Overrated West Coast IPA | Surly Brewing Company

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Overrated West Coast IPAOverrated West Coast 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.

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Photo of JackieTH
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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Photo of brydeen
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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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can dated 4-10.

Pours a brilliant copper color. One finger of white head. A slight haze to the appearance. Good looking beer

Smells of candied mango, some citrus zest. Some pine is in there. A lot of the usually suspects for the style.

Tastes of bitter hops. Again bitter mango. The bitterness comes across as quite large on this with a big, dry finish. Finishes with a fresh-cut grass sweetness.

Pretty full bodied for the style with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a nice example of the style. It would be nice if some of the underlying flavors were as prominent as the bitterness.

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Photo of herman77
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/2

A: Clear golden honey with a small off white head. Pretty nice lacing.

S: Fairly juicy tropical hops. Mango, pineapple with some sweet oranges, honey and ripe grapefruit. A little bit of carmel malt in the background.

T: More pine and grapefruit than sweet and tropical here. Lemony. There is some sweeter hops, but the bitter and slightly resinous hops are the mainstays. A little bit of a malty backbone to keep the hops in check. Finish is fairly dry and a bit short.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side, but I like it.

O: Fairly good drinkability. Curious what the ABV is, but I would think in the low to mid 6% range. Not as hoppy as Furious; sweeter, more tropical hops. That being said, I prefer this to Furious, not as good as Wet, but Abrasive is still the best IPA Surly makes. Too bad this is only occasional, would love to see it year round.

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Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/2/2013.

Clear gold with a less than one finger foamy white head from a very gentle pour. Has good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, pineapple, and pine.

The taste is bitter, with very little malt presence for balance. There is grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, pineapple, and small malt backbone. Bitter, but still quite good.

Medium bodied, properly carbonated, resinous, oily, with a dry, bitter finish. Another nice IPA from Surly.

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Photo of gatornation
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

fresh 4-pak just canned on 04/03

A-pours a clear golden sunshine color with a fresh but small white cap with some good lacing thru out

S- tropical fruits like mango papaya with citrus peel notes of orange and grapefruit

T- bitter piney hops first with a slight citrus hop taste of grapefruit tropical hops of pineapple and mango are very faint (would like more of these)

M- crisp and bitter hops with some sweet malts that try to balance this

O- Twas good @ $8.99 a 4-pk but the market is flooded with IPA'S this one is very good but not great it is recommended for sure but not a staple in the fridge for me

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Photo of yamar68
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very excited to sample Surly's take on the style.

Kind of a honey gold body with little activity - a big soapy white head swells to fill the glass. Great, consistent sticky lacing.

The nose is tropical with juicy mango and pineapple, a bit of sweeter citrus, orange zest, honeycomb, nice. So far so good.

On the palate, I'd venture to say this one's more abrasive than Abrasive. Bitter hops take a subtle citric direction. Those juicy hops don't shine the same way they do on the nose. Bittersweet. I wish I could get more of that tropical fruit.

This is tasty, but I'd take Furious or Abrasive over this stuff.

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Photo of mnphish
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can served into a Surly shaker pint. Canned on 4/3/13, which was just five days ago. It pours a light gold-orange body capped by a large white head and it leaves light lacing residuals on the glass.

The nose brings on hop flavors of citrus fruit, pineapple, and a little mango and pine. The front end brings out these fruity flavors but aren't as potent as those used in Abrasive. This beer is crafted beautifully with a light malt backbone that balances it out. It finishes with a nice bitter punch but not one that stays in your mouth for minutes.

Highly drinkable and not overdone. Maybe not as juicy as I would like but still a top notch IPA.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
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