Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,517
Reviews:
764
Ratings:
1,976
pDev:
9.83%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
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16 oz can poured into a pint glass. Comes in a 4-pack.

L - reddish brown color; hazy hue; no lacing on the glass; layer of foam covering the surface

S - chocolate, coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malt, earthy English hops. Quite aromatic for being in a pint glass.

T - coffee and cocoa, dark malt, bitter black coffee, malty oatmeal, dark chocolate, slight noble hops. Mostly malt flavor, little to no hop character

F - crisp ale feel; semi heavy body; no leather or syrup feel

O - awesome brown ale by Surly. Balance is what they're good at and they really did well with this one. They let the malt be the main event and not the hops. A sessionable dark beer without the weight of a porter or stout

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16oz can from a ninja box sent me by SammyJaxxx. Canned on January 6, 2016, per the stamp on the bottom of the can.

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Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,976 ratings
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