Bandwagon | Surly Brewing Company

101 Ratings

Brewed by:
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.

Added by birchstick on 04-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 zestar
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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 XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -27.4%

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 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 Hopstout
3/5  rDev -27.4%

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 herman77
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of sparx1100
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of josephwa
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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 NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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 DarthGuitarHero
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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