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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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2,684 Ratings
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Ratings: 2684
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%


Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Was "16 Grit Ale," but now available in cans and renamed "Abrasive Ale".

(Beer added by: Buebie on 12-27-2008)
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in 2009 when it was called 16 Grit and I loved it. I gave it a very solid 4.43/5, but it is time for a re-review.

Blind tasting, 16oz can, stamped 1/21/14 on bottom.
L - hazed tangerine body, frothy egg-shell head holds good retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass
S - huge, sweet, tropical nose with mango, pineapple, grapefruit, honey
T - tropical again, more bitter than expected from the aroma, but it's still fairly balanced as the bitterness builds. Big notes of mango and pineapple, caramel, grapefruit, pungently bitter piny bite on the finish
F - medium, very dry finish with lingering pine
O - not as good as I remember, but still delicious. The big tropical hop notes were less familiar to me then, which probably elevated the experience. Those flavors are definitely more commonplace in IPAs and DIPAs lately, so I guess that makes this one less unique. Really nice to come back to it after all these years, especially seeing as Surly is one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 12:39:42 | More by barnzy78
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hops202

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into s spiegelau glass. Can may be a little old - around Christmas 2013.

Pours a very hazy light amber color. Lots of sediment floating around in there. Smell is delicious even if it is an aged can. Lots of citrus, grapefruit rind, tons of hoppiness. Taste is just as good, but also has a malty sweetness to it that is very well balanced. Great DIPA!

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 19:50:35 | More by hops202
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Sirwootalot

Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16-oz Pilsner glass.

What a beautiful pour! The body is a rich golden-honey color with the tiniest tinge of amber, and with a thick, foamy head that's easily 3". It's astoundingly well carbonated for how high its ABV is, and small particles remain suspended throughout - though somehow the beer isn't cloudy at all. It slowly fades to a decent soap bubble consistency, and never completely goes away. The beer smells suprisingly mild for what you'd expect - hops dominate, but they don't overpower, and they're on a backbone that smells suspiciously like really good cookie dough. It's no stronger-smelling than a regular IPA/APA, despite the much higher ABV.

The flavor is a mildly biscuity, not too complex vehicle that delivers a two-trailer 18-wheeler of hop resin down your throat. The hops themselves are very well balanced, and don't hit you in the face with a mallet like other popular DIPAs do - I'm not sure what strain they are, but the flavor and odor is difficult to describe beyond "balanced". The alcohol itself lends a lot to the flavor profile in a good way, which is rare for most beers I've had. The beer itself isn't terribly bitter either, almost juicy, and the yeast is as undetectable as a nuclear submarine.

The mouthfeel is something I'm not a fan of. The sticky hop resin coats the entire inside of your mouth and dries it out with alarming force, to the point that it makes it harder to taste and appreciate the rest of the beer. The aftertaste, on the other hand, is delightful and endlessly complex - even better than the core flavor itself. At alternating intervals as I drank this, I detected lingering notes as far off as juniper, grapefruit, lemon zest, maplewood sawdust, hash, macaroons, and cinnamon. When I burped halfway through, it sent a wave of scent and sensation that was almost exactly like smoking a joint of high-quality west coast marijuana (which I imagine would pair with this beer VERY well).

Overall, this is a damn good DIPA precisely because it doesn't over-reach itself - Surly is all about hops, but even more so, I have yet to have a single beer of theirs that isn't expertly well-balanced. I'm fascinated by the contrast between how basic and occasionally unexciting the core flavor is, compared to the explosive rainbow of scents and flavors that stay in your mouth long after you've swallowed it.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 02:38:40 | More by Sirwootalot
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An abrasive is a substance used for polishing; Abrasive Ale, funny enough, is a very polished beer indeed. Its ripe banana peel colour has a blinding shine (despite a foggy complexion). Though its head isn't especially impressive the lacing it leaves sure is; this glass is tighter wrapped in cotton-like blanketing than a newborn.

