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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,097
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,928
Gots: 281 | FT: 14
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".

Sure we're abrasive. We were abrasive long before we were Surly. If you visit the brewery you can still see remnants of industrial manufacturing factory Omar's parents ran for 35 years within those same 4 walls. Bandsaw blades, grinding wheels, and a sanding discs came long before ales and lagers. But let's be honest, this is a lot more fun. Pale in color, this over-hopped, under-brewed Double IPA has almost twice the amount of hops & malt crammed in the can.

(Beer added by: Buebie on 12-27-2008)
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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Tonight I pulled out one of my favorite pint glasses, a simply deigned yet classy looking Cigar City pint which has a sketch of a lit cigar on it with their name. As I cracked open the tall boy can there was a generous amount of hissing and carbonation gasses that escaped the wide mouth. In the pour I decided to start by tilting the glass pretty hard just in case it wanted to foam up on me. As I continued it was safe to say that I could stand the glass back up and resume. After I was done pouring for a few seconds I noticed that I was left with a one finger thick creamy off white head that resembled almost a coco butter hue . When I hold the glass up to the light I'm getting burnt orange and deep honey colors that almost lean towards copper. There is no light passing through and it comes off a little bit murky but there are no yeast chunks or sediment floating around. On the swirl the viscosity appears pretty thick for an imperial IPA, leaving some nice legs and foam trails creeping down the glass walls.

Smell:

As soon as I cracked open the can, a rush of citrusy pine-grapefruit sunny delight goodness washed over me. This is exactly what I want a Imperial IPA to smell like! All the best aromas of fruitier dry hopping burst through, grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon zest, some spicy floral notes. In the finish a sweet caramel and toffee base that wraps up all of the hop aroma, this is just too good to be true. I almost don't want to drink it quite yet, but rather sit and sniff it for a while.

Taste:

I think I just melted into the couch, seriously. This has such a strong citrus fruit forward base that it almost could pass a highly hopped fruit beer. Huge and malty yet sharp and bitter this is a perfect yin and yang scenario. Caramel and burnt brown sugar make up the backbone of this beer but the hops definitely are the attention getter providing mangoes, lemons, and grapefruits. Light tones of pepper, and even some cherries poke through and oddly enough even a touch of vanilla. Pine and tree sap are there as well which reminds me of being at a Christmas tree farm. In the finish there is just a tiny little amount of heat alcohol that goes away very quickly and doesn't resemble a 9% beer at all.

Drinkability:

If you like a tongue bruising hop bomb then this is definitely drinkable. This is a very good representation of the style, but what else would you expect from Surly? In my opinion this is a great example of what kind of various flavors you can get from hops. I am going to go out on a limb here and rate this as one of the five best Imperial IPAs I ever had, due to flavor and drinkability. If you are a alpha acid, hop head like me this is a beer that you will need to find or trade for. Again, I want to give a big thanks to Corey for hooking me up with this special treat becuase it was worth every last drop.

Bmoyer0301, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of julian
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden coppery color with decent transparency (still a bit of haze). An aggressive pour yielded little head that quickly disappeared leaving a thin ring around the edges. It didn't feel overly carbonated when I popped the can, but there are clearly some bubbles rising up from the nether regions, so here's hoping.Decent lacing, if not a bit sparse.

S: Some sweet malt, nice hop earthy bitterness, aromatic hop fruity flavors, a bit piney some grapefruit.

T: Taste was average at first, but this really grows on you and opens up after every taste. This is quite delicious. sweet, citrusy, earthy, hoppy but not too hoppy. Very smooth, almost creamy. Drinks like a pale ale.

M: Carbonation levels are actually acceptable despite my initial visual inspection. Great mouthfeel, crisp, light and nice sweet after taste. Like I said, drinks like a pale ale.

D: Can't even tell this is 9%, damn. This is another very tasty brew from Surly. Very drinkable.

julian, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into Gulden Draak tulip. Big thanks to Chriscrundwell12 for hooking me up. Canned on 2/7/2011.

