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:
1,656
Reviews:
244
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.13%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
307
For Trade:
14
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Photo of johunnic
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
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 -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sappyjoker
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +17%
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 -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DucksFan16
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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 +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Flocculate_It
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
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 +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beaver13
2.77/5  rDev -31.8%
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 -3.9%
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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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bjlynch83
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waterski
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy orange with a heavy white head that grabbed ahold of the glass. Mild pine to the nose but quickly overrun by orange zest. First taste was strong malt up front and then gave way to a pine tree mating an orange. I can't get past the orange zest (not complaining). Some nice bitterness to the hops. Not certain about the West Coast but certainly not east of the Mississippi. Very solid strong IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4pck of Overrated from Binnys. It poured a clear orangish with white head that is lacing like a Vicky Secret catalog. The scent has pine with a touch of citrus peel. The taste is nicely balanced with sweet malt with pine bitterness....with bitterness winning at the end. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Philcassella
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of daudelin2000
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange color with decent white head. Aroma was a little disappointing. A little spicy and earthy with a very slight citrus smell. Malty sweetness is also in the aroma. Taste is very earthy with some malt sweetness. Pretty balanced. Not as much citrus as I expected or hoped. The spiciness from the aroma comes through in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. Decent amount of bitterness that seems to creep up the more you drink it. Overall, an average beer. I still have an Abrasive Ale to try. Hopefully, it will be a step up.

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Overrated West Coast IPA from Surly Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,656 ratings.
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