Wednesday, December 15th 2010
(Surly Brewing Company)
Surly's most recent release, WET, is also their 9th canned offering. This certainly sets Surly apart when it comes to offering the most diverse and varied portfolio of canned craft beers in the business. They are constant innovators and we really look forward to what they come up with next!
From the Surly site:
"2,400 lbs of hops picked freshly in oregon and shipped to Minnesota immediately. We brewed this beer three days later. This is a hop forward beer, dry with subdued malt flavors."
Here we go...
Pour - glowing bright orange. This looks outstanding in the glass. Clean and clear with a big, rich head on top. The rich, golden color of this is oh so nice.
Aroma - wow, for a beer that was brewed a few months back and canned not that much afterwards this smells tremendous. Super fresh, green nuggets of goodness are what comes to mind as this goes from can to glass. The air is filled with a pungent aroma of pine, sweet orange along with a smell I'd equate to sweet iced tea with lemon.
Taste - pucker up folks because you are in for a ride of humulus lupulus excitement. Big, bitter flavors up front with a very solid sweet citrus backing. The malt plays perfectly with the extremity of the hops and makes this big IPA about as balanced as is brewingly possible. All the stuff you love about those little green cones is crammed into this can for your enjoyment. Fresh-hopped beers do have a certain quality that is more raw, oily and intense and I love this one for all of those qualities. If you ever get the chance to get your hop-loving hands on cans of this beer I'd say go ahead and give up your an arm for them, c'mon you've got two!
Overall - absolutely outstanding. This is about as good as a fresh-hop IPA can get in our opinion. I love this beer and want the Surly delivery truck at my house every Thursday from now until eternity.
Availability - October (hops are harvested in the fall)
Would I buy more of it? - like everything else that leaves the Surly brewery...yes, yes, a thousand times yes!
Note - We are pretty sure that Surly's WET is the first canned wet-hopped beer in the world. We are also sure that this ranks in the top 5 when it comes to hoppy beers that have ever been canned (and probably pretty high when it comes to hoppy beers period.)!
Posted by Russ
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