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Surf - Surf Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"SURF™ BLACK IPA STYE ALE
Our Signature beer, this American Style Dark Ale features vibrant citrusy and floral American hops balanced against a complex malt profile of toasty dark malts with a hint of roasted barley. Just like an early morning surf session, once you start you keep going back. Pairs well with grilled tri-tip.
16°P 67 IBU 37 SRM Alc.Vol. 6.5%"

(Beer added by: augustgarage on 09-13-2011)
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ElSid

California

4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#51

On-tap at Father's Office in Culver City

A: Nearly pitch black but evaluated in poor lighting. Finger and a half of khaki head which clings and clings to the glass.

S: Caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt paired with bright pine, citrus, and flowers.

T: A ying-yang of a palate sporting dark roasted malt with mostly caramel and chocolate notes contrasted with pine needles, citrus zest, and flowers. The bitterness is leafy and earthy.

M: Medium bodied with good linger and appropriate carbonation.

O: The west coast sure knows what to do with hops. A black IPA with dark malt and bright hops which makes for an interesting and pleasing melange of flavors. The Black IPA genre is growing and this up and coming brewery does an excellent job of crafting in this style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 05:03:23 | More by ElSid
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Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black colored brew with a one finger cream colored head. The head fades over a moderate amount of lime to leave a fair level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a roasted malt ad semi-sweet chocolate smell. Mixed with these are some sweet caramel as well as a lighter floral and citrus hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a smoother roasted malt and chocolate taste. Hints of a caramel sweetness are up front which fade more over time as flavors of a pine and citrus hop begin coming to the tongue. The citrus remains relatively light while the pine gets stronger to the end, where a earthy hop joins the flavor to leave a moderately hopped roasted flavor are linger on the tongue.

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Surf from Surf Brewery
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