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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

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
ABV: 7.5% v/v
IBU: 90

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Reviews: 466 | Ratings: 1,520
Photo of curbmusic
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think I'm the only person on earth who thinks that Surly offers mostly over-priced & over-rated beers. Just my opinion. But this is my favorite beer ever. Amazing flavor that is truly one-of-a-kind. Great balance. I had it on tap & it was all wow factor. $17 for 4 16 ounce cans is robbery, but I'll be willing to pay it.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

color pours out Straw with a copper hint. It has a heavy white head that sticks around. It is a very dry beer, definitely hop forward, but also some sweet. Feel is a little thin, but dry. Smell is floral, Nice.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a kind of murky rusty golden yellow with a two finger head of foam.

Citrus and tropical fruit notes dominate, but not getting much grassy or dank aromas familiar with most wet or fresh hop IPAs.

Tropical fruit flavors of guava, mango, and melon, a little citrus and a more grassy/dank flavor than was getting in aroma.

Medium-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, smooth, but unfortunately not bitterly dank.

Overall, while a decent brew, this is light years behind other wet hop (fresh hop) ales out there. At the roughly $20 price point, this is a pass.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2015 year. Purfumey and boozy, slick, heavy. Not a lot of wet hop character; no greenness or subtlety. Tropical but flat, rough. I'm a fan of most Surly IPAs but having been spoiled by the glorious wet hop beers in the Pacific Northwest, this does nothing to capture the magic of fresh hops.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 9/30:
Hazy yellow gold, with nice fluffy head and lacing in curtains.

Nose a little sign of age covering tropical notes: pineapple, mango, and maybe a little sweet grapefruit.

Bittersweet taste with a little bit of staleness involved. Follows nose on the tropical notes. Crusty honey-like sweetness at this point, piney bitterness outstripping the grapefruit pith at this point. Little rough around the edges, but there's some obvious signs of a good beer.

Feel is actually smooth beyond the taste roughness. Fills palate and provides just a little tingle all over.

Had this two weeks ago and it wasn't showing signs of age as much. I have another to try and revamp this review in case my palate was off tonight. Rating is combo of the two tastes.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 11/27/15 with some memories of drinking this at the brewery about a month ago; I've received a strong recommendation from Goblinmunkey7 to not review this can, as it is a bit old (9/29), but this suggestion has only bolstered my determination to review - hopefully I will update this for the 2016 iteration

A: Medium golden-orange with some honey around the edges- lightly hazy, a little more than just chill haze - pours with a medium-sized, creamy white head, fades to a few wisps, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Leafy, fruity, resinous hops - citrus notes, with some candied orange, orange and grapefruit flesh - some citrus zest - loads of apricot and some peach - leafy, lightly grassy, herbal, spicy - pine - resinous - raw and floral, usual wet hop aromas - malts are fairly sweet, with some light bread, caramel, and biscuits powdered with sugar

T: Raw, leafy, and mostly unrefined, in a good way - leafy, flowery, herbal, resinous hop cones - orange and grapefruit flesh - citrus zest and pith - touch of candied citrus - big push of apricot - lightly tropical fruit juice - pine and some grass - mint - medium level of bitterness - malts are fairly sweet, with some pale malts, caramel malts, cooked sugar, light biscuits - lightly earthy

M: Medium body, smooth despite the intentionally rough nature of the hops, low but adequate carbonation, herbal finish

O: Moist.

Somehow Surly Wet has eluded me until this year. I had the pleasure of drinking this in MN, and I found a can in Chicago to bring home and properly review. This can, despite being older than I would like, is pretty much what I remember fresh. This is a great example of what a wet hop should be. It's raw, unrefined nature is very charming. Simcoe tastes like Simcoe, but it's also a bit different. Overall, it's a little too sweet, but otherwise it's solid.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic tasting, very unique IPA. The overall hoppiness is a little more subdued, maybe because the hops are never given a chance to dry out as the description on the can states. Either way, flavors of citus, tropical fruit and sweet malt come through. Just flat out delicious.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Green, definitely very green.
Vegetal, hints of mango, and maybe peppermint (almost peppercorn) ever so faint.
Taste is more along the line of grass, some citrus zest, and malt.
Pretty good.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Hardwood Artisans pint glass
From: My cousin Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Nov. 6, 2015
Consumed: Nov. 6, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 29, 2015

Thanks Sam!

