Todd The Axe Man
Surly Brewing Company

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American IPA
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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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Photo of mkh012
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7 weeks ago.

Pours lightly hazy orange with a thin head.

The nose is orange rind, spicy hops, caramel, and pine.

This is super balanced. The taste is equal parts grapefruit, caramel, and pine. The mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, pretty damn good and would be even better fresher.

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Photo of spoony
3.78/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can (canned October 12, 2017) to a tulip glass.

A-The beer is cloudy and light-honey colored. This not a hazy beer, but it is not close to clear. A short white head fades quickly to a film of foam and leaves only a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. No carbonation to be seen.

S-The aroma is pretty intense and hop heavy. I sniff mandarin orange, some mango, hints of onion, a light pine-like earthiness, solvent-y lemon notes (which I often get from beers hopped with Citra). The hops are pretty dominant, but there is a bit of honey and caramel malt sweetness underneath.

T-The taste is similar but not identical to the smell. Intense, pithy sweet-orange flavors (think mandarin and tangerine) are most prominent. I also pick up lemon, onion, light notes of leafy greens, and a bit of caramel. Medium to higher level of orange-rind bitterness.

M-The body is medium in heft with an active, semi-crisp carbonation. The beer leaves a bit of chalky coating on the palate, but it is very drinkable.

O-I was excited to try this beer upon hearing of Surly's distribution to Colorado (HYPE!), but I feel a bit letdown. The price is very high and the beer just is not what I was hoping for. The hops are a bit muddled and I did not get much in the way of tropical fruit like the description on the can suggests. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange body, with tiny white flakes suspended within, a full head, and extensive lacing.

S - A huge nose of tropical and citrus, mango and orange, grapefruit, and a hint of pine.

T - Superb front of fruit, broad and punchy, pineapple and orange flesh, a bit of mango, a middle which turns orange notes more orange cream soda as the malt kicks in, and a close that is strong and bitter, zest, with fruit lingering through the close.

M - Very brisk, with a sharp tingling resin build, but a close that clears the board enough that there is very little build.

O - This is a tremendous, thunderous IPA, with huge flavors, strong, pungent, and a rich, satisfying feel. Lovely and fun.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into glass. Bottom of can is stamped 'CANNED ON 08/31/17 F3970 10:02'.
Mostly hazy, darker orange body, some dark 'floaties', one finger white head settles to thin cap, some lacing.
Aroma is fruity citrus hops.
Taste has citrus and piney hops. Sweet and bitter, well balanced.
Medium, satisfying mouth feel. Quite stinging on tongue. Slurp-able.
This pour may be a little past prime but still is a very flavorful and true to style Minnesota style IPA. Try to find as fresh as possible to get true effect from flavor full hops and strong malt back bone. For those who like IPA's, this is as close to "candy" (a true treat) as any.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz, canned on 09/14/17
Hazed apricot colored IPA with a thinner ivory head. Huge aroma at the crack of the can with floral tropical hops hinting at passion fruit, mango, and melon. Bold extra-juicy citrus and tropical notes from the Citra and Mosaic hops: passion fruit, lemon-lime, grapefruit and mango; light caramel malt adds some grainy sweetness. Medium body, quite resinous, ample carbonation, finishing bittersweet. Overall, really good juicy IPA made with two great hops! But given it's price, I'd opt for Furious every time.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can with a canned on date of 9/21/17;into a tulip (as recommended on the can).
Appearance- hazy orange with some noticeable sediment and a powerful storm of carbonation bubbles that sustains a soapy white head. Lacing is decent!
Smell - citrus fruit, grass, pine and a touch of sweet malt!
Taste - the citrus is definitely there, but there's a sneaky touch of pineapple too; the grass, pine and malt sweetness pair so well together!
Feel - this feels a lot like Lagunitas Sucks to me; hop dominant but just the right amount of sweet malt backing!
Overall- I'm getting this in Denver during GABF, so I'm sure the price is higher here than what it typically is in the Midwest, but hovering around $20/4 pack pints is awfully high for a regular IPA; however, you get what you pay for and this is an absolutely stellar beer!

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Photo of moundbz
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour great golden color, but mine had some white shit in the glass, unsettled stuff. Great smell in this beer. Smooth with slight crisp feel and a great taste.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, orange in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grapefruit, mango, and a touch of pine and orange. Bitter, medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. One of the better Surly beers I have had. Really good IPA...Glad I picked up a four pack...Will get this again.

