Brew Review: Surly Coffee Bender

22 Apr

Brew Review: Coffee Bender

Brewed By: Surly Brewing Co. (Brooklyn Center, MN)

Style: American Brown Ale w/ coffee (5.5% ABV)

Surly wakes up their normal brown ale, Bender, with a boatload of coffee beans in this morning favorite.  I was a little hesitant to give this one a go as I am not really a coffee drinker, but being a beer lover I couldn’t say no.  I enjoy their normal Bender so I went for it and I was not disappointed.

It has a very strong coffee aroma, something I do enjoy about coffee. There’s nothing better than waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of coffee a-brewin’ and bacon sizzling.  It was a deep brown with a little tint of red in there if you looked hard enough.  A solid looking brew that would probably remind the black coffee drinkers of their morning cup.

The first sip yielded a strong coffee presence, which never really wore off through the whole pint.  This big taste was not really overpowering and for someone like me, one who doesn’t drink the teeth-yellowing addiction of many people, it didn’t really turn me away from the brew.  It was very smooth, which is a quality of the original Bender and most brown ales, which I really enjoy.

For all you coffee drinking beer lovers, Coffee Bender would be a great brew for you.  Probably a great way to start off the work day if you were bold enough to show up to the office a little more bleary-eyed than usual.  A solid brown ale with a new twist that won’t disappoint, Surly excels at their craft time and time again.

Final Grade:  B

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