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BEER INFO

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

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.

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
BITTERING HOPS: Columbus
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 17º Plato
IBU: 90
AVAILABILITY: October

Added by feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#559
Reviews:
481
Ratings:
1,565
pDev:
10%
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of whatthehull
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip

A - lovely copper/red/burnt sienna, half finger almost tan head and some sticky lacing

S - slightly toasted hop smell, slightly sweet, a bit of yeast, lots of hops, flowers, mineral, soil, a bit fruity, very fresh and crispy. Very nice nose

T - super fresh and crisp! Lots of heavy and delicious hops up front, resin, fresh cut grass, nice sweet malt, very slight yeast, pine, nice citrus, fresh island fruits, some wood, earth and flowers

M - medium body, low acidity, well balanced, nicely complex and lovely long finish

D - all I can say is if you think this is I drinkable, you're an idiot and don't drink beer any more

Final thought - thanks "soughtbygod" for this one. Wow! Great abv, loads of flavor and not on the cheap

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

Shared by ejyoung, poured into a snifter.

A perfectly clear honey-brown. The head is thin but silky and sticky.

Smells like fresh hop pellets. Sweet and grassy, like lemon and grapefruit without the bite — maybe candied lemon peel. Sugar and crackers make up the malt side. Hint of biscuits.

Same in the flavor. Candied lemon peel, moderate grassy bitterness, biscuity malt. Sweet, sugary, fresh and bright.

Body’s just a shade under medium and very smooth. Very light carbonation — soft to medium. Grassy bitterness, clean finish.

Wet’s a little too sweet for my IPA tastes, but it’s not unenjoyable. Bright, snappy, hoppy goodness.

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

Poured from 12oz can.

A- Pours a golden amberish orange color. One and a half finger white head shows good retention. tons of soapy lacing on the sides of the glass the entire beer.

S- Bright citrus hops right off the bat. There is some underlying bittering and floral hops there as well but citrus is the standout for me. Toward the ending the nose there is a nice sweet malt base that brings this beer back down from the ranks of over the top hop bomb. To be honest I am ok with this.

T- Light malts oddly come out in the front with this beer. Good toasted caramel bready malts to be exact. Fresh citrus hops come out after that in an almost full force bombing but hold back. Toward the middle of the beer there is a light bitterness that balanced out the sweetness of the malt and citrus hops. The ending gives way to a bready malt with floral hops bringing this one to a light alcohol flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Lots of citrus hops and light bittering hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is lingering floral and citrus hops with light alcohol and tiny bit of sweet malts. This beer was very well put together without being over the top. No off flavors from this beer while drinking. Medium alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- I thought this beer was fantastic for what it was. A good full flavored wet hop ale that doesn't become a hop bomb is what some of these breweries need to look at. I like hops just as much as the next person but this was balanced between not only the malt base but the hop profiles as well. Another fantastic job for Surly.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This arrived courtesy of mcc1654 in what I hope to be the first of many trades. Thanks again, Mike for the hookup! Canning date of 10/27/2011.

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass, this beer is mostly clear, medium gold. Thin white foam retaining well and leaving a sticky lacing along the edges of the glass.

Nose of orange and pine needless, fresh grassy. Hop-forward and prominent aroma.

Hop flavor forward again with a focus on the resiny/herbal character. Slight toasted malt. Loaded up on bitterness. Medium-long, dry finish with a lingering grassisness.

Medium-bodied with an oily texture and a moderate carbonation.

Plenty of fresh, resiny hops and well balanced by a mostly clean, lightly toasted malt. If the emphasis was on fresh hop character, they certainly nailed that here and I can only imagine what this may have been like a few weeks prior.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of runner440
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Stu in MN who sent me this beer.

A - Pours a sexy orange gold with a bright white head

S - Huge hoppy beer with orange, pineapple, peach, tropical fruits along with a huge piney burst

T - Taste completely follows the smell with a huge hop resin. A huge hop bomb. No ifs ands or buts about it. This beer is supposed to be one sided and not balanced at all. Surly makes no qualms about it in this beer

M - Smooth and drinkable

O - Awesome beer! Thank you beer gods.

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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JoshuaCavett for sharing this beer with me.

Review from notes....

Poured a beautiful honey gold with a finger of soapy bright white head. Quickly dissipated to a thin film.

The aroma was full of dank, resinous hops with great citrus notes.

Taste followed the nose and it was just an explosion of oily citrus hops in my mouth.

Medium bodied with the perfect ammount of carbonation. Very pleasant bitter aftertaste and gave me some serious hop dragon breath.

This was an amazing fresh hop ale. Everything that I wanted out of this style and more.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of bballmj2k
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -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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Wet from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,565 ratings
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