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:
1,664
Reviews:
246
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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128
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For Trade:
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Photo of LostHighway
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -26.1%
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 +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sethcroisant
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Lelampp
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rorjets
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bones10
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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 +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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