Todd The Axe Man

Minnesota
United States
Surly Todd The Axe Man IPA Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Our version of the West Coast Style IPA first brewed in collaboration with Amager Brewery in Denmark. Brewed with one malt, Golden Promise from the UK, with Citra and Mosaic hops. If you think Todd is a good brewer, you should hear him play his axe (guitar)! Named by Amager’s marketing director Henrik Papsø.

Profile

ABV: 
7.2%
Hops: 
Citra, Mosaic
Malts: 
Golden Promise
Judges Review 
Jason Johnson's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer pours a solid orangeish-gold hue with quite a bit of haze, which in an IPA usually suggests dry hopping. The head is off-white and lasts long enough to get a few sips in before it disappears. The aroma is stunningly bright and strong. I could smell the tremendous hops emanating from the beer while it sat on the table in front of me. As it approached my nose, rich aromas of mango, bright orange-like citrus, and some pineapple came into focus. The bready and biscuity malt aroma takes a back seat, as it should. The flavor is very nice. You get a full-on assault of tropical fruit hop flavors: Lots of mango and orange again, and just a little floral push in the finish. The bitterness is my favorite aspect of this beer. While it does a great job of balancing the malt, it’s also extremely soft and rounded. The biscuity malt flavor mirrors the aroma with just a slight touch of sweetness. There is a noticeable alcohol presence but it’s neither hot nor harsh. While slightly sweet up front, the beer finishes nice and dry. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The alcohol does offer up some warmth, mostly on the exhale. There is a nice creamy texture to the beer as you drink. Overall, all I can say is that I have had many of the quintessential “world-class” examples of this style, and this beer is on par with all of them. Aside from a bit of excessive haze, even for a dry-hopped IPA, I cannot find anything in this beer that I would change. It is well-made and features great ingredient choices. This is a beer I would actively seek out with a vengeance, and can't recommend highly enough.