Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by TastyTaste:
4.72/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A: A beauty in a darkness tulip. ¾" of head tops off a medium copper colored body that has columns of bubbles running up the middle.
S: Sweet grapefruit, hops, tropical fruit, more hops.
T: Grapefruit and honey at the front, this beer is hopped through and through. It is as bitter as you would expect from a Surly DIPA, but it is not as abrasive as you would expect, ironically enough. This is a beer that is put together to showcase the hops without overwhelming the beer. I enjoy it very much, what many overzealous hopheads should have done with their DIPAs.
M: Slightly syrupy, interrupted by sharp carbonation. Again, what a DIPA should be.
D: A fantastic ale that does justice to the Surly name. The 4 packs are expensive, but I understand that this beer is expensive to make, and it sure shows.
Serving type: on-tap
04-20-2010 20:16:50 | More by TastyTaste
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From the can… striking tawny-amber with great depth of color and subtle haze; billowing white foam, persistent. Beautiful subsequent lacing. Flawless. A DIPA can’t look any better really.
HOPS! Groves of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine reside in a pine forest. As assertive as the hops start it is impossible not to notice the sweet caramel malt base. This malt creates the allusion of a balanced beer, which not everybody wants in the style. I appreciate the depth the malt adds, just as I enjoy the candied fruit notes too. This is a terrific smelling DIPA!
HOPS! The same tangerine, grapefruit and citrus smack the taste buds. It’s a blunt attack, softened by a candied fruitiness only to exhale pine notes. The sweet maltiness proves the platform to springboard this great depth of hops. I really enjoy this beer every time I get the chance to try it.
A bit more than medium in body and modest carbonation create a solid mouthfeel.
A totally delicious and crushable DIPA! Yet another jewel in the Surly crown. It is a must purchase anytime in see it in a store or on-tap. I recommend you do the same.
Serving type: can
03-08-2014 15:20:45 | More by bditty187
4.49/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned on 01/13/14 2015, enjoyed on 7 March 2014, at fridge temp (41 F).
Pours slightly hazy, with an odd suspension of clearish floaters, making it a little bit hazy. Medium to big white head, nice retention. Medium carbonation. Smell is strong -- arm's length strong. Nice combination of piney and fruity, some floweriness. Very nice.
Taste is very hoppy. Lots of bitter pine, just enough malt to hold it up. Some floral, not so tropical fruity, some kind of creamy flavor.
Mouthfeel is full, slightly dry, interestingly rich or creamy. Overall, very good.
Serving type: can
03-08-2014 03:54:44 | More by snaotheus
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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