From Surly Brewing, a fusion born in the crucible of a garage-turned-brewery, Surly Doomtree emerges as the result of a clandestine collaboration between Surly and Doomtree—a partnership rooted in shared indie spirit and a disdain for conformity. A brewing endeavor that defies the norm, this “bastardized style” unfolds as a decade-long passion project, culminating in a dark gold elixir that defies conventions and beckons the adventurous.

Appearance: A Shadowy Prelude

The pour reveals a dense, dull, dark rusty amber, capped with a film of white swirls. The visual narrative sets the stage for what lies within—a clandestine concoction that beckons intrigue.

Aroma: A Symphony of Elements

The olfactory experience introduces itself with ripe honeydew-like hops, intertwining with notes of lightly toasted bread and herbal hops. Aromatic nuances play in harmony, creating an inviting prelude to the tasting journey ahead.

Taste: A Mosaic of Flavors

As the elixir meets the palate, toasty malt takes the lead, accompanied by a citrusy and spicy hop bouquet, reminiscent of melon rind. The unexpected twist reveals a Copper IPA, leaving a lingering bitterness that challenges preconceived notions.

Mouthfeel: A Tactile Expedition

The journey continues with a drying, spicy, and prickly sensation, navigating through a medium-bodied terrain with lively carbonation. Each sip is an exploration of textures that adds layers to the overall experience.

Overall: A Blind Affair

In an unorthodox approach, the reviewer approaches Surly Doomtree without delving into its style or ABV. The result? A delightful surprise that proves immensely drinkable and well-balanced, catering to constant hop cravings. Whether enjoyed in solitude in a spare room or amidst new friends, this brew transcends expectations, leaving an indelible mark on the palate. Surly Doomtree invites enthusiasts to relish the unknown and embrace the rebellion within the glass.