Poured a honey, hazy color with two fingers of off-white, frothy head. Some bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty foamy spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled underwhelming hints of lime, pine, Citrus zest, soap, caramel, spicy Simcoe late and some tropical notes. Really not as potent as I would have thought. Reminded me of Surge soda and maybe even some Mountain Dew. (Smell - 3.25)

Tasted better than the nose and different than maybe anything I’ve had before. Got those citrus notes - lime, pine, lemon zest, soap and Surge soda - up front. Also tropical, pineapple, herbal, grass, some tartness, floral and light tangerine rind. Clean and crisp, with the alcohol well hidden (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This beer really grew on me as it went down. Thankful for Sam hooking me up as always. (Taste - 4.00)

3.83 | 86 | B+

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Photo of BSiegs
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper pour, moderate clarity, and sticky white head that clings down the glass. Pine and resin on the nose, along with some grassiness, lemon, and bready malt. Slightly more subdued than expected, but some hop aroma has likely already faded. The flavor follows exactly, plenty of piney, resinous goodness with hints of grass, lemon. A very balanced beer. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate high carbonation. A nice dry finish. A very nice wet hopped beer!

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Photo of anonymoose
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has a light orange color. The aroma is malty. The taste is piney bitterness, grassy, tropical fruits, and some malt. One of the better wet hop beers

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Photo of cmf
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tallboy can into a becker. Pours golden clear with a one finger head. Has a sweet spicy scent. Feels foamy in the mouth almost like the beer is not there. Sort of a sour, bitter, chunky hops taste. Bit of a can smell after a while, but overall tasty and a little different.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.5) - Very nice dark amber color and big pile of off white foam on top.
S (4.25) - Pretty good floral hop aroma. Maybe not as strong as I'd expect, but quite noticeable.
T (4.25) - Good tasting beer. I'd maybe expect the hops to pack a little more punch. I've wet-hopped homebrew before, but not real experienced with wet-hopped commercial beers.
F (4.25) - Nice drinkable beer. Good carb, but still smooth.
O (4.25) - Overall, this is a very good beer. I may have been expecting a little more due to everybody talking about it. And at the price point! I liked it, and would buy again, but I'd buy Abrasive or Todd or a few others first.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright translucent gold. Few finger head that quickly dissipated but a layer of foam film remains. Smell of wet hops is unmistakable. Nice tropical dank with a hint of malt. Taste is similar. Dank upfront with some fruit rind and then a nice mellow bitter. Great feel. Super smooth with the added wet feel reminiscent of drinking a red wine. Great beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a very nice, thick, consistent head. Aroma out of the can is actually much better than from a glass. The nose doesn't blow doors off but you get some inviting citrus, dry malt and mango hops with some light grass. Flavor is clearly better. It possesses a really tangy, citrusy, grapefruity, orangey hoppiness. Almost tart. Then you get some more of the nuances from the hops. The malt is drier than many but still offers a bit of sweetness for balance. I enjoy the flavors from the hops in this beer. Hops almost taste a bit peachy, too. Medium body with some potent bitterness. Been a long wait for this one and I know the recipe or at least the hop varietals change year-to-year but this year was quite tasty.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes, at the beer hall in the last few days of September, into a snifter.
a: light amber with a 1 finger head, great lacing.
s: Nose is pretty nice, but not huge...pretty sweet and juicy fruity (pineappl), with some caramel, and some wet, woody/herbal, vegetal notes too.
t & m: follows the nose, but brings a little more piney resin, adds some tangerine to the fruitiness...it gets close to dank and bitter, but a little too sweet to be top notch for me. It is nice and luscious. Isn't too heavy or too light...body is just right...kind of oily and wet. moderate to low carbonation.

I may never forget the 2012 version, and this doesn't measure up...but anyway. Review above was on tap at the brewery, late September. Also bought a 4pack and had it from cans in mid-October, and finally in early December. For the later pours, there was a definite decline in quality. The December pour was predictable...hops become a lot less interesting and vibrant, malty sweetness becames more pronounced. After two+ months, it wasn't bad and it remained pretty juicy, but it wasn't great either. Even the October pour from 9/29 cans was a step down from the freshest version.

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Photo of rudzud
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade. Canned on 9/29/15.

A - Poured into my Kate the Great tulip a golden hue with a one finger white head that faded rather quickly to leave light lacing and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of lots of grassy notes, super super faint mango, decent amount of caramel malts, flash of pineapple.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Light grassy notes, little bit of sweet candied pineapple. The finish is lightly bitter, almost herbal. Malt sweetness isn't quite as 'up front' as the nose was, which, is always a plus.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, comes across as a bit thin/watery.