A: Pours a glowing slightly hazy caramel-amber color with a billowing, dense off-white head that slowly bubbled away into a rocky layer that left sticky sheets of lacing down the glass.
S: Extremely fresh and hoppy notes of freshly cut grass and a hint of sweet pineapple and tropical fruits.
T: Follows the nose with a huge tropical fruit and fruit nectar taste. Grass is there in the finish with a blast of bitter grapefruit pith. There is just a hint of caramel that tastes like it has been drizzled over pineapple slices.
M: Medium slick body with fine yet tingly carbonation that leaves the mouthfeel spritzy but smooth.
D: Bitter and sweet with a good dose of grapefruit. I liked it overall, but I've had better. There is nothing wrong with this DIPA though, and after three of them I'm feeling like I could keep drinking more! Thanks again Chris for sending me a handful of these!

scottfrie, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
3.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a few days ago.

My first of the Surly's infamous canned beers. I'm having this right after HopSlam, it's fun to compare 2 beers of the same style (though this was very different.) Canned on 2/28/11, so very fresh at 11 days old.

Pours dark orange with substantial white head eventually turning to a thick ring and slight cap. Leaves some lacing.

Earthy, lemon, piny dank hops...definitely has the 'onion' hops that alot of people connect with Gubna. It does smell very fresh, and it's good, but not my top choice for hops.

Taste is mostly the same. Grapefruit and lemon as far as fruits go, but mostly emphasized on earthy/onion-y hops. Grassy hops as well. Not overly bitter, there is some malt backbone at work, but no obvious flavor from it (maybe some caramel).

Light, smooth mouthfeel pretty similar to HopSlam. Alcohol well-hidden.

Chico1985, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Tolann for providing this beer, which I poured into a tulip.

According to Surly's website, Abrasive was originally called 16 Grit, a size of abrasive grit used at the old Abrasive factory that once stood where the brewery now resides. It was first brewed in 2008 to mark the end of Surly's growler sales, but they underestimated its demand and soon after made it a winter seasonal. It's one of the few DIPAs out there made with oats -- let's see how it affects the drink.

The beer's extremely cloudy caramel-orange in color, with a foamy half-finger head of cream-colored bubbles that fizzles away quickly. Sticky, thick horizontal streaks of lace dot the glass as I drink.

Warrior and Citra hops combine in the nose to create aromas of green olives and salt, a bit of herbal basil and onions, toffee and old grapefruit. It's very sweet and very rich.

The flavor: pine, lots of honey liqueur, basil, grass, lavender, overripe oranges and heavy alcohol. Very rich flavor.

A shade under medium in body, soft and smooth, with hops imparting a bracing bitterness on all aspects of the tongue. Carbonation is very light, with a tiny bit of fizziness as it moves about. Lightly noticeable alcohol in the nose and flavor, tongue-numbing but not distracting.

Abrasive is much more approachable than its name suggests. Nice, caramelly maltiness paired with inviting hops. Good stuff.

Phelps, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired from Sinatra716 via Show Me What You're Made of BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to my Portsmouth snifter

A: This beer pours a hazy orangish, light copper color with a 1/4 inch of bone white head. Head recedes to a thing film almost immediately. Minor spots of lacing are left behind.

S: Nose is of fresh, juicy hopes - pineapple, mango, and a touch of and grapefruit citrus. Light caramel malt presence is also slightly detectable.

T: Taste starts nice and juicy, mango and pineapple mingled with a touch of caramel malt come through. Malt presence remains through the middle albeit lightly. Finish brings out a piney hop presence mingled with a grapefruit bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice oily feeling on the body.

D: Goes down easily, very tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick and a great representation of style. This is a ridiculously drinkable DIPA. No alcohol is remotely detectable and the taste is phenomenal. This beer could definitely get me in trouble!

Jayli, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of GehenHerzog
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into Dogfish Head snifter. Thanks to UMNbeerhunter for this one

A- Pours a hazy orange/copper with a nice white head with decent lacing.

S- Awesome smell of grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus. Slight hint of caramel malt (very slight). Smells extremely fresh.

T- Follows the nose well. Great flavor of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus again. Abrasive. Nice hop bitterness throughout.

M- Medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

D- Would have never guessed it was anywhere close to 9% abv.

Another thank you to UMNbeerhunter for providing one of my bigger IIPA wants. This exceeded my expectations and is now one of my favorite beers I've had.

GehenHerzog, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 3-11-11

A - somewhat cloudy, medium amber, small white head

S - grapefruit, pine, and a bit of sweet malt. I remember having this before and thinking it was the best thing I'd ever smelled. This isn't the same.

T - abrasive hops, pine, and citrus. Big and wonderful hoppy beer.

M - dry, big and creamy.

D - Incredibly drinkable. Nearly perfect.

