Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 196
Hads: 1,385
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 122
Gots: 201 | FT: 13
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 davey101
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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... (1,161 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (678 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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! (678 characters)

Photo of zachary80
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned 4/10/13. Kept cold since it entered my possession. Overml01 somehow landed a few of these and some other tasty Surly beers for me.

Golden body with a slight orange huge. Large white head with medium-low retention but lots of lacing.

Big grapefruit and piney hoppiness up front, light sweetness from the malt.

Flavor is lacking compared to the promising aroma - a little muddled, and almost more malt heavy than hop despite having almost no body. Relatively high bitterness that lasts quite a while. Hopiness is a one-note of pine with some dankness that lacks nuance.

Very thin, but not detracted too much since that was part of the west coastness. Carbonation seems appropriate.

A good IPA - very good aroma, above average flavor that is slightly lacking in complexity, high bitterness, and thin mouthfeel. I'm sure those combine to make a perfect IPA for someone out there. (887 characters)

Photo of homersimpson67
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very nice golden orange into my favorite tulip.
Nice 2-3 fingers of lacing that linger and drape the sides of the glass.
Smell is a familiar pine and grapefruit mix although subtle and not overpowering.
A nice bitter touch to the back of the tongue, a slightly softer version of Furious?
Overall another good, solid offering from Surly, will try again and perhaps let warm and age a little to bring out more flavor. Very young, fresh beer(canned 04/10/13)

p.s. Apologies, not quite as eloquent or creative as others but
Furious a failure, really? Perhaps at the west coast style but far from a failure! (611 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, canned on 4/10/13, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pour a clear golden-orange color, topped with an inch of creamy white head, leaves good lacing.

S- Great, super-hoppy aroma. Loads of citrus, rind, pine resin, some mild earthy hop aromas.

T- Again, really awesome. The hops are huge, with lots of that citrusy, piney, slightly earthy West coast hop profile. It's also balanced with a sweet caramel malt, the amount of sweetness is really spot-on. Leaves some piney, fruity hop flavors in the finish.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, very nice.

O- This is pretty tasty stuff. You already knew this, but Surly makes a damn good IPA. I could drink this all day. (671 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden colored, beautiful white, lasting head. Looks the very picture of a class West Coast IPA. All systems go, ready or not.

Aroma: ahhh….yep, it's hitting all the right notes. Sticky, prickly pine, plenty of citric notes, blasts of tropical fruit, lemon and pineapple hit the forest floor. Put the grapefruit in mango and mix it all up. Perfectly pleasing.

Taste of it: Boom, boom. It's got it all, bangs the right spots, strikes the right notes. Not too much malt body to interfere with the hop delivery. Body is lean and light, dropping hop delights with each new sip. In each way possible, this meets the mark of the West Coast IPA. Which makes me wonder…but, first, let's read that can…

What's with the HYPE? It's been said; "It's 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 OVER-RATED, but at the end of the day, it's just a beer, if you like it, great, so do we. If you only liked us when we were small, then leave this one of the shelf. Let one of the fanboys grab it."

I'm going to pick this apart for a bit. From day one, Surly had always been trying to jump on the "West Coast IPA bandwagon", but they flubbed it with that failure, Furious. Next thing: Is the part in quotes directly from some review online, and does that person feel silly, or superior? Next: I hate the phrase "at the end of the day". Political talking heads on the 24-hour news networks use it constantly, over and over, and it pisses me off to see it on a Surly label. Finally, …oh, the fanboys. How much anti-Surly resentment did they turn around and stuff into that small bit of copy? Why is there still anti-Surly resentment? Haven't those people dried up and blown away already?

So what am I wondering…ah, this is damnably delicious. And what if Surly had debuted with Under-blown, or…Extra-plated..what was it? Yeah, over-rated. It's nearly a note-perfect rendition of the much beloved West Coast IPA, San Diego style. Surly originally was meant to be a provider for our region, our marketplace, of this type of brew, the type not found in our homeland. But their "over-hopped", "over-hyped" Furious seemed to really fit an unscratched itch, a never-known niche. Detractors of Furious and it's over-done hopping forget the major amount of malts involved. Maybe that's what helped it over the hump, and let this community of beer drinkers take that overly hoppy wonder to our collective bosom? If they'd led with something like this, a clear clone of the West Coast style of IPA, so plump with the citrus and piney qualities, instead of something with a bigger malt component like Furious, would it have been the same? Would it have eventually met with popularity, or relative indifference, except for the rabid, hop-hungry species beers geekicus?

