Overrated West Coast Style IPA | Surly Brewing Company

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Overrated West Coast Style IPAOverrated West Coast Style IPA
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Overrated West Coast Style IPAOverrated West Coast Style IPA

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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

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4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, born on 4/2

Typical orange-amber look, good lacing/head blah blah blah.. Tons of fine sediment in there, which I like. Smell outta the can is pure hop pellets. Very leafy and dank smelling. When poured there's a lot more biscuity malt and orange marmalade. The taste is like a cross between Stone IPA and Two Hearted. There's the leafy hop pellet aroma/taste of stone, and the medicinally bitter, almost metallic, citrus two heart taste.

Tasty, almost sour, tangerine/lemon hop goodness. Did not disappoint.

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4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass. Canning date of 04/02/2013.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A crisp and juicy aroma of citrus hop esters and biscuit malts. Citrus hops upfront with good hints of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, and lemon. Solid hint of pine hop spice along with floral hints and grass. Solid bready malt backing with hints of biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Also some noticeable honey like sweetness. Smells like the West Coast style with the citrus presence although there is more of a malt balance here. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Nicely juicy like the nose hints with a solid taste of citrus, pine, and bready malts. Citrus hops upfront with a juicy taste of oranges, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Notes of spicy pine resin and grass along with some floral notes. Hops are lively but not overly bitter. Good malt balance with notes of bready biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast along with a little honey. A really well balanced citrusy taste that leans towards the West Coast style. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and nicely creamy. Juicy and slightly oily. Very smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: Another good one from Surly. A very different type of IPA than Furious. A pretty good take on the West Coast style. Similar to their recent Bandwagon IPA.

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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This is not the in-your-face hop slap you get with most Surly brews. Hops in the nose and definitely hops on the tongue. Hops lean towards the piney. But the hops aren't the only show. Decent malt base. Good body with some substance, not thin. Leaves the lips a bit sticky. This is an IPA that could easily be a session brew.

The head poured thick and stuck to the glass for the entire drink. Beer is honey-colored and clear.

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

Bright gold color with a massive head of fluffy white foam adorning the top.

The nose is awesome, but just a bit light to warrant an even higher score. Lots of hoppy goodness with tons of fruit and citrus notes.

As expected, the taste is light on the malt and heavy on the hops. Piney, citrusy, grapefruit, some leafiness, solid bitterness with some warm alcohol at the end. The aftertaste is lightly resiny, but quite clean and refreshing actually.

Pretty crisp, very resiny and sticky finish that clings to the palate. Light-medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.

A nice interpretation of the style. I like that the bitterness is not over the top. Plenty of hoppy goodness, yet solid drinkability. Really growing on me as it warms, wonderful brew.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden with a nice cap of white head.

Smell: By the book WC-IPA bouquet of grapefruit citrus, pine and floral hops.

Taste: Malty backbone carrying and balancing a classy IPA profile of grapefruit, pine and floral hops. Finish is dry and nicely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Just the right ABV, bitter/hoppy enough to please, dry and refreshing. Very very good in the drinkability department. Nice.

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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/3

A: Pours a crisp, clear, golden color, with a faint and razor thin bubbly white head. What it lacks in head it makes up for with some nice sticky lacing.

S: Smell is sweet and slightly floral. Slightly tropical, but subdued and not in your face. Very reminiscent of Two Hearted to me. Light citrus notes and a little resinous.

T: Surprisingly bitter up front, with very little of the sweet tropical citrus flavors. The nose was subtle, but the taste is even more subdued. A little piney with a sharp bitter bite.

M: Very crisp, with fine bubbly carbonation. Alcohol is hidden extremely well here. Light bodied and refreshing.

O: Extremely drinkable and refreshing IPA. Nothing in your face in terms of hop aroma or big flavor, but still quite pleasant. The only thing I'd like a little more of is a citrusy hop profile in the flavor, but I'm just nitpicking at that point.

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Overrated West Coast Style IPA from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,684 ratings