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Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by tavernjef on 02-04-2006

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Got this one in a recent BIF package from biglobo.

A - Pours dark brown with a fluffy one and a half finger tall off-white head leaving sticky lace down the glass.

S - Smells of caramel, toffee, vanilla, roasted nuts, chocolate and a bit of hops. Not too bad so far.

T - Starts off with a bit of sweetness - mostly caramel and toffee - slowly giving way to hints of vanilla, chocolate and a touch of molasses. Some faint hop bitterness comes through as it warms up.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel initially growing a touch thin toward the end of the glass.

O - This one was pretty damn good. It had a lot of flavor but it remained easy to drink. One of the better brown ales I have had in quite awhile.

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Poured from a 16oz can into a Growlersburg Brewing pub glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with red undertones. Thin light tan head.

S: Light malt sweetness, a hint of hop bitterness.

T: Light sweet malt, brown sugar. Great hop and citric bitterness. Great balance.

M: Silky, great mouthfeel. Slightly below average carbonation.

O: A very good brown ale. Great malt flavors with a solid hop presence.

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Served from the 16 ounce can, poured into a tulip.

A: Deep dark brown body with mahogany tints towards the surface of the beer. A thick, fluffy tan head forms on top and leaves really nice looking lacing and retention; a small patch with a thick bubbly ring. Really nice looking beer.

S: Dark roasted malts, faint bitter baker's chocolate, slightly bitter coffee beans with some bitter hops and oils towards the back end. Rounding out the nose are rich caramel malt elements.

T: Chocolate and roasted malts, some caramel, toffee, nuts, vanilla beans and a bitter floral hop note towards the back palate. Into the finish, the beer sits on the palate with a cream type of flavor, very interesting.

M: Bubbly, medium carbonation which is expected. A bit dry on the tongue and palate after swallow, though not sticky or off.

Even though Brown Ales are never my first choice in a beer, this one was pretty decent. There was a good deal of flavors coming through, making this a bit less boring than the majority of ones I've come across. I'm pretty excited to try the Coffee Bender now, considering I absolutely love coffee flavored beers.

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Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,972 ratings
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