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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,939
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,839
Gots: 265 | FT: 15
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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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boothbeer

Illinois

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

Thanks again to dzyneguru for hooking me up with all these Surly beers!

A: Pours a honey golden yellow color. Slightly cloudy. Huge 3 fingers of foamy head. Great retention and beautiful lacing. Great looking DIPA.

S: Nice hop overload smell. Bitter piney hops with a background of floral and citrus. Not too much malt comes through. Very West coast in style.

T: Wow. Super bitter finish. Up front there is more of a fruity hop, almost sweet flavor. Actually pick up a little malt that wasnt present in the aroma. That finish just crushes the pallet though.

M: Nice and crisp. Good body with quite a bit of carbonation. Bitterness in the finish leaves the tongue and mouth parched.

D: Very nice DIPA. Not the best I have had, but it is better than most. This was a pleasant surprise. I would def drink this again and glad I got a 4 pack. 9%? Went down easy and was perfect for a nice summer evening.

Serving type: can

08-09-2010 03:06:47 | More by boothbeer
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Durge

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Stub & Herb's in Minneapolis. It shines clear and amber with a fair white head that quickly fades to a mere ring with very good lacing. The aroma is a pretty intense, sweet grapefruit/juniper hop with a modicum of raspberry malt bleeding through. Strong and tempting. The first taste is pretty in line with the aroma, somewhat syrupy fruity hops with a fair bready malt undercurrent. It still evokes a curious but likeable juniper/evergreen idea in a medium plus bodied brew. Definitely a brew of solid constitution that demands some appreciation but it hides its 9.5% ABV quite well allowing for decent drinkability for the style. Mild carbonation but a smooth, somewhat thick feel that goes down quite reasonably.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 19:09:10 | More by Durge
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Naerhu

Japan

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy dark orange body. Unbelieavable head and lacing.
S - gargantuan pine and topical fruit maramalade. It smells like this is a beer I can bite into.
T - Huge syrupy malts that are envoloped in a thick blanket of grapefuit hopes.
M - full bodied lightened by great carbpnation, long lasting bitterness. The 9% is not at all apparent.
D - These are too tastey. I wish I could get these in Japan all the time.

Serving type: can

08-07-2010 01:10:35 | More by Naerhu
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/ brown hue with a minimal but steady head; lacing is good

S: A pungent alcohol smell sits on top of a sweet malty base; candied sugars and a syrupy fruitiness pervades; the pine/citrus hops peaks through the sweet alcohol

T: Much smoother than the alcholy sweetness from the aromas would indicate; a grainy maltiness is as prevalent as the candied sugar; piney hops, and alcohol presence is strong; there is also a slight earthiness that oddly pulls all the flavors together nicely

F: Decent mouth feel; it especially coats the roof of the mouth well; there is a subtle syrupy quality that works well with this beer

D: A bit much to do too much, but this is a good brew; maybe a bit sweet and alcoholy at times but for the most part this beer works well for what it is

Serving type: can

08-03-2010 23:47:34 | More by dbossman
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grub for this one. Had this last Saturday night while camping in NH and paired with my supper, burgers.

Poured from a 16oz. can.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark orange almost brown body with an easy 2 finger head and a nice cascade of bubbles.

Smell: Succulent mango, grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet smelling with lots of hops. Quite juicy.

Taste: Tropical fruit, lots of grapefruit with hops in the fore and a very strong malt on the backend. Around the edges, i'm getting some sweet flavor, sugar maybe? Bitter but not overly so which disappoints me a bit.

Mouthfeel: More balanced than expected as the malt rivals with the hops. Creamy and mouthfilling.

Drinkability: Despite ABV and strong flavor, it still is very drinkable and something i'd have again.

Overall: A good DIPA. Not my fave but it is right up there.

Serving type: can

08-03-2010 14:23:02 | More by papat444
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to PhiDelt for this four pack. 16oz can into my Narke tulip.

Pours a dark peach color with a really nice off white head. Good retention and lacing. The beer is pretty light colored for a dipa...The aroma is super sweet, light caramel, really nice grapefruit with a light alcoholy hop finish. Its not overly strong in respect but nice to smell and balanced...The taste is pretty decent, doesn't hold up as well as the aroma though. A pretty sweet alcohol dominates the flavor, light pine, a little grapefruit. More pine on the finish. A little too much alcohol, but I was told to drink quickly as the hops might be fading so maybe that is the case? I would love t try this fresth...The feel is pretty light, very warm alcohol finish, but still super easy to drink.

