Surf Wax
Burial Beer Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #143
Ranked #2,770
4.15 | pDev: 6.27%
Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
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Notes: 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.
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3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a big tulip. No chance of reading the date, smeared along the rim on the bottom.

Pours hazy yellow. Head is medium sized. Smell is tropical and lemony.

Taste is old hay, old hops. Biscuit and bread, yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, it's not bad, but without being about to read the date, I would assume it's better fresh.

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snaotheus from Washington, May 25, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. Appears to have been canned sometime in April 2020, so no more than 6 weeks old.

Looks pretty good. An actual hazy dull orange body with a persistent white head leaving very interesting lacing.

Faintly lemon aroma.

On tasting, the first thing that comes to mind is candy, the non chocolate kind. There is a little lemon, but it's not citrusy. having trouble getting past the candy flavors. There is a light bitterness on the tip of the tongue.

Mouth between medium and full, finish lemony candy with a little bitterness.

Overall, this didn't sit well with my palate, and I had trouble getting beyond the candy flavors.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, May 15, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 01 APR 2020. Opened 4/26/20.
1 finger white head, slowly recedes and holds fast at 1/4". Golden, bright IPA with a slight haze, initially not clear but not of the hazy variety either. Very good lacing.
Bright and clean nose. Orange, pineapple, pine, and a subtle dank note. Floral. Noticeable bready malt under the generous hop aroma.
Orange peel, orange zest, orange oils, lemon zest, floral spice, pine, candy sweetness/.
Fresh zesty and zingy flavors.
Bright entry, medium body and carbonation. Clean hoppy medium length and dry-ish finish full of citrus hop flavors.
Packs a nice hoppy bunch and retains excellent drinkability.

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Photo of VABA
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a straw golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has a generous pine and citrus hints
T-taste follows the nose with a very well balanced pine and citrus flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A great IPA

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VABA from Virginia, Apr 12, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a world class IPA. Pours a hazy golden/orange color with moderate head. Scent is equal parts citrus and pine. Taste follows, with a killer dankness. Light mouthfeel and an aftertaste of mostly citrus with hops coming in at the end

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Feb 22, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Green Truck Neighborhood Pub, Savannah, on draft into pint tumbler.

Lighter malt base, with dryer rather than juicier tropical and lemon flavors, and very crisp finish.

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BigGold from Mississippi, Jan 27, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful hazy straw color with a foamy bone white head, dank citrus aromas await the sniffer, with ripe tangerine and juicy pineapple notes the bounty.

The taste is redolent with the aforementioned dank citrus notes impart a most welcome bitterness. Wow, just a good old school dank IPA that will leave you wishing the glass never emptied.

My first from these guys, I can’t wait to try more of their stuff.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Jul 16, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly over two month old can. Pours dark gold with silty particulates. Slightly dank, slightly funky, slightly juicy on the smell. Taste is bitter, mildly citrusy. Light body, slightly dry finish. Good, but not as much as I was hoping for.

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mschrei from Illinois, Jul 16, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a light haze. A lathery head displays good retention.
Aromas are hops forward. Notes of floral hops, citrus, tangerine, orange and a touch of mango.
The taste highlights citrus flavors, with notes of grapefruit, tangerine and orange, which add zest and pith. There are also touches of tropical fruit, with flavors of mango and guava. Juicy overall with a very gentle bitterness, however, some notes of pine resin develop midway.
Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. Smooth and frothy yet with a dry finish.
Solid IPA that gets better throughout. Simple, smooth and easy drinking.

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Gajo74 from New York, May 24, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at The Tap On Ponce in Midtown Hotlanta. The beer poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had ripe pineapple and floral hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with conflicting floral spice hop against tropical citrus. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - hazy copper color slight skimming and a good lasting white head
Smell - mango Mellon pineapple and a little citrus
Taste - tangy citrus tangerine mandarin with a little grapefruit with some peach
Feel - medium body lighter carb but creamy
Overall - different tasty beer

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy with a one finger head; nice retention and a good quantity of lace

Smell: Pineapple, peach, ruby red grapefruit and berry tones

Taste: Pineapple and peach forward, with some berry tones joining with the malt to add some sweetness to the base; moderately bitter flavors of ruby red grapefruit, through the middle, with some residual sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Crushable and juicy; a straight down the fairway, modern IPA

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Mar 08, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a foggy yellow color with a lot of lacing left behind on the class. The smell was delightful with an apple/citrus/caramel initial burst followed by some floral notes. The taste is rather malty for an IPA with some subtle touches of citrus, hops and caramel.

