Surly Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #27
Ranked #822
4.31 | pDev: 9.98%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Notes: We took a break from brewing our Wet Hopped West Coast Style IPA in 2014 while we moved into our new brewery so for 2015 we came back with a bang. Our 2015 edition features 6,000 lbs of Simcoe hops harvested from the Yakima region of Washington. We went all out in 2015 and brewed 600 barrels, TEN TIMES as much WET as we first brewed when we started wet hopping back in 2009. And, for the first time ever, WET distribution will reach our neighbors in Wisconsin, Iowa and Chicago in both draft and 16oz cans.

2019 was Mosaic hops only
2018 was Citra hops only
2017 was Mosaic hops only
2013 was a mix of Cascade and Centennial hops
2012 was Simcoe hops only
2011 was Citra hops only

2,400 lbs of hops picked freshly in oregon and shipped to Minnesota immediately. We brewed this beer three days later. This is a hop forward beer, dry with subdued malt flavors.
STYLE: West Coast India Pale Ale
MALT: 2-Row, Crystal Crystal
WET HOPS: Citra, Simcoe
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 17º Plato
IBU: 90
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got a can of this beer from a beer store in La Crosse, WI. It poured a clear orangish with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had dank fruit malty hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with fresh floral hop presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Apr 03, 2020
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden bronze with red tints. Layers of puffy white head with a sticky finish.

S - Earthy, fresh hops, dank, piney.

T - Fresh hops, layers of citrus, piney, resinous, and dank. Balanced nicely with a dry and bitter finish - that clings to your tongue.

O - Solid Harvest IPA. Fresh and balanced and easily quaffable.

Oct 26, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

3.23/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Here it is ladies and gents, my 1,000th and last review. (And this one here was a big time want.)

Kind of like Kiera Knightly in a nightie, this one has Raul intrigued. But when I disrobed said hottie’s garb (when I took that first sip) - pure disappoint. Almost as if Kiera let her beaver grow wild, it’s just pure sadness. The beer is simply flat. Like, flatter than flat. Now, I’m still not kicking Kiera out of the bed because she is still Kiera. Just like I’m not going to dump this Wet because it’s still Wet. But I guess I just haz a sad. At 2 months old, I’m guessing this wet hop beer needs to be consumed ultra fresh. It wouldn’t have such a high rating if it tasted like it does right now.

So long, my beautiful minions. All I can say is don’t be afraid to clap back!

Dec 01, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with MonDak_Joe1953. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/1/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.1%. Overall this is a fantastic wet hopped IPA. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Outstanding and pretty unique 100% Citra profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; great bready malt balance; mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering as expected. Very Midwest style for an IPA.

Nov 17, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/2/18 (Okemos, MI): 16 oz canned 10/2/18 3:25, multiple pours into snifter, gift from brother. Light golden pour, fluffy head, heavy carbonation, leaves nice white lacing. Light citrus aroma and balanced taste, slightly sweet citrus, bitter dry hops, excellent. Mouth feel creamy, very smooth, carbonation holds well. Overall very good IPA.

Nov 10, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Finally got to try this after years of keeping an eye out. Was worried it wouldn't stand up to the ipas of today, I was happy to be proven wrong. As much as I love dry hopped ipas, this reminded me how much I loved wet hopped ones. The citra hops meld so well with the underlying caramel malts, giving you a burst of wet sweetness, that then is dominated by delicious hop bitterness. Good citrus fruit, grass and floral hops notes in smell as well. So much flavor for a single ipa.

Oct 20, 2018
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ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned October 1st, 2018. Pours a slightly foggy amber with a thin white head. Smell is mostly dank hops with some citrus notes. Flavor has notes of grapefruit, pineapple, grass, and hop bitterness, all in abundance. Medium carbonation and body. Solid, very flavorful IPA, and I love Citra hops to boot, so this was the year to beat.

Oct 06, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can dated 10-1-18. Pours a clear honey yellow with a large white pillow of a head that lasts and leaves good lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit. Flavor is sweet ripe tropical fruit with a slight hop bitter finish. Feel is soft medium bodied. Overall a pretty nice beer without being too special. Expected more from a 4 day old beer from this brewery.

