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

Added by feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009

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Photo of brock146
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light white head that laces glass nicely. Beer is golden/amber color.

S-Citrus and earthy, sweet hop aroma.

T-Malt sweetness gives way to fresh and smooth fresh hop taste. Excellent.

M-Medium carbonation and body

O- Excellent fresh hopped beer from Surly. Different from their usual bitter hop style that everyone has come to know and love. I just wish this stuff wasn't almost $20 a 4 pint pack.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Gfunk720
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Version, out of a pint glass. Canned on 10/1/2012

A- A nice golden amber color, very clear and crisp. A light white head forms when pouring, good lacing and retention.

S-Mostly piney hop resins with some malty sweetness blended in. I get some touches of some tropical fruit, mango/pinnapple.

T- Smooth and malty at first, with some touches of piney hops coming through after a few seconds. Then comes this big resinous hoppy aftertaste. The initial flavor is quite nice, however I found the aftertaste to be too resinous and not very well balanced.

M- Aside from the overly resinous lingering flavor, the mouthfeel is quite nice. Good body and carbonation, but the aftertaste is a bit much.

O- Overall I had some high expectations for this beer and have to say I was a bit let down. The garlicy-resinous aftertaste is just overboard and too much for the initial flavor. I could see this working with a different hop, but the simcoe didnt really do it for me. Not a bad IPA, but I wont go overboard trying to get more.

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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid is somewhere between brown and orange, sort of a gasoline color, maybe slightly darker. There is a nice fluffy white head with tiny bubbles that work their way up to the brim of the glass. The head takes forever to go away and a film stays on the top the whole session. This one took a while to pour out. The clarity is absolutely perfect in every aspect. This is an amazing looking beer, a perfect representation of an IPA in my opinion. Also, the can is pretty cool looking, I like the light green and it looks like a can shaped hop, if only...that'd be awesome.

Smell is good. I've had a few wet hop style beers that are a little underwhelming, this isn't one of them. This is plenty hoppy. It has floral, earthy, and yeasty hints, while at the same time having plenty aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine.

Taste is probably a slight step up from the smell. There is some initial sweetness. Like the smell it has some earthy tones as well. Decent balance between the sweetness and bitterness though. The hops come out at you give some citrus and earthy pine flavors. Sweetness from the malt backbone isn't strong, but it evens things out nicely, finishes with a sharp hop flavor and a little earthy from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is very good. Lighter bodied than I expected. Tries to work it's way towards a medium mouthfeel, but it really has a light one. Excellent carbonation level that is decently balanced. It has a nice light feel with a nice sharp, clean, bitter finish. Drinkability is excellent, perfect on a hot day, but I'll take it in the fall. Nice job Surly, thanks again Noah for sending this one!

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

16oz can dated 10/04/2012 poured into DFH chalice.

Straw-gold elixir, 2-finger rocky head, plenty of lacing remains throughout the tasting.

Very pleasing tropical, citrus fruits co-mingling with earthy pine.

Glorious, smooth hop bitterness, more pine at the back end but complex: citrus, earthy, dank hop resin. Wonderful taste.

Medium body, resinous, a bit slick.

Well done. Nice change from the Citra-heavy brew of 2011.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of jegross2
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Surly Wet from Surly Brewing Company out of Minnesota. According to the beer's description, "2,400 lbs of hops picked freshly in Oregon and shipped to Minnesota immediately. We brewed this beer three days later." Last year's batch (2011) was made entirely with Citra hops. This year's batch was made with Simcoe hops only.
Score: 93

Can is from September 24, 2012. HUGE thanks to fan of the blog Mathew Schraufnagel for hooking me up with a few four packs of this wonderful nectar. Served in a Founders tulip and enjoyed on 10/15/12.

Appearance: Pours a very clean, bright and translucent honey-orange color that reminds me a lot of blind pig. Three-plus fingers of frothy cream colored head off the pour settles to a bubble ring around the glass and clump of head in the middle. Nice soapy lacing, but mediocre retention -- though what sticks around really sticks around. 4/5

Smell: Earthy, "dirty" tangerines, dank grass and pineapple. Faint caramel in the background. 4/5

Taste: Super fresh, earthy citrus and bitter, "dirty" and grassy hops! There's a nice hoppy bite upfront mellowed out by sweet tropical citrus on the back end. The hoppiness seems somewhat confined to the center of the tongue. Resinous pine sap, pineapple, and "earthy"-but-zesty orange. Sweet caramel malt backbone. The caramel mostly comes out towards the finish. Quite balanced and tasty. There's a faint "spiciness" towards the finish too. Surprisingly balanced in flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied with light-medium carbonation. Super oily and slick on the palate. Towards the bitter end of bittersweet. 4.5/5

Overall: Delicious, but I have a suspicion that last year's all Citra batch was even better...I drank this side by side with Broo Doo last week and I preferred the Broo Doo.

Recommendation: Worth drinking, but not worth seeking out at its price point.

Pairings: Thai food.

Cost: $16 for a four pack of 16 oz cans.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden orangish color with a nice 2finger whitish head. Moderate amount of retention and fair amounts of lacing.

S: Smells very earthy with a hint of floral and citrus.

T: Fairly close to the nose. Has an interesting almost funk on the front, evolves to a bit of malt sweetness and pine bitterness. Finishes very citrusy and floral that lasts for a few seconds.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Overall, my first "Wet" beer and I must say its a very interesting yet pleasant flavor and drink-ability. I guessed this was made with simcoe hops before I saw it on here and it's definitely apparent. At any rate, great beer, I will be seeking this out next year.

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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big white head and big lacing on a light golden head. Very fresh and drinkable. Leafy minty, hops in the finish that are moderately acidic but also well balanced with spice. Smooth mouthfeel otherwise. Look forward to next year's hops.
Thanks for sharing John.

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4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rutager again, the guy is unreal.

A: 1" cream coloured head that left a nice lacing over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Apple juice, lemonade and hibiscus flowers.

T: Lemon, hibiscus, grass and grapefruit in the finish.

M: Thick viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: A gorgeous beer with a very unique taste profile. Very full mouth feel and it goes down extremely easy.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

A- Pours a gold yellow orange color, with a good very foamy and frothy head. White head goes as high as you let it.

S- Very pungent, fresh hop smell, christmas tree, dank smell, fresh cut grass smell, very very interesting smell.

T- Taste is very similar to the nose, very hoppy, yet in a flavorful way, not an overly bitter beer, but very very fresh and natural tasting.

M- Very well balanced, lingering flavor left on the tongue, very good.

O- Great IPA, very very unique, hard to put into words, but damn good.

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

A huge thank you to Steasy66 for getting this to me in record time ...only to be delayed on the last leg of its travel by a couple weeks. No matter, it's in my glass now and looking like the real deal.

Appearance. Pours a very rich looking, clear yellow gold with just a little amber. Two fingers of thick, close to white head forms and sloooowly settles to a rocky cap leaving a ton of sticky lace.

Smell. Oh man, fresh, FRESH, grassy and citusy hops, pineapple, fresh Christmas tree, some nice toasty caramel malts are there, but oh man those hops!!!

Taste. Just an awesome range of hop flavours right from the start. Herbal and grassy, some bitter grapefruit rinds, a little pine sap, it's all there, baby. A little sweetness from the toasted caramel malts balances the bitterness, but it's only a little. Outstanding. Lingering grassy, herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Wow, I had big expectations for this one, and it didn't let me down. Thanks again, Steasy66 for the killer box.

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