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RATINGS: 644   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Sure we’re abrasive. We were abrasive long before we were Surly. If you visit the brewery you can still see remnants of the industrial manufacturing factory Omar’s parents ran for 35 years within those same 4 walls. Bandsaw blades, grinding wheels, and 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. Seasonal between March and April.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 Nose is all bitter, piney, resinous, dank hops. Definitely abrasive. Pours out a deep orange with slightly off white fluffy white foam. Excellent lacing. Taste picks up where the nose leaves off. A blast of piney hops, hints of citrus, a touch of honey malt, then finishes bitter. Palate is quite nice - creamy and crisp. Excellent DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5323) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Draft at Churchkey. Amber colored, with a medium sized white head. Aroma was hops, heavy on the hops. Dank. Resin notes in the flavor, with a great hop character, heavy on the malts. Pretty good, but alcohol was a bit much for my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Deep amber pour with a great white head. Cheesy hop dankness, apricot, garlic, and all incarnations of nectar and stone fruit. Big scallion and sweet onion with dank herbal notes and resins nectar. Thick palate with tannic hints in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (783) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Tallboy can. Ice cold. Opaque orangish pour with nice white head. Decent cling left on the glass. Nose bursts with floral hops and citrus. Taste follows with a big kick of hops and and a decent malt backbone. Love it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3031) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2012 Poured a hazy golden honey, with a huge off white head. Great lacing and wonderful carbonation. Smells of pine, resin, grass, and just juicy hopiness. Great mouthfeel for a DIPA. Tastes of pine, resin, grass, very little maltiness, with a big bitter finish. This beer just tastes fresh and reminds me of a West Coast IPA. Definitely lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3920) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Sampled at 10th annual beer dig. Pours a clear amber, whitish head. Sweet and skunky weedy aroma. Flavor is "red" hops and caramel and delicious. Very great dipa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/21/2011. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip. Out of the can this pours a fairly transparent caramel tangerine color. A huge off-white head practically overflows the tulip, leaving gorgeous lacing on the glass. A well constructed DIPA is always bursting with hop aroma, and Abrasive is no different. A smooth blend of tropical fruits - I get pineapple and a bit of mango, with softer grapefruit and tangerine as well. The sweetness present is more caramel than candied fruit in nature. As I gathered from the appearance, the front is caramel malt with some sweetness that balances the soon-to-come hops. Even with a valiant effort, there is no chance the malt holds up. The first few sips are not overwhelming, but as the glass goes on, the hops really dig in. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, mango, and a touch of pine are present in that order of dominance. This drinks extremely light for the style. Abrasive is not abrasive, it drinks extremely smooth. The tongue eventually becomes withered with the paint-stripping hop goodness, but I enjoy that. There is no doubt that I could drink this all night, even though my tongue might not have taste buds by morning. This is an appropriate step up from Furious, which to date is my favorite IPA. There is potential for improvement, but this is a solid offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2012
16 oz. can courtesy of a trade with Atom. Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first two sips and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma that is filled with orange and grapefruit with some caramel notes present as well. The flavor is malt and caramel that is quickly followed by pine and citrus bitterness. Not nearly as fruity as the aroma, the focus is clearly on the bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Solid ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Poured from the can to a pint glass: Pours a hazed ruby gold with a healthy sized off white head and terrific lacing. Nose is massive. Loads of citrus, mainly grapefruit or tangerine. Supported by an ample dose of spruce/pine. The taste reflects the aroma. Big pine resin that gets overwhelmed by big citrus. Addictive bitterness, creamy and full-bodied. A delight of a beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (14475) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Can courtesy of evanlarkin, thanks! Murky golden brown color, large tan head with good retention. Aroma is amazing flowery pine. Taste is resinous pine and bitter lemon with rising bread dough. Very nice, but lives up to its name.

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