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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,217
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 112
Gots: 138 | FT: 9
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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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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color, very clear looking with a fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing are very nice on this beer. The smell has a solid amout of citrusy pine hop aromas. The taste is also quite hoppy but does have a solid malt backbone to it as well. The mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of boozy heat to it. Overall I enjoy it, I look forward to drinking the rest of the cans I got.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a very impressive head (two inches and good retention) that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Citrus and hemp, with tropical fruit undertones

Taste: All hops and no malt, dominated by hemp and tropical fruit more than citrus; very bitter, after the swallow, with a touch of medicinal aspirin

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Surly got what they were shooting for though from my personal standpoint, I would prefer more citrus in the flavor profile

Photo of smogfood
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of nesarebad
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to an oversized wineglass (my nice Tired Hands stem). Canning date of May 30, 2013 printed in black ink underneath the can (“CANNED ON 05/30/2013”), making this can 23 days old on the date of consumption—just over three weeks.

Appearance (3.5): Two and a half good fingers of cream-colored foam comes off of the pour, capping a nearly-clear, orange, honey-gold body that right now looks perfect. Moderate lacing (just some suds here and there), and decent but not excellent retention.

Smell (4.0): Nice, slightly vegetal, slightly herbal, weedy aroma, underlay by dry, bready tones like common crackers or dry biscuits. Also some clear, bright citrus tones, part juice and part zest, like lemonade and some grapefruit. Overall, a pretty nice aroma.

Taste (4.0): A solid, surprisingly multifaceted bitterness leads the charge and marks both mid-palate and finish: one part grapefruit peel, one part dank resin, one part herbal-vegetal bitterness. Huh. The middle also bears a modest dose of tangerine juice and papaya flesh, with a nice mix of toasted white bread and sugar cookies. The dry breadiness leaves lots of room for the bitterness, and the sugar cookies meld with the sweet citrus very well. Neutral American yeast character, with no booze detected.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Very dry with a soft, velvety but modest carbonation. The hop oils are clear and present but not overpowering, with a very nice drying action. The body could be a bit more active for my preferences, but this is ridiculously easy and pleasant to drink—it goes down way too easily.

Overall (4.0): I actually really dig this one. It’s not as crazily bodacious as probably most people were expecting (like a Baby Abrasive / Abrasive Jr.?), but it’s well-crafted, easy to drink, and has bitterness to spare. Hell, with all the no-bitterness hops schedule (D)IPA rage going on, it’s twice as bitter as some well-regarded (D)IPAs I’ve had. The bottom line is that this beer, at least in terms of flavor, aroma, and feel, does everything you might want it to, and very well. Its weakest point is without a doubt in the appearance, and the strongest point is its solid and surprisingly dynamic appearance (and crazy drinkability). A really enjoyable beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zeledonia
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A new canned beer from Surly! Canned 10 April 2013, tasted 20 April 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a pretty pale clear golden yellow, much paler than most of Surly's beers. One finger of whitish head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell is very piney, and kinda thin. Has a medium-thin malty base, but mostly it's potent piney hops. It's kinda what I'd expect from the way this beer is marketed, but I want something more.

Taste is similar to smell. 3/4 bitter, most of the flavor is pine. Dry in the finish. Reminds me a lot of classic West Coast IPAs like Bear Republic Racer 5 and Green Flash West Coast IPA. Taste is a straight-up piney bitter, resiny. Good, but simple.

Feel is nice, medium-bodied, with a va-va-voom carbonation erupting in my mouth.

Good but not amazing. I think it hit exactly what they were aiming for - a piney hop-forward IPA. I like it, and could drink more, but I want something a little more developed.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of portia99
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can (canned 5/08/13) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a translucent pale orangey gold color. A one finger cap of creamy off white foam lingers for a minute and leaves lots of webby lacing on the glass.

S - Fresh citrus with grapefruit up front and some sweet oranges. Hops are front and center, but some bready and grainy malt comes thru as well. Actually has quite a good balance in the aroma. Nothing too complex but solid all around.

T - Bitter hops hit right away with some fruitiness behind it - grapefruit and some piney and resiny character. Very faint biscuity malt presence at the base. More bitter than filled with hop flavor, maybe even a touch medicinal in its bitterness.

M - Medium body with a medium to somewhat strong carbonation level. Hops are the focus with a big resiny bitterness throughout. A bit lacking in hop flavor next to the big bitter presence.

O - Overall a good IPA for me and very solid overall. Lacking a bit in flavor hop character with the bitterness overpowering to some extent. Very solid although I definitely prefer a can of Furious or Abrasive over this one.

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a tasty IPA in the west coast style? It is very balanced and not overtly hoppy. It is a very well made IPA! My only complaint is it is in a can!
Pour it into a glass!

Apperance: Orangish amber forms a white head and nice lacing
Smell: hoppy citrus aroma
Taste: dry hop heaven it is well balanced and awesome I normally am more discriptive but hoppy and well balanced is all I can say
Overall: this is a well made beer and not overtly over hopped. Would dri no it again and again!

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jhawth
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finished a four pack over the course of the week, this is from aggregated notes:

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy, golden yellow, fluffy two-finger head with good head retention.

Aroma: Citrusy hop notes, muted grapefruit, a little bit of pine resin. It's been a while since I had a Furious, but it seems to me that this has much less of the grapefruit and other tropical fruit notes that I get from Furious.

Taste: Malts up front, more than I expected. Almost a cereal character? Then moderate hop bitterness. Citrusy notes from the nose are not as prevalent. Some sweetness noticeable after the initial hop appearance.

Mouthfeel: Light. Light, crisp carbonation.

Overall: A very well balanced, very drinkable IPA. I'll probably drink more of this over the summer, and will come back to edit my review as needed. I'll be curious to compare it more closely with Furious, knowing that they are very different beers.

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

Poured from a can into a 3FFF teku glass
pours golden with about 1/2 inch of head
smell is that kind of fruity hoppy
taste is nice fruity hops very drinkable
has good bittering hops but i have been drinking some top notch amazing ipas
this is top level but just a not quite the upper ecehlon although is really good
maybe it could have been a bit fresher although with no comparison i tend to think
this one has not fallen off any and my review is accurate

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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