Surly Bender

Surly Bender

Rated 3.656 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Surly Brewing Co.

Brooklyn Center, MN, United States

Style:  Brown Ale

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

45 International Bittering Units

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Here's what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, caramel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.

ID: 24358 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank1370
Overall Percentile97
Style Rank17 of 1036
Style Percentile98.4
Lowest Score2.6
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.745
Weighted Score3.656
Standard Deviation0.407

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  • BRETT 1304 reviews
    rated 4.0 6 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Sampled from can thanks to Andy! Pours clear very dark brown with a tan head. Toasted malt dominates the aroma. Balanced with layered malt flavors and some dark fruits in the finish. Medium-full body. Worthy of its high ranking by style.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 4.0 6 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Canned on 1/14/2014, 5.1% abv. Pours dark brown with a reddish hue into a pint glass. An aggressive pour yields a 2 finger, foamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt and earthy hops. Chocolate and roasted malt lead the flavor parade with hints of vanilla and caramel. The hops finish the journey leaving a pleasant, dry bitterness on the tongue. Creaminess coats the mouth and tongue. IMO, the best brown ale that I have yet to taste. Would make a good session beer. Surly does it again. Love that brewery! Recommended.

  • UNGSTRUP 125 reviews
    rated 3.4 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A deep red beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with primary notes of berries. The flavor is sweet malty with light notes of metal, leading to a dry bitter finish.

  • SNOWCAPT 1 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    I am a sucker for Todd's creations. This one is no different. The aroma is very sharp and distinct. Nice dense white head. Flavor is of toast, biscuity, and the roasted flavor is very smoothe and appreciable. A definite for future rotation.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    16oz CaN .. . Pours a deep bruin, great foam .. . delightful malty nose .. . smooth as silk, mostly cocoa'ed caramel and a unqiue nuttiness .. . I thought this was a great brown .. . I hope I didn't brain my damage...

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Sampled next to the coffee version of the same name. This is an amber-brown that is lighter than the coffee. It had a very mild, clean malt aroma, not too complicated. Flavors of caramel, malt and a tiny touch of citrus or spice at the end. A light mouthfeel and a bit of an astringent aftertaste.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    From caddylac via Oktoberpfist: deep brown pour with a creamy tight head that shrinks to a cap and ring leaving copious amount of lacing. Toasted malts, light molasses, earthy hops aromas. Taste is malty and slightly sweet, brown sugar and molasses, nice easy hops bitter - drinks bigger than the abv would indicate. Thank you Andy for a very nice Brown.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours a nice dark amber/brown with a huge fluffy white head that lasts a long time. Aroma is that of all the other Surly brew I have tried, slightly strong with a burn to it. Taste is almost of a low powered IPA rather than a normal Brown Ale. Also ever so slightly watered down. I like it. Will have again.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pretty fancy bier. THose Surly guys sure do make tastey beverages. Pours a dark muddy brown. Aroma of cinnamon, dark fruit and toast. Taste is biscuity, fruity and full all across the palate. Very filling, very flavourful. Really nice beer.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    an oatmeal brown ale. hmmm. not bad. perhaps i was expecting greatness from all things Surly and this one is only good? An above average, flavorful, roasted brown ale. a little thin on the body but smooth, and, well, most browns are a touch thin, and this one is better than many.

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