With American Double IPAs you usually know what you're getting; the hops are unmistakable. The wild card is what kind of hoppiness you'll find (tropical, herbal, floral, etc). This one I'd file under 'earthy': it has a fairly 'catty' scent and plenty of greenness. It smells like someone just plucked an entire tree branch of its leaves to sauté with white onions.

Abrasive drinks remarkably like grapefruit juice - it's like someone freshly squeezed it just now. Also, while I don't see any orange zest I sure as hell taste it. None of this citrus is particularly bitter or pithy mind you, and it's accompanied by smoothing traces of pine and spruce resins. The aftertaste also provides a little caramelized sugar to sweeten all that grapefruit.

You'd have to ring your tongue out like a wet cloth to shake all the citrusy hoppiness afterwords; flavours don't just stop at the aftertaste, they continue on. Fantastic. Trade or do whatever it takes to get your hands on this one, but do it the proper justice and ensure it's a fresh sample; this may be a big beer but the style doesn't take wonderfully to aging.

Surly Abrasive falls under the category of beers that need to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Words cannot even begin to explain the pleasure of drinking such a vibrantly hoppy and balanced DIPA. This is unbelievably approachable and quaffable for a beer with its specs (9%, 120 IBU). It's a DIPA that eclipses even many of my previous favourites. Simply great stuff.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 19:59:35 | More by biegaman
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with a one finger head. Good retention and nice lacing.
S: Lots of hops! A huge grapefruit citrus smell with pine and hints of sweet malt.
T: Tastes exactly how it smells. Top in its class! Very citrusy and piney. ABV is present.
M: Very smooth, light carbonation, slight bitterness, and light stickiness.
O: One of the best DIPA's out there, amazing. Wish it was a year round beer.

Serving type: can

03-23-2014 19:33:21 | More by N_Schleret
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks for my buddy Ryan for throwing this in as an extra in a trade! Canned on 1/13/14.

Served in a willi becher pint glass, this beer shows off a bold golden hue that is saturated with little floating particles and rising bubbles. The head creates a sea foam-like head that is crisp white, and that leaves scarred lacing as the beer retreats in the glass.

It possesses a powerful aroma that pops out of the glass, filled with citrus (grapefruit) and tropical fruit (honeydew and mango). It smells sweet, juicy, dank, and just slightly oniony. The alcohol is there, but faintly in the background. Very hop forward and there isn't much in the way of a malt aroma.

The flavor is smooth, with a bitterness that coats the tongue and lasts through the finish. It hits the palate with citrus rind and herbaceous hops, and the malt and alcohol give a fruity impression towards the end. Medium to full-bodied. Medium carbonation.

A very good double IPA. I would drink this again anytime. The flavor and aroma are powerful and juicy, and it hits the perfect mark that people are generally looking for in a DIPA/IPA. The alcohol is under control, and the hops are fully featured here. Is it better than Heady Topper? (My buddy prefers this to HT...) I'm not convinced. Give me a couple more cans and I'll find out.

Serving type: can

03-18-2014 22:35:43 | More by MusicaleMike
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schris

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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
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Wolberjs

California

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
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the can… striking tawny-amber with great depth of color and subtle haze; billowing white foam, persistent. Beautiful subsequent lacing. Flawless. A DIPA can’t look any better really.

HOPS! Groves of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine reside in a pine forest. As assertive as the hops start it is impossible not to notice the sweet caramel malt base. This malt creates the allusion of a balanced beer, which not everybody wants in the style. I appreciate the depth the malt adds, just as I enjoy the candied fruit notes too. This is a terrific smelling DIPA!

HOPS! The same tangerine, grapefruit and citrus smack the taste buds. It’s a blunt attack, softened by a candied fruitiness only to exhale pine notes. The sweet maltiness proves the platform to springboard this great depth of hops. I really enjoy this beer every time I get the chance to try it.

A bit more than medium in body and modest carbonation create a solid mouthfeel.

