Wet | Surly Brewing Company

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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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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a cervoise. Canned Oct 11, 2010. Reviewed Oct 28, 2010.

A - Crystal clear, whisky brown. Fine, creamy looking off white head, decent lacing.

S - Floral, smells like what you'd expect a hop farm to smell like during harvesting. Aromatic, earthy, outside.

T - Awesome grass hops, enough fruity grapefruit and lemon to balance with a touch of sugary malt.

M - Medium to light body, chewy and decent balance

D - Awesome beer that you can tell is just on the edge of being a hop bomb, with just a little nudge it would be!

I poured about 9-10 oz into my glass for review. Then I drank the rest out of the can because for some reason I prefer to drink craft out of the cans they come in and not out of a glass (unless reviewing of course). Sweet!!

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

I got a four pack thanks to Lenny1203, thanks a lot man. Me and my friends each drank a can and we all agreed that this was a pretty good beer. I think this may be the best wet hop beer I have ever had. It really captures the hop oil in the aroma and the taste, its strong and distinctive. This is easily identified as wet hopped and I honestly can't think of how to define teh flavor other than super hoppy and dank. Not much pine or citrus that I could detect, this was all humulus lupus, fresh nugs. I wish I could buy this.

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

A: clean copper pour.

S: crisp, floral nose with a bit of piney-grassy accents.

T: holy fresh! (I haven't tasted many fresh IPA's so bear with me) immediately struck by a sweetness that tapers off with the bitter hops lasting...this has such a nice balance of taste. I totally need to check out more fresh hopped brews!

M: high carbonation, medium bodied nice overall feel on the tongue.

D: definitely drinkable...I'd have this as a staple in my fridge if the shelf life wasn't so short, limited and a bit spendy. very well crafted brew! I suppose I expect that from Surly!

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Doug!!! You're the man! Live review.

Pours a nice orangey color, with some amber hues. Nice two finger foam fades slowly with great retention and some good lacing.

Aroma is nice and fresh, but not quite pungent enough. It manages to be juicy and grassy in its hop character but not as piercingly aromatic as some. Juicy citrus, but it's pretty fruity too. Apricot and mango along with some herbal hoppiness. The taste is the similar, but maltier and I find myself wishing it were more bitter and finished drier. The mouthfeel is nice and full, there is bitterness through the finish but it could be a little more aggressive for the weight of this beer.

It's got a TON of great juicy hop flavor but lacked the structure and finish to take it to the next level. I'll have no trouble finishing the rest of these cans....Thanks again!

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

Deep golden body with a slight haze and small amounts of carbonation noticeable. Decent crop of white head on top with good cling. Nice fresh hop aroma. Citric fruits and pine and grass. Grapefruit and lemon. Nice juicy hop flavor. Bright citrus tones with grapefruit, tangerine and orange all coming to mind. Some smokey resinous qualities as well. Bitterness is pretty even keeled. Nothing over the top. Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Solid wet hop.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biniek13 for this. Poured into a pint. Canned 10/12/10

I get about half an inch of frothy white head which sits atop a clear golden body with some lively carbonation. The head dies down to an eighth of an inch of head and retains beautifully leaing all sorts of lacing down the glass. Beautiful.

Smells of dank, resinous hops right off the bat. Smells really green if you know what I mean. Pineapple, peaches, and pine. Smells great.

Tastes bright and bitter. Lots of tropical fruits and stone fruits. Pineapple, peaches, and apricots in particular. Then some sweet malt notes.

Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Good bitterness, but no real spiciness from the hops.

I think this is my favorite fresh hop ale this season. Well done Surly.

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

Big thanks to my wife for picking this up for me along with the Darkness.

16oz can poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Pours an autumn leaf orange that is completely transparent. A nice finger worth of head that leaves a cap on the beer and some decent lacing on the glass.

S- Big, bold, fresh hops. A very clean and crisp aroma. I am also picking up a decent amount of malt and some biscuit. Also a little sweetness like honey.

T- The can says it was canned on 10-12-10 so it is two weeks old at this point. The flavor is pure hops and super fresh. Nice and piney but it really covers up the malt. You can pick up a little honey like sweetness but the biscuit that is apparent in the nose, is gone. I don't think I have ever had a beer with the hops tasting this fresh.

M- Medium bodied that is a touch on the thin side. The hops have some bite but not a ton. What it doesn't have in bite, it makes up for in dryness. Decent carbonation.

