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Overrated West Coast Style IPA | Surly Brewing Company

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4.08/5
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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:
#2,348
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
1,676
pDev:
8.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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128
Gots:
317
Trade:
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep, golden body with a light haze and an incredible off-white head. Head retention is fantastic, as is lacing. Plenty of carbonation keeps fine sediment spinning violently around the glass.

Aroma:
Nice herbal and pine hop notes with a fantastic, sweet caramel malt to provide some balance. The addition of citrus notes make for a very welcoming aroma.

Taste:
Bitter bite is right up front and is both brutal and smooth. Confused? Yeah, me too. In my opinion, this one sets the bar for what balance should be in an IPA! Plenty of pine hops character here meets a slightly sweet roasted caramel.

Mouthfeel:
Super smooth medium bodied IPA. Plenty of carbonation. Semi-dry and clean finish.

Overall:
Fantastic and very easy to approach IPA. Overrated, this is not - grab it.. even if you're not an IPA fan - this might convert you!

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Zeledonia for the can!

A: Pours a clear honey color with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Sweet orange and grapefruit citrus aromas up front with underlying notes of caramel malts and a little pine.

T: Grapefruit and resiny pine flavors dominate here with caramel malts underneath. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is dry and drinkable.

O: A solid IPA overall. I'd like maybe a bit more depth of flavor and pungent aroma, but it's drinkable and enjoyable.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grains, citrus, pine, little yeasty bread, hint of grassy

T-grain, yeasty bread dough, grapefruit, pine, little hint of sweetness, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-solid example of the style, enjoyed drinking this one

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a shaker pint. Canned 10/16/13.

A - Golden with a haze. White cap of head recedes to a full lid. Sticky lacing all over the sides simply from swirling.

S - Bright and balanced citrus and pine hop qualities. Jumps from the glass. Grainy base malt.

T - Prickly pine hop flavors the whole way. Mild maltiness makes a quick appearance midway. Nice bite of bitterness cleanses right at the finish tingling the back roof of my mouth. Hop flavor hangs on long after.

M - Dry, medium body, medium-light carbonation.

O - Great one sided IPA. Showcases American hops. Bitterness is substantial. I typically prefer a more balanced IPA but they accomplished what they were setting out for.

Recommendation - Great midsummer IPA.

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Overrated West Coast Style IPA from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,676 ratings
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