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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 96
Gots: 77 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-05-2013)
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Photo of Alieniloquium


3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Small white head leaves wisps and some lacing.

Smell - Lots of pine and grass. Malt comes through behind it. Straightforward IPA aroma.

Taste - More grassy hops than the nose, even. Lots of pine and grass. Drops off to a sweet malt. Big dichotomy. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body but as soon as the hops drop off, it gets sweet.

Overall - Meh. Not up to Surly's IPA standards.

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 00:10:42 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Tucquan


4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-05-20 in Columbia, PA. Special thanks to Matador677 for sharing this brew. Had this again on 2013-06-11 in Maple Grove, MN

A - Lightly-hazy, golden-orange with a 1-finger strong white head that leaves good, sheeted lacing.

S - Sweet orange and not-quite-ripe peach. Hop floral. Light pine. Not dank. Smells good. Strong but not aggressively so, like a Heady Topper.

T - Hop bitter bite followed immediately by sweet orange flesh (almost candied), mild caramel, good amount of pine, orange blossom tea, light pale malt. More lemon-zest-bitterness in the finish than initially or mid-quaff.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Prickly and somewhat resinous. Dries nicely.

O - I really enjoyed this brew. It is moderately-balanced; at least for someone that really likes a citrus-pine-bitter finish. When I think of a balanced IPA/DIPA, Pliny the Elder comes to mind. This doesn't have as much malt. I'd say it is more like a fresh Ballast Point Sculpin but with a Surly-twist. Glad I travelled to Minnesota this summer so I've been able to have this again.

Serving type: can

05-20-2013 22:20:19 | More by Tucquan
Photo of sjanowiak


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-20-2013 01:11:15 | More by sjanowiak
Photo of MrBuckHigh


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-19-2013 23:41:18 | More by MrBuckHigh
Photo of Dyelawn


4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-19-2013 21:14:28 | More by Dyelawn
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can, thanks John. Pours golden with a little head. Citrus orange hop aroma, and that is the taste that delivers. Superior IPA and very drinkable. Just a minimum of malting to keep your palate from shredding. Well crafted. Smooth and satisfying.

Serving type: can

05-19-2013 03:05:04 | More by Sammy
Photo of BARFLYB


3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-18-2013 16:15:44 | More by BARFLYB
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-18-2013 03:53:13 | More by megamass
Photo of ALifeWellWasted


4.5/5  rDev +10%

05-18-2013 03:12:34 | More by ALifeWellWasted
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Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-17-2013 22:45:30 | More by kjyost
Photo of Jslay013


3/5  rDev -26.7%

05-17-2013 22:41:44 | More by Jslay013
Photo of e30todamax


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-17-2013 20:22:46 | More by e30todamax
Photo of Listers


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-17-2013 14:28:35 | More by Listers
Photo of jegross2


4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. This west coast style single IPA is a new release from one of the midwest's master of hops. I've had this a few times since grabbing some courtesy of Brandon at Dark Lord Day, figured I should finally get around to reviewing one since I am on my last can.

Score: 93

Canned on 04/19/13. Served in a Goose Island Chicago flag snifter and enjoyed on 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a clean/transparent light amber-orange color with a half finger of head off the pour. Good lacing, poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Dank, resinous hops and tropcal citrus. Sticky pine sap, grapefruit, pineapple, and grassy hops. 4.25/5

Taste: Bitter citrus rind, sappy/piney hops and sweet tropical citrus. Nice sweet malt backbone that is not very pronounced, but adds a good balance to the hops. The hop flavor is there, but it is not quite "in your face" palate wrecking intense like Abrasive Ale. The bitterness and lingering hop flavor are spot on for what I love in my IPA. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, excellent carbonation. Oily mouthfeel, slightly dry finish. 4.25

Overall: Better than Furious, but a slight notch below Wet. Surly has another winner on their hands. Hopefully this will become a Surly staple.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack of 16 oz cans.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 04:04:12 | More by jegross2
Photo of iHeartMNBeer


4.5/5  rDev +10%

05-16-2013 20:36:31 | More by iHeartMNBeer
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

05-16-2013 18:14:43 | More by Mitch_Cumstein
Photo of Craftonly23121

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

05-16-2013 12:50:57 | More by Craftonly23121
Photo of Showboat66


4.5/5  rDev +10%

05-16-2013 02:04:30 | More by Showboat66
Photo of hopoilcrazy


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cyclone8 for knowing that 1 can of Surly beer is never enough for me!

A - Light straw. Crystal clear. Beautiful head that does not stick around for long, but its brief appearance is great: big bubbly and tight.

S - Great aroma. Right as I popped the can it hit me over the head. Intensely citric and floral hop aroma invades. Light grassy notes. I also get some "cookie spice" from the light touch of malts. The alcohol comes in strong along with an aspirin-y note. Overall the aroma is so powerful that it smells close to light hair permanent.

T - Big grapefruit taste, you almost get the whole fruit in order: zest, bitter pith, and then juicy and sour fruit. As the can says there is not much in the way of balance, but it is nice overall. Finishes with an herbal quality akin to mint

M - Nice and smooth, suggesting an easy drinkability. Lighter body for an IPA, but in the spectrum of beer it is about medium.

Solid IPA, great sensory experience until the beer is in your mouth and then the party's over

Serving type: can

05-15-2013 05:35:36 | More by hopoilcrazy
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-15-2013 04:15:21 | More by duobob
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-14-2013 21:54:39 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can opened on 4.27.13

A - Pours a hazy medium to dark orange wiht a smaller tan head with good retention.

S - Bitter orange peel, malts, some tropical fruits.

T - Sweet orange then some bitterness. Fruity finish.

D - Good carbonation and a bit to thin of a body.

O - Great, orange and tropical IPA with a bit of bitterness in the middle.

Serving type: can

05-14-2013 05:02:56 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 4/15/13 Canning date. 16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Beer pours a .5 finger fine white head with low retention. Color is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Honestly, I expected a bit more here.

Nose is citrus, pine, tree sap hop bitterness, and some grass. Moderately aromatic. Very clean and fresh.

Opens bright citrus and pine hop bitterness. Some grassiness and sap hop presence in the middle. West Coast for sure. Very little malt presence. Finishes resin-y with a sharp hop bite at the end. Aftertaste of pine and citrus hop bitterness. Dry. Pretty good.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Quenching and bubbly in the mouth and goes down abrasive and sharp. Accented finish with a dry, lingering, sticky aftertaste. Love it!

This beer certainly lives up to its name. Huge hop presence that makes itself known with a nose and feel that only serves to enhance the bitterness. Real drinkable and definitely worth visiting. I'd say not at all over-rated!

Serving type: can

05-14-2013 02:21:35 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-13-2013 23:37:01 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-13-2013 23:20:45 | More by djrn2
Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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