Thursday, March 12, 2015

Surly Doomtree Review

Name: Surly Doomtree
Style: English Bitter
ABV: 5.7%

Surly Brewing recently released a new beer called Doomtree. For those of you unfamiliar with the music scene in Minneapolis-St. Paul or Minnesota in general, Doomtree is an indie hip-hop group based out of Minneapolis and they are pretty well known in the independent hip-hop scene. They also happen to be one of my favorite musical acts; Having been to their show here in Duluth about a month and a half ago.

Naturally when two of my favorite things come together, I'm of course going to check it out. Also this is the first Surly Can I've seen that says it was brewed at their new brewery in Minneapolis. Nice to see Surly level up for a change!

Appearance - Starting off, it pours a fairly clear orange color with a minor amount of haze with a mild amount of carbonation. The head takes on a thin & light khaki-color appearance and the lacing is moderate.

Aroma - Toffee & caramel maltiness on the front of the nose. I'm getting some moderate citrus & floral hoppiness in the middle that has a marmalade-like quality to it. I'm also picking up on some pretty mild piney hop bitterness in here as well

Taste - The floral & citrus hoppiness are more front and center here, along with some toffee sweetness. Encompassing the flavor is some light marmalade sweetness & bitter hoppiness that is most prevalent in the aftertaste.

This beer reminds me of another Surly offering called Bitter Brewer as both styles are pretty similar to each other. The only difference is that Surly Doomtree has more of a robust and complex flavor profile than Bitter Brewer. Whether or not you like Bitter Brewer, this still a great beer and it will no doubt satisfy fans of both Surly & Doomtree.

Surly Doomtree - 9/10

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