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Surly Overrated IPA

Surly Overrated IPA
Surly Overrated IPA

Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.3%
Canned: 6/11/13
Size: 16oz can
Price: $12/4-pack

4th of July means block party and playing in the street in the 100+ degree heat index, so this pseudo-patriotic looking can worked out perfectly.  I think most of the drunks around me thought this was a new-fangled High Life can or something, since no one looked sideways at me.  (Yes, I know the picture is in a glass, I had four cans.)

So this is a pretty nice cross between the west coast and east coast styles.  Tons of citrusy hops juxtaposed with some bubblegum and mango.  After a while the piney bitterness gets to me a bit, and while it’s not boozy, it’s really drying.  But it might just be the heat.  I  had this next to a Furious and definitely preferred Overrated.

It’s a little pricey, but still worth trying at least once.  I’ll definitely order some more next time I get anything from up there.  Plus it’s nice to see Minnesotans doing something right, since they’ve obviously had no fucking idea what they’re doing for the past six years when it comes time to elect a Congresswoman (although she is good for endless laughs).

Peg’s/Cycle Brewing Tang & Biscuits

Peg's/Cycle Brewing Tang & Biscuits
Peg's/Cycle Brewing Tang & Biscuits

Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 4.5%
Kegged: June 2013
Size: 16oz glass
Price: $4
Bottle Count: n/a

Another solid pale ale from the Cycle crew. A little spicy from the rye, short dry finish. It’s not quite as bitter as Fixie and Freewheel, and it doesn’t quite smell as great, but it’s really nice going down. Low ABV so you can drink a ton of it, too. This stuff is great for the hot weather.

Cigar City Mango Habanero IPA

Cigar City Mango Habanero IPA
Cigar City Mango Habanero IPA

Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.5%
Kegged: May 2013
Size: 16oz glass
Price: $5
Bottle Count: n/a

One of the many beers I had as I watched CCB troll those of us trying to land bottles of Brandy Huna. They had done a small release the night before, so lots of people assumed that they would do another one the next day. So many people that there was a line camped outside the door at 8am that morning (they don’t open until 11am). Aaaaaaaaand… nothing. Well played, CCB.

Anyway, this for the most part is the standard Jai Alai IPA, but with some sweetness from the mango. But — and this is the kicker — a TON of heat from the habanero. I love hot stuff, so this really appealed to me, and I’ve had chili beers before, but I wasn’t quite prepared for this amount of heat. Like eating wings or some other spicy food, you can’t really stop drinking it once the heat sets in. But I liked it. I’m not sure how the heat would hold up in a growler over any length of time but I’d love to see this on Growler Tuesday.

La Cumbra Elevated IPA

La Cumbra Elevated IPA
La Cumbra Elevated IPA

Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 7.2%
Canned: Mar 2013
Size: 16oz can
Price: Unknown (trade)

Got a 4-pack of this stuff thanks to a trader in NM.  I’ve never had anything from the state before, but if there’s more like this then I’ll be searching for it.  Awesome stuff.

Surly Abrasive

Surly Abrasive
Surly Abrasive ’12

Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.0%
Canned: Dec 23, 2012
Size: 16oz can

This is always one of my favorite times of the year — cooler temperatures (although that’s relative here in Tampa), tons of huge BA stouts releases, and then we get Abrasive, Hopslam, and Pliny the Younger one after another.

Usually in January we try to get a this one, some Pliny the Elder, Hopslam, and whatever other DIPAs we can scrounge up and do a big comparison, but the planets didn’t align this year and there’s still no Hopslam in these parts.  Oh well.

Abrasive is a big, bitch-slap-you-in-the-face DIPA.  To me at least, it’s more bitter pine and resin and less tropical fruit.  It’s full-bodied and that resiny aspect is pretty drying.  Not especially strong for the style, but a few of these will have you wobbling a bit.  In the grand order of things, I’d have to put this a hair below my favorites, Pliny and Heady Topper, but above Hopslam and Exponential Hoppiness.  That being said, I’m always pretty sad when my last Abrasive is gone.