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:
1,653
Reviews:
243
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
306
For Trade:
14
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Photo of Beers-es
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery. This is just a really solid modern IPA. Pours a nice honey-orange with a fine white head. Smell is a little subdued, but there's the requisite citrus. Taste is similar--not at all a hop bomb, just a fairly balanced, well-made IPA. Went well with a meal there at the brewery.

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Photo of Midland4
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Acquired via trade from CapCollector16 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a medium off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is in the thin side for the style but brings a good a balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Buster
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radsack
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 corby112
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with bright tangerine colored edges and a two finger white foam head. Excellent retention, slowly settling into a thick, lasting cap/ring that coats the glass with large streaks and chunks of soapy lacing on its way down. Impressive.

Dank juicy hop aroma with a nice balance of earthy resins, fresh cut grass, juicy tropical/citrus fruit and pale malt. Fresh kind bud and pine needle resins countered by prominent tropical/citrus fruit hop character. Very strong grapefruit presence along with mango, blood orange, melon and candied orange fruit slices. Faint summit onion/soap character. Subtle malt backbone with hints of caramel, bread, biscuit and cracker.

Medium body with a blast and dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweeter hop notes and pale malts into a dry finish. Dank buds and oily reins along with pine needle and spruce tip but this beer never becomes overpowering or too bitter. There's the perfect amount of luscious fruit sweetness with hints of ruby red grapefruit, melon, pineapple, blood orange and candied fruit. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit goodness perfectly balancing out the bitterness. This is rounded out by faint malt backbone with some caramel sweetness, biscuit and grainy graham cracker. Very well balanced with great complexity and a delicious flavor profile. Not sure what the ABV is but this beer is incredibly crushable. Awesome beer!

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

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sdeese21
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. Good lacing from a 2 finger fluffy head.
Hop forward beer with good balance feel and taste

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Photo of MTKATL
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of rodlavers
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeK
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A wonderful golden hue that's nearly clear. Has moderate carbonation, poured into a snifter and settled into a thin white head.
S: An abundance of hop citrus, orange, grapefruit, and a little herbal character.
O: The grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and other citrus flavors come to the forefront and last for the entire tasting experience, but it's balanced by a pleasing malt backbone, and it's not so overpowering hoppy that it becomes overly bitter. Rather, it provides some sweetness and a touch of bitterness at the finish.
M: Malt is light and a little bready but it also provides a necessary counterbalance against the hops.
O: It's smooth, crisp, and has a lot dimension to it, and among West Coast IPAs, it's one of my favorites.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chip26
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of anteater
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MiamiWeiss
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,653 ratings.
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