Overrated West Coast Style IPA
Surly Brewing Company

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IPA - American
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4.09 | pDev: 8.07%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Notes: It's been said; "Its easier to brew an extremely hoppy beer than an extremely balanced beer." And you know us, we are always looking for the easy way out, so we jumped on the West Coast IPA Bandwagon and brewed this dry and hoppy ale. "Surly's a little bit of a one-trick pony, they just brew gimmick beers," and maybe we are OVERRATED, but at the end of the day it's just a beer. If yo like it, great, so do we. If you only liked us when we were small, then leave this one on the shelf. Let one of the fanyboys grab it.
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus hops with pine notes. Tastes of citrus and piney hops, nice balance. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Jul 19, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, medium orange color with a strong, clinging white head. SRM of 10. (4.25)

Aroma: Mild to medium aromas of deep and soapy orange and grapefruit citrus. Fresh wet orange pulped orange peel. It's deep and resinous with a sharp pine & flower aroma underneath the resin. Definitely deep and soapy. Not exactly what I was expecting on my first attempt. (4.00)

Flavor: Follows the nose with soapy citrus upfront. There's orange & grapefruit mostly that has support from pineapple and apricot. Heavy and malty upfront. Some Caramel and Crystal malts come through the middle. As the malt fades it allows some citrus nectar resin to come forth that is reminiscent of fresh and concentrated orange peel. Bitter, but also sweet and heavy. This beer combines bitter and sweet. (4.00)

Feel: Not sure what else needs to be said in terms of the body. Heavy and resinous. Low carbonation. Resinous but not too sticky. Definitely sweet. Feels like a Belgian Tripel in terms of sweetness/body. (3.75)

Compared to Surly's Yummi Bear West Coast IPA 3/27/20: So different. Similar appearance, slightly darker with a stronger head. Less hops on the aroma. Less airy citrus and flower. More resinous orange peel, pine, and malts. Heavier and sweeter for sure. Stronger crystal malts

Compared to SN Torpedo 5/23/20: Pours a lighter color. Stronger aromas of fruit. More orange and grapefruit citrus and more soap. Less caramel and pine. Slightly more bitter.

Overall: This was not quite what I was expecting. I went in expecting a nice, airy, intensely bitter citrus and pine beer similar to Yummi Bear. This was not quite that. This one is heavy, soapy, and malty. Aromas and flavors are restrained. Strong crystal malt flavor profile that balances an otherwise strong soapy bitterness. Amazing how bitter yet also sweet this beer is. Similar to Sierra Nevada Torpedo, but this one is soapier. Maybe could compare to Centennial IPA. It definitely does improve on my second rating. (First Rating: 3.68. Second Rating: 4.09)
Could compare to Bent Paddle or Stone

Mar 27, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank 4/20/14 on draft @ Fischman's.

Semi-opaque bright orange hue.

White head; thick lace.

Orange juice & grapefruit nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Orange pulp & grapefruit rind up front; hints of resin. A dry finish.

This tasted more bitter on tap than from a can-it's more 'West Coast' this way but less enjoyable.

Jul 01, 2019
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ordybill from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a is a murky gold color with a large white head. The aroma is full of hops and spice. The taste is a well balanced blend of hops and citrus.

Aug 13, 2018
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned on" date 3-16-18.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, copper color with one-finger off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, caramel and some pineapple citrus.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially bread and sweet pineapple citrus and then an earthy hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a nice juicy IPA, I enjoyed and would buy again, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

Jul 02, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with rocky lacing that persists. Smell has a nice assetve piney, citrus rind aroma. Taste is tropical fruit, orange, sharp citrus bitterness with pine notes in the background. This beer could use a little juicy hop softness to round it out. Very good traditional IPA, though.

Apr 22, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/31/17 16 Oz Can, canned 11/28/17, poured into standard pint glass. Clear straw coloured pour, mild fluffy cloudy head, mild carbonation. Negligible citrus, hops and pine aroma. Lack of aroma did not carry over to taste and mouth feel. Nice hops, citrus and malt blend, pine noted as well. Very good mix of harsh and mild. Bitter and pleasant. Strong mouth feel, easy drinking. Very good solid beer. Thanks brother for the can!

Dec 31, 2017
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rjal from New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured in 16oz glass at Monks Bar and Grill in Eau Claire. Poured gold and clear. No aroma, none, 0. Hoppy but with a malty taste. Not what I expect from a West Coast IPA. Decent bitterness and feel on palat. Can’t be the right beer or perhaps it’s been on tap too long. But that’s what I have to go on.

