Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Blybloke:
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked up a couple growlers at the brewery.
16 Grit Ale pours into a pint glass a cloudy orange red with a relatively smallish (1/2-in.) white head. Lace retention was good to very good.
Aroma is heavy on the citrus with a buttery base - ripe orange and mellow grapefruit. Very reminiscent of Bell's HopSlam, but a bit more pungent. This stuff smells what you'd expect a fresh, Surly DIPA to smell like: off-the-charts good.
Taste is nicely balanced between the sweet base and the bitter, resiny hops. Again, ripe orange was the flavor I picked out easiest. There was a lingering bitterness that was noticable but not distracting. It's not over-the-top bitter like it could have been; that might have looked that they were trying to one-up their flagship, Furious. No, this is an incredibly tasty change of pace.
Mouthfeel was wonderfully thick and slick. Maybe a little too slippery? Could use just a tiny bit more carbonation imo.
Drinkability was very high indeed. I can see myself having no problem finishing a growler over the course of an evening. Having a buddy or two over would be even better.
Another home run from Surly. They deserve all the accolades they get. It's sad that this will only be brewed once. I'm glad I had the opportunity to grab it while it was around.
Serving type: growler
12-28-2008 00:57:31 | More by Blybloke
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