Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 198
Hads: 1,392
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 n2185
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -22%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (333 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (3,461 characters)

Photo of Damon105
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.69/5  rDev -10%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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....? (992 characters)

Photo of sully11277
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color with very light amber hues. Good frothy, two finger white head that retains nicely.

Smell is good. Lots of fresh piney herbal hop aromas forward that smells super crisp and nicely balanced. Malt smells grainy bready and sweet.

Taste is good and follows the nose. Sweet bready grainy malt is not overshadowed by the forward piney hops. Hop flavor is intensely crisp and moderately bitter. Sweet malt adds a nice balance that I feel is lacking with most bitter bomb west coast ipas

Mouthfeel is good lots of crisp hoppy bitterness forward with a really nice sweet dry finish. Hop resin and oil persist well rafter swallows and somewhat coat the mouth.

Overall this is a great west coast ipa, Im just not a huge fan of the high bitterness of the style. (776 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.29/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma certainly features the pine hops you'd expect...very fresh smelling and true to the style they're going for at first, but then it seems kind of candy sweet.

Pours a dark golden color, crystal clear. Head is fairly small but present.

Taste is hoppy upfront, with a good deal of pine hops....but not overbearing at all. Somewhat middle of the road I suppose. Fades into a bready and candy sweet malt taste that really seems a little bit off to me for the style. A bit resiny on the finish, lingering a bit. Still, I don't think this is Surly's best beer by a longshot. It's a fair west coast style IPA....but they have far better. (636 characters)

Photo of Hammer35
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden color with a white head and medium beading. Great carbonation, decent head retention and nice lacing. Great clarity, but unfortunately that allowed me to see quite a lot of sediment throughout the entire beer that never settled.

Smell: Big piney, citrus aroma. Slightly sweet and fresh smell.

Taste: Identical to the aroma. A light sweetness at the start followed by tons of piney citrus. Nice bitter, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thicker, malty feel. Good carbonation, but I wouldn't mind a bit more to cut down some of the thickness.

Overall: Very glad Surly's come back to my area. They're a great brewery. They may have been taking a tongue-in-cheek jab at over hopped West coast IPAs but they managed to create a great one in the process. Definitely worth a try if you're an IPA fan. (831 characters)

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

Hazy orange with fine grains of sediment floating around. White foamy head with very spotty lacing.

Orange peel, lemon, light grassy aromas. Toasted cracker.

Tast follows suit with the citrus notes mentioned above, a little more grapefruit, and buttered crackers. It's a pretty bitter palate puncher.

Mouthfeel is dry, prickly carbonation, with a moderate-light body.

A very good ipa, but if you're going to go all tongue-in-cheek with the name I expect much more than very good. (487 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A. Light amber to dark straw appearance with a nice white head of two fingers. Laces as you'd expect.

S. Citrus, lemon, bready cracker.

T. Very clean tasting with a nice hop cut of citrus and pine. Hops play center stage here but there is just enough malt to keep things balanced. No sign of alcohol. Well made beer.

M. Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. This beer screams warm weather thirst quencher.

O. I am torn between Overrated and Furious as to which is better but if forced I'd say Furious's unique malt bill gives it the edge. Great new addition for Surly. (585 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 11/29/13. Poured into pint glass.

A: Clear orange liquid. Thick white head. Head retention is very good. Lots of lacing that lastst throughout the entire glass. Lots of sediment floating about.

S: The smell is very tropical. Blasts of orange, grapefruit, and mango. There's a bit of grass and strong hop resin, but the tropical smell is pretty overpowering. Smells very nice.

T: Nice, tropical taste. Lots of mango, orange and grapefruit. A bit of pine and herbaceous hops take over at the end. Ends slightly bitter and dry.

M: Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium-bodied..moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: This is a great west coast-style IPA. For being brewed in MN, this is damn good. Top tier IPA, in my opinion, down below only Sculpin and a few others. (774 characters)

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

Pours a nice dark straw color, pretty clear, but a slight haze to it. Modest head.
Smell is a nice citrus/pine, not overwhelming, but noticable and really good. The taste is similar. The hops are there and it's not too bitter. Mouthfeel is fine. Overall, it's hard to focus in on one aspect of this beer, but together they make a solid IPA that you'd be happy to drink any old time. Greatly enjoyed it, but wouldn't ever put a lot of effort into procuring it again. (465 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden honeyed pour with a decent white froth head and stratospheric lacing.

Bar none, one of the best smelling IPAs I've had. Mangos, cling peaches, subtle pineapple-basically tropical fruits here. Pine and sweet malt.

Big rush of tropical fruit and hops at the same time, Bam! Beautiful dry hop and malt is balanced well, gotta say.

Plenty-O-carbonation, medium body, bittersweet and hop tongue numbing to a point where you can't get enough. Splendid!

