Review: Surly One Man Mosh Pit Hazy IPA

It's nice being in the only international market for Minnesota's Surly Brewing, we get to see a lot of products that will generally never make it outside the United States. A few months ago the Quality Inn Beer Store in Winnipeg had Surly's One Man Mosh Pit Hazy IPA on their growler fill. I was told that it took Surly a couple dozen attempts to come up with this hazy IPA as they wanted something that was no less than perfect.

From the label: "An absurd dose of Amarillo, Citra, and Mosaic dry-hopping hoists this IPA above the fray. Juicy and hazy, it's the perfect soundtrack to the music in your head. Running in a circle and shoving yourself optional." 7.2% ABV

Appearance: Hazy, pours like pineapple juice. Moderate amount of off-white head on top that gradually diminishes with no noticeable lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Juiiiiiiiicy! Notes of various tropical fruits such as pineapple, orange and mango. It almost has that overly pungent Bath & Body Works kind of soapy smell that tries to smell anything but soap. Notes of caramel, some floral hop notes and a hint of breadiness.

Taste: For some reason I found this beer to be overrated when I had it in growler form but this time around.. this is incredibly tasty. This is quite sweet and juicy with, again, notes of pineapple, orange, mango and even a bit of lime. It's moderately bitter with a piney presence to it, as well as has a moderate peppery spiciness to it at the very end.

Overall Thoughts: I will definitely buy this again the next time I'm in Winnipeg. This is a great example of what a New England/Hazy/Juicy IPA should taste like. Full on juice, tropical, well worth savouring on a day off from work in a hectic season. Taaaaasty!

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