Wet | Surly Brewing Company

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

16 oz. tallboy can poured into a becker pint glass. Canned on 9/25/12 and enjoyed 10/11/12

Pours a golden amber with some orangish hues topped with a fluffy and sticky two and a half finger white head. Good retention and splotchy, sticky lacing all around the glass. Strong smell of pine sap, grapefruit rind and citrus on the nose. Opens with a touch of sweet citrus joined suddenly by bitter rind, strong pine notes, a hint of honey like sweetness as the malt joins in midpalate and finish dry and extremely bitter with a blast of pine and grapefruit rind. Slick, oily, and resinous, medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. The wet hops are certainly the star of the show in this brew and there isn't much between your tongue and their oily, sticky bitterness. An excellent wet hop West Coast-style IPA.

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

16oz can thanks to biniek13! Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a translucent orange copper color with about 2-3 fingers of fluffy white head that has great retention and leaves layered lacing. Nice carbonation.

S- Fresh pine, dank citrus hops,grapefruit, hop oil, some honey caramel malts. A little bit above average aroma strength, especially when the can was first cracked.

T- Pine, oily hops, citrus, lemon, honey, some light caramel malts hiding in the background, finishes with a very light bitterness and a very nice lasting light lemon pine aftertaste. Very well balanced and definitely a great finish.

M- Medium bodied, slightly oily- almost similar to Heady Topper, extremely easy to drink, nice carbonation.

O- This was definitely a fantastic world class IPA. Not the best I've had, but definitely up there. Very glad I had the chance to try this. I would definitely drink this often if I could. If you like IPAs this is definitely something you should try.

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

Huge thanks to Penguin3200 for this crazy hookup. 2012 vintage.

Appearance: Clear, deep, dark gold. Head is a pillowy white. Massive, sticky, chunky, and rocky. Drops to a minimal cap and small collar. Mega sticky lacing. Chunks stick to the glass. Moderate carbonation keeps things moving.

Smell: Dank herbal pine. So much oily resin. Some pushes of grapefruit rind. Huge pine. Needles, resin, oils, its all there. Some mint. Malts are mildly bready with some lingering caramel sweetness. Super dank. Mild roasted edge. Some tropical fruit as well, tangerines mostly. Hop leaf. Clean and herbal.

Taste: Herbal deliciousness. Pine. Resin, needles. Grapefruit flesh married with tangerines. Mild floral element. Some mint as well. Mild malt presence brings some caramel sweetness to the background. Minor roasted malts. Some breadiness. Cracker snap. Dank and pine. Incredibly clean. Loaded with fresh hop oils. Leafy. Lingering pithy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Some minor dryness. Body runs right down the middle of perfectly medium. Slight creamy smoothness.

Overall: This is wet hop magic.

Delicate and absurd hops. Drinks incredibly well. Tons of flavor with that signature Surly brashness. Loaded with hop oils and pure dankitude. Easily on of the best beers in an already stellar lineup.

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

Canned on 10-01-12.
Received in a trade from an awesome BA arniepnminne.

Poured into a pint glass from a pint can.

Pours a nice golden color that is clear and has some copper edges. There is a nice ecru colored head that is creamy and dense.

Starts out with tons of fresh hop aroma. Grassy, herbal and dank with some nice tropical fruit notes as well. Some grapefruit and tangerine notes mixed in with some bready malt on the backend. There is also some nice slight sweet grain notes.

Flavor is fresh and dank! Very very dank. Nice piney notes and grassy notes as well. Some earthy bready grain is also present. There is also some nice citrusy notes present but these are not too intense. There is some good bready malt notes and some slight sweetness in this brew. Very nice brew. Mouthfeel is very nice. Crisp and refreshing but still slightly resinous and sticky.

Im glad I got to try this. Very delicious IPA. Dank and piney but with some good fruit notes also.

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

Blown away when this one showed up last week, part of some awesome extras from laymansbeerfan...

Canned 9/20 and poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Pours a lovely gold, moderately hazy as you would expect from a beer with this many fresh hops...hefty amount of white head with lots of soft fluffy lacing rings.

S: Hop-forward nose, pretty brilliant this fresh...I get a good amount of piney dankness as well as hints of earthiness but there is definitely some fruitiness and citrus notes which I didn't expect from the the Simcoe...resiny herbal notes and fresh flowers as well...and honestly, a bit of biscuit too, which surprised me as well. Lot going on here.

T: The hops are upfront again but are pleasant as the Simcoe isn't overwhelming in astringency...there are notes of pungent flowers, pithy grapefruit, faint but present malt, and sweeter fruit notes too.

MF: Creamier medium body with good bitterness and adequate carbonation. No complaints here.

O: Really nothing bad to say about this one at all. Good Simcoe showcase, and quite drinkable. Having a two-week-old can of this is just outstanding, can't thank Aaron enough. Cheers man!

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

Canned 10/01/12, enjoyed 10/04/12
Poured into Hill Farmstead tulip
Thanks to yamar68

Pour: Clear copper orange with a finger and a half off white, dense, fluffy head. Leaves moderate lacing, and forms a film on top of the body.

Smell: Big burst of oranges and citrus come out, followed by a dank resin. Nice light caramel sweetness, to honey in the back.

Taste: Wow. I don’t know how to classify the taste here… it’s more than just fantastic grapefruit. The more, I think about it, the citrus character here is best described as blood orange. A dank pine continues here, followed by a biscuit to caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty bitter and slick with hop oil. Juiciness is definitely there. Nice lingering bitterness.

Overall: My first wet hop IPA, and a fantastic one at that. This was delicious. I look forward to having this again next year!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a Manchester United pint glass. Thanks to copyguyadam for this a four pack of this long-time want.

Appearance - Clear golden body with a nice white head. Never full dissipates. Nice layer of foam throughout the drink and distinct rings of lace around the inside of the glass.

Smell - Strong simcoe. Garlicky. Good dose of pine. Grapefruit comes through in the end. As much as I don't love simcoe hops, this is an extremely clean simcoe hop aroma.

Taste - Same simcoe hop flavor. Pine and garlic and a shade of grapefruit come through. Malt is a touch biscuity but barely perceptible compared to the hops. As it warms a touch of sweetness kisses the palate, but it's all hops throughout. Finishes the slighest bit bitter.

Mouthfeel - So easy to drink, even if you don't love simcoe. Well carbonated without being spritzy. The sweetness hardly makes it heavy. Medium bodied and a 16 ounce can is gone in an instant.

Overall - Perfect hop balance, even if it's the wrong hop. Stop with the 100% simcoe beers! Even so, most breweries don't manage to make this good of a simcoe IPA. My wife said, "Whoa" when she first tried it. She is the pickiest of IPA drinkers. Must be a good beer.

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