Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
4.55/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Surly’s IIPA pours a nearly crystal clear, golden color with a massive, four fingers of soft, pillowy, bone white head. Carbonation streams furiously off the bottom of the glass, giving the head excellent retention. The lacing is as impressive as the staying power. This is one of the better looking imperial IPAs on the market, though it is surprisingly a bit light, not being much darker than Furious.
Aroma: Thick hop aromas in the form of vegetal, dank, marijuana-like earthiness. This mixes wonderfully with tropical fruits, primarily mango, pineapple, oranges, and a ton of grapefruit. This is a hop-stravaganza, but there are definite, sugary sweet, light caramel malts that back up these stars of the show. The aroma is incredibly strong from the pop-fizz of the can to the emptying of the glass.
Taste: The taste is also extremely grapefruit heavy, along with accompaniments of lemon rind, and wave after wave of tropical fruits and hops in general. None of the earthiness from the aroma is present in the initial taste, unfortunately, but hop oils, pine, and resin come through instead. The tail end of the taste has the malty sweetness, but it is extremely subdued and largely hidden behind the all-out hop assault. The aftertaste is, not surprisingly, ludicrously bitter, approaching Ruination levels; here is where the earthiness comes in ever so slightly. Abrasive certainly lives up to its name.
Mouthfeel: Fantastic carbonation gives way to smoothness and creaminess, and the mouthfeel is pleasantly medium. There is, of course, plentiful astringency, and the finish is very dry as a result. It complements the taste wonderfully, and that is all that can be asked from this category.
Overall: Without question one of the best IIPAs on the market, especially in the West-coast vein. It is bitter as Hell, but the name should more than tell the prospective drinker that. Hopheads will be in love. The biggest problems with this beer are the ridiculous $18 pricetag (plus MN’s sales tax, putting the whole pack at $21 total), and the fact that one has to go to MN to get it. Those cannot be held against a beer in a taste review, but are things worth keeping in mind if anyone is in search of this bitter experience. 18/20
Serving type: can
01-08-2013 04:32:54 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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4.13/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This is a great, robust, acidy IPA. Others have said it reminds them of Heady Topper - I wish I hadn't read that before tasting, because I want to believe I would have discerned it myself. Regardless, a great double IPA.
My palate tends toward the sweeter - to me, the Platonic ideal of the double IPA is Hopslam. This is not Hopslam - it is nice, balanced, and refreshing, but it retains more bitterness at the finish.
Serving type: can
03-13-2014 00:35:54 | More by schris
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A - A cloudy amber. Pours with a nice head that lingers for a little while.
S - Smell is very good citrus. Grape fruit and tangerine if I had to put a name to it. A little bit of of grassy / dank backing.
T - Smell follows the nose. Alot of the citrus smells come through in the taste. Not overwhelming hop bitterness, it's balance quite nicely with a sweetish malty backbone.
M - Silky tingling mouthfeel. Best I can recall in an IPA.
O - Very good IPA. A notch below my faves such as elder and Citra DIPA, but very good.
Cheers to Lightsaber for the trade.
Note: I had this beer just before a hopslam. The hopslam did not make me change my ratings on this beer.
Serving type: can
03-12-2014 03:04:53 | More by Wolberjs
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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