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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 203
Hads: 1,418
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 122
Gots: 208 | FT: 12
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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 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


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)

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

Poured into a 16oz IPA glass, was canned on 4-15-13

A. solid crisp gold color with an inch or so white head, lacing does appear as it was consumed.

S. I get grapefuit, pine and some bready notes on this one, smells like an IPA I want to drink.

T. I taste pine right away then some caramel and an almost bready biscuity kind of taste to it. It also has some bitterness which blends well with the malt. A great tasting beer this is, it's very easy drinking at 7.3%.

M. Medium body and a very smooth clean feel to it, this brew was drinkable.

O. Overall this is a very good IPA from Surly, they really nailed this one. I will be drinking this as often as they keep brewing it. (678 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poored into Dogfish Head IPA glass. Canned 4/2/13

A. Hazy Amber, almost Orange in color. Inch and a half thick white head. Dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing down the glass.

S. Very strong flower and citrus aroma jump right at you. Slight hoppy fragrance.

T. Bitter hops, pine resin, orange. Extremely bitter aftertaste.

M. Light and sticky. Warm finish.

O. Well, Surly set out to make a West Coast IPA and they did an admirable job. Not much balance, just hops and bitterness that, pretty much, punch you right in the face. Good, not great, example of the style. Extremely enjoyable never-the-less. (607 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a little amber hue. Some yeast sediment is present. Head is white with decent retention. Lace is good.

Good pine resin here, maybe some dried apricot aromas. Overall quite resinous but the malt isn't dominated.

Starts off with some pine resin, some great caramel and biscuit notes and then transitions into some apricot laced astringency. Overall, good balance here.

Lively carbonation and good mouthfeel.

Overall a good ipa. Definitely worth a shot especially at 8 bucks a 4 pack. I jus noticed... 7.3%! Well hidden. (529 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can (2013)

Thanks for sending me this one, yamar68!

Clear orange and slight golden. Moderate off-white head that's not very persistent. Messy, irregular, and sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

Very hoppy aroma--nice, expressive citrus notes. A bit of melon maybe as well. Simple, but expressive, appropriate, and bright.

The flavor isn't quite as bright or expressive as the aroma, though this is very much an IPA brewed in the West-Coast tradition. Bitter citrus, a touch of melon, and only a mild malt presence. Nice and exceptionally drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I like this one a lot. (624 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Gold, particles in suspension, nice carbonation, good head.

Smell: Piney, not too strong.

Taste/mouthfeel: Mild breadiness then shifts to sharp bitter pine and citrus. Long lasting bitter finish. As it warms up, a little more sweetness comes in under the bitterness. Light, crisp feel, doesn't feel like over 7%.

Overall: Picked up a 4 pack and it's another winner from Surly. Sharper bitterness than Furious or Abrasive in my opinion. Not too heavy. I didn't get a lot of aroma from it, but my nose is pretty bad. A very good beer for getting your hop fix. (572 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 4/2/13.

Appearance: Pale golden with good clarity and a lot of effervescence. About one finger of sudsy off-white head.

Aroma: A pleasant hop-forward blend of pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, and a touch of pine.

Taste: Along the lines of what I expected from the aroma but definitely some moments of greatness in there. First half is on the sweeter side with a dab of caramel malt flavor and a very light bitterness. As the bitterness intensifies in the second half the hops lend flavors of citrus, pine, and a few succulent moments of a mango/passion fruit character during the finish. I'd clock the IBUs in around 100, Surly never skimps on the consumer in that department. Unlike Abrasive which has oatmeal added in the mash to smooth out the flavor, Overrated has an in-your-face type of bitterness that lingers nicely in the aftertaste. Good and dry finish. Most definitely qualifies as a West Coast IPA, and a very good one at that.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with aggressive carbonation. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: What you've got here is a very good beer. However, I think Surly jumped the gun by naming it "Overrated" because it really isn't so spectacular that the joke works. But I think their point has been made: Surly brews good beer and at the end of the day that's all any of us care about. As a side note, this beer tastes an awful lot like Summit Brewery's Saga IPA. Would I drink it again? Yes, one of my favorite beer styles from one of my favorite local breweries. (1,515 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Love the can. Surlys product design is always as good, and sometimes better, than there beer. From the can into my imperial pint glass.

