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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,224
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 113
Gots: 139 | 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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Ratings: 1,224 | Reviews: 185
Photo of portia99
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can (canned 5/08/13) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a translucent pale orangey gold color. A one finger cap of creamy off white foam lingers for a minute and leaves lots of webby lacing on the glass.

S - Fresh citrus with grapefruit up front and some sweet oranges. Hops are front and center, but some bready and grainy malt comes thru as well. Actually has quite a good balance in the aroma. Nothing too complex but solid all around.

T - Bitter hops hit right away with some fruitiness behind it - grapefruit and some piney and resiny character. Very faint biscuity malt presence at the base. More bitter than filled with hop flavor, maybe even a touch medicinal in its bitterness.

M - Medium body with a medium to somewhat strong carbonation level. Hops are the focus with a big resiny bitterness throughout. A bit lacking in hop flavor next to the big bitter presence.

O - Overall a good IPA for me and very solid overall. Lacking a bit in flavor hop character with the bitterness overpowering to some extent. Very solid although I definitely prefer a can of Furious or Abrasive over this one.

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a tasty IPA in the west coast style? It is very balanced and not overtly hoppy. It is a very well made IPA! My only complaint is it is in a can!
Pour it into a glass!

Apperance: Orangish amber forms a white head and nice lacing
Smell: hoppy citrus aroma
Taste: dry hop heaven it is well balanced and awesome I normally am more discriptive but hoppy and well balanced is all I can say
Overall: this is a well made beer and not overtly over hopped. Would dri no it again and again!

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jhawth
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finished a four pack over the course of the week, this is from aggregated notes:

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy, golden yellow, fluffy two-finger head with good head retention.

Aroma: Citrusy hop notes, muted grapefruit, a little bit of pine resin. It's been a while since I had a Furious, but it seems to me that this has much less of the grapefruit and other tropical fruit notes that I get from Furious.

Taste: Malts up front, more than I expected. Almost a cereal character? Then moderate hop bitterness. Citrusy notes from the nose are not as prevalent. Some sweetness noticeable after the initial hop appearance.

Mouthfeel: Light. Light, crisp carbonation.

Overall: A very well balanced, very drinkable IPA. I'll probably drink more of this over the summer, and will come back to edit my review as needed. I'll be curious to compare it more closely with Furious, knowing that they are very different beers.

Photo of mhksuccess
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a 3FFF teku glass
pours golden with about 1/2 inch of head
smell is that kind of fruity hoppy
taste is nice fruity hops very drinkable
has good bittering hops but i have been drinking some top notch amazing ipas
this is top level but just a not quite the upper ecehlon although is really good
maybe it could have been a bit fresher although with no comparison i tend to think
this one has not fallen off any and my review is accurate

Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BobZ
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to roon.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow with a nice 1" head that leaves very nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Piney hops with some tropical fruit below.

Taste: Tropical citrus up front but the pine resin from the hops is the dominant flavor on the finish. I would say the pine flavors outweigh the citrus notes overall.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated, and the hops leave the palate clean.

Overall: A nice take on a west coat IPA, having the fruit flavors under strong piney hops seems spot on.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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