Oct 05, 2018
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Strix from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice frothy head that leaves trails of lace, straw yellow.

Slight pineapple orange note.

Pineapple, orange, saltines, black pepper. Flavors a tad muted.

Light carbonation, fairly drinkable.

This was just fine, pleasantly drinkable, but didn't blow me away.

Dec 15, 2017
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golf_sierra from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly murky, light amber. Long lasting head.
Aroma is this beer's strong suit. Slightly tropical, but nice earthy dankness.
Taste is assertively hoppy, piney and resinous and bitterness lingers with dry finish. Truly a west coast style.
Nice fresh hop beer best drunk with a good pizza. Its quite good but I really thought I would enjoy it more. Not quite as good as fresh hop beers I've had from Lagunitas or Founders.

Dec 05, 2017
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NathanBeets from South Dakota

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, a bit hazy in color. Creamy, fluffy white head. Apricot, pineapple, peach, pine, grapefruit, and honey very fresh aroma, full of juicy tropical fruits. What a delightful brew!

Nov 28, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, 8 years since I last had this one. Time for a re-review.
16oz, "get wet mosaic 10/02/17" stamped on bottom of can.
Hazed caramel colored ale with a frothy ivory head that leaves thick chunky lacing on the glass. Tropical nose with passion fruit, faint pineapple, lemon-lime, mango, and pine. Bold hop flavor with notes of pine, orange zest, passion fruit, mango, and pineapple with some light caramel. Resinous medium body, finishing bitter with pine and passion fruit lingering. Overall, a very good wet hop IPA, but it is quite pricy for what it is.

Nov 25, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There isn't a whole lot not to like about this beer. The big burst of hoppy aroma on opening the can tells you what's coming. Poured into a tulip glass from a 16-ounce can. Very pretty homey-colored pour, with a two-finger white head that settles into a thin cap. The note on the bottom of the can reads "GET WET MOSAIC." This sample was just under two months past the canning date. Intense hop character was still evident, with notes of pine resin up front and citrus and tropical fruit in the background. Good malt backbone, with enough sweetness to provide balance. Dry finish, with lots of resiny bitterness. Very well done, and an outstanding beer.

Nov 25, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honey suckle, orange, pineapple and pine. Some floral grapefruit juice. Bit of caramel and biscuit malt. Medium bodied. Extremely balanced. Semi dry finish. Touch of sweetness. It's good.

Nov 22, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a faint sedimentary haze. There's an inch of densely packed, creamy beige on top. The aroma is of light crackery malt and piney hops. I'm tasting a sharply bitter piney hops and light crackery malt. The mouth is lightly resinous, crisp, and refreshing.

Nov 18, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mosaic version from 9/29/17.

Medium amber color, huge soapy head, sticky lacing.

Tons of bright, mosaic hops, tropical and pine.

Taste is bright and a little sweet with a nice pine/tropical mix. Some floral also.

Medium feel and slightly slick.

A very nice beer with great depth of flavor, especially for being single hop.

Nov 07, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pint glass canned on 10/2.

A: Small tiny bubbled creamy white head that settles to a film. Body is a bright amber color with a slight haze.

S: green, vine like hops, resin, a little tangerine.

T: Nice vineous, raw resiny flavor almost a little spicy with a little bit of bitterness fairly dry and not very sweet at all. Maybe hints of the tangerine, but they are squashed underneath the raw green vine like qualities.

M: medium bodied to lighter crazy dryness.

O: this beer is pretty impressive, if you like fruit bombs this is not your cup of tea. This beer is intense resiny and raw.

Nov 03, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I guess its kind of difficult to accurately measure this beer given that the recipe changes big time for it each year. I think 2012 was the year I banged a 4 pack of this, other than that its been extras thrown around.

The chrystal carver malt usage results in a body and color that is darker and thicker, something you can totally pass around and spitroast at the firehouse and then kick it off the department for lying about being on probation like in Pershing County. Aroma really depends on the variety, wasn't huge for Simcoe/Cascade/Centennial, but Citra and Mosaic versions are popping with the aromatics. Really just depends what hops they're using, they're not magical because they call it Wet regardless of variety.

