JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared by a friend. Clear gold/orange pour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, pine sweet malt and grass. Flavor starts with orange and grapefruit, turns to sweet malt, moves on to grass and finishes with spicy hops.
EHopper (618) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, I’m used to liking Surlys’, but this is special. A joint aroma and flavor assault. Citrus and pine, malt and earth, fruit and floral, even some sweet Carmel with a nice bitter dry finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at a local BA Tasting – Clear amber, white creamy head. Intense floral and pine aromas warm to soft undercurrents of earthy sweet malt. Bitter grapefruit and lemon hop assault round out with hints of nutty earth and light caramelized malt. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter finish. All hop heads need only apply here as the name of this beer rings true…
douglas88 (5472) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml can thanks to Eric! Pours a deep copper hue with a medium white head. The aroma is pure citrus, peaches and oranges. The flavor is great; only slightly bitter, mostly a full on assault of citrus hops, oranges, massive and delicious. A fluffy creamy mouthfeel. Well done.
nsquishee (566) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2012 Rerated 3/23/2012: I upped the score a few notches. I love this hoppy beast (yes, better than hopslam).
=================================== tap at City Pages Beer Fest 2010 and in a can from South Lyndale Liquor. Sweet malt and citrus hop aroma. Quite hoppy, but not as bitter as Surly Furious. Abrasive has a nice balance of sweet malt and citrusy hops which mask the 9% alcohol hiding in the basement cellar. On tap was by far the best, but from the can was still very good...then again, everything is better on tap!
Drake (7846) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared by guyinchicago at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Thanks! Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and earthy hops with slightly nutty malty notes. The taste is leafy, herbal hops with some citrus and caramel. Medium bodied. Nice.
madvike (2539) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared by MrPickles - Pours clear amber with a very small white head. Aroma is grapefruit, but not terribly sour or hoppy. A little boozy and spicy, but not overly hoppy. Taste is light bitter grassy hoppiness, with honey and a touch of caramel. Decent grassy hops on the finish. Fairly watery and thin with a bit a slickness. Expected a bigger blast of hops, and the sweetness was a little too much.
changeup45 (1700) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Secret Santa Summer ’10. Pours an orange-amber color with a thick khacki head. Thin layer of retention, spotty lacing. The aroma shows orange peel, tangerine, citrusy hops, and some underlying caramel and resin. This has a creamy toffee/dough malty backing to the flavor with plenty of citrus hops, tea-like notes and a little resin. Quite a bit of tropical fruit adds plenty of sweetness with bitterness showing in the finish to counter that. Pretty good. A little heavy on the malt for my liking within the style but it doesn’t prevent this from being rather tasty.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours medium orange/amber. Thin off-white head, solid lacing. Nose is big hops, sweet honey malt, bergamot tea, spicy hop notes are apparent as it warms. Flavors are broad and spicy, rather tea-like, plus orange, grapefruit, pine. More an American Strong than an IIPA.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice deep amber colour. Not much head. Great aroma . Very hopy. Notes of tea, but it works in this one. Nice lacing. Very creamy mouth feel. Nice aroma very bold with a light floral softness. Very complex and still very drinkable this is a nice IPA with a very unique character. Notes of tea and vanilla gives this beer great complexity.