Surf Wax
Burial Beer Co.

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Burial Beer Co.
North Carolina, United States
American IPA
Ranked #253
Ranked #4,819
4.14 | pDev: 6.52%
Apr 20, 2023
Mar 22, 2014
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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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Rated: 4.24 by blevinsaj from Ohio

Apr 20, 2023
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a short Shaker pint.

A: Bright yellow with 2-finger rocky white head with good retention and thick lacing.

S: Strong pineapple, mango, orange, and lighter peach hop aromas with low esters

T: Flavor is fruity and low-medium bitter with pineapple, orange, lighter lemongrass and peach flavors and low esters. Lighter pale malt sweetness.

M: Light-medium body with enough heft to provide good balance and dry finish.

O: No wonder they sell a lot of this IPA - flavorful, highly drinkable, and accessible.
Apr 03, 2023
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Not ready to kill off their resinous ways, Burial brewers set their sites on the surf and sun of the West Coast in a surfing inspired ale that's bright enough to wake the dead.

Chocked full of Mosaic. Citra. Centennial, Mosaic and Columbus hops, Surf Wax swoons the senses with a juicy citrus, tropical fruit and stone fruit perfume that floats above a pale golden body and a bright white foam. Its initial sip provides a softer malt sweetness of caramel, honey, lightly toasted shortbread and mild nuttiness to suggest granola-like flavors.

Adding more fruit flavors, the hops complement the grain sweetness with a rounded and juicy flavor of tangerine, grapefruit, mango, apricot, lime, passionfruit and pineapple in a full fruit cocktail of flavor. Trending herbal and balanced, the hop bitterness remains smooth but grows into a sweetly resinous taste with hemp, tea, lemon pepper and geranium to finish.

Medium bodied and shy of the dryness and bitterness of true West Coast IPA but this more balanced approach is a welcome flavor for fans of pale ale with a new hop twist. Finishing bitter-sweet and malty-dry, this beer has a taste for all hop lovers.
Mar 21, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by BeerBeast from Florida

Mar 07, 2023
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a golden color with a white head. Nose is citrusy. Taste was initial citrus that gave way to apricot or maybe slightly peach. Feel is a decent bitterness. Superbly well done!
Feb 27, 2023
Rated: 4 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2023
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Reviewed by jbfoley from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very nice W Coast IPA….with a high profile Citra and Mosaic to lend a touch of juiciness but no overbearing sweetness. Nice complex fading head, solid clean bitter finish that makes it easy to pour another.
Moving to Delaware in the spring… this is a NC brew and brewery I will miss.
Sep 16, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by DOCRW from Washington

Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by JHeard79 from North Carolina

Jul 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Jun 22, 2022
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Reviewed by hopsngrains from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a well thought of IPA, but actually drinks more like a Pale Ale. Very light yellow color and mouthfeel, but good lacing. Refreshing, and well balanced. Burial BC for whatever reason likes to ramp up prices. I think I paid 13.99 for a 6 pk. Give me a 2-Hearted any day, but a nice IPA.
Apr 07, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by tonystanhope from Florida

Apr 04, 2022
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Bier Garden in downtown Asheville, looks typical , smells pretty hoppy and dank with the onion note. Taste is a bit rough and harsh on the palate, and why wheat? Not that impressed with this one, no recommendo, no repeato.
Burial is so over rated
Feb 09, 2022
Rated: 4.66 by teamgalt from Massachusetts

Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured an orange-gold body with decent head and nice lace sheath down glass. Bold citric hop aroma with touches of caramel malt and hints of grapefruit. Smooth yet dry while at same time has some breadiness with touches of caramel and grapefruit that balances a bitter citric and earthy west coast hoppiness. Crisp finish on this well-balanced beer and easy to drink.
Nov 30, 2021
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Rated by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Delicious citrus-hoppy-juicy IPA.
Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Can dated 10/21/21 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a persistent off-white head. Initial impression is slightly sweet grapefruit, mango, orange, and a touch of pine. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet and refreshingly clean. I would have this again in a heartbeat!
Nov 16, 2021
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Reviewed by DuaneL from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This IPA is different from any other; sort of a mixture of East Coast,, hazy and pale ale ale! As they say - very drinkable - but very pricey at $16 a 6-pac. Only place to get is Stateline, Elkton. Some special deal they made.
Nov 02, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Oct 30, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Zaphog from Michigan

Sep 02, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by mpolewan from Ohio

Aug 21, 2021
Rated: 4.63 by DrBass from Maryland

Aug 14, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by rorjets from Connecticut

Aug 08, 2021
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Rated by Dawson_A

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Excellent. Smooth, floral and pine-resin flavor, little aftertaste. I thoroughly enjoyed it - you could drink a lot of these in a session.
Jul 20, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Keananmichael5 from California

Jul 11, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

May 09, 2021
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a 12 oz can from the Blue Door Bottleshop in Hendersonville 4-5-21 for 2.75. Smudged canned date; consumed 4-15-21.

Beer poured a chilled gold with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose is catty and dank, very nice!

Taste is a medium pale malt base infused with pine and grapefruit and a touch of melon. Finishes with a solid but restrained bitterness; 6/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a solid WCIPA that i will have again someday, hopefully at the brewpub!
Apr 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz can, 1 month old, into a tulip. Looks fine and hazy, pretty average for the style, not much for lacing. Big hoppy nose: tropical and citrus fruit (pineapple, tangerine) and some sticky piney resin. Taste follows the nose...there's a solid malt backbone, but it isn't very distinctive; all in all, this is very tasty, especially if you're a hop head. Fairly soft mouthful, but there is a hoppy zip there, too. The last sips weren't nearly as big and bright as the first ones...don't know what to make of that. Would definitely like to enjoy this one more often.
Apr 07, 2021
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Reviewed by SaltofOH from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Unreadable best by. DFH tulip.

A: pours a hazy yellow with 1 finger of bright white head that lingers as a white bubbly ring. Fine lacing, would have been better with a cleaner glass.

S: sweet, pineapple, wheat, dominated by a strong brightness like the familiar simcoe gasoline smell, though mild. There is a floral character here vaguely akin to some highland single malts that use reused sherry butts.

T: salty arrival. Bright simcoe grassiness, followed by a mildly tropical mosaic center, with an herbal dankness. Very, very mild bitterness on the finish.

M: silky, light, active carbonation, but with tiny bubbles. Fairly clean for the style, actually.

O: this grabbed my attention enough for me to write a review. It is a grassy, dank hazy IPA. Very modern in approach and delivery. I can’t imagine a single food this would pair well with. Interesting, well-executed, but not my style. Described as containing loads of Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra. Other cans have said different hops.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by sdjkp from Connecticut

Mar 02, 2021
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Reviewed by ManlyWealth from Georgia

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
On draft at Burial Brewing. I love this IPA! Poured with a healthy white head. Has a wonderful floral bouquet with citrus and pine and a beautiful west coast gold body. Taste the bold, full-bodied, hoppy west coast IPA and juicy, smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. A very drinkable and solid IPA.
Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by MGibbons from Maryland

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 4 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jan 24, 2021
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Rated by MattBeer from California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Good, but a little...weird?
Jan 08, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 30, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
great combination of hops gives this beer a great hoppy flavor
Nov 12, 2020
Rated: 4 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Oct 09, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

Oct 01, 2020
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