Bender | Surly Brewing Company

1,961 Ratings

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

another thanks to surlytwinsfan; poured into my bobcat pint glass

a - pours a dark amber that i can't even see through. two finger head on the initial pour that really resembles the head of a milkshake. lacing stains the glass

s - malts and some sweet caramel and slight chocolate in there

t - definitely dominated by the sweet maltiness of the brown ale with hints of caramel, and some hazelnut that lingers on the palate after swallowing

m - light bodied and easy drinking. no signs of alcohol, but this is on the lighter side of what i've been drinking lately.

o - as far as brown ales go surly seems to have got it right. i could do with a little heavier body, but after a long day of med school, this hits the mark. now to find some hearty cheddar to go with this.

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16oz can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Dark brown with red highlights. One and a half finger head, light tan. Awesome retention and great lacing.

S: Oatmeal. Cola. Light chocolate. Malty without being overly sweet.

T: Light sweetness upfront. Chocolate and oatmeal comes through nicely. Good light roasted coffee in the finish.

M: Light bodied but far from watery. Slick. The best brown ale mouth feel i've had.

O: The best brown ale I've had by far. Enough said.

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Bender from Surly Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,961 ratings.
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