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RATINGS: 604   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
My second of four cans thanks to tytoanderso. Canned 17 days before drinking. Maybe a little bit less fresh than I like my Pliny, but not bad considering its coming across country. Pours with a hazy golden body and a firm off-white head that doesn’t ever fully leave and gives great lace. Aroma is super dank. Weed, citrus, tropical fruits, pine needles, caramel, candy, mango. All around goodness. Flavors of tropical fruit, table sugar, caramel, mango, pine, melon, citrus, grapefruit. Probably the best non-West Coast IIPA that I have ever had. Lively bubbles. Properly dry. Lingering fruity-hop-goodness. Much more hope flavor than bitterness. This is how a DIPA should be made. If I could pick up a sub-3 week old 4 (or 6) pack of this every week I would (even as a compulsive ticker). Not quite as good as bottled PtE (my standard when fresh) of the same freshness level, but still one hell of an amazing Big IPA! That’s a HUGE complement!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
trail_and_ale (43) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2011
I had the pleasure to share a 4-pack with friends on New Year’s, and we were all left clamoring for more. Lovely orange color and perfect head with an assault of hop aromas, with pine and citrus at the forefront. A stinky hop-bomb dream. The citrusy, hoppy flavors from start to finish made my finish to 2010 a night to remember.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5704) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Thanks to chewy08rx for sending this extra can from my want list. The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma screams Double IPA. I get a ton of resiny and pine hops, as well as some orange citrus and something that resembles cat piss – but in a very good way. Definitely a funky, hoppy DIPA. The flavor is similar and just as good. I get a lot of orange citrus hop notes as well as some pine notes. The flavor is not quite as dank as the aroma, but it is still a ridiculous hop bomb. There is a bit of a biscuit malt backbone, but this beer is all about the hops. Medium bitterness, but the bitterness is not overbearing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding Double IPA. One of the best I have been fortunate enough to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Finhead (1185) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
A hazy, orange-brown pour with white head. The aroma has a lot of pine, but also a hint of caramel. The medium body has a creamy texture with average carbonation. The taste is bitter on sides and back of the tongue, but on top it stays semi-sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2010
(16oz can, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and weed. Flavor of pineapple, caramel malt, citrus, herbs, and pine with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
conciergeman (73) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2010 version. I have heard that there was a slight difference from this years to last, not sure what those differences were, but I enjoyed this beer very much. Light carb throughout, with a sweet, citrusy aroma. Mouthfeel is a slightly syrupy sweet citrus as the aroma, but melds into a deliciously hoppy pine twang. Seems like the earthy pine sticks with you as aftertaste for quite some time, which I love. And holy cow the 9%.. whats not to love. Good color, good aromas, good flavor, great aftertaste, even an awesome can / logo. My favorite Surly offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Can courtesy Mora2000. Clear light orange color with a light bit of bubbles. Aroma is heavy hops.  Lots of sap, hops, earth and spice on the nose. Flavor is sticky hops and sap. Finishes with pine and christmas trees. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Off orange color w/ a full thick dense white head with good lacing and some light visible carbonation. Great Aroma! Tons of deliciously fruity hops, some strawberry, tropical fruits, touch of floral notes, and some nice sweet sugars and other sweetness in there. Palate is full well coated and finishes very dry. Great hoppy flavor w/ a pretty big malty backend reminiscent of a great american barley wine. There’s a light graham cracker in there and lots of fruity floral hop notes. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2010
[Can] Pours clear reddish-amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is huge, quite sweet (some honey), with grassiness, citrus notes and peach. Taste is exploding with juicy tangerine up front, which gives way to dominating malt. Average mouthfeel, smooth, slightly dry finish. Overall, I’m really torn about this beer. The aroma is very nice, and the taste was far too sweet, but I do like the tangerine. Not overly complex, not great, not worth the price, but pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3465) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Amber color out of the can with a foamy off white head that left sheets of lace on the glass. Pinching grassy, hop resin nose. Tons of hops in this beer with deep resin, essence of grapefruit rind, and grass. If they made a hop flavored Jolly Rancher candy, this is what it would taste like. Not as citrusy as many DIPAs, but it is a damn hoppy beer.

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