It is dry. It is hoppy. It's very bitter, and what's weird? It's about a dollar a 4-pack less than Furious. Because they could save money on the malt. Man, that must be how those over-hopped, over-hyped beers work. That's how they getcha man, that's how they do it.

Already some wags on the net are saying "it's, dare I say it, better than Furious." "Better than"? More to the taste of your hop-greedy palate, perhaps. Also, perhaps, these people are the ones I spoke of earlier, the ones Surly wasn't ready to cater to seven years ago, and have merely been biding their time pretending to enjoy Furious until Surly would produce something leaner, hoppier, drier, …here's what I'll say: while I appreciate this, respect it, like it, nay, love it…it only proves to underscore what a successful creation Furious truly is. I'll also say this: …no forget it, I've said it all already. Good one, but will not replace Furious for me. I'm glad they finally did it, though, and wish it would stick around. Top notch effort, lads. I enjoy over-rating your beers, but, you knew that, fanboy that I am. (4,120 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, canned on 4/9/13, poured into a DFH pseudo-IPA glass, drank 4/26-27/13 over two hours.

A: 4.75 - straw yellow coloration, impressive clarity (definitely can read through), frothy white one finger head with impressive retention, moderate-to-large alcohol legs for sub-10% beer

S: 4.5 - lots and lots of grapefruit, pine needle, tangerine, tropical fruits just pouring off the glass...could smell this one for days and not get bored

T: 4.75 - on the front of the tongue, it's what you'd expect from the aroma with bitterness but not overpoweringly so; as it settles in, there is a bready malt backbone that touches the taste buds but keeps it unbalanced in the best possible way; drying as fuck and almost takes the breath away on certain sips

M: 4.75 - moderate-to-full-bodied, alcohol is appropriately apparently; high (and impressive) carbonation just pouring off the bottom of the glass in tight little bubbles

O: 4.75 - best brewery in the U.S.? I have yet to have a Surly beer that hasn't been the best beer that I've drank on a particular evening and this is absolutely no exception; it's a pretty perfect smelling and tasting American IPA; overrated, dare I say that this brewery is actually underrated? I'll continue to drink everything that they put out and smile widely... (1,345 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for this one. Based on my past experiences with Surly IPAs, I jumped at the chance to try their newest one. Overrated pours a solid copper, like a penny straight from the mint; modest clarity with just a touch of haze surrounding the core. The foamy white head lasts for a few minutes and leaves nice, wet lacing legs along the sides of the glass.

The aroma is densely packed with a huge, wet, fresh hop aroma; herbal, peppery, and just a touch spicy, staying very true to the West Coast style. Equal amounts of fruity aromas march in; grapefruit peel, orange zest, and citrus rinds compete with the raw hop aromas for center stage. The hops fire back with more and more oily pungency with each successive whiff. A very raw and unabashed IPA according to the nose - can't wait to finally taste it.

One sip and your tongue experiences a serious raw hop abrasion. A good truck load of oily, resinous, and pungent hops and pine needles are dumped on your palate right from the start. The hops are peppery and highly herbal, again, playing well to the strengths of many West Coast style IPAs. A decent amount of sticky bitterness hits halfway through and gets stronger in the end. Overrated is definitely more (perceivable) bitter than Furious, and I'd go so far as to say it might be more bitter than Abrasive. At least perceptibly.

The citric flavors do not go unnoticed throughout this herbarium, however. Grapefruit and tangerine seem to be the most vibrant, playing more towards the bitter side of things than the sweet side. Peels, rinds, and just a touch of sweetness in the finish to mesh into the bread-like malt body. As often seen with this style, the malts are relatively quiet until perhaps the aftertaste itself, where they coat the mouth with a thick bread and biscuit flavor. Medium bodied, oily and slick with just a touch of stickiness left behind; plenty of carbonation.

Once again, Surly has made an incredibly enjoyable and drinkable IPA, this time with a much more herbal and "spicy hop" stance. I'd definitely give the nod to both Furious and Abrasive over this stuff, but there's no doubt that it's a well-crafted brew. Definitely worth a shot if you're looking for something to scrape your tongue. (2,243 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz canned April 10, 2013. Very fresh. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours lightly hazy orange-amber with a one-finger white head that leaves some foamy spots of lacing and settles to a light cap.

Aroma is grapefruit rind, citrus, some pineapple, good notes of pine, candied fruit. Very good strength.

