Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 198
Hads: 1,389
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 121
Gots: 202 | FT: 13
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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 Reinbeck11
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look Good head. Nice looking hazy gold brew.
Smell Has a decent but very light scent
Taste The citrus comes through slightly outweighs the pine
Feel Pretty smooth for an IPA, light carbonation, and not the overwhelming bitterness I've come to expect in an IPA

Overall Solid IPA, has good balanced flavor. Nice to drink an IPA that is not trying to blow your mind by taking the profile to a decided extreme. (424 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Stillyman11 for this
16 oz can, dated 11/26/14, poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden orange with a four finger white head.

S- Pine, dank, citrus, fruity.

T- Piney/dank bitter finish, bright citrus upfront, slightly fruity, caramel malts that give it a nice balance, well done.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- An awesome IPA from Surly. Differently worth seeking out, I would not call this beer overrated. (428 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

We'll see about that rating... This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises white bread, flowers, grass, very light lemon rind, and a pinch of powdered sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with plenty of flowery grass populating my tongue and a hint of biscuit hiding in there as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid IPA, one that doesn't overdo the bitterness and goes grassy instead of overly fruit-rind-y. Not bad at all. (599 characters)

Photo of RexInMinn
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Just picked this up at one of our local "big box" liquor stores, dated Aug. 19 on the can, so it's getting a bit old, but I'm not sure if it's pasteurized or not, I would expect not. As long as it's kept cold I'm alright with it. Poured nicedly, didn't have to be too careful, only to imply it isn't over carbonated. Liked the lighter color, although I prefer the richer amber of the more traditional IPAs. Waited until the beer settled a bit in the nonic before stealing a good quaff which I liked but didn't love. Mouth feel is a bit low. Love the aroma, as others have noted, citrusy and hop-present. Took another big ol' quaff and am watching the lacing mount up on the glass, love that, esp. from a beer in a can. I'm enjoying the finish of the beer which gives the malt a chance to come through, and I would agree with the notes below, this beer is balanced. The hops last well after the last swallow goes down. I love a dry, hoppy beer and this is one I'd buy again. I also like the ABV, good punch for the buck, but I'm breaking my own self-crafted rule here by drinking on an empty stomach, so I'm off to score a bite to eat! Prost! (1,141 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

From notes on 5/3/14

On tap during Madison Beer Week. Very fresh and lite. Tasty hoppy bitterness. Lots of citrus fruitiness flavors. Big floral aroma. (152 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Can gifted by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave.

The beer is light golden orange with a half inch of white head. Aromas of pine, melon, orange, cantaloupe, sweet citrus. Tangy and hop forward with some biscuit malt presence. Tasty. (225 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 7/22/14 and poured 9/3/14. $3.49 for a single at Four Firkins.

Appearance: Like a yellow/orange snow globe. It's fairly clear, but the floaters don't have it appearing that way. Fairly aggressive pour gave off no real head -- a few bubbles, but that's about it. Very modest lacing. Doesn't look all that great. (3.5/5)

Smell: Pine and citrus. A bit of malt in there as well. Not particularly "astringent" with a harsh hop oil sort of aroma, just surprisingly clean and great on the nose. Pretty simple, but it works. (4.25/5)

Taste/feel: Well the feel is pretty awesome on this beer. Just about full bodied with a moderately prickly carbonation -- that may be the best part about this beer. The flavor is really good too with plenty of pine and citrus in there. Not so many tropical fruits in the aroma. Not a lot of malt, but not as incredibly hopcentric as I was expecting this to be. Still, no doubt a hoppier-than-usual IPA, I'd say. Quite bitter throughout, but I've had beers that were more bitter. Aftertaste is pretty dry, and it's where the malt comes through the most. (4/5, 4.5/5)

A really good beer, but the pricing of $3.49 for a single is a little high. (1,178 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Golden hued with excellent clarity. A thin layer of white head covers half of the top of the beer. Pungent grapefruit and mango hop aroma is prevalent. The hop flavor is a bit more mild than the aroma would suggest. While it is still more grapefruit hop flavor forward, it is pleasantly balanced with light malt flavor. The aftertaste is still primarily tropical flavored hops. The mouthfeel is lightly sticky, but refreshing. (435 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -2.4%

I have to admit that a lot of IPAs/pale ales run together for me. There are a lot of good ones out there but only a few that I consider great. Surly IPAs are all exceptionally solid and this one fell right in line with the rest. (228 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev -2.4%

A - pours a glowim golden orange with s finger of near white head, good retention,perfect lacing

S - Big sweet citrusy notes, mostly orange and lemon.a bit grainy/seedy

T - grainy lemomy hops, seedy/find flavor, a wee bit malty sweet

M - medium bodied good carb good mouthfeel (279 characters)

Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz tallboy can into an oversized wine glass. Canned on 07/22/14 on bottom of can. Received through the neverending generosity of my brother Greg. Thanks bro.

