Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company
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4.04/5 rDev -1.2%
16oz. can with a somewhat patriotic design. A red, white, and blue (mostly blue) design that has fireworks, stars, fighter planes, and cheering fans at the bottom. It's hard to miss the large bold "Over Rated!" in the middle. The back of the can contains a description of the beer. On the bottom is a born on date of 04/02/13. Happily consumed on May 25, 2013.
When poured into a Cigar City pint glass, this west coast style IPA that was made in Minnesota poured a semi hazy and bright solid golden orange color. I thought I saw a few yellow highlights, but I think that was the gold shining in the light. There's gold in this beer. On top of this golden brew was a fluffy cotton white 1/2 an inch head of foam. This head of foam had modest retention that managed to leave behind a dim string of white rings and a large island of foam in the beer. I'm a fan of gold so I enjoyed the appearance of this beer.
When you say "West Coast Style IPA," I'm expecting a large whiff of bitter citrus hops and citrus fruits. This aroma had those aromas, but they were more on the tame side. The aroma kicked off with the bitter citrus hops. These bitter citrus hops lasted a few seconds before it let through the citrus fruits. My nose didn't pick up on my citrus fruits. I picked up bitter grapefruit, a dab of lemon, and a splash of orange. Following the fruits was a little pine, some floral notes, and a gentle whiff of toasted malt.
The taste started off soft with a tiny amount of pine needles. Then out of nowhere, in comes a huge bitter crispy taste. This big bitter taste had a good mix of citrus hops and floral hops. It was a bit on the interesting side. This hop taste lasts for a while before it lets through anything else. Following the mixed hop punch was a taste of bitter grapefruit, a splash of lemon peel, and a tiny gentle taste of toasted malt. Not much hiding behind the hop punch, but I'm fine with that.
This was a medium bodied West Coast Style IPA that had plenty of carbonation to keep your to tongue entertained, and a mild citrus/floral bitter aftertaste. This aftertaste contained a small amount of the citrus/floral hop bomb from the initial taste, a pinch of bitter grapefruit, and a nice toasted malt taste at the finish line.
A very good West Coast style IPA from the Midwest. I would like to thank fellow BA Lionssoccer for hooking me up with this nice canned IPA. Would I drink it again? I'll never say no to a Surly.
06-05-2013 00:11:42 | More by AltBock
4.16/5 rDev +1.7%
Fresh hop aroma that is smooth and not heavy. Pale malt background. Clean and enjoyable.
Light colored AIPA. More golden and slightly cloudy. Big frothy head that settles out and leaves lots of lacing.
Well done bitterness, which is foreground but not excessive. The hops flavors blend in nicely and are like the fresh aroma. Supporting pale malt with little sweetness or marking. All pretty much supportive. At times the hop oils can get a little passed the nice mark for me, but overall they are held in check.
Smooth drink with a nicely done carbonation. Lighter side of moderate.
Surprised this is a smaller beer as it doesn't necessarily drink bigger than Furious. A nice AIPA. Enjoyable all around.
06-02-2013 17:33:21 | More by garymuchow
Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.