Liquid Stardust
Surly Brewing Company

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American Brut IPA
Ranked #37
Ranked #30,234
3.73 | pDev: 13.14%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
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Festive and crisp, Liquid Stardust sparkles like few, if any, IPAs. Far-out waves of hop flavor and aromatics pack a celebratory punch, while the clean, champagne-like finish begs for another sip.
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 16
Photo of maximum12
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a mixed 12er, which might be the first time, since we needed some “just beers” for a party we were going to. This was one. 12 oz. can.

The pour looks suspiciously like the old Blue Moon circa 1998, a pale, slightly hazed yellow, with floaties. Smells like teen spirit blended with citrus, dust, & lemon. Huh.

Liquid Stardust is Leine’s Lemon Summer Shandy meets Bold New IPA Style. Lemon has the upper hand here, with sub-ledgers of citrus, light bitterness, liquefied sunshine, & a profile that’s as dry as dehydration. The ease with which it goes down is its strength, though at 7% that might not be true tomorrow.

Delighted to see Surly branching out, finally. Not sure what I think of this new IPA ‘style’, but this is a good, solid brew.

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Smells of lemon with a yeasty character, very bright. Taste is bright citrus, somewhat one note. Medium bodied and effervescent, very dry finish. Very refreshing, not too complex but nice for what it's trying to accomplish.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12oz can with a date on the bottom

Smells like booze, tastes like La Croix mixed with an airplane bottle of rotgut vodka. The good part is the hops. The downside is that there's barely any. I don't know where the champagne like aftertaste comes from, but I do know that it sucks. It 'feel's like this beer was a waste of money.

Liquid Stardust is beyond bust

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light in color, much more hazy than the other Brut’s I’ve had. Small, effervescent bubbles. Surprisingly some sediment. Smells of mango, tropical fruit.

Taste is thin, light, tropical. Crisp, dry, light finish. Very drinkable for 7%. Due to the lightness in flavor and body, you could drink a lot of these.

I enjoyed it well enough, but it’s more of a light bodied NEIPA with a slightly dryer finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

CAN from a mixed 12 pack:


12/28/18 impressions from another can:

Refreshing if a bit dry and dragging. Hop flavours are really faint. Overattenuated, depleting the beer of soul.

I get some nice lemongrass notes, faint floral hop flavours, and wisps of 2-row that present as cereal grains given the beer's overattenuation.

A swing and a miss from Surly. What happened to showcasing hops?


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Photo of dcotom
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce can into a proper tulip. Huge burst of pine resin and citrus upon popping the tab. Slightly cloudy darkish yellow in color, with a decent white head that rapidly settles without a trace. The aroma never quits. Grapefruit, Meyer lemon, orange, tropical druit, citrus zest, and pine dominate the nose and palate. Great carbonation, light in body, and a dry finish as promised with a hint of citrus lingering on the palate as it warms. Very refreshing and easy drinking, with the alcohol nearly undetectable. Well done, Surly!

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, comp media sample from the brewery.

Pours out a pale yellowish straw hue with a touch of haze, very bubbly that hold the head together for a while. Crispness has a pop, citrusy and peppery hop profile. Bitterness is there but not the least bit overwhelming. Kiss of alcohol with a dry finish. Well rounded and balanced but it clearly tell me its an IPA.

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Photo of Mdog
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Yellow with particulates, ok head.

Smell: Sharp citrus, nice.

Taste: Very dry, lemony--citrus. Fizzy feel. As it warms up more melon fruit flavor shows up.

Overall: Continuing the local brut IPA tour, this was in the Surly winter mix pack. Nice lemon transitioning to melon flavor while maintaining a nice dryness. Good stuff.

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Liquid Stardust from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 16 ratings