ColdPoncho, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of nlmartin
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass. Many thanks UMNbeerhunter! This was a great beer drinking experience.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a reddish orange coloration. The head of the beer is white and thin no head retention noted. Specks of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: Loads of pine and grapefruit greet my nose. Juicy pineapple, mango and an idealized Sunny D citrus aroma.

Taste: Taste like I bit into a pine cone. In a great sort of way. Lots of grapefruit citrus juicy hops very bitter but very enjoyable. A flash of toasted caramel flavors breaks up the bitterness and oddly enough serves to reassert the hops. Very well done!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is moderate with lively carbonation. Nice long lasting bitterness. This beer is drinking fantastically and I wish I had a case of it. I could drink this beer all night long.

nlmartin, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a tasting of this on 2011-03-05 at the Imminent Liquidation Beer Advocate event at the Bull's Head Public House in Lititz, PA. Had a fresh (5-day old) full can on 2011-12-23 in Columbia, PA and ammended some comments and scores upwards.

A - Slightly hazy straw with maybe a hint of orange. 3-finger white head and moderate lacing.

S - Very strong aroma with with lots of mango, peach, pineapple to a lesser extent, some pine, light grain, crushed-in-your-hand hop cones. Top notch.

T - Bold, bright and bitter grapefruit juice, tropical flesh and light caramel malt sweetness, plenty of pine and some mint. Aftertaste is a nice combination of tart-citrus and pine with a touch of sweetness and plenty of lingering bitterness as it dries.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth, prickly, moderately resinous.

O - It's not quite as wonderful smelling as a fresh Heady-Topper or a Pliny the Elder but it is very close. To me it tastes on par with these other two brews. It has more balancing malt/fruit than the Heady-Topper, more abrasive bitterness than the Pliny (the most balanced), and more pine than either of them. Great stuff, any way you slice it.

Tucquan, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Matt - Thanks again!

Canned 02/28/2011 -- Consumed 03/11/2011

Appearance -- Pours an almost rosy orange with a slim sudsy beige cap. Sitting on the table, it just BEGS to be consumed.

Smell -- Tangerine and tropical fruits, dry prairie grasses, mild Simcoe cattiness. I have a hard time locking down the malts from the nose; the juicy fruits are really popping, but otherwise it smells dry and slightly toasted. Furious + juicy fruits?

Taste -- Front end is all bright and juicy citrus, followed in short order by Simcoe pungency and resin. Malt sweetness is fine-tuned: just enough to really make those aromatic hop notes pop but still leaves the hop buttering forceful. Mid-palate golden toast meets with caramel and candied orange zest. Lingering flavor of tangerine rind and green onion.

Mouthfeel -- Medium bodied with moderate prickly carbonation. The bubbles themselves have a fine feeling - very gentle on the tongue, but still lively. High marks.

Drinkability -- Pretty damn good, depending on your opinion toward Simcoe. Anyone who associates Simcoe with cat piss, or liver and onions - don't bother with this one. For the rest of us, this is an incredible DIPA that tastes like a bigger, juicier Furious. Not my favorite DIPA ever, but certainly another EPIC IPA from Surly.

yeahnatenelson, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of langept
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a standard pint glass. Not ideal, but it'll do.

A: Deep copper color. Relatively little head after an average poor. Lacing coats the side of the glass beautifully.

S: Holy citrus!Tons of grapefruit coming through here. Very intense hop aroma. Loving it!

T: An even more concentrated hoppy citrus smack in the face. I can see why they call this one abrasive. A little malt comes through at the end, but mostly just bitter, fruity hops. Precisely what I look for in an American DIPA. Very tasty.

M: Love the feel of this one. It's thick and juicy. An almost oily texture coats the mouth with every sip.

D: A little too heavy to have more than 1 or 2 of these in a sitting.

An exceptional brew from Surly. Much better than Furious in my opinion.

langept, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of beachbum1975
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Urbancaver for sharing!

Pours an orange-red with a nice, frothy white head. Gorgeous color.

Smells of big simcoe (cat piss hops), honey, citrus and pine.

The taste is big, as to be expected. Raw and scathing. Worth the hype, a great DIPA.

Great mouthfeel, nice and bubbly.

beachbum1975, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to coenbd for this one
16 oz can poured into a snifter

A- Clear orange/copper color with a nice two finger off-white head

S- Big juicy tropical and citrus hops, piney hops.

