Coffee Bender

American Brown Ale Surly Brewing Co.

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Coffee Bender, an American Brown Ale by Surly Brewing Co.

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Coffee Bender is an American Brown Ale by Surly Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.

Appearance

Pours a cola brown with an inch-thick head of cream-colored foam that recedes slowly. A soapy ring of residue coats the collar of the glass.

Aroma

As expected from the beer’s name, coffee roast dominates a nose backed softly by sweet notes of caramel and toffee.

Flavor

Coffee is the hero of this brew and its roast character is blended with flavors of grapefruit, nut, and cinnamon. A malty base of oatmeal ties the palate together. Finishes dryly with a balance of gentle floral hops and a lingering coffee roast.

Mouthfeel

Oats lend to a silky-smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

Coffee flavor is integrated nicely with what is an otherwise a standard brown ale. The Coffee Bender is well crafted, thoroughly enjoyable, and very much worth trying.

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About the American Brown Ale

The American Brown Ale is similar to the English Brown Ale but has greater alcohol strength and more hops. But it’s still a malty brew with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and nut. The darker malt is more robust than an Amber but doesn’t reach the level of a Porter.