Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by bevenson:
4.22/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass
A - Light orange to copper and clear, with a moussy off white head that hangs around for about a minute. Leaves lace on the side of the glass.
S - Fresh, fresh fresh hops escape immediately after opening the can. Could easily smell the hops from three feet away just from the can. Hops scream when poured in the glass. Grassy, woody citrusy hops that smell fresher than any wet hopped ale I've ever had. Slight sweetness behind the hops to remind me that there may be some malt in the glass too. A light bready malt aroma, but I think some of the sweetness may actually be the alcohol. The aroma definitely warns you about what is to come.
T - Complex hop profile. Taste starts out with a woody/grassy hop flavor, followed by some grapefruit, followed by orange/tangerine which comes out just as the sweet malt flavor shows itself. Light bready malt; just enough to keep the hops in check. Very firm hop bitterness that disappears relatively quickly after consuming. Either that or my tongue went numb. Sweet caramel hangs around a little longer than in most DIPAs I've had, and a little longer than I'd prefer.
M - Light bodied and moderate carbonation make for a very smooth drinking beer. Warmth from the alcohol apparent even 1/3 way through the glass, which is the only thing to remind me this isn't a session beer.
D - Surly does a great job again with this beer. This is easily one of the best DIPAs I have ever had. What I love about it is that the hops are so fresh and has such a variance of aroma and flavor. There is too much caramel malt flavor in this beer for my tastes, which is the major knock I have against this beer. Next time I'm going to Minnesota, I'm loading up my car with this.
Serving type: can
06-03-2010 00:50:53 | More by bevenson
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4.45/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured a thick, hazy orange. Very attractive, with a long lingering head and good lacing qualities. A big nose of citrus, pineapple, grapefruit. The taste mirrors the nose with big fruit and pine, and little malt notes. Just how I like them. Great carbonation and a nice drinkable feel. Very we'll done.
Serving type: can
07-04-2014 13:12:56 | More by RobbDogg
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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