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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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surly Wet (2012 Vintage)

Appearance: Surly’s version of the wet-hopped ale, this year made entirely with Simcoe hops, pours a brilliant, crystal clear, golden-orange color. A massive, four-finger, bone-white pillow of head that takes ages to deflate, during which it transforms from tightly bubbled to enormous soapsuds. The lacing is brilliant and there are minimal alcohol legs. Surprisingly, there is not much visually noticeable carbonation, but, other than that, this beer looks near perfect.

Aroma: Massive does not begin to describe the hop aroma of this beer. Citrus notes and dankness flow freely and furiously from the glass; the drinker need not even put his or her nose to the glass to smell it: this smell is noticeable from the other side of the room. There is also a nice, caramel sweetness and earthiness hiding behind what could be mistaken for a newly opened carton of orange juice. Speaking of juice, this beer smells incredibly, ludicrously juicy. Surly makes a strong case for producing the best smelling wet-hopped beer on the market.

Taste: Hops, in the form of juicy citrus, rindy bitterness, grapefruit, lemon, and, of course, orange are huge in this beer. The experience is akin to sampling the fresh fruit section at the local farmers’ market. The malt (surprisingly) stands up to the staunch hop presence and provides the caramel sweetness and warming earthiness. Simcoe is known to have sort of a “cat urine” flavor to it, and thankfully this one avoids that caveat since that flavor comes through more in the dankness of the drink than a straight up urine note. The best, and perhaps most masterful aspect of this beer is the way the bitterness is not a smack in the face, but a building sensation over the course of the taste. Perfect for the style, perfect as a beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer reminds me a bit of the episode of Seinfeld entitled “The Glasses” in which Jerry is dating a woman, Amy, who thinks he is perfect initially but eventually sees a “side” of him that she does not like. For Wet, this side is the mouthfeel. The carbonation is extremely minimal, which really does not suit the beer, and the feel itself is rather thin. This lends a strange, watery feel to the beer that feels awkward for both the style and the beer itself. Still, it remains slightly above average, but just barely.

Overall: I am a huge fan of the wet-hopped beer style, and I feel blessed to have gotten a hold of this one. Along with Three Floyds’ Broo Doo and Sierra Nevada’s Estate, this is the highest point that the style has reached. This beer should be the benchmark for the fresh-hop style. If only they could have perfected the mouthfeel as much as the rest of the beer, this may have been my first perfect beer. Another homerun for Surly. 18/20

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clean, golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is awesome! Fresh hops with pine and citrus. A good amount of orange and grapefruit. A hint of marijuana. Very light malt, quickly overcome by more hops. Taste is just as I was hoping it would be. Reminds me of some of the great IPAs I get here on the west side. Clean, crisp hops with just a tiny bit of malt. Has some familiar "Sierra Nevada hoppiness" to it. Lovely grapefruit, orange, lemon, and a hint of melon. Bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is another amazing hoppy beer from Surly. I really wish I could buy this beer here in California.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, pine, Carmel malt, slight grassy

T-grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, pine, grassy hops and a nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O-a solid IPA with a nice balance of malt and hop flavors, would have been interesting to compare the Citra version 2011

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Photo of Gushue3
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Large white that's very frothy and has great retention. Body is completely clear copper orange-y and has some nice carbonation. A ton of lace is left and a rocky foamy slab is above the body. Looks fantastic.

S. Dank pine and citrus on the nose with a subtle malt in there as well. Hops are prominent and smell grassy and earthy as well.

T. Sweeter citrus upfront with a bitter wave coming through in the middle. Pine, earth, bitter grapefruit and sweeter citrus. Big bite on the finish that lingers.

M. Lighter side of medium on the tongue with medium carbonation. Sticky finish from a dank as hell brew.

O. Really nice stuff from a bigger want. Lives up to the hype nicely

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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.


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