Rising North Pale Ale
Surly Brewing Company

Rising North Pale AleRising North Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,075
Ranked #23,012
3.83 | pDev: 7.31%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Rising North Pale AleRising North Pale Ale
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 58
Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured a clear, golden-orange color with a good-sized, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus and pine. Nice bready/biscuity malt backbone with sweet caramel and citrusy bitterness.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz, canned on 03/29/18. Copper colored ale with a huge frothy ivory colored head that holds great retention. Citrus and tropical fruit hop aroma with caramel malt. Bright citrus notes of grapefruit and orange, some tropical piney mango, and passion fruit along with a nice caramel malt presence. Fuller body, lively carbonation, finish is bitter with earthy pine and herbal hops lingering on the palate. Pretty good brew here.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Took me long enough considering I like soccer and this team (knee jerk reaction to having a local MLS squad).
Anyway, a pretty meh beer. Basics are there with more gold color and dense white head with lacing.
Mixed hop and malt aroma but grains are non-distinct. Hops are grassy, herbal and minimal fruit. However, in the flavor they also take on a stinky cheese quality that I'm not that found of. I get it with this style of hops (not sure what that is exactly) and if there is excess hops. It's not strong but interferes with my enjoyment.
Solid feel for a somewhat small beer.
This is fine but nothing more than that.

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Photo of moundbz
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice thick golden color, almost unfiltered, thick head too. Smell is pretty fruity and sweet. Too tingy for me and the taste lasts a little too long.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this didnt stand out to me as anything particularly interesting, although like most all of the surly beers, its very well crafted. i do smell and taste the mandarina bavaria hops they used in it, and i like it being a little maltier than a lot of american pales, while at the same time not being sweet. there is a great freshness to this one from the tap, the hops smell new and they taste fruity and bright, crisp and clean. the malt base is very minnesota to me, not quite toasted but earthy and hearty, not just a two row pale thing going on, but light crystal too. the flavor profile is really nicely balanced and instead of the normal malty up front and hoppy in the finish, this beer tastes both grainy and hoppy all the way through, this is an exciting kind of balance, not a boring one, and its a really flavorful pale. some prominent bitterness to finish, a little extra body, and excellent carbonation. its not a total crusher, being a little more malty, but its easy enough drinking to have a few pints. tasty and classic styled pale ale, nice for the fall season too! feels autumnal to me despite the fresh citrusy hops.

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Photo of swenny916
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can dated 7/6/17.

Pours a thicker orange with a slight white head that lingers.

Not much of a smell at all. Notice a little pine but it's nothing too overwhelming.

Taste has a little citrus on the front end, but the malt on the back end was much more noticeable and lasting.

This was a little thicker than the pales ales I've had recently as it tastes a little heavier.

Overall a nice beer. Not at the top tier of Surly beers, but that's a pretty high bar. I like the cross-marketing with the soccer team as I could definitely see myself having a few of these at a match.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours hazy copper. Short, foamy, white head that lasts a while with good lacing.

Smells citrus, light candied orange, pine, earthy, caramel and bready malt.

Tastes citrus peel, orange, piney and light caramel malts. Followed by pine, earthy and light bready malt. Finish is dry with pine linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of MNAle
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is not too strong; some pine, some acidic citrus. Hazy orange/amber with a short creamy-looking slightly off-white head. Feel is not too thin. Flavor is mild citrus with a bitter middle and finish. Good balance. This is a well done but middle of the pack APA. Enjoyable, probably hits its target to be consumed at a sports venue. But, it is pretty ordinary in the final analysis.

