Bender
Surly Brewing Company

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From:
Surly Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #39
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,474
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 10.07%
Ratings:
1,999
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 31, 2021
Added:
Feb 04, 2006
Wants:
  460
Gots:
  326
SCORE
91
Outstanding
BenderBender
Notes: Here's what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, carmel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.
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3.02 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
 
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2021
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2.67/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Truegent2004 from Minnesota

The coffee and hops are way too intense for my liking.

Dec 26, 2020
 
4.04 by Burgy from Minnesota on Jun 27, 2020
 
4.14 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Dec 18, 2019
 
4.1 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jul 28, 2019
 
4.46 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Feb 25, 2019
 
3.55 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Feb 15, 2019
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3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by MNAle from Minnesota

Sweet aroma, dark fruit, slight aroma of dark malts. Deep ruby with rising bubbles topped by a 1/2 inch tan, thick head, leaving nice lacing as it slowly settles. Thin feel. Mild taste with a subtly bitter, dry finish (despite the sweet aroma) that hardly lingers at all in the aftertaste. Taste is also subtle: dark fruits, mostly, touch of roasted malts. Very middle-of-the-road brown ale. Easy drinking. OK, but far from outstanding. I bought it because it was Surly's first beer, I've never tried it, and Surly is stopping canned distribution. This beer is all about subtlety, subtle aroma, subtle taste, subtle hops, subtle malts. In summary: ordinary tending toward macro level. Ratings here must reflect the Surly mystique rather than this actual beer. This is a nice beer, but only nice. Good for an evening at the pub, but not to seek out. I am astonished, given the ratings here, how pedestrian and mediocre this beer is. It is better than Newcastle, but only just. Understandable why Surly is making it tap only.

Feb 13, 2019
 
3.98 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Jan 06, 2019
 
4.59 by superwho24 from Arkansas on Jan 02, 2019
 
4.09 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Nov 18, 2018
 
4 by omahawk from Nebraska on Oct 07, 2018
 
4.01 by MykeJ from Minnesota on Aug 26, 2018
 
3.79 by hermit990 from Illinois on Aug 22, 2018
 
3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Jul 27, 2018
 
3.85 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Jun 11, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TheSixthRing from California

From tasting notes 05/18/18
Poured from a can into a pint at StoneArch in the MSP Airport, St Paul, MN

Appearance - Served up from a can, standard pint pours dark cola brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Light tan, finger width head that  holds firm until devolving to a thin, consistent layer of suds, thickening up quickly around the edges.

Smell - Mild aroma, with hints of chocolate, oat, brown sugar and floral hoppiness.

Taste - Flavor profile is mostly soft, but also assertive with floral and lesser citrus hops and with a fair roasted edge. Decent chocolate notes emerge mid-taste and follow through into the finish. Some cream and caramel. Finish is mostly balanced, edging slightly toward sweet with the accumulation of said flavors, and its a beautiful, harmonious blend.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied with low, bubbly carbonation. Creamy texture makes this an easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - I had the coffee version earlier today and it makes me question why they would do that. The former isn't bad at all, but this is far better. Soft, easy drinker with a surprising depth in the flavor profile. One of the best browns Ive ever had if I'm being honest.

May 27, 2018
 
2.1 by Chilmer from Iowa on May 23, 2018
 
3.75 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on May 10, 2018
 
3.94 by ffshore545 from Illinois on Apr 28, 2018
 
3.74 by KevinMc from Illinois on Mar 29, 2018
 
3.6 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts on Mar 27, 2018
 
4.14 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota on Feb 15, 2018
 
3.62 by Dweedlebug from Pennsylvania on Jan 09, 2018
 
3.7 by NathanBeets from South Dakota on Dec 27, 2017
 
3.53 by JoeandRyan from Minnesota on Dec 20, 2017
 
3.85 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2017
 
4.02 by leitmotif from Romania on Nov 06, 2017
 
3.81 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio on Nov 03, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Dark brown color with amber hues and light brown head. Aroma has toasted malt, some hazelnut, light liquorice and some red fruits. Taste has nice toasted malt, some caramel, sweet coffee, nutty biscuits, quite a lot of flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Really easy drinking yet tasty and complex.

Oct 29, 2017
 
4.16 by jmarko579 from Minnesota on Sep 17, 2017
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by bnes09 from Illinois

Perfect brown color with a slight haze. Dense and frothy head towers over the liquid and blankets the glass in clouds of lacing. Pretty basic aroma with caramel malt and nuts. Rich caramel malt character shines through. Nutty, oaty, smooth and creamy. Medium body and soft carbonation adds to the smoothness. Malty, subtle grain texture. Solid.

Sep 04, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours clear, dark reddish brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is caramel with milk and baker's chocolate and a touch of . Medium light bodied, sweet, with low carbonation...Really liking this one the more it warms...Layers of complex flavors..Glad I picked up a full four...Really great for the style.

Aug 20, 2017
 
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jul 26, 2017
 
4.21 by corywalston from North Dakota on Jul 16, 2017
 
4.28 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota on Jul 15, 2017
 
4.25 by Cincy_Beer_Fan from Ohio on Jul 04, 2017
 
4 by MooseBoose from Wisconsin on Jul 02, 2017
 
4.25 by Vidblain from Minnesota on Jun 16, 2017
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1999 ratings