D- A remarkably clean tasting beer. Pretty hop forward but with as fresh as this beer is, thats a good thing. I don't know how this would taste being a few months old and I don't want to find out. I am glad I was able to get a 4 pack of this and if you can soon I would suggest that you do so.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a bright white head that's about a finger thick. Some light creamy structure to this before it finally collapses. The beer is a bright gold color with excellent clarity.. Lone bubbles rise to the surface now and again. Slight lacing.

Aroma is bright and fresh with a citrus focus. Pretty floral. A slight green or vegetal aroma as well, but I don't mean this as a negative. Very fresh. Also a light cracker/doughy sense to this.

Really nice beer. Just the way I like it. Fresh, bold but well balanced. And I admit my sense of balance includes a great deal of hop presence. The malt tones just below the surface are very nice and work perfectly with the big hop flavors. Certainly grapefruit peel here and a wonderful fresh flavor. There is a tiny sense of alcohol near the finish, but no here near "hot" The green from the aroma comes across as a bit grassy and this works nicely with the cracker tones from the malt.

Light in body, but larger in the mouth from the fresh hops.

Wonderfully drinkable and a great beer. Drink it fresh and while it's available. I need to get more next year.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 15 Days ago. (10/11/10) Poured into Bells Tulip.

A - Pours deep amber color with two finger thick white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Looks like a perfect IPA. Decent Lacing after the head fades a bit.

S - Floral, fruity hops. Obviously fresh. Some Pine and herbs, and some malt as well. Mostly just super fresh Hops.

T - Very Hop forward with sweetness. Some earthy flavors, pine, grass. Has a crisp bitter finish.

M - A little heavy on the carbonation. Not too heavy, but still all of that sticky hop flavor that usually feels like you could chew on it.

D - Ohhhh Surly, why do you have to be so far away? This could get a drinkability of 10 (out of 5) if I could get the stuff. No alcohol flavors at all, great hoppy beer, and 4 bucks a pint isn't really all that bad.

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Photo of klikger
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can served in a Duvel tulip

A - Light amber ale with a massive white head and great lacing

S - Fresh, floral, fruity hops and a substantial amount of honey

T - Citrus and floral hops hit right away and are quickly joined by some earthy, grassy notes and subtle spiciness. The bitterness continues and is complemented by a sweet malt backbone halfway through. The finish is fruity, piny bitter bliss, partially toned down by honey, but strong enough to linger for minutes after tasting.

M - Very nicely carbonated, medium-bodied.

D - I would session this.

Never thought I'd say this, but I like this beer in a can quite a bit more than on-tap. The bitterness is far more pronounced for me in the canned Wet, as I felt the honey and other sweet malty elements dominated the on-tap version (which I had several times over the weekend). Fantastic beer here.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this brew last year on draft, while it was good, it didn't wow me. While I managed to make it home from Darkness Day with a can dated 10/11/10 (today is the 25th) with much thanks to millah. This time around, the beer seems to be a whole different animal (perhaps due to freshness) so I thought it would be fitting to review this canned version.

A: Deep clear gold, foamy 2 finger white head, fluffy, lots of lacing, good retention

S: the nose features an array of tropical fruits with mango and grapefruit standing out. Beneath the fruity hops is some grainy base malt aroma which is followed by a stiff bitterness in the form of pine. There seems to be a lot going on here and the hop profile is bursting with freshness.

T: bitter hops hit the palate first and are followed by the tropical fruit notes. Pine up front, followed by mango, a bit of bready grains, and a big bitter finish with a lot of pine a resinous character. The taste is a little more bitter than the nose suggests, but there certainly isn't any shortage of hop character here.

MF: high carbonation, medium body, long finish with lingering bitterness left on the palate

D: Surly surely knows how to get the most out of their hops. This beer doesn't live up to Furious or Abrasive, but that is only because those are my all time favorite IPAs.

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Photo of nkersten
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip. Golden amber in color, white head fades to ring with excellent lacing. Smell is impressive for a wet hop - Lots of resin and pine, light malts, some tropical fruits buried under all the piney hops. Taste is very similar to smell, lots of pine tree hops and a light malt presence to provide a tiny bit of balance. Columbus hops stand out most in the flavor, where the citra is more noticeable in the smell. Not terribly bitter but very tasty hops. Mouthfeel is medium body and medium carbonation. I would prefer it to be a bit drier. Overall an excellent beer, I love the smell. One of my favorite wet hop beers. Wish this one was available in Chicago.

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Orange/tan colored....white puffy head

S-Piney, grassy, herbal...fresh...

T-Not as much citrus as I'd expect from Simcoe and Citra but it does have some of that...also nice herbal, grassy hop flavors and a sublte but sweeter maltiness that really works well with the hop load...

