Posted 9 months ago | Beer, Reviews

Surly Heat Slayer

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The weather hasn’t been too hot on a consistent basis just yet this year, but if the heat from this past Saturday morning had continued, I can think of no better brew to survive with than a Kolsch. Surly’s Heat Slayer is a solid example of the style that packs a great flavor and incredibly refreshing nature. Instead of the heat however, we’ve been inundated with overcast skies and rain. Heat Slayer may not have been doing battle with the Sun this Memorial Day Weekend, but it still held up nicely given the circumstances.

Crisp, light bodied and snappy, this Kolsch-style brew delivers an invigorating character and tasty, lightly hop-forward brew. Soft crackers, light citrus notes, grassy hops, lemon zest and yeast are all in play in the aroma and in the flavor profile with each sip. The soft hop bite lingers long into the lasting and lightly drying finish that just begs for another swallow.

This little brew is adorned with an appropriate moniker. Had the temperatures been higher when I enjoyed these samples, the heat most certainly would have been slayed. The kolsch is crisp and refreshing — ideal for just about about any post-activity recovery. The touch of additional hop character within its golden straw depths certainly doesn’t hurt Heat Slayer’s chance of making a return visit to many refrigerators this coming Summer.

This is a review of a promotional sample.

Appearance

Pours pale straw in color with a slight chill haze. A fluffy head of dense white foam drops slowly to a full crown and thin surface cover.

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