Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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4.19/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can packed on 10/30 into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. The pour is a hazy, dingy, medium-orange honey-gold with a rocky coarse white head. Nice level of carbonation and even a few floaties. The nose is dank and hoppy, with grapefruit, pine trees, and floral notes. Not really what I would call a ``citrus bomb'', but definitely a good sniffer.
The beer has a balanced, though hoppy flavor and a wonderful, slick feel. Sweet bready notes up front are quickly accompanied by ripe and bitter grapefruit, lemon, grass, pine, and a hint of pineapple sweetness. Everything is well balanced in this beer. It's one of those IIPAs that doesn't seem nearly as bitter as it really is. Moreover, I cannot detect the alcohol in this beer at all. It's nothing but great hop and malt flavor. Not what I would consider to be ``citrusy'', although there are some citrus notes in it. It's more of an ``all over the map'' bitterness. I definitely get the warrior and citra hops, but I could almost swear it has some centennial as well (I checked - it doesn't. So much for my fool of a palate).
A classic IIPA, and deservedly so. I've had Surly Furious, and wasn't that impressed with it (who knows - perhaps I just had a bad can), but this one is definitely a keeper. Very pleasant, intense hop flavors, but not so bitter as to detract from the drinking enjoyment. Terrific IIPA.
Serving type: can
12-18-2013 20:09:04 | More by deadonhisfeet
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