Todd The Axe Man
Surly Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #1
Ranked #211
4.47 | pDev: 7.38%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
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Notes: Double dry-hopping with Citra and Mosaic hops creates intense tropical fruit and citrus aromas. Brewed with Golden Promise malt and just a hint of haze, this beer finishes rich and dry.

Not quite a West Coast IPA, not quite a NE IPA. It was first brewed in collaboration with Amager Brewery in Denmark. Brewed with one malt, Golden Promise from the UK, with Citra and Mosaic hops. Named by Amager’s marketing director Henrik Papsø.
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Reviews: 469 | Ratings: 2,747
Photo of ericdj9
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer sets the standards for taste. I am lucky to live in MN and have access to it when it was first released in the brewery and in special batches.

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Photo of BrendanJ
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a mildly hazy, straw-gold, with some particulate floating throughout. Not much of a head on the pour.
S: I'm a bit stuffy today, so my smells are a bit muted. Smells a little sweaty with juicy citrus.
T: Not extremely bitter on the attack, more of a lingering bitterness. It maintains a very fruity citrus taste throughout.
F: Rolls over the tongue and down the hatch without any problem. Definitely one of the most smashable IPA's I've had.
O: Fun fact about this beer; This was the very first IPA I ever tried. It was my junior year of college, all I had for beer up to this point was PBR, Bud, Busch, Coors, and Nordeast. I was at a party, and my friend Danny handed me a sample of this stuff. This beer changed my world forever; popped my craft beer cherry, and to this day remains one of my favorites of all time.
S/o to Danny for popping my beer cheery.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citra forward (pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine etc), mild bitter finish, it is good but doesn’t really stand out from the crowd though that said it is still quietly very good

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Photo of teromous
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The stamp is a bit smudged, but it looks like the bottom of the can: says: "CANNED ON 08/02/18 F4392 09:30"

Appearance: The body is a hazy gold under a thick white cap. It has very good retention. There are small particles suspended in the beer.

Aroma: The beer has a pleasantly soft aroma of tangerine and wildflowers.

Taste: The beer has a very nice mango flavor up front. There is a touch of grapefruit flavor and just a hint of grain in the background. It is a very pleasant tasting beer with a bright character.

Mouthfeel: The beer is light bodied and easy to drink with a semi-dry finish. It has low bitterness which is akin to drinking grapefruit juice.

Overall: The beer has a very bright character to it which is comprised of its fruity and citrusy flavors. What I found interesting is that after writing this review I read the back of the can and it said this was a "...BRIGHT IPA..." which was dead-on with how I perceived this beer. It has a very fresh and vibrant tone to it. This would be the perfect picnic or beach beer, especially because it is in a can. It has certainly made my list for these occasions. I would highly recommend it and I will buy it again.

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Photo of Nass
3.19/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow the can artwork on this beer looks both interesting & frightening. On to the pour, It certainly looks the part of an IPA with an orange color. I was expecting more an east coast IPA that had a fair amount of malts to go along with bitter hoppiness that these beers tend to bring to the table. Well it does taste edgy & bold but the bitterness is a bit much for me to get into. Cheers! B-

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Photo of bh255906
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip

L: Dark hazy gold, inviting color with about a half finger of head ...minimal lacing.

A: Pine, cane sugar and candied citrus

T: A good bit of malt with orange and all so quick to fade bitter quality with some booze. Pleasant but not a long lasting roll across the palate, loud and then it stops.

MF: Medium in body, medium to light carbonation (could be because of age of the can?) and a bit of lingering stickiness on the lips.

O: A beer that was clearly great as it was canned and has waned into an above par but still interesting IPA. Classic in all the right ways, enough abv to keep you grinning and a fine-tuned balance that is welcome and often missed in today's IPA offerings.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass at Beer Head Pub in Schaumburg, IL. I loved this beer. The appearance was a cloudy gold orange color with a nice white head. The aroma was citrus and hops. Outstanding taste.

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Photo of cardfan212
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Firehouse in Normal, IL.

Look - A cloudy gold color with a mild white head that hangs around for a while.

Smell - Strong resiny pine notes with hints of citrus. Yep, it's an IPA.

Taste - The usual hoppy bitterness hits first, but then the tongue is wrapped in a cozy warm malt blanket as time goes on. Could use a bit better balancing, but it's a fairly decent and progressive taste profile.

Feel - Medium body and medium carbonation keep it lively enough without being too much.

