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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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214 Reviews
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Reviews: 214
Hads: 1,485
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 20.59%
Wants: 129
Gots: 229 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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 MacQ32
4/5  rDev -2%

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

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Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Beric
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Dan_McNeely
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
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...

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of KYGunner
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of TooGood
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Zeledonia for the can!

A: Pours a clear honey color with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Sweet orange and grapefruit citrus aromas up front with underlying notes of caramel malts and a little pine.

T: Grapefruit and resiny pine flavors dominate here with caramel malts underneath. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is dry and drinkable.

O: A solid IPA overall. I'd like maybe a bit more depth of flavor and pungent aroma, but it's drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can with a large bone-colored head over a clear amber body. Excellent lacing.
A surprisingly restrainted flavor follows a strong hoppy nose that has piney, herbal, weedy and grassy elements. The flavor is a bit metallic and dank.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

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

A-medium golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grains, citrus, pine, little yeasty bread, hint of grassy

T-grain, yeasty bread dough, grapefruit, pine, little hint of sweetness, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-solid example of the style, enjoyed drinking this one

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Photo of Jparker37
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a shaker pint. Canned 10/16/13.

A - Golden with a haze. White cap of head recedes to a full lid. Sticky lacing all over the sides simply from swirling.

S - Bright and balanced citrus and pine hop qualities. Jumps from the glass. Grainy base malt.

T - Prickly pine hop flavors the whole way. Mild maltiness makes a quick appearance midway. Nice bite of bitterness cleanses right at the finish tingling the back roof of my mouth. Hop flavor hangs on long after.

M - Dry, medium body, medium-light carbonation.

O - Great one sided IPA. Showcases American hops. Bitterness is substantial. I typically prefer a more balanced IPA but they accomplished what they were setting out for.

Recommendation - Great midsummer IPA.

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

I got a can of Surly's Overrated West Cost IPA that my friend brought over to share with me. I've i always wanted to try some Surly beers, but since they don't distribute to Michigan I haven't had the chance to and I'm pretty interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. Canned in December 2013. Poured from a tall 16oz pint can into a snifter.

A- The can looks pretty nice, it's got a nice patriotic look to it and the combination of the can and name makes it pretty eye catching. It poured a fairly clear light amber color that took on more of a burnt orange color when held to the light with two fingers worth of frothy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice rings of patchy lacing. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of hops being the first to show up and they impart some herbal and piney aromas with the citrus hops sticking out the most imparting some nice citrus rind, grapefruit and apricot like aromas. Up next comes the malts which impart some sweet malt, grainy, lightly toasted and light cracker like aromas with some nice bready aromas in the background. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it's pretty much what I expect from a nice West Coast IPA.

T- The taste starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart all those hoppy aspects that I got in the aroma with a light grassy flavor and the citrus hops still stick out the most imparting a nice citrus rind and grapefruit like flavors. Up next comes the malts which impart a grainy, light sweet malt, lightly toasted, cracker, and bready like flavors with a little big of doughy yeast in the background. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness followed a lightly toasted malt and citrus hop like aftertaste. This beer tasted pretty good and it's what I would expect from the style.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked nicely with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a pretty good example of a west coast style IPA, it had that signature piney and citrus grapefruit aspect that I always look for in the style and the malt base seemed to work well with this beer. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, clean, crisp, not filling, and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I think a couple pint cans would be the perfect amount and I could see this being a good a beer to enjoy in the summer time. What I like the most about this beer was that it was very true to style. What I like the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that was wrong with it or anything that I would change, it's good just the way it is. I would buy this beer if I ever saw it and I would recommend this to anyone who likes West Coast Style IPAs. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I thought it was a nice take on a West Coast style IPA and it wasn't overly bitter, I think it would be even better if it was a little more fresher. This beer made for a good first impression for Surly and I will for sure get some more of their beers if I ever see them. It's not my favorite West Coast Style IPA, but it's pretty good and above average. Good job guys, keep up the good work.

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Photo of Damon105
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured correctly into tulip style stemware For maximum sensory pickup. Leave it to surly to knock this one out of the park. It's nice to have other flavors on the radar other than just an aggressively hopped-out brew typical of most west coast style IPAs (which I have no problem with either). The obvious grapefruit, Carmel, and florals are there along with a few surprises of burnt marshmallow, butterscotch, with some lime peel on the finish. Because it's not the typical hopBOMB west coast style and the hop-load is a hair more modest it makes this one very drinkable even in más quantities. I would easily place it in my top 5 west coAst style IPAs. Never disappointed surly, word to your moms.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from the tap.

The beer looked clear and amber.

Strong citrus-hop nose with a hint of butterscotch.

The taste was a little bitter, butterscotch, citrus-hops. The hops were most apparent and left a dryness to the tongue.

Would I buy it again? Maybe. It was good, but there are much better IPAs out there.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: the color is a darker burnt orange color. Plenty of suspended sediment that is so wonderfully present in all of the Surly IPAs. Sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Saturated citrus tones and heavy pine on the front. Some pleasant fruity hoppy tones are picked up more on the body of the brew. A present, nutty, yet yielding malt body allows the pine and fruity hop tones to showcase themselves well.

Taste: Strong tones of grapefruit, oak, pine, cedar, and saturated citrus are the biggest players. Lighter hop tones pop up on the body of the brew and linger on the palate long into the finish. Malt again is there and present but allows the heavy hop tones to be showcased.

Mouthfeel: Very balanced. Smooth malty tones with medium bitter hop tones.

Overall: I love Surly IPAs. This one is definitely a west coast IPA with plenty of hop tones but is primarily balanced. Surly really shows their diversity with this one. Anyone better then them making IPAs....?

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Photo of sully11277
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of the can into my tulip glass.

A- It was yellow with a light head and so clear you can see through it.

S- Right up front you get slapped with with the hops aroma. very piney, grapefruit, citrus, and just bitter.

T- It starts sweet and then you get all those hop notes come through. You get the piney notes then the citrus taste at the end.

M- Very light and bitter. That sweetness comes through great to make it so it is not just hops overpowering you.

O- It's a great west coast IPA from the Midwest. It is very balance with the malt and hops. Too many times you drink great west coast IPA and you are just blasted with hops and you can not taste any malt.

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