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Kinger22 from Virginia, Dec 28, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden with some clouding. It has a white head and head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has a dank and pine like aroma. There are slight hints of stone fruits and slight caramel and grain notes.

Taste: It has a stone fruit and pine flavor. There are restrained alcohol notes with a slight bit of grain and caramel.

Feel: It has a moderate body and slightly creamy texture. It is fairly easy drinking.

Overall, a pleasant drinking IPA with light grain flavors with pine and stone fruit.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Dec 07, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a can in a Raleigh bottle shop while visiting North Carolina. 12 oz can opened bursting with flavor. This is a juicy IPA. Taste is a little dry with nice citrus forward and bitter finish. I enjoyed very much. Drinking in late November with stamp on can bottom showing “22OCT2018 SUPERIOR FIREPOWER”. Taste is fresh and goes down easy.

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haines710 from Delaware, Nov 30, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Some floaties, nice head retention & lacing

S: Some citrus with a little breadyness

T: Follows the nose, plus some grassyness up front; Plenty of orange & tangerine Some dryness as this warms, more grassyness, a good amount of citrus & just a touch of passion fruit as well. Finishes a little dry with nice citrus notes

MF: Medium body restrained carbonation, good balance, body thins out a touch once warm

Drinks pretty easy, a nice take on the style

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russpowell from Arkansas, Nov 29, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz October 2018 can from ATL into a pint glass in November 2018.
Pours with a hazy, pale golden body and a moderate size, durable white head. Plentiful, sticky lacing is left on the glass.
Fruity and dank aroma.
The flavor is way less dank, featuring juicy citrus notes. Faint hints of bready malts, pineapple, melon, green apples and herbal hops. Moderate strength for style, but relatively mild bitterness.
Medium-full body and carbonation.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Nov 21, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a glass

Hazy golden yellow, two finger frothy white foam cap

Aroma of tropical fruits,

Taste of tropical fruit hops over a cracker malt base

Good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Nov 11, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from KMitch. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber/light orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, fairly crisp, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish, not aggressive. Nice Mosaic, Citra, Centennial, Columbus profile; but this is obviously not very fresh. Juicy and fairly vibrant/dank/earthy hops; nice pale/wheat malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness from crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Giving it the benefit of the doubt on overall score. Would like to revisit a fresh can if given the opportunity.

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superspak from Michigan, Oct 27, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Very hazy but not turbid. Bright golden color. Modest white head. Big aroma with tropical fruit, pineapple, and dank resin. The taste followed. Bitterness up from that faded into softness. Mango, papaya, pineapple, and resin. Bright flavors. Medium bodied and easy to drink. Outstanding.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Oct 17, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw yellow and hazy. There's a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering most of the rim. It smell a lot like orange juice with some tropical fruit mixed in. I'm definitely tasting more tropical fruit with some melon, citrus, and mango. The mouth is lightly resinous and lightly sticky.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Sep 22, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pineapple, grapefruit and toasted caramel. Bitter piney hop bite with a citrusy kick and a sweet caramel/toffee finish.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Aug 06, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden in color,not murky. Fruity but not super juicy in my opinion. Light bitterness but finishes relatively smooth. It’s worth a try but I’ve had much better for sure

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RC_Saunders from North Carolina, Jul 04, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my absolute fave go to beers. Endlessly drinkable. If don’t wanna do a DIPA, do a surf wax. Anyone else notice that it’s gotten a touch hazier and slightly sweeter? I almost miss that bitter bite at the end. Either way if u see it drink it! Asheville baby!

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4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American (slightly wheated) IPA brewed with Mosaic, Centennial, Citra, and Columbus. Poured from a can into a Rhinegeist tulip. The pour is light gold in color, hazy, and sports about a finger of white foam. Very fruity, juicy nose. Lots of fresh pineapple, orange, peach, mango, and lemon.

Medium-light body with a firm feel and a bright, citrusy flavor. Some cracker-like notes up front, a little marmalade, and fresh fruit up front. The hops produce soft bitterness and very pleasant tropical fruit flavors of lemon, pineapple, apricot, and mango. Dies a little in the back of the palate, but no off flavors or grating astringency. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Really wish I had bought more.

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