Beertography And Review: Surly Bitter Brewer

Brewed by: Surly Brewing Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB) 
ABV: 4.0%

Commercial description: Brewed with lots of Golden Promise and Pale Ale malts with a touch of Oats and light hazy gold in color. Ultra crisp bitterness from Warrior hops, with Glacier hops adding the peach, orange and apricot aroma. We dry-hopped this one because…we like hops.


Beer pours clear copper color with a healthy two-finger thick white head. Abundant and very sticky lacing. Excellent head retention.

AROMA (9/10)

Marmalade upfront with a backing of pale and caramel malts, biscuit, some grassy hops, and fruit esters. Light and crisp.

 FLAVOR (18/20)

Taste follows nose fairly closely. That interesting and delicious orange marmalade flavor upfront. Toffee and biscuit malt with some toffee.. Not a big hop profile, but wonderfully bitter throughout.


The feel is one of my favorite aspects of this beer. It’s super smooth and the finish is nice and dry, leaving the slightest impression on the tongue.


Surly has it going on!… Craft beer from the can is still a bit of an odd one for me. You couple this with craft beer in a tall boy and I am sold. Surly is not available in Ohio at this time so a special thanks goes out to Sud Savant for a mutually-beneficial trade.



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