Nov 30, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned date 08/03/17

Appearance - Pours hazy and rustic orange in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, consistent layer of suds with a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Good amount of lacing, mostly consisting of broken webbing, a few lines and some spotting.

Smell - Ctirusy, earthy and slightly floral hop character sit atop a caramel malt aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. A bit dirty on the profile, with some earth and leaf mixing it up with some sweeter citrus and a light caramel malt that comes through mid-taste. Finish lingers with mild earth and pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Overall - A pretty decent IPA. I don't know that I'd call it a West Coast IPA, certainly not your classic clean WC anyway, but it does bring the hops.

Nov 04, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this for the first time about two years ago. This was at the tail end of the west coast ipa craze before NE ipa started blowing up. Pours an amber leaning yellow with good clarity and 2/3" white head at the top. Aroma hit that nice Amarillo like nose, good aromatics going on. Not a full on tropical fruit vibe, mixes a little bit of that with the pine.

Taste, definitely uses a very dry and light malt body to deliver the hops, still a tad of caramel to it though. Goes hard in the paint with more of the forest/pine hop flavors. Drier than furious for sure. Its pretty simple and straight forward. If you can get these fresh and around $3 a can, it would seem to be an easy choice for outdoor activities.

Sep 18, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first entry for New Beer Sunday (Week 656), I am drinking some Surly CANs in recognition of the visiting MN Viqueens to Heinz Field & Th' Stillers. The CANQuest (tm) abides.

From the CAN: "Beer For a Glass, From a CAN."; "What's with the Hype?"; "It's been said; 'Its easier to brew an extremely hoppy beer than an extremely balanced beer.' And you know us, we are always looking for the easy way out, so we jumped on the West Coast IPA Bandwagon and brewed this dry and hoppy ale. 'Surly's a little bit of a one-trick pony, they just brew gimmick beers,' and maybe we are OVERRATED, but at the end of the day, it's just a beer. If you like it, great, so do we. If you only liked us when we were small, then leave this one on the shelf. Let one of the fanboys grab it."

Haha. I have loved these guys since we first met in BOS. No fanboy here, just a CANnoiseur. It begins with the Crack!, followed by a gentle Glug since it came in a 16-fl. oz. CAN. Unbidden, it frothed up, forming just over a finger of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention, leaving beautiful lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was a slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled closer to a DIPA than an AIPA - tropical fruits, caramel malt & barely CANtained alcohol. Phew! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was not as bitter as the nose had led me to expect. Instead, it was very tropical fruity, lightly sweet, but a pine presence began to reveal itself as it warmed. Still, it was not overly bitter, making it extremely drinkable! Danger, Will Robinson, danger! Shee-whack! Nothing like putting away half of a CAN without a seCANd thought. Whotta find! Man, I could really get into this in a big way. Finish was semi-dry with just enough fruitiness the keep it from being outright dry. Impressive. The northern Midwest CANtinues to beckon with its siren song.

Sep 17, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours golden with a small head. There isn't much on the nose, other than a freshness snap and some faint pine-like aromas. The taste is intensely bitter and it lingers for some time. Medium body and mildly carbonated.

Sep 03, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours hazy, orange-gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is pine, mineral, biscuit, and caramel malt. Slightly bitter with long more bitter aftertaste, heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a slightly above average sipper. Would like to find this super fresh but makes for a slightly above average west coast IPA. Not bad, but there are several other ipas I would choose first.

Aug 05, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 6/16:
Pours an amber orange or a dirty burnt orange. Head is nice atop the near-cloudy body. Lacing is moderate.

Nose is earth/clay, twigs, and a little bit of tea. A swirl open up the citrus a bit, leading to a citrus tea impression.

Taste is fairly bitter up front, but is a combination of earth, grain, pine, and leafy vegetation notes. The feel is medium in heft, relatively soft given a decent bitterness. Lingering piney, resinous aspect exists.

This is a profile of IPA I am not a personal fan of. I prefer a little cleaner break of malt and bitterness. This one starts a bitter-heavy mix up front and doesn't evolve from there.

Jul 08, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unique can info: CANNED ON 04//16 F3324 10:03

Cloudy, yellow-orange body; soapy, sudsy, sculpted head; rings of sticky foam down the glass. Malty, woody aroma; indistinct esters, perhaps some orange and grapefruit; old citrus rind. The taste follows the aroma; caramel; fair hop bitterness. Heavy body; sticky with a warm, mildly boozy quality.

