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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 107
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of mscudder
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

mscudder, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of elgiacomo
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

elgiacomo, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Dreadnaught33, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of mothman
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mothman, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of d5001986
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

d5001986, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

2beerdogs, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev -2.2%

CCutch, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of atomicskier1889
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

atomicskier1889, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of wyckydsceptre
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

wyckydsceptre, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of tbeq00
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

tbeq00, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of AndyP612
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


AndyP612, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of will1256
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

will1256, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

HoistinBrews, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Ish1
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Ish1, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev -2.2%

leinie13, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of MinnTwins
4/5  rDev -2.2%

MinnTwins, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Jeffrey2310, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

morimech, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Thecherryman, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Texasfan549, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep golden color


T-A big piney hop flavor....not much of a malt impression as it is pretty hop forward....

M-sharp bitterness...very dry finish....weight is right on and feels like an IPA not as DIPA or APA...

O-This is a well done IPA but this type of IPA is one of my least favorite. It fills a niche in the Minnesota market as there are not many like this. More bitter and sharp than pure hop flavor....reminds me of Green Flash IPA from San Diego. Personally I prefer Furious (I know not apples to apples comparison) and also Saga and Hop Dish but that is my personal taste preference. This IS a well done hop forward pine dominated IPA.

ZAP, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of irrgalaxy
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into tall glass. Slightly lighter and yellower than many of Surly's other beers. Nice head, but carbonation quickly settles down. Dry, muted smell - hop smell doesn't come through strong in the nose. Very hoppy - lingers on the middle of the tongue. Alcohol content is middle of the road - not overpowering, but it is a big can. Having more than one adds up fast.

Despite the self-deprecating text on the can, this isn't a big "gimmick" beer - certainly much less than what Surly's done in the past. Very nice, hoppy IPA that'll be nice once summer comes around, but it's not nearly as unique as some of their other offerings.

irrgalaxy, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of jacewg
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours very golden with some light orange hues. Obviously light malt being used n this one. One inch head with medium bubbles fades quickly. Good lacing.

Aroma: Nose is great. Fruity melon notes and some grapefruit peel and pine. Malt is almost non-existent. Pure hop bliss.

Taste: Quite bitter and dry. Bigger melon notes. Very resinous. Malt is muted but shows itself late in a grainy, pilsner malt type of way. Dry, bitter finish. Absolutely unbalanced and I love it.

Mouthfeel: Properly carbed. Medium bodied. Quite dry with a long, bitter finishes that lingers.

Another winner from Surly. Not on the level of Abrasive, but better than Furious which is also a nice IPA. Good stuff and delivers on the promise of "west coast IPA"

jacewg, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Thanks to maximum12.

Clear, yellow-gold elixir poured into SA imperial pint glass. Nice, thick, one-finger head, copious lacing.

Grapefruit, floral hops, a bit of bready yeast, orange rind, earthy under-tones.

Nice bitter hops, some tropical notes, dry finish.

Well carbonated, medium body.

A nice IPA but a bit of a let down when compared to Furious, Abrasive and Wet.

CaptCleveland, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of zenwatts
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

zenwatts, Apr 20, 2013
Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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