A totally delicious and crushable DIPA! Yet another jewel in the Surly crown. It is a must purchase anytime in see it in a store or on-tap. I recommend you do the same.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 15:20:45 | More by bditty187
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snaotheus

Washington

4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Canned on 01/13/14 2015, enjoyed on 7 March 2014, at fridge temp (41 F).

Pours slightly hazy, with an odd suspension of clearish floaters, making it a little bit hazy. Medium to big white head, nice retention. Medium carbonation. Smell is strong -- arm's length strong. Nice combination of piney and fruity, some floweriness. Very nice.

Taste is very hoppy. Lots of bitter pine, just enough malt to hold it up. Some floral, not so tropical fruity, some kind of creamy flavor.

Mouthfeel is full, slightly dry, interestingly rich or creamy. Overall, very good.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 03:54:44 | More by snaotheus
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JayCheG

Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can (1/29/2014) into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice golden color with one finger head that dissipates to a nice film on the top. Seeing lots of carbonation hanging around and very nice lacing.
S: Initially lots of fruity citrus and pine followed by the "cat piss" smell
T: Lots of resiny pine and some of the citrus flavor. Strong malt backbone finish.
M: Very full beer with lots of carbonation. Leaves a bit of a coating in the mouth after drinking.
O: Good stuff, will definitely be going back for some more!

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 01:06:04 | More by JayCheG
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Fcolle2

Illinois

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
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PSU_Mike

Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a tulip. Canned 1-7, enjoyed 3-1.

A - Pours a golden straw color with a 1 finger white head with small bubbles. Very good lacing and light sediment.

S - Cat piss and grapefruit. Reminds me of a more potent Sucks.

T - Follows the nose with strong dankness up front with a little grapefruit citrus in the back. Light malt backbone. Very pleasant tasting.

M - Slick on the tongue with light bitterness and a moderately dry finish. Coats the tongue well.

O - Very similar to Lagunitas Sucks in my opinion. Only with stronger flavors. Really a great beer that I could easily kill a 4 pack of. Thank you to GreatGazoo for the trade.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 04:21:35 | More by PSU_Mike
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roger617

Indiana

4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found this in a dive in Chicago, snagged a 4 pack for $18. Not sure if I overpaid or not, but happy to be able to try it! Canned 1/14/14, so 6 weeks at the time of review. From my experience, cans hold up much better than bottles in the IPA world, so I decided to give it a go anyways.

A: Drinking this guy from the can, some other like-beer says to do so on the can, and I've just gotten in that habit now.
S: Strong citrus with this one. Very tempting and well balanced.
T: This has loads of citrus flavor punching through the 9% ABV. Even at 6 weeks old this has a crazy good flavor profile. Based off other reviews and hype I believe it has dropped off a bit, but I'm still a big fan.
M: There's a nice crisp bitter finish that balances out the citrus and sweetness in the flavor. Very drinkable at a higher ABV.
O: Thoroughly enjoyed. I've had some of the BA top IPAs with less age and enjoyed much less than this.

**edit. Had this a handful of times since original review. I am upgrading the ratings as it has certainly been more consistently better than the first time I reviewed. Aroma is more more potent, and flavor, and at a couple months plus from canning, is still bursting with flavor.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 01:01:45 | More by roger617
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can (1/29/14 so exactly 1 month old) into DFH signature glass with couple cm white head beer is golden yellow with some sediment haze

Aroma has a lot of citrus and some hops

Taste is bitter up front, a bit of sweetness and some grapefruit tangerine and pineapple , bitter finish lingers

Mouthfeel is medium carb and body. Somewhat sticky, dry finish but its very drinkable

Overall a fantastic IIPA. First time I've tried this - got lucky with the last 4 pack from Binnys. Given the price point (18 for 4 pints) its not something I'd pick up regularly (not like I could anyway) but prob something I'd try to pick up at least once a year. For IIPAs I'd put this in my top 5 for sure

Serving type: can

03-01-2014 23:18:33 | More by maxcoinage
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timc100

Illinois

4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unreal! This is the end of my 4pk and each can has gotten better and better. Huge dank aroma of very crisp-pine-clean grapefruit, dank astringency, mango, peach and a soft caramel malt backbone. Touch sweet strawberry juice as well. Taste is very dry but an explosion of grapefruit, fresh orange, and tropical fruits but not overly juice or juice-like, which is great. Incredibly clean, smooth, balanced. One of the best I've had.

