Beer 366/365 – Surly Surlyfest Lager

Surly Surlyfest Lager

Style: Oktoberfest

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade

What makes this beer different: The fest Oktoberfest beer I have EVER tried.

Will I be drinking this again: Will be trading for some of this next year.

Grade: A

11/24/2010: My first beer back! I actually drank this a while back, but took a mini vacation from updating. I have about 6-7 beers to update, just need to get around to editing the pictures and getting everything up on the site. About the beer; this is classified as a Rye Beer on BA, but I am convinced that has to be a mistake. It HAS to be an Oktoberfest just check out the design on the can.

The nose is Pale malt dominant with some noble hop action. The flavor is just amazing as far as an Oktoberfest goes; some caramel, nuts, noble hops, and even a bit of citrus. The rye is there but I would not call this a rye beer. Interesting combo of flavors, but they work amazingly well. Mouthfeel is super creamy for a lager, medium body and super drinkable. I really wish Surly would distribute to PA. Maybe someday!

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Published in: on November 24, 2010 at 9:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 249/365 – Surly Coffee Bender

Surly coffee bender

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.10%

Purchased at: Traded for it

What makes this beer different: The first coffee flavored brown ale I have ever had.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I would love to. Might have to trade for it.

Grade: A-

7/15/2010: This technically is the last beer in my Surly Beer week, I almost forgot that I already drank the Abrasive Ale about a month ago. Description below.

This beer is our regular Bender beer with a cold-press coffee-brewing process. We steep 20 gallons at a time, so this beer will pop up at Tours, beer fests and special tappings. The coffee is roasted locally at Coffee & Tea Limited in Linden Hills.

I am a big fan of any coffee flavored beer, but this is the first brown ale I have had with such flavoring. My favorite coffee beer thus far hands down is Perkulator by Dark Horse. Coffee Bender might have just jumped into the #2 spot. The smell is french roasted coffee and sweet brown sugar. The flavor really reminds me of an iced coffee; coffee, creaminess, and just sweet enough. The mouthfeel from the oatmeal really helps this beer just as it did the regular bender. Overall I really like this Coffee Bender, but needed a bit more of a coffee punch to jump into my #1 spot for coffee flavored beer.

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Published in: on July 15, 2010 at 11:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 248/365 – Surly Furious

Surly Furious

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.2%

Purchased at: Traded for it

What makes this beer different: So bitterly hoppy, yet I still enjoyed it?

Will I be drinking this again: Won’t go out of my way for it, but it was good.

Grade: B+

7/14/2010: Beer #3 in the Surly beer week is their best seller; Furious. Didn’t realize this beer ranked so highly, but its in the Top 50 on Beer Advocate. Description below.

Like Hops? You’ll like this fire-hued beer. This is the beer I have always dreamed of making. This is the beer that would come to mind while spending the last two years tearing down walls, hanging sheetrock, moving kegs, power washing the ceilings, arguing with various agencies, and cutting the water main. Without Golden Promise malt, made by family-owned Simpsons Malt, Furious would just be pissed offed. From Scotland, this malt is still produced in the tradition of turning over the barley by hand, resulting in a malt that is unsurpassed in its quality. Golden Promise is also used extensively by premium whisky distilleries such as The Macallan. This malt provides the backbone for the intense hop character. Four American hop varieties are used at a rate of over three pounds per barrel. The result is a rich malt sweetness infused with bright hop flavor and aroma from beginning to end. Oh yeah, it’s about 6% alcohol and around 100 IBUs.

Wow talk about long winded ha. Anyways this might be the hoppiest smelling beer I have ever encountered. The flavor is an assault on your taste buds, tons of hops, and a bit of relief is given with the caramel malt. The hops are mostly citrusy, and a flavor that I really can’t put my finger on. Mouthfeel is somewhat full for an IPA, but I think its fitting for the flavor profile. I am sure hop heads absolutely love Surly Furious, and it is damn good, but a little too hoppy for me to “love” it.

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Published in: on July 14, 2010 at 3:20 pm  Comments (1)  
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Beer 247/365 – Surly Cynic Ale

Surly Cynic Ale

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 6.7%

Purchased at: Traded for it

What makes this beer different: One of the least funky/sour saisons I have ever had.

Will I be drinking this again: If it was locally accessible, but it wasn’t quite good enough to trade for.

Grade: B+

7/13/2010: Beer #2 for the Surly Week! Below is the description on the can.

Oh great, a fizzy yellow beer in a can, that’s just what the craft beer world needs! CynicAle melds Old World ingredients in a new school style. French malted barley, English oats and Belgian yeast create honey and black pepper flavors. Lively Slovenian hops provide the floral, apricot and peach notes. Toss your doubts away, toss one back and enjoy!

Gotta be honest, I’m not getting a lot of the honey/floral/apricot notes in the nose/flavor of this beer at all. Black pepper is there though! The smell is only mildly sour, but not too much so. The flavor comes of as something I would call a “Saison Light”. Grainy, slightly funky, but very drinkable. I get a little bit of fruit but can’t put my finger on exactly what it is. Well carbonated and very light for the style, and really doesn’t have that belgian creamy mouthfeel to it.

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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.

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Beer 206/365 – Surly Abrasive

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: An extra in a trade.

What makes this beer different: Very crisp for an Imperial IPA

Will I be drinking this again: I have two more cans so yes.

Grade: A

6/2/2010: Anyone who has been reading this site for awhile knows I love canned beer, and many people think that Surly makes the best canned beer around. I actually ended up getting a ton of Surly in a few different trades, Cynic Ale, Furious, Bender, and Coffee Bender. No Darkness just yet! Would love to get my hands on some though. I actually had plans on drinking all 5 all in a row, but this was the only beer I had cold in the cooler when I arrived in Ocean City for vacation, so for times sake I just cracked this open at 1am.

Abrasive Ale smells very very “tropical” for an IPA, almost sweet. The flavor is just like I like an Imperial IPA to be, almost a perfect split between hops and malt. The hops are very very tropical tasting, citrus and pineapple. This beer is very drinkable, the mouthfeel is a bit heavy/sticky but helps support all the flavor going on here. The fruity flavor becomes more prominent towards the last 1/3 of the beer. Very impressed with my first beer from the state of 10,000 lakes. I hope the rest are just as good.

Picture of the day: Oh the difference a pair of glasses can make.

Published in: on June 2, 2010 at 9:05 am  Comments (1)  
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