O - Overall this beer certainly shows flashes of some good IPA notes, but, doesn't really deliver. A month in the can shouldn't change a Surly beer THIS much but, who knows.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can dated 09/29/2015

Hops: 100% Simcoe

This is my first time trying Surly Wet, been wanting to get it for a few years now. All Simcoe was an interesting pick. I'm getting tons of white grape notes from the hop, which I wasn't expecting at all. Gets much better as it warms up in the glass. I'm a little disappointed after having Abrasive and Todd earlier this year, but that's setting the bar pretty high. Plenty of better wet hopped IPAs out there...

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Photo of Moose90
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz tall can "CANNED ON 09/29/15 F3079"

A — Poured into a 13oz tulip for tasting. Pours with a nice vivid orange hue to it. There is a coconut colored head on-top of the beer that leaves behind a thin layer of lace with each sip.

S — Smell is sweet and brings notes of lemon, pineapple, peach, bit of mango, guava, little bit of earthiness, some fresh cut grass, and fresh picked hops.

T — Taste is light initially, but as it warms it build to a real melody of juicy and sweet flavors. There are notes of mango, melon, pineapple, citrus, passionfruit, guava, lemon, and orange. There is a bit of a bitter pine here but overall it is quite sweet and lingers.

M — Medium bodied, perhaps a bit heavy, there is a lingering sweet finish. This is also just a touch overcarbed for my tastes.

O — Very nice overall, and a good representation of sweet Simcoe. Overall this is sweet, and delicious. Would seek out again.

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Photo of Prospero
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

TONS of white grape must in the nose, smells like I'm walking in a vineyard there's so much grape. Flavor is actually pretty well balanced, maybe could use more malt to back up how fruit forward the hops are. The most white grape I've ever gotten in a Simcoe hopped beer. Could've sworn it was Nelson Sauvin. (2015 vintage)

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Received as part of a BIF.

Poured from a can. Nice golden color with small white head, that dissipated quickly, a little murky. Smell is awesome, pine and citrus from the Simcoe. Taste follows, with a nice wallop of hops at the end. Smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, canned 9/26/15, poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep golden color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains nicely after throat, leaving some lace behind

S- very resinous and leafy hop aroma up front with notes of wet grass, citrus peel & some Danny notes. Underlying toasted and caramel malt, but clean overall

T- fresh, resinous and dank up front, with flavors of orange marmalade, fresh cut grass, leafy, guava & mango, lingers of fresh citrus and grass

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, super drinkability

O- a wonderful showcase of wet hops that goes down way too easy

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 16oz. can into a Grrrz teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy, 1.5 finger white head with great retention. Beer is a clear copper. Lacing is patchy and thick with excellent cling. A fantastic looking beer!

Nose is citrus, pine, tree sap and dank hop bitterness. Deep and subdued.

Opens tree sap, pine, papaya and mango. Some citrus in the middle with a big, bold hop bitterness balanced by a nice malt backbone. Sappy end with a sweet, tropical fruit finish. Dry, lightly bitter aftertaste. Really nice.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth and lightly prickly in the mouth and goes down wet and quenching. Sticky finish with a lingering aftertaste. Very nice.

I thought I wouldn't like this seeing as it starts of resiny and sappy. However, a nice tropical and citrus fruit malt presence balanced things out nicely and turns this into a very enjoyable and intriguing beer. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of tmryan21
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice looking beer. Yellow-orange with a thick white head.

Smell: Dank grass (simcoe hops), pine, and citrus fruit. West coast IPA pillars.

Taste: Better than the smell for me. Dankiness and pine are the most noticeable. The bitterness of the hops comes out on the back-end.

Feel: Pretty thin-bodied. Goes down really easy. No alcohol taste present.

Overall: Really good fresh hop IPA. Surly is so good at IPAs. It was as good as expected.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 09/29/15. Only a month old. Poured into a pint glass. Almost clear gold with a one inch head. Flakes of sediment float throughout. Decent lacing. Not much in the smell. Grass, lemon, and citrus. Taste follows. Not very bitter and has a sweet malty taste with slight grapefruit in the finish. Creamy and smooth feel. Good beer but a little disappointed. The rating was a 95? Definitely think that is too high.

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