Sunday, August 9, 2015

Surly Todd the Axe Man IPA

This is a 7.2% ABV India Pale Ale from the Surly Brewing Company of Brooklyn Center (and now Minneapolis), Minnesota. Surly is the "Beer For A Glass, From A Can" or in this case "Beer to Shred Your Face, In A Can." This beer was first made in collaboration with the Amager Brewery of Denmark. It is named after Surly's head brewer Todd, as a nod to his guitar playing in his band.

The beer pours the color of dried apricots. There is about an inch of white, foamy head, not particularly long-lasting. The aroma is passion fruit, guava, mango skin, very ripe, with some yeasty fruit esters. The taste is tangy, citrusy, loads of very ripe and lush tropical fruits. There is a moderate pine needle bitterness on the finish. The beer drinks smooth and round, but with a very tingling carbonation. This is a really enjoyable IPA.

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