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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,184
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 110
Gots: 128 | FT: 9
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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4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't thank Todd enough for bringing me cans of this and Furious to gleefully consume. Poured out of a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Canning date is clearly listed at the bottom of the can as "07/02/13."

Pours a cloudy amber orange that I know and love in all of my favorite West Coast style IPAs (although none of them are usually this cloudy), complete with a frothy white head that coats the glass about 3 fingers high. Definitely pretty resinous stuff, as indicated by the solid lacing coating the sides of the glass, as well as the lines of bubbles that graciously glide towards the top. Looks appetizing.

The aroma is definitely a spot-on take of the style, but there's definitely its own unique vibe that it has going for it. Grapefruit, orange peel, pine, and then tropical notes of mangoes, guava, and papaya. I haven't had an IPA do it this well since a fresh batch of Sculpin I had a while back. The malts provide a degree of sweetness here, ranging from caramel to toffee, but it's totally about the hops and yeast here, with the former providing fresh and vibrant zestiness, and the latter enhancing the fruitiness in its own way. Awesome stuff.

The first sip is immediately awash with fruity notes that are citrusy and tropical, as well as a fabulous malt backbone. Notes of grapefruit and pine are suddenly taken over by juicy flavors of mangoes, pineapple, and guava. It's so wonderfully fruity at the finish that it almost tastes like the fresh-squeezed actual fruit I mentioned. The malts show an enormous degree of restraint at play here, providing a subtle yet present bready and sweetened finish that prevents this from being overly dry or astringent. The can conditioning, once again, plays a crucial role here, and enhances the fruitiness from the hops while providing creaminess as well. Well carbonated, slightly dry, but neither too sweet or bitter for me. Fantastic!

I can't get over how much I loved this beer. It's a style I'm more than familiar with, but it's one of the best I've had in the country as far as the style goes, and is far better than most I've had from California. The real joke here is that the so-called "overrated" style that makes up the West Coast IPA is brewed by many... But very few get it to this level of quality. Excellent stuff - the guys at Surly really know how to level out all the flavors they're going for, and this is a good example on how they do it.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy dated 7/11/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 8/21/2013. A bit more than a month old.

This beer pours with an uber-effervescent, 3 fingers thick white head that slowly, and I mean slowly, dissipates into thick lacing of its own from the get go. It also leaves a patchy film on the surface of the beer, which has a golden-orange body. It doesn't look thick nor thin, it looks just right. And there is a ton of lacing here as well. By far the best feature of this beer.

The smell is mostly a sharp, crisp sweetness that reminds me of light caramel and toffee. It's not a thick, molasses sweetness like some IPAs can have. There is a bit of pine and tangerine scent overhanging all of it, but it isn't overwhelming the sweet malts. I thought this was supposed to be a west coast style IPA, but I actually think I like it this way!

Tasting this beer is a very pleasant experience. There is a nice citrus, mild grapefruit-like, perhaps tangerine, sweet flavour without the acidity or sourness in the beginning which transitions into a dominance of toffee, caramel and honey sweetness briefly before it finishes off with a dry and cleansing pine bitterness. Not complex but very, very tasty with each component showing its strength.

Its got a medium body with a dry finish. Carbonation is excellent. Aftertaste is rather piney with a subtle combination of the honey sweetness and tangerine flavour. The bitterness just spreads all over as I lick the top of my palate. Not much booziness here either.

Very much a typical west-coast style IPA. Its a little over a month old, but I think it had the perfect balance of hop flavours, sweet malts and the bitterness. Easy to drink though its on the dry, resinous side. Its certainly not overrated but I wouldn't say its underrated either in terms of IPAs. I've had better but I still enjoyed this one.

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3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overrated pours a golden color with a small lacing head. There is a strong aroma that has floral hop notes and lots of citrus, especially grapefruit. The taste is much the same strong floral notes, with strong citrus notes. Good body and flavors, a funny fruity aftertaste however. Overall a good not great IPA, with lots of citrus flavors.

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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy orange, one finger head, leaves some lacing, nice carbonation.

S-SOme malt, then some citrus and grassy hops. Not that much. Can is only two months old though.

T-Starts with some malt then a good deal of semi-harsh citrus and grassy hops. Ends with mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, tad watery with some hop bite.

O-Seemed too malty to me. The can was only two months old though.

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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A slightly haze copper ale, showing evidence that it's an unfiltered, dry hopped beer with some fine hops particals.

S: A strong citrus hops aroma with medium pineapple, some pine and a citrus peel. There is a moderate malt sweetness with some caramel character. A moderate grassy dry hopped aroma.

T: An aggressive hops bitterness with a strong citrus hops flavor. The hops are lemon, citrus, some pine and a little lemongrass-like. There is a little malt sweetness, just enough to provide support for the large hops bill. The balance is very bitter but it remains smooth. The finish is pretty dry with a lingering citrusy hops aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a medium-strong level of carbonation and a little bit of alcohol warmth. A light bit of creaminess as well.

O: A well balanced, bitter IPA showcasing a lot of American citrus hops. This beer is smooth while having a very strong hops bitterness and flavor.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,184 ratings.