Wet | Surly Brewing Company

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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

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466
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.09%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Golden amber with a white head. After the head faded my wife said it looked like dark apple juice :)

Smell: Fresh piney hops and citrus (grapefruit and mango).

Taste: Exactly like the smell! The fresh piney hops and citrus go together well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slighly coarse with a dry finish.

Overall: Very tastey. I enjoyed the fresh piney hop flavor. Just another brew from Surly that did not disappoint. Cheers!

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Photo of Rhode17
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of bballmj2k
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from can dated 10/27/11 into tulip.

A - golden amber with a couple fingers of head. Lots of hop haze and some sticky alcohol legs.

S - pure fruit juice. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit juice. Smells great.

T - lots of those sweet tropical fruits with tons of bitterness. Given how well this beer has held up over the last month it's quite impressive. Not a ton of depth or complexity to the flavor but that's not what you're expecting from this beer.

M - a bit thin honestly, not that stickiness you get from some DIPAs. Bitterness dries things out a bit and lingers but the moderate carbonation cleans the palate.

O - I ordered a couple 4-packs from france44.com and I've had some varying experiences. Some of the cans (this one) have been great and as expected. Others have been a bit off with a strange flavor and lacking in the hoppiness I expected. Regardless, when this beer is on its fantastic. Not sure if I'll go out of the way to ship it to NC next year given cost but great to try.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of vande
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a shiny, golden orange pour that leaves a clean - white head... screams IPA

s - holy fresh hops...upon cracking the seal of this can, the aromas of citrus, pine, grapefruit, floralness explode out of the can!

t - others would describe this beer as dank... it is truly a great tasting IPA...hops and bitterness bounce from taste bud to taste bud as it makes its way down your palate.

m - good amount of carbonation, medium bodied, easy to drink

0 - I'm glad I've one more can. Shared this with co-workers, to which all enjoyed!

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Photo of SortaAmbivalent
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of bondebonde
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of guillemiro
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of tubeman
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DAllspaw
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange Almost amber color with off white head and large bubbles.

Smell is heavy on the pine and grass, a little biscuity malt as well. Taste is a bit bready with very nice amount of pine, high tannin finish and plenty of resin. Alcohol is a little more present in finish than other IPA. Love this style, not the best but very nice.

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Photo of smogfood
1/5  rDev -76.5%

Photo of Guzzi
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of dmsohyea
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of furthurgone
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of aasimon
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jwelsh
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of PerHops
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright golden orange with a perfect looking soapy head.

S- Glorious. The second you open the can you can smell the floral, juicy, citrusy herbal hops in all of their glory.

T- Doesn't disappoint. All of the hop flavor you'd expect from the nose and a very nice balance and finish. I would say it is a touch better than furious, which is saying a lot.

M- First can I had was a touch flat, but this one is perfect. Drinks criminally well.

O- Wake me up next fall, I don't want to wait.

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Photo of IllHaveAnother1
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Lewbacca
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to schlais for the trade! 16oz can into a Delirium tremens tulip.

Striking pour--bright, clear copperish amber body with a hefty cap of custard head. Good retention and lacing, with a steady stream of bubbles rising up from the laser etched bottom of the glass. Aroma is solidly hoppy, but not out-of-this-world. Green, fresh piney hop notes backed by a sizable malt presence of amber grain and biscuits. A bit of tropical fruit in the mix as well.

The taste of Wet showcases hops nicely too, but moreso with bitterness than with flavor. Resinous greenery coats the palate with a sticky herbalness, and a pinch of booze lingers into the finish. Mouthfeel is chewy and slightly viscous, but has enough carbonation to keep things from getting cumbersome as the sips continue. Overall, a solid IPA, but next year I'd like to try this when it's a bit fresher if possible. Still, Surly rarely disappoints.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Pint can, served chilled and poured into a pint glass. Big thank you to phingdong for another nice IPA.

Appearance: Light, bright orange in color, with a slight, one finger sticky head.

Aroma: Pine, nice citrus backing, and a toasted malt in the background. Nice fresh hop aromas.

Taste: Lots of bitter pine and citrus. Really high hop bitterness. Toasted crackers in the background give some balance. Honestly though, I am finding the hops a bit one note.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Nice.

Overall, a nice IPA but not as great as I hoped. A nice hop bite, but it is a little one dimensional. I might buy this again, but I am not sure I would go too far out of my way for it.

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Photo of DCon
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 1 PINT 16 FL. OZ. can of this from ChrisF in a trade when I visited Brooklyn Center, MN for Darkness Day 2011. Poured from the bright green, hop coned can into my 16oz HotShots Pint Glass. Does not have a best by or freshness date on it.

Aroma- Has a very sweet malty aroma that comes through citrus hop. Very clean and has a nice floral and pine hop aroma also.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has average retention. The body color is a nice orange color with a bit of haze but mostly clear. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Huge hop flavor begins this tasting with a nice sweetness behind it. Very fresh hops and a light citrus/mango flavor comes through. Has a light-medium hop bitterness at teh finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, Clean, and goes down easy without anything behind left behind.

Overall Impression- An Extremely easy IPA to enjoy! Didn't have overpowering hops nor any type of bitterness that would scare anyone away from this. Very clean and good all around for the style. Liked the mango and citrus I found in this one! Am a big fan of Surly! Keep em coming.

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Wet from Surly Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,521 ratings.
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