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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2661
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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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

02-18-2014 03:34:05 | More by GrumpyBeer
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KFBR392

Illinois

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

Canned 1/7/14

Appearance: beer is a hazy dark golden color. Plenty of suspended sediment which just looks awesome. Half a finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking.

Smell: Once the can is opened there is an explosion of floral hops. Once in the glass there are still plenty of bright tropical hop aromas but a solid malt body joins which adds a slightly nutty presence. The fruitiness of mangos, tangerines, kiwis, and pineapple just doesn't give in throughout.

Taste: As one would expect, a bountiful bouquet of citrus sweetness on the front. The hop presence has such a soft feeling on the palate yet packs such a huge punch. Some of that nutty malt warms up the body a bit and can be felt into the aftertaste. But like the aroma, no doubt the floral hops dominate and man is it good.

Mouthfeel: The hops showcase themselves so well without being taxing on the palate. Sweetness sticks around long after drinking.

Overall: Without a doubt one of the best IPAs I've ever had. I would only say its true rival that I've had to this point is HT. The floral hop tones are literally perfect and everything I love about an IPA. The malt body provides a perfect base for the hops to shine and dominate this brew. All I have is wow, a masterpiece.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 00:43:27 | More by KFBR392
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jwerner23

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, it is my #1 beer right now. If you have a chance to try it and you like IPAs you have to pick it up. I have had it side by side with Bell's Hop slam (which is also a great beer) and would take Abrasive over it every time. It just sucks it is only available for a few months a year.

Serving type: can

01-29-2014 10:54:59 | More by jwerner23
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Festival in Asheville, NC

A: Pours a murky honey orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow and orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large thick cap covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin film surrounding it and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange, citrus/tangerine, and tropical/passionfruit hops - this beer has a huge hoppy aroma that is quite delicious.

T: Upfront there is a lightly honey sweet moderate grainy malt flavor that provide just enough sweetness to balance out the huge hop flavors. Strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange, and citrus/tangerine hops with moderate flavors of tropical/passionfruit and tropical/pineapple hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy and slightly sticky with a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely one of the most enjoyable DIPA that I have had the chance to drink - very enjoyable with huge fruity hop flavors and well hidden alcohol. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2014 23:47:52 | More by dbrauneis
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ArdyExfor

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy yellow orange. Little to no head. Minimal lacing.

S: Hello FRUIT! Wow lots of fruity smelling hops. Pineapple, mango, peach and apricot oh my!

T: Again with the fruit up front, a nice bitterness follows.

M: Medium mouth feel, moderate carbonation.

O: I dig it! Tropical IPA for sure.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 02:17:59 | More by ArdyExfor
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy copper body. Small off white head. Settles to a thin layer of foam. Thin collar.

Smell - Citrus hops. Tropical fruit. Some toasty malt.

Taste - Tropical fruit. Ample caramel malt. A little bit of toasted malt. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and very drinkable. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not what I expected. I expected a hop monster a la Heady, but it's more of what people would call a balanced IPA.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 02:32:04 | More by Alieniloquium
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rawfish

California

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

Golden and very hazy, didn't form much of a head following the pour. Retention is not there but the lacing it leaves is incredible.

Aroma is a hop medley of mangoes, peach, bright orange citrus and gren notes that are more grassy than piney. Underlying sweetness that blends with the fruit hops providing balance without much of a combating bready or grainy aroma.

Sweet caramel and toasty malt provides balance to a pleasant pine and deeper orange citrus flavor with rich nectarine and peach notes. Finish lacks drying qualities despite the expected DIPA bitterness but provides a slight alcohol taste with a sweet cracker malt dusting.

Moderate body, with a very rich and creamy mouthfeel, tight bubbles that are neither prickly or overbearing. Alcohol note is reserved but present and the malt is a bit sticky. Drying comes in late as the bitterness sticks to the palate.

Wow, I took two of these down before I knew what hit me. The aroma and mouthfeel are text book, the aroma encompasses a variety of luscious hop smells and the drink is very smooth. Taste is unique with the stone fruit flavors atop plentiful pine and citrus.

Thanks to my new friend maximum12 for this one. Can you call someone you traded with just once a friend? After a few of these..I think you have to.

Serving type: can

01-21-2014 01:27:29 | More by rawfish
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rjp217

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/10/13 so a little past its prime. Poured into a tulip...

