Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
16oz can, Boulevard tulip, somehow both the cans I have seem to be missing canned on dates. Thank you, Craig for the awesome trade.
Looks pretty damn good. Mid-orange toned body with a large offwhite head. Bigger bubbles that aren't going away quickly, but leave little lace.
Mmm, mmm, lots of tropical fruit. Orange, pine, pineapple, and cantaloup aromas in a sweet embrace. Not so much caramel as sweet, juicy citrus and honey. Twinge of solvent.
Where's the bitterness? Medium-high levels, but it's not hitting me exceptionally hard. Mainly tropical fruit and orange hop flavors show up. There's so much pineapple that I almost feel like I'm drinking juice. Waves of caramel malt wash over everything. Bitterness gets more grapefruit pith at the end.
Surprisingly low carbonation that I'm not really digging. The beer itself is exceedingly smooth, it must be those oats. I want more carbonation to pop all those hops on my tongue. Otherwise, it's a hell of a well crafted mouth.
Since this isn't coming across as a palate wrecker to me, it's quite drinkable. The hops are very desirable and juicy.
Update 3/9/11: Upon consuming the second can, I cannot leave this score as it is. Drinkability goes up to 4.5 because of the lack of alcohol, loads of sweet mango and peach hops, and downright easy drinking.
Serving type: can
02-25-2011 01:22:44 | More by brewerburgundy
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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