Axe Man
Surly Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #2
Ranked #247
4.45 | pDev: 7.42%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
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Notes: Collaboration with Amager Bryghus

Double dry-hopping with Citra and Mosaic hops creates this world-renowned IPA’s intense tropical fruit and citrus aromas. Brewed with Golden Promise malt, this beer finishes rich and dry. First brewed in collaboration with Amager Brewery in Denmark.

Formerly known as "Todd the Axe Man".
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is strongly citrus rind/pith and tropical fruits (pineapple), a little pine, along with a touch of sweetness.

A tall very slightly off-white and creamy head recedes moderately above a hazy amber body. (No, being hazy does not disqualify this beer as a WCIPA, as much as the NEIPA fans would like to declare... and neither does the use of Citra and Mosaic hops.) The haziness goes beyond mere unfiltered, though, but is not what I would call turbid - although it is close. It doesn't quite get there, though, as moderate rising bubbles are visible through the haze, as are your fingers (sort of) on the opposite side of the glass.

The taste starts with a hit of bitterness, backed by the previously mentioned tropical fruits. The citrus rind is still there, but well behind. The beer is bitter throughout, but never palate-wreckingly so, and the bitterness does not dominate the flavors from the hops. As the beer warms, the flavors become more discernible and just a bit sweeter. The aftertaste is bitter and fruity with just a touch of pine.

The feel is on the thick side (for the style, mind), with the bitterness keeping the lingering sweetness under control.

Overall, an excellent IPA, well deserving of its reputation. The overall flavor and hop bitterness profile places this beer squarely in the WCIPA substyle, IMO.

Sep 02, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the Packie
Mostly clear light gold color with a thin bubbly white head that slowly recedes. Hops in spades. Resinous earthy pepper and pine with bits of tangerine and pineapple. Firm bitterness, very tasty.

Aug 22, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour is hazy gold in color with about a finger of off-white head.

Aroma is a bit spicy, with some peach and grapefruit. Slightly malty.

The flavor just blasts you in the face with hops. Lots of grapefruit, peach, mango, mixed berries, and cracked pepper with an extremely dank and earthy finish.

Feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit oily, but drinkable.

Overall, a very good IPA that is definitely dank as hell, but has plenty of fruity hop flavors and malt presence.

Aug 02, 2020
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brilliant slightly hazy gold with a white head. Beautiful, even from the plastic cup I was trying it from.

Aroma is mango, white peach, and guava with note of marijuana.

Flavor is mango, white peach, guava, and a dank marijuana finish that grows as you drink.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbed with a light alcohol burn, appropriate for the ABV.

Overall, very good. Love the transformation from tropical to dank that it took. The white peach notes are fantastic.

Jul 15, 2020
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nidetzg from Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just perfect levels of bitter, dank, fruit all layered really nicely on its malt base. Its hard to conceptualize a more enjoyable IPA drinking experience.

Jun 20, 2020
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minterro from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned: 03/09/20, originally consumed: 05/24/20, rated: 06/10/20.

A&S: The beer is a murky yellow color, but is livened up by its carbonation. Fizzy head pours a finger and a half and retreats quickly to a thin layer around the outside with some scares patterns in the middle and ultimately nothing is there. In the forefront of the aroma is piney hops. Outside of that, I am getting a good amount of pineapple and pepper.

T&M: East coast IPA vibes. Upfront I am getting mostly the aroma. Orange and peppercorn flavors dominate the finish which is bitter without being a tongue bruiser. It is not a completely hop-centric beer, I am getting a decent amount of rye like maltiness. Not much alcohol and very drinkable for 7.2%. Crisp, but heavier mouthfeel than I expected with the crispness. Not super heavy on the palette.

Overall: I am drinking this brew right around the 3-month cut off so I will adjust as needed if I can find a fresher version and it is much different than this rating. I would recommend it, but honestly, it didn't blow me away as much as I thought it would.

Jun 11, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a moderate haze, normal carbonation, and two fingers of yellowish, glassy head.

It smells of toasted malt, pineapple, grapefruit pith, and a hint of black pepper.

The taste is a black pepper, bruised pineapple, dank Greenleaf, And a spicy bitterness.

Medium to slightly sticky body, with moderate carbonation.

I bought this one In Chico California and I’m drinking in Redding California June 1, 2020.

Jun 02, 2020
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roan22 from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Old school clear beer, smell is meh, taste is a nice bitterness and a little sweetness like grape juice along with the great dryness and pine. Winner for me.

