Bitter Brewer
Surly Brewing Company

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From:
Surly Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
English Bitter
ABV:
4%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.06%
Reviews:
446
Ratings:
644
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 03, 2021
Added:
May 05, 2007
Wants:
  235
Gots:
  89
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Brewed with a significant portion of Simpsons Golden Promise, the malt character comes across as toasty, and the flaked oats provide some additional mouthfeel to offset the bitterness. The hops provide an orange aroma and flavor, almost like marmalade. The current signature hop is Mandarina Bavaria, a new aromatic varietal coming out of Germany that has distinct tangerine and orange-like notes.
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Rated: 3.5 by imperialking from Illinois

Mar 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Narthax from Texas

Apr 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.47 by Jodio from Texas

Feb 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.04 by Commandophile from Illinois

Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.46 by Sappyjoker from Illinois

Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.97 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

Oct 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.97 by jhavs from New York

Jun 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by MattMorin from Illinois

Jun 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.65 by todfug from Minnesota

May 09, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Comes out golden, somewhat a darker shade. Good 3/4" white head, solid retention. Aroma came off as grain more than hops. No different than a BMC with ale yeast it seemed.

Taste was substantial for a session beer, good bitterness, earthy floral hops, light body, pale toasted malts.

A great beer for golf. Good format. Would bang again.
Apr 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Nat1975 from Indiana

Apr 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.37 by B-Town from Minnesota

Mar 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Beerasaurus from Virginia

Feb 13, 2016
 
Rated: 4.3 by tribeerguy70_3 from New Jersey

Jan 22, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerGeek50 from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pale yellow but a bit hazy pour. Thin white head. Citrus, pineapple, almost candied citrus on the nose. Flavor is orangey/grapefruit. A bit odd. Not what I was expecting.
Dec 27, 2015
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Reviewed by SteveB24 from New York

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I wasn't blown away by this beer, but i have to say its very impressive that they managed to pack a nice, fruity flavor into such a light beer. pleasant aroma as well, very fizzy. this would be a great choice for lawn mowing.
Dec 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3.96 by Stillmakingnoise from Colorado

Dec 12, 2015
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Can. Hazy, light orange body with an inch plus of white head. Aromas of citrus, earthy hops, pine, alcohol. Bitter indeed. Resinous, earthy hops. Light, even thin, bodied with aggressive bitterness, peaking mid to late palate. Not the easy drinking, session beer renowned in England.
Nov 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.38 by uncleotis from Illinois

Nov 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by Josholson666 from Minnesota

Nov 17, 2015
 
Rated: 4.06 by nuebs from South Dakota

Nov 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.12 by fiveiron from Minnesota

Nov 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Strix from Wisconsin

2.84/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Murky light orange, decent initial head that eventually vanishes with no trace.

Kind of a vague pine and marmalade scent

Marmalade, grain, tea, pine. Kind of slow to develop, not much going on, but a dry bitter finish.

Medium mouthfeel, lightly carbonated.

Part of my problem is probably that this isn't my favorite style. I just wasn't digging the flavor profile here, nothing going on when it's in my mouth, then a somewhat metallic aftertaste. I've had many fine brews from Surly, probably won't be back to this one.
Oct 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.24 by Kurmaraja from California

Oct 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.03 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Oct 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.04 by Eziel from Ohio

Oct 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Ravenz98 from Iowa

Sep 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.86 by gobuccos from Ohio

Sep 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by fosters9 from New York

Sep 15, 2015
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Reviewed by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours hazy light orange with a small retaining head. Smells a bit yeasty and bready with big orange zest and musty hop bitterness. Taste is bracingly bitter and refreshing with hints of bread and citrus. Feel is soft, crisp, and bubbly. Great english bitter.
Sep 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.58 by Screwtape49 from Minnesota

Sep 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.22 by jaydoc from Kansas

Sep 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by afinepilsner from Iowa

Sep 11, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Sep 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by JLC60 from Maryland

Sep 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.97 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Sep 01, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by cmwilliq from Wisconsin

Aug 29, 2015
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Reviewed by AllDayIPA23 from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I don't have much experience with this style of beer, but I can't imagine this not being what it is supposed to taste like. As in the name, this beer is quite bitter. Lots of strong earthy flavors. Good use of malts.

I would definitely drink this again, and it was good enough to make me seek out more beers of this style.
Aug 28, 2015
Bitter Brewer from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1090 ratings