Wet | Surly Brewing Company

WetWet
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WetWet
BEER INFO

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

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
BITTERING HOPS: Columbus
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 17º Plato
ABV: 7.5% v/v
COLOR: 6 ºSRM
IBU: 90
AVAILABILITY: October

Added by feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#561
Reviews:
466
Ratings:
1,520
Liked:
1,422
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
980
Gots:
142
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big white head and big lacing on a light golden head. Very fresh and drinkable. Leafy minty, hops in the finish that are moderately acidic but also well balanced with spice. Smooth mouthfeel otherwise. Look forward to next year's hops.
Thanks for sharing John.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Canned 9/12/13.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice fresh hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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

they didnt make this last year, and apparently the locals and folks in the know are giving this a hard time for being not as good as it has been in the past, maybe a product of their size in the new place, i dont know, and i dont pay that much credence, as this is a wonderful beer, my fist during an awesome week in minnesota, literally right from the plane to the bar, and a pint in my hand. its nice looking beer, but not way out of the ordinary. orange hue, relatively clear, a little grain weight, nice white head. smells juicy and pungent, and im not real sure what people are talking about. i cant imagine this being a whole lot more aromatic, its beautiful, and the freshness of the hops is obvious with a pineapple and sweet oil thing going on, and a lot of resin in the feel. the flavor is a little mild compared to the nose, but i dont need to be kicked in the mouth with it sometimes, and the flavor, not the intensity of it, is what this beer is all about. hints of tangerine and wet grass, lots of oily feel, and a little grain sweetness to balance it out. mild red pepper, which i have been getting in a lot of wet hops beers this year, but its not distracting. drank this way too quickly too, some alcohol in this one! this is one of those old rarities that really isnt anymore, but a beer i have always wanted to try since i first found out it existed. it was nice to realize the dream, and its worth the hype.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Special Thanks to Irish763 for sending this one over to me. This beer poured out as a beautifully clear gold color with a fluffy white head on top. The retention and lacing are very good on this beer. The smell of this beer is incredible... I can pick up some of the freshest and juiciest citrus aromas. Packed with orange, some peach and grapefruit all come together on the nose with some subtle malt. The taste of the beer gives off lots of citrus flavors as well. It's very refreshing. The mouthfeel is light bodied it has a smooth feel to it with a very nice dry finish. Overall, this is excellent. I enjoy this beer a lot. Looking forward to have the rest of my 4 pack soon.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 fl oz aluminum can served into a Dick's Last Resort Pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in low altitude Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; I fancy me some Surly. No best before date.

Served a bit too cold, but I'll let her warm. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige-khaki head of nice cream and thickness, and great retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Vibrant and appealing.

Sm: Hoppy and diverse: pine, citrus, floral character, and emergent but tame hop bitterness. Clean malts. A hint of soap. A moderate strength, assertive, biting aroma. I'm excited to try it.

T: Pine, citrus, biting but contained hop bitterness, grapefruit esters, lemon zest, cream, pale malts, and a grapefruit finish. Grapefruit is probably dominant; it could use a bit more pine. It's certainly hoppy, but the bitterness adds a dimension and doesn't shrivel the palate like many imbalanced beers in the style. It's surprisingly balanced and diverse in its hopping. That's tasty, albeit a bit murky. It could use more distinct notes and acts. As it stands, it resembles an audio recording with overblown loudness; it's bold but fuzzy. No alcohol or yeast comes through. It is a bit lacking in the malt department; I could use some malty backbone to support the hops.

Notably, there's no metallic taste here despite it coming from a can.

Mf: Perfectly coarse yet smooth enough to refresh. True to its moniker, it is indeed quite wet. Clean, refreshing, yet biting from the hops. Suits the flavours quite well. Could use more thickness. Carbonation is ideal.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV and hop content. I'd definitely have this again, and it would pair brilliantly with spicy food - but it's probably better fresher or on draught. I feel like I shouldn't be drinking this from a can; draught seems to be the appropriate serving vessel. Still, I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Tasty tasty stuff. Another solid brew from Surly.

B+

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A crystal clear copper pint, brimming with a sticky crown of foam. The retention was good, and a swirl summoned a swarm of bubbles up to the surface.

Resiny green aroma, very herbal and vegetal hops. Grassy, piney, with a fair amount of citrus. Swirling brought out the pungent wet hop funk. Pretty much like smelling a fresh hop cone.

