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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lweiberg (107) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Kind of dry and sweet with a whiff of apricot to be had by the bold and fastidious.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2014
Can. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose/taste of wet grass, grapefruit, light caramel malt, pine and resin. Finishes bitter pine. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (1842) - Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
Hazy amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, floral hops, pine, & citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, pine hops, some caramel, and citrus (notably grapefruit); Finish is fairly bitter; Nicely balanced; Better than average - pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2227) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
[Tap] Pours a darker golden color with a big fluffy white head. Citrusy nose. Caramel, pine and grapefruit taste. Good balance with a clean bitterness lingering thoughout the finish. Tasting notes from 2/2014.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marheb (1753) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
Un nez intéressant d’ananas cuits, pin, tarte au citron, purée de mangue mais en bouche les malts sont têtus et une étrange verdure s’infiltre à travers les tons fruités.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2014
Can... Clear golden pour with a small, creamy, off-white head. The bouquet boasts pine, grapefruit and spicy hops. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. This is pretty damn bitter, tongue-numbing and sandpapery. Lingering, bitter aftertaste. Can courtesy of BVery!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2392) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2014
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Gotta say: I really like the copy on the can and I think it makes me like this beer more than I would otherwise. As it says, this is a great big IPA and it’s dry and super bitter. This style has always worked for me and I am always happy to try another. In this case, the beer is a slightly hazed orange color w/ a wispy white head of mixed-size bubbles. Nose is mostly citrus and pine but there is a faint note of lavender in the background which seems to come out more once the beer is tasted. There is a very slight sweetness to this, just a bit of sugar that floats over the top of the tongue to be demolished by a hefty smack of bitterness in the finish. As it warms, the texture thickens a bit and brings out some juicy citrus notes. Definitely, seeking this out is a no-brainer if you are into this kind of beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jethro6191 (402) - Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Pours a very hazy light copper-orange color with a lot of particles in suspension. The wispy thin white head laces the glass. Citrus aroma. The flavor is balanced with sweet malt, orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, and resinous notes. Medium body and carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (1229) - Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Tap - small foamy head, medium copper color, big time grapefruit hoppy aroma and flavor, mild malt backbone - excellent if you are like me and like the big hops! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle share @ Surly Darkness day 2013. Hazy golden with a fluffy white head. Sweet citrus, hop juice, pine resin, slightly bitter. Finish is a bit dry with notes of grass and toasted malt.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (356) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Can (dated 1/2/14) poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy light golden yellow with tiny bits of sediment and about a finger of off-white head. Good lacing. Aromas of citrus, caramel, resin, light tropical fruit, floral notes. Tasting notes of grapefruit citrus, bitter pine, resin, big bitter piney hops. Juicy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Had this before on 6/1/13 with a 5/8/13 dated can and my notes are pretty identical so it seems like the beer hasn’t fallen off too much after two months.


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