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Surly / Three Floyds Urine Trouble | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Todd brewed his own batch of Urine Trouble back here in Minnesota, which he calls an Imperial Brett IPA. He says the brettanomyces yeast creates “earthy barnyard notes along with pineapple-cherry pie aromas and flavors.” Simcoe and Chinook hops give it what he describes as a “cat peed on the Christmas tree” aroma.

Added by MasterSki on 07-12-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 86
Photo of drewfull
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap @ Mackenzie's (Surly tap takeover leftovers)

A- Clear yellow. Follows the well hydrated version of the name with some nice lacing.
S- Lots of pine. Sticky.
T- Hoppy, resinous with some feel of citrus. Hardly notice the somewhat hefty ABV, in fact I was surprised looking it up here to see it check in at 9%.
M- Nicely carbonated, a bit thin for a double IPA.
O- Very nice, but just below excellent for me. Very happy to have tried, am more looking forward to Wet and Abrasive.

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Photo of gatornation
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Surly Taproom

A-pours a clear golden yellow color with a 2 finger head and nice sticky lacing
S-tangerine.pine musty hay dank hops of pine and citrus
T-follows the nose musty dank hops with great tropical notes some spice and wet hay
M- resinous and dank little hint of ABV medium carbonation
O-very good 10 oz chalice went down fast very tasty

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid Brett presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Surly's taproom. 10 oz. serving in a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Color is a clear golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging around the glass.

Smell: A very hop forward aroma with fruit esters and some funky Brett hints. Big scent of ripe hops upfront with hints of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, pineapple, and tangerine. Big presence of dank pine resin. Earthy hop hints of grass as well. Brett funk comes through with some subtle sour hints of cherry and spice. Pale malt background with some hints of biscuit, grains, and yeast. Very forward with the hops. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a big taste of bitter hops with lots of citrus, pine, and Brett funk. Lots of ripe and bitter hops upfront with citrus fruit notes of orange, grapefruit, apricot, mango, pineapple, and tangerine. Big herbal hop taste of dank pine resin and earthy notes of grass. The Brett is kind of subtle but noticeable with notes of funk and sour cherry. Decent backing of bready pale malt with notes of biscuit, yeast, and grains. Very hop forward and oily. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and pretty bitter. Finishes very dry. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good twist on a Imperial IPA. The hops stand out the most with a big taste of citrus fruit and pine while the Brett adds an interesting kick.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here's a funny little ale that was originally a collaboration between Surly and Three Floyds, intended as a special beer at a Big Cat Sanctuary benefit at Northdown Taproom in Chicago, back in July, called Lions, Tigers, and Beers. I was in Chicago the week after and had a few glasses at Northdown, and took a photo, but no notes. (I also have completely procrastinated doing parts 2 and 3 of the beer-centric Chicago trip. Soon, soon!} Surly did their own version which debuted at the taproom, and I enjoyed a couple pours at my inaugural visit to the taproom in July. Soon, kegs started appearing at local bars, and I got one of my own for the Nile to include in our 5th version of the Hop Heads Only event, on August 24. Which brings us to today, when I finally sit down to write notes.

First a note on the name. Initially, I thought it was horrible, but no worse than other Three Floyds names. It is a bit odd for something you're about to push down your gullet, named it after something you'd rather you didn't but there are two meanings. One is that the hops utilized, Simcoe and Chinook, have, according to the brewer, and his wife, "that 'cat peed on the Christmas tree' aroma'."Linda has said before that she told her customers at their sadly-gone restaurant, Cafe 28, that Furious has a "your cat ate a grapefruit and peed on your Christmas tree" smell. I don't always get that, but if you have 5 cats, I'm sure you do. They also own hybrid cats, crossed between African servals and such and domesticated felines, but these beasts retain some wildness, hence the "urine trouble", therefore the benefits for wild cat sanctuarys. Some cannot handle the "urine trouble" and give the cats up or abandon them, and they have to find shelter in sanctuaries. It's not as simple as adopting a stray, or an unwanted kitten. I have only two cats, so I have just an inkling of what they go through. Linda once told me that they are part of the problem (not really], so they try to be part of the solution.

Here's the description I used in the menu for Hop Heads Only, which includes the official Surly description: "Originally brewed in collaboration with Three Floyds Brewing of Indiana, for a Big Cat Sanctuary Benefit (one connection for the unusual name). Says Surly: "Imperial Brett IPA fermented with the unique strain of yeast Brettanomyces Lambicus. This yeast creates earthy barnyard notes along with pineapple-cherry pie aromas and flavors. Of course with the "IPA" style it’s hopped heavily. Simcoe and Chinook are the culprits for the "Cat peed on the Christmas tree" aroma." (there's the other one.)"

And here are the notes I took earlier this afternoon:

Surly Urine Trouble Imperial Brett IPA, 9% ABV. Imperial IPA with Brettanomyces.

Clear, brilliant golden hue, slim, white head, leaving lace.

Aromatics: Fresh, wild and lovely Belgian funk keeps perfect time with citrus notes, tropical fruit, trickles of pine, and, sure enough, faintly though, a association with the litter box for those intimate with them. I think it's wonderful.

Taste: Bitterness greets the palate once the liquid goes past the lips, stays astringent and aspirin-y, while the weird Brett notes creep in underneath, spilling strangeness on the tongue. Sour and bitter, not in that order, remain the key notes through the life of the ale. Light-bodied, with a long, bitter finish, and astonishingly consumable, despite the high ABV. Wait…here it comes…nope, not yet. Soon, though...soon.

Here's another unique one from Surly(/Three Floyds} that doesn't quite seem like anything else you or I have had before. Unless you know something I don't?
I could drink this and drink this if it would get me going goofy…you don't want that, believe me.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-07-19 in Minneapolis, MN at the brewery.

A - Celar gold with a 1/2-finger white head and light lacing.

S - Very aromatic. Some malt, pineapple, cherry, spice and pepper.

T - Sharp hop bud flavor and citrus-zesty bitterness. Cherry, light malt, lightly funky. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Crisp and very dry from the Brett.

O - Reminds me of a mix between a DIPA and a saison but mediated to the dry/funky side with the brett. Very enjoyable. Glad I was in town while this was on-tap. As a bonus, I was able to get here in-time for the brewery tour given by Omar and this is the brew I walked around with during the tour. Good fun.

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Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snifter at the tap room.

White head with a lot of lace left. Color is a clear gold.

Aroma: very funky. A lot of Brett. Barnyard. Lots of pine.

Taste: a lot of hops. Big pine flavor. Some fruit flavors. Pineapple. Still a decent amount of Brett and funk. Barnyard and hops.

Mouthfeel: really bitter and sticky. Hop resiny. Ends extremely sticky.

Overall, if this wasn't so stick, I'd probably like it more. It's very bitter. I'd only drink one glass.

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Surly / Three Floyds Urine Trouble from Surly Brewing Company
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