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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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214 Reviews
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Reviews: 214
Hads: 1,486
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 20.59%
Wants: 129
Gots: 229 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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 justintcoons
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Light gold with 2 fingers of loose head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Pineapple, passion fruit, peach, wintergreen, dank greens, and candy sugar.

Pineapple, passion fruit, and peach. Dank greens and wintergreen with some damp, woodsy flavors. Light candy sugar and honey maltiness. Finishes with grapefruit zest, pine needles, and touches of onion.

Medium bodied, juicy, smooth, off-dry, and lightly bitter.

Dank, juicy, and lightly bitter. A very fine IPA.

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Photo of mmahanna41
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This should be called UNDER RATED! Even at its current BA rating at 4.09.... I don't know why I waited this long to try this but I'm glad I didn't wait another day. Will be a main stay in the rotation.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as a part of a build-you-own-sixer at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The canned on dated states this was canned a month ago. Poured right from the fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a deep straw/honey amber color with about a half-inch of off-white head the falls fairly quickly to a film but leaves decent lacing on the glass. Quite clear, with moderate visible carbonation.

S: Not an exceptionally big bouquet, but what's there is very nice: citrus hops, with notes of apricot and freshly cut grass. There's some bready malt notes present, along with a bit of pine hop notes, as well.

T: Some nice citrus and earthy/funk hop flavors right out of the gate, with good bready malts to balance things out a bit. A bit of grassiness and bumble gum in the mix, as well. The middle moves a bit toward the more piney hop flavors, with a bit of clear alcohol coming through. A touch of apricot/stone fruit. The close is definitely dominated by the hops, with a real resinous quality that leaves some nice bitter on the palate.

F: This one is a bit creamy at the start, but it quickly turns quite bright/bitter. It's got a medium body, very nice carbonation, and close that brings all the bitter but doesn't quite completely coat the tongue. Quite drinkable for this ABV.

O: I had the chance to try Furious and Todd the Ax Man at the Surly Tap House, and this was doesn't disappoint, either. It's got nice balance despite bringing very big hop flavors. I like that it lets me know I'm drinking an IPA without prohibiting me from drinking another. I would definitely return to this one again.

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Photo of hoagzzz
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prob a psychological effect going on here (score beer otherwise not available to me, it must be incredible) but this is good shit. Awesome hazy yellow pour, great nose, some dank as well. Loved it!

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Photo of RichH55
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall very good. Pours and looks like an optimal IPA and first few sips go down easy.

Only issue is after a few sips you will get a slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to snaotheus for providing me this beer. Dated 2/23/15.

Poured into an IPA glass, it has a clear gold color with a two finger white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus and some tropical f. Taste is dominated by the hops - bitter citrus on the palate with a lingering bitter finish. It's pure hops, and I like it. Body is medium with a decent amount of carbonation. Not as good as Abrasive, but it's a very solid IPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can split between a pair of snifters. Canned on 2/23/15. Delivered by in-laws who brought it from Chicago.

Pours slightly very slight hazy golden with a small head and a little carbonation. Smell is powerful. Smells of citrus juice, tart. Nice.

Taste is juicy with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of dleigh
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 3/17/15. Golden-yellowish color. Citrusy, a little floral, with a lot of that hoppy resinous smell coming through. Real bitter, hoppy taste, not a ton of malt to balance it. Fine, unremarkable mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty good IPA, but there are plenty of better ones out there.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not cloudy but a ton of lacing.

A little citrusy, but there's some... Potpourri?

Whoa, definitely potpourri. Like drinking a diverse bouquet of flowers, in a good way. Only other comparable beer is Revo Anti-Hero, but this one's brighter in some way.

Feels fine. No real lingering stickiness either. What an IPA's supposed to feel like.

Overall, if you want a floral IPA, and don't have access to Anti-Hero (which is a bit better than this) go for it.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is mangoes/pomegranate, citrus and a hint of Belgian sugar. The flavor is citrus, mangoes/pomegranate, fruit, mild hop resin, malts and a mix of bitter and pine needles in the finish.

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Photo of RossiDaMan
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Spiegealau IPA glass. Look is medium gold in color and very clear. 2 finger head with staying power. Taste is somewhat sweet initially but closes with a mild bitter hoppiness. Mouth feel is smooth, not overly bubbly. Overall, a very tasty and smooth IPA from Surly that I'd buy again.

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Photo of mnbrewery
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop profile is a little muddled. This IPA just doesn't stand out in the crowd.
Not really a West Coast IPA. Too malty for a West Coast IPA and for my tastes.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - It pours a nice light yellow color, with a nice white head. Fairly clear also.
S (4.5) - Really nice aromas here. Nice light floral hop. Makes me want to dive right in.
T (4.25) - Like the aroma would suggest, a nice light hoppy beer. Not mouth-puckering bitter, but fairly bitter. A wee bit of after taste, but it is pretty clean, really. No sweetness whatsoever.
F (4) - There's plenty of carbonation here, but it is fairly easy to drink. About what you'd want your IPA to be like.
O (4.25) - Overall, I liked this beer. Surly is recently being distributed in my area, and I am pumped. I had this a little warmer than it should be, and it was good. Plus, being in 16oz cans is fantastic!

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Photo of ernestosabato
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful west coast-style IPA found in the Midwest. As some IPAs become less bitter, and more sugary, this holds onto a smooth, hoppy bitterness that pleases those looking to avoid sweet undertones. Very nice.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant Orange look with tons of suspended micro particles. Solid head with larger bubbles. Scent is Floral, Hoppy, a hint of lemon. Solid hop bitterness fades into slight orange zest. This is my favorite year-round offering from Surly

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Photo of humuloner22
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was also picked up on trade. Thanks man!

Appearance: lighter in color decent amount of head at first then settles to basically nil.

Aroma: Floral resinous hops. This does smell like something Stone would produce and does actually reminds me a lot of some Stone beers.

Taste: I reminds me a lot of Stone's DIPA's, not a bad beer in any regard but very resinous and potent. I would say Enjoy By would be a good comparison to this one, but the only difference is this one does not as as much alcohol.

Overall: Great beer, if you live in Minnesota pick this one up, otherwise its great but there are a lot of beer that have a similar taste profile. Great beer but very similar to a lot of beers out there. Its top notch but not on the caliber as the other IPA's in Surly's canon!

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Photo of Reinbeck11
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of larryi86
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of RexInMinn
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

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Photo of kkleu357
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.