Surly Dog IPA

Surly Dog IPA is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 48.
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This feisty heavy-hitter IPA is intense but in all the right ways. The bright resinous, citrus aroma barks a little, but it goes down like a dream. Just be careful that you're aware of the wallop it packs in the level of its alcohol, or you could get bit.


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    What You Get

    2 American Ale Brewing Extracts (HME)

    3 Packets of Dry Brewing Yeast (2 Under the Lid of the Brewing Extracts)

    2 Packets of Columbus Pellet Hops

    1 Hop Sack

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    1 cup Honey

    For Fans Of

    Columbus IPA

    Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Hoppy

    Original Gravity: 1.081

    Final Gravity: 1.015

    ABV: 8.8%

    SRM: (Color): 6

    IBU: (Bitterness): 72

    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw-on the lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow the liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all, surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to the top of the keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the cans of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened cans in hot tap water.

    2. Place all both packets of pellet hops into the hop sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material

    3. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this to a boil, add in the 1 cup of honey and your hop sack, then remove from heat.

    4. Open the cans of Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    5. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    6. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    7. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    8. Sprinkle the US-05 yeast into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.

    STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

    2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be used for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

    4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

    Tip from our Brewmasters

    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

    Rated 5 out of 5 by rugercaptain from Awesome IPA! Will brew again. This is my second go-around with the Dog. My first batch was likely fermented at too high of a temp--the end result was drinkable, but not memorable. But my second I controlled the fermentation temperature better (ice packs with the LBK in a cooler), paying close attention to the wort temp to keep it between 66-68 degrees F. Fermented three weeks, bottle-primed with a scant 3/4 tsp. sugar per bottle, and conditioned for six weeks. Beautiful color, hoppy, but not too much ("not too bitey," as my significant other says), some appreciable head retention, and good lacing. Slap me silly...oh, wait a minute, the Surly Dog is doing that...
    Date published: 2015-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Tim from first decent beer out of four attempts This beer actually tastes like beer you'd buy in a bottle. I made a few others, all tasting like spoiled apple juice. I finally decided I'd let this one sit for a lot longer than recommended - 3 weeks in ferment-er and 8 weeks in bottles. What a difference 8 weeks conditioning makes. I've long said that MB should not tell anyone it takes two weeks to condition, ever. I've only seen bad tasting stuff with the "minimum" times suggested - minimum time for what - apple juice? It takes 3 months. This one turned out great - tastes like a medium strength IPA. Might try another, or might just go buy some since it's easier :)
    Date published: 2015-11-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by KeepAustinBeered from Great IPA and foolproof kit This was my very first brewing experience and Mr Beer made it super easy. There are great videos online to help through the process and this recipe turned out terrific. The brewing process was very straightforward and clear. Just cook the malt extract and follow the directions. This kit includes a pack of hops that go right in the fermenter. There is just enough hoppiness for an IPA without being overstated or overpowering. We had a informal contest with a bunch of other Mr Beer recipes, and this one was one of the best, in fact in a very close count, it was the winner. After this experience, I've gone on to brew two more batches.
    Date published: 2016-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by IonRedline from Smooth and tastey!!! I ordered this brew towards the beginning of the year when it was on sale. It was my first time bulk priming and second time using the addition of hops. Fermentation was 3 weeks in the keg and a month in the bottle. I had set aside some bottles to track how it was conditioning being that this was the first time I bulk primed instead of using carb drops. Everything had turned out smoothly and the beer tasted amazing. To my surprise, it was nicely carbonated with good head retention and lacing. Honey was noticeable in the flavor and the rest of the beer was very smooth. Will do this one again.
    Date published: 2016-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Joe from Gives a good kick! This is a serious brew! I fermented it for 3 weeks and sampled it while bottling...was already great! I conditioned (carbonated) it for 2 weeks at 70F and sampled again...great again! I then aged for 2 weeks at room temp before refrigerating. Each step made it even better. I'm still drinking after 3 months in the fridge, and it has aged very well. I normally don't like fruity or floral, but this one is good. Alcohol flavor is noticeable and gives a good kick. Carbonation and head are perfect. In the glass, it looks just like the photo. I enjoy it on the weekends.
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Bachs Brews from I made this?! Had my first bottle of this liquid gold you call "Surly Dog IPA". This is by far my best Mr. Beer recipe that I've made/drank. It was so smooth, not overly hoppy, great head retention throughout the entire glass, great after taste, and had a good "bite" given the over 8% abv. Probably one of the best IPA's I've ever tasted. Fermented for 3 weeks at 66 degrees. Conditioned for 4 weeks and let it sit in fridge for 3 days. I did the sugar drops for carbonation and was perfectly carbed. Cannot WAIT to brew this again!
    Date published: 2016-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Gene from Well Deserving of all of the Positive Reviews This is my third attempt at successfully brewing the Mr. Beer recipes. Each has been better than the one before. This one though was a big surprise. It is difficult to imagine brewing a better beer.I started off by adding extra honey, just because that was the size jar I had. I fermented for 3 weeks and carbonated for 2 weeks. This resulted in a beer with a lot of flavor and a lot of head. Very reminiscent of Weyerbachers Merry Monks, only with hops. I will be revisiting this recipe again.My next project is Brew de Ale ze Bub and then Australian Sparkling Ale - 2015
    Date published: 2015-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by EZRadio from Fan-Freaking-Tastic! This brew is just a plain great IPA. Easy to brew and easier to drink. Good flavor profile, high ABV. If you like IPA's then this wont disappoint you. The high alcohol is not very noticeable so watch out it easy to over indulge. I fermented for 3 weeks at 68 to 70 F, carbonated with corn sugar and bottled conditioned for 5 weeks. I found this one tasted so good out of the fermenter I brewed another batch using Citra and Cascade hops to see how these would taste. This batch too tasted really good out of the fermenter.
    Date published: 2017-08-26
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    Could I add 2 Beano tablets to cut the Calorie content ?

    Asked by: Texasjim
    Great question! You sure can, the Beano trick works with all our recipes and refills. However, to clarify, it doesn't reduce calories, it reduces carbs (by breaking down non-fermentable sugars into fermentable ones) it also makes the ABV go up beyond the listed amount. Feel free to give us a call or email us for more info! Cheers
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2023-05-22

    I accidentally put two cups of honey — will this ruin my brew ??

    Asked by: EH1986
    Your brew will likely be fine, just stronger
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2023-05-22

    Do i leave the 1 Hop Sack in the pot while adding the brewing extract? ALSO does the hopsack go in the Keg to ferment ?? thanks!

    Asked by: JacobNY
    yes. You would leave the hopsack in on both accounts.
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2023-03-23

    In the details it says you get the 2 yeast under the lid and in one of the pictures, but in the pdf instructions it says to use US-05 yeast no where does it say NOT to use the others??

    Asked by: Rocketman89408
    I'd just go buy a fresh Safale US-05 and dive-in head first!
    Answered by: Leadfoot
    Date published: 2023-05-22

    How much does this recipe make? I only have the standard 2gallon fermenter and it's asking for 2 HME.

    Asked by: Ike88
    This is a 2 gallon recipe.
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2023-05-22
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