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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Sure weíre abrasive. We were abrasive long before we were Surly. If you visit the brewery you can still see remnants of the industrial manufacturing factory Omarís parents ran for 35 years within those same 4 walls. Bandsaw blades, grinding wheels, and sanding discs came long before ales and lagers. But letís 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2088) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2011
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!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1114) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Grapefruit aromatics follow through to pallate. Mouthwatering bitterness great balance masks alcoholí on tap

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guyute_Pig (100) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Can oí goodness courtesy of UCusty. Nice big hoppy aroma with pine and grapefruit. Good bitter taste up front with grapefruit and tropical fruit. Solid dipa.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1330) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2011 A-pours a cloudy deep golden brown with a thinner light tan colored head. S-the nose is all tropical fruits of apricot and grapefruit with hints of hop resign and a very syrupy aroma. T-the taste adds some different flavors. there is still a fair bit of tropical fruits but there are also notes of grain intertwined into the flavor with notes of pine towards the back. an assertive bitterness in the finish that doesnít linger. M-the body is pretty big and somewhat syrupy with a slightly grainy palate and strong carbonation with just a touch of driness in the finish. D-this is a big IPA with some great hop presence and nice bitterness that ends abruptly. Tasty and drinkable stuff with just a hint of alcohol in the finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DonnM38 (12) - Hartford, South Dakota, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Tap at craft beer festival. Over the top smell of hops. First taste was a slice of heaven. Citrus with just a hint of pine. Great backbone that carries it straight thru. Highly recommend this one.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Smudge (13) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2011
I was expecting so much more from this beer. To me it tasted like they poured grapefruit juice right into the can with a hint a beer. Way to overly citrusy for me. I did not find it over hopped at all like the description says. I have had much better Surly beer than this.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2274) - JAPAN - FEB 4, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012 Huge. BIF. Canned 4th of January 2011.Nose is super pine and skunk. Lovely light orange pour, with decent fizzy head. In the mouth the extreme bitterness rolls in to town first, with the solid malt body washing over it. to cleanse itís sins After it subsides, the nuiances are left, with the piney, tropical fruit hops dancing across the palate with a soft floral pique. Perfect sized can and arrived to me in perfect condition. The malt body can be a bit heavy (as with most DIPAs), but the sweetness is kept to a minimum for a west coast worthy, well attenuated DIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Thanks to the trading duo of cbkschubert & tytoanderso for this beer.

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a fairly clear, copper-amber color that does show a touch of haze (hop-haze one would hope). The aroma is awesomely dank with hops; an infused mix of bright citrus, pine, tropical fruit and herbaceous dank bud. The bright tropical fruit character mixes so well with the dank herbal quality that it makes me think of some, as yet undiscovered, cross between a tropical fruit and a really ripe, green marijuana bud. Specific aromas of tangelo zest, essential citrus oil, big lychee, kumquat, super-concentrated floral peach, some sort of citrusy almost garlic like note, peppery pine sap and a dank menthol note; up front the super ripe, tropical fruit character dominates, while in the finish the herbaceous, even at times peppery, notes come to the fore. Over time the garlic chive like aromatic note starts to come more to the fore and a spicy, slightly hot note of alcohol also starts to contribute to the nose.

Not as sweet as I was expecting, if it wasnít for the huge tropical fruit component the flavor might even be somewhat dry. Up front a ripe, tropical fruit note contributes flavors of lychee, kumquat, floral peach nectar and blended tangerine zest juice. Through the middle the hop notes contribute solid menthol notes, herbal, sometimes rosemary like (though not so distinctly), the flavors one gets by chewing on fresh pine needles and flavors reminiscent, though not overwhelmingly so, of garlic chives. The bitterness is not overly aggressive here, but it does linger on the palate after the beer has left. The bitterness is quit clean and crisp in quality; this is a bit surprising given how herbaceous and dank the aroma was, though there is some lingering herbal notes here as well. The tropical fruit character blends with the herbal notes towards the finish to create a flavor that reminds me a bit of fruity onions or perhaps garlic, this character is fairly slight, but definitely noticeable and not all that objectionable. This is quite quaffable as the body on this beer is on the light side from your typical Double IPA (many of which are much too cloying); there is enough texture for this to have some palate clinging viscosity, but the herbal and bitter hop notes do a good job of balancing that out. As the beer warms a bit some hotter, spicier notes of alcohol start to influence the flavor.

I would definitely like to get a fresh off the canning line version of this beer, but this is still quite fresh and vibrantly hoppy. Given that this is at least a month old at this point, it is lasting pretty well in the can; I would guess that it holds up better than Pliny does in its bottle. I am not sure that I like this more than fresh Pliny though, it has a bit too much garlic chive flavor and aroma to it (thought thankfully this is held to a low enough level that I am still thoroughly enjoying this beer).


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