Review: Surly First Avenue +1 | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Blonde Ale

ABV: 5.1 IBU: 13

90/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Surly First Avenue +1

What the brewers say

“The key to +1 is balance and simplicity. Subtle hops notes, low bitterness, and a refreshing malt profile carry this light-bodied, low-ABV beer. And not to take away from the beer, but the can is an absolute beauty.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Light on the malt aromas, but ample with hops. Floral lemongrass and grapefruit mixed with k-lime leaves, dried orange, with some woody spice mixed in for good measure.”

Flavor: “Starts with a touch of malt sweetness and light yeast esters and then just drops into an intense hops bomb with a lingering bitterness. Woody, herbal, and like an orange slice in a cup of tea. The malt tries to balance out with a bit of sweetness, but eventually loses out to the sticky bitterness.”

Overall: “Dry, crisp, and bitter, but clean and pleasantly complex. A nice balance of a malty sweet backbone and delicate, yet assertive floral and citrus hops complexity. More of a session IPA in terms of the hops level? Regardless, a beer that makes it hard to drink only one.”

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