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Wet | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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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Ratings: 1,600 |  Reviews: 488
Reviews by dmsohyea:
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Photo of bound4er
2.56/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours to a nice light copper to straight amber color with a two finger white head that laces well. Smells like German malts with a touch of lemon - no hops detected. Tastes nothing like it should - plenty of lemony maltiness and not much else. Finishes with some faint, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side as is the carbonation. Surly has missed big time with this beer. It tastes nothing like I would expect - more like a semi-hopped up lager. And at $17 ... well let's just say I am not happy.

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Photo of Roland7792
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had really high hopes for this beer after everything I've read about past brews. Sad to say I was really let down with Wet (although Surly makes the amazing Todd the Axeman and therefore will always holds a top spot in my heart).
I haven't had a ton of wet hopped beers in the past but this is my 4th different brew of the 2015 season and by far my least favorite.
The look is a nice clear amber. Smell is very malty with some pine, dank wet grass, sweet grapes and lemon/lime pith. Usually dank and lemon are a good thing to me but I find this unpleasant. They combine for an aroma I cant quite place but know well, maybe pinesol or some other cleaning product. Taste is similar with a bitterness I don't quite like and not typical of an IPA....more like the bitterness from straight citrus pith without any rind, if that makes sense. Feel is very thin without much stickiness. It's almost like a cheap AAL with some wet grass and citrus pith.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tallboy poured into a clear Solo cup. Hey, I'm at the train station.

A - golden burnished orange haze. Absolutely lovely. Head is minimal, but retention and lacing are on point.

S - Barnyard in abundance, but dank pine and freshly cut grass make strong star turns as well

T - Simcoe hops bring their pine nuts, grapefruit and lemongrass notes to the party. The farm comes back in a big way right after and brings pineapple and blue cheese along. Finish is juicy sour orange and a hint of creamy avocado. No malts to speak of, this is a pure hop-delivery system operating at peak efficiency.

M - Sticky and oily, but thin. Soap film, but in a cleansing way.

Well, this is what wet hops are for, basically. Way too expensive, but glad to find a single available and a cute ale slinger willing to give me a slight discount.

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Photo of mikevanatta
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although there is a very obvious lack in aroma, the flavor makes this beer worth coming back to. Dank and slightly piney with a beautiful grapefruit-ish finish, there is a very pleasant lingering bitterness that carries the beer through the taste. As I've come to expect from Surly, this is an exceedingly easy drinking beer that betrays its ABV by being so smooth. It's gone before I even know it.

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Photo of cx329
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This stuff is the nectar of the gods. Since it's seasonal I anticipate its arrival every year. Unfortunately Surly did not release it in 2014 as they were transitioning their production to their new brewery. If you're a native Minnesotan or just visiting definitely check out the new Surly brewery complex. Great food as well.

They source different hop styles each year. This time around it's west coast American hops.
Once again they absolutely nailed it. Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter. This stuff is aromatic. Nose is pine resin, cut grass, and lemon. Pours a perfect dark amber with nice lacy head. The first sip screams fresh squeezed hops. Strong chlorophyll notes with a hint of sugar cane. Finishes with a nice bitter hop bite in line with a traditional IPA. I'm glad they didn't over hop this one as to not drown out the complex character of this exquisite brew. Perfectly balanced and one of my all time favorites.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of oline73
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy dark amber color with a finger of foamy off white head that leaves a little bit of lacing and good retention.

Smell: Citrus hops are the dominant smell, but you can still pick up the malt as well. Rather mild but nice.

Taste: Much better than the smell. Citrus peel hops hit the tongue first. They have a very fresh, grassy taste. They use the perfect amount of malt to balance things out. Hops dominate, but the malt doesn't get pushed too far into the background. Great balance. The finish reminds me of bitter citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of prickly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: I really love this beer. Wonderful balance. They used the perfect amount and type of malt to go with the fresh hops.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CraigP83
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one is very difficult for me to describe. It's full of fresh vegetable odor. It's resinous fresh hop flavor, go figure.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blown away when this one showed up last week, part of some awesome extras from laymansbeerfan...

Canned 9/20 and poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Pours a lovely gold, moderately hazy as you would expect from a beer with this many fresh hops...hefty amount of white head with lots of soft fluffy lacing rings.

S: Hop-forward nose, pretty brilliant this fresh...I get a good amount of piney dankness as well as hints of earthiness but there is definitely some fruitiness and citrus notes which I didn't expect from the the Simcoe...resiny herbal notes and fresh flowers as well...and honestly, a bit of biscuit too, which surprised me as well. Lot going on here.

T: The hops are upfront again but are pleasant as the Simcoe isn't overwhelming in astringency...there are notes of pungent flowers, pithy grapefruit, faint but present malt, and sweeter fruit notes too.

MF: Creamier medium body with good bitterness and adequate carbonation. No complaints here.

O: Really nothing bad to say about this one at all. Good Simcoe showcase, and quite drinkable. Having a two-week-old can of this is just outstanding, can't thank Aaron enough. Cheers man!

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Hallertau
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darklordlager
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Darkness Day 2009 (finally putting in notes)

A: Golden ruby with practically no head, probably due to the 12 oz plastic cup it was served in...

S: Resiny, bright, grapefruity hops. Orange with a peachy-ness as well.

T: Bitter smack in the face. Intense, bitter grapefruit rind and some citrus orange. Lingering bitterness...This is the stuf hopheads dreams are made of...

M: Medium. The oiliness of the hops seems to make it a bit heavier.

D: Intensely hoppy--no more than one of these me-thinks, unless ones tastebuds start to numb... (delicious though)

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Photo of Brez07
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned on 10/11/10. Courtesy of oach. Thanks again, Scot

A: Standard IPA color - clear orange. Massive head on the initial pour (3+ fingers) which takes a few minutes to die down. Crazy amount of lacing and great head retention

S: I think I just got smacked in the face with hops. Ok, let me try again. Yup, still there. Just a massive amount of hop juice aroma. Some accompanying floral and pine notes

T: Lots of citrus and pine hops, but not a palate killer. Juicy citrus fruit, including but not limited to: orange, pineapple, melon

M: Medium bodied. Surprisingly light carbonation. Coats the mouth, very smooth actually. Some residual bitterness left on the front of the tongue

D: A mighty fine tasting IPA. This one didn't take long to finish as it's incredibly easy drinking. Can't wait until they (hopefully) brew this one again

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TheSevenDuffs for sending this beer as part of the fall Canbif.

Canned on September 12, 2013.

A: Pours an exceptionally clear golden yellow with 3 filers of white head leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Upfront herbaceous notes, along with hints of grass, lemon juice and hemp. Background notes of earthiness and fresh pine resin. I've been luck enough to smell fresh wild hops and this is reminiscent of experience.

T: Pronounced sweet caramel malts initially hit the tongue which are quickly followed by resiney hops with herbaceous, pine and lemon notes. Hoppy bitterness lingers long after the last sip, quite delicious.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Leaves a slightly slick coating.

O: Fresh hops are highlighted in this brew, both in the smell and in the taste. Fresh cut, vegetative quality, that you cannot find in dry hopped IPAs. Buy lots if you can find it fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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