Axe Man
Surly Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #3
Ranked #259
4.45 | pDev: 7.64%
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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KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can 100% tell by the taste and smell this isn't gonna at all be my favorite IPA but I also can tell it's gonna be a lot of people's jam. Some IPA's just don't end up being for me.

Jul 06, 2021
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UndertheRadar from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable and easy to drink as others have noted. I like the strong citrusy flavor that has a lingering bitter finish on the back of the tongue. I agree that it does have a good balance to the flavors which makes it very easy to continue drinking and savoring. I will look for more of this, plus I appreciate things made in Minnesota.

Jun 28, 2021
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joe16siny from New York

3.16/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White foamy head with little laceing. Look and smell were OK but there was way too much of a malty finish that ruined this beer for me. Canned on 02/22/2021

May 26, 2021
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a golden-orange body with minimal head and lace. The aroma is malty and hoppy with good balance; something not seen very much anymore. Smooth, easy to drink, slightly floral hops with touch of pine and citric underneath balance with some malt sweetness akin to caramel. Has a clean and distinctly mild hoppy finish and leads to very easy drinking.

May 20, 2021
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BergBeer from Hawaii

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a shaker pint

Look: Translucent dark gold with a thick white head

Smell: Juicy and piney. Notes of tangerine, pine sap, crackery malt, and grapefruit peel.

Taste: A big splash of citrus peel and tangerine on the attack. This gives way to a honey cracker malt with a finish of bitter pine.

Feel: Medium bodied and smooth. Light plus bitterness no alcohol. Solid carbonation.

Overall: This beer is just firing on all cylinders. It’s sort of befuddling with how good it is. There isn’t anything that pops but it’s so clean and so flavorful. I can’t pick out what makes it great but it is that good. Absolutely pick this up.

May 07, 2021
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stephenearnest from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 4-pack from Costco. Pours an orange-golden color with a nice, mild, tropical smell. However, the burst of tropical flavors I was expecting were extremely muted and the mouthfeel was light and slightly underwhelming. I've heard that this is one of those beers that you must drink within a week or so of brewing, so it could be that the 4-pack I purchased had been sitting for too long. In any event, I much prefer the intensity of Furious and Abrasive to this; those feel more like Surly beers to me.

Mar 16, 2021
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Merlyn from Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep straw/pale gold. Citra and Mosaic are right there on the nose with orange, mango and hints of lemon. Lighter white head. Tastes amazing.. citrus is balanced by clean, slightly bready malt backbone and offset by pine. There's bitterness that lingers but it's neither too much nor too little. Mouthfeel is very clean with plenty of carbonation. This is a very well balanced beer. Just guessed picking this one up at the store and had no idea it was this good.

Feb 23, 2021
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davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack of 16oz can for $16 at Cashwise in Waseca, MN canned on 9/29/20 and enjoyed in a snifter glass on 2/15/20
A: Beer is a light orange-gold color and a full inch foam head after a pour with good retention time. Beer is clear with no real haze or sediment.
S: Beautiful bright smell full of complex hoppy aromas. Definite pine and resiny notes with big orange rind smell. More subtle smells include grapefruit and floral and a bit of an earthy grass drank smell as well.
T: Taste is much more complex than the nose. Definite pine and grapefruit but less orange that is present in the nose. The malts taste of caramel and a subtle nutty and bicuity flavor while the malt provides body and a slight sweetness to balance out the hoppy bitterness. As the beer warms hints of lemon and the earthy floral notes become more pronounced and give the beer a fresh flavor profile. Overall the taste is fantastic and just very refreshing and the combination of hops makes
F: Beer is so smooth and well-balanced. Carbonation is great and it just leaves the mouth a bit dry and wanting more
O: This beer is fantastic and while it isn’t the best IPA I have had; I think if I could only drink 1 beer for the rest of my life this would be a top candidate. This beer is just so well balanced and complex and its refreshing the whole way through!
In case it wasn’t clear I certainly would buy again especially considering there are so many average IPAs being sold for $20 a 4-pack.

