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:
#2,514
Reviews:
254
Ratings:
1,688
pDev:
8.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,688 |  Reviews: 254
Photo of omahawk
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 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.

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Photo of tbone1384
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MeIquiades
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinMc
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mnmich7662
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jbower205
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kinmundy77
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dukeandduke
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
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!

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Photo of NathanBeets
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of evanschaaf
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T_botski
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deets
2.18/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of rjal
2.6/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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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

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Overrated West Coast Style IPA from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,688 ratings