Overall - A pretty good IPA, and that's high praise coming from somebody who isn't that fond of hoppy beers. It is annoyingly expensive though, which has kept me away from it for a while.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer has been on my 'bucketlist' for quite some time. Finally distributing out to CO.
Look - great amount of thick dense white foam. The head sticks around for a bit, but quickly reduces down to a thin ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass.
Smell - quite a bit of pine and some sweet mango / slight orange
Taste - only a slight amount of pine but the mango orange really blasts in. Not very bitter up front - sweetens up nicely during the fruity outburst, but then dries out considerably towards the end. I'm left with some slightly woodsy/charred wood aftertaste
Feel - decent medium body. Flattens halfway through and uninteresting on the tongue.
Overall - VERY GOOD IPA. I have had a lot of IPAs lately that were just MEH. This is above and beyond the typical IPA. Highly recommend this one. Glad I finally picked up some Surly. Now on to the other 3 that get distributed out here.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 4pack thanks to Beer Temple Chicago’s great online service.
Had heard good things but pretty delighted to see the hype was spot on
Ratings reflect fairly fresh canned beer. Look and feel might be even better if fresh pour on tap. Just missed that during visit to Surly a bit ago.
This is as promised...a Citra/Mosaic Bomb. Resplendent ... yea actually best word to describe...with citrus juicey goodness backed up the great choice of marrying to Golden Nugget malt.
Smooth creamy body that provides super nice base to the otherwise crispy refreshing carbonation. Yum!
Absolutely a great IPA for any who like these choices in Hop/malt bill.

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Photo of Cliffster
2.35/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

I'm not sure how this beer got such high ratings. To start, I was very put off by the dark branding of the can. At least with Stone's shitty branding, you usually get decent beer. Totally stealing this review from another reviewer, as he put it perfectly.

"Dull orange amber. Head is off tan, hardly any retention to this at all, and dissolves in bubble bath light suds to barely a pencil thin collar. Looks like a dead brew, and lack of head on this for an IPA is pretty lackluster on the appearance scale, with hardly any rising carbonation going at all.

Very nice mix of dank earth and juice hop varieties. Sticky and stinky notes of weed and mild dank orange citrus character. A solid aggressive one, that doesn’t leave much to the imagination.

Palate is pretty much flattened. Cola thick flat juice of earth and a lifeless limp body. Dead carbonation, with depth of malt and a bunch of lively hops that are just left to hang. Dead flat beer, a mouthfeel that just doesn’t liven up anything and comes across as something that didn't even attenuate."

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Pours a hazy darkish gold with a good amount of visible carbonation. Forms a finger's worth of white wheat that fades fairly quickly.

S: Tropical fruits, dank, and melon hops. Tangerine and resin as well. Just a hint of biscuit malts lurking underneath. A nice aroma for sure.

T: Tropical fruits, tangerines, and dank. A modest biscuit malt sweetness. Melon and a bit of pine and floral bitterness. More juicy tropical fruits and a modest bitterness in the hang.

S: Medium body, with good carbonation sensation. The alcohol stays fairly restrained.

O: I really liked this one. A solid IPA, and one that would likely be in a rotation if it were regularly available on the shelves here. Nice tropical and orangey fruits. It’s a little more malty than a good number of current IPAs, but there’s no caramel flavors nor is it overly sweet. I'm not sure it lived up to the hype, but solid for sure.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes 10/20/17
Had on-tap at StoneArch in the MSP airport, St Paul, MN

Appearance - Served up in a pint, hazy and light orange in color with a mostly barren surface and a broken, razor thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Juicy and citrusy with a tropical edge. Orange and grapefruit. Pineapple, mango and guava. Yep. Pure juice bomb.

Taste - Follows up on the nose with assertive juiciness. Orange and apricot primarily, with lesser pineapple and mango. Faint grapefruit mid-taste before a light, pithy and peachy finish. Juicy acidity lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Firm, medium body with moderate carbonation. Slick texture upfront turns a bit chalky and dry in the finish, but nothing unexpected of the style.

Overall - My first Surly beer, and it does not disappoint. Ive heard great things about this brewery and so far it holds credence. Very nice.

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Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught in Minneapolis Airport: This one pours a cloudy, golden color. There was pretty much no head or lacing. Good nose. Lots of tropical hops, with pine, citrus and some pineapple. The taste is very good. Tropical hops dominate, but much more bitter than expected with all those other hops in there. Pine and citrus flavors also.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Butcher and the Boar. The beer had a murky, dark orange appearance with big bubbly white head. Aromas were rich in pineapple while the taste included sweet orange and pineapple upfront with bitter end. Pretty decent carbonation for the mouthfeel. Overall, really good.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned on" date 3-7-18.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, orange color with less than one-finger tan head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is light lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread and tropical citrus, there is also a dank, musty note.

