Beer 246/365 – Surly Bender

Surly Bender

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.10%

Purchased at: Traded for it

What makes this beer different: Smoothest most drinkable brown ale ever.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, I will probably be trading for more of this.

Grade: A

7/12/2010: I figured I would start my Surly week off with a staple for the brewery; Bender. Instead of posting up some intro text to all these beers, I’m just going to post the beer description printed on the can itself.

Get Surly! Here’s what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, caramel, and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.

Should be interesting! Oatmeal usually isn’t used outside of stouts/porters, but I am all for breaking the laws of beer. Bender smells brown sugary, and actually some coffee notes. There is a lot of flavor going on, but it still goes down very smooth. There is a fierce battle going on between sweet dark maltiness, and sharp hoppiness, but the oatmeal steps in and breaks up the fight. What I am trying to say is the malt/hop flavors are strong, but they are in perfect balance because of the smoothness that the oatmeal gives this beer. The mouthfeel is great, medium/heavy but super smooth and creamy. You need to find this beer.

Picture of the day: An elegant solution to a zombie outbreak.

Surly Beer Week!

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7/12/2010: Oh yes. Its time for a whole bunch of top notch canned craft beer from the land of 10,000 lakes. I actually have been to Minnesota quite a few times to play in the USA Cup back when I played cup soccer. Had a ton of good memories up there in Blaine, MN.

Surly is known for being one of the best canned craft beers around, and if you are a daily reader of my blog you know I have a love affair with canned beer. I got my hands on a bunch of their stuff through various trades, so I figured why not make an entire week of it. I had already sampled a few of Surly’s brews at a tasting a couple months back, but I am pretty excited to try an entire pint of these guys. Stay tuned!

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