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RATINGS: 614   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3399) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Pours a deep orange witha good head and good lace. The aorma is lots of floral and citrus hops along with a bit of onion. The flavor is big and grape-fruity with some onion and citrus rind bitterness. Not really sweet but more floral sweet, if that makes any sense. Nice beer indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11219) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2010
RBSG 2010. Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish that was long lasting. This is a standout can beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10308) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2010
16 oz. can poured a hazy golden amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of pine, pink grapefruit, apricot, tangerine and cookie. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, pink grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, pine and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering bitter fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2010
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…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6477) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nsquishee (620) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9251) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (2972) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2010
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.

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