Taste is much the same. I don't know why they don't do a medley of wet hops, like both aroma and bittering instead of going all in on just one type each year. The malt seems a little more than desired for something that should be a showcase for the fresh hops. Still has that near 100ibu stinging grapefruit like bitterness. Its almost a quant reminder of wet hopped beers from another era. At $5 a can now, should be interesting to see how it competes with all these new low ibu juicy ipas. Its still a sentimental type of beer I dig, similar to Celebration Ale from a bygone era.

Oct 30, 2017
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laketang from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 Oz can poured into a notice glass. The beer almost seemed visually thick when pouring and has a pillow white head. It is a very c learn beer, orange in color. Earth and citrus hits the nose but could be better, this beer is over 3 weeks old now. Some fresh clippings smell too. A little bitterness hits the tongue we Ithaca some earthy tastes too. Resinous coating on my tongue gives me a Chewy crisp mouthfeel.

Oct 29, 2017
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 edition. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a dense and creamy white head.
The aroma is dank and grassy with nice citrus notes and a touch of onion.
Taste is grassy, with citrus and a pine/pith finish. The middle borders on brutal, it's nicely bitter. Dank.
Medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

Oct 27, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper body, clear, with first can, a minimal head in the pour and no real lacing to speak of. Second offered fairly standard head, and nice lacing. My guess is the first was a bit of a bum can.

S - Strong dank notes, a citrus element, and pine and resin, combined with an herbal hit that reminds me of basil.

T - Follows the nose, with a mango and grapefruit front, a more herbal hit in the middle, and a moderate bitter close, with a savory spicy note.

M - A very pleasant feel, but first can I had, the carbonation was largely absent, which would be a serious knock if the beer did not land comfortably on the tongue and finish fairly clean. The second offered a nice clean, crisp feel. Much better, and I bumped my rating accordingly.

O - An interesting beer, mingling bright and dank hops and a wide range of vegetal highlights. Tasty. The lack of carbonation in the first can did detract, but the second showed a solid beer through and through.

Oct 25, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into glass. Stamped canning date is 09/28/17, Also has 'GET WET MOSAIC' stamping on bottom of can. Described on the can as a 'West-Coast Style IPA'.
Darker amber body, long lasting white head, good lacing.
Aroma and taste are tough to figure out. Memory of past 'Wet' beers brings up recollections of dank, fresh hops. 2015 was a disappointment but earlier years were memorable for aroma and taste. Most likely the current Pale Ale and India Pale Ale offerings have introduced experiences that favorably rival the aroma and taste of the fresh hop Pale Ale or IPA.
Smell and taste are pleasurable but subdued. Aroma is more tropical fruit, taste is more citrus and smooth. Very slight bitterness at the end.
Fresh, medium mouth feel.
With the crush of new beer offerings, there is little incentive to purchase more than one four-pack. Just a beer that does not have enough stand out aspects to purchase again. I was looking forward to this beer but, while solid for what it is, does not provide enough reasons to re-purchase. Certainly not a beer to criticize, but choices have to be made.
2018 version of 'Wet', with all Citra hops.
Clear, gold colored body. Bottom of can is stamped 'GET WET CITRA 10/01/18 F4454 11:54'.
Aroma is slightly dank, with lots of vegetal smell.
Taste is dank, but slightly sweet. No bitterness.
Thin mouth feel. Thin mouth presence.
Overall some dank aspects, but the beer is thin and through the taste profile quickly. Quite easy to forget.

Oct 19, 2017
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gregy55902 from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This year's version was great. I didn't like some of the years, but this one has a lot of resinous Mosaic in the taste and it is perfectly balanced by the nice light crackery malt backbone. Would buy lots if it weren't $20/4pack.

Oct 15, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 edition. Mosiac. 6.1% there's not much to say but as amazing as always. Alotta hard work in this can and you can really taste it. Everything is perfectly on key.

Oct 14, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Simcoe 7.0% tasted in a Spiegelau glass from a 1 pint can in October 2015. 2017 Mosaic 6.1% abv tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint can on October 10, 2017. Canned 10/02/17. Recommended.

Oct 14, 2017
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