Really nice looking beer, dark orange color with a half finger head and minimal lace. Aroma is a little muted for me. I get some orange, piney hops. I find it somewhere in between a citrus and pine bomb. Taste is fruity and tasty upfront with some malt and pine in between and then a huge hop bomb aftertaste and pretty dry. I also get a little candyish pez type taste. Almost reminds me of Palate Wrecker but with more fruit characteristics. Mouthfeel is semi carbonated and bitter rolling off the palate. Overall this is an excellent DIPA but not quite World Class in my opinion. As it warms it really shines. I would definitely seek this out and love to try one that's fresh as hell to better compare. Even so, another great one from Surly.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 20:18:07 | More by rjp217
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Stimulus199

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

About as close to perfect a DIPA has humanly possible. Super fresh tasting, resiny hop flavors. I buy this one whenever it's available, wallet permitting. The standard against which all DIPAs should be judged - unfortunate that it's not a year-round beer.

Serving type: can

01-14-2014 22:57:11 | More by Stimulus199
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NHbeerguy

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect hop bomb orange. Nice white head that settled quickly but it did leave some nice lacing. Smell was awesome. Nice and fruity with a kick of pine. Taste was that of a top notch DIPA. The citrus followed by the pine notes where amazing. Mouthfeel left you waiting for the next sip. Overall a great beer. Abrasive is a fantastic DIPA.

Serving type: can

01-13-2014 02:15:36 | More by NHbeerguy
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TheFizzinator

Minnesota

4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is not like Surly's Furious IPA whatsoever. The aroma is heaven, with mangoes and peaches abound. Big citrus notes and slight pine on the taste with a medium carbonation and a nice lingering bitter finish. One of the best DIPA on this side of life. Enjoy it.

Serving type: can

01-06-2014 10:19:44 | More by TheFizzinator
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Koebele

Minnesota

4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't quite get the comparisons I'm reading to Surly Furious. This is a very different beer, and even more hoppy. It's right up there with the Stone Enjoy By Series as one of my favorite IIPAs. Fantastic taste. I would highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 22:02:29 | More by Koebele
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a murky, milky illuminated orange. Looks a lot like most of my favorite hop bombs. The body seems to be a bit oily and...resiny. The head is a thin congregation of white froth. Sticky lace.

S-The nose is a damp Citra aroma. Peaches, pineapples, citrus bouquet, grass, moss and pine. The aromatic intensity is slightly softer than I'd hoped but the actual aroma is splendid.

T-The flavor is simply delicious. The combination of Citra and Warrior hops deliver the full spectrum of tropical fruits. Really tastes like nectarines. Like pure peach and nectarine flesh. The hops just pour on the flavor; and it's varied. Grass and pine and marijuana to back the Edible Arrangement of tropical flavors. The malt gives me a pleasant animal cracker backing which is tasty in its own right.

M-High bitterness. Oily hop resins. Medium carbonation, maybe even on the low side. Hints of alcohol. Very drinkable.

O/D-This lived up to the hype for me. It's hop expression is just to my liking. I will be looking for more of this next time its brewed. An elite, top tier beer. It gets better as it warms.

Serving type: can

12-31-2013 01:26:06 | More by VelvetExtract
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Surly Abrasive Ale (canned 12/10/13)

Poured from a 16 oz can into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Golden Amber brew with a slight haze. This had a nice foamy white head, that slowly settled to dusting. A good amount of lacing.

S) Quite aromatic as soon as you crack the can. Not quite as intense as Heady, but reminiscent of that experience. Initially some tropical fruit sweetness, then some dank ass hops. This is good... Very good...

T) Yeah, this is getting it done. I love drinking Furious, but this is on another level. The name almost would imply a lack of balance, but this comes together wonderfully. I mean, it's a hop bomb, but a little caramel sweetness and tropical fruit bring it all together. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. This shit is impressive.

M) Heavier medium to full bodied beer, with lighter carbonation. The finish is semi-dry and definitely hoppy. Goes down easy... So easy...

O) I've got some grievances to voice here. 1) Surly should send their beer to Wisconsin pronto. 2) This should be available year round.

Serving type: can

12-29-2013 19:23:14 | More by RoamingGnome
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a can into a tulip. Pours a rich, slightly cloudy gold with a two finger head of light foam.

Aroma: Spot on. Huge hop aroma right from the get go. Grapefruit, ripe tropical fruits, slight pine resin, slightly earthy notes.

Taste: Big hop bitterness, primarily earthy/herbal hop notes, almost savory in a way. Just enough malt presence to back up the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Slick and viscous.

Overall: Killer DIPA. The aroma is unreal. Taste is not quite as amazing as the aroma, but provides a nice complement of slightly different flavors than seem present in the aroma.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 01:27:58 | More by jhawth
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into an oversized tulip. Canned on 12/10/13

A - Hazy golden with an orange hue. White cap of head. Tons of sticky lacing.

S - Resiny pine hops from the moment the can was cracked. The citrus notes are softer, cascade-like. Mild sweetness from a neutral grainy base malt.

T - Hop resins hit immediately. These hops give off strong pine hop flavors and drown out all malts. The assertive bitterness lasts quite a bit after finishing but is right in style.

