Wet | Surly Brewing Company

466 Reviews
no score
Send samples

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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 466 | Ratings: 1,520
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to unclejedi for this can.

A: The IPA is a pale coppery color, equal parts amber and tea. A generous head, over two fingers on pour, laced in thick patches around the upper third of my glass.

S: The nose is harvesty, an ample dose of caramel malt mixing with citrusy hop strength. The hops are clean with grapefruit and soapy aromas.

T: A citrusy zip is evident from the first sip, a strength that seems bigger than a fresh-hopped ale. Orange and grapefruit stand out, a wet, oily dose of bitterness. Ample bready caramel malts hang around, a foundation that occasionally elbows out the hops. Over time, the hops mellow out and the ale morphs into the harvest ale genre. Soapy freshness, a contrast to the citrus, peaks through periodically. A firm hoppiness lingers in my mouth well after each sip is gone.

M: A little too hoppy early on, the ale quickly fits into its harvest ale boots. The hops, wet and oily, are content to linger for a long time.

D: A little on the strong side, although that facet rarely ever pops up through the beer. A pleasant taste to savor.

 1,080 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 canning; dated 9/25/2015. Poured into a Surly goblet.

Pours a clear light copper body, one finger thick slightly off-white head with very nice staying power. Some lacing, but not a ton. It's clear all the way through with a clean appearance somehow befitting the name Wet. Smells of pineapple, crisp bread, crackers, a bit of pine resin. It opens up a bit with time as well, bringing out a bit more pine and a bit of tropical fruit. It's fairly resinous in character. Flavour follows the nose, with a nice bit of resin, balanced out by a fair bit of bread and crackers; not grainy but more of a mild caramel sweetness. Pine throughout and is accentuated on the finish. Not particularly fruity. The finish is slightly perfume-like, and reminds me just a little bit of Toppling Goliath's Dorothy New World Lager. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, very drinkable and delicious. Overall- a very nice wet-hopped IPA that seems to showcase the wet-hopped, resinous nature of the fresh hops quite well, with a good balance. It doesn't pound your mouth or go out with a whimper, but seems to be just right.

 1,116 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a very nice, thick, consistent head. Aroma out of the can is actually much better than from a glass. The nose doesn't blow doors off but you get some inviting citrus, dry malt and mango hops with some light grass. Flavor is clearly better. It possesses a really tangy, citrusy, grapefruity, orangey hoppiness. Almost tart. Then you get some more of the nuances from the hops. The malt is drier than many but still offers a bit of sweetness for balance. I enjoy the flavors from the hops in this beer. Hops almost taste a bit peachy, too. Medium body with some potent bitterness. Been a long wait for this one and I know the recipe or at least the hop varietals change year-to-year but this year was quite tasty.

 756 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

canned on 10/31/2011.

poured from can to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Straw Golden yellow bodied beer with a white colored head. Really sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Piney, oranges, and hints of grass. Fairly ordinary smells from a IPA, but its the depth of the nose thats awesome. This beer smells really fresh.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness that is fresh and juicy. The hops profile is similiar to the nose; great piney notes with oranges and just a little grapefruit. The grass is there faintly and just a little bit of spice noticed in the background. The malt profile is also easy to find and is fairly biscuity. The pine eventually overtakes all other flavors and pleasantly lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is probably one of the cleanest and most refereshing IPA's that I have tried.

Overall: This is my first Surly beer and all I can say is WOW! This is a crazy good IPA. This beer should be a seasonal release twice a year. I know which brewery, I will be visiting when I make it to the state on Minnesota. Highly recommended!!!

 1,120 characters

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

Canned on 10/17/11. Poured from the can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color. Bubbly head with a little lacing.

Fresh cut grass, some earth and slightly citrusy hops.

Some lemongrass and sticky fresh picked hops. Taste is much more bitter than the nose suggests.

Carbonation is spot on. Helps break the bitterness up nicely. Quite drinkable and really hits the spot. The feel isn't drying like lots of other bitter brews.

 436 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G311 sent me a can of this as an extra. Thank you, Vince. I just didn't get around to trading for this in time.

Light orange, this is initially clear, this gains a slight haze as I pour the last bit. A dense, off-white head is present. Retention is excellent, and there's very nice lacework too. The nose is great. Soft citrus with orange, wet tobacco and a definite malt character, similar in nature to Furious, mildly honeyed toast-like, are all present? Mild resiny hop character is present as well.

The palate opens with a great wet hop flavor. Pine, fresh oranges, wet tobacco-like earthiness are all present with moderate bitterness. The citrus character is really great here, nice, sweet oranges. The malt appears mid-palate, with a light honey and light sugar. Drying on the finish with a blend of mild bitterness, some citrus and again, a little tobacco and resin. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this is great stuff. Alcohol is quite well-hidden, though a lot higher than I'd like it to be.