There is not much distinctive hop presence going on here. The beer is very malt forward and has only a moderate bitterness level. To be fair, the beer (for an IPA) is over a year old (found in a bottle shop in Omaha, NE a week ago). So I'm sure if I come across this beer again that I will re-review it. This particular sample is rather dull and flat. Perhaps a fresher version would explode with more hop presence...

Jun 01, 2017
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 2/7/17 poured into a Surly tulip
A: Orange with a brown tint, a solid two-finger head that lingers
S: The full mix of pine/tropical fruit/citrus one would expect in a West coast IPA
T: Fairly malty initially, the hops come through on the finish, mostly citrus
M: Medium-bodied
O: Tasty, perhaps better if a few weeks fresher but as other have said the malt is a bit heavy for the style. Still a plenty good beer

Apr 30, 2017
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BlkHawkFan01 from Illinois

2.43/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Nice looking beer poured into a tulip glass. Nose was fruity, I detected orange, grapefruit, and bananas. Taste was similar initially, but seemed to morph into a bicuitty brashness which I wasn't too keen on. Aftertaste was heavy on the tongue. I got thru half the can over an hours time by sipping. Couldn'the take it anymore and tossed the rest. Just way too floral for me.

Feb 26, 2017
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle to tulip. Pours an orange/amber color with a collar of white foam. Leaves some lacing. Despite the promise of some super hoppy beer, I find this one to be very well balanced,a mixture of floral and citrus hops with caramel/biscuit malt. No rip-your-face-off bitterness,as the can somewhat implies. Which is quite fine.

Jan 30, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/7/2016. Pours hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/fruity/piney hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon/orange rind, pine, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/fruity/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and fairly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.3%. Overall this is a great IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/fruity/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; despite fairly aggressive bitterness and resinous dryness. Neither were overwhelming. A very enjoyable offering.

Dec 18, 2016
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Kdubzz from Arkansas

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was given a four pack of Surly cans the other day. Ive heard good things, but we don't get them this far south. Love the can graphics and words on all of them, and each of the beers was pretty good, but this was the best.

L- Hazy orange with a whitish, lasting head.

S- Bready, sweet, floral, light spice. Some citrus notes in there as well.

T- Regardless of what the can says, this is a very balanced IPA. Sweet up front, with a juicy citrus-ness, and a definitive bitter ending. A tad boozie in a good way.

F- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat dry.

O- A very solid and standard west coast IPA. Balanced and hoppy.

Dec 01, 2016
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

good golly you can buy great beer in Chicago

Completely opaque dark maize color with a hearty layer of retention. Big orange citrus aroma and sweet malt make it like Grand Marnier. Taste is maltier than I like in a west coast style IPA. Sweet malt is fiercely combated by a big, surly bitterness throughout.

I'd like less caramel malt and more hop flavor. First disappointment I've experienced from Surly.

Nov 25, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours the color of melted butter with a tall, pacific style 4 finger head that leaves tons of lace behind.

Aromas of pine, citrus, dough, and toffee.

Straight from the can it's awful. But in a glass the beer tames itself a bit. Pine, citrus, toffee. Lots of bitter biscuit behind that. Finish of toffee-pine.

Feel is crisp and clean, leaving a bit of a scraping on the tongue.

Overall, they nailed the style, but it's still awful. Half the can is going down the drain. Another scientific check mark off the old beer list.

Nov 16, 2016
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Flocculate_It from Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can. Pours a light orange with a moderate off-white head. Moderate citrus aroma with lower levels of pine. Hops dominate aroma with a sweet caramel malt providing almost a candy orange aroma. Flavor is similar to aroma, more pine and resinous flavors. Hop flavor up front fades to caramel with bitterness finishing. Fairly dry finish. Medium mouth-feel and medium carbonation. Overall a fairly balanced beer for the style. A nice beer, hides the alcohol well, light caramel sweetness that doesn't lay on the tongue. Nothing standout in the hop flavor/aroma but nothing clashing.

Oct 04, 2016
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.77/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can, canned on 9/8/16. A bit of a gusher. Pours slightly hazy copper gold with a big rocky white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is subdued - sweet perfumey biscuity malt and grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt with some fruit and grassy resiny bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, an OK IPA.

Oct 03, 2016
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, I think the four pack was $9.99. Orange color, huge head. Nice aroma of sliced oranges, obviously hoppy. Flavor alternated between oranges and a good malt backing, this was not all hops. As far as west coast IPA's this is not the best but a very solid offering.

Oct 02, 2016
Overrated West Coast Style IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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