M - Medium to medium-full body, medium-light carbonation, dry.

O - The lighter color makes this beer approachable but is hop dominant for sure. I really enjoyed this brew.

Judgement - Absolutely worth a try.

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 23:15:45 | More by Jparker37
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours on the lighter side of golden, with somewhat of a yellow hue to it. Pretty sizable head forms and retains like a champ with excellent lacing. Body of the beer is just a touch hazy, but mostly clear.

S- Big hops bitterness is the first and the last flavor in this scent. Hops are mostly floral with some citrus notes intermingling. The biggest impression I get from the scent here is just a hint of fruity sweetness, but also a bit of stickiness.

T- Starting off, this beer displays the same floral hops bitterness as in the scent. Moderately to aggressively bitter, the hops dominate most of the drink. There is a little bit of an appearance by citrus flavors among the hops, mostly of the pineapple variety. Ends with the lingering bitterness of the hops that were present throughout.

M- Smooth and a littler thicker than most IPA/DIPA's. Lower in the carbonation department. Not terribly palate wrecking, so it can be drank fairly easily.

Overall, an amped up, and higher quality, double version of Furious I think. The citrus/pineapple flavor in the scent/taste is somewhat unique and interesting.

Serving type: can

12-27-2013 01:12:57 | More by boilermakerbrew
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma here is all hops, all the time. I don't get any notes of malt at all. Pine, citrus, resiny....sharply hoppy on the nose. I don't think there's any question this beer is going to be a bitter one.

This is a brilliantly hoppy beer taste wise, no question. Huge notes of citrus and pine as well. But for all the huge hop flavor, I wouldn't say it is really all that bitter. Sure, it'll blow most people away who aren't used to craft beer, but I don't find this to be a completely astringent hop bomb that's unpleasurable to drink. The flavors are there, but I don't have to pucker or make a face when drinking it....and to me, that is a mark of a good DIPA.

The other interesting thing is that I do get a bit of a taste of the sweet malt backbone to this beer....so it isn't totally absent. Of course it's definitely in the shadow of the hops as you may imagine but it is present. And the finish?? Fairly clean. Notes of citric hops present...but nothing lingering really. And that's just the way I like a beer like this to end.

Honestly, I had some trepidation about this one at first perhaps just because of the name. But it isn't abrasive at all. It's just Furious on steroids....but still delicious. Not a total one sided hop bomb at all.

Serving type: can

12-26-2013 04:38:40 | More by NODAK
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shadetree67

Minnesota

4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - A cloudy orange-gold. A stiff pour into a darkness snifter yielded a 3 finger head and a thin head stuck around throughout the glass. Also, very nice lacing throughout

Smell - lots of citrus; mainly grapefruit and apricot. Piney hops. As it warmed, the bready malt becomes more apparent.

Taste - Is very similar to the smell, but the malt is more noticeable. Hop bomb with grapefruit, apricot, and a bit of grass. Caramel malts. Pretty balanced but it leans more towards the hop side than the malt side. Hop bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel - Medium amount of carbonation and a slight hint of heat from the 9% abv. Juicy / sticky finish.

Overall - I'm a huge a fan of this beer and being from MN, I'm fortunate enough to have easy access to this. Just wish Surly would make available it year round.

Serving type: can

12-24-2013 03:40:22 | More by shadetree67
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can packed on 10/30 into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. The pour is a hazy, dingy, medium-orange honey-gold with a rocky coarse white head. Nice level of carbonation and even a few floaties. The nose is dank and hoppy, with grapefruit, pine trees, and floral notes. Not really what I would call a ``citrus bomb'', but definitely a good sniffer.

The beer has a balanced, though hoppy flavor and a wonderful, slick feel. Sweet bready notes up front are quickly accompanied by ripe and bitter grapefruit, lemon, grass, pine, and a hint of pineapple sweetness. Everything is well balanced in this beer. It's one of those IIPAs that doesn't seem nearly as bitter as it really is. Moreover, I cannot detect the alcohol in this beer at all. It's nothing but great hop and malt flavor. Not what I would consider to be ``citrusy'', although there are some citrus notes in it. It's more of an ``all over the map'' bitterness. I definitely get the warrior and citra hops, but I could almost swear it has some centennial as well (I checked - it doesn't. So much for my fool of a palate).

A classic IIPA, and deservedly so. I've had Surly Furious, and wasn't that impressed with it (who knows - perhaps I just had a bad can), but this one is definitely a keeper. Very pleasant, intense hop flavors, but not so bitter as to detract from the drinking enjoyment. Terrific IIPA.

Serving type: can

12-18-2013 20:09:04 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Kevin-Wieken

Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Abrasive Ale
Surly Brewing Company, Minnesota
---from can to stemmed tulip glass---

Appearance
Hazy honey orange with three fingers of ivory head that just will not go away! Lovely floating yeast particles. Good lacing.

