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Overrated West Coast IPA - Surly Brewing Company

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1,153 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,153
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 110
Gots: 113 | 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:
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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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%

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tallboy can, thanks John. Pours golden with a little head. Citrus orange hop aroma, and that is the taste that delivers. Superior IPA and very drinkable. Just a minimum of malting to keep your palate from shredding. Well crafted. Smooth and satisfying.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of e30todamax
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Listers
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jegross2
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. This west coast style single IPA is a new release from one of the midwest's master of hops. I've had this a few times since grabbing some courtesy of Brandon at Dark Lord Day, figured I should finally get around to reviewing one since I am on my last can.

Score: 93

Canned on 04/19/13. Served in a Goose Island Chicago flag snifter and enjoyed on 05/16/13.

Appearance: Pours a clean/transparent light amber-orange color with a half finger of head off the pour. Good lacing, poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Dank, resinous hops and tropcal citrus. Sticky pine sap, grapefruit, pineapple, and grassy hops. 4.25/5

Taste: Bitter citrus rind, sappy/piney hops and sweet tropical citrus. Nice sweet malt backbone that is not very pronounced, but adds a good balance to the hops. The hop flavor is there, but it is not quite "in your face" palate wrecking intense like Abrasive Ale. The bitterness and lingering hop flavor are spot on for what I love in my IPA. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, excellent carbonation. Oily mouthfeel, slightly dry finish. 4.25

Overall: Better than Furious, but a slight notch below Wet. Surly has another winner on their hands. Hopefully this will become a Surly staple.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack of 16 oz cans.

Photo of iHeartMNBeer
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Mitch_Cumstein
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cyclone8 for knowing that 1 can of Surly beer is never enough for me!

A - Light straw. Crystal clear. Beautiful head that does not stick around for long, but its brief appearance is great: big bubbly and tight.

S - Great aroma. Right as I popped the can it hit me over the head. Intensely citric and floral hop aroma invades. Light grassy notes. I also get some "cookie spice" from the light touch of malts. The alcohol comes in strong along with an aspirin-y note. Overall the aroma is so powerful that it smells close to light hair permanent.

T - Big grapefruit taste, you almost get the whole fruit in order: zest, bitter pith, and then juicy and sour fruit. As the can says there is not much in the way of balance, but it is nice overall. Finishes with an herbal quality akin to mint

M - Nice and smooth, suggesting an easy drinkability. Lighter body for an IPA, but in the spectrum of beer it is about medium.

Solid IPA, great sensory experience until the beer is in your mouth and then the party's over

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can opened on 4.27.13

A - Pours a hazy medium to dark orange wiht a smaller tan head with good retention.

S - Bitter orange peel, malts, some tropical fruits.

T - Sweet orange then some bitterness. Fruity finish.

D - Good carbonation and a bit to thin of a body.

O - Great, orange and tropical IPA with a bit of bitterness in the middle.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 4/15/13 Canning date. 16oz. can into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Beer pours a .5 finger fine white head with low retention. Color is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Honestly, I expected a bit more here.

Nose is citrus, pine, tree sap hop bitterness, and some grass. Moderately aromatic. Very clean and fresh.

Opens bright citrus and pine hop bitterness. Some grassiness and sap hop presence in the middle. West Coast for sure. Very little malt presence. Finishes resin-y with a sharp hop bite at the end. Aftertaste of pine and citrus hop bitterness. Dry. Pretty good.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Quenching and bubbly in the mouth and goes down abrasive and sharp. Accented finish with a dry, lingering, sticky aftertaste. Love it!

This beer certainly lives up to its name. Huge hop presence that makes itself known with a nose and feel that only serves to enhance the bitterness. Real drinkable and definitely worth visiting. I'd say not at all over-rated!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Canned April 30th 2013.

A fairly clear, bronze gold amber body, with slow rising carbonation. Head is off white and is about two fingers deep, but falls to a thin puck and soapy fat collar. Not too bad looking.

Nose is fairly subtle hop wise. Mild sense of sweet melon, perhaps a hint of tropical juicy quality. Mild sweetness, a little bit of piney spice and light brown sugar.

Good bitterness matching the hint of tropical quality. Toned down malt sweetness hinted with a little bit of toasty brown sugar. Slightly more than moderate carbonation but with a hint of wet body. Hints of earthy quality on the aftertaste and finish with a matching pine bitterness.

Overall not bad, and not overrated either.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.