Surly Dog IPA

Surly Dog IPA is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 41.
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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 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
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jprobus2 from I just bottled this! Okay so I don't have a "finish" product yet. However, sampling it before bottling it I almost poured a glass to drink tasted AMAZING! Got the bottles sitting in my chest freezer conditioning with a digital thermostat and holding the temp at exactly 70 degrees. I fermented it in my chest freezer holding the temp at exactly 60 degrees for 3 weeks. Now I need the patience to wait another 3 weeks. Probably will test a bottle at 2 and put in the fridge for a couple days to test.
    Date published: 2015-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Gary6R from Strong IPA Kick ... Smooth, too This was my initial try at a more-complex recipe variety from Mr. Beer (11th batch overall). First time I’d used separate hops pellets, plus a different variety of “dry ale” yeast, and also added honey to the mix. Three weeks in the fermenter (as suggested), then 3+3 weeks in the bottles. The first opening/pouring/drinking was a very nice experience, overall. Nice amber color, leaning towards reddish. Slightly hazy, perhaps. Flavor is definitely on the “hoppy” side, but not too bitter to my tastes; consistently present, almost smooth. Perhaps a citrusy note, leaning towards slightly sour, though that might be what some call “dry”. And true, strong ABV, at 8%+. As desired and expected. This variety may qualify as an enhanced-hop IPA, I believe. All very good qualities by my preferences. Grading personally as A-.
    Date published: 2017-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Brandon from An excellent IPA recpie "Had my first bottle today and it was excellent.To begin with, I followed the instructions exactly except I added a bit more honey than instructed (OG ~1.070) and just threw the hops in without the muslin sack. I fermented for 3 1-2 weeks, carbonated for about 2 weeks at room temp., and conditioned for another 2 weeks. I am planning to keep conditioning the rest of my bottles for a few more weeks"
    Date published: 2015-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by BeersToYou from Best one yet Wanted this one to be done in time for Christmas Eve but knew we would be cutting it close. It was not quite ready for prime time on Christmas (only 2 weeks conditioning), New Years eve was better, but not as good as it was while watching the games this past weekend (Wildcard Round); been conditioning for 4 weeks, and had almost another in the fridge. What we have now is an AWESOME beer with great head, aroma, flavor, and color. I am in the process of ordering another round right now.
    Date published: 2016-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jason Sullivan from the best of the best bought and brewed this beer at the start of the year. I used Florida orange blossom honey, just over a cup. The hoppy flavor profiles were amazing. the abv was out of this world. My wife doesnt like beer as a rule. but first sip of this Surly Dog, she fell in love! we drank 24 bottles of this in less than 2 weeks. Sad to see that its been out of stock, as I would be willing to make another 6 gallons of this!
    Date published: 2016-04-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by McQueen Pub and Grill from 2nd Purchase A friend of mine bought me an IPA awhile back. So I decided to brew a batch of Surly Dog IPA. I was able to finally crack one open and drink with my Dad and brothers. Absolutely Amazing Taste!! Now have ,my second batch in the 2-gallon keg and will be ready to bottle before the end of July. The flavor is amazing
    Date published: 2017-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jblack426 from Will definitely brew again! I agree with the others... This is a great beer! I brewed exactly as the instructions said and it turned out great. It gets even better and smoother with age, so resist the temptation to drink it right away and you will be rewarded! I'll definitely be brewing this again soon.
    Date published: 2016-01-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by SoniaRita from Awesome taste! Awesome bite! Just started with the extracts brewing and this is my 3rd brew batch. I'm glad I went for this one. I used raw wildflower honey and the taste totally came out in the finished product. This is definitely one that you almost want to share with everyone you know. I say almost because it's so good you just want to drink it all! This pours great and the head is gorgeous on this. I'm definitely brewing this again.
    Date published: 2018-04-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Cark from Not too hoppy not too sweet I brewed this beer than came down with covid. It sat on the fermenter for 24 days. I had to waste a different batch but, took a chance on this. So glad I did! I bottled at 24 days too long I know but, I didn't want to let it go. Sat o In bottles for 30 days. Tried some for my birthday. Delicious!!!!! Drank 2 feel no pain. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. EXCELLENT. Will brew again.
    Date published: 2021-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Bubba from Awesome brew - If you are a hop head! So I have been brewin' with Mr. Beer for a long time, but this is my first review. I wanted to brew the Barely's Cherry IPA, and it wasn't available. So I bought the Surly Dog and added to the recipe two cans of dark cherries. I let it brew for ten days, bottled it with carbo drops and the cold lagered it for three weeks. Complex, tart, hippy - awesome!
    Date published: 2016-01-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by EarlZ from Came out great in glass bottles Fermented for 3 weeks. Used Texas Honey and Texas Springwater. I tried kegging with my 1 gallon Ukgeg for 1 week. The kegged beer needed more time to condition. I also bottled the other gallon and it came out pretty good! Bottle conditioned for four weeks. Used carbonation drops.
    Date published: 2021-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by jakebaddog603 from Best beer I've brewed in my LBK Love this brew, I usually use to LBKs to make a double batch. Only beer that seems to come out perfect everytime. I just bought a 6 gallon brew kit and i'm now trying to fiqure out how to make a 6 gallon batch of this brew. Has anyone ever made a 6 gallon batch.
    Date published: 2016-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by TN Lee from Outstanding! The best yet! Followed the instructions exactly and everyone that has tried this REALLY likes it...even those that don't normally like IPAs. The high ABV is a nice bonus also. This will now be on hand in my frig at all times. Actually making another batch this weekend.
    Date published: 2016-01-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by Jbrewhaha from Not bad for my 2nd try w/ mr beer I think my temps were on the low side because seems light on alcohol and carbonation could be better but overall it's a drinkable IPA. Easy to make. Next try will be something less malty.
    Date published: 2017-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by FredAFT from Not Sure Why It Is Called Surly I'm not sure why this is called Surly Dog. I find the taste quite pleasing and not surly at all. I highly recommend it. I'm sure my first batch of this will not be my last.
    Date published: 2021-04-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by JayJ from Be careful I followed the directions to the letter, including where to sore and at what temperature during fermentation and the keg still blew and ruining an expensive batch.
    Date published: 2016-04-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Dvdaniels88 from Surley Dogg Pretty good beer.... i have adapted an all grain version from it.... very tasty beer... having trouble letting it condition... lol
    Date published: 2017-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by brew dog from awesome brew! lots of flavor I love this beer, looking forward to brewing many more batches. Perfect hop profiles and the abv is out of this world!
    Date published: 2016-03-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Ohio from Good Product I have made this recipe several times. It has a bit of a bit to it but really packs a punch.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by JCGMS from Yummy! If you like hoppy full bodied IPA's, with great flavor and a kick this ones for you.
    Date published: 2021-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy1One from Very Unique taste I sampled my 1st brew of this just recently. I really enjoy the taste.
    Date published: 2020-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jsaxtang65 from Great tasting recipe! I have made 3 batches of this recipe and it is great every time!
    Date published: 2016-03-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Great IPA easy to brew, great taste. Will brew this one again
    Date published: 2021-04-22
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