This is a sweeter pretty solid dipa. I would love to try it fresh, but I would take a Surly Furious over this any day.

Serving type: can

07-23-2010 23:14:39 | More by jrallen34
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to maximum12 for this brew! Poured from a pint-sized can into a Narragansett pint glass.

A: Glowing amber color with a little head that creates a blanket on top of the beer.

S: Unique hops - I wish I knew what kind they used in this.

T: Hops galore! I sense a little honey as well. Again, I wish I knew what kind of hops these were.

M: The best feature of this beer. Silky, luxurious, creamy, smooth, and carbonated perfectly. Very well done.

D: A little thick, but then again it is 9% ABV.

Overall, maybe doesn't live up to its hype but a worthy beer.

Serving type: can

07-22-2010 00:26:43 | More by hoppymcgee
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Yulles for hooking this trade up. Both beers were excellent!

A very clear light copper to dark yellow color poured out onto the frisbee golf course amidst the homeless in Oates Park, Fallon, NV. Great hop aroma and glowing color.

Very much on the grapefruit hop edge, with the slightest pineapple twinge . Light body. Very drinkable, watch out you won't be able to pick up the alcohol anywhere near its advertised amount. Great carbonation leads to some tasty burps on this one. The bitterness is just right, didn't ruin any subsequent beers out on the course. A small dose of pine. Citrus moreso though. Tough to keep your hands off this one.

Serving type: can

07-21-2010 19:03:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into mug, with a huge thanks to Greg (tpd975), bestower of only the most epic of extras. Thanks, Greg!

Pours a bright copper, just a bit of haze, with a nice, two-finger off-white head that settles into a nice, dense cap. Nice retention and epic lacing.

Nose is big and vibrant - juicy mix of pineapples and oranges, grapefruit and pine, with a heady dose of caramel and spicy alcohol.

Taste follows suit; huge mix of tropical fruit and grapefruit, just a bit green, coupled to a big spicy alcohol bite. Strong backbone of lightly bready, sweet caramel malt underneath. Lingering dry bitterness mixes with more alcohol and the last of the massive citrusy hops. Hugely prickly, spicy, delicious. Fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel is dry, prickly, a bit oily, with a nice bite. Full bodied all the way, with a light, beautifully done carbonation, almost creamy. Very nice.

Drinkability is top notch. Really, a delicious example of the style that is just bursting with hop flavor. Fantastic and addictive.

Serving type: can

07-18-2010 18:15:38 | More by JohnQVegas
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westweasel

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewery tour just before this year's NHC. Also had it out of one of the cans we brought back. This review is from the beer out of a can.

The aroma is an intense mix of pine, grapefruit, and lemons. It is wonderful!

The appearance initially is a cloudy dark straw color with a thin white head. It looks like it is loaded with hop resins. Later, after the beer warmed, it was crystal clear (chill haze).

The mouthfeel is fairly full with medium carbonation and a maybe a little "coolness" (sorry - the best way I can describe it). It reminds me a little bit of the "coolness" you get in a sweet stout from the added lactic sugar. I'm guessing there is some added unfermentable sugar added to increase the body.

The taste is filled with strong pine and grapefruit flavors, with the malt providing a bready, white bread, sweetness to provide some balance. The bitterness is strong but not harsh. The finish is fairly medium.

This is a wonderfully drinkable double IPA. I am very impressed by this offering. I would have given it a five if the finish had been drier.

Serving type: can

07-14-2010 02:44:43 | More by westweasel
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pochman for this can!

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber hue with a thick off-white head on top. Excellent retention; left spotty lacing all over the glass. Big, powerful citrus notes waft out. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, with a touch of pine needles.

The body on this beer is a disappointment though. Very slick and thin. Expecting a full-bodied beer, the flatness really let me down. Great flavoring of grapefruit, some sweet orange, candied malts (gives it a sweet punch), and a great bitter afterbite. This is a good beer. Tweak that mouth and this is a stellar beer.

Serving type: can

07-12-2010 12:38:02 | More by Onenote81
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to Wisconsinality for this sought-after can!

A - Abrasive pours clear gold with a frothy bone head. The foam reaches around three fingers before dropping down to a sliver of bubbles rather quickly. Thin and scattered sheets of lace cling reluctantly to the glass.

