Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by dlello2:
4.63/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
16oz can - dated 1/8/13
At two weeks old I am excited to finally let Abrasive hop-whip me as it was meant to.
A - Pours a golden/orange hue with just hint of a haziness. A half-finger pillow of head holds on for a few minutes. Decent lacing. Looks awesome.
S - Wow. This is fantastic. Pointed grapefruit is what I'm getting foremost. Some resinous, sticky pine is right behind. A honey sweetness rounds it out. Near perfect for me.
T - Definitely one to enjoy slowly. Take more than a sip and you'll be assaulted by a bit too much bitterness. Solution, don't gulp. I actually enjoyed the season's first hopslam last week--the taste I'm getting out of this brew is much closer to what I had imagined I would get out the slam. The hops and sweetness are complex but almost perfectly balanced. I do not get any of the 9% abv, and the aftertaste is a blend both of piney hops and sweetness. Outstanding.
M - Perfectly stickythick. Medium-full body and perfect carbonation.
O - I really enjoyed this beer. I think this will be my go to first-quarter DIPA fix in the future.
Serving type: can
01-24-2013 01:09:09 | More by dlello2
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4.53/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Pours hazy burnt orange in color with a lot of little particles floating around and a good finger and a half off white head that has great retention.
Smell is awesome tons of bright citrus tropical fruit hops forward with a little bite of piney resin tossed in there too. Smells like a double moon man to me, really bright vibrant hop aromas. Nothing else is even worth mentioning,the hops are what it's all about here.
Taste is equally awesome. It follows the note. Tons of tropical fruit and citrus fruit hops forward. So much so that the bright crisp flavors last through the entirety of the sip swallow aftertaste and I'm even burping fruit. Piney resin is lighter but still present and bitterness is there but not overpowering, it really let the hops shine. Malt is grainy and semi sweet but again, it's all about the hops here.
Mouthfeel is incredible. I've never had an ipa like this before. There so much hop oils and resin that my tounge instantly goes numb on contact. But sticky mouth coating oils and resin let the hop flavors and aroma dominate the entirety of the beer. Moderate carbonation and a light body help soften the aggressive hops and it ends up being pretty well balanced.
Serving type: can
03-07-2014 00:56:50 | More by Fcolle2
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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