Mild | Surly Brewing Company

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193 Ratings
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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 01-20-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
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32
Gots:
8
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Photo of corby112
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden copper color with bright mahogany edges and a two finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Great retention, taking a while to settle with large streaks of soapy lacing clinging to the glass on the way dow.

Somewhat mild aroma with chocolate malt sweetness and a very faint floral hop presence. Earthy, soily hops followed by light toast, caramel and toffee. Not much else happening. True to style but not very exciting.

Light body that's pretty watered down with faint earthy/grassy hop character countered by slightly toasted light malt sweetness. Grass, pine needle and faint resins followed by caramel, toffee and chocolate sweetness. Somewhat true to style but kind of one dimensional and boring. Hops could be stronger for an American interpretation and the mouthfeel and malts presence could be more interesting for a British version, especially on cask. Unfortunately, this is caught somewhere in between. Not bad, but I wouldn't order this again.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Ngon Bistro.

Semi transparent brown color with a very fluffy tan head that leaves a little lace.

Smells of lightly roasted malt and some coffee.

As I understand, this is not made with coffee, but it sure tastes like it. Quite roasty with some coffee. Light hint of hops. Very tasty for a beer of only 4% abv.

Almost medium bodied which is hard to believe in a beer at 4%. Creamy smooth and enjoyable.

Absolute session beer. This is an all around awesome beer. When I hear "mild", this is not what comes to mind. This looks, tastes and feels like a big beer, but drinks so easy.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brit's Pub in Minneapolis, MN. Served in a classic English pub glass.

Appearance: A very Dark brown with some ruby red and copper color. Solid two fingers of creamy off white head with decent retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet and dark aroma of roasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, nuts, spice, oat, and a little citrus orange. Also some herbal hops in the mix. A pretty balanced aroma.

Taste: Roasty and somewhat sweet. Roasted caramel malts with good notes of toffee, nuts, oat, citrus orange, and a little rye like spice. Finishes with some nicely bitter and spicy earthy hops. Good balance of malts and hops. Tastes kind of like a more roasty version of Surly's Surlyfest.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and finishes fairly dry. Pretty rich feel for a smaller beer.

Overall: A very good take on the English Dark Mild. Pretty full flavored and hearty for a lower abv beer. Fairly easy to drink but not exactly a session ale to me. A very good beer overall.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bulldog in Minneapolis. This beer arrives a dark brown color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of milk chocolate, and burnt malt. The taste is a nice balance of chocolate, burnt malt, and roasted malt with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice example of the mild style. I would really like to try this on cask as I think its true colors would come through more from that serving type.

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Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild are few and far between, this is actually a quite flavorful and robust example at a reasonable ABV. I think the ABV could even be lowered a bit more to make it a true session ale. I want this more available.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at World Street Kitchen
Dark brown leaning more towards blacks than reds. 1/4 to 1/2 inch head that settled out rather quickly.
Nice soft malt character with minimal hop character.
Taste is like a light well done english brown ale. Nice malt character and minimal sweetness. Soft balancing hopping. Fast finish.
Appropriately light body with ample carbonation.
Nice drink that went well with the food. Refreshing and tasteful. Acceptable bold for style.

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Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Buster's

A- pours a clear light mahogany color with a small tan head that settles to a whispy collar

S- roasted malts , toffee

T-followed the nose with hints of coffee and chocalate, some vanilla and burnt meats

M- was thin with low carbonation had a nice roasted flavor that made you want another sip

O- crisp and yet watered down but a brew that you just wanted to drink more of

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Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Deuane
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear ruby brown with a thin light tan head. Some lacing.

S-A bit of sweet malt but not much else, very pedestrian.

T-Pleasant biscuity malt flavours with a lovely dry finish.

M-Medium light body. Very smooth transitioning to an astringent finsih.

D-Absolutley...wow, a session brew from Surly...wait, did I just see a pig fly past me?!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Durty Nellies.

A: pours a dark clear brown, with a thin creamy head, some retention, no lacing

S: nose is roasted malts, reminds me of a dry stout with a large presence of roasted barley, some notes of toffee and caramel as well

T: very clean and refreshing palate with toffee, coffee, and caramel. Lots of flavor while at the same time being quite refreshing.

MF: creamy, smooth,

D: this is the definition of a sessionable beer. Tons of flavor with out the huge abv or caloric intake. I wish there were more of this style around.

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Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into pint.

Appearance: Very dark mahogany with thin off-white head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, smoke and caramel.

Taste: Espresso, chocolate, nuts, smoke and caramel. Fairly dry despite the relative lack of hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light body, very dry finish.

Overall: Extremely drinkable and a decent amount of flavor and complexity. Brewers should make more beers like this. Damn you Omar and Todd, can this now!

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Mild from Surly Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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