Feb 16, 2021
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Buckwinter from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

[Bottled on 10/6/20]

Appearance: Meh…a hazy yellow. A two-finger head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Hoppy. Not much else…

Taste: Hops hits right away. “Dank” like it says on the outside of the can for sure! Considering the higher alcohol percent in this beer there sure are no negative effects. Tasty with a light finish and no lingering bitterness at all! Impressive.

Mouthfeel: Each sip feels great from start to finish. Smooth the whole way through.

Overall: Delicious and dangerous! Well balanced. In terms of taste I can’t really say anything bad about it.

Jan 15, 2021
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

16oz can

Todd got the Axe, Man. That's the name of this beer in my house. If you don't know what I'm talking about, don't worry. This is a great ale, and it is a great representation of what the Surly Brewery is about. Big, hoppy, delcious... but with a dark backstory. This one has tropical/pine hop notes for days... Don't mind the drama, just drink the good bier

God Bless Surly and God Bless the Axeman

Jan 12, 2021
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Beerymon from Illinois

2.57/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not my thing. If anything grossly overated and average. Certainly citrus overtones but ruined by a cloying sweetness. Has an overpowering baking chocolate finish...... Next!!!

Dec 12, 2020
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deliciously dank-grapefruity-citrusy goodness! Poured a golden-straw color with slight head. Pine notes in the nose, slightly carbonated-dry mouthfeel.

Dec 11, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

7/24/20...pours cloudy gold with foamy white lid that is clingy. Grassy pine nose with a slight citrus tint. Oily hoppy flavor. Juicy with a solid bitter burn. Butter bursts and then rolls off quickly, like a driveby. Superb!

Dec 06, 2020
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stosh66 from Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Took a chance on older stock from the Supermarket. Personally feel that cans hold up better, so I figured that 12 week old IPA had a chance to still be good. I am soooo glad I took the chance! 16oz can poured into a glass.
A: Pale straw coloring, very hazy. 1/2 inch head which dissipates to almost nothing.
S: An explosion of ripe tropical fruit, and oranges.
T: Follows the smell with tropical and orange juiciness, but at the finish is a slap of dank bitterness.
M: Medium body, not too heavy.
O: Outstanding IPA that is packed with flavor.

Nov 22, 2020
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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

A: Spongey pitted surface on a weathered white capping of one inch has a strong retention. Dense and bright orange-tang colored body. High density of macro-bubble carbonation. A good leave of speckled lace remains behind. Love the bright and juicy appearance and sharp carbonation.

S: Sweet and sugary peaches and pineapple open the aroma with a wet and juicy flair. Mangoes, fruity tropical, with some orange juice and citrus. Really good strength. With some warming some feathery tart orange dryness occurs.

T: Tart orange hops, some dried tropical mangoes, and peaches in particular. There is a spicy nature here, with some grassy wet pine and dry floral hops. A fruitiness of guava and strawberries overlay the crisp pale malts, while rings of citrusy grapefruit are about. Some graininess, and a citrusy-peach yeastiness on the tongue.

M: Creamy soft palate. Citrusy orange warmth on the inner cheeks. Spicy hops, with a dry hop lacing.

O: Strong all around performance ipa. Juicy wet nose, nice dry hopping for flavor, tropical, with a great lasting visual and creamy soft mouthful. 4.25 all around for me with a strong drinkability, great balance, while the flavor stays relevant throughout and never ties. Great multiple servings, and well defined by style.

Nov 21, 2020
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: Canned on 7/8/20
Opened and reviewed on: 11/12/20

Wow, I'm drinking an IPA that's not NE hazy!! Dang!

More of a clear burnt golden liquid, thin white foam topping recedes normally, nice lace.

Fruity hop aroma of Sweet citrus and dry earthy pine. Malt seems sweet and crisp.

Flavor's dominated by dry, dry earthiness of pine and golden malted grains. Very nice complexity in the hop with a blast of sweet fruits and then heavy and dry bitterness ending.

Crisp bite, mellows out fast, smooth ish and juicy, then DRY.

Hey, it doesn't have to be thick to be good.

Nov 12, 2020
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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 California

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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