T- Citrus hops up front, big bitter pine hops in the finish, and a good malt backbone.

M- Smooth, refreshing, medium body.

D- If I can buy this near me I would buy it all the time. Big hoppy beer that goes down easily. The 9% ABV is not noticeable at all.

larryi86, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Snow81
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very nice light orange haze

Smell: Big citric, pine, and grapefruit on the nose

Head: Big white head with small bubbles around the rim as it settles

Taste: It's a hardy citric with a touch of grapefruit and a small amount of heat

Weight: Medium to high body and medium carbonation

Finish: Sticky, dark hoppy grapefruit sticks to the cheeks and lips

Snow81, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of brian44556
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from maximum12 as an extra. Always looking forward to trying an DIPA I have never had before.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

I really enjoyed this beer from the start. After the initial pour a beautiful white head appeared about an 1/8 of an inch above the glass. It faded rather quickly, but left a nice lacing around the brim. Has an intense smell of piney hops, which I really enjoy. The taste is almost identical to the smell, very bitter, but in a good way. The drinkability on this one is pretty high considering the 9% ABV. I could easily put down a 4-pk of these, but I wouldn't recommend driving afterward.

brian44556, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tbeq00 for this. Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange with a half a finger of white head.

Smell: Grapefruit, mango, floral hops mixed with a sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit, tangerine and mango citrus. Bitter, floral hops, balanced with sweet malt and then a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I could drink this bad boy all of the time. Lives up to the hype.

Axic10, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a snifter glass. Thanks to NuBrewm for sending a four pack to me.

A: A deep golden orange color with a nice perfect one finger white head. Ring lacing on the glass sticks.

S: Holy hops! Huge juicy citrus smells with grapefruit, pineapple, lemon with pine notes coupled with a big sweet juicy caramel malt smell. Wow, just wow.

T: Hot damn, this is a hophead's dream. The citrus hops on this beer is crazy. Huge amounts of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon and some sweeter mango like fruit. You just want to squeeze the fruit juices out of this beer. The fruit is followed by a heavy caramel sweetness that blends just perfectly with the hops. Again, wow. Finish turns bitter with some pine flavors, the juicy fruit flavors stay and the sweetness lingers to keep the entire flavor lasting. What a kick ass beer.

M: Full, coating, prickly, juicy, a bit of alcohol (much welcomed) and perfect carbonation.

D: For 9%? Wow, this is so enjoyable and drinkable. Dangerous if it was on draft. Dangerous period.

Overall I am just blown away. This rivals the best of the DIPAs and is probably the best DIPA just behind PtE. Amazingly good. I just wish this brewer could ship stuff outside their state so everyone could realize just how damn good these beers are. Furious and Abrasive might just be the best IPA/DIPA combo made today. Wow, just wow. Lucky for me I still have 3 more to enjoy. Stellar.

Kadonny, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of AJacob81
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Jake Melnick's in Chicago. From notes.

A - Golden umber, high effervescence for the style, big billowing white head of 3 fingers. Leaves intricate, heavy lacing. A stunner visually.

S - Grapefruit, pineapple, super bitter and earthy hops. A touch of sweetness from the malt emerges as well.

T - Tongue-numbing, palate destroying, citrus and grassy hops dominate. A hint of honey and fresh bread represent the malt bill, but they are very much on the defensive.

M and D - Thin to medium body, oily, finishes somewhat dry. The strong bitterness keeps you drinking.

An excellent Midwestern DIPA. I'd love it if the cans were available here.

AJacob81, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of CruisaC
3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an "extra" from arvjunk, much appreciated

can poured into my New Belgium glass

Pours a near perfect amount of creamy yellow head. I actually took a step back after pouring just to admire. I pour so few of my beers from a can that I was really impressed by this one from Surly

Smell was certainly hop-forward. I caught some grapefruit but as I continued to imbibe I sensed more of a sour, almost body odor aroma, not out of the genre but a little off for my preference

Tastes of a classic DIPA, hoppy, grape-fruity with just a touch of sweetness to create a nice balance.

Nice amount of carbonation with smooth drinking. The ABV is right on for the style. I could drink this on the regular but it's definitely not an easy one to acquire.

