Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to Kegatron for this brew. What a guy...thank you Heath for the random surprise! Canned on 12/27/10 and poured into a snifter. This brew appears fairly clear with an orange coloration and some small particulate sinks to the bottom of the glass. A little more than a finger of fluffy yellowish stained head forms and holds strong in the glass. As it recedes, it leaves patches of lace clinging to the glass.
This a very pleasant smelling brew displaying a ton of fruity indications. A scent of pineapple primarily with some hints of orange and grapefruit that is somewhat rind-like and zesty. A bit of an herbal touch that is lightly minty and spicy. As the brew warms, it picks up some toasted malt character. I am quite surprised that no matter how warm I let this brew get, I never really picked up on any of the 9% abv.
This brew includes a vast array of hop flavoring before it turns bitter. Flavors of citrus rind like orange meets some herbal quality that is somewhat minty and spicy. Once the bitterness settles in, it clings inside the mouth with an herbal quality that is balanced well over top of a toasted malt flavor that provides a light amount of sweetness. Once warm, a bit of grassy flavor mixes with the herbal quality that lasts inside the mouth.
This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a very solid brew that I really enjoyed. It is well balanced, smells wonderful and easy drinking, very easy drinking for 9%. I love a good hoppy beer that encompasses an array of flavor without displaying just sheer bitterness. Well done Surly and big big thanks Heath for sharing this with me.
Serving type: can
01-15-2011 03:27:17 | More by stakem
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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