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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 110
Gots: 85 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

brandoman63, May 05, 2013
Photo of davey101
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 04/02/13.

A - Pours a clear amber body. Two fingers of white foam with sticky lacing and lasting retention. Looks good for a filtered IPA.

S - Tropical fruit into huge pine. Very juicy and fresh with a dash of bready malts. Even at a month old its still smelling damn good.

T - Pine, grapefruit, and crackery malts. Dry yet juicy. Not as great as the nose and actually rather boring. Seems to just be missing something. Slick and creamy mouth feel.

O - A damn solid IPA even with a few weeks on it. Very lacking compared to Surly's other hoppy brews. Dig the tongue in cheek idea behind it too.

davey101, May 05, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 04/15/13. Pours an almost-clear golden-orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is pretty dank in the hop department. Tons of pine and grapefruit. A lot of grapefruit with some lemon and orange zest. Taste is exactly as it smells. Great west-coast flavor, even though I never felt like Surly made their hoppy beers as malty as most east coast hoppy beers.
Some grassy hops with mostly citrus hops. Very dry and smooth. Drinkability is very high. Mouthfeel is dry and medium bodied. Overall, I really dig this beer. Didn't care for the information on the can, as it seems like a gimmick. The beer speaks for itself though. Very tasty.

DovaliHops, May 04, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -2.2%

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 04, 2013
Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MastaShonuf, May 04, 2013
Photo of Benny3000
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Benny3000, May 04, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a bight honey color with a dense 2 finger off-white head. Some trails and large bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- honey, caramel, grapefruit, light spice and pine.

T- caramel, light toast, grapefruit, oranges, some spice and nice amount of pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Smooth, slightly dry with some acidity in the back half.

O- very good ipa. Definitely more hop forward like most west coast ipa's, with a nice balance of caramel and pine.

kawilliams81, May 04, 2013
Photo of budgood1
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned on 4-22-13.

pours out a floaty laden light gold colour with an off white thinnish head plentiful lace. huge tropical fruit hoppy aroma. sourdough bread, citrus pith and a hard to pinpoint herbalness are stamped all over this brew. the flavour is a staightforward west coast hop assault on the palate. the malt variety has some say in the overall profile, as it brings some bready, chewy goodness... then bows to the hop bill. the hopping throws down some citrus peel, then transitions into a bit of pine resin and herbal grassiness. it covers all the bases and certainly is not one dimensional. alchohol warmth provides another dimension...like a warm blanket that takes you down to the comfort of your leather couch. it finishes extremely dry and bitter. full bodied, even though well attentuated with a prickly mouthfeel and slightly chalkish aftertaste. drinkability is nice, the mealy chewiness detracts somewhat, but hell...this is one stocky, sturdy IPA.

overall i'm impressed with the fact that Surly concocted a different twist on an IPA inspired in the west coast tradition with a midwestern flair. rather brilliant IMHO. worth seeking out...

budgood1, May 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jamiecoppin, May 03, 2013
Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

WolfsbaneBloom, May 03, 2013
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh can grabbed from accross the border... AKA 10 minutes from my house in WI, great place to live, distribution wise, haha.

Tangerine in color with very small paritcales floating around finger of white head.

Smell is lemon, grapefruit, pine, orange

Taste is bitter orange, grapefruit, tons of pine, light malt precense, finishes sweet citrus and very dry

Mouthfeel is medium in both carbonation and body, really dry.

Well I wish Surly would make this there year round IPA instead of furious.... Do not get me wrong they can keep Furious year round, just call it a hopped up amber which it has always been to me. Great beer here, will be keeping this one in the rotation!

nickapalooza86, May 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Howlader, May 02, 2013
Photo of Wowcoolman
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Wowcoolman, May 02, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Surly Brewing Company - Overrated West Coast IPA - Pint Can

Let me just say, this brew is phenomenal, if you have a chance to try it, do so!

Look - Pours a clear pale golden with a slight amber tint. Small, soapy head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind sticky lacing.

Smell - Malts and hops blend perfectly here, aroma is smooth but still has that Surly punch.

Taste - Everything comes together neatly in the taste. Smooth with a mean boy kick. Surly supreme!

Mouthfeel - Dry and bitter, crisp, and refreshing as hell. Drinkable for sure. Each sip makes you thirsty for more.

Overall - Overrated is a hilarious name for this beer because it is amazing, you will have to try it to believe it. Surly Brewing Co. is one badass company.

JMScowcroft, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

spycow, May 02, 2013
Photo of 1424IpA
4/5  rDev -2.2%

1424IpA, May 02, 2013
Photo of Justin_Neff
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 4/25/13 poured info a Surly Mug

A: Appearance on this one is money. Completely translucent pale, golden yellow with a fizzy off-white head that clings completely to the glass as if slowly fades.

S: Very hop forward in the nose. Lots of lemon and grapefruit juice citrus. Smells a little bready and buttery. Piney. A little exotic mango-like fruitiness also.

T: More pine and Christmas-tree notes than the nose leads you to believe. Good bitterness balancing out strong lemon fruitiness. Some biscuit maltiness underlying all.

M: Medium body. Oily and a but dry. Cactus-like Prickly. Moderate-high carbonation.

O: Surly continues to impress. Ultra fresh hops and high bitterness balanced with mega loads of citrus sweetness and pine.

Justin_Neff, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Fargrow, May 02, 2013
Photo of pmoney
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

pmoney, May 01, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Thorpe429, May 01, 2013
Photo of MinorThreat
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MinorThreat, May 01, 2013
Photo of Davihaw
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Davihaw, May 01, 2013
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Guinnsslvr, May 01, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

yourefragile, May 01, 2013
Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent-if-boilerplate example of what a west coast IPA should be.

Pours bright amber with a fuzzy white head.

In the aroma, does the malt balance the hops, but the hop profile is variegated enough so as to balance itself, reaching extremely acidic peaks of pine and grapefruit that are tamed by mango and grass before being subsumed into breadiness. It tastes, thankfully, very much as it smells: exceptionally well balanced.

mynie, Apr 30, 2013
Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.