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RATINGS: 603   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2011
Nice. Pours copper, little head. Hops on the nose, lots of um’. Bitter, pine citrus balanced out by some sweet malt, nice. Finishes a tad sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2011
16 oz can dated 2/7/2011. AROMA: Hops! Some malt. APPEARANCE: Copper color. Aggressive pour leads to some head that slowly dissipates. TASTE: Poured from refrigerated can. Initial taste is hops! Nice and bitter with a slight malt backbone. Citrus tasting. I let this one warm up a bit. Good thing I did. As it warmed, additional tastes came out. Most notably, almost like an bitter orange taste The malt taste shined. PALATE: Pretty darn bitter. Light bodied with a bitter finish. OVERALL: Nothing new here, this is a great beer!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goodgrief (1782) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2011
Holy isht. This is really something! Orange amber pour...beautiful color...smallish head and decent lacing. Huge aroma...grapefruit and flowers. Thick, chewy mouthfeel is notable even before the huge flavor kicks in. Tropical fruity malt flavors with an immensely complex hop bill. Grapefruit, floral, pine, resin...it seems to have a bit of all of it. Very malty and sweet but loads of hop bitterness and a real tart citrus finish. This is really wow’ing.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mnurda (1124) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 27, 2011
Canned sample from Blue Max Liquors Perfect colour, taste, carbonation, hops, citrus, etc... Would have given it a five but felt bad giving two in two weeks

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2011
500ml can thanks to grub. Canned 12/27/10.
Appearance : Hazy amber small head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Awesome fruity notes with awesome malt and light honey. Great floral and piny notes too.
Taste : Very fruity and malty. Light floral notes. Finish is quite bitter but not very resinous. Quite fruity with light floral notes.
Overall : I know this is not so fresh anymore. Nose is still very nice. Great malt and great fruity and floral hops. The type of profile that I like. Maybe a bit weak on hops but that’s most likely because of the age. Taste is also very nice but a bit weak on the hops too. Alcohol is not so well hidden but again this is probably because of the hop’s weakness. Overall a very nice DIPA but probably only the shadow of what it can be. I’ll make sure to re-rate this.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
Pours a dark orange color with thin white head. The aroma is tons citrus and tropical fruit , caramel malts and fruit. Flavor-wise, the tropical fruits come through as well as a lot of citrus rind. The caramel sweetness is very balanced by the bitter hops. Excellent IIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Biscuity cereals are a diving board for this Double IPA’s expressive oranges and resins, building a smashing pint of Americana.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the hazy amber.
-Malts also provide delicate caramel angles.
-Although this is intensely flavorful, it is not nearly as abrasive as many Double IPAs out there which are just a ton of hops thrown into a boring strong ale. This flavor profile is actually well thought out and the malts are as important as their aromatic counterparts.
-Alcohol is not a bother as it is smothered in hop bitterness (which doesn’t feel harsh, by the way).
-The mouthfeel is simply gorgeous; nourishing yet easygoing. Carbonation and residual sugars are perfectly balanced too.

Can.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
arkurzynski (1502) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2011
Can from TheAlum. Deep amber-red in color. Aroma is pouring out of the can once opened. Full of pine and citrusy hops. Solid, thick caramel backbone, that is nonetheless dominated by a very complex, thick, sticky pine and citrus bitterness with great residual. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel and a whopping presence. Right on the money.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
urge13 (17) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2011
From 16oz Can poured a beautiful orange amber, The smells are like a tropical fruit salad. Pineapple, mango and orange. All these tastes pop right out as well, a sweetness with balanced with floral hops. No to much burn from the 9%, just an amazing beer. Makes you want to live in Minnesota.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1350) - Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2011
Can. I remember having 16 Grit from a growler before but unfortunately I didn’t rate it so this will have to do. Canned on 3/09/11 and sampled on 4/6/11. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a darker, slightly haze, honey apricot color with a nice, full, sticky light tan head that coats the glass with lace as it settles. Pungent, musky aroma of hops in the nose of the citris variety; with mainly orange and grapefruit undertones. Medium/hevy mouthfeel. At first sip I was wondering where the hop bitterness was but then BAM! it hits you towards the middle/end like a freight train. Well balanced though with a sweet malty feel in the beginning. Bitterness lingers on but not in an unpleasant way. Does it really get better than this?


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