S - Mountains of hops unleash a strong citrus aroma packed full of grapefruit and floral notes. Pine needle is there too but largely overshadowed. Mango and pineapple also make an aggressive appearance adding nicely to the citrusy, fruity aroma. Heavy malting backs up the heavy hops with a lightly sweet caramel kiss and good balance.

T - Even with the aggressive hop addition, the malts really balance out nicely. Sweet caramel and honey-drizzled toast assume a large role of the flavor while mango, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus are slightly secondary. The balance is very nicely done.

M - Medium-full bodied and fairly sweet, Abrasive is a heavily hopped DIPA with a moderate citrus bitterness to the finish. The sweetness may get slightly cloying as it is pretty strong.

D - This is a decently drinkable DIPA but after a while it got rather cloying to me with how sweet the malts are. It actually could have been a little more crisp in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

07-12-2010 11:51:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
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samie85

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-This one is an orange hued amber with a one finger white head served in a tulip glass.

S-Big on tropical and citrus hops: papaya, mango, grapefruit, orange and a bit of pine with some sweet caramel notes

T-Piney and mango/papaya with some bitter grapefruit on the finish. The malt here really helps balance this one, but not to the point that the hops are are overshadowed, because they are definitely here.

M-Really smooth in the mouth with a low amount of carbonation and it's medium bodied.

D-This is one pretty impressive brew. The nose alone makes me want to smell it all day. Not to mention the insane drinkability this 9% beer has. It drinks more like a 6%... be warned.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 21:55:07 | More by samie85
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to my loving wife who brought home a 4-pack of this delicious beer and to her mom who made the effort to find and buy it.

Served cool from the 16oz. can into a pint glass. It seems to pour slowly from the can like it's a little thicker than most.

Abrassive is a beautiful golden copper color with thick sticky head. Good clarity and perfect lacing left behind.

Aroma is wonderful and fresh. Like any DIPA worth a damn, it smells just like when you open a bag of hops or crush some fresh cones in your hands. There's great citrus and pine and it almost seems resiny before I've taken a sip.

Flavor is a hop explosion in my mouth! So bitter, so hoppy, so... abrassive? Well it's not silky smooth but it is damn tasty. Again huge citrus, pine, grapefruit, spice. I would love to know what hops were used because this is really 3-dimensional where a lot of DIPAs (step forward Gubna) can seem flat. It's also nice to see that this beer has balance. A solid malt backbone supports the crazy-hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lowish carbonation. Actually really nice for the style here as well. Where some can be seem too hoppy/bitter/alcoholic because of the higher carbonation, Abrassive really nails it.

Overall a fantastic beer and probably one of my favorites of all time. I just wish I could get it more often!

Serving type: can

07-11-2010 00:36:48 | More by GilGarp
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right out of the can, Abrasive is a stunner. Deep gold with only the trace of a veil, Abrasive rewards an agressive pour with a thick downy head that has a slight buttercream tinge.

The smell is easy to test as you can perceive the hop aromas from a distance. Closer inspection gives you the details: a truly complex whiff of citrus rind, mango and a bit of pine in the background as well as a rich flan smell from the malt. If condensed to a spray deodorant, I would want my entire apartment to smell like this beer.

The taste offers the same complexity, especially to those who linger and let the beer warm a few degrees from the fridge. It starts fruit-forward: mango, orange rind and pineapple. The sweet caramel note then comes in to take the lead. Just when you fear that the beer will turn too strongly to the malt side of the equation, the sweetness fades and pine/mint flavors that have played only a supporting role get to have their say. The finish is a pure pleasure. The alcohol must be on siesta, because it is almost imperceivable, leaving the lingering bitterness, pine and sugared grapefruit flavors to casually fade.

The mouthfeel is nearly perfect, but might be just a bit too thick/full for some. Although this is blatant nitpicking, that fact knocks drinkability down one peg.

That minor criticism aside, this beer can be summed up with two words and one acronymn: Top. Five. DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 22:32:32 | More by chicagobeerriot
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks go out to checkii for sending a few cans of Abrasive my way. I'm a pretty huge Surly fan, and I know they can brew a good IPA...Furious remains one of the best I've ever tasted. So, you can only imagine my excitement to have two cans of (yet another) A-rated Surly goodness.

