AirForceHops (4234) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz. Can, Thanks to Tripplebrew. At the crack of the can I could smell luscious hops. Slow carbonation makes a full, fluffy white head with great retention. The smell of fresh hops is intoxicating. Awesome nose. Flavor is mild grapefruit, pine and a touch of floral hops. Body is medium. Very light bitter finish. Somewhat dry finish. I personally like the Citra hops. I NEVER would have guessed this came from a can. I would have said draft if I havenít pored it from the can myself. My kind of IPA.
dmac (4562) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can shared at the 2011 BA SJ gathering. Poured a light honey gold color with a large flufy white head. Aroma of dusty grains, citrus meat and flower stems. Smooth soft body with lighter carbonation. Flavor is a bit better then the aroma with grainy bread, citrus, graperuit and grassy hops. This one just doenst hold up to the likes of Hill Farmstead and Heady Topper which I drank just before this one.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one was canned on 10/4, consumed on 11/14. Admittedly, itís not my first can out of the 4 pack, the other two having been consumed on 10/19. Still, Iím hoping for something great.
Aroma: Fruity and citrusy, and fairly sweet. Oranges, grapefruit, lemon zest. Wait. Thereís something more here. Clementine. Wow.
Appearance: Orange and bubbly, with some fluffy white head going on all up in here. Fairly clear.
Taste: Surprisingly malty. Lots of orange sweetness, with the tangy dryness of grapefruit in the background with that bitter hoppy finish. Lemoniness through the whole thing. Sweet then dry, and nicely refreshing.
Palate: Medium body, lower side of medium carb. Sticks to the mouth, feeling a lot like eating grapefruit. Feels surprisingly soft, with just a tinge of alcohol.
Overall: One of the better IPAs on the market if you ask me. Itís not quite what last yearís batch was, I think because of the change to all citra hops. Still, itís got a groovy beat that I can dance too. Er. Drink?
nsquishee (629) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice hoppy Surly offering. Very fresh tasting, with citrus and hop flavors. Very smooth yet carbonated palate that makes this very refreshing. I donít like nearly as much as 2010 Wet which was 50% Simcoe, but very impressive none-the-less.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallboy can from a friendís recent trip to Minnesota. Pours a light orangey tan with a long-lived bubbly white head. Aroma is deliciously fresh, green pine, with just a touch of lemon zest. Sharp, bright flavors of hop resin and sweet caramel, strong bitterness up front and at the tail end.
Damico (2808) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The IPA pours golden and clear in color, lighter than expected. The aroma and the flavor have nice notes of the citra hops, then there is a bit of maltiness as well that rounds it all out.
Chad9976 (1365) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 16oz can into an oversize wine glass.
Appearance: Hazy, but translucent shade of pure orange with slight honey hue. Forms an average-sized frothy head which retains and laces pretty well.
Smell: Pure pine sap and resin - almost to the point of burnt rubber. A very earthy scent as well, similar to sharp cheddar with a noticeable tropical fruit juice syrup aroma at the core.
Taste: I wouldnít say I like wet hop IPAs any more or less than regular IPAs, mostly because Iíve never been floored by one, but Surly Wet definitely is the best Iíve had so far. This is a different kind of bitterness - a continual, dull, wet, soft bitterness with a rich juicy sweetness riding shotgun. Itís very tasty, original and impressive.
It begins with the immediate presence of resin. A strong, rich, dull bitterness like standing too close to a car thatís stuck and is burning its rubber on the pavement and you can actually taste it. But in the case of this beer (and wet hopped beers in general), thatís a good thing. Itís pure pine sap in that itís soft, rich, and seems to coat the entire mouth like an imperial stout does. Thereís a rich, almost refreshing juicy quality through the middle, but it ends with a combination of resin and juice concentrate. Itís a very unique and somewhat strange, but highly satisfying experience for the palate.
Mouthfeel: Soft and full-bodied with a distinct dry aftertaste of syrupy richness and hop resin.
Drinkability: What really makes Surly Wet so impressive is that while its palate is very rich and bitter simultaneously, itís also amazingly drinkable. The mouthfeel is comfortable and the low carbonation lends to a highly quaffable drinking experience. The 7.5% ABV is right on the money - accounting for a full-flavored palate without the boozy qualities you might get from an imperial IPA. A fantastic beer to pair with sharp cheddar, although itís good enough to drink by itself.
pepsican (1505) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I guess I really donít care for fresh hop beers and this is a terrible review.
Gold pour, very clear, nice white head. Overly bitter, piney, earthy hop profile. Not much going for it on the malt side but a bit of caramel and dough. Lingering bitter finish. I love Citra hops and all but this one fell short. Still a decent beer though and great for the style.
ekoerper (592) - Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: massive citrus and resin hop nose, packed with grapefruit, orange, pine, dank and a bit musty, very nice. Pours a clear golden color, two finger white head with great retention, a thin layer persists through the taste and leaves decent lacing. Firm bitterness up front, tons of fruity, resiny hops, lots of grapefruit and pine, some toasty malt and a touch of residual sweetness, very mellow, hoppy finish with no astringent lingering bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Great IPA, really enjoyed this.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to brian23456 for sending me this in a recent trade!
Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden orange with tangerine hues and two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing on itís way down.
Dank floral hop aroma with lots of resinous oils as well as some earthy pine countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and citrus rind balance out the earthier notes. Pale malt presence with some biscuit and graham.
Medium bodied with lots of dank, luscious resinous oils that create a complex hop profile. Delicately floral with a decent amount of biter dryness balanced by some sweeter fruit notes and pale malt. Hints of earthy, grassy pine countered by tropical/citrus fruits, especially grapefruit and pineapple. The malt backbone is noticeable without getting in the way of the fresh hops, giving off subtle hints of biscuit and graham cracker.
Overall this beer is complex, very well balanced, extremely flavorful and dangerously quaffable. One of the best hoppy beers Iíve had lately.