mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from arminjewell. Thanks Armin! Pine and tropical fruits dominate this beer in a really great way. Pours almost amber in color with two fingers of long lasting white head. Strong bitterness, slick hop oils and mango permeate this delicious brew. Finishes almost sweet from hop oils.
MeadMe (1089) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours a light golden hue. Tall foamy head, good retention, like a lace bomb exploded in the glass.
S: Aromas of booze, pine, citrus, green grass, and chemical solvent. Harsh without being off putting.
T: Boldly hopped for sure. Very much citric, with lemon zest and pith included. A bit bitter for sure. Hints of more sweet and resinous pine along with floral green hops. The booze is there, but not in too big of a way. The aroma says this one is hopped as hell and I am sure there is a ton of malt there trying to provide balance but it really donít work (not a bad thing). It is hop forward and pretty damn good to be honest.
M: On the fuller side of medium in body, fairly full for the style. Bold and bitter.
D: Not the most drinkable, but still solid. It is tasty and one I enjoyed putting back while in the pool on a hot May evening.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours amber with a bright white head and good lace. really great intensely piny and hoppy nose. smells like a very enticing pine forest mixed with lemon peels. Not quite as bitter as one would expect as it is pretty well balanced with the malts, which gives it just a hint of a sweet characteristic. Very nice and quite tasty.
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A rich citris aroma with an almost cloudy orange tint, and nice foamy head. Taste as it smells with sweet citrus with a more mild malt backround. Supprisingly smooth for itís name and ABV. All in all another great Surly limited release.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sipping on this one as I type... poured from the can into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass with some good frothy white head with decent lacing.
The aroma is remarkably fruity and leads perfectly into a well balanced fruity/sweet/bitter flavor. This is an incredibly drinkable DIPA and is a VERY close rival to Hopslam (my other favorite in the style). All in all one of the best beers Iíve had recently - cannot wait to get more - this one will be a staple in my fridge anytime Iím lucky enough to be able to have it. PURE CLASS.
DELICIOUS and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz. can, with a big thanks to tytoanderso for the cans! Pours a clear orange golden with a large frothy off-white head that leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Aroma is a big dose of hops, including grass, earth, pine/resin, citrus and some rind, along with a hint of caramel. Flavor is sweet on the outset, followed by nicely balanced hops and malt, with spice, pine, grass/earth and more citrus rind and a mild lingering bitterness and some residual warmth. Nice stuff, if not a touch sweet, but still a very nice DIPA. Thanks again Ty!
GranvilleTim (1206) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber pour with a white head. Aroma is wow-hops x 2. Citrus, floral, and even some malt. Taste is super. Creamy, malt, pine, citrus, damn good beer. A good enough beer to pick the family up and move to Minnesota.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can. Slightly greasy, resinous and plastic aroma at first. Oily hop structure when cold gives way to slight fusel and chemical aromas upon warming. Sure... thereís a bit of pine resin and citrus meat but malty sweetness and the most bizarre scent of engine oil really take away on the nose for me. Pours bright amber/gold topped by a thin but creamy eggshell white head that leaves spotty lace. Slightly underattenuated malt body gives initial impressions of sweeter sticky caramel and toffee. The greasy hops donít really come into play until near the finish where they coat the back sides of the tongue with a plastic-y resinousness. Medium bodied throughout. Average to low carbonation with a dry, corn-husk-ish finish. Thereís really not a whole hell of a lot going on in this beer.
Sweet malt... check.
Oily and one-dimensional hop profile... check.
Slight hints of buttery diacetyl... check
Out of balance alcohol on the finish... check.
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can from a DLD trade. Thanks, random person!
Pours to a nice amber with a perfect white head. Nose is very strong, and full of citrus and piney hops. The taste is a medley of hop perfection. Very fruity, like a succulent mango, robust with flavor but not as bitter as the name "Abrasive" would imply. I imagine the folks at Surly loaded up the late hop and dry hop additions to achieve this hop-headís dream beer. This isnít the driest of the style, but I think the lingering sweetness adds something special to its flavor profile.
This is damn fine beer. If this was available in Ohio, Iíd be a regular customer.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Bob for the cans! Poured clear, medium honeyed brown with a creamy cap of beige head. The aroma was super juicy with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit over a sweet caramel base.. the hops really pop, and I think I got lost for a while in there.. loved it! The flavor was equally juicy, showcasing more of the pineapple and grapefruit, picking up pine and fresh grassy character.. sweet, lightly-toasted caramel and lesser honey supported very well.. plenty of residual bitterness on the long finish, with just the right sweetness to support it. Medium-bodied and resiny on the palate with a thick, coating flow to it.. spicy, bitter, and engaging.. excellent stuff!