Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by bevenson:
4.22/5 rDev -6.8%
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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4.13/5 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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