Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Big thanks for my buddy Ryan for throwing this in as an extra in a trade! Canned on 1/13/14.
Served in a willi becher pint glass, this beer shows off a bold golden hue that is saturated with little floating particles and rising bubbles. The head creates a sea foam-like head that is crisp white, and that leaves scarred lacing as the beer retreats in the glass.
It possesses a powerful aroma that pops out of the glass, filled with citrus (grapefruit) and tropical fruit (honeydew and mango). It smells sweet, juicy, dank, and just slightly oniony. The alcohol is there, but faintly in the background. Very hop forward and there isn't much in the way of a malt aroma.
The flavor is smooth, with a bitterness that coats the tongue and lasts through the finish. It hits the palate with citrus rind and herbaceous hops, and the malt and alcohol give a fruity impression towards the end. Medium to full-bodied. Medium carbonation.
A very good double IPA. I would drink this again anytime. The flavor and aroma are powerful and juicy, and it hits the perfect mark that people are generally looking for in a DIPA/IPA. The alcohol is under control, and the hops are fully featured here. Is it better than Heady Topper? (My buddy prefers this to HT...) I'm not convinced. Give me a couple more cans and I'll find out.
Serving type: can
03-18-2014 22:35:43 | More by MusicaleMike
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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