Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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4.72/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Tonight I pulled out one of my favorite pint glasses, a simply deigned yet classy looking Cigar City pint which has a sketch of a lit cigar on it with their name. As I cracked open the tall boy can there was a generous amount of hissing and carbonation gasses that escaped the wide mouth. In the pour I decided to start by tilting the glass pretty hard just in case it wanted to foam up on me. As I continued it was safe to say that I could stand the glass back up and resume. After I was done pouring for a few seconds I noticed that I was left with a one finger thick creamy off white head that resembled almost a coco butter hue . When I hold the glass up to the light I'm getting burnt orange and deep honey colors that almost lean towards copper. There is no light passing through and it comes off a little bit murky but there are no yeast chunks or sediment floating around. On the swirl the viscosity appears pretty thick for an imperial IPA, leaving some nice legs and foam trails creeping down the glass walls.
As soon as I cracked open the can, a rush of citrusy pine-grapefruit sunny delight goodness washed over me. This is exactly what I want a Imperial IPA to smell like! All the best aromas of fruitier dry hopping burst through, grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon zest, some spicy floral notes. In the finish a sweet caramel and toffee base that wraps up all of the hop aroma, this is just too good to be true. I almost don't want to drink it quite yet, but rather sit and sniff it for a while.
I think I just melted into the couch, seriously. This has such a strong citrus fruit forward base that it almost could pass a highly hopped fruit beer. Huge and malty yet sharp and bitter this is a perfect yin and yang scenario. Caramel and burnt brown sugar make up the backbone of this beer but the hops definitely are the attention getter providing mangoes, lemons, and grapefruits. Light tones of pepper, and even some cherries poke through and oddly enough even a touch of vanilla. Pine and tree sap are there as well which reminds me of being at a Christmas tree farm. In the finish there is just a tiny little amount of heat alcohol that goes away very quickly and doesn't resemble a 9% beer at all.
If you like a tongue bruising hop bomb then this is definitely drinkable. This is a very good representation of the style, but what else would you expect from Surly? In my opinion this is a great example of what kind of various flavors you can get from hops. I am going to go out on a limb here and rate this as one of the five best Imperial IPAs I ever had, due to flavor and drinkability. If you are a alpha acid, hop head like me this is a beer that you will need to find or trade for. Again, I want to give a big thanks to Corey for hooking me up with this special treat becuase it was worth every last drop.
Serving type: can
03-15-2011 21:03:47 | More by Bmoyer0301
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