Overrated West Coast IPA | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

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.

Added by MasterSki on 02-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,652
Reviews:
243
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
306
For Trade:
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Photo of dms1767
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jsh420
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skillz
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of ManWithNoName
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bplabernie
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Dharmelink
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Fusebuddy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Timtac
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Brent_B
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 RyanTheLion13
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Allurex
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johunnic
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 PrestigeWorldwide
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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