pine needles - pale and toasted malts

Taste: Juicy, fleshy, and hoppy - some tropical notes, ripe pineapple, tangerine, orange, grapefruit - fleshy and pithy citrus, with a great juiciness - some pine resin as well, some herbal notes - nicely balanced with some pale and toasted malts - nice level of bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely smooth, nice carbonation, dry finish

Overall: Not exactly a sleeper hit

I'm not sure if Surly was trying to poke fun at West Coast hop bombs, lower expectations for this beer, or just confuse potential drinkers... Regardless, I find it entertaining that Surly can still make a balanced beer even when they aren't trying. This is great.

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Photo of davey101
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 04/02/13.

A - Pours a clear amber body. Two fingers of white foam with sticky lacing and lasting retention. Looks good for a filtered IPA.

S - Tropical fruit into huge pine. Very juicy and fresh with a dash of bready malts. Even at a month old its still smelling damn good.

T - Pine, grapefruit, and crackery malts. Dry yet juicy. Not as great as the nose and actually rather boring. Seems to just be missing something. Slick and creamy mouth feel.

O - A damn solid IPA even with a few weeks on it. Very lacking compared to Surly's other hoppy brews. Dig the tongue in cheek idea behind it too.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 04/15/13. Pours an almost-clear golden-orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is pretty dank in the hop department. Tons of pine and grapefruit. A lot of grapefruit with some lemon and orange zest. Taste is exactly as it smells. Great west-coast flavor, even though I never felt like Surly made their hoppy beers as malty as most east coast hoppy beers.
Some grassy hops with mostly citrus hops. Very dry and smooth. Drinkability is very high. Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Overall, I really dig this beer. Didn't care for the information on the can, as it seems like a gimmick. The beer speaks for itself though. Very tasty.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a bight honey color with a dense 2 finger off-white head. Some trails and large bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- honey, caramel, grapefruit, light spice and pine.

T- caramel, light toast, grapefruit, oranges, some spice and nice amount of pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth, slightly dry with some acidity in the back half.

O- very good ipa. Definitely more hop forward like most west coast ipa's, with a nice balance of caramel and pine.

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Photo of budgood1
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned on 4-22-13.

pours out a floaty laden light gold colour with an off white thinnish head plentiful lace. huge tropical fruit hoppy aroma. sourdough bread, citrus pith and a hard to pinpoint herbalness are stamped all over this brew. the flavour is a staightforward west coast hop assault on the palate. the malt variety has some say in the overall profile, as it brings some bready, chewy goodness... then bows to the hop bill. the hopping throws down some citrus peel, then transitions into a bit of pine resin and herbal grassiness. it covers all the bases and certainly is not one dimensional. alchohol warmth provides another dimension...like a warm blanket that takes you down to the comfort of your leather couch. it finishes extremely dry and bitter. full bodied, even though well attentuated with a prickly mouthfeel and slightly chalkish aftertaste. drinkability is nice, the mealy chewiness detracts somewhat, but hell...this is one stocky, sturdy IPA.

overall i'm impressed with the fact that Surly concocted a different twist on an IPA inspired in the west coast tradition with a midwestern flair. rather brilliant IMHO. worth seeking out...

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh can grabbed from accross the border... AKA 10 minutes from my house in WI, great place to live, distribution wise, haha.

Tangerine in color with very small paritcales floating around finger of white head.

Smell is lemon, grapefruit, pine, orange

Taste is bitter orange, grapefruit, tons of pine, light malt precense, finishes sweet citrus and very dry

Mouthfeel is medium in both carbonation and body, really dry.

Well I wish Surly would make this there year round IPA instead of furious.... Do not get me wrong they can keep Furious year round, just call it a hopped up amber which it has always been to me. Great beer here, will be keeping this one in the rotation!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surly Brewing Company - Overrated West Coast IPA - Pint Can

Let me just say, this brew is phenomenal, if you have a chance to try it, do so!

Look - Pours a clear pale golden with a slight amber tint. Small, soapy head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind sticky lacing.

Smell - Malts and hops blend perfectly here, aroma is smooth but still has that Surly punch.

Taste - Everything comes together neatly in the taste. Smooth with a mean boy kick. Surly supreme!

Mouthfeel - Dry and bitter, crisp, and refreshing as hell. Drinkable for sure. Each sip makes you thirsty for more.

Overall - Overrated is a hilarious name for this beer because it is amazing, you will have to try it to believe it. Surly Brewing Co. is one badass company.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 4/25/13 poured info a Surly Mug

A: Appearance on this one is money. Completely translucent pale, golden yellow with a fizzy off-white head that clings completely to the glass as if slowly fades.

S: Very hop forward in the nose. Lots of lemon and grapefruit juice citrus. Smells a little bready and buttery. Piney. A little exotic mango-like fruitiness also.

T: More pine and Christmas-tree notes than the nose leads you to believe. Good bitterness balancing out strong lemon fruitiness. Some biscuit maltiness underlying all.

M: Medium body. Oily and a but dry. Cactus-like Prickly. Moderate-high carbonation.

O: Surly continues to impress. Ultra fresh hops and high bitterness balanced with mega loads of citrus sweetness and pine.

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Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent-if-boilerplate example of what a west coast IPA should be.

Pours bright amber with a fuzzy white head.

In the aroma, does the malt balance the hops, but the hop profile is variegated enough so as to balance itself, reaching extremely acidic peaks of pine and grapefruit that are tamed by mango and grass before being subsumed into breadiness. It tastes, thankfully, very much as it smells: exceptionally well balanced.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - copper/amber color. Pours a pretty dense 1.5 inches or so of dense white foam.

S - smooth citrus, orange peel, some pine

T - lots of grapefruit and orange, little bit of more tropical notes as it warms. Then some piney/sappy bitterness towards the end.

M - good. Medium or a little lighter carbonation. Nice finish.

O - certainly not overrated. Tasty IPA.

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

16 oz. can. Canned on 4/15/13.

Pours a bright golden orange. Clean and clear. Small finger of gauzy, tight, off-white head. Some lacing. Lots of citrus on the nose. Some pine, but mostly grapefruit, lemon zest, and some pineapple. Fruity malt backbone gets overshadowed by the fresh hop aromas. Nice!

Toasted malt up front. Sweetish, fruity malt fills in, along with plenty of juicy hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine sap dominate. Moderately bitter (for an IPA), but the hop flavors are nice and fresh. More toasted, bready notes near the finish. Long, dry finish with some lingering fruit and cookie malt. Medium body with a creamy feel. Nicely done, yet again, by Surly!

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.