M-Good dose of bitterness on the finish but not as abrasive as Brau Brothers or even TH's 2010 Wet Hop.

D-Very enjoyable wet hop IPA. I had high expectations for this and it meets it. Tough call between this and TH's this year. TH is slightly more vibrant but it is splitting hairs.

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

Thanks go cmurren25 for sharing this at the pumpkin murren event at Al's.

Pint sized can poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear golden orange color with a creamy white head. Spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is fresh hops that have some floral and fruity character like pineapple blended with grassy notes, citrus and herbs. A sweetness somewhat mango-like resides inside the nose. The herbal aspect of the smell comes across somewhat minty with a touch of alcohol.

The taste of this brew is grassy and herbal with a fresh, lightly grainy sweet backing. It finishes herbal like mint with flavor before turning bitter and a bit oily. The alcohol and carbonation level provide a pleasant tingle in the back of the throat with an increasing amount of alcohol warmth. Medium to light in the body, this brew was very drinkable.

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Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear caramel color with a quarter of an inch head that leaves very nice lacing.

S: Fresh lemon with hints of pine. also a fair amount of grassiness and floral hop aroma as well

T: Very earthy and grassy up front with a crisp caramel note in the finish. there is also a bit of lemon and pine in the finish as well

M: Really smooth with a good level of creaminess. there is only a touch of roughness but not bad at all.

D: I could drink this one all day without any problems at all. another winner from surly

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Photo of KeefD
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last year, first time from a can. Pours a perfectly clear golden color, maybe some pale orange in the center, with a small white head that left some surprisingly decent lacing. Wonderful grapefruit and citrusy aroma. There's a little bit of peppery spiciness in the back that I typically don't like, but in these small amounts, it's almost herbal and lightly floral. Mmmm, nice bitterness in this beer. It's not overpowering, but works well the semi sweet malt, with notes of grapefruit, orange, pepper (light), and a sticky resinous finish. This is good stuff! Body is above medium and it's got a lingering dry finish. Very nice beer, but the bitterness overwhelms me after awhile. One or two at a time is ideal.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 10/11/10 and Consuming 10/22/10 So Fresh!!!

16oz can into a DFH Snifter

A- Pours a clear as day golden orange with a nice 1 finger white head that rests on top.

S- Stanky Dankin fresh earthy hops. Smells like I literally have fresh pulled greens in my glass. Grass, pine, and citrus. What else could a hop head ask for!!!!??!?!

T- Soooo smooth but the second that gulp goes down those insanely bitter hops rip the tongue apart leaving it numb and begging for more. Much like the smell it's just straight up intense IPA that should be doubled. Crazy pine and grass with a nice citrus background, sitting on top of some very pleasant and surrendering malts that really fill the brew out nicely. Couldn't really ask for much more, this beer has it.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation surprisingly even due to freshness. And of course the crazy bitter dry finish.


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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Canned 10/11/10. Consumed 10/19/10. I like those numbers. Big shout out to Einweizenbitte for making this possible! Thanks again Todd.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Cracking the can unleashed a bouquet of wonderfully hoppy aromas. The pour was fantastic. Dumping Wet right down center of my goblet produced a gorgeous cascade of bubbles and at least two fingers worth of dense, eggshell-colored froth. A modest column of carbonation did its best to hold up the massive pile, but eventually it collapsed, dragging a thick web of lacing in its wake. The body looks like polished copper; bright and crystal clear. Head retained as a creamy cap for the entire session. Excellent!

Smell: Ocean-sprayed pine trees, tangerines, herbs, grapefruit, earth, and lemon zest. I can't help but think of fresh Sculpin right now - I'd love to try it next to fresh Wet. Pungent, complex, and delightfully hoppy.

Taste: Mango, grapefruit, pine, earth, and hop resin. Each sip starts off with several seconds worth of sweet, tangy, complexity; followed by a delicately adjusted bitter finish, dominated by earth and pine. This section was really hard to put into words. India Pale Ale bliss.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and resinous with soft, rolling carbonation. Finishes a bit sticky and dry, with the perfect amount of bitterness. Aftertaste is earthy, bitter, and long-lasting.

Drinkability: Have I achieved nirvana? My mind is at ease. I crave nothing; care for nothing. Oh shit, the can's empty. Dammit. I could really go for some more Wet. Thank Buddha, I've got two more cans of nirvana replenishment in the fridge. Ohhhmmmm...

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

Another wonderful IPA from Surly. Beer is amber and clear with moderate carbonation and a big white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is super hoppy, lots of piny, its really strong, smells awesome.

