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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: 17º Plato
IBU: 90

Added by feloniousmonk on 10-10-2009

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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

16 oz can into a pint glass. HUGE thanks go to joshuaseresse for including this most awesome extra in a recent trade. You really came through for me Josh. Thanks! The can is marked with a fill date of 10/12/10, so I'm only getting into this a few weeks past its optimum drinking window.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of shiny and smooth off-white foamy head. This retains with a ½ finger of tight creamy froth that actually adds a good bit of extra foamy smoothness to the mouthfeel. This is one of the few times where the actual head of a beer actually makes that much of a positive impact on the feel of it. Very nice! The aroma smells of fresh cut grass that is interwoven with a spicy dankness and some bright feeling green citric character that sits behind them. Malts add a pleasant toasted sweetness to the edges of the bouquet and give off of a bit of a fresh biscuit flavor to the nose. A robust and vibrant earthiness just overall drives this though and definitely reminds you that you're dealing with a Fresh Hop Ale here.

The taste is surprisingly not coming off to me as aggressively bitter, although there is a fair amount of fresh tasting citric fruit and rind at work here that possesses an earthy edge to it. Malts back this up nicely, spreading bready sweetness across the back of the palate before segueing into a dry, dank, and spicy finish. Herbal tones run throughout the profile, adding an almost tea-like character that smoothes the profile out greatly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate amount of crispness to the carbonation but the flavors mostly ride along on a tremendously easy feeling layer of slickness that keeps this hugely quaffable. There is maybe a touch of light warmth on the tale-end of the finish but it doesn't impact the drinkibility of this in the least.

While I was maybe expecting some more assertive bitterness going into this, I still came away very pleased with the final result, as this offered up a ton of fresh hop flavor, a nose that put a smile on my face, and a super smooth and drinkable body that had me draining this glass in no time. Surly has not disappointed me yet with any of their canned offerings. Just a really fabulously done hopped-up fall treat here.

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

A – Beautiful looking beer. Bright, crystal clear bronze. Cream white head has solid lace and nice retention.

S – A kiss of sulfur quickly subsides into an earthy, resiny herbalness. Subtle booze as it warms.

T – Super smooth. Sweet malt into a gentile ramp-up of white grapefruit bitterness. A minerally center and acidic backend do a great job of complementing and accenting the hop-dominated profile.

M – Great smoothness on a full frame.

O – Delicious with a fresh, juicy hop character.

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Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can into my Surly imperial pint glass. It poured a beautiful, crystal clear amber color with a thick and rocky head nearly spilling over the edge of the glass. It had some decent head retention and left some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows off the juicy, citrusy, tropical fruit like hops very nicely. It isn't an immense hoppiness or overwhelming, but just a very nice, bright, fresh hoppiness.

The taste has a very fresh hoppiness to it. The citra especially adds some nice pineapple and mango notes. It has a moderate dry bitterness coming through as you start to get to the finish. The bitterness lingers along with more of the juicy hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is a little below medium bodied with carbonation being a little little below average for the style. Very nice mouthfeel overall, I really liked the lower carbonation which made it even smoother for me. Drinkability is very good, it had some great flavors and was extremely easy to drink. The hoppiness was very good and fresh but also not overwhelming. Delicious beer that went down very easily after work tonight.

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I CANnot tell you how much I enjoy Surly's beers and how grateful I am when they arrive in support of The CANQuest (TM)! This one kind of makes me giggle from the utter simplicity of its name. I guess that if they had Michelob Dry in the late-'80's, we CAN have Surly Wet in the early-'10's.

From the ultra-green CAN: "Beer for a glass. From a CAN."; "Ultra-Fresh Hops Beer"; "Fresh Beer. Keep Cold. Don't Age."; "Get Surly! You are about to drink a wet hop beer - brewed with AmeriCAN hops so fresh they've never had the chance to dry out. Day 1: picked. Day 2: shipped. Day 4: tossed in the brew. The only delay from the field to your glass is the time it takes for fermenting. The hop varieties vary, but you CAN always expect the intense resinous character that only comes from the fresh hops. This ain't a beer for aging. The beer quickly loses its aromatics. So invite your friends over and enjoy this West-Coast Style IPA ... now." Well put, surs! I get the idea. The bottom of this CAN was stamped "CANned on 10/12/10 Get Wet" I'm about to dive right in!

Following the Crack & Glug, I first noted that it was full to the brim, a phenomenon common to their CANs. I also caught a whiff of earthy, citrusy hops, even before the pour. Nothing wrong with these aromatics! My soon-to-be-famous pour style resulted in two fingers of foamy, tawny head with great retention and now the aromatics were beginning to permeate the room. I was salivating like Pavlov's dogs at this point. My hop addiction may have passed, thanks to too many AALs in a CAN, but I still like a hit every now and again for maintenance purposes. As the head began to fall, sticky lacing appeared in its wake. Color was a medium orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The first sip, OK, mouthful, was medium-to-full and intense with an initial malt sweetness up front to lull my palate into a state of being unawares, followed by a smack of grapefruit hops that made my eyes water! Shazam! This was like being a born-again virgin. My tongue began to loll around in my mouth, I leaned back in my chair, took a deep breath ... Big mistake! The finish was even hoppier than in the mouth! Man, I was totally feeling this one. Dee-lish! The only drawback to putting it into my imaginary cooler might be its ABV.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Shane for this can, been a want for a very long time.

