Surly Brew­ing +1

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Mild, Cream, And Blonde A;le -

LOC: Min­neapo­lis, Min­nesota ABV: 5.1% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“The key to +1 is bal­ance and sim­plic­ity. Sub­tle hops notes, low bit­ter­ness, and a re­fresh­ing malt pro­file carry this light-bod­ied, low-abv beer. And not to take away from the beer, but the can is an ab­so­lute beauty.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Light on the malt aro­mas, but am­ple with hops. Flo­ral lemon­grass and grape­fruit mixed with k-lime leaves, dried or­ange, with some woody spice mixed in for good mea­sure.” Fla­vor: “Starts with a touch of malt sweet­ness and light yeast es­ters and then just drops into an in­tense hops bomb with a lin­ger­ing bit­ter­ness. Woody, herbal, and like an or­ange slice in a cup of tea. The malt tries to bal­ance out with a bit of sweet­ness, but even­tu­ally loses out to the sticky bit­ter­ness.” Over­all: “Dry, crisp, and bit­ter, but clean and pleas­antly com­plex. A nice bal­ance of a malty sweet back­bone and del­i­cate, yet as­sertive flo­ral and citrus hops com­plex­ity. More of a ses­sion IPA in terms of the hops level? Re­gard­less, a beer that makes it hard to drink only one.”

AROMA: 11 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 18 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 9

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