Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company
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3.94/5 rDev -3.7%
kind of a funny concept here, and a hilarious story on the back of the can to accompany this actually not overrated at all ipa. the fourth of july looking can pours a light copper colored brew with two inches of bone white foaming head. the nose is indeed akin to the west coast styles, high alpha, simple barley malt, and a sticky fresh character that reminds me of the finest ganja. the flavor is perhaps a little less dank than the nose, a little more in balance, but the sweeter, juicy hops definitely take center stage. some subtle notes of mango or guava or something else tropical, but this isn't a fruit ipa at all, its pretty straight forward really. good carbonation keeps its pep all the way through, while the body is sort of middle of the spectrum. this is rather drinkable for its size, and one can was definitely not enough to satiate me. I would get this regularly if it were available in Colorado. an enjoyable stab at the arrogant left coast scene.
04-27-2013 16:21:49 | More by StonedTrippin
4.34/5 rDev +6.1%
Clear, golden colored, beautiful white, lasting head. Looks the very picture of a class West Coast IPA. All systems go, ready or not.
Aroma: ahhh….yep, it's hitting all the right notes. Sticky, prickly pine, plenty of citric notes, blasts of tropical fruit, lemon and pineapple hit the forest floor. Put the grapefruit in mango and mix it all up. Perfectly pleasing.
Taste of it: Boom, boom. It's got it all, bangs the right spots, strikes the right notes. Not too much malt body to interfere with the hop delivery. Body is lean and light, dropping hop delights with each new sip. In each way possible, this meets the mark of the West Coast IPA. Which makes me wonder…but, first, let's read that can…
What's with the HYPE? It's been said; "It's 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 OVER-RATED, but at the end of the day, it's just a beer, if you like it, great, so do we. If you only liked us when we were small, then leave this one of the shelf. Let one of the fanboys grab it."
I'm going to pick this apart for a bit. From day one, Surly had always been trying to jump on the "West Coast IPA bandwagon", but they flubbed it with that failure, Furious. Next thing: Is the part in quotes directly from some review online, and does that person feel silly, or superior? Next: I hate the phrase "at the end of the day". Political talking heads on the 24-hour news networks use it constantly, over and over, and it pisses me off to see it on a Surly label. Finally, …oh, the fanboys. How much anti-Surly resentment did they turn around and stuff into that small bit of copy? Why is there still anti-Surly resentment? Haven't those people dried up and blown away already?
So what am I wondering…ah, this is damnably delicious. And what if Surly had debuted with Under-blown, or…Extra-plated..what was it? Yeah, over-rated. It's nearly a note-perfect rendition of the much beloved West Coast IPA, San Diego style. Surly originally was meant to be a provider for our region, our marketplace, of this type of brew, the type not found in our homeland. But their "over-hopped", "over-hyped" Furious seemed to really fit an unscratched itch, a never-known niche. Detractors of Furious and it's over-done hopping forget the major amount of malts involved. Maybe that's what helped it over the hump, and let this community of beer drinkers take that overly hoppy wonder to our collective bosom? If they'd led with something like this, a clear clone of the West Coast style of IPA, so plump with the citrus and piney qualities, instead of something with a bigger malt component like Furious, would it have been the same? Would it have eventually met with popularity, or relative indifference, except for the rabid, hop-hungry species beers geekicus?
It is dry. It is hoppy. It's very bitter, and what's weird? It's about a dollar a 4-pack less than Furious. Because they could save money on the malt. Man, that must be how those over-hopped, over-hyped beers work. That's how they getcha man, that's how they do it.
Already some wags on the net are saying "it's, dare I say it, better than Furious." "Better than"? More to the taste of your hop-greedy palate, perhaps. Also, perhaps, these people are the ones I spoke of earlier, the ones Surly wasn't ready to cater to seven years ago, and have merely been biding their time pretending to enjoy Furious until Surly would produce something leaner, hoppier, drier, …here's what I'll say: while I appreciate this, respect it, like it, nay, love it…it only proves to underscore what a successful creation Furious truly is. I'll also say this: …no forget it, I've said it all already. Good one, but will not replace Furious for me. I'm glad they finally did it, though, and wish it would stick around. Top notch effort, lads. I enjoy over-rating your beers, but, you knew that, fanboy that I am.
04-27-2013 08:09:46 | More by feloniousmonk
District of Columbia
4.68/5 rDev +14.4%
16 oz. can purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, canned on 4/9/13, poured into a DFH pseudo-IPA glass, drank 4/26-27/13 over two hours.
