Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel Tulip. Canned just over three weeks ago.
A: Pours a mostly clear dark copper color. Normal pour leads to a rocky two finger head that slinks its way down the sides of the glass with each passing moment leaving a trail of lacing behind. Picking up some floaties in the bottom of the glass.
S: The can mentions that it's over-hopped and I'd like to say I disagree with them because, in my very humble opinion, I don't believe it's possible for a DIPA to be over-hopped. This beer definitely has its fair share of hops though. Whoo. This is a hop-heads dream nose. Big time grapefruit and pine resin notes with beefy malt back end lurking in the shadows. ABV can be detected slightly.
T: Hop flavor backs down a touch but only in the forefront I think. It definitely maintains its presence through the taste and it might even get better at the end. Citrus (mostly in the form of grapefruit) and pine are the hop flavors. Malty back end is again subtle yet not absent.
M: The feel is a touch thin and I think if I had to knock this beer, it would probably be here. The carbonation is ample but the beer just kind of disappears without leaving a big thick DIPA creamy coating that leaves me wanting more. It's not terrible, but I can't say it's great either.
O: This is a very good DIPA. I'm glad I was able to grab a 4-pack but at the cost I got it for (purchased from france44.com) I will probably not quickly seek out another. Really solid though altogether.
Serving type: can
02-15-2012 01:52:15 | More by suspect
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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