Flavor is big, unbalanced hops, strong grapefruit and citrus character, pine, resinous hops, pineapple, minimal malt backbone, minimal sweetness, serious bitterness, moderate alcohol. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a little sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Excellent stuff. I think I like this better than Furious and Abrasive and that’s saying a lot! I love ’em unbalanced and aggressively hoppy and this one delivers. (738 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned within the week! Woo!

Over a finger of beige head. Color is a clear sunset gold.

Flavors of pine and tropical fruit. Very bright and citrusy. Grapefruit and lemon citrus. A bit grassy. Not very much malt shows here. A bit of pale, bready malts do show.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and a bit sticky. Medium bodied with a bit on the high side of the carbonation level.

Overall, this is a solid ipa. It is very easy to drink. Not overly bitter which I like. I also like how tropical it is. (487 characters)

Photo of AndyP612
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can Poured vigorously into Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Tall boys fit in these imperial pints I have from Sam Smith so well. Too bad they are also my girl friend's favorite glasses to drink out of.

A- Pale, light orate-yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head that dissipates leisurely to a thin large bubbled floating ring.

S- Hops forward with highlights of citrus yet more hops. It smells a bit dry and musty as well. Doesn't carry the abrasive nature most ales from Surly do.

T- Follows the nose closely with lots of hops right off the top and hints of citrus and dry grapefruit. Slight pint tang. This ale finishes with a slight yet comfortable pucker making me want more.

M- Light to medium bodied with dryness from start to finish and that pucker as aforementioned.

O- Not sure if this follows suit with other west coast IPAs as I am not entirely sure what that means but it is most definitely on the lighter side IPAs speaking. It vaguely reminds me of the Bitter Brewer from Surly just because of how dry it is and once again the lighter IPA kills it! I'm not sure what it is but I absolutely adore what people are doing with this style, whatever people are calling it.

Cheers. (1,207 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with just over one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Quite a bit of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Not surprising that it has a hop dominate aroma. Citrus and pine with a hint of tropical fruit comes through.

Juicy hop flavor. Plenty of hop bite. Flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. Dry malt adds little flavor and lets the hops shine. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Really nice texture to this hoppy brew. Perfectly carbonated which is to be expected from Surly.

This will ultimately be a very popular beer. I prefer some other IPAs to this but they do not come in cans. (618 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep golden color

S-Pines/evergreens

T-A big piney hop flavor....not much of a malt impression as it is pretty hop forward....

M-sharp bitterness...very dry finish....weight is right on and feels like an IPA not as DIPA or APA...

O-This is a well done IPA but this type of IPA is one of my least favorite. It fills a niche in the Minnesota market as there are not many like this. More bitter and sharp than pure hop flavor....reminds me of Green Flash IPA from San Diego. Personally I prefer Furious (I know not apples to apples comparison) and also Saga and Hop Dish but that is my personal taste preference. This IS a well done hop forward pine dominated IPA. (667 characters)

Photo of irrgalaxy
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into tall glass. Slightly lighter and yellower than many of Surly's other beers. Nice head, but carbonation quickly settles down. Dry, muted smell - hop smell doesn't come through strong in the nose. Very hoppy - lingers on the middle of the tongue. Alcohol content is middle of the road - not overpowering, but it is a big can. Having more than one adds up fast.

Despite the self-deprecating text on the can, this isn't a big "gimmick" beer - certainly much less than what Surly's done in the past. Very nice, hoppy IPA that'll be nice once summer comes around, but it's not nearly as unique as some of their other offerings. (644 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours very golden with some light orange hues. Obviously light malt being used n this one. One inch head with medium bubbles fades quickly. Good lacing.

Aroma: Nose is great. Fruity melon notes and some grapefruit peel and pine. Malt is almost non-existent. Pure hop bliss.

Taste: Quite bitter and dry. Bigger melon notes. Very resinous. Malt is muted but shows itself late in a grainy, pilsner malt type of way. Dry, bitter finish. Absolutely unbalanced and I love it.

Mouthfeel: Properly carbed. Medium bodied. Quite dry with a long, bitter finishes that lingers.

Another winner from Surly. Not on the level of Abrasive, but better than Furious which is also a nice IPA. Good stuff and delivers on the promise of "west coast IPA" (748 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Thanks to maximum12.

Clear, yellow-gold elixir poured into SA imperial pint glass. Nice, thick, one-finger head, copious lacing.

Grapefruit, floral hops, a bit of bready yeast, orange rind, earthy under-tones.

Nice bitter hops, some tropical notes, dry finish.

Well carbonated, medium body.

A nice IPA but a bit of a let down when compared to Furious, Abrasive and Wet. (385 characters)

Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.