Serving type: can

03-01-2014 16:14:55 | More by timc100
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber with a whitish head that does last and leaves spidering. Loaded with floaties but ain't no thang.

Smelling this pour is like tearing open a grapefruit like a gorilla. About some of the best grapefruit smell since fresh Flower Power. Staying with this awhile it begins to morph into a bag-o-weed and as they say (cat piss). But then again, it's just part of this euphoric experience.

Taste is just as elating as the aroma. This has a strong malt backbone substantiating the dank hoppiness. Strong earthy pine and hop cone. Semi-sweet with less prominent fruit structure.

Creamy texture and hop numbing layering on the tongue. Staying power.

This is a tremendously tremendous ale---bar none! This is high powered octane to get drunk quick. The pricing on this will always be in question for me. Like Sculpin, which is fantastic in its own right, I was curious of the hype but can't see paying the higher cost associated and I have not bought any since then and tis a shame. A lot of fantastic ales competing out here, no doubt. ABV on Abrasive is substantiate to get you going well on any pre-flight for the night. Sad to say that @ apx 20$/4pk, I just can't pull the trigger in the future. My curiosity has been quenched as I had an extra 20 in my pocket yesterday. Really though, not to be missed in your lifetime if you love quality and a good buzz on. Tremendously tremendous!!!

Serving type: can

02-28-2014 22:44:42 | More by joeseppy
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lanciloti

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a snifter glass. (canned 1/21/14)

Appearance: Very hazy, Light golden orange color. Eggshell white head.

Smell: Waves of grapefruit and orange peel. Very citrusy with some herbal and flowery notes underneath.

Taste: Huge citra hops up front with some bitterness. Can definitely taste the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with just enough carbonation. Kind of thin for how hazy it looks

Overall: I really like this beer, Surly did a very good job. I do however prefer there Furious a little bit more because of the availability and drinkabilty. (but it's not a DIPA) I look forward to drinking this when it's available.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 02:06:58 | More by lanciloti
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koutkid41

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale light copper with sediment and strong carbonation. Nice head that lingers nice and foamy.

S: Dank and resinous beer with grapefruit, pineapple, pine and slight mango. Really appealing.

T: Sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes, some pineapple, and tangerine/apricot juice in the back end. Alcohol is apparent and noticeable

M: Medium to light bodied. Drinks fairly easily but noticeable alcohol. Medium-high carbonation with slight but not alot of sweetness.

O: Really enjoy this beer, glad it finally made it’s way to Illinois!

Serving type: can

02-25-2014 03:02:28 | More by koutkid41
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold & slightly cloudy. 1.5 - 2 inch clean white foam when poured aggressively

S - Hoppy and malty - More pine than citrus.

T - Hops and malt intense, sweet up front with earthy finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Can't taste the alcohol.

M - A little thick and heavy compared to taste.

O - A really good beer, however I didn't like this as much as other BA 100 rated IIPA's. Also, not sure if I can see this being that much better than Surly's Furious APA, which is about $8 less per 4 pack. Was it really good, yes. Will I drink it again, certainly. Would I rate it as high as Pliny or Zombie, definitely not. Surly delivers many fine beers and intrigues me along the way. I will continue to try whatever they offer. -Prost!

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 21:46:06 | More by Bowers-Brew
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can from 1/29/14 poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange. Nice, two finger eggshell head. Stays at one finger for awhile. There is a bit of sediment visible and lots of carbonation bubbling to the surface.

S: I could smell this one even upon cracking the can. Really, really strong waves of grapefruit and orange. Extremely citrusy with some herbal and flowery notes underneath.

T: Strong citrus flavor follows into the taste, too. Huge Citra hop taste. Lots of blood orange and grapefruit. Bit of grass and marijuana gives the hops a bit of depth. Pretty strong bready malt taste underneath the hops. Finishes slightly bitter and fruity.

