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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

955 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 955
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 98
Gots: 81 | 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:
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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Mealhouse

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-11-2013 02:58:46 | More by Mealhouse
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ryancl

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-11-2013 02:32:42 | More by ryancl
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-11-2013 01:53:49 | More by MN_Beerticker
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roostor07

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-11-2013 00:51:20 | More by roostor07
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constablerc

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is not the in-your-face hop slap you get with most Surly brews. Hops in the nose and definitely hops on the tongue. Hops lean towards the piney. But the hops aren't the only show. Decent malt base. Good body with some substance, not thin. Leaves the lips a bit sticky. This is an IPA that could easily be a session brew.

The head poured thick and stuck to the glass for the entire drink. Beer is honey-colored and clear.

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 00:28:44 | More by constablerc
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-10-2013 17:25:52 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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Mnmaverick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-10-2013 13:35:17 | More by Mnmaverick
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-10-2013 12:55:28 | More by KWMiles
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-10-2013 07:18:29 | More by Schlais
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Revenant

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.2%

04-10-2013 05:04:33 | More by Revenant
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archi348

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-10-2013 02:28:16 | More by archi348
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jera1350

Minnesota

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

Bright gold color with a massive head of fluffy white foam adorning the top.

The nose is awesome, but just a bit light to warrant an even higher score. Lots of hoppy goodness with tons of fruit and citrus notes.

As expected, the taste is light on the malt and heavy on the hops. Piney, citrusy, grapefruit, some leafiness, solid bitterness with some warm alcohol at the end. The aftertaste is lightly resiny, but quite clean and refreshing actually.

Pretty crisp, very resiny and sticky finish that clings to the palate. Light-medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.

A nice interpretation of the style. I like that the bitterness is not over the top. Plenty of hoppy goodness, yet solid drinkability. Really growing on me as it warms, wonderful brew.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 02:23:58 | More by jera1350
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden with a nice cap of white head.

Smell: By the book WC-IPA bouquet of grapefruit citrus, pine and floral hops.

Taste: Malty backbone carrying and balancing a classy IPA profile of grapefruit, pine and floral hops. Finish is dry and nicely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Just the right ABV, bitter/hoppy enough to please, dry and refreshing. Very very good in the drinkability department. Nice.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 02:19:36 | More by JackieTH
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-10-2013 02:15:10 | More by runfoodrun
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-09-2013 20:48:57 | More by plumcrazyfx
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JohnSnowNW

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-09-2013 14:22:51 | More by JohnSnowNW
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-09-2013 03:18:03 | More by sacrelicio
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tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-09-2013 02:54:12 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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scoand

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-09-2013 01:54:43 | More by scoand
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/3

A: Pours a crisp, clear, golden color, with a faint and razor thin bubbly white head. What it lacks in head it makes up for with some nice sticky lacing.

S: Smell is sweet and slightly floral. Slightly tropical, but subdued and not in your face. Very reminiscent of Two Hearted to me. Light citrus notes and a little resinous.

T: Surprisingly bitter up front, with very little of the sweet tropical citrus flavors. The nose was subtle, but the taste is even more subdued. A little piney with a sharp bitter bite.

M: Very crisp, with fine bubbly carbonation. Alcohol is hidden extremely well here. Light bodied and refreshing.

O: Extremely drinkable and refreshing IPA. Nothing in your face in terms of hop aroma or big flavor, but still quite pleasant. The only thing I'd like a little more of is a citrusy hop profile in the flavor, but I'm just nitpicking at that point.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 01:45:05 | More by brydeen
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vobr0002

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-09-2013 01:28:26 | More by vobr0002
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 4-10.

Pours a brilliant copper color. One finger of white head. A slight haze to the appearance. Good looking beer

Smells of candied mango, some citrus zest. Some pine is in there. A lot of the usually suspects for the style.

Tastes of bitter hops. Again bitter mango. The bitterness comes across as quite large on this with a big, dry finish. Finishes with a fresh-cut grass sweetness.

Pretty full bodied for the style with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a nice example of the style. It would be nice if some of the underlying flavors were as prominent as the bitterness.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 01:19:10 | More by Powderhornphil
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kdilks

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-09-2013 00:42:36 | More by kdilks
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herman77

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/2

A: Clear golden honey with a small off white head. Pretty nice lacing.

S: Fairly juicy tropical hops. Mango, pineapple with some sweet oranges, honey and ripe grapefruit. A little bit of carmel malt in the background.

T: More pine and grapefruit than sweet and tropical here. Lemony. There is some sweeter hops, but the bitter and slightly resinous hops are the mainstays. A little bit of a malty backbone to keep the hops in check. Finish is fairly dry and a bit short.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side, but I like it.

O: Fairly good drinkability. Curious what the ABV is, but I would think in the low to mid 6% range. Not as hoppy as Furious; sweeter, more tropical hops. That being said, I prefer this to Furious, not as good as Wet, but Abrasive is still the best IPA Surly makes. Too bad this is only occasional, would love to see it year round.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 00:32:18 | More by herman77
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/2/2013.

Clear gold with a less than one finger foamy white head from a very gentle pour. Has good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, and pine.

The taste is bitter, with very little malt presence for balance. There is grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, pineapple, and small malt backbone. Bitter, but still quite good.

Medium bodied, properly carbonated, resinous, oily, with a dry, bitter finish. Another nice IPA from Surly.

Serving type: can

04-08-2013 23:20:18 | More by hardy008
Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.