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:
1,655
Reviews:
244
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
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127
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Photo of GrantJM
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of Boblemo
2.1/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

The name says it all.

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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 yespreacher
2.45/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of yourefragile
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of thunderwolf
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

Photo of caskstrength
2.61/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice light gold, IPA appropriate white head. 2 week old 4 pack, a couple cans consumed before reviewing.

Smells are sweet citrus and pine, but subdued. No pungency or sharp hops.

Tastes showcase the pale malts mixing with some pine and citrus. But the bright zest is missing. Nothing attacks the tongue. Bready, grainy.

Mouthfeel is too heavy and sweet. Minimal resin or pith. Easy drinking for the "fanboy", for whom I'll leave this on the shelf.

Aptly named

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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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Photo of huskermike12
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of LeeEvolved
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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 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 THoffner
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woggydoggy
2.91/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of SBoeckman72
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Jslay013
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Beardcore
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Uhopia
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think the name says it all. Meh.

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

Photo of beagle75
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a significant amount of suspended sediment hangs stubbornly in the column.

S: Resinous pine and thick base maltose combine for a cloying and unsophisticated smell.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with spicy and bright citrus peel hops aromatics and clean malt flavors that appear rye-influenced by the middle. Assertive carbonic acidity prevents the malt from becoming as heavy as the smell suggested. Hops aromatics become muted soon after they are established. The finish is clean, moderately bitter, and slightly spicy in an ambiguous grainy/herbal way.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The marketing strategy displayed on the label of this beer's packaging suggests disdainful feelings toward what it is intended to be. This beer is safe--proficiently brewed but mediocre in strategy--among actual West Coast IPAs. If the brewer's intent was to create disinterest in strong pale ales aggressively hopped with late additions of American hops cultivars: mission accomplished.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can with a large bone-colored head over a clear amber body. Excellent lacing.
A surprisingly restrainted flavor follows a strong hoppy nose that has piney, herbal, weedy and grassy elements. The flavor is a bit metallic and dank.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Enochase04
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not as good as their other ipa offerings

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Photo of treeslothguy
3.25/5  rDev -20%

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