Surf Wax | Burial Beer Co.

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Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. But are you crazy enough? Show those guys that are inching their way on the freeways in their metal coffins that the human sprit is still alive. Mosaic. Citra. Centennial. Columbus. Lots of barley. Touch of wheat. The sea swallows the Sun. And who knows if it rises again. Vaya con dios.

Added by GABrew on 03-22-2014

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Photo of Griffin2
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz can dated 4/11/18 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a white head.
S - As soon as I opened the can I could smell the citrusy hops.
T - Tastes of pineapple with some bitterness on the finish.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Really tasty citrusy IPA.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 3/27/18 poured into an IPA glass
A: Pale orange, slightly hazy with a lingering one-finger head
S: Tangerine/orange, apricot/peach
T: Matches the nose - citrus up front, stone fruit towards the finish
M: Light-bodied, a touch bitter, fairly short finish
O: This is balanced, a good IPA, I love the art on the can though at the end of the day little stands out

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Photo of ESchweers
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rspauldi
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eddiefl
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave1999
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluescooter
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ffshore545
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnBradSC
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Packaged March 9th 2018.

Classic and good solid looking IPA appearances. Touches light orange and a hint of lemon yellow, slighlty opaque but not totally, with a good glow and some faint transparency. Classic crushing bright white three finger head, pill scattered lacing, and solid slow retention. Not aggressive looking, but also flirts with new age IPA sensibilities.

Excellent hop aroma. Deep sensing tropical, a bit of pineapple but more of an earthy thick bent of some dank and pine. Juicy sensing but with more earth tones and an excellent malt backbone sensing sweetness, chewy as well. Very very good nose.

Palate leaves a little to imagination. Good solid soft caramel sweetness but a hop angle delivers the goods nicely. Chewy wheat slightly, with tropical pine notes and touches of thick earth. A sort of dense orange citrus permeates the palate nicely. Slight bubblegum and candy like finish, almost flirts with mint herbal aftertastes on the swallow too.

Very unique solid tasting IPA. Great solid go too I could see for myself.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Burial Surf Wax

A: Burial's mainstay IPA pours a dark gold/light orange with a cloudiness that could as easily be chill haze as anything else; a New England IPA this is not. A moderate pour causes surprisingly little head-only about a finger-that dissipates very quickly. Lacing is average, and there are surprisingly obvious alcohol legs for a beer of only 6.8%. Carbonation appears very lazy. This appears to be in the vein of a late era West Coast IPA, which is a nice change of pace from the torrent of hazy beers. Still, it fails on a few very important factors. 3.25/5

A: Right away it is obvious that the aroma is big step in the right direction. Lots of tropical fruit hits hard and fast, particularly papaya and pineapple. Some classic blueberry Mosaic notes are present, plus some mango and orange for good measure. This is not a dank beer, but there are green undertones to the whole thing, grassy and almost piney. Crackery sweet pilsner malt provides the canvas for what is expectedly a hop showcase. Some creamy wheat sneaks in the back door. This smells a lot like a cross between old and new school West Coast IPAs, though, as the appearance alone indicates, this is a far cry from the New England-styles that are so in vogue right now. It is serviceable, even enticing, but it does not break any new ground to become truly special here. 3.75/5

T: The taste brings no surprises, instead opting to follow as closely to the nose as possible with a tad more complexity. Mosaic's pineapple, papaya, and blueberry are very prominent as is Citra's strong orange juice; mango and grapefruit are part of the second wave; and finally some green strawberry adds to the fruit salad before the lupulin takes over, this time with more dankness, citrus rind, definite pine, and even a pinch of cattiness. Savory onion and garlic are back end highlights before an herbal bitterness wipes the slate clean for the next sip. The malt contribues a little bit of juiciness to the fruit, but this is not a sweet beer at all, and the malt is little more than the canvas mentioned above at the end of the day. Tasty, certainly, and pretty spot-on for the flavors one would expect. 4/5

M: The wheat adds a lot to the mouthfeel, making for a nice, full, almost fluffy texture that somehow also remains delicate and drinkable. Carbonation is on the low side of medium, which actually works well for the beer. There is just enough bitterness here to keep things moving along and keep proceedings light and the finish moderately dry. Alcohol is almost completely undetectable, thankfully. This is the best part of the beer, and it really makes the whole package go down that much more smoothly. 4.75/5

O: Despite the relatively high marks that I have given this beer to this point, I actually do not care for it all that much in a broader perspective. This would have been groundbreaking five or ten years ago, but in this day and age, it just does not have what it takes to stand out from the crowd. This type of profile is done better in Surly's Todd the Axeman, Lone Pint's Yellow Rose, anything from Boneyard, and Lagunitas Sucks, not to mention locals Half Acre and Revolution (though the latter tends to put too much crystal malt into their beers). At around $12 a six-pack, there is no reason to pick this up again. I think a lot of Burial's hype comes from the fact that North Carolina used to not have many great breweries; now, of course, the state is a hotbed of brewing greatness (Asheville especially), but Burial's hype has stuck around. They do not make bad beers by any means, but had they formed elsewhere, it seems unlikely to me that they would be as big a name as they are today. Pair with Justin Timberlake's monumentally disappointing, behind-the-times latest, "Man of the Woods" 3.25/5

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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sevinup07
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 fl oz can on March 3, 2018. Packaged 01/31/18. Brewed with Mosaic, Citra, Centennial, Columbus, lots of barley and a touch of wheat. Good but not great.

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Surf Wax from Burial Beer Co.
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