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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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1,110 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,110
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 108
Gots: 99 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

JerryKilgen, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

mikeincharleston, May 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

OUJayhawk1799, May 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

adhallick, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

CosmoHopHead, May 21, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Small white head leaves wisps and some lacing.

Smell - Lots of pine and grass. Malt comes through behind it. Straightforward IPA aroma.

Taste - More grassy hops than the nose, even. Lots of pine and grass. Drops off to a sweet malt. Big dichotomy. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body but as soon as the hops drop off, it gets sweet.

Overall - Meh. Not up to Surly's IPA standards.

Alieniloquium, May 21, 2013
Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-05-20 in Columbia, PA. Special thanks to Matador677 for sharing this brew. Had this again on 2013-06-11 in Maple Grove, MN

A - Lightly-hazy, golden-orange with a 1-finger strong white head that leaves good, sheeted lacing.

S - Sweet orange and not-quite-ripe peach. Hop floral. Light pine. Not dank. Smells good. Strong but not aggressively so, like a Heady Topper.

T - Hop bitter bite followed immediately by sweet orange flesh (almost candied), mild caramel, good amount of pine, orange blossom tea, light pale malt. More lemon-zest-bitterness in the finish than initially or mid-quaff.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Prickly and somewhat resinous. Dries nicely.

O - I really enjoyed this brew. It is moderately-balanced; at least for someone that really likes a citrus-pine-bitter finish. When I think of a balanced IPA/DIPA, Pliny the Elder comes to mind. This doesn't have as much malt. I'd say it is more like a fresh Ballast Point Sculpin but with a Surly-twist. Glad I travelled to Minnesota this summer so I've been able to have this again.

Tucquan, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

sjanowiak, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MrBuckHigh, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dyelawn, May 19, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can, thanks John. Pours golden with a little head. Citrus orange hop aroma, and that is the taste that delivers. Superior IPA and very drinkable. Just a minimum of malting to keep your palate from shredding. Well crafted. Smooth and satisfying.

Sammy, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

BARFLYB, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

megamass, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

ALifeWellWasted, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

kjyost, May 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Jslay013, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

e30todamax, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Listers, May 17, 2013
Photo of jegross2
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. This west coast style single IPA is a new release from one of the midwest's master of hops. I've had this a few times since grabbing some courtesy of Brandon at Dark Lord Day, figured I should finally get around to reviewing one since I am on my last can.

Score: 93

Canned on 04/19/13. Served in a Goose Island Chicago flag snifter and enjoyed on 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a clean/transparent light amber-orange color with a half finger of head off the pour. Good lacing, poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Dank, resinous hops and tropcal citrus. Sticky pine sap, grapefruit, pineapple, and grassy hops. 4.25/5

Taste: Bitter citrus rind, sappy/piney hops and sweet tropical citrus. Nice sweet malt backbone that is not very pronounced, but adds a good balance to the hops. The hop flavor is there, but it is not quite "in your face" palate wrecking intense like Abrasive Ale. The bitterness and lingering hop flavor are spot on for what I love in my IPA. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, excellent carbonation. Oily mouthfeel, slightly dry finish. 4.25

Overall: Better than Furious, but a slight notch below Wet. Surly has another winner on their hands. Hopefully this will become a Surly staple.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack of 16 oz cans.

jegross2, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

iHeartMNBeer, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Mitch_Cumstein, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Craftonly23121, May 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Showboat66, May 16, 2013
Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cyclone8 for knowing that 1 can of Surly beer is never enough for me!

A - Light straw. Crystal clear. Beautiful head that does not stick around for long, but its brief appearance is great: big bubbly and tight.

S - Great aroma. Right as I popped the can it hit me over the head. Intensely citric and floral hop aroma invades. Light grassy notes. I also get some "cookie spice" from the light touch of malts. The alcohol comes in strong along with an aspirin-y note. Overall the aroma is so powerful that it smells close to light hair permanent.

T - Big grapefruit taste, you almost get the whole fruit in order: zest, bitter pith, and then juicy and sour fruit. As the can says there is not much in the way of balance, but it is nice overall. Finishes with an herbal quality akin to mint

M - Nice and smooth, suggesting an easy drinkability. Lighter body for an IPA, but in the spectrum of beer it is about medium.

Solid IPA, great sensory experience until the beer is in your mouth and then the party's over

hopoilcrazy, May 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

duobob, May 15, 2013
Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,110 ratings.