Pours a honey gold with a nice two finger cream head. Decent retention and lacing. Tons of fine hop particulate floating about.

Like Furiuos and Abrasive, you can smell the hops as you pour. The nose s like sticking your face in bag of Cascade hops. Tons of grapefruit and pine. Subtle but present bready malt.

Bam! Hop punch to the tongue. Classic West Coast IPA profile. Grapefruit and pine throughout, some bready, slightly caramely, malt keeps things in check. Bitter hoppy finish.

Medium in body. Medium in carbonation. Bitter and dry in the finish. Clean, but the mouth just right.

Overall, this is something Surly has yet to do...they fell in line. They brewed something to style, and they did it masterfully. As a West Coast IPA this is nothing mind blowing, it doesn't push the style, it's no Alpine Nelson. It is, however, another impeccably crafted hoppy ale, from the best brewer in this fine state. Maybe that's homerism, but like Surly, I don't give a damn. This is a fine beer. Drink em if you got em. Cheers! (1,166 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich golden color with decent white head and some lacing.

Smell: The aroma is typical for when a Midwest brewery makes a "West Coast IPA" - grapefruit, pine and toasted malts all mixed together and milder than anticipated. Maybe some light tropical notes.

Taste: Nice grapefruit, orange and tropical flourishes over a toasted malt backbone. Finish is very piney, bitter and spicy, along with a hint of berry from the Mosaic hops.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth, creamy and very, very dry. Great IPA mouthfeel.

Overall: Not quite up to Surly's IPA standard set by Furious, Abrasive and Wet, but that is like saying that Oahu is not as good of a vacation spot as Maui, Kauai or the Big Island. While the Midwest-made West Coast IPAs are not my favorite, this is much better than most. Nice job. (888 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 04/02/13

A= Pours a hazy bright orange color with a nice finger of foamy head leaving behind some decent lacing along the sides of the glass. Orange IPA's are my weakness.

S= West Coast Style IPA for sure. Loads of just straight dank hops. Smells like a fresh opening from a bag at Northern Brewer. Really powerful hops.

T= What do you know the taste is "mega hop". Punches you right in the mouth with a huge hop flavor. Big piney citrus notes. Very resinous and full of nice pollen. There is actually quite a nice buiscuit backbone to it what while it isn't a major flavor offers a little relief from the assult on your taste buds from the hops. Your burps taste like hop pellets.

M= Typical clean refreshing west coast IPA mouth on it. Leaves just enough cover on your pallet.

O= West Coast IPA is what they wanted West Coast IPA is what they get. This is exactly what I expected from Surly and they certainly delivered. Imagine a West Coast IPA done by Surly and you know what it tastes like. If you are fortunate enough to live in this great state do yourself a favor and buy lots! (1,101 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, born on 4/2

Typical orange-amber look, good lacing/head blah blah blah.. Tons of fine sediment in there, which I like. Smell outta the can is pure hop pellets. Very leafy and dank smelling. When poured there's a lot more biscuity malt and orange marmalade. The taste is like a cross between Stone IPA and Two Hearted. There's the leafy hop pellet aroma/taste of stone, and the medicinally bitter, almost metallic, citrus two heart taste.

Tasty, almost sour, tangerine/lemon hop goodness. Did not disappoint. (519 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass. Canning date of 04/02/2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp and juicy aroma of citrus hop esters and biscuit malts. Citrus hops upfront with good hints of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Solid hint of pine hop spice along with floral hints and grass. Solid bready malt backing with hints of biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Also some noticeable honey like sweetness. Smells like the West Coast style with the citrus presence although there is more of a malt balance here. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Nicely juicy like the nose hints with a solid taste of citrus, pine, and bready malts. Citrus hops upfront with a juicy taste of oranges, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Notes of spicy pine resin and grass along with some floral notes. Hops are lively but not overly bitter. Good malt balance with notes of bready biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast along with a little honey. A really well balanced citrusy taste that leans towards the West Coast style. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and nicely creamy. Juicy and slightly oily. Very smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: Another good one from Surly. A very different type of IPA than Furious. A pretty good take on the West Coast style. Similar to their recent Bandwagon IPA. (1,593 characters)

Photo of constablerc
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is not the in-your-face hop slap you get with most Surly brews. Hops in the nose and definitely hops on the tongue. Hops lean towards the piney. But the hops aren't the only show. Decent malt base. Good body with some substance, not thin. Leaves the lips a bit sticky. This is an IPA that could easily be a session brew.

