Saturday, June 4, 2016

Surly #Merica Review

Name: Surly #Merica
Style: Pale Lager
ABV: 5%

Well, the new releases from Surly just keep a-coming. This newest release is actually a lager called #Merica, which was formally a taproom-only offering but now is being released in can form. Now I know there are some people who think that this is Surly's way of taking a jab at Budweiser for putting "America" on their labels, but that's not the case since they've been making this beer since at least the beginning of last fall.

In any case, the reason for the name is because it's a Pale Lager per Beer Advocate (though Untappd has it listed as an Adjunct Lager for some reason.) plus when you look at the can design, you really cannot get anymore patriotic than this. I mean you've got powdered wigs, bald eagles, the Statue of Liberty, and the good ol' Red, White, & Blue color scheme. Hell, I feel 1000% more patriotic just by briefly glancing at it.

Appearance - Pale yellow with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The head is fairly thin for the most part but has some decent retention and there's even some light lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma - Pale malts & lager yeasts with a very mild floral hoppiness along with some malted barley notes.

Taste - Lager yeasts and malted barley upfront with that pale malt backbone towards the middle. In the back I'm getting some of those light floral hops with just hint of malted barley. Aftertaste is fairly dry with the exception of a light lager yeast flavor.

It tastes good and the asking price is surprisingly reasonable by both Surly & craft beer standards (I paid about $7 for a 4-pack) and, really, craft lagers don't often get much better than this. As such, this is incredibly easy to recommend and this is one of my new favorite craft lagers I've had in recent memory.

Surly #Merica - 9/10

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