A: Clear lemon gold with 2-finger, nearly white, frothy head with good retention and a nice collar of lacing.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, and lime combine with pine resin and floral hops notes. Malt component is lean and light 2-row pale malt grain with minimal to no sweetness, more crackery than anything else. I wish this nose had less lemon/grapefruit and more lime and juicy orange citrus character.

T: Solid flavor profile with big citrus assault with grapefruit rind, lemon, lime with floral, pine, and a little resiny dankness in the finish. Maltiness is crackery and could stand to be a touch sweeter. No yeast and alcohol is well-hidden. A good beer with solid WCIPA flavor but that's all the more I can say about it. It does not have the more lush juicy hops character I love in beers like Alpine Duet or Kern RIver Citra.

M: Crisp and light-bodied for the ABV with moderate carbonation and a very dry finish.

O: I liked this beer but it's not better than Stone IPA, Alesmith IPA, or a number of other WCIPAs. If I lived in MN, I would drink a fair amount of this, but it is missing the slightly oily, coating, more lush feel and more juicy citrus and floral character I enjoy more in an IPA. (1,377 characters)

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

Picked up a single at Four Firkins. It certainly is a West Coast style IPA, big juicy hops over a lighter body. I'm not complaining, I like the style and this is a great example. I'd liken it most to Lagunitas Sucks. The aroma holds a great mix of pine with floral spice and sweet grapefruit. The flavor follows suit with a softer bitterness of piney apricot and less floral character. The finish is slightly dry and with the lighter body, a 4-pack would be dangerously drinkable. (480 characters)

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

Serving: On tap, 4oz sampler
Served: 6 August 2014

Appearance: Golden yellow with a marvelous head that just wouldn't die, even in the small sampler glass. Left lacing in the glass. This would make an excellent pint. Much lighter in color than a standard IPA- almost looks like a session IPA.

Smell: Huge notes of citrus and floral hops, some sticky sweetness.

Taste: An excellent taste on an "overrated west coast IPA"- massively unbalanced towards the floral and citrus hops. This is all hops, and barely any malt presence at all. The hops really shine though, and the malt backbone is there just enough to really carry the hops through an entire sip. Finishes semi-sweet.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and medium-light body makes this one dangerously drinkable.

Overall: I love the tongue-in-cheek nature of this beer, and I frankly find that it does an excellent job of mimicking an "overrated west coast IPA". Would highly recommend. (941 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale orange, clear brew, with a near white head that forms up fat and pillowy, but reduce quickly to a thin veneer over the top, with extensive lacing.

S - Citrus hop, with resin and pine, a bit of wild onion. All typical, delicious West Coast territory.

T - A bang of pith and juicy citrus flesh, mostly red grapefruit, with a hint of the grass and greener flavors, coupled with a mild malt sweetness that keeps the bitterness from going off the rails.

M - The real accomplishment here is to keep this from being a hyper chewy resin mess, but while the brisk carbonation keeps things from being too overwhelming, this does build up over time.

O - It is as the name suggests, a peon to the WC IPA. It is a delicious and ultimately satisfying rendition of the same. Solidly in my buy camp. (796 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like apricots and grapefruit and dank pine.
T: It tasted like resin and unripe apricot. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Fizzy body.
D: This was a solid IPA with nice scent and taste, but weak body. The finish was fairly smooth, so it was easy to drink. Good brew, but not top tier. (393 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light orange color. Scent is citrusy but not really powerful. Taste is extremely pleasant but not really powerful either. Unlike other west coast IPAs, it's not a hop bomb but it has a smooth, well-balanced taste and a light mouthfeel. A pretty darn good, highly quaffable beer but not the kind of mindblower I've come to expect from Surly. (345 characters)

Photo of Dan_McNeely
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice golden appearance, good foam head

S- Standard like most WC IPAs, nothing stands out, but I still feel dig the standard aroma.

T- I like the taste, again, standard, no strong finish that leaves me craving more, but the initial burst is nice.