Smell
Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pear, very little evidence of malt…

Taste
Total citrus bomb! Sweet and slightly syrupy at first. Builds to a good bitter. Tart grapefruit and pine is left lingering… sweet caramel malts are present only enough to say that they are present.

Mouth-feel
Medium body. Great bitter. Good carbonation. Tantalizing ale right here!

Overall
Wow. Very good. 9% ABV is not evident at all. Very juicy and bitter… I could drink this again and again… in fact, number 2 is being opened right now. Best Double IPA I’ve had. Very refreshing and drinkable!

Serving type: can

12-18-2013 02:33:28 | More by Kevin-Wieken
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darthvohn

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass Used: Tulip

Appearance: Hazy 24K golden yellow with a thick two finger dense foam which leaves a clingy lace on the glass as it descends.

Smell: Huge piney hop and grapefruit, rounding out with guava. I get a whiff of sweet malt as well. I'm really in love with this smell of this one.

Taste: Velvety smooth, tropical and hoppy with little alcohol presence. Finishes with a pleasing bitterness that seems to ramp up well after you've dispatched the gulp.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a smooth, slick feel that coats the mouth.

Overall: Thanks to Pintofbrown for sending this in his beer swap. Hands down, the best DIPA I've had. Very well made and balanced.

Serving type: can

12-17-2013 18:55:16 | More by darthvohn
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jdhowe

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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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magictacosinus

California

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks amerak! One of my all time wants, at last. Poured out of a 16oz can into a tulip glass. Canning date is listed at the bottom as "11/05/13."

Pours a cloudy (floatie filled) amber orange that looks a lot a blended juice of sorts. Contains a nice 3-finger high foamy head that settles down while leaving a good amount of stickiness. Every time I'd swirl the glass a ton of droplets would stick around for some time. This is really oily stuff, and I can tell right off the bat that this is going to be an intense flavor filled experience.

The aroma is undeniably dank, as far as DIPAs go - huge classic Surly pine notes, alongside an assortment of bittered fruitiness. Grapefruit, peaches, apricots, and guava. Not as tropical as other people make it out to be, but still a grand, seemingly fresh squeezed citrus rank of an experience. Contains a solid amount of toffee and caramel that adds a sweetened, balanced texture to the monstrous addition of hops. In terms of comparing to other DIPAs, this really does rival Heady Topper. I'm going to do a side by side comparison and see how this pans out. For the time being, this is really delightful, intense stuff.

The flavor is pretty much another win for Surly - for Christ's sake, talk about a beer that gets everything I love about various hoppy beers of different styles and brings them all together. My favorite moments of ZD, PtE, and HT, among several others I love, all come together in a rather exasperating manner. At first, there's the obvious notes of pine, which meld into a fresh-squeezed equivalent of grapefruit juice right away. Indeed, the can conditioned texture of the beer make this more reminiscent to juice in more ways I could ask for. Adding on to the initial grapefruit flavor, notes of peaches, apricots, mangoes, guava, pineapple, cantaloupe, and lime make their way through in a truly graceful, balanced manner. The toffee and pear at the finish is a wonderful, refreshing way of topping out the final touches from the complexity in the aftertaste. As for the finish? Amazing stuff - makes the beer unique in its own right. At my first sip, I simply thought, "oh, grapefruit and dried pine. Nice." But then, the aftertaste of the tropical, resinous hop oils melt at the back of the tongue brilliantly with the toffee, which not only cleanses the palate, but physically leaves you immediately wanting more. Thick, creamy, and juicy. Nothing needs to be improved here.

Sweet Jesus, how do the guys at Surly make hoppy beers of this caliber? This feels so much like a West Coast IPA or a Midwestern hoppy variety in so many respects, but it blows most offerings in the country out of the water. Refreshing, complex, food friendly, and rewarding stuff. At the low price and decent availability, I wonder if I should just stick to getting more of these from now on than any other beer of its type not in my distro. I really wish this were year-round. World class.

Serving type: can

12-12-2013 09:06:03 | More by magictacosinus
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BeerNutz324

Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My 100th review so I wanted to review a world class brew from my home state

16oz can into a pint glass

Ap- light amber in color, hazy and has a 1/2 inch head with good retention

Ar- huge citrus profile, piney hops, fresh cut grass, hay, pineapple and grapefruit

T- I'll take the easy way out and say same as the nose. This beer is freakin tasty!

M- sticky, perfect carbonation, medium bodied

O- The best DIPA I've had by far (yet to try pliny or heady though) I wish this beer was cheaper at $15.99 a 4 pk 16oz cans but I am very glad I tried it.

Serving type: can

12-11-2013 18:44:23 | More by BeerNutz324
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,661 ratings.