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Overrated West Coast Style 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
Ranking:
#2,327
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
1,672
pDev:
8.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of scottspencer
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpt_splding
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Imcoachoshea
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of uncleotis
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LostHighway
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of pistol_pete
4.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sethcroisant
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lelampp
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rorjets
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of dream
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bones10
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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...

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dms1767
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jsh420
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skillz
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Overrated West Coast Style IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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