TASTE: initially dank and musty, then the sweet tropical citrus taste and bread.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is an excellent beer from an excellent brewer, I have not had a bad beer from these guys, I enjoyed this beer very much's a little pricey, glad I tried it but not really in my budget as a go to beer, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style and does not care about value.

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Photo of Lorgeous
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brilliant bright orange with good carbonation. Huge tropical aroma with slight pine. One of the best beers to nose. Tastes of pineapple, citrus, and orange. Mellow hop flavor. Wonderful mouthfill that coats the tongue in tropical leftovers.

= Brilliant IPA. Surlys best in my opinion. A beer that provides this kind of aroma and matches it with taste leaves a huge impression. Keep shredding Axe Man!

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Photo of Morehopsforall
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Hazy deep Orange color with a good bit of sediment. Strong tropical aroma. Good tropical flavor with a good bit of malt coming through. Good Solid hoppy finish that I like quite a bit. All in all sweeter than I typically like but a good solid beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange. Not pulpy, but it just looks juicy. Head production is strong, and retention is very good.

The nose is an excellent presentation of the hops: green and leafy, slightly vegetal, herbal, and dank, laced throughout with juicy tones of mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit peel, and flowers. Touches of pepper and oregano. Slight caramel to go along with honeyed biscuit from the malt.

Flavor follows: immediately dank, with juicy and herbal notes following close behind. Juicy hop notes start with orange, before ranging to mango, pineapple, berries, and start fruit. Some chewy malt emerges mid-palate with grainy pale, caramel, and honey tones. Pungent dank tones return in the second half, growing to a peak just shy of overwhelming the brew. It's a classic Mosaic/Citra brew, and the hops really shine.

Very clean and lively on the palate. Semi-dry on the finish, but the hop oils linger for quite a while. Brings the big flavor and feel of a DIPA in a single IPA ABV package.

An excellent brew!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you to Matt for this.

Todd The Axeman, despite all the suspended particles pours the most beautiful light orange. The foamy white head is relentless, and plasters the glass.

My God, this smells glorious. Tons of sweet and smooth citrus, crushed candy, and pine. Very grapefruit forward, yet refined and mellowed by suggestions of tropical fruits.

Citrus dominates once again. It kind of has an old skool sappy flavor to it, and likewise is intensely saturated with damp pine throughout the finish. And it doesn't seem to fade.

The feel is rich, medium to full bodied and heavily bittered. The carbonation is just strong enough to lift it to smoothness.

Todd The Axeman is an unforgiving IPA. It has the intensity and heft if a DIPA or even TIPA, yet dialed back to an almost standard for the modern era 7.2%. It's a beer to savor for sure, and I'd be Keen to savor it often.

Thanks again Matt. Cheers!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can, canned December 14th 2017.

Pours a lightly hazed pale gold, aboot an inch of foam with a slow pour, good amount of lacing.

Dank smelling, noticeable onions, grapefruit, toasted malt as far as the malt goes. I reckon that there's some pine there as well.

Grapefruit, pine, onions are mild, very dank. Malt is toasty, not at the forefront but there and I am glad that it is.

Medium body with medium carbonation, it finishes with that smack you in your face dankness.

Well, another Surly brew that impresses me. Imagine that!

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Photo of Beaver13
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, canned 10/26/17. Pours super hazy yellow orange with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with big resiny dank hops.

The flavor is sweet fruity malt with a big resiny dank hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.48/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lots of floating sediment in the can. One downside to a can vs. a bottle is being able to see the sediment coming and avoid pouring it into the glass. The aroma is full of pine and tropical fruit. Clean hoppy flavor, with enough malt to back up the hops. There's a long lingering bitter finish here, with a great dryness. Overall, it's another solid beer from Surly

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange-gold color with a small white head that breaks rather quickly leaving a small island of bubbles in the middle. There is little lacing. Some suspended particulates as well.

Smell is all hops up front with a huge amount of citrus, especially orange or grapefruit pith. Then there comes a nice tropical fruitiness and malt profile and finally it ends with some nice pine.

Taste follows the nose with the pithy flavor first, then some juicy tropicals. The malts come in pretty strong and give a nice secondary sweetness to it as well. Finishes with a bit of pine bitterness.

Feel is medium in weight with a good amount of carbonation. This beer gives the mouth a slight coating making the finish a little bitter which is quite enjoyable.

I got what I expected from this beer. A really nice and easy to drink IPA. I took my time and enjoyed this, knowing it would be a rarity for me to get it again.

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Photo of rjal
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap in MSP airport. Perfect dark yellow hue with some cloud. Great aroma of citrus with equally great taste. Great amount of hops and no lingering bitterness. Great finish on palat.

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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2747 ratings