Beer is light and dry with monster hops in there. The hop flavors dominate both the front and the mid palate. The dryness leaves this lingering bitterness to the whole thing. Its wonderful, dangerously drinkable, the bitterness is growing with every sip. Its very wonderful. One of my favorite IPA. This is slightly unfortunate since I can't get much of it.

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Photo of brewdub17
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful clear coppery, brass body lays beneath a thick, fluffy white/off-white head.

Smell: Dry malts combine with a slight hop freshness and is followed with slight but notable bits of sweetness, nothing too powerful. A little shocking to not find as powerful of an aroma as expected.

Taste: Very fresh tastes are found up front and complement well with the solid dryness and the subtle sweet tones from the malts. A little unbalanced towards the hop side but enjoyable for that reason, considering the style.

Mouthfeel: This brew does not bring out the expected mouthfeel from the malts but still feels splendid with the fresh hop characteristics.

Drinkability: The freshness that is created is unique and desirable.Very crisp, clean tastes with minimal amounts of alcohol flavor create an extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of beeeeeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a 4 pack of Surly Wet in Apple Valley last night. Light brown hue, and poured with ample head. Great soft mouth feel with light citrus resign-y flavor. Guy at the store told me to drink 'em fast they dont keep. That won't be a problem. Spendy but worth it.

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

Can dated 10-11-2010. Consumed 10-12-2010. Poured into a pint glass:

A - golden amber. Lots of bubbles and carbonation. Initial pour produces thick, white foam head about a finger thick. Head dissipates into thin white foam cap. Lacing retention is good.

S - nice aroma of pine and citrus flavors. Sweet. I guess you could call it "fresh."

T - Very fresh and tasty. Not really bitter but has a bitter bite. Pine and huge citrus fruit flavors. Grapefruit, orange and lemon peel. Kind of earthy. Refreshing.

M - not over the top carbonated but the carbonation holds out well. Very smooth and pleasant. Leaves a nice bitter, dry after taste/feeling in the mouth and gums. Very good.

D - Awesome. I really wish I bought more. Very smooth and goes down easy. Very, very fresh and refreshing. A good take on a west coast IPA. Well done, Surly.

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

16oz. can poured into a pint glass. Canned date: 10/12/10.

Pours a nice, clear and deep gold color, with about an inch of an off white head, lasting a short amount of time. Lacing was very good throughout consumption.

Floral aroma with citrus well blended. The scent of hops was extremely evident.

Good carbonation, not too much and not too little, just about right. Mouthfeel was smooth in and down. Taste is exceptional, with an abundant hop presence and a grapefruit and floral note. Wet has a good bitterness on the backside.

Wet can be an extremely sessionable beer. I found wet to be more hoppy than I'm used to, but it didn't bother me. I really enjoyed Wet. I would drink this on a regular basis if offered year round. Another very good brew from Surly.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10-11-10, 1 week ago today! Ultra clear appearance, more on the golden side for an IPA. Lots of sudsy white foam leaving behind a nice lace. Well balanced aroma with a bright hoppiness leading the way. Less citrus than expected, it's more of an earthy/grassy smell with a spicy bite. There is a grainy malt note present also that borders on a toasted nut character. Not too intense but rather inviting.

The taste is clean with more hop dominance, followed by a hefty bitter finish. Again the hops are very grassy and dry-like. It's not the west-coast IPA I expected, not the overly heavy syrupy orange/grapefruit hops. No, this one stays clean and crisp, more like a Sierra Nevada style IPA. Unfortunately some of the complexity hinted at in the aroma gets lost in the flavor, although it is still very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is crisp, with perfect carbonation. It's not too thick or syrupy like some of these IPA's tend to get.

This is a perfect late summer or fall beer. With it's sunny appearance and dry bitter finish, I picture a late September afternoon in Iowa, with the cornfields all but turned golden brown. Really glad I got to try this fresh, wish I had more...

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned one week ago, and this is my last one. So sad...

A. Thick creamy head on a bright amber body. Fairly transparent.

S. Tons of mouth watering citrus. Pineapple in particular comes to mind. There is a perfect balance of bright sweetness to balance the aggressive hop level.

T&m. This instantly hits on all cylinders. Explosion of citric hops up front. Creamy body allows it to linger. Just enough resiny hop taste to make it chewy, but not thick enough to take away from its approachability. Assertive alcohol bite fits well on the finish.

D. Due to the style, this will never be a year round offering of course. This is too bad, because it would definitely be a beer I would come back to often (probably on the same day) if it was easier to come by. An amazing beer for sure.

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Wet from Surly Brewing Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,520 ratings.
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