May 08, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mildly translucent golden color. A finger of tightly packed white bubbles. Dissipates quickly.

Nose is typical Citra and Mosaic. Tropical notes, pineapple, mango, peach, grassy, dank.

Taste is similar. Hop presence is very sharp and clean. It feels like a separate entity from the relatively weak malt profile. Rather than mixing together or fading gracefully the flavor drops off quickly while the bitterness lingers. The grassy, piney, dank flavor comes through a bit more strongly in the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied with mild to medium carbonation. Drinkable

Overall this seems like a session drinker except for the fact that its 7% ABV. This isn't quite West Coast IPA and it certainly isn't a New England hazy. This is a simple straight up American IPA. Enjoyable, but it hasn't quite blown me away.

May 07, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can pours a hazy golden color that leave a sticking lacing in my glass. Amazing citrus aromas of pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Tropical fruit,citrus flavors, perfect IPA taste. This is one amazing beer, must have IPA.

May 04, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can with no visible dating. Opened 4/2/20.
2 finger. off-white and bubbly head. Good retention on a slow roll down to a 1/4" cap. Sticky lacing apparent early. Deep golden IPA, not opaque/hazy style nor is it clear. Clears up as it warms up. Light lacing.
Citrus, pine, and melon are the dominant hoppy aromas early. Berry and cantaloupe as the beer warms some.
Big smack of pine, weeds, grapefruit rind, and orange pith hoppy flavors. Hop driven, obviously enough malt to stand up at 7.2% but not something that is more than a hint of a doughy presence.
Medium body and appropriate carbonation levels. Very long and bitter off-dry to dry finish.
Very good to Outstanding.

Apr 12, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Currently have a bar serving these pounders for just 3 bucks. In the pint glass hazy looking IPA orange yellow with massive full inch of froth that makes for excellent lace. Sweet floral and pungent fruit hops and taste is bitter balanced and clean with a top tier body smooth.

Love this IPA will drink it until its gone was very surprised on this one.

Mar 08, 2020
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Boozenburg from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite, but I will give it this: it doesn't get old. For the 7.2% ABV, it is definitely drinkable in volume.

Another reviewer made the point that the taste is constantly changing as you continue to drink it. This may be why it doesn't get old, although I didn't notice a very vast taste spectrum.

Although my opinion is genuine, you may be wise to take this review with a grain of salt. West Coast IPAs might just not be my style, and so I may be biased here.

There are some beers that I have enjoyed far more, but which have gotten old way quicker, and after having a few, I wake up the next morning not wanting to smell/taste it again for a while (e.g. "Jam Up The Mash" by Collective Arts and "Soft Spoken" Mango beer by Kills Boro). Those beers are fruity and have strong flavors and aromas, but are best left at a one can serving, despite the ABV being relatively low.

Now I wouldn't necessarily consider Todd The Axe Man to be a "crushable" beverage, a term advocates here like to toss around quite a bit. I reserve that adjective for beers that remind me of pulp-free orange juice. Fret not, though, review reader. I fancy that term and I'll probably drop a "crushable" compliment in my next review. This beer just isn't that refreshing, but you can keep 'em coming all night long and you (probably) won't be disgusted with yourself the next day.

Feb 27, 2020
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in mail today and couldn’t wait to get it chilled and poured into my Tulip Glass. Poured with a great head and I could smell it from across my kitchen. Feels and tastes as good as most elite IPAs. Great beer!

Feb 27, 2020
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good, lots going on in this beer. Not as busy as King Sue meaning less stuff floating around in it. Not as citrus either. But it has many similarities. Still they are the same price so if King Sue if available, I'll get that. Worthy alternative though !

Feb 21, 2020
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irs from New Jersey

4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

brewed 10/31/19 (i'm drinking it on 2/14/20. $18 for four tallboys at McCaffrey's and I'm still just happy to be able to have some Surly here in NJ.
hazy, almost opaque, deep amber with deliicate lacing. the nose is a complex rainbow of hop smells, dominated by dank cut grass. complex taste of breadiness and bitterness coating my tongue. chewy hop resins linger in my mouth.

Feb 15, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If there are Beer Gods, Raul says thank you! In an over saturated world of Kardashian’s and Hazy’s, sometimes it’s just too much to handle. Like, if there was a “God” God, would he really make something like a Kardashian? And honestly, would he really be into so many average or poor Hazy’s? So much so that for a while Raul had to move to White Claw to take a break? Yeah, I dunno. But right here though, we have The Golden Gate Bridge of West Coast IPA’s. And wow...I’ll be hornswoggled - it was made in one of the Twin Cities?! Yes! I’m into it like Kirby Puckett smashing a double down the line, and then in the top of the next inning, him robbing a home run at the wall (RIP Kirby).