CruisaC, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of sliverX
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured to my darkness snifter a clear copper with a rush of bubbles creating a large ring and leaving impressive lacing.
Smell is huge grapefruit resin and intoxicating.
The taste is huge stinging grapefruit, it starts kind of sweet but then its just a punch in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is kind of thin and a bit off for my personal IIPA tastes
This is a delicious hop bomb just wish it had a bit more body to chew on then it would be perfect.

sliverX, Mar 06, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with UMNbeerhunter, and poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Pour yields a dark orangish-amber liquid with a half-finger of bright white head consisting of very large bubbles. Decent retention considering the amount of head, and some great lacing finds its way down the sides of the glass. This is darker than I imagined it to be, but it's very pleasant in appearance.

Smell: As soon as I cracked open the can, a rush of citrusy pine-grapefruit goodness washed over me. This is exactly what I want a Double IPA to smell like. Juniper and fresh-cut pine reminds me of hiking in the forests of Colorado, and the citrus notes definitely take me to a breakfast table with fresh-squeezed lemons and grapefruits. Not much in the way malts, but that could be because my nose just got dominated by the fresh hops, but all in all, this is one of the best noses I've ever smelled.

Taste: Just like the nose, this one is so hop-forward; you might as well be sucking on a whole-cone C-hop. The citrus hits you straight in the mouth, and the pine intermingles its way in so as to create a very fresh flavor combination on your palate. The back-end rounds out a little bit, but the tart finish reminds you that this is a bad-ass DIPA that you just consumed.

Mouthfeel: At first blush, it's very crisp and almost refreshing with the way it combines so many fresh flavors. But, this is deceiving as the dry, tart ending finishes remarkably sticky. I like my DIPAs to be heavy, and this one certainly has its moments, but it's not so overwhelming to be off-putting.

Drinkability: The 9% ABV and the size of the can (16oz) are the only two reasons why this beer doesn't earn a perfect score for drinkability. I love the smoothness of the hops, and the little bit of maltiness lets you know this is still a beer, but there's no debate over what style this precious liquid is that's gracing your tongue. Awesome extra Joe!

COBeerBuff, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Lunch
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been fortunate to have several cans of this and goddamn is this a great beer.

Pours a beautiful clear golden amber with great carbonation and a creamy white head.

Smell is all fruity hops with so many layers of citrus and just a hint of malt.

Taste is juicy tropical and citrus hops with just the right amount of sweetness.

Great body and carbonation really round out a beer that I could drink all day.

Lunch, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Major thanks to GeezLynn for 134 ounces of IIPA heaven. Reviewed live.

The look is the classic cloudy and thick amber of fine IIPA's. Highly refractive, under copious lace mountains.

I've gotten to love this aroma through savoring eight cans of this luscious brew (this is no. 8 now). All the best aromas of fruitier dry hopping, grapefruit, mango, orange, even lemon zest, some spicy floral, floating on sweet goodness. Doesn't get better than this, folks. It sets off sprinkler systems in the saliva glands.

What a taste! Full flavored, starting with a bit of neutral sweet, super clean, which carries into a sweet chorus of citrus, floral, light pine, bitter pith, finally being balanced with the fine bittering hop, really fruity even here, very nice, I've grown to love this balance. The complexity is in how it keeps coming up with new flavors in the mix, and the finish is at times super dry, at times fruity and a touch juicy, though always in a tongue scrapingly fine way. The balance of it always seems subtly to be shifting, but somehow always balanced. Stunning taste, absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel is about as good as my other two faves in this style (Pliny The Elder, Heady Topper), near perf. carb, attenuation, hop resin, finish.

Drinkability is good as it gets. It gets a 5 because this is the first time I've cried knowing I'm consuming my last of a certain brew.

Impression: All my words are superfluous, except these ---> Do you like IIPA's? If so, get this beer, you will f***ing love it!

cavedave, Mar 03, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my tulip. A beautiful copper color with some sediment at the bottom of the glass. Nice frothy thick white heading that left lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell is insane you get a flash of the greener hops along with the heavy fruity notes,mango,papaya,pineapple. The nose reminds me alot of Hopslam.

Taste is sublime.Very much like the nose. Heavy fruity hop notes,slightest of caramel sweetness and high sugary alcohol that hurts the cavities.Slight boozey feeling towards the end. Citra hops are in full force here.

Mouth is very alive on the palate with excellent carbonation.A little syrupy but in no way a hassle.

A beautiful sweet treat. This will round out my top 3 IIPA's of all time. IF anyone can ship cases I will be willing to trade. Thanks to shir0043.

TheFightfan1, Mar 03, 2011
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,097 ratings.