Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.63/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
16oz can poured into a Surly Darkness tulip. Can provided by UMNbeerhunter, thanks Joe!
This beer was canned on 12/27/10, so actually only a few weeks old.
A - Pours a rather muddy blend between amber and goldenrod, hazy and cloudy, carefully obscuring the contents within. Above the beer rests a bubbly, 2.5-fingered head that reduces to a runny cap in minutes, leaving behind some dense lacing. Unable to garner much sight of carbonation through the beer.
S - The smell of this beer is simply fantastic. The closest thing I've gotten to to Pliny in a long while, it smells of fresh rain, ripe pine, and juicy citrus all rolled up. It's bitter without offending, but is also incredibly refreshing. If I could travel to a spot where this smell could experienced every day in nature, I'd pack my bags in a heartbeat. It's that good.
T - And after my first sip, I'm actually a little disappointed, yet not quite surprised it doesn't live up perfectly to the nose. It certainly has roots in a West Coast styled IPA, being unbalanced in favor of showcasing the hops, and it does a great job of that. It's extremely bitter, but is in check a bit by the grapefruit and orange and the slightest bit of malt backbone. I'm constantly being reminded of Pliny here, but Pliny just seems to squeeze out more flavor besides bitter and citrus and thus I feel a bit let down here. It's not bad by any means, and as I drink the bitterness does cut substantially, but I just wish it was a bit more after the awesome nose.
M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. It's resiny and sticky and leaves a thick coating on the palate. Finish is long and bitter.
D - Drinkability is high. The alcohol is masked nicely and the nose and flavor just have me constantly coming back for me. It's smooth as well, which really helps. I need to find myself a 4-pack of this!
Serving type: can
01-18-2011 01:31:09 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This is a great, robust, acidy IPA. Others have said it reminds them of Heady Topper - I wish I hadn't read that before tasting, because I want to believe I would have discerned it myself. Regardless, a great double IPA.
My palate tends toward the sweeter - to me, the Platonic ideal of the double IPA is Hopslam. This is not Hopslam - it is nice, balanced, and refreshing, but it retains more bitterness at the finish.
Serving type: can
03-13-2014 00:35:54 | More by schris
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A - A cloudy amber. Pours with a nice head that lingers for a little while.
S - Smell is very good citrus. Grape fruit and tangerine if I had to put a name to it. A little bit of of grassy / dank backing.
T - Smell follows the nose. Alot of the citrus smells come through in the taste. Not overwhelming hop bitterness, it's balance quite nicely with a sweetish malty backbone.
M - Silky tingling mouthfeel. Best I can recall in an IPA.
O - Very good IPA. A notch below my faves such as elder and Citra DIPA, but very good.
Cheers to Lightsaber for the trade.
Note: I had this beer just before a hopslam. The hopslam did not make me change my ratings on this beer.
Serving type: can
03-12-2014 03:04:53 | More by Wolberjs
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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