Overrated West Coast IPA | Surly Brewing Company

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Overrated West Coast IPAOverrated West Coast IPA

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of BlkHawkFan01
2.43/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Kdubzz
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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Photo of Flocculate_It
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.77/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of waterski
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy orange with a heavy white head that grabbed ahold of the glass. Mild pine to the nose but quickly overrun by orange zest. First taste was strong malt up front and then gave way to a pine tree mating an orange. I can't get past the orange zest (not complaining). Some nice bitterness to the hops. Not certain about the West Coast but certainly not east of the Mississippi. Very solid strong IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4pck of Overrated from Binnys. It poured a clear orangish with white head that is lacing like a Vicky Secret catalog. The scent has pine with a touch of citrus peel. The taste is nicely balanced with sweet malt with pine bitterness....with bitterness winning at the end. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of daudelin2000
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange color with decent white head. Aroma was a little disappointing. A little spicy and earthy with a very slight citrus smell. Malty sweetness is also in the aroma. Taste is very earthy with some malt sweetness. Pretty balanced. Not as much citrus as I expected or hoped. The spiciness from the aroma comes through in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. Decent amount of bitterness that seems to creep up the more you drink it. Overall, an average beer. I still have an Abrasive Ale to try. Hopefully, it will be a step up.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. Full flavor, great bitterness and not a thin beer. Enjoyed this on draft at Surly and got a 4pack of it. One of the better beers I had there.

enjoying a 4pack of this i got shipped to my house after my trip to MN.

pours amber with a thick head, looks damn good.

smell is mild sweet hops/malt.

this is a bitter IPA, finishes sweet with some extra bitterness.

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Photo of maximum12
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How have I never rated this? I’ve consumed, & peed out, enough of it. 16 oz. can that would be approved by our GOP Republican candidate, dated 7/7/16. Which is about as fresh as I could find. Man, I miss the era of days old Surly cans. I buy a LOT less of it now.

Pour is orange with a hint of that pulpiness that’s become so Madonna/Vogue. Nose is light yellow fruits, hop oils, roadside flowers. Nice, but standard

Overrated it isn’t. The coastal hop jab is up front, bitter, barking, taking tiny little bites out of my cringing palate. Beyond that we wander further from the Pacific: a distinct graininess backs up the hops, which feeds into mango, candied pine, mildly dank, & a bright citrus emerges as it warms. Severely dry. Easy to ‘sip’ a couple ounces at a time.

There aren’t many who can truly claim to be West Coast in the Midwest, but Overrated stands among them. Bit of equivocation, but one could close one’s eyes & imagine sitting on a stool in Carlsbad while quaffing this. Very good beer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at the brewery in Minneapolis.

Arrives in a large tulip style glass (which I later purchased because it was so cool) a dark straw color. Lighter in color than other IPAs. That probably means the hips are forward with little malt backbone, and that is exactly what I got.

Wonderful aroma full of piney hops with a tiny bit of cracker and hay.

Flavor profile was tremendous. Full bodied, wonderfully hoppy, perfect amount of bitterness. The hops, although prevalent, weren't ostentatious or a deterrent. Well balanced yet supremely hoppy.

One of the better IPAs I have ever had for sure. Wonderfully crafted.

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Photo of TheBrosy
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz can.

Appearance: Pours gold with a thick off-white head that slowly dissipates. Very clear.

Smell: Lot of citrus hops.

Taste: Nice earthy hop bitterness on the tounge. Some bready taste from the malts. A bit of the citrus flavor towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

A nice IPA. Would prefer some earthy hop aroma rather than the overpowering of citrus.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, light malts. Taste is orange, pineapple, very light malts, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but not up to Surly's usual high standards.

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Photo of zonker17
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden ale with white head poured at beer hall. Nose nearly non-existent at draft temp. Warms up to reveal orange dominated citrus notes. Taste is malt then bitter with slight floral presence. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - light, a little cloudy
S - spicy, fruity crisp
T - hay floral nice aftertaste
F - refreshing hops up front but not too heavy
O - Not bad, first beer from this Brewer. Had one on tap as well, tasted the same.

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Photo of matcris
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: A hazy, burnt tangerine with a good finger of creamy, off white head that lingers a while. Leaves some very nice lacing down the glass. Slight amount of carbonation rising.
AROMA: Mild. Bready caramel malt, pine, and some citrus notes.
TASTE: Lots of nice bready, and caramel notes. Citrus/grapefruit and a bit of pine.
FEEL: Nice strong level of carbonation. Medium body. Dry all the way through the swig.
OVERALL: I didn't notice the bitterness at first, but it is building to a nice crescendo with each sip. Good level of malts but the citrus and pine notes are kind of more in the background than I would have thought for a west coast ipa. Still, a very enjoyable brew. (Edit: Enjoyed round two even more. Served a bit warmer, and got more hop characteristics, i.e., pine and citrus.)

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Photo of Strix
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a substantial frothy head.

Pine and citrus in the nose.

All pine in this one, with a grassy hop finish.

Crisp, dry mouthfeel.

My personal preference for citrus notes made this a bit... underwhelming.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

cloudy apricot with a one-finger bone white meringue head. widely scattered, large bubble lacing.
oh yay, more grapefruit, but at least this time I detect some malt. the grapefruit is embedded in nougat.
the flavor has a bit of pineapple in addition to the grapefruit, but it's almost all the latter's rind in the finish, which is fairly persistent.
mouthfeel is not as full as expected given the gravity, and the carbonation is on the prickly side.
seem to enjoy this one more than the furious, and both are certainly drinkable, although I'm nowhere near blown away. by the end of the can this one only grew in its likeability, warranting a bump upward in the taste and overall evaluation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium gold with a firm and slow shrinking head of foam.

Notes of grapefruit and pine with a very wee bit of bread in the smell.

So hoppy with nare a sign of any malt. Plenty of grapefruit some pine yet, to me, mild but ample bitterness.

Nice mouthfeel and great drinkability. A treat.

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Photo of ImperialChi
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much needed beer after a long day. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass (need to get a proper tulip).

A - Golden beer, slightly cloudy with a creamish colored head. Leaves slight traces of head as it is drunk down on the glass.
S - A fresh, citrus nose to the beer with a pleasant caramel maltiness to it. Slightly "dank", smells inviting.
T - Refreshing. Hoppy but balanced, citrus and pineapple with perhaps something both green and tropical (not such if saying "green papaya" in a review makes me a douche or not). More balanced than my steady diet of Imperial IPAs, crisp and refreshing.
M - The creaminess of the head gives way to a medium body, perhaps a little on the light side. Ends with a slightly viscous, sticky finish.
O - Solid beer. This is was my first Surly Brewing and I really enjoyed it. Not a palate-destroyer and very refreshing, although perhaps slightly too restrained/balanced for my personal taste.

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Photo of wgk
2.65/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I expected a lot when I heard that Surly was going to be having some brews in our area stores soon. I had heard some of the reputation and was anxious to know more. When it arrived, it was pretty well represented in purveyor places we frequent, enough so that we overcame our reluctance at buying 16 ounce cans of anything. It was pretty in the glass. The smell didn't arouse much in us, it didn't put us off, either. But, the taste was disappointing. Balance is lacking....we imagine a big, surly "who cares" coming over the Internet at us, but we'll stick with that because two of the 16 ounce cans are still sitting in the fridge on the top shelf after 6-8 weeks, at least. We'll give that as this is an American IPA, it balances American-ish, but to a fault. And, it is dry, as advertised. It's "just a" (overrated) beer.

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