Pulled the trigger on this after having Mikkeller Brunch Geek Weasel just to get my tongue scrubbed. Quite sessionable as I immediately went out and got a four pack to end my night. In the Chi-town world of sensational, pert near, unlimited offerings this could get lost. Brew coming to mind is a Daisy Cutter. A very much welcomed brewery to Chicagoland and looking forward to their other offerings. I'm crushing these with ease. Overrated, well you figure it out yourself. (937 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark amber orange, with a big thick white head. Retention is decent, with some lacing.
S- Big hop aroma, with some citrus fruit and pine. I would say sweet orange is the biggest aroma. There is a bit of light malt sweetness under there, but pretty much straight hops.
T- More of the same here. Orange, grapefruit, a bit of mango, and pine are the big flavors. The pine is more of an undercurrent to the grapefruit/orange. Slightly sweet, but the bitterness doesn't let that stay around long.
M- Alcohol is a bit noticable. Aggressive carb, on it.
O- A good IPA. Worth finding, for sure. (589 characters)

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

Poured from the can into a tumbler-type glass in my hotel room. Hazy golden orange in color, with just a bit of a head. Slightly sweet, fruity smell. Very hop-forward upon tasting with plenty of lingering. Overall a very satisfying IPA and a nice companion to Furious. (268 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden orange color with a two finger head.
Aroma is mind blowing, only thing I've smelled comparable to heady topper.
Super tropical. Mango, pineapple, explosion.
Flavor is a milder version of the aroma and SUPER well balanced.
This beer is jai alai 2.0
Mouthfeel is what I expect from an ipa.
So grateful I was lucky enough to try this beer. (359 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: partly cloudy/dirty orange, 2 finger white head
gorgeous lacing webs in glass

S: grapefruit, pine, hint of fresh lemons

T: grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, earthy malt,
long bitter finish

M: med body, sticky/oily mouth
smooth creamy feel

O: Another tasty brew from Minnesota,
glad to see brewers have a sense of humor
and deliver a fine beer. ABV is well-hidden,
versatile beer.

AMAZING; GRAB A CAN! (407 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 fl oz. can, with canned on date 11/13/2013 printed on the bottom of the can. My second beer from Surly Brewing Co., acquired this four pack at the local beer store. No abv listed on the can anywhere.

Poured into The Godfather pint glass.

A - Pours three big bubbly fingers of fluffy off-white head. Body is a light amber-orange color with lots of fine sediment matter floating around. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell isn't exactly what I was expecting, especially with the words "West coast style IPA" on the can. Not the hop bomb I was expecting. Bitter grapefruit and resinous pine are definitely noticeable, but they are balanced by some dry bready caramel malt and mineral water. Some vinous grape character & alcohol fumes in there also. A trace of indistinct spice.

T - Again, more nicely balanced than I'd anticipated. Bitter grapefruit, resinous sticky pine, some mango, overripe green apples, and bready dry caramel malt. Some fruity bubblegum malt presence. Minimal alcohol warmth.

M - Feel is of clean bitterness, with a dry finish. Not exactly what I would describe as "resinous", but there is a bit of fruity hop stickiness lingering around also. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice, but fairly standard offering from Surly. The can makes it sound out to be more of a diabolical imbalanced hop bomb, but the finished product is a nice IPA where the hops are in good harmony with the malt character. A slightly above average beer at best, but I will have no trouble finishing this four pack.

Surly Overrated ---4/5. (1,551 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Canned 09/26/13. Reviewed live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Expectations are high given its current ratings. 500ml aluminum can served into a stem-tulip.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness. Decent creaminess. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes. Spotty uneven inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent semitransparent dark copper of below average vibrance. Fine yeast particles are visible floating in the body.

Overall, it's generally attractive for an IPA, but is far from unique or special. No egregious flaws here. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Subtle piney and nectary hop character. It's surprisingly timid for an IPA, but has a good hop profile to it. There's some generic floral and fruity notes as well. Grapefruit, sure. Citrusy esters. Pale malts. Maybe a teensy bit of caramalt, but not so much it adds a sickening sweetness. I do get a bit of onion and garlic. Zest. Fairly fresh pine is the dominant note here. I always like Surly's hop choices. Hope they carry through in the flavour profile.

No yeast character, spices, or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant appealing aroma of average strength.

T: Crisp piney notes/pine needles are dominant. Light nectary hops. Some floral and fruity character - grapefruit primarily. Pale malts. A bit of caramalt. Plenty of assertive hop bitterness here, but for the most part it's nicely tamed. Nicely resinous. Balanced enough, but the hops are forward and fresh enough. It's a nice little build for an IPA and is very cohesive but isn't quite gestalt. Too timid and reticent for an IPA, but still likable enough.

Low depth and intensity of flavour. Below average depth of flavour. Decent complexity. Not much subtlety.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp, and oily. Refreshing. Medium-bodied, with a nice approachable presence on the palate. Good thickness. Well-carbonated. Complements the flavour profile well.

Could be softer, and could also have a bit more bite. I want more assertiveness from this beer - both in flavour and in texture.

Not astringent, harsh, rough, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but I did expect better from Surly. Not a great or world class IPA, but maybe it falls off much quicker than most? I'll plan on revisiting this one fresh. As it stands, it's a nice IPA but way too timid and closed down. I'll easily kill the others in the fridge but this isn't up to par with Surly's better offerings.

B- (2,716 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear straw color with thin white head and not much head. Nose is dank with resinous hops, strong notes of pine, notes of grass along with a touch of citrus. Definitely smells like a west coast IPA. Taste features strong pine hops up front with increasing bitterness as it goes. By the end, it is like you are sucking on a pine needle. Super hoppy with a dry malty finish. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this dry and resinous IPA is incredibly refreshing and delightfully hoppy. (512 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, welcome back to Chicago, Surly!
A - amber ale topped with a frothy off-white head, decent head retention and lacing
S - fruity, citric aroma with pine, tropical mango, caramel
T - similar to aroma; bitter, piny, grapefruity, mango, caramel, bready
M - thinner side of medium body, resinous, finishes dry with lingering pine
O - excellent west coast style IPA. Not my favorite but this will do just fine. A fuller body would have helped this some, otherwise no complaints. (481 characters)

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