M: Extremely smooth...no fuss at all going down. 9% is well hidden. Enough carbonation to give it some liveliness.

O: One of the top 5 DIPAs out there. Loads of fresh citrus hop flavor, but there are enough things going on to keep it from getting boring.

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 20:24:56 | More by TTAmod
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sbxx

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can
Poured into Surly pint glass
Canned on 1/21/14

Appearance - Hazy golden honey. 3 fingers of fluffy, foamy head. Thick lacing.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit. Tangerine. Little bit of floral as well.

Taste - HUGE citra flavor, along with some pine and a really nice bitter bite. Very smooth. Toasty malt backbone that holds it all together. I can't find a single flaw in the taste. Solid 5.

Mouthfeel - Med/heavy body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

Overall - The 2014 batch is out of this world. The minor details like appearance barely matter here. The taste is a solid 5/5. If you love big citrusy DIPAs, get a 4pk of this as soon as possible.

Serving type: can

02-21-2014 23:02:34 | More by sbxx
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SeanBond

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is phenomenal. Tastes of fresh hops not dissimilar to Heady Topper, but the overall product is even better, in my opinion.

Awesome; looks great, smells amazing, and tastes even better. One of my top 4 DIPAs (IIPA by New Glarus, early 2013 Navaja, this, and Permanent Funeral by FFF.).

Serving type: can

02-19-2014 01:01:11 | More by SeanBond
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From: France44, Minneapolis, MN
Date: Canned 2014-01-07
Glass: Tulip

An excellent DIPA that manages to blend seriously bitter, hop-armpit like aromas and flavors with tropical fruits and base malt sweetness to come out with something surprisingly delicious and drinkable. While the tallboy can is a bit too much for one of these beers, this is an offering I would partake of often if it was local and/or affordable.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles yielding a frothy appearance, which fades within 1.5 minutes to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of thin lace atop the body of the beer. Lacing is very good, with complex patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a bright, but deep, golden orange color, with light bringing out rich golden yellow to light golden orange hues. Carbonation visible through the slightly hazy (10-20% opacity) body: low in number, moderate in activity.

Aroma of hoppy BO, bitter grapefruit and orange, guava, pineapple, a bit of musky/musty/sweet tropical fruit that clearly shows the Citra hops, and a bit of spicy ethanol.

Flavor is highly of bitter hops, with flavors of bitter grapefruit, pineapple, guava, and hoppy BO. Front of palate tastes bitter hops with a bit of pine, dried grass, grapefruit, orange, guava, hoppy BO flavors, and mild background sweetness. Mid-palate of bitter grapefruit and orange, guava, pineapple, and a tropical fruit sweetness that's enhanced by the base pale and caramel-like malt sugars and light ethanol. Back of palate tastes high hop bitterness with some orange, grapefruit, and guava flavors along with a mild tropical fruit-like sweetness and very light ethanol. Aftertaste of bitter hops with attendant grapefruit, hoppy BO, and modest ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, leading to a lightly foamy (1/5) mouthfeel that is otherwise smooth, appropriate for a fairly ethanol-filled, strongly-flavored double IPA. Ethanol is only lightly detectable as gentle heat in the nostrils, no burnging on the palate or throat. Closes dry, with medium-heavy stickiness clinging to the palate.

Serving type: can

02-18-2014 06:28:27 | More by falloutsnow
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GrumpyBeer

Tennessee

4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is consistently fantastic. The pour is a hazy honey orange with an off white head that fades to subtle lacing and carbonation throughout. Wow the smell bright orange grapefruit citrus with a dank balance and a slight peachy yeast aroma. The taste hits all the aromas perfectly balanced not overly sweet bitter or citrus but does lean toward the citrus side. The taste is near perfect but I do think Pliny and ht are slightly deeper and fuller. The mouthfeel is crisp and full and you want to keep going back to the well for another. Overall a top IPA

Serving type: can

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,684 ratings.