Brew Review: Surly Wet

17 Jan

Brew: Wet

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

Style: Fresh Hop IPA (7.5% ABV)


The seasonal from Surly that comes out in the fall or should I say harvest time. They ship fresh picked hops straight from the vine to the brewery and brew this IPA 3 days later. They try to capture the essence of the hops in their freshest form. Surly has a great track record with hoppy brews (see Furious and Abrasive) so this one is coming from a great family.

Wet poured out a clear amber color, something like a regular IPA might. There is obviously some malt to back up all the hops that were squeezed into this beer. There was plenty of visible carbonation that produced a half inch off-white head that stuck around for a little bit but in the end was gone.

This was an amazing smelling brew. Great hop profile right off the top. Pine, citrus, a bouquet of floral and juicy hop smells met my nose. As the brew warmed up a little the malts began to show but the freshness of the hops really strut their stuff in the aroma, you could tell that this beer was brewed only about a week before it was opened and the hops were pretty much straight off the truck.

The taste was a little bitter, but not as much as you would expect with so much hop aroma coming off of the brew. Apparently most of the hop additions came at the end of the boiling and only a few lent their bittering oils. It is a very floral/fruity beer with pronounced notes of grapefruit and citrus flavors. There were some malts there to counteract all the hops in the brew but they were just there to be the balance on this terrifically crafted beer. They played just a big enough role that they added everything in small amounts and didn’t detract from the main course of the beer, the fresh hops. The freshness of the hops is unmatched, ‘wet’ is a great terms since it seems like these hops didn’t even get a chance to dry even a little before they were pitched into the brew kettle.


Final Grade: A


One Response to “Brew Review: Surly Wet”


  1. Brew Review: 3 Floyds BrooDoo Harvest Ale « Average Bro's Brew Review - January 19, 2012

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