Overrated West Coast Style 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
Ranking:
#2,533
Reviews:
254
Ratings:
1,691
pDev:
8.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
318
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,691 |  Reviews: 254
Photo of Fusebuddy
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of Timtac
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/7/2016. Pours hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/fruity/piney hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, light caramel, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, melon, lemon/orange rind, pine, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/fruity/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and fairly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.3%. Overall this is a great IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/fruity/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; despite fairly aggressive bitterness and resinous dryness. Neither were overwhelming. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kdubzz
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was given a four pack of Surly cans the other day. Ive heard good things, but we don't get them this far south. Love the can graphics and words on all of them, and each of the beers was pretty good, but this was the best.

L- Hazy orange with a whitish, lasting head.

S- Bready, sweet, floral, light spice. Some citrus notes in there as well.

T- Regardless of what the can says, this is a very balanced IPA. Sweet up front, with a juicy citrus-ness, and a definitive bitter ending. A tad boozie in a good way.

F- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat dry.

O- A very solid and standard west coast IPA. Balanced and hoppy.

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Photo of Allurex
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johunnic
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

good golly you can buy great beer in Chicago

Completely opaque dark maize color with a hearty layer of retention. Big orange citrus aroma and sweet malt make it like Grand Marnier. Taste is maltier than I like in a west coast style IPA. Sweet malt is fiercely combated by a big, surly bitterness throughout.

I'd like less caramel malt and more hop flavor. First disappointment I've experienced from Surly.

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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
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 DanGeo
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sappyjoker
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10/23/2016 can

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

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

Photo of DucksFan16
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 05/17/2016, enjoyed on 10/09/2016.

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Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Flocculate_It
3.1/5  rDev -24%
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 GilGarp
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beaver13
2.77/5  rDev -32.1%
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 ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, I think the four pack was $9.99. Orange color, huge head. Nice aroma of sliced oranges, obviously hoppy. Flavor alternated between oranges and a good malt backing, this was not all hops. As far as west coast IPA's this is not the best but a very solid offering.

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Overrated West Coast Style IPA from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,691 ratings