 1,019 characters

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. Received as part of a BIF.

Poured from a can. Nice golden color with small white head, that dissipated quickly, a little murky. Smell is awesome, pine and citrus from the Simcoe. Taste follows, with a nice wallop of hops at the end. Smooth and refreshing.

 277 characters

Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with ncmussell.

Pours a light golden-amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Decent hues here.

A combination of grassy and citrusy hops greet the nose followed by some buttery malt. Aroma isn't as strong as I hoped but this beer is very fresh! (canned 10/12/11).

Mmmmm, citrusy hop goodness followed by a light, buttery helping of malt.

Mouthfeel is nothing but lingering hops and buttery malt, which it should be.

I hate to sound redundant but this an excellent IPA that is worth a try for fans of Surly's brews. Not quite a DIPA but it still has the hop kick that I love!

 611 characters

Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Soonami for this great extra. 16 fl. oz. can served in a tulip nonic. Pours a pale, honey-colored hue with a translucent clarity and a rocky, two inch cream-colored head. Head eventually dissipates into a solid 1/8th cap. A delicate, textured semi-circle of lacing adheres to the walls of the glass. Great nose - starts out with pine resins followed by citrus rind. Taste is a slightly sweet with a more assertive malt profile than I anticipated, based on the nose - light, toasted malt with a pleasant cereal sweetness. There's a bit of citric acid in the mix but the big piny aromas in the nose do not translate to the flavor profile. I have to say that I dig the mouthfeel - light-medium in consistency with a slightly oily texture and an extremely smooth carbonation. Overall, not as much of a hops presence as I anticipated, but I found this beer extremely pleasant and drinkable with a well-hidden abv. I'm not sure how this beer is fresh from the line, but I really enjoyed this brew as is with a month or two on it.

 1,038 characters

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.

 461 characters

Photo of maximum12
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having this once or twice, had another pint of this gem at The Blue Nile tonight after dinner. Served by Al. Which I'm sure made it taste even better.

Pale IPA gold, but the nose is what let's you know you're in for something special: it's vicious. The hops smell doesn't come out of the glass, it's shot out of a plasma cannon up your nose. Frickin' beautiful.

Wet is a hop-bomb. No doubt about it. Anyone who detects any malt in this is a better BA that I. Blast of hops. Full stop. My friend with me who hadn't had it before made a beautiful face when he first tasted it but powered through. Unbalanced enough to need its own shrink. Any West Coasters who think they own the IPA - sorry, you haven't met Wet yet.

Frickin' awesome. This is a great beer. As long as this one is churned out in the fall, I'll be happy to belly up & have a pint or four.

 863 characters

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

16oz can poured into a Pint glass.
Thanks Draughtsman!

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a foamy one finger cream-colored head. Great retention and spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Hoppy pine mostly, them some subtle citrus, oranges and lemon.

T - Resiny hop flavors, pine, grass, leaves, followed by some slight citrus.

D - Creamy and soft. Great carbonation and an average body.

O - Are there hops in my mouth? Really nice.

 445 characters

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

A lighter yellow pour with lots of clarity, didn't expect it to look this yellow and professional. Big burst of citra and simcoe jumps out in the aroma, very nice at 9am.

Taste, bold hoppiness, but bitterness doesn't destroy you. Not over the top, but definitely ample, definitely more pine mouthfeel to the hops than any other flavor. Has a relatively light weight to it, hides the alcohol extremely well. Malt stays away from caramel, a unique little quirk for an ipa these days. Hoppy, without a lot of weight.

Pricey at $18 a 4 pack, only thing inhibiting a perfect rating.

 580 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An tap at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL

Poured a brilliant copper color with a sudsy off-white head that stuck around for awhile and left excellent lacing. Aromas are piny with a large dose of citrus. So far so good. Tastes are all hops. Bold, bold, pine with a huge astringency to boot. Some citrus remnants and slight malt character, but the piny hops own this ale. Finishes extremely dry with hints of aspirin, ash, and white pepper. Mouth-feel seems thinner than expected, but still acceptable. Overall, this didn't live up to expectations. Appearance and aroma were both great, but the balance wasn't there for me with this one. I was hoping for some sweetness and malt to come though, but it didn't.

 707 characters

Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from the tap into a pint glass at the Darkness release party.

The beer is light copper orange with not much of a head, but the beer was poured to the top of the glass so that might explain that. The beer was pretty watery so I doubt it would have had much lacing anyway.

The aroma is strong with lots of hops, a little pine, and some bitter citrus.

The taste is very strong, almost a little strong of pine and bitterness. Its a good ipa, not great, I prefer the furious. Mouthfeel is nice, not terribly drinkable, couldn't have more than a couple.

