In this beer blog, we are going to sample a brew from Surly Brewing. If you are a long time reader of this blog, you know I posted a review on a live blog at Savor a few years ago in Washington D.C. This beer is their Over Rated! West Coast Style IPA. Surly Brewing was founded by Omar Ansari in 2005 at Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis. They brew several different beer styles. Let us get into this West Coast Style IPA.
It has a cloudy golden color with a white head that disappears over time. The smell is citrus with hints of orange. The taste is refreshing citrus notes with a dry hoppy aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer can:
It’s been said; “It’s easier to brew an extremely hoppy beer than an extremely balanced beer.” And you known us, we are always looking for the easy way out, so we jumped on the West Coast IPA Bandwagon and brewed this dry and hoppy ale. “Surly’s a little gimmick beers,” and maybe we ware OVERRATED, but at the end of the day, it’s just a beer. If you like it, great, so do we. If you only liked us when we wer small, then leave this one on the shelf. Let one of the fanboys grab it.
Here is a description from their website (www.surlybrewing.com):
It’s been said: “It’s easier to brew an extremely hoppy beer than an extremely balanced beer.” And you know us, we are always looking for the easy way out, so we jumped on the West Coast IPA Bandwagon and brewed this dry and hoppy ale. “Surly’s a little bit of a one-trick pony, they just brew gimmick beers,” and maybe we are OVERRATED, but at the end of the day, it’s just a beer. If you like it, great, so do we. If you only liked us when we were small, then leave this one on the shelf. Let one of the fanboys grab it.
STYLE: West Coast IPA
MALT: 2-Row, Belgian Crystal
HOPS: Columbus, Centennial, Cascade, El Dorado
YEAST: English Ale
OG: 15.5º Plato
COLOR: 4.5 º
SRM IBU: 69
AVAILABILITY: Cans, occasionally throughout the year
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In the end, I was pretty excited to see they landed in the Chicagoland area. When I was in town, I picked up a four back of this brew and their flagship beer. I did not enjoy this IPA as much as I did their flagship, which is Furious IPA. I enjoyed this beer very much but the hops. The hops make this brew pretty drinkable and light in body. Unlike other west coast style IPA. I believe that is what Surly Brewery was going for in making this beer. This is a seasonal brew. It is a good beer but I love their Furious IPA more. I recommend you trying this brew. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser