Surly Bitter Brewer

Surly Bitter Brewer

Rated 3.395 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Surly Brewing Co.

Brooklyn Center, MN, United States

Style:  Bitter

4.1% Alcohol by Volume

37 International Bittering Units

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First one in, last one out, sweating in the summer, freezing in the winter. Years of toiling and boiling have turned our brewer Todd into a cynical, surly, bitter brewer... You too can get bitter without all the fuss. Simply crack open a can and fill a glass with our latest - Bitter Brewer. Pale orange in color, this ale gets intense toast and marmalade character from British malt and American hops. Dry-hopping brings the floral citrus aromas. So go ahead and get bitter.

ID: 30754 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 13 years ago

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Overall Rank5732
Overall Percentile87.6
Style Rank16 of 836
Style Percentile98.1
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.465
Weighted Score3.395
Standard Deviation0.298

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 3.4 10 months ago

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

    This is the lightest color I have ever seen in a bitter. A hazy straw yellow pour topped by a snow white bubbly head, which didn’t last. Aroma is cereal, light citrus, spicy hops, and yeast. Almost has a blonde ale feel. Mouthfeel is average. Flavor is bitter with definite citrus and spice notes dominating.

  • CYBERCAT 9554 reviews
    rated 3.2 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours somewhat hazy apricot with a fairly thick eggshell head. Malty aroma has a strong hoppy hay overtone. Flavor has malty, hay, and subtle lemonade notes, definitely refreshing. Texture is, well, not much; still, it goes down well. Don’t surly, be bitter.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 3.3 5 years ago

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

    Light opaque dark yellow, fluffy white foam head. Hoppy aroma and strong bitter taste. Some citrus notes. Like this beer, glad I took home from USA. (Velp, 201512)

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 3.5 6 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Canned on 5/12/2014. My first experience with this type of beer. Pours a golden amber color with a two finger eggshell colored head. Leaves some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Very fragrant. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon, pine sap, sweet malt. Smells a bit like iced tea. Citrus and sap take a back seat to the malt on the taste. Very balanced, despite some bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is full and clean. This is not at all what I expected. I purposely chose this beer because it was brewed by Surly, whose other beers rank among my favorites. The inclusion of as many hops as this beer has, is what won me over. A bit pricey for a beer with only 4% abv, but an awful lot of flavor. Two thumbs up for Surly...AGAIN!

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Lots of fruity hops on the nose, very lively. Appearance is a cloudy burnt orange with white head. Flavor is a clean crisp hop with a dry finish, mouthfeel is pretty thin, at 4% you would expect that. The super light body really makes the hops more pronounced but unfortunately that is this beers single dimension. Too many good ones out there for me to come back to this, especially since I have to drive all the way to Duluth to get it.

  • AIRFORCE1 680 reviews
    rated 3.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a hazy light amber with a big bubbly head. Aroma is hop heavy but watered down. Taste is very mild and hoppy at the same time. I was going to give this one a worst review but the taste get a little better the more you drink it. Not my favorite but it is very drinkable. Will have again.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.3 9 years ago

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

    Had this on tap a couple times at Surly not too long ago. Also picked up a 4pack of this and hoisted one last night. Pours an orange amber colour with a decent amount of froth. noticeable hops on the nose as well as the palate. Taste is semi fruity, with grapefruit and peach notes. Some soft grain near the finish, but hops rounds it off smoothly.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

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

    Canned. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is grass, flowery and fruity hops along with mild notes f vanilla. Flavour is flowery, fruity and wellbalanced. A quite mouthdrying brew.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

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

    One of a handful of Surly cans sent my way from Slowrunner. An Americanized version of the Bitter style, and a very well made one at that. Very pale, clear, fairly light and quenching. Great balance of citrus hops and bready malt.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

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

    Nice beer that one could really take a liking to as a "go-to"... thanks, Chris! Pours hazy, amber orange with a faint head and laces superbly. Nicely balance dhops and malts with a medium mouthfeel and clean finish... could sip on these allllllll day.

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