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

1 PINT can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours amber in color with golden highlights. It has a slight haze. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

The aroma is citrus and pine.

It has a nice citrus flavor. For some reason orange jumps out at me. The finish is pine and light grapefruit.

Medium mouthfeel

I had this beer on tap in Iowa last year, and it was the best beer of the trip. I am thankful to get to try it again, although I recall the draft being better, as is usually the case. Nevertheless, this is a great IPA.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/31. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Smell is floral with a strong mango scent. Taste is mango, grapefruit, and a lingering bitterness. Malt sweetness is present but not center stage. Feel is medium-heavy with a good amount of carbonation. One of the best IPAs around here, only lackluster thing is the smell.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

What a great New Beer Sunday (Week 656)! I warmed up/tuned up during the Viqueens/Stillers game today with several Surly beers that I had previously reviewed, but once I got up a good head of steam, The CANQuest (tm) kicked into gear & I really began to have a good time.

From the CAN: "Beer to Shred Your Face, In a CAN"; "Fresh Beer, Drink It Now"; "The Axe Man Cometh"; "Amager Brewery n Denmark named this beer after our head brewer and metal guitarist, Todd Haug. They collaborated to make an IPA with hop character as intense as a thrash metal guitar. Golden Promise Malt provides a blastbeat background to the screaming citrus noted created by overdriven amounts of Citra and Mosaic hops. Pour this in a tulip glass and let the aromas and flavors assault your senses."; "Artwork by Simon Hartvig Daugaard".

Upon Crack!ing the CAN open, it revealed a brimful craft CAN. Oh my! This, coupled with the fact that it was a 16-fl. oz. CAN, led me to CANduct a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed a bit of its own accord, but an in-glass swirl raised two fingers of foamy, soapy, tawny head with decent retention that left behind nice sticky lacing. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was an onslaught of piney, resinous hops backed up with caramel malts. Phew! Was this a DIPA? Warming, tropical fruit notes began to join the party, but it still smelled like a DIPA. Mouthfeel was full, thick & creamy, like a dollop had been ladled onto my tongue. It felt dangerously close to a DIPA. The taste was riotous with everything from pine resin to caramel to papaya, mango and guava plus coconut (like it was Bourbon Bbl.-aged) as well as some fusel alcohol heat. Whew! This was no playing around. Double phew! I was starting to feel as though an axe had been taken to my skull. They CAN call this an AIPA all that they want, but it drank like a DIPA, IMHO. It burned in my sinus cavity, it ripped & stripped its way across my poor, bruised tongue, taking no prisoners & laying waste to any weak or dead taste buds in its path. It even set off a fiery acidic path in my esophagus that I had not felt in a while. Finish was hot, dry & dangerous. There is no other way to quantify this bad boy.

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Photo of bnes09
3.03/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hops are harsh and unbalanced with some chemical byproducts. To be fair though, this was consumed several months from the canned date. Will revisit if I obtain a fresh can.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 6/13/17. Poured into Teku glass.

L: Mostly clear brilliant golden. 2F head with OK retention, leaves spotty lacing and a little ring.

S: Very nice tropical fruit and citrus notes. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and orange. Some pine. Crystal malts, maybe?

T: Generally follows nose with good flavor despite not-very-fresh can. More grapefruit and orange than tropical. Slightly bitter finish. No ABV in evidence.

F: Mediumish body, pretty lively carbonation (probably too much). Construction is good, balance pretty good. Good drying, pretty refreshing for this style of IPA.

O: Not quite as good as on tap, but for a can of this age, high marks indeed.

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Photo of UWDAWG
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.
Look- amber, visible sediment, cloudy, low head retention and lacing.
Smell- citrusy
Taste- citrusy, grapefruit, subtle pine notes, exquisitely balanced, great finish.
Feel- slightly under carbonated leading to a thin feel.
Overall- An absolutely awesome beer, one of my all time favorites. The only imperfection, in my opinion, was a slight under carbonation leading to a bit of a thin feel. Otherwise a perfect beer for my palate.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can that was already 2 months old. Despite the relative lack of freshness, this is insanely hoppy yet balanced. Crazy pine and tropical notes, with an intense and prolonged bitterness and a chewable mouthfeel. Some nice dankness too. Worth the hype in my opinion.

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Photo of Rristow
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from can. Pours a hazy amber orange with white head. Aroma is pine and citrus notes. Taste is heavily bitter. Flavors of resin, grapefruit, orange, papaya, pine, caramel, toffee. Very nice bitter IPA.

