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IPA - Brut
3.92 | pDev: 7.14%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Featuring enormous flavor and aromatics from Southern Hemisphere hops and a shot of Citra dry-hopping, DAF harnesses the same brewing science that gives Surly favorites like Frisson and Rosé their bright, champagne-style finish. We harnessed it a lot. In the world of brut IPAs, DAF is the one that goes to eleven.

ABV: 7%
Hops: Vic Secret, Citra (dry hopping)
Bitterness: Low
Pour: Light gold
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, pale gold color with a small, foamy, white head. It smelled of citrus, fresh cut grass and caramel. Sweet caramel, light citrus notes and a mild bitterness.

Jan 26, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours a hazy and very light yellow-gold. Lemonade-like. Almost like a wit in color. The head, however, is more foamy than rocky--about two fingers. A shimmery pleasant-looking beer.

The aromas are unique and fairly forward. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, lime) and tropical fruits (mango/papaya) are typical, but white grape, white pepper, sawdust, and mustiness all present.

The flavor is initially fruity (tropical and ruby red grapefruit) but dry as promised. Just enough sweetness to offset the innate dryness, however, with hints of white grape, peach, and pear.

Enough about the flavors, which are simple and direct. This brew is all about the feel and the finish. Champagne dry. Bone dry. Desert dry. This is highly carbonated and "crisp" isn't a strong enough adjective. Extremely drinkable.

Overall, this is a solid beer regardless of style, and maybe the best of a style that I've tried but not particularly cared for. Very flavorful, with a finish that meets the promise of the name.

Apr 28, 2019
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dfillius from Iowa

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks super cloudy, nice white head disappears fairly quickly. Smells tropical and amazing. Tastes tropical also, not very dry. In fact, based on appearance and flavor I’d say this is a NEIPA! That’s why I ranked feel down, cause it’s pleasant but not to style

Apr 25, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is really fabulous beer, the best thing i have had from these guys in a long time, but really the first newer one i have encountered in ages too it seems like. cool to see draft and cans in colorado, they must be doing pretty well in this market. the beer is awesome, way ahead of some of the others in this all of a sudden popular style. its bone dry for one, supremely well carbonated, and actually still has some bitterness and drinks like an ipa. they did a great job with whatever fermentation techniques and enzymes are used, and the beer is clean and tidy and refreshing, cant believe its this strong! pale yellow and hazy, but not real hazy, only lightly frosted looking from the tap, and with a ton of carbonation landing in a short white head. aroma and flavor of very juicy, new wave hops, a mandarina type complexion to me, but there is citra fruitiness too, and then a oily almost wet hop freshness thing, really pretty dynamic and mouthwatering. flavor is fresh and crisp, almost like its been lagered, being so dry and fast finishing. notes of lemongrass and clementine and elderflower in the hop complexion, some bitterness too, and lots of fruity essence, but its not just dry hopped, its full spectrum. i could drink a pint of this in like four pulls, its easy and refreshing and delicious, and marks a high point of brut ipa so far in my experience, even restores some faith in the style. i loved it, and will be drinking it again as soon as i see it next!

Mar 07, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: Sam K.
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Jan. 18, 2019
Consumed: Jan. 25, 2019
Reviewed as: Brut Style
Misc.: Canned on Dec. 21, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. CT

Thanks, Sam!

Got this on Sam and Laura’s visit out here. Was excited to have this because of Surly and Brut Style, and despite the Vic Secret for one of the hops. Beer Advocate description had it as, “Featuring enormous flavor and aromatics from Southern Hemisphere hops and a shot of Citra dry-hopping, DAF harnesses the same brewing science that gives Surly favorites like Frisson and Rosé their bright, champagne-style finish. We harnessed it a lot. In the world of brut IPAs, DAF is the one that goes to eleven.” Vic Secret was the main hop with some dry-hopping from Citra. Hadn’t come around to Vic Secret yet, usually saying Vic’s secret is (the hop) sucks.

Poured a medium yellow hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white frothy head. Some slow moving bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Below average foggy lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled Citra, the Vic Secret, lime zest, lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, tangerine and some papaya. From the can was Vic Secret, Citra, passion fruit and grapefruit. (Smell - 4.25)

A couple of first thoughts on the initial taste. Damn that’s carbonated, wow, Vic Secret isn’t always that bad and that’s pretty smooth for a Brut IPA. Specifically got Citra, Vic Secret, huge notes of grapefruit pulp, tangerine, passion fruit, papaya and lemon zest. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Fizzy carbonation. Long, dry finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Wow. Really surprised at how much the Vic Secret worked here and how much the Brut IPA wasn’t so Brutish. I think I underrated this overall. (Overall - 4.25)

4.09 | 91 | A-

Mar 04, 2019
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ejames0802 from Minnesota

4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Brut IPA. Beautiful light gold pour. Great mouthfeel. Floral hoppy flavor without being overpowering or bitter at all. This beer is extremely refreshing without sacrificing on flavor. Really glad Surly decided to make such a good Brut IPA.

