Rocket Surgery
Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #2,817
Ranked #19,539
3.83 | pDev: 7.31%
May 21, 2022
Aug 11, 2018
Very Good
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Notes: This juicy, hazy ale is brimming with Citra and Simcoe hops for a fruit-forward blast of hop flavor. Drink it. You’ll like it. It’s not rocket surgery, it's Rocket Surgery.
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Rated: 3.85 by WDJersey from Colorado

May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce can into IPA glass, canned on 12/26/2019. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing and moderate streaming carbonation on the glass. Aromas and flavors of big red grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, passion fruit, pineapple, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Medium-high carbonation, medium body, and fairly crisp/clean finishing. Balanced creamy/bready malts, sticky hops, and some resins/rinds in the mouthfeel. Light-moderate increasing resin dryness, no hop astringency. Nicely soft feel, and not overly aggressive. Awesome Citra and Simcoe profile. Very juicy, dank, and fairly vibrant hops; with a nice malt backbone for the 5.5% ABV. Minimal warmth or hop burn after the finish. Refreshingly smooth. Held up amazing for the age of the can, loved the hop profile as expected. No complaints. This was a great hazy pale ale.
Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Review from notes

This was lighter than I thought and maltier than I'd have thought... shocking from surly - the brewery I associate with brash and over-the-top hoppy beers......
Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Hazy pale tangerine color has a strong sense of carbonation. Huge, stone white head with a soapy foam consistency that stands three inches tall. Spotty, spacious lace patches. The haziness factor was a dim contributor at best.

S: Peaches and pine resins on the nose with some sugary grapefruit. Tropical notes of pineapple are backed with some grain juice sweetness. Good strength delivery with fresh barley grains as a backing that is crisp and dry.

T: Fresh pineapple and peaches for flavor is quickly followed by a burst of sticky pine-citrus resins. Tart oranges and dry barley mix well with some stalky hop vines.

M: Medium build, lots of crisp carbonation, a fizzy and foamy hold on the tongue from the co2 activity. Tarty, lightly dry with a light grainy dusting.

O: Overall an good everyday drinking ipa. Packs a fair amount of ibus for backyard gatherings. Its not rocket science, but a decent everyday ipa drinker. Per style and other examples from brewery, it falls short in comparison and seems to be just a place holder/new beer to try.
Apr 28, 2021
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 12 oz can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear lemon yellow hue with 1 inch bubbly white head with decent retention.
S: Light lemon citrus, subdued pine resin, and a hint of tangerine.
T: Soft lemon zest with cream, tangerine, soft orange, and sweet grapefruit.
M: Light body. Delicate citrus sweetness. Refreshing and mildly effervescent.
D: Decent offering. Nice sessionable spring brew. Pairs well with sun and burgers.
Apr 04, 2021
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Rated by HereWeGo from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Enjoyable and easy to drink. Nothing spectacular.
Feb 20, 2021
Rated: 3.45 by Nbensonmn from Minnesota

Feb 01, 2021
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Rated by BillRoth from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz can
Jan 18, 2021
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
10/17/20... clear light gold, foam,y, top resting at a thin layer eroded at the center. Citrus forward nose. Simple and open. Juicy lemon and citrus fruit burst. Slight tart. Subtle bitter holds all in check. Wow, really good.
Dec 06, 2020
Rated: 4.07 by Nunya from Ohio

Nov 16, 2020
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Reviewed by tempest from New York

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
NE pale ale? Session NEIPA? Whatever, it's lower strength at 5.5% and damn tasty. Haze is light, if you care about that. Mildly dry bitter finish, not as thick as many NEIPAs. Still satisfying, just more drinkable. Plenty of fruit up front with fresh mango leading followed by a dusting of floral herbal hoppiness.
Nov 13, 2020
Rated: 3.68 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Nov 07, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by ChuckTom from Arizona

Nov 05, 2020
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazed light golden color with a thin whitehead. Smell is floral.tropical and grassy. Taste has citrus and floral hops som papaya,grapefruit and lemon grassy hints. A medium mouth feel with a little bitterness.
Oct 07, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 6/9/20, so almost 4 months old.

Looks good in the glass. Actual hazy rather than murky yellow body, with a few tinges of orange. Small white head shrinks to a ring, no lacing.

Slightly floral aroma with a hint of lemon.

On tasting, hop profile is diminished, but still present. A touch of lemon, and a little sweetness.

Mouth is just about medium, finish is dry, but also makes the mouth water.

Overall, even with a bit of age on it, still an okay drink.
Oct 02, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by DiggerDahl from North Dakota

Sep 27, 2020
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Rated by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
It is ok, refreshing, very drinkable. Nothing really particular about it, not very happy, no other prominent flavor.
Sep 16, 2020
Rated: 3.34 by Sayb from Arizona

Aug 14, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by dehlet01 from Minnesota

Jul 31, 2020
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Just ok - a little on the course side for a hazy for me.
Jul 25, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jul 25, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Jul 25, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jul 24, 2020
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of orange peel, grapefruit, mango and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical fruit taste with a sharp bitterness and sweet caramel backbone.
Jul 16, 2020
Rated: 3.57 by nmann08 from Virginia

Jul 08, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Jul 07, 2020
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy and very light straw color with a finger of head. The nose has an overly subtle aroma of citrus. The flavor is slightly citrusy and slightly hoppy. The body is light even for the style.

Everything about this beer screams lack of excess.
Jul 06, 2020
Rated: 4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2020
Rated: 3.8 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts

Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 3.87 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 3.51 by wl2bill from Wisconsin

Jun 28, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Jun 27, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Jun 25, 2020
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
It’s a fine beer. It really is. Though it’s like dating a girl that’s a twin: the other one is wild and crazy and full of reckless abandon; while Sadie, well, she’s a bit more dainty and soft around the edges. And that’s what we have here in this ok offering from Surly: she’s still hot, but a bit boring.

See ya!
Jun 21, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Jun 09, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jun 08, 2020
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can to snifter. Small sampling pre-dinner.

LOOK: medium to pale yellow. Clear. Light-ish foamy off-white head. Good retention.
AROMA: rice, cereal, citrus, grass. All subdued. a bit weak on the nose.
TASTE: more cereal and light grains here. Some baking soda. nothing special.
FEEL: very easy drinking, above average carbonation. light body.

Good Summer beer, lacking in depth of flavors.

Jun 07, 2020
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