Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The aroma here is all hops, all the time. I don't get any notes of malt at all. Pine, citrus, resiny....sharply hoppy on the nose. I don't think there's any question this beer is going to be a bitter one.
This is a brilliantly hoppy beer taste wise, no question. Huge notes of citrus and pine as well. But for all the huge hop flavor, I wouldn't say it is really all that bitter. Sure, it'll blow most people away who aren't used to craft beer, but I don't find this to be a completely astringent hop bomb that's unpleasurable to drink. The flavors are there, but I don't have to pucker or make a face when drinking it....and to me, that is a mark of a good DIPA.
The other interesting thing is that I do get a bit of a taste of the sweet malt backbone to this beer....so it isn't totally absent. Of course it's definitely in the shadow of the hops as you may imagine but it is present. And the finish?? Fairly clean. Notes of citric hops present...but nothing lingering really. And that's just the way I like a beer like this to end.
Honestly, I had some trepidation about this one at first perhaps just because of the name. But it isn't abrasive at all. It's just Furious on steroids....but still delicious. Not a total one sided hop bomb at all.
Serving type: can
12-26-2013 04:38:40 | More by NODAK
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