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Surly Bandwagon IPA

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
Introducing Bandwagon, a West Coast India Pale Ale. This IPA is brewed with pale and crystal malts, centennial and chinook hops, and fermented with English ale yeast. Bandwagon is pale gold in color and has flavors of caramelly biscuits slathered in pineapple-orange marmalade. Bandwagon. Jump on, Get Surly!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2012
At target field, amber with 1 finger white head. Aroma is floral herbal with a hint of tropical fruit. Taste is sweet and tropical. Palate is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Draft pour on tap at GTMW 2012 (Madison, WI). Pours a rich glowing orange hue, no real haze, healthy rich glow. Frothy offwhite head dies to a big layer, sticks around well overall. Aromas are earthy and bitter hops, bits of citrus, some florals grow. Lemon cookies, biscuits. Initial is lighter end of the fold, some richer dry florals, lemons, and dry citrusy grapefruit. Firm bitterness leads into some bready malts, pale, and a bit of sweetness. Middle is mellow sweetness, firmer bitter lemon grows. Touches of grapefruit, earthy florals, grass, and richer bitter hops linger on the finish. A smaller malt base than Furious, fresher hops, more drinkable in my opinion. Tasty. Glad to have a chance at.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (2268) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
GTMW. Deep orange pour. Nice bouquet of floral citrus and pine hops. Flavor is light citrus and pine bitterness with a mild caramel malt backbone. Clean, crisp, and slightly dry. This is a pounder of a beer that you could drink all summer long. Nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Had this at the All Pints North festival in Duluth, MN. Has some nice citrus scents and had a nice subtle bitterness. Great IPA for sitting outside during the day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2406) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2012
July 21, 2012 on tap at All Pints North. Orange brown pour with head. Citrus hops in aroma and taste. Liked this better than Furious and wish it was available in cans.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
velcrosky (1) - - JUL 7, 2012 does not count
Worth the trip to Target Field blah boo bah happy happy joy joy I don?t want to do 85 characters

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Another solid brew from surly. Notes of citrus and floral aromas. Bit of toffee on the nose as well. Amber/caramel pour with moderate white head. Nice bitter finish. Its similar to furious, but different enough to stand on its own. Not bad prices for ballpark beer either. $8.75 for 24 ounces. I was just at Fenway and it was roughly $8/12 ounces of domestic light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Pour on tap Gate 124 at Target Field, dark reddish orange pour with fluffy white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee and biscuit before it goes into big sweet grapefruit, orange, pine and grassy notes with a slight earth and spice note as well, really nice. Taste is nice juicy grapefruit and orange before it goes to pine and grass, finishing with a hint of spice and earth, nice bitter, caramel and toffee come through a bit also. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
williger618 (1) - - JUN 27, 2012 does not count
Well worth waiting in line for this beer at Target Field. Very nice citrus/bitter/sweet combo, great aroma. Selfishly, I hope they make it more available, but having it only at Target Field is good marketing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
You can see why Surly choose to do an IPA at the ballpark, it gets hot in Minneapolis! An IPA is a great drink to cool down with and that you wont want to dump after it sits in the sun a little too long. As to the other comments that this is just like Furious..... Your wrong. This is not as hoppy as Furious but it does seem a little more bitter. There is a unique difference in the two. I hope that Surly will be able to do a canning run of this in the Baseball off-season. Overall a great beer!

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