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 (8894) - 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.
suprchunk (2029) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a can all the way to the top of a shaker pint glass. Barely any head which is why it didnít fall over the edge. Amber in color with a tiny white head.
Sweet malt overpowered by big beautiful wafts of hoppy goodness. Smells of Cascade, but it might be Simcoe, as these two are pretty similar.
Hops up front with a slight residual sweetness. Well balanced example of an IPA.
Coats the mouth with the above tastes that last well into the next sip. Doesnít tire the taste buds like overly hopped beers can.
I could easily pound a sixer of these canned beauties without knowing what I was actually doing. Great beer from a good brewery.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Received a few of these in a recent trade with HapWifeHapLife. Thanks again Derek!
Pours a dark golden orange color with golden apricot/burnt orange hues when held to a light and a frothy, pillowy two finger off-white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the pint with large rings, streaks and chunks of soapy lacing.
Sweet citrus hop aroma thatís bursting with uber-fresh dank, floral hops. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit as well as some dank,oily, resinous pine character. Thereís a prominent pineapple and mango presence as well as hints of grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Underneath, thereís also a slight pale malt character thatís slightly toasty with hints of biscuit and graham cracker.
Fuller bodied than expected with a blast of ridiculously fresh, sweet floral hops that linger into a sweet, dry finish. Slightly earthy with subtle pine and dry bitterness which is complimented by sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes. Lots of juicy pineapple, mango, grapefruit and orange peel flavor which balances out the drier bitter notes perfectly. Faint toasty malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. Just enough of this for complexity and balance without taking away from the glorious hop flavor. The ABV is very well masked with only faint heat toward the end of the swallow, making this beer extremely quaffable.
Overall, this is a delicious and complex beer which is very well balanced and dangerously drinkable. Although itís bursting with sweet fruit flavor, itís not one-dimensional by any means, with an excellent compliment of dry earthy bitterness, subtle malt and alcohol heat. On par with some of the best west coast IPAs and very similar in flavor profile.
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can courtesy of SourNotes, thanks man! Poured into a tulip. Murky copper/brown color with frothy tan head. Aroma is hugely hoppy - big sticky resinous hops, pine, grass, and grapefruit. Mainly pine though, very prominent. Taste is very bitter with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth and crips, with lively carbonation and a dry finish. Excellent, one of the better DIPAís Iíve had, if youíre a hophead, then this is a dream!