Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Twelve day old 16 oz can poured into a pint glass.
A - out of the can, it pours an amazingly bright yellow. When it hits the glass, it goes the expected orange, but still retains some of that faintness of color. I love strong beers that look weak and vice-versa. Lingering foam, no head on the harsh pour. Deliciously yellow at the bottom, ombre, fades to the darker oranges at the top. A supreme looking beer.
S - wow, I'm hit in the face with the citrus hops, but it's not bitter at all. Just the sweeter notes, like the pineapple and oranges. I know this is in a pint glass, but that should say something about the smell: it can permeate even beyond the gaping openings of a fluted glass.
T - delicious. Per my other reviews, I love beers that have a distinct beginning, middle, and end. Abrasive strikes first with the sweeter hops, turns floral, and finishes with the bitter notes. The taste provides what the smell doesn't, the pine, lemon, lime, and grapefruit.
M - like most DIPAs, Abrasive succumbs to its carbonation. The 9% is clandestine, but the bubbles bring this score down.
O - my favorite DIPA to date. Even if its score is tied with my PtE review, I like this one for its affordability/availability, tremendous taste, and my ability to get it fresher that many west coast DIPAs.
Serving type: can
12-25-2012 00:03:16 | More by JamesShoemaker
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