Surf | Surf Brewery

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Surf Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Signature beer, this American Style Dark Ale features vibrant citrusy and floral American hops balanced against a complex malt profile of toasty dark malts with a hint of roasted barley. Just like an early morning surf session, once you start you keep going back. Pairs well with grilled tri-tip.
16°P 67 IBU 37 SRM Alc.Vol. 6.5%"

Added by augustgarage on 09-13-2011

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Charlottini:
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5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Arrogant Bastard is sometimes just one click too intense for me, this is just a little bit softer, and just a pinch sweeter. The taste was too good, so we had to have more than one. Really enjoyed it with the pub burger. Enjoyed on tap at the Anacapa Brewing company, Ventura, Ca.

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Photo of ElSid
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Beers of California


On-tap at Father's Office in Culver City

A: Nearly pitch black but evaluated in poor lighting. Finger and a half of khaki head which clings and clings to the glass.

S: Caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt paired with bright pine, citrus, and flowers.

T: A ying-yang of a palate sporting dark roasted malt with mostly caramel and chocolate notes contrasted with pine needles, citrus zest, and flowers. The bitterness is leafy and earthy.

M: Medium bodied with good linger and appropriate carbonation.

O: The west coast sure knows what to do with hops. A black IPA with dark malt and bright hops which makes for an interesting and pleasing melange of flavors. The Black IPA genre is growing and this up and coming brewery does an excellent job of crafting in this style.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of augustgarage
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Tony's Darts Away - served in a nonic.

Opaque seal brown liquid with a finger-width raft of dense desert sand foam. Sandy lacing, superior retention.

Very weak toasted grains in the nose. No off notes, but very restrained. Waited for it to warm up, inhaled deeply, but still am getting very little in the aroma department.

Dark roast malt with hints of coffee, breakfast tea, cedar, and burdock root. Low bitterness throughout with earthy subdued hop flavors. Finishes dry and gently astringent. Vague cocoa in the aftertaste.

Light-bodied, smooth, middle-of-the-road mouthfeel.

A clean, refreshing, but unremarkable "Black IPA" not dissimilar to a weak porter.

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Photo of salcedo
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Aroma: I get a strong scent of caramel and bourbon.
Appearance: Thick, tan head lingers for the entire glass. Nice black/brown translucent color, that glistens like obsidian.
Flavor: Extremely complex! Caramel, licorice, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and maybe a touch of peanut butter? Wow, they go great together!
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Highly carbonated
Overall: One of my new favorites. I almost skipped this beer, since I live in San Diego. I didn't think a beer from Ventura could show me anything new, but I was very wrong. Looking forward to trying more beers by Surf Brewing.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Posting Review instead of using "Hads" to assist this one in getting a grade.

Pours black with an initial nice khaki head; fades fast but comes back nicely with a swirl.

Nose is not IPA at all and actually "light Belgian esters." Sweet pear with light undertones of sweet lightly roasted grain. Nose fades as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is medium/thin with nice elegant carbonation that seems to thicken in texture as you drink it.

Flavor profile is a bit simple dark roasted grain that is pleasant, albeit simple, and goes to a nice long coffee/pine bitter finish.

Pleasant and drinkable but I don't see it as a black IPA as much as it reminds me of a lighter character bitter stout.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TeamUgly
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of FutureJack
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear black colored ale with a tall tan colored head.

Smells of charred malt and phenol, slight smoke scent. Smells a bit herbal. No strong hop scent.

Starts out woody and bitter and quite dry. Patent malt and that is about it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, a boring ale.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of charlzm
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed November 5th, 2011 at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

This beer is indeed black. No highlights when held to light. Wow. Small off-white head.

Aroma is all California IPA - pine and grapefruit hops.

Flavor starts with dark, roasted malts. Oily, piny hops dominate early on and stick with the palate to the end, when coffee grinds emerge. Some citrus mixed in there.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker than water.

Drinkability suffers somewhat from a lack of balance; hops are well-represented, but malt doesn't really get its act together here.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is really dark brown with a tall khaki head. Really good hop aroma to begin. Plenty of citrus hops, light grass, pine, and pineapple. There is some good roast, very mild bread, and a light sweetness. The flavor has only a hint of cocoa and a moderate roast character. Mostly grapefruit, pineapple, and pine. Moderate bitterness on the back end with a light sweetness.

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Photo of jwswigs
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of LuauLarry
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown in the glass with a decent head. Nicely sudsy in the mouth. Thin body with some malty substance.

This is a pretty dank sort of IPA with the earthy and herbal flavor. Rather malty with some caramel and warm flavors. Quite bitter in the aftertaste. Dark grainy taste along with the leafy stuff.

Interesting brew, but on the sourish side of the burnt black malt spectrum. Reasonably drinkable. From the 22 oz bottle purchased in Santa Barbara.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from mthomas84 via Secret Santa '11 so a big thank you goes out to him!
22 oz bomber
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours an a opaque with distinguished mahogany highlights. A three finger of light khaki head, sudsy head that leaves big sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is roast, char, then some caramel malts, and a touch of citrus.

T: Taste is big roasty notes at the forefront, lends to a lighter malt flavoring, a touch of carmelized malts, coffee comes in with big grapefruit in the aftertaste.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, slightly light and slightly slick in the body.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, not filling, mild kick nice drinklable version of the style. Never heard of this brewery before, but I'd this up for a while!

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and a weird perfume-like flavor. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer flavor wise and I am not sure why the flavor has a perfume quality to it.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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