Right out of the gates, I'm already shocked by this beer. Most of my IPA/DIPA reviews mention the fact that I can't find a way to describe their color aside from the standard "orange-amber." Well, Abrasive Ale is a bit more vibrant, a fiery orange. White head reaches a finger, and I don't leave the beer in the glass long enough to learn too much about its retention. The lacing on the inside of the glass makes me think of catacombs - thick white lines with oddly-shaped, skull-like circles in between. Great looking beer.

The aroma is unbelievable. In my eyes, there is nothing finer than a citrus-heavy hop bomb. Well, Abrasive Ale sure smells like it's headed in that direction. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine dominate the nose. I don't know if it's physically possible to smell bitterness, but I'm pretty sure I am right now. It's huge without being too much so, if that makes sense. It smells like an epic DIPA without smelling like a palate-wrecker or a booze bomb.

Throughout my drinking experience with Abrasive Ale, the word "unbelievable" kept coming to mind. Bursting with hop flavor, a cornucopia of fruit flavors (or whatever the hell David Alan Grier said on SNL as Maya Angelou talking about Fruit Loops), with a fairly restrained bitterness, but just enough to remind you that you're dealing with a pretty damn big double IPA. It's not like Ruination in that you recoil after each sip (but that's a good recoil, if that makes sense), rather, it's like a more balanced HopSlam, I suppose. There's a pretty fair amount of sweetness that keeps things relatively balanced...or at least about as balanced as a Surly double IPA is going to get. Just remarkable.

Now, the only disappointment is the texture. And damn, I feel like such an ass for calling it a disappointment, because it's a 4.5 instead of a 5. It's somewhat sticky, lightly chewy...a tad less carbonation, and this would be absolutely perfect. But, again, we're talking about the difference between a 4.5 and a 5.

Drinkability? Uh, this beer is TOO drinkable. I grabbed one can out of the fridge, figuring it would be a nice nightcap, and that would be it. Within 15 minutes of opening the first can, I was walking back to the kitchen for the second. Unbelievable. Can I say it enough? 9% alcohol? No way. I don't believe it. The most drinkable double IPA I've ever had, bar none.

This beer falls just shy of perfection, but not by a whole lot. An amazing drinking experience that I'd recommend to anyone...hophead, malthead (is that a recognized term here?), anyone...this is a beer you should try. If nothing else, it will show you what a world-class DIPA is all about.

Serving type: can

07-10-2010 03:20:34 | More by Gyle41386
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hawks10

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap tonight at Poor Phil's in Oak Park, IL...served in a Sam Adams perfect pint...

Pours a nice deep copper color, good clarity with a thin cap of fine white head, some lacing is left behind...

Initially sweet, good amount of caramel malt...then the citrus and floral hop aroma hits, perfect...

Slightly bitter initially with a good amount of grapefruit and floral hops...malt is prevalent, sweet, caramel adds a nice balance to the IPA, neither aspect overpowers the other...

Very creamy mouthfeel, seriously almost cask-like. Medium to heavy bodied, smooth...

Very good beer, mouthfeel was a little weird but not at all bad...doesn't drink like a 9.0% beer, would love to try this again...

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 06:43:36 | More by hawks10
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can courtesy of BeerTruth, thanks bro! Pours a clear, light amber color with a tight-bubbled tan foam. Retention is ok, as is the lacing.

Citrus, especially grapefruit, runs true and fresh...like just squeezed juice. Honeyed, floral malt/hop combo make for a pretty crazy smelling beer.

Taste is like biting into a piece of grapefruit peel that has been soaked in vodka and onion juice. Mild earth-tones seem both foreign and belonging at the same time amongst the bright aspects of the beer. Dont get me wrong, the beer is bitter, but there is so much more to offer in terms of hop flavor here...so juicy, piney, resinous and delicious. Had this side by side with Gubna, Abrasive wins cans down. Awesome beer and an awesome DIPA.

Serving type: can

07-08-2010 22:51:28 | More by twiggamortis420
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DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb's.

A: brilliant, deep copper color

S: nice aroma of grapefruit

T: very well-balanced, nice grapefruit hops and good malt balance, alcohol not over powering but noticeable

M & D: very good, at 9ABV it's probably something I could have just a few of

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 05:41:13 | More by DrMalt
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jsanford

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from SpeedwayJim, thanks a ton!

