Saturday, June 18, 2016

Surly #Merica!

This 5.4% ABV pre-Prohibition style American Lager is from the Surly Brewing Company of Brooklyn Center (and now Minneapolis), Minnesota. It uses corn along with barley, and Willamette and Warrior hops, with German lager yeast.

The beer pours a very clear and pale yellow and golden. There is a half-inch of fizzy white head, and the beer is well-carbonated, with big soda-like bubbles. The aroma is very light grain, light wet cardboard, with a hint of grassy and citrus hops. The taste is better than the aromas, very light toasted grain, followed by a wallop of hops. The hops are grassy, quite bitter, but also have citrus and floral notes. The finish is dry and very bitter. The beer drinks chuggably. This is amusing, this beer has the look, smell and feel of an adjunct lager, but the taste kicks in as all Surly.

 2017: The can is the same, but the beer seems a bit tweaked, with a better aroma. It is now 5.0% ABV. 
The beer pours a lightly hazed bleached straw golden and yellow. There is over an inch of white, foamy head, that slowly fizzes down. The aroma is floral, hay, straw, a touch of citrus, with some bread dough and toasted grain. The beer is tangy citrus and floral over toasted grain, some bready yeastiness, and a very dry, bitter and grassy finish. The beer drinks easy and refreshing. 

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