So pumped Surly is in SoCal now.

Get it, my minions. Get it good!

*I don’t know what happened between my first Axe Man and the one that I am drinking right now. But man, it got even better. This is a lovely IPA.

Feb 14, 2020
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Stooven from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The mouthfeel sets Axe Man apart from other IPAs of this class, including Two Hearted and Zombie Dust (tastewise it sits between the two).

Couple things: Man, the price. Was already pricey and it just heaved up to $17/4-pack at Binnys. And I thought I moaned about FFF pricing! Surly distro is still lacking. I can rarely ever find it fresh in Chicago, never less than a month old: this needs to improve. (This 4-pack was seven weeks old and I jumped on it because that's almost as fresh as we get it on the shelf.) This beer needs to be poured into a glass and allowed to settle for a couple minutes. At least Guinness gives a waterfall reacharound.

Jan 10, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surly Brewing Co. "Todd The Axe Man"
1 pint can "0661 CANNED ON 10/31/19 12:50" and sampled on 01/08/2020
$4.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a very hazy deep-golden / amber colored body beneath an inch and a half or so of slightly yellowed off-white foam. The aroma is resinous, citrusy, and otherwise fruity (apples, berries, dried apricot) over a biscuity and bready malt base. It's not the brightest aroma I've found in an IPA but it's certainly not hidden. Additionally, I like that the malt comes through as I've been finding a lot of beers lately that only display the hops. On to the taste... I think the aroma sets it up real well. So, to repeat, I'm finding a nicely blended mix of firm malt that's gently biscuity and bready with notes of hop resins, soft citrus, peach, apple and sweet berries, and subtle mango. A very firm bitterness anchors it from start to finish, and then dries it quite readily. It finishes medium-long with the hoppy fruitiness fading first, followed by some residual malt, and then earthy and leafy/herbal hops the linger the longest. Bitterness then trails for even longer. It has a mouth coating medium-full body with a standard carbonation that gently bristles but then warms to become smoother wrapped in the malt that's there. Overall it's really quite nice. It's got malt, hops, and bitterness - all balanced nicely - and that leads towards the possibility of multiple servings as it's got some complexity to maintain interest while not going overboard.
Review #6,887

Jan 08, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 10/23/19, so about 10 weeks old.

Hazy orange body with a small white head which dissipates to a thick ring and covering. There is some lacing.

Decent citrus aroma.

On tasting, even after 10 weeks in the can, it's still fiercely bitter. Some citrus notes, and the malt is little more than an afterthought.

Mouth a little above medium, finish bitter, a little dry, and oddly watery right at the finish.

Overall, it's good, but was expecting more. Bitterness was a bit overwhelming.

Jan 03, 2020
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale orange with a bit of haze. The chunky head lasts a good while. The aroma is of grapefruit, lemon rind, berries and green apple. The taste is a wall of citrusy, tropical hops with a light pale malt ballast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate, creamy carbonation. High bitterness and lots of lingering fruityness in the finish.

A benchmark IPA. Dank and juicy. A must try for anyone who likes hops.

Jan 01, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Caliente Pizza & Draft House in Mt Lebenon. There first I noticed was the smell. Could smell it as soon as waitress set it down! Lemony/piney. Taste also has a little apricot undertone. Dry bite at the end.

Dec 31, 2019
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sjrider from California

4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Sacramento - pours a clear orange/gold color with white head leaving significant lacing. Nose is citrus and sweet malt. Taste follows , not sure what the hype is about. Seems an above average IPA, but nothing outstanding.

Dec 23, 2019
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/31, another entry to PA's absurdly crowded IPA shelves.

This was solid, tons of citrus along with some pineapple and mango. Appropriately bitter at the end with scant malt balance.

Too bad this was already almost 7 weeks old when I found it.

Dec 16, 2019
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried when Tall Tom at Aston gave me one for free, saying he knew I'd like it. Well I do, it's excellent, but at $5 a pint can, it prices out 60% higher than many other comparable, stellar West Coast IPA's like Bear Republic's Racer 5 or Hop Ottin' by Anderson Valley. I can't justify that difference!!

Dec 09, 2019
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