Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by jdhowe:
4.5/5 rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Can dated 11/15/13 courtesy of Brewzma -- thanks!
A: Pours a hazy orange-tinged golden with 1 finger of off-white bubbly head. Copious hoppiness evidenced by haze of floaties, giving the look of an intensely juicy IPA.
S: Overwhelming hop notes of pine, but mostly citrus. Juicy grapefruit alongside notes of pineapple or perhaps guava -- super juicy smelling. A nice mild dank hoppy character provides a strong undertone for the aroma of this beer. Mild malt sweetness, but a significant second to the fresh hop aromas.
T/M: Starts with a smooth and juicy texture that rapidly intensifies with hop bitterness. Juicy and earthy tropical fruit flavor up front leads into a slight malt sweetness that complements the citrus well. A slight prickly carbonation and medium mouthfeel isn't overbearing, but doesn't underserve this beer. The finish is a strong hop bitterness and a slight hint of alcohol.
O: This is a great hoppy beer, truly juicy with citrusy hop character. Abrasive really showcases its hops wonderfully, giving room for pine, grapefruit, and other tropical fruit character to step up over an appropriate but not overwhelming malt backbone. Maybe slightly more bittering on the finish than I would like, but definitely not overdone. Really a solid beer that I'd be happy to have again.
Serving type: can
12-14-2013 03:20:57 | More by jdhowe
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