A: 4.75 - straw yellow coloration, impressive clarity (definitely can read through), frothy white one finger head with impressive retention, moderate-to-large alcohol legs for sub-10% beer
S: 4.5 - lots and lots of grapefruit, pine needle, tangerine, tropical fruits just pouring off the glass...could smell this one for days and not get bored
T: 4.75 - on the front of the tongue, it's what you'd expect from the aroma with bitterness but not overpoweringly so; as it settles in, there is a bready malt backbone that touches the taste buds but keeps it unbalanced in the best possible way; drying as fuck and almost takes the breath away on certain sips
M: 4.75 - moderate-to-full-bodied, alcohol is appropriately apparently; high (and impressive) carbonation just pouring off the bottom of the glass in tight little bubbles
O: 4.75 - best brewery in the U.S.? I have yet to have a Surly beer that hasn't been the best beer that I've drank on a particular evening and this is absolutely no exception; it's a pretty perfect smelling and tasting American IPA; overrated, dare I say that this brewery is actually underrated? I'll continue to drink everything that they put out and smile widely...
04-27-2013 05:03:43 | More by MNishCT77
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
Thanks to maximum12 for this one. Based on my past experiences with Surly IPAs, I jumped at the chance to try their newest one. Overrated pours a solid copper, like a penny straight from the mint; modest clarity with just a touch of haze surrounding the core. The foamy white head lasts for a few minutes and leaves nice, wet lacing legs along the sides of the glass.
The aroma is densely packed with a huge, wet, fresh hop aroma; herbal, peppery, and just a touch spicy, staying very true to the West Coast style. Equal amounts of fruity aromas march in; grapefruit peel, orange zest, and citrus rinds compete with the raw hop aromas for center stage. The hops fire back with more and more oily pungency with each successive whiff. A very raw and unabashed IPA according to the nose - can't wait to finally taste it.
One sip and your tongue experiences a serious raw hop abrasion. A good truck load of oily, resinous, and pungent hops and pine needles are dumped on your palate right from the start. The hops are peppery and highly herbal, again, playing well to the strengths of many West Coast style IPAs. A decent amount of sticky bitterness hits halfway through and gets stronger in the end. Overrated is definitely more (perceivable) bitter than Furious, and I'd go so far as to say it might be more bitter than Abrasive. At least perceptibly.
The citric flavors do not go unnoticed throughout this herbarium, however. Grapefruit and tangerine seem to be the most vibrant, playing more towards the bitter side of things than the sweet side. Peels, rinds, and just a touch of sweetness in the finish to mesh into the bread-like malt body. As often seen with this style, the malts are relatively quiet until perhaps the aftertaste itself, where they coat the mouth with a thick bread and biscuit flavor. Medium bodied, oily and slick with just a touch of stickiness left behind; plenty of carbonation.
Once again, Surly has made an incredibly enjoyable and drinkable IPA, this time with a much more herbal and "spicy hop" stance. I'd definitely give the nod to both Furious and Abrasive over this stuff, but there's no doubt that it's a well-crafted brew. Definitely worth a shot if you're looking for something to scrape your tongue.
04-24-2013 12:04:23 | More by tectactoe
4.06/5 rDev -0.7%
16oz canned April 10, 2013. Very fresh. Served at around 40-45F.
Pours lightly hazy orange-amber with a one-finger white head that leaves some foamy spots of lacing and settles to a light cap.
Aroma is grapefruit rind, citrus, some pineapple, good notes of pine, candied fruit. Very good strength.
Flavor is big, unbalanced hops, strong grapefruit and citrus character, pine, resinous hops, pineapple, minimal malt backbone, minimal sweetness, serious bitterness, moderate alcohol. Tasty.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a little sticky, good to sharp carbonation.
Excellent stuff. I think I like this better than Furious and Abrasive and that’s saying a lot! I love ’em unbalanced and aggressively hoppy and this one delivers.
04-24-2013 01:50:05 | More by elgiacomo
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Canned within the week! Woo!
Over a finger of beige head. Color is a clear sunset gold.
Flavors of pine and tropical fruit. Very bright and citrusy. Grapefruit and lemon citrus. A bit grassy. Not very much malt shows here. A bit of pale, bready malts do show.
Mouthfeel: Bitter and a bit sticky. Medium bodied with a bit on the high side of the carbonation level.
Overall, this is a solid ipa. It is very easy to drink. Not overly bitter which I like. I also like how tropical it is.
04-23-2013 23:56:37 | More by mothman
Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.