Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Big thanks go out to checkii for sending a few cans of Abrasive my way. I'm a pretty huge Surly fan, and I know they can brew a good IPA...Furious remains one of the best I've ever tasted. So, you can only imagine my excitement to have two cans of (yet another) A-rated Surly goodness.
Right out of the gates, I'm already shocked by this beer. Most of my IPA/DIPA reviews mention the fact that I can't find a way to describe their color aside from the standard "orange-amber." Well, Abrasive Ale is a bit more vibrant, a fiery orange. White head reaches a finger, and I don't leave the beer in the glass long enough to learn too much about its retention. The lacing on the inside of the glass makes me think of catacombs - thick white lines with oddly-shaped, skull-like circles in between. Great looking beer.
The aroma is unbelievable. In my eyes, there is nothing finer than a citrus-heavy hop bomb. Well, Abrasive Ale sure smells like it's headed in that direction. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine dominate the nose. I don't know if it's physically possible to smell bitterness, but I'm pretty sure I am right now. It's huge without being too much so, if that makes sense. It smells like an epic DIPA without smelling like a palate-wrecker or a booze bomb.
Throughout my drinking experience with Abrasive Ale, the word "unbelievable" kept coming to mind. Bursting with hop flavor, a cornucopia of fruit flavors (or whatever the hell David Alan Grier said on SNL as Maya Angelou talking about Fruit Loops), with a fairly restrained bitterness, but just enough to remind you that you're dealing with a pretty damn big double IPA. It's not like Ruination in that you recoil after each sip (but that's a good recoil, if that makes sense), rather, it's like a more balanced HopSlam, I suppose. There's a pretty fair amount of sweetness that keeps things relatively balanced...or at least about as balanced as a Surly double IPA is going to get. Just remarkable.
Now, the only disappointment is the texture. And damn, I feel like such an ass for calling it a disappointment, because it's a 4.5 instead of a 5. It's somewhat sticky, lightly chewy...a tad less carbonation, and this would be absolutely perfect. But, again, we're talking about the difference between a 4.5 and a 5.
Drinkability? Uh, this beer is TOO drinkable. I grabbed one can out of the fridge, figuring it would be a nice nightcap, and that would be it. Within 15 minutes of opening the first can, I was walking back to the kitchen for the second. Unbelievable. Can I say it enough? 9% alcohol? No way. I don't believe it. The most drinkable double IPA I've ever had, bar none.
This beer falls just shy of perfection, but not by a whole lot. An amazing drinking experience that I'd recommend to anyone...hophead, malthead (is that a recognized term here?), anyone...this is a beer you should try. If nothing else, it will show you what a world-class DIPA is all about.
Serving type: can
07-10-2010 03:20:34 | More by Gyle41386
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