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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Overrated West Coast IPAOverrated West Coast IPA

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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 109
Gots: 93 | 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 smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Canned April 30th 2013.

A fairly clear, bronze gold amber body, with slow rising carbonation. Head is off white and is about two fingers deep, but falls to a thin puck and soapy fat collar. Not too bad looking.

Nose is fairly subtle hop wise. Mild sense of sweet melon, perhaps a hint of tropical juicy quality. Mild sweetness, a little bit of piney spice and light brown sugar.

Good bitterness matching the hint of tropical quality. Toned down malt sweetness hinted with a little bit of toasty brown sugar. Slightly more than moderate carbonation but with a hint of wet body. Hints of earthy quality on the aftertaste and finish with a matching pine bitterness.

Overall not bad, and not overrated either.

smakawhat, May 14, 2013
Photo of MichPaul
4.5/5  rDev +10%

MichPaul, May 13, 2013
Photo of Joey1566
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Joey1566, May 13, 2013
Photo of No1Smitty
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

No1Smitty, May 13, 2013
Photo of MooseBoose
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

MooseBoose, May 13, 2013
Photo of guityler83
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear, bright orange color with bright white head that falls quickly.

S: Catty, pine and citrus hop aroma that puts your sences in to a euphoric state

T: A big burst of pine bitterness on the first sip. The crisp toasty malt vibe is subtle when it washes over the pallet, then it finishing with a catty west coast hop bite. \m/

M: Sticky hop oils, mild carbonation and moderate body.

O: I've never had a subpar beer from Surly. They have another winner with Overrated, I just wish we could get it easier in WI.

guityler83, May 12, 2013
Photo of scoot64
4/5  rDev -2.2%

scoot64, May 12, 2013
Photo of Lurkerson
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Lurkerson, May 12, 2013
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 16oz can.

Pours a nice clear and bright slight golden color. There is a nice 1 inch white head that is slightly soapy and has some nice dense notes. The head is pretty sticky and leaves some nice lacing as it slowly recedes.

Aroma starts off with some nice grapefruit and tangerine citrus notes. Very...dare I say West Coast. Definitely citrus hop notes dominate the palette. There are mild bready notes in the nose and very slight earthy grain notes.

Starts off with some nice piney and grassy sweetness as well as some nice pale caramel notes. Then there is the nice citrus blast of orange and tangerine. There is also some slight grapefruit notes as well. The brew has some nice spicy and grassy hop notes in there as well mixed in with some pine. Quite a plethora of hop note profiles. Very well crafted and yummy. There is some bready notes in there that slightly balance the hop profile. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and clean with a nice bitter dryness.

Surly is good at this IPA game and they did a great job concocting this citrusy and dry hoppy bomb.

JoEBoBpr, May 11, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

kjkinsey, May 11, 2013
Photo of browniewithnuts
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

browniewithnuts, May 11, 2013
Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Archemedies, May 11, 2013
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” dated printed on the bottom is “04/15/13.”

Appearance: Poured into a nonick pint glass. It is a slightly hazy, syrup-like pale ambler. Tiny, grain-like specks are suspended in the beer. Two fingers of dense, buttery, eggshell-colored head slowly settled to a fairly even skim and left a thick ring around the edge.

Smell: Like a true West Coast IPA. Bold citrus aromas (lemon, orange, and a touch of grapefruit), a little bit of pine, and grainy bitterness.

Taste: Hmm — that’s unique. It is sweet at first. For a moment, flavors of pale malts, caramel, and toffee are the first to hit the taste buds. Then the citrus and bitterness run them over. There is a lot of lemon zest, a touch of pine, and the finish is very dry. The bitterness is impressive and somewhat coarse, but nothing overpowering. As the beer warms, hints of grapefruit and tropical fruit begin to emerge, but the lemon keeps them in check. The malts and sweetness also reemerge and begin to counterbalance the bitterness, but the bitterness maintains its edge.

Drinkability: This is not overrated. It is a solid and drinkable West Coast IPA from the land o’ lakes.

TheQuietMan22, May 11, 2013
Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

vande, May 11, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, date on can 4/30/13

Pours a very light gold, looking at it, IPA does not jump out to you. It has a bubbly off-white to white head.

The smell is somewhat mellow. The hops come through, a bit piney, but not at the level you would expect for a west-coast style ipa.

The taste is juicy, not the bitterness you would expect. Citrus hits you up front, I 100% agree on the tropical fruit comments.

The mouthfeel is nice, but its sweet, and the bitterness doesn't show up until very late to balance it. Overall, an above average IPA, but wouldn't put it in the top-tier.

nmann08, May 11, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

tobelerone, May 11, 2013
Photo of tubeman
4/5  rDev -2.2%

tubeman, May 11, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev -2.2%

jbaker67, May 11, 2013
Photo of caskstrength
2.58/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice light gold, IPA appropriate white head. 2 week old 4 pack, a couple cans consumed before reviewing.

Smells are sweet citrus and pine, but subdued. No pungency or sharp hops.

Tastes showcase the pale malts mixing with some pine and citrus. But the bright zest is missing. Nothing attacks the tongue. Bready, grainy.

Mouthfeel is too heavy and sweet. Minimal resin or pith. Easy drinking for the "fanboy", for whom I'll leave this on the shelf.

Aptly named

caskstrength, May 10, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to TIMMYJ21 for the hookup.

Appearance: Bright, clear dark gold with some slight orange leanings. Head is white and fluffy. Drops to a small clumpy cap and collar. Lively but not aggressive carbonation. Big sheets of thin lacing.

Smell: Not as aggressively hoppy as expected. Requisite blast of citrus with a solid pine needle backing. Some sweet malts push something vaguely bready with a nice caramel malt sweetness. Grapefruit, tangerine, pithy orange. Tropical with a slight oily note. Herbal, but mildly so. Not balanced, but not out of whack either.

Taste: Juicy citrus. Orange flesh. Tangerines and ruby red grapefruit. Slight pine bitterness. Oily hops. Solid malt backbone is just sweet enough to cut through the hops. A bit bready. Warming pushes it a bit more herbal with a solid floral finish. Lingering bitterness, but again, not particularly aggressive. Toasted and pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and wet without pushing too far. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: I didn't know Surly could make a drinkable IPA...

It's a west-coast-style IPA. No frills, no muss, just is. It's not a killer in the style, but I don't think it was designed to be. A solid jab that delivers but doesn't go too far. It's Surly and it's worth it.

Goblinmunkey7, May 10, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz, 4/25/13
Riedel tulip

A: Pretty clear light orange color. Nice fluffy egg shell white head. Sticks around. Leaving good lacing.

S: Smells like a West Coast IPA: tropical fruits, mango, papaya, overripe peach. Some grain notes, but certainly hop forward.

T: Nice fruity hop bitterness up front. Get that overripe peach and mango, more like a WC then other Surly products. Thinner malt bill too. Some herbal notes? Dry finish.

M: medium bodied IPA

inlimbo77, May 10, 2013
Photo of vitese
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

vitese, May 10, 2013
Photo of ridglens
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

ridglens, May 10, 2013
Photo of Baudette
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Baudette, May 09, 2013
Photo of Johnnyramirez
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Johnnyramirez, May 09, 2013
Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.