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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 111
Gots: 113 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to iadler for the beer! 16 oz. can served in a Midnight Sun chub.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Nice notes of citrus with some orange pith. Sweet pale malts balanced out the beer.

T: Same as the nose. Nice bursts of citrus fruits with some lingering bitterness on the back end. Slightly piney with a hefty dose of orange pith to dry it out.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Light bitterness on the finish.

O: Not the best thing I've had from Surly. Pretty one dimensional in the flavor department.

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4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can that was poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out a slightly darker than straw yellow. It has some pretty good clarity to it, glows when held up to the light and you can see right through it. Thick white head with many different sized bubbles, great lacing, stays there the whole time.

Smell is really good, has it's own distinct aroma profile, but has some similar characteristics of any quality "West Coast IPA." Very hoppy without being abrasive (no pun intended) or over powering. Plenty of pine, citrus zest (primarily grapefruit) and some slight floral notes. As strong as the hopes are there is still a noticeable sweet malted barley tone as well, it's very nice and well balanced.

Taste is on point, they nailed it. There's a big speech on the back of the can talking about how Surly is jumping on the bandwagon because it's easer to brew a hoppy beer than a balanced beer. Yes this is certainly a hoppy beer, but I was pretty impressed with the balance on this hoppy IPA. There's a nice initial sweetness has some toasted caramelized pale malts. After that it's balanced out with plenty of citrus, grapefruit zest, and a sweet sticky pine flavor. All good and even though it's hoppy, it still maintains a balance.

Mouthfeel is really good. Lighter bodied and less full than Surly Furious. Like I mentioned before, even though it's hoppy, there's a nice balance. Starts off sweet and has a nice dry, very dry bitter finish. This beer is crazy, super drinkable. I'm jealous of those who have this available to them year round.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.