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Photo of dcotom
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16-ounce can into a Craft Beer Club sampling glass. Hazy, slightly dark orange-yellow in color, with a brilliant white head and decent head retention. Bright aromas and flavors of citrus, pine, and zest, balanced nicely by a touch of sweetness from the light malt backbone. Crisp, dry finish, with a little lingering bitterness. Quaffable, refreshing, an excellent all-around summertime beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from pint can into shaker pint glass. Canned on 6/1/17.
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow hue with active carbonation jets fueling a 1-2 inch bubbly white head with good retention.
S: Orange, lemon, grapefruit, and hints of white pepper, melon, and pine. Dry grain malt in the background.
T: Soft and slightly juicy citrus hits first with orange and lemon, quickly followed by more bracing (but definitely not overly so) notes of grapefruit and pine. Hints of honey and melon. Dry cracker malt sits in the background. Really enjoy the hop notes on this one.
M: Light-medium body. More of a full feel than what you'd expect from 5.4%. Surprisingly smooth. Softly sweet with perfectly restrained hop bitterness...excellent balance there.
D: Lots of hop character at a very sessionable ABV. Refreshing and extremely drinkable. One of my favorite pale ales...well done on ya', Surly! A fitting tribute to our new MLS team!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rising North Pale Ale pours a copper color, with a small but lacing head. Very weak aroma, with hints of hops. Taste is earthy, and malty, with just a few subtle hop flavors giving it a bitter finish. Pretty good body and feel. Overall, its a very average "mid-west" pale ale, with a big forward malt flavor.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep Orange with a fluffy white head that leaves sheets of lacing. The aroma has lots of grapefruit, orange, and pine. The taste is sweet with caramel notes and grapefruit. There is a quite aggressive pith and pine bitterness. This is a pretty great beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma and taste of tangy grapefruit, light dank notes, caramel and toasted malts. Nicely carbonated with a dry, slightly tart finish. Nice Pale Ale overall.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint. Looks like a classic American pale ale--hazy bronze with almost an inch of a fluffy white head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

Smells citrus-y and slightly piney, and a strong, sweet malt scent as well. The malt is a little overbearing for the style, but it does smell good.

Taste is more hop-forward than the smell, with pine, grapefruit, and even a bit of lemon coming through. The malt tastes of biscuit rather than caramel, and I get a slight burnt malt note from time to time as well. A little odd, but it's well balanced. Hoppy bitterness lingers after each sip.

Feel is medium-light with a lot of carbonation, and it finishes fairly dry. Refreshing, but nothing too remarkable.

Overall, this is a solid APA, cheap enough and tasty enough to be my go-to when it's available.

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Photo of ZAP
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of citrus...oranges, grapefruit with a hint of dankness.

Flavor includes the citrus which is nice but also a catty garlic/onion dimension I am not fond of. It's not super strong and could be called dank in some eyes. I'm sensitive to that flavor profile though and not a fan.

On the high side for carbonation.

Not my thing with the catty notes. Not too heavy on that though so still drinkable but not what I was hoping for.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Hazy orange. Smells of grapefruit, sweet tangerine, and dank hoppiness. Tastes citrusy up front. Orange and a little grapefruit. Grainy cracker malt profile. Dank and herbal hops behind it. Medium light. Excellent.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance and aromas. Very subtle malts and hops that blend perfectly. Little hop bitterness that mellows to an earthy and fruity twist. Medium bodied but leaves a very dry after feel.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly chalice.

Appearance: Pours a pale amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy and juicy aroma with a scent of pine, citrus, and caramel. Earthy hop scent of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop hints of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. Malt hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, and cracker with yeast. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy taste with notes of pine, citrus, and caramel. Earthy hop taste of pine resin along with grass. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and lemon. Malt notes of caramel, grains, biscuit, and cracker along with some yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and drying.

Overall: A pretty good Pale Ale. Nice hop presence with a solid caramel malt backing.

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Photo of morimech
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden color with a slight chill haze. A finger of dense, long lasting head forms. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Hop forward aroma of citrus, mild dankness, and faint pine. Hop dominant flavor as well. Nice citrus notes with strong dankness I assume comes from the Eureka hops. More subtle earthy and pine notes. A little bit of sweetness and bread flavors from the malt base. Lighter body and nicely carbonated. Easy to drink. Nice new beer from Surly.

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Rising North Pale Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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