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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

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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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Thanks for the extra, schmittymack.

This pours deep brown with dark red highlights, a khaki two finger head dying down to a nice cap and leaving light lace. On the nose there is a base of oatmeal and nutty malt, but some definite hop presence wandering above that. In the mouth, there is a caramel note intermixing with the oatmeal and nuts, pretty sweet, though balanced by some bitterness that fades in with the finish. The body is medium light, highly drinkable, and perfected carbonated to balance smooth with drinkability.

Overall, this is a fine brew that I would buy if it were available to me. I love the cans, love the look, love the low-ish ABV, and the flavors are great. This would be a welcome addition to the pitcher repertoire at my trivia pub.

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