The head poured thick and stuck to the glass for the entire drink. Beer is honey-colored and clear. (427 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold color with a massive head of fluffy white foam adorning the top.

The nose is awesome, but just a bit light to warrant an even higher score. Lots of hoppy goodness with tons of fruit and citrus notes.

As expected, the taste is light on the malt and heavy on the hops. Piney, citrusy, grapefruit, some leafiness, solid bitterness with some warm alcohol at the end. The aftertaste is lightly resiny, but quite clean and refreshing actually.

Pretty crisp, very resiny and sticky finish that clings to the palate. Light-medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.

A nice interpretation of the style. I like that the bitterness is not over the top. Plenty of hoppy goodness, yet solid drinkability. Really growing on me as it warms, wonderful brew. (761 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden with a nice cap of white head.

Smell: By the book WC-IPA bouquet of grapefruit citrus, pine and floral hops.

Taste: Malty backbone carrying and balancing a classy IPA profile of grapefruit, pine and floral hops. Finish is dry and nicely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Just the right ABV, bitter/hoppy enough to please, dry and refreshing. Very very good in the drinkability department. Nice. (465 characters)

Photo of brydeen
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/3

A: Pours a crisp, clear, golden color, with a faint and razor thin bubbly white head. What it lacks in head it makes up for with some nice sticky lacing.

S: Smell is sweet and slightly floral. Slightly tropical, but subdued and not in your face. Very reminiscent of Two Hearted to me. Light citrus notes and a little resinous.

T: Surprisingly bitter up front, with very little of the sweet tropical citrus flavors. The nose was subtle, but the taste is even more subdued. A little piney with a sharp bitter bite.

M: Very crisp, with fine bubbly carbonation. Alcohol is hidden extremely well here. Light bodied and refreshing.

O: Extremely drinkable and refreshing IPA. Nothing in your face in terms of hop aroma or big flavor, but still quite pleasant. The only thing I'd like a little more of is a citrusy hop profile in the flavor, but I'm just nitpicking at that point. (891 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 4-10.

Pours a brilliant copper color. One finger of white head. A slight haze to the appearance. Good looking beer

Smells of candied mango, some citrus zest. Some pine is in there. A lot of the usually suspects for the style.

Tastes of bitter hops. Again bitter mango. The bitterness comes across as quite large on this with a big, dry finish. Finishes with a fresh-cut grass sweetness.

Pretty full bodied for the style with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a nice example of the style. It would be nice if some of the underlying flavors were as prominent as the bitterness. (610 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/2

A: Clear golden honey with a small off white head. Pretty nice lacing.

S: Fairly juicy tropical hops. Mango, pineapple with some sweet oranges, honey and ripe grapefruit. A little bit of carmel malt in the background.

T: More pine and grapefruit than sweet and tropical here. Lemony. There is some sweeter hops, but the bitter and slightly resinous hops are the mainstays. A little bit of a malty backbone to keep the hops in check. Finish is fairly dry and a bit short.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side, but I like it.

O: Fairly good drinkability. Curious what the ABV is, but I would think in the low to mid 6% range. Not as hoppy as Furious; sweeter, more tropical hops. That being said, I prefer this to Furious, not as good as Wet, but Abrasive is still the best IPA Surly makes. Too bad this is only occasional, would love to see it year round. (888 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/2/2013.

Clear gold with a less than one finger foamy white head from a very gentle pour. Has good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, and pine.

The taste is bitter, with very little malt presence for balance. There is grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, pineapple, and small malt backbone. Bitter, but still quite good.

Medium bodied, properly carbonated, resinous, oily, with a dry, bitter finish. Another nice IPA from Surly. (473 characters)

Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.