Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Mistofminn:
4.53/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Been waiting for a long time to try this ever since I had 16 Grit when it first came out. So glad they decided to can it and distribute it.
Pours a beautiful amber orange color, completely clear and filtered. Lively carbonation and a nice off-white head sit on top with good retention and leaving some nice lacing.
The nose is super hoppy with floral and fruity hops. Pretty much all I could ever ask for in a DIPA. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, and it's kind of shocking (and scary) when you realize this is 9%.
Tastes wonderful, huge citrus and pine notes, with floral hops in the background. Caramel malts come out more here than they do in the nose, and it has more substance and body, and a slight tinge of alcohol. You can start to feel the alcohol as it warms.
Mouthfeel is about medium, kind of lighter than I remembered 16 Grit being, but that might just be a foggy memory. Sticky and hoppy, with surprisingly little bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth with a hoppy bite. Drinkability is amazing.
Overall, I haven't decided if I like this better than the first recipe. Wait...did they even change it? Because it seems pretty similar to me. I'm sure they tweeked the recipe a bit, but this is basically the same great beer that I had last year, except this time around it's in a can.
Serving type: can
04-27-2010 04:19:10 | More by Mistofminn
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