thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sipping on this one as I type... poured from the can into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass with some good frothy white head with decent lacing.
The aroma is remarkably fruity and leads perfectly into a well balanced fruity/sweet/bitter flavor. This is an incredibly drinkable DIPA and is a VERY close rival to Hopslam (my other favorite in the style). All in all one of the best beers Iíve had recently - cannot wait to get more - this one will be a staple in my fridge anytime Iím lucky enough to be able to have it. PURE CLASS.
DELICIOUS and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz. can, with a big thanks to tytoanderso for the cans! Pours a clear orange golden with a large frothy off-white head that leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Aroma is a big dose of hops, including grass, earth, pine/resin, citrus and some rind, along with a hint of caramel. Flavor is sweet on the outset, followed by nicely balanced hops and malt, with spice, pine, grass/earth and more citrus rind and a mild lingering bitterness and some residual warmth. Nice stuff, if not a touch sweet, but still a very nice DIPA. Thanks again Ty!
GranvilleTim (1450) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber pour with a white head. Aroma is wow-hops x 2. Citrus, floral, and even some malt. Taste is super. Creamy, malt, pine, citrus, damn good beer. A good enough beer to pick the family up and move to Minnesota.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can. Slightly greasy, resinous and plastic aroma at first. Oily hop structure when cold gives way to slight fusel and chemical aromas upon warming. Sure... thereís a bit of pine resin and citrus meat but malty sweetness and the most bizarre scent of engine oil really take away on the nose for me. Pours bright amber/gold topped by a thin but creamy eggshell white head that leaves spotty lace. Slightly underattenuated malt body gives initial impressions of sweeter sticky caramel and toffee. The greasy hops donít really come into play until near the finish where they coat the back sides of the tongue with a plastic-y resinousness. Medium bodied throughout. Average to low carbonation with a dry, corn-husk-ish finish. Thereís really not a whole hell of a lot going on in this beer.
Sweet malt... check.
Oily and one-dimensional hop profile... check.
Slight hints of buttery diacetyl... check
Out of balance alcohol on the finish... check.
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can from a DLD trade. Thanks, random person!
Pours to a nice amber with a perfect white head. Nose is very strong, and full of citrus and piney hops. The taste is a medley of hop perfection. Very fruity, like a succulent mango, robust with flavor but not as bitter as the name "Abrasive" would imply. I imagine the folks at Surly loaded up the late hop and dry hop additions to achieve this hop-headís dream beer. This isnít the driest of the style, but I think the lingering sweetness adds something special to its flavor profile.
This is damn fine beer. If this was available in Ohio, Iíd be a regular customer.
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Bob for the cans! Poured clear, medium honeyed brown with a creamy cap of beige head. The aroma was super juicy with pineapple, mango, and grapefruit over a sweet caramel base.. the hops really pop, and I think I got lost for a while in there.. loved it! The flavor was equally juicy, showcasing more of the pineapple and grapefruit, picking up pine and fresh grassy character.. sweet, lightly-toasted caramel and lesser honey supported very well.. plenty of residual bitterness on the long finish, with just the right sweetness to support it. Medium-bodied and resiny on the palate with a thick, coating flow to it.. spicy, bitter, and engaging.. excellent stuff!
Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle tasting at DLD. Youíll have to forgive me for my less than thourough tasting notes... a drunk taster with a destroyed palate does not, a proficient rater, make!
"Double IPA from a can... canít stop giggling while I drink." <--- LOL! Official tasting notes, near the end of the day. Evidentally canned IIPA is a riot, but a damn damn fine beer. Once again I am put in my place by Surly and their canned masterpeices. Still havenít gotten over canned craft, but they are quickly schooling me.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great googly moogly this beer is delicious. Superb aroma of fresh tropical fruits, pineapple and mango. Far from the name, the flavor is not scorchingly hoppy, rather it is very lightly sweet with a creamy mouthfeel. Dynamite.
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can at DLD thanks to translucent on BA, who hooked me up with a whole 4-pack in a trade, 3 of which I popped open at DLD to share.
This is a great lookiní one. Pours hazy light amber with a nice-sized whitish head that lasts. Good lacing.
Aroma is really solid. Very citrusy hop profile - orange, tangerine, and grapefruit, maybe some tropical notes - as well as a little sweet malt.
Flavor is a little maltier than the great west coast IPAs, but still very hop-forward. Being from the east coast originally, I donít mind the malt. Big citrus, orange and grapefruit mainly, with some slight pineapple and earth. Just a little sweet caramel.
Excellent mouthfeel: mildly dry with medium body and lots of hop resins.
Very drinkable. A great DIPA overall. Hopefully Surly brews more of this one.
markas101 (1786) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl can, Fargo, ND, USA. Deep golden/amber colour, astringent fresh aroma of pine resin. Floral in the mouth, fresh and flowery with a bit of soap.