Sun Surfer
Double Nickel Brewing Company

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From:
Double Nickel Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #212
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,695
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
6
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 25, 2022
Added:
Jul 19, 2020
Wants:
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Gots:
  1
SCORE
84
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Rated: 3.73 by Taenim from New Jersey

Nov 25, 2022
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Hazy, straw yellow (with a green hue) color. Good, lumpy head which is slow to recede. Wide streaks of lace left of the glass.

The smell is mostly very pale malted barley. There's a light citrus followed by a touch of berry sweetness. Initially, I didn't think there was much here, but there's a nice, but very subtle, complexity.

The flavor is soft but, like the smell, quite complex. It starts with the palest of malt tastes, but there is no graininess at all. Next, the citrus (orange) flavors come in. Decent body with a predictable level of carbonation. The swallow draws out some neutral bitterness. It would be easy to overwhelm the lighter flavors, but this is close to perfect in terms of balance.

This is NOT a big beer. It is more appropriate for soft-spoken, curious, philosophy loving beer drinkers. It's so delicate one might miss many of the flavors and smells
Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.43 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
DNs usually solid, but for me this blonde was way overloaded with orange/tangerine flavor almost to the point of un-drinkable. If you enjoy a not so subtle punch of orange, this may work for you.
Aug 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
(12 oz can, 03/31/21; purchased cold 6-pack... poured into a fat tulip)

L: initially pours clear, but much finely speckled sediment enters with remaining ounces; foam fizzes away quickly, leaving thin, spitty collar... virtually no lace

S: bold sweet orange peel essence, floral undertone highlights; perhaps a grainy, bready, muffin-like malt character poking out from below... overall, bold expression, if a bit muddy

T: more orange up front, but with the floral, lightly fruity-herbaceous hop character meeting the orange in intensity; lightly bitter (bitterness of which the carbonation seems to influence)... relatively dry aftertaste, orange essence still singing, with perhaps some crackery grain notes scattered in the fruit soup, the presence of which may be what's preventing a full-on orange soda masquerade

F: light-bodied, but with a oily viscosity and slow finish; fizz at first, but it mellows out quick... subtle sense of alcohol warmth (and/or acidic hop spice?)... at any rate, a delicate nectar, eminently crushable

O: second can I tried from the sixer, but first time noticing (first via their website) that this is brewed with oranges; duh! makes sense now... quite nice; a crowd pleaser and an ideal warm weather swill; I'd definitely buy this again (1763)
May 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.63 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Sep 19, 2020
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Reviewed by timobkg from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a can into a Chimay goblet, it's a copper orange with a thin white head.

Aromas of fresh citrus float off the glass - lemon, clementine, tangerine, and blood orange.

The taste is primarily tangerine, followed by tangerine rind, with a hint of blood orange. There's a mild bitterness, like that of tangerine rind, to balance out the fruitiness.

Overall it's a nice, refreshing, citrus beer. I'm reminded of the quote, "Nice, nice... not thrilling, but nice." That basically describes this beer - it's not likely to thrill you, but it's a nice, refreshing, summer beer. There's not a lot of depth of flavour, but it's pleasant enough.
Sep 14, 2020
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Reviewed by jzlyo from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Aroma is bread/malts and slight spices. The flavor is citrus, wheat/malts, mild tropical fruit, almost Belgian wit yeast and a fruit/lemon zest finish.
Aug 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.52 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 14, 2020
 
Rated: 2.5 by wildman69 from New York

Aug 09, 2020
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Double Nickel Brewing Co. "Sun Surfer"
12 fl. oz. can coded "05/27/20-10:47:39". Sampled on 0/19/20.
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is "brewed with fresh oranges", Valencia I hear, and "dry hopped with Mandarina". It certainly smells like a fresh orange. The body is a clear yellow-gold and the head is an average-sized cap of bright white foam. I've been waiting to see if it would drop, and it is, but slowly. On to the taste... the orange carries over clearly and it's bright and fresh. There's even some citrus pith character to it. It's like you might find in a freshly made cocktail or spritz. There's some basic malt behind that, lightly sweet and softly bready, and a touch of bitterness. Not a whole lot of bitterness is needed though as the acidity of the oranges helps to balance it out. In all honesty what this tastes like to me is if you had a blonde ale and added a big slice of orange to it. That's it, that's the review. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and somewhat crisp. I still have a thin but solid surface covering, and it's left some average lacing about the glass. Certainly a summer beer. Wort trying.
Review #7,035
Jul 19, 2020
Sun Surfer from Double Nickel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 12 ratings