Todd The Axe Man is an American IPA brewed by Surly Brewing Co. that’s a refreshing blend of pine and citrus with tropical fruit and toasted bread.

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Todd The Axe Man is an American IPA that’s brewed by Surly Brewing Co. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 16 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Todd The Axe Man by Surly Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Todd The Axe Man by Surly Brewing Co.

What You Need to Know

The original Todd The Axe Man was a collaboration that was brewed by Surly Brewing Co. and Danish brewery Amager Bryghus. The IPA lies somewhere between a West Coast style and New England style. It’s double dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic for intense tropical fruit and citrus aromas and brewed with Golden Promise malt from the UK. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.


The IPA pours a cloudy ruddy orange and is topped by a thick cap of rocky ivory white foam that shows good retention. Following the head’s reduction, fine patches of sticky lace cling to the sides and a soapy collar rounds the glass.

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The aroma wafts the nose with a sweet scent of ripe tropical and stone fruit.


The IPA is led by a hop-forward palate that imparts a taste of pine and is then followed by toasted bread. A juicy bite of grapefruit citrus lingers through the finish and is blended with sweet tropical fruit.

Label art for the Todd The Axe Man by Surly Brewing Co.

Label art for the Todd The Axe Man by Surly Brewing Co.


Its feel has a grainy texture with a medium body and a shade over moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry and moderately astringent.

Where Did The Name Come From?

Todd The Axe Man was a name chosen by the original collaborator, Amager Bryghus’ marketing director, Henrik Papsø.


Todd The Axe Man has a fine appearance and an even better aroma. Its palate has plenty of bite but is also wonderfully balanced. The feel is a little sharp with its carbonation but otherwise, it’s very refreshing and easily quaffed. A relatively high ABV is well hidden. Overall, Todd The Axe Man is an absolutely wonderful IPA.

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