Wet | Surly Brewing Company

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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.

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: 17ยบ Plato
IBU: 90

Added by feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009

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Photo of Userme59
2.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of adam36
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a pint glass canned on 10/2.

A: Small tiny bubbled creamy white head that settles to a film. Body is a bright amber color with a slight haze.

S: green, vine like hops, resin, a little tangerine.

T: Nice vineous, raw resiny flavor almost a little spicy with a little bit of bitterness fairly dry and not very sweet at all. Maybe hints of the tangerine, but they are squashed underneath the raw green vine like qualities.

M: medium bodied to lighter crazy dryness.

O: this beer is pretty impressive, if you like fruit bombs this is not your cup of tea. This beer is intense resiny and raw.

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Photo of Dharmelink
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Allurex
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atone315
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I guess its kind of difficult to accurately measure this beer given that the recipe changes big time for it each year. I think 2012 was the year I banged a 4 pack of this, other than that its been extras thrown around.

The chrystal carver malt usage results in a body and color that is darker and thicker, something you can totally pass around and spitroast at the firehouse and then kick it off the department for lying about being on probation like in Pershing County. Aroma really depends on the variety, wasn't huge for Simcoe/Cascade/Centennial, but Citra and Mosaic versions are popping with the aromatics. Really just depends what hops they're using, they're not magical because they call it Wet regardless of variety.

Taste is much the same. I don't know why they don't do a medley of wet hops, like both aroma and bittering instead of going all in on just one type each year. The malt seems a little more than desired for something that should be a showcase for the fresh hops. Still has that near 100ibu stinging grapefruit like bitterness. Its almost a quant reminder of wet hopped beers from another era. At $5 a can now, should be interesting to see how it competes with all these new low ibu juicy ipas. Its still a sentimental type of beer I dig, similar to Celebration Ale from a bygone era.

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Photo of laketang
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 Oz can poured into a notice glass. The beer almost seemed visually thick when pouring and has a pillow white head. It is a very c learn beer, orange in color. Earth and citrus hits the nose but could be better, this beer is over 3 weeks old now. Some fresh clippings smell too. A little bitterness hits the tongue we Ithaca some earthy tastes too. Resinous coating on my tongue gives me a Chewy crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 edition. Pours a hazy orange-gold with a dense and creamy white head.
The aroma is dank and grassy with nice citrus notes and a touch of onion.
Taste is grassy, with citrus and a pine/pith finish. The middle borders on brutal, it's nicely bitter. Dank.
Medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper body, clear, with first can, a minimal head in the pour and no real lacing to speak of. Second offered fairly standard head, and nice lacing. My guess is the first was a bit of a bum can.

S - Strong dank notes, a citrus element, and pine and resin, combined with an herbal hit that reminds me of basil.

T - Follows the nose, with a mango and grapefruit front, a more herbal hit in the middle, and a moderate bitter close, with a savory spicy note.

M - A very pleasant feel, but first can I had, the carbonation was largely absent, which would be a serious knock if the beer did not land comfortably on the tongue and finish fairly clean. The second offered a nice clean, crisp feel. Much better, and I bumped my rating accordingly.

O - An interesting beer, mingling bright and dank hops and a wide range of vegetal highlights. Tasty. The lack of carbonation in the first can did detract, but the second showed a solid beer through and through.

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

Photo of vheissu15
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerLover99
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into glass. Stamped canning date is 09/28/17, Also has 'GET WET MOSAIC' stamping on bottom of can. Described on the can as a 'West-Coast Style IPA'.
Darker amber body, long lasting white head, good lacing.
Aroma and taste are tough to figure out. Memory of past 'Wet' beers brings up recollections of dank, fresh hops. 2015 was a disappointment but earlier years were memorable for aroma and taste. Most likely the current Pale Ale and India Pale Ale offerings have introduced experiences that favorably rival the aroma and taste of the fresh hop Pale Ale or IPA.
Smell and taste are pleasurable but subdued. Aroma is more tropical fruit, taste is more citrus and smooth. Very slight bitterness at the end.
Fresh, medium mouth feel.
With the crush of new beer offerings, there is little incentive to purchase more than one four-pack. Just a beer that does not have enough stand out aspects to purchase again. I was looking forward to this beer but, while solid for what it is, does not provide enough reasons to re-purchase. Certainly not a beer to criticize, but choices have to be made.

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Photo of Davedvo
2.66/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. First time trying it. For 18.00 a four pack nothing special here.

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Photo of hermit990
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gregy55902
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This year's version was great. I didn't like some of the years, but this one has a lot of resinous Mosaic in the taste and it is perfectly balanced by the nice light crackery malt backbone. Would buy lots if it weren't $20/4pack.

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Photo of jtransel
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 edition. Mosiac. 6.1% there's not much to say but as amazing as always. Alotta hard work in this can and you can really taste it. Everything is perfectly on key.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 edition featuring Mosaic. Canned 10/2/17.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Simcoe 7.0% tasted in a Spiegelau glass from a 1 pint can in October 2015. 2017 Mosaic 6.1% abv tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint can on October 10, 2017. Canned 10/02/17. Recommended.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssimpson89
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmh21
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wet from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,574 ratings