A: Pours a clear orange copper color with a thick off-white head on top. Pretty nice retention, slowly reducing a thin layer on top. White foam sticks to the glass all the way around.

S: Fresh, grassy hops, some citrus fruits, lots of rind/peel, mostly from lemon and grapefruit. Doesn't really smack you in the face, but its very nice nonetheless.

T: Lots of tropical fruits, grapefruit, orange, and some rind. Very earthy and grassy, oily and resiny as well. Very nice hop profile.

M: Medium bodied, has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking though, goes down smooth.

O: A really nice IPA, extremely drinkable. I had no problem putting this one down at all. Wish that Surly made it more often!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever."


Sunny tangerine orange with polished 24-karat gold accents. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with three fingers of alabaster colored mousse that has lots of interesting surface topography, especially as it loses altitude. Abundant lace means abundant hop resins... just guessing.

The nose didn't assault my nose on the pour, but is all kinds of wonderful once the two are in close proximity. Citra hops contribute a lemony herbal quality and Simcoe adds grapefruit and pineapple. Pure pleasure to sniff.

This can is roughly 3 months old... which is far from advanced... but we're talkin' about a wet hop ale here... so keep that in mind. Wet is still tremendously hoppy beer, but it isn't an enamel stripper. Most breweries would kill for an American IPA that tasted anywhere near this good right out of the kettles.

The malt tastes mostly pale with a hint of caramel for additional flavor interest. The stars of the show, obviously, are the little green cones noted above... plus Columbus. Each mouthful is a controlled explosion of citrus zest, pineapple, peppery herbs and Mary Jane. Citra gives this brew a 'not your typical AIPA' quality.

The mouthfeel does everything that it needs to do... and then some. It's medium-full for the style and the carbonation is right on the money. The ideal amount of energy transfer occurs to challenge, yet still coddle, the mouth and tongue.

It's mighty tempting to give canned Surly Wet the ultimate taste score, which is what on-tap Surly Wet received at my hand. However, wet hop IPAs are meant to be consumed immediately after their creation, so some decline is only natural. I'm still enjoying the hell out of a brew whose original 20 ounces are almost gone already. A big Thank You to the consumate BA, feloniousmonk, for an incredibly generous package that brightened my holiday season.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel tulip. Received as an extra in a trade with GoldenJet; big thanks Cory! This was a Want I was thinking of trying to trade for. Canned on 10/12/10, consumed on 11/11/10.

a - Pours a nice transparent golden amber color with one finger of fluffy white head with great retention and light carbonation evident. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, floral notes, and tropical fruits. Smells great and strongly of juicy wet hops, though they aren't too overpowering.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruit, fruity malts, a small amount of pine hops, grapefruit, and maybe some caramel malts in the end. Slight bitterness up front that subsides into malts, much more so than the smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Juicy.

d - I thought this was a very good wet hop IPA. I thought it smelled really good; the hops were fresh and present, but not too overpowering or in your face. The taste had more malts then I was expecting, but I liked this beer a lot. I also found it very drinkable for 7.5% ABV. Glad to have a 4 pack of it and would certainly like to have it again sometime.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what an exceptionally good beer and a wonderful way to bring myself back into the groove. served cold and poured into a pint glass.

huge amber color with a massively thick and foamy head that just coated the glass with an ungodly amount of lacing and foam. aroma is giant wet hops and dank pine right off the bat, sticky as all hell with and enormous fresh scent which carried over into the flavor nearly perfectly and really just blew me away. such a sticky, gooey hop mess all over the place here. ripe pine, citrus, rich and dry finish that left me dying for another sip.

one of the freshest, stickiest and most drinkable ipas i have ever run across, just a beautiful beer.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of orangesol
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a globe. A bit old but still plenty good. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours golden orange with a thin bubbly half finger tall white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving small wisps of lacing down the glass.

S - A bit muted now but still plenty of grassy citric hops are present. As the hops fade they are being overtaken by the strong toasty malt and crisp citric fruits. A bit old but still very nice.

T - Nice light citric hop bite up front mixes well with the lightly toasted caramel malt and ripe citric fruits. Finish is bitter but it doesn't linger on the pallet for very long. This stuff is good. I would love to get a few fresh cans of this next year.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with good balance. Finish is bitter but it doesn't linger for very long.

D - Very high. I really enjoyed this one. Surly easily makes the best hoppy beers in a can that I have ever had. I will definitely have to get some fresh cans of this next year.

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

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a thin white head.

S: A really dank nose to this beer. Lots of great citrus notes as well as some oily, resinous pine. Maybe a hint of alcohol.

T: More intense hops to this one. Grapefruit and lemon peel with lots of piney goodness. Fairly bitter, but much more hop flavoring.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: A really great wet hopped beer without any of the pitfalls that many others experience. Very nice and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Can shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Clear, light orange with a decent sized white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Resinous hops, pine.

T: Very fresh and hop forward. Great tasting beer. Pine and hops, similar in some aspects to Surly Furious.

M: Alcohol hidden very well. Very nice feel on the palate.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wet from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,557 ratings
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