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Bandwagon | Surly Brewing Company

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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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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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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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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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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