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RATINGS: 651   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3884) - 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 wasn’t 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3686) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Big Can of course Thanks to ditmier. Pours out straw topped with a cream white head. Aroma was tons of pine, citrus, some caramel sweetness, and rich malts. Taste was more of the hop leading the way but a good thick rich malt to keep the hops in check. Tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilnatp (639) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Tap pour: amber with a heavy creamy white head. Aroma of strong floral hop. Flavor is bold and citrus hop flavor with some malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2011
16 oz can thanks to BMan1113VR: Pours a transparent bright copper orange with a clingy-lacing froth of white head. Has a fresh piny resiny (Simcoe?) hop nose with some lightly sweet toasted caramel malt underneath. Starts with good fullness and a chewy light caramel sweetness well-balanced with assertive resiny bittering hop flavor before a sticky bittersweet finish. A heavily hopped and enjoyable double IPA but could be a little crisper and more drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
16oz can thanks to Tharreld. Pours amber color with a small white head. Nose is apricot, hops, citrus almost orange, grapefruit and sweetness as well. Flavors are the same with a sweeter end and the finish is real bitter hops. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Appearance: Pours a dull cloudy amber orange with a retained thin white cap.

Aroma: Big grapefruit, pineapple and ripe melon.

Taste: Grapefruit, pine, alcohol, flowers. Finishes with lingering, aggressive bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with average carbonation.

Overall: Yummy, smells good, balanced between sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2011
can at home thanks to cbkschubert! (25Jan11) Pours deep orange, mildly hazy with a medium white head, spotty lacing. Aroma is full of huge hop notes. Pineapple, citrus zest and some grass. Flavor is balanced really well. The hops are really big but there are underlying biscuit and sweet hay notes. The hops are so sweet/juicy/bitter all at the same time, which I think is what makes this beer so good to me. It’s not just a hop assault drying out the finish of a beer, but a layered citrus and tropical fruit concoction that is equal parts "sweet and fruity(not in a sweet way)" and "bitter and abrasive." I really like this stuff, thanks again Craig!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Can shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured golden with a white head. Some great hop flavors hear. Grapefruit and all around citrusly strong. Maltiness had a decent balance with some ginger bread tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 Aroma is tropical fruits. Lots of citrus going on, I can pick out grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Taste is bitter and resiny with hoppy goodness. Really piney in the finish with a lasting bitterness. The malt has a very nice sweetness to it but is immediately met with the tropical fruit flavor of the hops. Medium body, very easy to drink...which could be bad without an ABV printed on the can.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2011
16 oz. can via trade with tytoanderso - Pours a clear golden color with a two finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is wonderful. Full of pine citrus, and resiny hops. Flavor is the same with just enough sweetness to show there is some malt in there. Finish is bitter and just a touch astringent. Medium body. An excellent beer. Thanks Tyler.

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