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South Swell Double Ipa - Surf Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surf Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beerandraiderfan on 09-08-2011)
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Reviews by vitALEity:
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vitALEity

California

4.63/5  rDev +15.8%

A: Dark golden orange, huge head and fantastic lacing

S: Dry, spicy, earthy and tropical fruits

T: Earthy, floral, fruity, dry, bitter, some toasted malt. 9% is hidden well

M: Great body, not to thick. Resiny

O: Really good DIPA...Helps that it was just bottled this week! My second favorite central coast IPA after Double Jack

04-12-2013 00:41:36 | More by vitALEity
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westcott

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

02-23-2014 22:26:01 | More by westcott
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

On the tapper at blue palms. Orange and bright, looks like i like em

Amazing nelson hop aroma, armpits and hops.

Notes of beach fruit, mango and pineappke, just massive hop presence with mild bitterness.

Can u say best new dipa of 2011? Watch out for these guys, if they were from anywhere else, this would be going through lots off hype and a top 100 appearance.

If u like alpine nelson, this is for u. Its like double nelson

09-08-2011 21:43:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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augustgarage

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a goblet.

Hazy orange-peel liquid rests beneath a fat tower of shiny dense seashell cream. Pasty lacing, excellent retention.

Potent hops in the nose - herbaceous, catty, pine-sap, durian, gooseberries, passion fruit, and grapefruit seeds combine in an olfactory assault. Unusual and singular.

Very unique flavor profile as well - intensely fruity, floral and spicy. Moderately bitter, though any cutting quality (103 IBUs) is kept in check by unique malt counter-melodies. Olive oil, avocado, sandalwood, and other spicy oddities play with the palate into the finish.

Soft, slick, and rich with a pleasant prickly acidity.

A superb showcase of ingredients (Galaxy and Nelson hops along with two strains of caramel malt) with few easy analogs in terms of the flavor profile. All this while still punchy enough to satisfy the most demanding hop-heads. Happy to see they can produce a big daring brew in addition to their more session-able ales.

09-14-2011 18:39:04 | More by augustgarage
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Srsly

California

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%

On tap at Blue Palms, believe it or not

A - gold colored and cloudy, it has that glow that lots of great DIPAs have. Head was big and off-white, but didn't stick around as long as I might have liked. Plenty of lacing.

S - I really liked the smell of this brew a lot. I feel like the Nelson hops are really obvious (as they should be), and though I haven't had a ton of beers that feature them prominently the smell was immediately recognizable, much like Alpine Nelson. I got plenty of pine, but also some tropical fruit and the ever-popular cat smell. Awesome.

T - The taste, i thought, actually leaned more towards the fruit side of things instead of the pine, which was very pleasant. I also got a little bit of herb or earthiness that I didn't really get in the nose. The malt is present but not at all dominant, in an excellent way. The finish is big and powerfully bitter.

M - Richer and a little more viscous than I expected, but still excellent.

O - I was very very impressed with this beer. I agree with the reviewer below who compared it broadly to a double version of Nelson. It was the first thing I've had from Surf Brewery, and now I really want to check out their other stuff. An all around stellar brew. Ventura, here I come.

09-16-2011 20:38:56 | More by Srsly
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Sisky

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

05-07-2013 02:38:36 | More by Sisky
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AleHunter805

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-11-2014 14:23:05 | More by AleHunter805
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BBrewington

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-22-2013 07:31:13 | More by BBrewington
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Jdevoss


2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

06-29-2014 22:13:17 | More by Jdevoss
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alwaysplayin

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

08-31-2013 02:56:14 | More by alwaysplayin
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sgoro

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-16-2013 01:59:09 | More by sgoro
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wethorseblanket

California

4/5  rDev 0%

09-23-2012 23:41:22 | More by wethorseblanket
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FutureJack

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

02-13-2012 17:25:47 | More by FutureJack
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DrewShalvoy

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-15-2013 18:41:55 | More by DrewShalvoy
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JoshTellez

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-06-2013 03:39:36 | More by JoshTellez
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Gilmango

California

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

On tap at Tony's Darts Away, this was the tastiest IPA or DIPA I found on my recent trip to LA. More golden than orange, huge aroma of pink grapefruit, sweet malt gives way to nice bitterness with a dry finish. I liked their PA as well, good brewery to keep an eye out for.

02-02-2012 00:24:41 | More by Gilmango
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charlzm

California

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

Consumed November 5th, 2011 at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is medium gold with a proper one finger white head.

Aroma has an unfortunate ammonia component (simcoe hops?). Also has a solvent note in addition to the more agreeable red grapefruit and pine.

Flavor is sweet crystal malt followed by all kinds of hop flavors: pepper, pine, red grapefruit. Bitter on finish.

Mouthfeel is oily and slightly dry.

Drinkability is not hampered by the off-notes in the nose, though you need to enjoy strong hop flavor to like this one.

12-13-2011 21:53:50 | More by charlzm
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

07-04-2013 20:42:08 | More by drewone
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Jessenimmo

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-16-2013 01:30:31 | More by Jessenimmo
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mjr2377

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-27-2011 05:36:49 | More by mjr2377
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -30.5%

On tap at the Ventura Brewpub on 1.25.2012

A - Served a medium to light cloudy orange with a smaller near white head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S - Very fruity and sweet. Floral as well.

T - Sweet citrus fruit and soapy. Not the best taste I have had from an ipa.

D - Good carbonaton and an average body. A bitter bitter.

O - Started off great, but the taste was too soapy and floral for me to enjoy.

01-30-2012 05:41:01 | More by HuskyinPDX
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hornsup

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-23-2013 05:08:13 | More by hornsup
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mactrail

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -20.5%

Color is the typical orangey amber, but a little hazy. Pours a lively big head in the wine glass with plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Aroma of flowery and piney hops.

Spicy hoppy taste to start. A little soapy. A fair amount of malt, but overall this is quite sharp and acidic. Some of the leafy, dank taste with a hint of sparkly fermented pineapple in the mouthfeel. The flavor ends up being all about the grapefruit peel. More bitter than I want to drink very much of.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at The Bottle Shop in Santa Barbara.

08-30-2013 06:35:57 | More by mactrail
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bh123

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

02-21-2013 06:09:24 | More by bh123
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a 1/2 inch puffy beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, and somewhat subdued tropical fruit flavors. A high level of bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a super crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA but the bitterness is somewhat high.

12-18-2011 05:25:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Swell Double Ipa from Surf Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.