Bandwagon | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This IPA is brewed with pale and crystal malts, centennial and chinook hops, and fermented with English ale yeast. Bandwagon is pale gold in color and has flavors of caramelly biscuits slathered in pineapple-orange marmalade.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 101
Photo of deebo
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Surly Target Field only exclusive. Had this because the Cynic was gone.

A-Off white head tops an amber/orangish colored brew. A little hazy.

S-Hoppy yes (grapefruit, pine, with a hint of some other non-descript citrus aromas). Grainy barley malt, some cookie type sweetness there too.

T-Hops hit me right away and same as the aroma, the malt backbone is ample. Finish is bitter and long-takes away from the refreshment factor.

M-Medium carbonated, a bit piney, astringent, bitter. Too bitter for me.

D-The bottom of my glass was pretty tough to take down. Was ready for a Nordeast after this one.

O-What you would expect from an IPA from Surly. A solidly made brew, just a little over the top and too hop forward for my taste. If you like IPAs you got to check this one out at the ballgame.

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Photo of JackCass
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- reddish color and foamy at first with lower carbonation than some beers have

S - a slight hoppy aroma not alot

T - Pine hops like a douglas fur not alot of malt or sweetness in there

M - a nice beer to sip in the sun shine at the baseball games but expensive $8.75

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap while we were at a Twins game. Poured into a large plastic cup.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear brown amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head sticks around pretty well and leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Lots of hops up front with some citrus peel notes. Rather sweet from the malt, goes well with the hops.

Taste: A very nice balance here. Enough hops, they definitely dominate, but the grain does a good job of complimenting the hops. The finish is rather bitter with a mild sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: This is a solid IPA. More malt than in most, but plenty of hops to go along for the ride. I would have another one.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber and somewhat hazy with an appealing head. To echo what other reviewers have said, it is (thankfully!) bitter. The hop profile is tropical but there's more to it. There is a solid maltiness going on as well, and the body is bigger than most IPAs.

Overall it is an intense beer with lots of flavor. It also gave me a good buzz even though ABV is not clear.

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Photo of Sirwootalot
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from memory; Served in a dinky plastic cup at Target Field.

The beer looks deceiving - a solid white head, cloudy nutmeg-colored body, and only minor carbonation make this look like a saison or hefeweizen, but as soon as you smell it you know you're dealing with another love note to hops from Surly. Piney, citrusy hops dominated the nose, with a hint of something quite like peaches and syrup.

This beer tasted great! You'll be hearing a lot of "Milder version of Furious", but that's flat-out untrue. Bandwagon is a hop explosion up front (It's Surly, we'd be shocked if it wasn't), but in a more fruity and balanced way than Furious' spice and evergreen notes. The body was only lightly malty, and reminded me of white wonderbread in a strangely pleasant way. This beer had strong notes of peach and nectarine, likely from the yeast. Paired with a ballpark cheesewurst, it's utter perfection. The mouthfeel is typical of traditional IPAs, equal parts dry-tasting and going down smooth.

Overall, while this beer is super good, I really wish it was either served elsewhere or not so expensive - at $8.75 for a roughly 18 oz pour, it's REALLY pricey. If that point doesn't bother you though, surly has hopped on the bandwagon of more traditional IPAs and really knocked it out of the park. For those that are wondering where the heck the Surly booth is, it's just south of the light rail platform (gate 6), on the main concourse along the 3rd baseline.

EDIT! 01/24/14: This exact same beer is now widely available in cans with the new name "Overrated"! I was going to do a new review, but they are completely indistinguishably identical so I don't see the point. Surly likes to move around the building, too; during the 2013 season it was tucked back in a regular concession stand with little fanfare (recessed into the 1st base side of the gate 34 plaza). In 2014 it's likely to move again, hopefully back to its own stand on the concourse.

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Photo of Mdog
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: It's really hard for me to smell on-tap beers, I could pick up a little citrus here.

Taste: Bright and fruity hops. A little tropical fruit and citrus hop flavor. Somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light and very drinkable.

Finally got over to Target Field to check out the Bandwagon. I like it, as it is a sweeter IPA and not too bitter. Very drinkable, my large cup went down really fast. Check it out at the game, it's probably the best option there.

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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes Darkness Day 2012.

Amber color with a white foamy head with very good retention and lacing. Smells like grapefruit and oranges, bread and caramel malt.

Tastes like grapefruit, oranges, citrus zest, pine, bread malt, and caramel malt. Nice combination of bitter hops and sweet malt.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation and a somewhat dry bitter finish. Another great IPA from Surly.

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Photo of Buebie
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Large pour at the twinks game ontap. 8.75
Color is a deep copper with a billowing white head.
Head falls alowly and evan an hour later there is still a collar of head.
Aroma is potent with grainy marris otter malt and pungent orange peel. Sweet biscuity malt aroma blendid with hops.
Taste is following Aroma well although quite a bit more dry and bitter. With lemon and orange zest. Really not much sweetness in flavor.
Feel presents with a slick hop oil and nixe carbonation crispness.
This is a very nice following of the style for a west coast ipa. Being that its fl oral and malty in aroma and quite bitter and dry in taste.
Well done.

