regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint can (thank you mnbearsfan!) into a Duvel Snifter.
Pours cloudy orange/amber with a smallish, white head which dissipated into a coating or less. There is some light lacing all the way through. Nose is grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest and mango, with pine and floral notes. As others have said, the nose of this beer never quits. The taste is grapefruit, some sweet caramel malt, brown sugar and honey . The finish is dry and mildly bitter, but refreshingly so. Warning, wow, there is no sense of the ABV on the way down. Mouthfeel is medium to light with a wonderful crispness, medium carbonation, and only slightly sticky. For those who still think great things canít come in a can, I offer this as definitive evidence. All-in-all, this is a great DIPA and one i would love to have regular access to.
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Andyís Liquor in Rochester, MN. The beer is a copper-orange color with a medium fluffy white head that diminishes slowly. Small patches of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops and tropical fruits. Medium bodied and moderately bitter with a citrusy hops character as well as flavors of toasted malt and pine. The finish is hoppy with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Good all around.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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, doesnít 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.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: lovely orange and coppers Ė like a shiny new penny. Pithy coppery head voluminous and soft. Recedes with lace and bubbles.
Nose: lemon, pink grapefruit, white grapefruit Ė freshly squeezed. Zesty, pulpy, and oily. Pine in the back. Hop cone oils sticky and sweet. Dew-dropped freshly cut grass.
Palate: sticky and mouth-coating. Honeycomb underneath and in finish. Orange oils Ė mandarin and nectarine. Pink grapefruit lingers back top of tongue after each quaff. Hop oils throughout. Orange and grapefruit continue to weave in and out. Lemon skirts the sides while a nice bitter citric skin finish brings lemon and grapefruit to the fore. Pine needles and hop oils in breath.
Final Thoughts: divine and delicious. Like every other beer from Surly Brewing Iíve tasted to date, a shining example of tastinessÖin a can. May I have another, please.
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Can courtesy of arminjewell. Somewhat hazy, reddish orange appearance with an off white head. Super piney, herbal, organic hoppy, a touch citrusy, bitter aroma. Rich piney, orange citrusy, big organic hoppy flavor. Cool brew.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks Gryder for this one! Pours a golden orange color with a nice white head. Aroma is a hopheads heaven!! Grapefruit and solid hops DOMINATE the aroma. Hits of caramel malts peek through in the background. Flavor is of pure hop, grapefriut, and some pine, followed by a nice sweet malt backing that ends in a bitter finish, and those hops just go on and on! LOVE THIS BREW!!!!!!
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded can of unknown freshness, but it is March so I think itís brand new. Wow, pretty pour and the aroma is so powerful it reminds me of pine shavings. With all that, you can still pick out the malt at times. Obviously a hop bomb but not over the top bitter. It actually trends towards the sweet side a little. Really drinkable for a DIPA with the name "abrasive." Lovely from a can too!
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep gold to amber. Nose is fresh grassy hops, fruity pineapple hops, purfume, Biscuity English malt and citrus. Taste is slightly sweet while simultaneously giving way to bitterness atop the full body an rich malt character. No alcohol presence. Clean hop character. Great hoppy beer even though it has a huge English malt character.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can acquired via trade with motortoddhead...NOW THIS IS WHAT IíM TALKINí BOUT!!! This was one bad moí foí!!! Glowing golden tangerine brew with a lively ivory head that diminished to a film over the body of the beer. Aroma was aggressive floral hops, tropical fruit (mango, guava, papaya, pineapple), orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit pit balanced nicely by caramel malt. Fortunately, the flavor didnít disappoint!!! Equally prominent hop profile with the tropical fruit again making an entrance. Honey adds a touch of sweetness so your eyes donít cross and your taste buds donít peel off. The 9% ABV is nicely hidden. Satisfying. Damn I wish I had access to this beer 365!!!
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
<first release spring 2010 version>
Appearance: poured from a can. Has a nice copper color. Amber hues. a small white fluffy head, about 1/2 inch builds on the top of the beer. reduces down to a white film that covers the top of the beer.
Smell: I take a big wiff of this guy waiting for the hops to pound my nostrils like a hammer. nah, I got some piney smell, a bit of citrus but not a ton. I got a huge waft of malt sweetness. caramely. some grassy notes and a wee hair of that pungent onion/garlicness.
Taste: First taste, pine tastes followed by tons of malt backbone and sweetness. that carryís it to the back end of this beer where small bits of citrus comes through, but barely any and then finished by hop bitterness, the finish on this is very similar to Furious.
Mouthfeel is good, this is a smooth beer, no harshness. just rolls over the tongue. easy to drink even with 9% ABV. no real hint of that alcohol in here at all. buried by sweetness and hops.
overall, I think the balance in this beer isnít the best, not that it is too unbalanced but that it actually isnít as hop forward as i thought it would be. Too much malt and sweetness, not enough flavor hops and aroma hops. I think it falls short. its like a malty version of Furious. Hype killed me on this one, guess i was expecting some amazing dIPA that could compete with the best. I donít think it does. Still a great brew but i think i would be hard pressed to call it a top 10 dIPA.
Iíd drink this with spicy thai food. food that isnít too rich, but has a spicy bite, the beer has plenty of richness from malt on its own. or maybe a nice spicy hot Spring Roll would pair up beautifully with Abrasive.