Flavor was intensely piney and bitter, dry and sappy. Some grapefruit pith was there, must be the Centennial. Yakima hops were also used, lending a dominant Pac-NW bitter pine flavor. A trace of malt was present, but this was a fresh hop vehicle first and foremost. Light bodied, but the strong bitterness prevents extended sessioning. A great wet-hopped brew that I was happy I had the chance to try.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The clear goldenstraw-colored liquid is capped by several inches of foam that leaves splashy lacing behind

Smell: Leafy and slightly resinous, with cracker malt underpinning

Taste: Cracker malt delivers a base, with a slightly sugary aspect, but the hops quickly take over, bringing a leafy, resinous character through the middle; quite bitter, in the finish, and a touch lemony

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting this beer to be a bit more citrusy but I think the hops selected this year would have been better paired with more dominating malt bill (and I rarely say that about an IPA)

Thanks, copslovebeer, for the opportunity

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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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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear, bubbly burgundy color with a small, off-white, head of thick foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled very grassy and piney. Some bubblegum aromas with a malty backbone.

T - It tasted of sharp piney hops with a citrus kick - mostly grapefruit. It had a great burnt toast maltiness to even out the powerful hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer that is surprisingly easy to drink.

D - This is a great IPA. I was thrilled to find it on tap at the Pranca.

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

Bifrostguard shared a few cans of this over the past week. Thanks, Cam. Pouring a gold-tinted amber, Surly Wet is clear in the glass with a lasting sticky head. Hops dominate the aroma, citrusy and resiny, reminding me of pine needles and grapefruit. The hop aroma doesn't display much complexity, but it's very pleasant. The same flavors are present on the palate, pine being especially prominent. There's also a spiciness, and a mild green/grassy hop note. Malt flavor is subdued, almost absent, though the beer has plenty of body. Despite being fairly strong and bitter, this drinks easy and kept me coming back for more. Another very solid offering from Surly, this is better than many West Coast brewed wet hop beers I've had this year.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Version Canned 10-12-10

Poured into surly pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Leaves some lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Earthy hops, some citrus, bready malts. The nose is fresh, but fairly muted.

Taste: A bit more flavor here. Sweet citrus flavors. Earthy pine hops. The has some bready malts. It is overall a sweet tasting ipa.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin taste.

Overall, I am not that impressed with this year's batch. I was really excited for the citra hops, but it just didn't work. Good, but nothing mind blowing. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
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 jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GoldenJet for a great trade. Also yay for cans, who doesn't love it in the can. I wish I could tell how fresh this is, but the lack of dating is a big thorn in my side.

A messy pour from the side if the can yeilds a big fluffy 2+ finger head that fades at a med pace with quite a bit of soapy lacing, decent bubbles rising up from the bottom to reinforce the head as well, crystal clear tan orange amber-ish brown-straw like colored beer.

Nose brings plenty of fresh wet hops, light resins and musty aromas, a bit of hop oils, light citrus and hints of fruits, a little bit of pine, light floral hops as well. A bit of citrus fruit comes out as well, tangerine, almost apricot like. Not as big hop aroma as I expected. theres also a hint of malty sweetness.

Taste comes on with some malts actually, a semi sweet malty backbone with a bit of toasty and aromatic malts, and decent sweetness. Then the hops kick in, some fresh hop flavors but not super big, hops but good flavors. This time fruits first, a bit of apple even, apricot, and light tangerine. Then a hint of spicy hop after waves of light resins and plenty of hop oils, and a touch of pine. fairly juicy overall. finishes still semi sweet, a lot more musty resinous hops come through finally, with some light pine and bit more fruit, semi bitter long hop finish, and a bit sticky.

Mouth is med bodied, a bit of hop oils, decent carb.

Overall good but not as great as I was expecting. Nice fresh hops that don't come on as strong as I expected, and not as resinous and hardly any citrus or tropical fruit flavors. A nice malty balance though, and juicy and drinkable, but not the crazy hop bomb I was expecting. I bet a year or two ago I would have loved it though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge back in November 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Poured a copper color with a nice white head. Aroma had plenty of pine and floral hops with some other fruitiness and that fresh hop smell thrown in. Little to no malt detected behind that, just as a harvest ale should be. Taste is similar with the pine hops and resin becoming dominant. Mouthfeel is a bit too dry from the wet hops, not quite the proportion (don't want to say balance!) I prefer in these beers, which slightly detracted from the taste. The problem for me was a lack of bitterness compared with dryness; this had nothing to do with malt. Drinkability was very nice, but not excellent given the clash between the taste and the mouthfeel, which was simply too dry when compared with the taste.

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Wet from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 1,520 ratings
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