 563 characters

Photo of drpimento
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is perhaps the best IPA i've ever had! Poured with a small to average off white head and a little lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is the freshest hops and balanced against malt, caramel, fresh bread. Flavor is like nose and again the freshest hops perfectly matched to the malt, yeast, and carbonic tang. Body and carbonation excell. Finish is like flavor and surprisingly of average length considering the fullness of the flavor.

 439 characters

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

Pours an extremely clear amber/copper color with a nice inch of sticky white head that leaves a nice soapy/sticky head as the foam recedes.

Aromas begin with a really dank but not overpowering amount of hops on the nose. There is a lot of great citrus notes as well as some oily, resinous pine with an underlying grassiness that is normally present in all wet dry-hopped beer. Some light bready and sweet pale malt with a touch of caramel become apparent as it warms and the hops aromas evaporate, but don't get me wrong the completely own the nose. This is a wet hop beer in all it's glory.

The tastes begin with some sweet pale and a little bit of toasted bready/caramel malt once again but the hops "hop" in immediately and dominate the flavor profile. There is a really nice balance of hop bitterness and hop flavor here. Nice pine and grapefruit equally dominate your tongue with a little earthy and grassiness that lingers a little on the palate. Lesser amount of citrus and tropical fruit are also present in the background.

The mouthfeel is really nice and balanced; medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is nice and sticky yet pleasantly crisp and dry. Hops linger the perfect amount on the palate through the finish.

Overall this is another super freakin' beer. Surly wins, period. 16oz can format is awesome. The hops are awesome and are packed into this beer in all aspects; aroma, bitterness and flavor. Highly recommended and well worth the elevated price considering what brewers charge for 22oz beers these days. Probably too late to get it this year, but mark your calendars for the beginning of October next year and seek it out.

 1,663 characters

Photo of Rutager
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.

 1,036 characters

Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

can generously shared by mike after some edward. look is classic orange with thin head. smell was hard to pull at first as it mostly resembles a clean glass. some hops but mostly a sour candy like funk. taste is way different. resiny hops. fairly thick. coats my mouth for sure. none the less pretty good.

 305 characters

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.

 567 characters

Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear honey-orange with 3 fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: some sweet grapefruit and pineapple aromas at first followed by lots of grassy and earthy hop notes. Simple, but nice.

T: similar to the aroma, grapefruit hits at first followed by lots of grassy and earthy flavors. The finish has some rind notes and is lightly bitter.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light and crisp, which goes well with the bitter notes.

O: a good IPA. I'd like a bit more pungent aroma and depth, but still it is quite tasty.

 592 characters

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to LaCoursiere for this one. Canned on 10/12/11

A: Pours an amazing crystal clear amber. There is one full finger of head, consisting of the tiniest of bubbles, that just refuses to go away.

S: This beer smells dirty, stinky, and earthy. I'm actually not picking much out of the nose. Just a really mellow hop aroma.

T: Starts off tasting like cereal, like captain crunch. There is a sweetness that changes over time to a really dry bitter. Flavors of lemon, slight pine, and tropical fruits hit the palate but fade quickly. It's nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. There is a bit of heft to it, but nothing insane. On occasion, this beer is a bit sticky.

O: I was really excited for this beer to completely blow me away... but it didn't. It's not a bad beer by any means, it's just not my personal favorite. I'm extremely grateful to have tried it.

 859 characters

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Lee - much obliged!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of large amounts of citrus and tropical fruits backed up by light pale malt aromas. Also present are hints of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though with more of a fresh hop influence. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by equal amounts of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. Midway through the sip the brightness of the citrus and tropical fruit hops are darkened a bit with the addition of more earthy and slightly leafy hop flavors. The combination of citrus and earthy hops carries through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is yet another solid beer from Surly - one of the better fresh hop beers out there. Well worth a shot.

 1,028 characters

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.

 527 characters

Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I fear I may be coming to the party a wee bit late. Though this beer is barely 6 weeks old, clicking through the reviews reveals a steady dropoff in scores from its release date up until now.

So it goes with intentional hop bombs. Too much is tied up into freshness. And, hey, it says "DON'T AGE" in big bold letters at the top of the can, so maybe this review is unfair...

But six weeks? For a beer they just made one batch of? You can't blame me for this.

So, here's the thing, it smells and tastes like a green, sticky, intentionally unbalanced hop bomb. It's pretty good, but it's got the unmistakable, HopSlammish nodes of a beer that probably tasted a better a few weeks ago.

The plus side: no pretensions towards balance means no off nodes at all. No syrupiness and no gross, too-strong yeast. Also, even though the hop profile is too intense for me to say anything intelligent about it, it still tastes real good.

The down side: like I said, you can tell it was at one point better.

Still worth drinking, but find it quick and drink it even quicker.

 1,066 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.