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Photo of brenn79
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle- Pours very hazy with a medium white head that reduces to a collar and a bit of lace. Aroma is juicy, tropical fruits, has that NE style IPA aroma, pine resin mingling in with all the tropical notes. Taste is similar, juicy tropical fruitiness, mango, papaya, grapefruit, all mixed with pine resin and medium light level bitterness that somehow clings and lingers long after the swallow. Blown away by this beer, wonderful brew.

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Photo of Hopgalaxy
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried the Todd the Axe man on tap at Surely and it was top of the line for smell, look and taste.

Bought several 4 packs of cans to take back to Nashville. This review is based on a four pack can.

Pours a nice orange color with little head. Suspended particles a plenty in the beer. This can poured almost not head and very little "stickyness" on the glass. The smell is off the charts awesome, and the taste is smooth and crisp. An excellent beer and one of my favorites now.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, citrus, crisp. Damn if this beer doesn't hit everything I look for in an IPA. For my tastes, the new-breed hazy IPAs are too tropical/pungent and the old school west coast style lacks citrus to balance the bitterness. This beer doesn't just fall between those bookends, but it stands above most beers in either camp.

Not sure what it looks like since I've drank them all from the can. Aroma is citrus, pith, pine. Has a crispness to it that speaks to the zesty citrus within. Taste is orange, lime zest, grapefruit, pine, toasted malt. Tingly hop-bitterness zaps the palate and washes over it in a beautiful cascade. Crisp and snappy throughout. Carbonation reminds me of Focal Banger - really pushes the flavors forward with a lively rush. No alcohol heat whatsoever. Great beer.

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Photo of Hawaiipa
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best IPAs that I've ever tasted. Nice light straw color with a beautiful aftertaste. Slightly piny and earthy. You cant really tell by the aroma just how good this beer is. Love it!!!

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Photo of Radcpa
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy dark amber appearance with white head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant citrus with some hint of hops. Taste is also a very pleasant citrus with slight hint of hops.

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Photo of mrsockless
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every Minnesotan and their mum may say that Surly Furious is their beer of choice - and it is by all measures a very well-made IPA; but Todd Haugen's namesake beer is at least one step above it.

What stands out is that it is extremely well-balanced - offering a beautifully easy-drinking IPA that even non-hopheads will find hard to deny.

My personal favorite beer, and a fitting tribute to the godfather of MN brewing.

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Photo of arizcards
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 16 oz can from TW Arrowhead 3-12-17 for $5.49. Canned on 2-9-17 and stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured an unfiltered golden orange with a nice white head with the initial pour.

Nose is awesome, juicy citrus dominates with some hints of tropical and stone fruits in the background.

Taste is very good; a lovely juicy citrus greets the palate and pretty much dominates the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and both smooth and refreshing.

Overall this brew is very good and i would repeat buy if a fresh batch comes into Arizona. Not quite comparable taste and texture wise to the classic Alpine IPA's but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of PBIU
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see that others have found this unfiltered now! Floaties are present and it threw me off with the picture on the Surly website.

Have had this on draft a few years back and now glad to see it in cans. Even though price point is on the high end for a 4pack of 16oz cans, it still works out compared to buying equivalent bombers.

Look is golden haze unfiltered, looks juicy and the head quickly dissipates. Excellent lacing.

Smell is dank and more fruit forward, tropical, mango, peach, melon. Hint of malt and like the fact that it is a single type malt ipa.

Feel juicy, juicy, juicy and dry. Still feeling the tongue tingle a good minute after a sip. Look of an NEIPA but the bitterness lingers.

Overall an awesome beer worthy of the ratings across the Interweb on this site and the others. Get this fresh and you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of e_oly
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2 month old can poured into a snifter

L: Unfiltered with sediment throughout, burnt orange/amber with loose white head that quickly fades
S: Straight from the fridge it's pretty two dimensional: dank resiny hops and malt. As it warms, I get more sweet fruits--mango, guava, apricot--and it's fantastic.
T: Very well balanced with the malt sweetness balanced by grapefruit and resin hop bitterness. After warming in the glass, those sweet fruits came out more. There is a very long lasting mild bitter aftertaste.
F: Slicker and boozier than I'd guess for the style and ABV, but not unwelcome. Mild to medium carbonation.
O: This drinks more like a DIPA with just a bit less sweetness and a bit lighter/more carbonated. Very nice, though, especially after it hit 50°/55°.

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