A - Beautiful, crystal-clear amber with a creamy off-white head.
S - Strong, piney hops with a ton of grapefruit and tropical fruits.
T - Big notes of orange and grapefruit citrus. More piney hops. Light caramel malt provides a sturdy backbone, but doesn't try to compete with the hops. Really well done.
M - One of the best mouthfeels I've had from a IPA/DIPA. Velvety and creamy, incredibly smooth with spot-on prickly carbonation. No trace of ABV.
D - Amazing drinkability, if not for the ABV I could have these all day. This was my first Surly offering, now I can't wait to try some more.

Serving type: can

07-04-2010 23:43:12 | More by jsanford
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can into Duvel tulip.

50°F

A: Brilliant deep straw to apricot body with a two-finger head of medium bubble that rapidly dissipates leaving only the slightest lace and very little cover.

S: Amazing apricot and pineapple citrus fills the glass. Wonderfully balanced with caramel malt character. Some pine in the background just to keep it interesting.

T: The sweet flavor of apricots and malt strike me immediately. This is my definition of a great IIPA. The flavors are exquisitely balanced and don't harass the tongue the way some over eager, over aggressive IIPA hop bombs can.

M: Smooth medium body with medium carbonation (perhaps just a tad too much), but the overall effect works well with this beer. Finishes dry.

D: For a big beer this one goes down easy and can be a bit dangerous. Only loses points for being 9.0% abv.

O: Great beer. Great conversation. Great memories. I can't wait until we meet again.

Serving type: can

07-04-2010 06:19:15 | More by dpnelson1978
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz can received from bcgabbo poured into a nonic.

Pours a thick, translucent golden amber color with a massive, creamy off white head that has excellent retention and nearly coats the entire glass in lacing. Aroma is pungent and fresh, dominated by tropical citrus and some light floral hops. Body is medium thick, with dine light carbonation. The finish is bitter and hoppy, but not very dry or clean. This isn't a bad thing though since the flavor is a pile of citrusy, primarily grapefruit, hops and a strong balancing malt body. The wet finish lingers with sweet citrus flavors and a slight pinch of alcohol. Overall, a unique over the top yet well balanced DIPA.

Serving type: can

07-03-2010 17:46:59 | More by yourefragile
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb's.

A: brilliant, deep amber color
S: nice nose, grapefruit, mild nose overall and not overpowering
T: very, very good, well-balanced, nice grapefruit hops but good malt balance, alcohol not overly noticeable
M & D: very good, at 9ABV it's probably something you could have just a few of

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2010 23:38:14 | More by wisrarebeer
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got as an extra from a BA'er...I'm so sorry, I don't remember who sent this to me!! Poured from a 16oz can into my tasting snifter glass. Pours an great glowing orange/melon looking color with a huge frothy white head. Appearance is hazy, and just awesome looking! Provides a great display of lacing to-boot! Very patchy...long lasting/sticky lacing!

Aroma is perfect! Amoung the tops in best aromas for IPA's! Tons of sharp hops, grapefruit and other fresh sweet tropical fruits! Just perfect!

Flavor follows the aroma "right on the money!" The hops hit right away, and absorb into the mouthfull of sweet tropical fruits! It's hard to explain, beacause it's not quite like a DIPA, not heavy in malts at all, but the hop sharpness is ever so pleasant! The most common fruit I can pick up, is the grapefruit...and the beer finishes slightly dry and leaves you wanting more. A GREAT IPA for the summer time...thirst quenting! Body is medium to light, perfect medium to high carbonation...and a great drinker! Great IPA from Surly!

Serving type: can

06-26-2010 01:51:07 | More by ShadesOfGray
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extra in a trade. Thanks Jose, glad to try this one...

A: Beautiful copper rust color with hints of ruby red trying to bleed through. Small cream colored head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Super earthy hops blended with sweet citrus flavors. Hints of pine in the middle mixed with a steady grapefruit scent. Good.

T: Hit with a grapefruit bitterness upfront immediately then followed by some piney hop. Sweet citrus in the middle with hints of malt balancing this off on the back. A lot better balanced than most IPA's. Not a total hop bomb. Don't get me wrong, there are tons of hops here, they are just balanced very well compared to some of the super bitter hoppy beers. Very good.

M: A hint too much carbonation on the brew. Leaves some nice flavors on the palate. Good.

D: This brew goes down a lot easy than expected for an IPA. Very Good.

Very glad I got to try this brew. Thanks for sending this to me Jose. Very good for the IPA lover and good for the malt monster that has been getting into IPA's. Definitely try this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 01:24:32 | More by steve8robin
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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