Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by flexabull:
4.48/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Tall can courtesy of younger35, thanks again!
Pours a slightly orange/gold color, slight haze, and a small, but sturdy white head.
Aromas are of a bunch of citrus. Some orange, lemon, also grapefruit. Also notes of hard candies and resin. Nice complex nose.
Taste is tart, bitter, assertive, and yup, a bit abrasive up front. In a good way for fans of hops. Background is slightly sweet, with some sugary mango, also lightly creamy, with some faint crackery malt flavors. Finish has another blast of bitterness, citrus, lime, grapefruit, and resin. Complex and tasty.
Mouthfeel is full and smooth with crisp zesty carbonation.
Overall, another outstanding beer from Surly. These guys are easily in the top 10 breweries in the USA. This beer pushes the edge, and isn't overly "drinkable", but I'm a big fan. Wish I had a few more of these sitting in the fridge...
Serving type: can
12-21-2012 03:01:35 | More by flexabull
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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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