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Photo of birchstick
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in section 124. Available exclusively at Target Field

Pours a reddish orange / rust color. Nice looking head that retains well and leaves lacing down the side. Nose is a lot of piney hops mixed in with some biscuity, caramel malts. Taste follows the nose. Caramel and citrus up front move to a floral biscuit flavor. Ends with a ton of bitter pine that really coats the mouth and leaves lingering biterness. Full, creamy body goes down well. Overall, this is a bitter tongue bruiser of an IPA. Another solid execution of an IPA from Surly. I don't know what else i would get at a Twins game.

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Photo of nppeders
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Orangish, with a little bit of red, definitely a notch lighter then Furious. Nice head with sticky lacing

smell - pungent hops in the aroma. Pine and citrus hit you right in the face.

taste - Juicy, Juicy, chewy hops coat the mouth right away. The middle of the sip holds tight with a decent body and caramel, biscuit back bone. Crazy bitterness on the finish that lingers for...long time.

mouthfeel - medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation

overall - This beer isn't for everyone. It's EXTREMELY BITTER and will punish your palate. It may take the enamel off your teeth. Super pungent, like chewing on hops. It's a crazy hop bomb. can't say much more about it.

Funny story..when I was in the long line a beer vendor was walking by trying to sell Miller Lite and trying to pooch from the huge Surly line. Nobody was buying from he walked by me he goes..."Damn man...Surly's killin me!"

I guess we need to get Surly cans into those vendors hands!

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Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watching the jays bet up the twins... Why not review..

Beige tan head. Good retention with lace left down the plastic cup. Color is a clear amber gold.

Aroma: much hoppier than furious. Lots of orange and grapefruit citrus. A little bit of bready and caramel malts but not as much as furious.

Taste: lots of sticky juicy hops. Grapefruit and orange citrus. Floral and piney. Lighter malt profile.

Mouthfeel: bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends juicy with a hop resiny feel.

Overall, this was a great ipa from surly. I liked it better than furious but it was a bit more sticky and bitter which makes it less sessionable. Solid offering.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Darkness Day. Appearance is a nice clear gold with soapy white head. Sticky lacing left behind, small amount of retention. Nose is hop forward with a decidedly floral hop profile. Layers of grapefruit and pine sit atop pale base malts. Very aromatic. Taste is equally floral. Starts with bitter waves of pine and then comes leafy hop flowers. The finish is slightly bitter with almost no sweetness. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, another fantastic and flavor forward hop treat from Surly.

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Photo of maximum12
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jazzed to hear about this new Surly brew, since I have several tickets to Twins games this year & judging by the start they've had, this might be the highlight of most games.

Poured while losing to Boston 11-2 into a lovely plastic cup (when in Rome), this one is orange, I think. Smell is piney but not as aggressive as I expected. Actually, I'd use the word mild. There. I just did.

Bandwagon lulls the nose into a sense of complacency that is in no way deserved. This is a huge, bruising, tongue-numbing shit-kicker of a hop bazooka. Perhaps it's just the freshness, but I'd rate this in the top handful of beers, in terms of sheer bitterness, that I've ever had. There are subdued notes of pine & citrus playing hide-and-seek in there, but really, this is all about the anger management. It's also dripping with resin - a first for me in a Surly brew, it's what I expected out of wet. Oily & without the dankness (thankfully). Big 20 ounce cup? Just sell it in a Thermos. That would be appreciated.

I wouldn't expect any less, but this is one more excellent Surly brew, & even better, a distinct departure from the rest of the IPA/IIPA stable over the years. I'll be back for another in, well, about 40 hours.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis, MN. Served in a Surly shaker glass.

Appearance: Color is a slightly hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. A decent amount of lacing hangs onto the glass.

Smell: Aroma of bright hops with a nice malt background. Upfront is a scent of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, peach, lemon, and a little apricot. Also some earthy hops with a hint of pine resin. Good bready malt presence behind the hops with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, yeast, and crackers. A nice sharp bitterness in the smell. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a bright citrus hop forward taste that is in line with the West Coast IPA style. Big taste of ripe citrus up front with notes of grapefruit, oranges, lemon, mango, apricot, and a little peach. Some earthy pine resin is also in the hop mix. Solid sweet bready background of malts. Notes of lightly toasted bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and crackers. Hop forward and fairly bitter, but has a decent balance. A pretty good West Coast taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly juicy and slick with a fairly sharp bitterness. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very good take on the West Coast IPA style. Solid juicy citrus flavor up front with a nice soft bready taste in the background. Quite different than Furious, but very good.

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Photo of minnesotaryan
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple while waiting for the game to start, but was rained out, so the beer was the highlight of the game. Paired with a brat.

Poured into a plastic cup, pours a deep amberish orange, one finger white head, excellent lacing in a plastic cup, awesome!

Pine and grapefruit, very hoppy! Bright and citrusy.

Tons of pine, there is an assertive bitterness to it. Really resinous herbal and grassy hop notes, work along with the pine. There is grapefruit and orange peel as well. There is some caramel hiding in the backbone too, balancing it out a little, but not that much, this is a hop bomb of total awesomeness.

Sticky mouthfeel, nice carbonation with a bitter finish.

This beer rules! So good, so loaded with hops. Nice to see something special and unique at Target field amongst all the BMC.

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Bandwagon from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 101 ratings