Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Sep 23, 2019
Jun 02, 2006
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Rated: 4 by Samnem from Pennsylvania

Sep 23, 2019
Rated: 3.61 by socon67 from New York

Aug 01, 2019
Rated: 4.59 by Calabash from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2019
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by rjd722 from Maryland

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 3.29 by Gaddabble from Ohio

Sep 27, 2018
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: My cousin Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received July 21, 2018
Consumed: July 27, 2018
Reviewed as: Belgian Pale Ale
Misc.: Canned on May 29, 2018 at 9:33 a.m. CT

Thanks, Sam!

Got this with another 10 from Sam. Was psyched to try another beer from Surly. Online description on Surly’s website read, “A pale-gold hued ale, fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, resulting in a beer that has notes of lemon citrus from the hops, and black pepper spice from the yeast, with a dry “tingly” finish.” Not the biggest Belgian Pale Ale fan, but was still looking forward to this one.

Poured an amber semi-clear color with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Outstanding watery lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled cloves, apple, pear, banana, lemon peel, citrus zest, Circus Peanut candy, peach, apricot, Belgian candy sugary, grass and black pepper notes. From the can got pear, apple, cloves and pilsner malt. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted similar to the nose, maybe not quite as good overall. In order got cloves, apple, pear, peach, Circus Peanut candy, banana, black pepper, apricot, lemon zest, Belgian candied sugar, grass and sourdough bread. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really liked this surprisingly. Would recommend this to any Belgian Pale Ale fan. (Overall - 4.00)

3.92 | 88 | B+
Aug 08, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by craigmj7 from Kansas

Aug 06, 2018
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Rated by hommeside2 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Complex refreshing, pleasantly balsamic aroma, taste of berry, wonderful hops.
Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by sethcroisant from Nebraska

Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a light amber, lots of bubbles and very clear. Strong yeast profile on the nose with a bit of sweetness. Taste is malt-forward, slightly spicy, decently sweet, with a tart and slightly fruity finish. Light bodied, smooth and leaves a dry feeling at the finish. I know I tried this about a year ago and didn't love it, but I've changed my mind (and my palate!). Very refreshing and will definitely be in my summer rotation.
Apr 27, 2018
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice light amber color with a slight head and lacing. Aroma had nice saison hints. The taste follows the nose with nice saisin flavor. A well made well balanced beer.
Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Feb 15, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Jan 14, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by jcb7472 from Florida

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by j-rod18 from North Dakota

Dec 19, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by redcloverkid from Minnesota

Oct 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Surly beers were always too different for me... (I'd be considered a fuddy-duddy, malt-head by much of the craft culture.)
The six Surly beers I Had were all rated below the BA average... two, far below.
I've changed my mind. (And that's hard to do for a fuddy-duddy.)
Despite its name, CynicAle is a very pleasant drink as a session and even more pleasant to complement my favorite food (it involves lots of garlic.)

While this saison opens average and, to be generous, Smells that way also, the Taste is very, very well-balanced. (This balance of not leaning on the hops makes me wonder if this ale almost didn't come from a different brewer.) Malt-forward, spicing for interest write the rules in this can. With English oats in the malt bill, the Feel is soft enough to be nearly perfect to let garlicky food work. But you know what? I missed the hops typical of saisons. So, I had to add pepper to my food for added spicing. (Maybe I'm not such a fuddy-duddy after all.)

I bought a 4-pack of cans (which also is outside the comfort zone of Belgo-phile fuddy-duddies.) It may prove to be my best purchase this month. I was also glad to read on the package that Surly's Beer Hall has an upstairs gastro-pub that pairs their ales and food (and where they send fuddy-duddies.) This gives me cause to visit the Twin Cities and witness who I used to be.
Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Sep 26, 2017
CynicAle from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1518 ratings