KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Travlr (14663) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 Aroma is hop forward with light notes of spices. Nice heavy hop Aromatics, pine and some grass cuttings. Finishes with a nice dry hop. Very easy to drink.
pushkinwow (2183) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml can from bobbypaulson.Ruby tinged amber with an off white head that fades to a film, yet will come back with a slight twirl of the glass. Fresh pine hops, peach, apricot; Moderate carbonation, full body, bitterness that grows throughout, very smooth without being "abrasive" (although when cold was slightly harsh), becomes slightly sweet along with a malty bitterness towards the end
hamilton23 (617) - Alpine, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from tall boy can into a tulip. Pours dark orange with a bit of creamy beige head. Aroma is a bit of citrus and hops. This reminds me a bit of Expo and Hopslam, maybe just not as sweet or rich.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can shared at Justin’s house. Pours a nice orangy amber hue. Little to no foam. Aroma is sharp of pine with citrus hints. Taste is tangy, and the citrus and pine have changed places. Really surprisingly subtle and delicious. Somewhat bitter grapefruit-rind oddness in the mid to late palate. Still, excellent stuff. The ABV is well hidden though and it’s a very impressive brew.
davey101 (732) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
16 oz can into a shaped pint glass. Canned on 1/23/2012, exactly one month old. Huge thanks to ottodyer for throwing this in as an extra!
A - Dark amber body with a massive fluffy off-white head. Looks great.
S - Loads of tropical fruits with a piney finish. Love the mango and papaya notes.
T - Same as the nose, mango and papaya followed by a piney bitter finish and some light caramel malts. The bitterness is lasting but not overpowering. Mouth feel is a bit light but carbonation is spot on and the high alcohol isn’t noticeable.
O - One of my favorite DIPA’s. Surly knows how to make a damn good hoppy beer.
IluvatarMilan (280) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Clear dark orange body, quickly dissapating head. Great, fruity aroma, very hoppy and lively. Taste is astringent hoppily dry, in a good way. Earthy, robust malts. Next to this being a highly pleasant beer it is also safe to consume in nearly every circumstance: with a can like this people will be thinking you’re knocking down a can of energy drink. Thankfully, that won’t be the case...