Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by barnzy78:
4.43/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
Poured a bright orange color with a creamy off-white head with good retention and left a thin foam at the top of the ale through the entirety of the drink. Thick lacing also leaves foam down the length of the glass - looks delicious already! Fruity and floral nose wasn't as bold as I expected, but was pleasant. Mouth-feel is creamy and medium bodied - coats the palate excellently. Huge up-front malt provides an initial caramely sweetness. Citrus (grapefruit with hints of orange) and pine flavors from the hops seem to be additive on the palate - initially they are fairly mild, but then build in bitterness, which seems to keep the ale balanced, keep you coming back for another sip, and also allows for great drinkability! Alcohol is well concealed also. Fantastic double IPA! Wish they packaged this one.
Serving type: on-tap
05-02-2009 01:43:50 | More by barnzy78
More User Reviews:
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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