Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company
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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
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
Can Poured vigorously into Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. Tall boys fit in these imperial pints I have from Sam Smith so well. Too bad they are also my girl friend's favorite glasses to drink out of.
A- Pale, light orate-yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head that dissipates leisurely to a thin large bubbled floating ring.
S- Hops forward with highlights of citrus yet more hops. It smells a bit dry and musty as well. Doesn't carry the abrasive nature most ales from Surly do.
T- Follows the nose closely with lots of hops right off the top and hints of citrus and dry grapefruit. Slight pint tang. This ale finishes with a slight yet comfortable pucker making me want more.
M- Light to medium bodied with dryness from start to finish and that pucker as aforementioned.
O- Not sure if this follows suit with other west coast IPAs as I am not entirely sure what that means but it is most definitely on the lighter side IPAs speaking. It vaguely reminds me of the Bitter Brewer from Surly just because of how dry it is and once again the lighter IPA kills it! I'm not sure what it is but I absolutely adore what people are doing with this style, whatever people are calling it.
04-22-2013 01:02:39 | More by AndyP612
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Clear amber color with just over one finger of head that settles to a thin cap. Quite a bit of spotty lacing is left down the glass.
Not surprising that it has a hop dominate aroma. Citrus and pine with a hint of tropical fruit comes through.
Juicy hop flavor. Plenty of hop bite. Flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. Dry malt adds little flavor and lets the hops shine. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.
Really nice texture to this hoppy brew. Perfectly carbonated which is to be expected from Surly.
This will ultimately be a very popular beer. I prefer some other IPAs to this but they do not come in cans.
04-21-2013 17:30:29 | More by morimech
Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.