Feb 23, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single can dated 12-21-18 because, well, I don’t have to explain myself to you lot.

The pour, advertised as “light gold”, is instead a slightly opaque light yellow (a distinction with a difference – words matter). Nothing golden about it. The nose is white grapes with a sharp, almost tart feel from the yeast. Interesting.

DAF Brut IPA is uncannily champagne-like. Dust-dry, with a prominent citrus character that’s had all of the bite sucked from it. Slightly sweet without being overdone, with additions of melon rind & lemon zest. The finish allows just enough bitterness to verify the beer belongs in the IPA category (unlike many others that now bear the moniker). Super easy to sip.

I have to admit, Surly’s new canned offerings have been wide of the mark for me of late, but this one is lovely. Great brut character, nice dryness, a very good beer that borders on excellent.

Feb 11, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DAF pours a bright hazy yellow color, with a very small head. Citrus aroma, very dry. Flavor is very dry, with lots of citrus, nice hop flavor. Good body and feel. Overall, very tasty, full, fruity, and dry.

Feb 06, 2019
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a watered down shandy. Smell is just OK, get hints of white grape must. I love Surly, but this is the first bad beer I’ve had from them. There’s so little flavor, along with high carbonation, which makes for a seltzer water flavor. I don’t like it. Maybe it’s just the style, but this is a big no for me.

Feb 02, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a champagne flute from a 12 fl oz can on January 27, 2019. This brut IPA delivers dynamic, fruit forward hop flavors and a finish so refreshing it begs for another sip.

Jan 29, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canning date stamped on can bottom as '12/21/18'.
Slightly cloudy, pale straw colored body. Not much of a head upon opening, but the slightly frothy white cap sticks around. Expresses a lot of rising bubbles. Leaves behind some strings and spots of lacing.
Aroma has slight dank sulfur, with bright citrus hops.
Taste is quick and done, which entices another sip. Has lots of non-sweet citrus fruit (lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange), with some added minor bitterness at the end.
Mouth feel is medium, with a very dry finish. Effervescent carbonation.
One of the better Brut IPA renditions I have tried. The combo of the dryness with the citrus fruit pith and rind is killer. Very refreshing. Should pair well with food as would a very dry sparkling wine.

Jan 26, 2019
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi hazg golden in color - looks like Witbier! Offwhite head, good duration... and OMG this beer is dank as a duck!

Even before deCANting, the unctuous, reading hop character has oozed its way into my nostrils and infiltrated my higher brain functions... I think I’m in danger of becoming a Hophead.

Tropical fruit notes ala the standard NEIPA profile, with mango papaya and pineapple clashing before playing nicely. Juicy.

On the palate there’s more of the same, though with a slightly more astringent note toward the end, along with a touch of bitterness which is rarely found in the sweet, juicy NEIPA sumbitches which have taken over the universe (or at least the brains of any Craft Beer Knerd serious enough to drop $6,000 a year on beer - which is pretty much everyone I rub elbows with these daze).

The long and the short of it:

“SO! A new hazy IPA from the originators of unfiltered, hazy-hoppy oat ales? Sounds legit.”

And it is!

Seriously though, even though modern IPA is not my normal go-to style, this one is very, very drinkable and good for what it’s trying to be. Worth tracking down a can if this shizz is your jam.

Jan 25, 2019
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dcotom from Iowa

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold from 12-ounce can into a Riedel champagne flute. Huge burst of lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, and piney aromas upon popping the can open. Slightly hazy pale yellow in color, with a thin white head that settled within a few seconds. Big aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lemon, orange, pine resin, and citrus zest. Almost no malt sweetness when cold. Good carbonation and mouthfeel, and the finish is clean, crisp, and dry as... well, you know. A very well crafted and delicious brew, best enjoyed cold IMO.

Jan 08, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surly Brut IPA, 5.7% ABV. Pours pale cloudy yellow, with no head. Nose is piney hops, and a bit of sweetness. Taste is malty, and only moderately hoppy with slight bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Sep 24, 2018
DAF Brut IPA from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 37 ratings