Surly CynicAle

Surly CynicAle

Rated 3.628 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Surly Brewing Co.

Brooklyn Center, MN, United States

Style:  Saison

6.6% Alcohol by Volume

33 International Bittering Units

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Oh great, a fizzy yellow beer in a can, that's just what the craft beer world needs! CynicAle melds Old World ingredients in a new school style. French malted barley, English oats and Belgian yeast create honey & black pepper flavors. Lively Slovenian hops provide the floral, apricot and peach notes. Toss your doubts away, toss one back and enjoy!

ID: 24447 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank1641
Overall Percentile96.9
Style Rank40 of 1253
Style Percentile96.8
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.714
Weighted Score3.628
Standard Deviation0.375

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  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.1 6 years ago

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

    A burnt orange golden colored beer with a big sudsy textured, white head rising above.  There some hang time on the head.  A healthy ringlet is what is left behind.  There's a nice hefe sensation of bananas, wheat and light cloves in the nose.  Those profile notes are bolder in the tasting, but balanced and not over whelming.  Very refreshing and crisp on the palate. 

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.1 7 years ago

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

    Pours clear honey-amber with a nice but effervescent buff head. Sharp, malty aroma has fruity and subtle hoppy underpinnings. Crisp, malty flavor teases with hoppy and apple undertones. not spectacular but enjoyable and thirst-quenching. Smooth mouthfeel has fairly firm body, if not much fizz. Don’t be cynical, try this ale!

  • UNGSTRUP 125 reviews
    rated 3.4 10 years ago

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

    A hazy orange beer with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet flowery hoppy and with strong notes of fruit - especially peaches. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and again strong notes of fruit - peaches and oranges, leading to a very dry and bitter finish.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

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

    A very interesting beer that threw me off at first but I found myself really enjoying by the end. Looks a straw colored thin yellow beer but smells pretty good, lots of yeast and citrusy notes. Flavor and mouthfeel are very dry and wheaty, more like a wit. There is a great hop/spice presence that made me want to keep drinking this though the flavor itself was not mind-blowing.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

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

    Another beer lift from PfoxyJohn's Beer Cooler in the Bar(n) @ IrishPfist. Golden yellow pour with a tall white head, beautiful lacing throughout, lightly carbonated. Very Belgianesque nose - Belgian yeasts, light bubblegum, very slight clove, wet wheat and malts, nicely floral, some honeysuckle, very slight spicy and pepper aroma. Taste is big for a Saison, again more Belgian Ale-ish, lightly sweet and yeasty, very slight honey and bubblegum, spices, smooth with a very light linger. Nicely refreshing and extremely drinkable. Thank you John!

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.4 11 years ago

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

    Pours a straw yellow with a medium head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is mild with hints of apples. Taste is fairly strong with tiny hints of sourness. Finishes off slightly dry. Overall a fine brew from a great brewery.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

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

    Impressed at the farmhouse goodness within this can. Aroma and flavor is textbook for this style although it felt a tad thin. Fruity, yeasty, and very peppery. Alas my last of the Surly cans from slowrunner.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

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

    Pours hazy orange with a modearte white head. Aroma of ripe peaches and pepper... maybe some other "soft" fruits... banana? Medium bodied. Flavors match aroma, but intensified and well-done. Thanks, Chris.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

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

    a nice very quaffable belgian by Surly. says yellow fizzy on the can, but it's just about orange. fruity, spicy, a little earthy. sweet and floral aroma, and a touch dry in the finish. like most Surly brews, well done.

  • PFOXYJOHN 676 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

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

    Pours from the can a hazy dull orange-gold with a full fizzy white head. A delightful fresh orange marmalade and grain aroma. Full and spritely palate. Wonderfully-melded flavors of fresh lightly sweet quality malt, citrusy hops, and a reserved touch of peppery spice. A full, rich beer that still feels fresh and light and very drinkable. My first taste of Surly thanks to my pal Andy. MUSIC: Here Comes the Flood by Oysterband. 'Democracy for planet earth / they roll it out like astroturf / easy men they're all in a hurry / so you can wear a stupid grin / watch em roll the bankers in / only the bad guys amongst us need to worry"

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