M- The bitter dry taste lacks depth. I don't dislike it, but again, I'm left wanting a little more.

Overall, it feels like one big IRONIC JOKE on West Coast IPAs, which if funny to me if that's what they're doing because that's what the beer represents. I feel Lagunitas is a bit Overrated...so I'll take this Midwestern attempt first... (590 characters)

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

Had on draft at churchkey 4oz pour in snifter on 5/8/14

A-Pours a hazy gold with a big sudsy white head. Okay lacing.

S-Aroma of citrus, mainly grapefruit, and some pine and a bit of grass.

T-Taste was a lot of grapefruit and some pine, but also a nice sweetness of caramel mixed in up front. I got a little bitterness on the finish, which was good.

M-Body seemed light to medium with a smooth texture. Good carbonation.

O-Overall very good IPA but no Furious (466 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This had a pear like yellowish green color with a cloudy hue and a bright white head of dense foam.

The aroma and flavors are spot on as I detect a strong malt backbone at first. It settles into a honey sweetness, cannabis leaf, golden Apple, tangerines grapefruit.

This is very dry in feel with a lot of astringency and bitterness.

The feel is a bit unsettling but it can't deter from a flavor and scent that are top notch. (427 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can from bobbypaulson (thanks!). Canned 1/2/14. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours hazy muted orange gold with two and a half fingers of pale head. Decent retention and a fair bit of splotchy lace.

Smells of pine, citrus zest, grapefruit and an almost yeasty apple note.

Flavors are bitter overall but seemingly without the bright, robust citrus or solid malt base that I look for in an IPA. Grapefruit peel, lemon zest, pine, vague orange pulp, pepper, cracker snd a tinge of alcohol.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry, bitter finish with more grapefruit rind and pine.

From the couple goes I've had at this I finds it's OK. For my tastes there's been nothing particularly special to make me want to choose it over numerous other options. (763 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Surly Pint glass.

Date 03/03/14

A- Pours a huge 3 1/2 finger white head, dissipates slowly to a messy splotchy mess around the glass. Really clear, well carbonated. Golden hay color.
S- Pine, grapefruit upfront, some malt in the aroma, pine is the most pronounced scent. Nothing to unique.
T- Nice hop bitterness in the finish. More malt forward, pine, slight grapefruit, really dry.
M- Medium mouthfeel, really dry finish, well carbonated.
O- Well made IPA. Definitely on the bottom end of all the IPS/DIPAS that Surly makes. Still quality. Really enjoyable on this warm 50 degree night in MN. (622 characters)

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

Freshly canned at 10.99 a 4pk (albeit 16oz) this West Coast IPA is one the good ones.

SHows off with a hazy light golden glow and a tiny of off-white head.

Aromas of citrus, Fruit, resin, tropical fruit.

Tasting of grapefruit citrus, bitter pine and resin, big piney hops.

Juicy mouthfeel with solid carbonation.

What a midwesterner expects from a West coast IPA. (372 characters)

Photo of TooGood
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An often over looked brew by Surly. It checks all the boxes for me. Pours a golden yellow with nice head and lacing. Smells slightly sweet and taste is sweet as well, although with a nice bitter finish with no bad aftertaste. (228 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden yellow with a solid finger of frothy foam.

Biscuity toasted malts, citrus, grassy and floral hop aroma.

Citrus, some tropical notes of guava or papaya, slightly grassy pine, resin, and a biscuity malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet Belgian style characteristics, crisp, dry finish.

Overall, this is not Abrasive and isn't trying to be, but definitely a solid effort, and cheaper option from Surly. (466 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep, golden body with a light haze and an incredible off-white head. Head retention is fantastic, as is lacing. Plenty of carbonation keeps fine sediment spinning violently around the glass.

Aroma:
Nice herbal and pine hop notes with a fantastic, sweet caramel malt to provide some balance. The addition of citrus notes make for a very welcoming aroma.

Taste:
Bitter bite is right up front and is both brutal and smooth. Confused? Yeah, me too. In my opinion, this one sets the bar for what balance should be in an IPA! Plenty of pine hops character here meets a slightly sweet roasted caramel.

Mouthfeel:
Super smooth medium bodied IPA. Plenty of carbonation. Semi-dry and clean finish.

Overall:
Fantastic and very easy to approach IPA. Overrated, this is not - grab it.. even if you're not an IPA fan - this might convert you! (845 characters)

Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.