gregwilsonstl (1937) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark golden amber. Hoppy. Tasted at tims bottle share. Thx for leaving this at my wedding Goof.
emusche (177) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours orange with a sticky ivory head. Aromas are big hoppy pine, grapefruit, citrus peel and orange rind with an earthy dankness. Taste is grapefruit, tropical fruits, light malty sweetness fading into a crisp bitterness with a fantastic resiny mouthfeel. My second favorite by Surly, behind only the indomitable Todd the Axe Man.
lightbias (441) - USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Abrasive? I do that well, according to certain folks in my life who think that the best way to live your life is to keep the frosting thick. Well, I’m not a fan of sugar coating very much of anything, and I LIKE the idea of keeping it real. Let’s see how real this Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing goes down.
- This beer is poured into a tulip glass, the color of ginger-spices and capped with a frothy, off-white head about two inches in depth. The brew pours slightly thick and I foresee a pair of sticky lips for me tonight. The aroma looms large, and I inhale the scent of mango, tangerine, and heady clover with a bit of faint pine in the background. I’ve been waiting all day for a beer, and I’m not messing with you, I need this now. So, I tip the glass, draw at the brew, fill my mouth and swallow.
- Mmm...the flavor mirrors the aroma, there’s a slight bite to the initial taste, but it’s very nicely balanced. Although the beer is creamy, there is little of the stickiness I expected, but it spins intricate webs across the span of the glass as I drink it down. I love the feel of it, and the viscosity really carries the flavors well through the finish.
- It definitely sticks around, but doesn’t fade out to a tasteless, flat bitter in my mouth either. A very nice DIPA, Very flavorful, consistent and with a great texture. I’d make this a staple in my house if I had it locally, and without a doubt, I’d be introducing it to my beer loving friends! *Addendum: There is a little bit of sticky on the corners of my lips...still, not what I was expecting.
beernbourbon (1520) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pour is nearly clear yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of lemon, citrus, and faint spice. Flavor is rich with a nice biscuit malt backbone and notable pine and citrus hops. well balanced.
euniceradio (406) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2016 Can to cervoise. Pours clear to hazy light orange, white sticky head. Aroma of pine, resin, grapefruit, trop fruit and peppercorn. Taste of same with great spiced hop flavor. Finish is bitter and semi-dry. Mouthfeel is mod, syrupy, good carb. Brew is very similar to Stone Enjoy By. DELICIOUS!
superspak (4468) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/2/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, papaya, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, papaya, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, papaya, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
ben4321 (5550) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Shoeless Joe’s, 11/16/15. Palindromic rating #5005.
Unclear orange color with a thin head and some light, spotty lacing. Dank and hoppy aroma. Orange and other citrus. Good malt backbone as well, but the hops dominate the aroma and flavor. Drinks clean and smooth with a lasting dry close. The ABV is well hidden here.
rasta51181 (9) - Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was definitely abrasive on the enamel. Very flavorful with an extremely bitter mouth feel. Pungent and dank
DrunkSanta410 (811) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can at home. Pours a hazy orange, thin white head with little retention. Aroma is tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, apricot, honey and light cracker. Taste is fruity, apricot, pineapple, mango. A bit of honey and light cracker. Light alcohol burn on the palate. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Very good beer!
GRM (3670) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass, 20-ounce, draught, drunk at Chuck’s Voodoo Lounge, trip for Dark Lord Day with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on April 26 2015; eye: yellowish, hazy, light effervescence, sheet of white head that thins out, average lacing; nose: resinous hops, pine, grapefruit, slight orange; mouth: resinous hops, pine, grapefruit, slight orange, dry finale in grapefruit with slight presence of orange, medium-full body, good carbonation, rather bitter, just a touch of sweetness, harsh texture; overall: quite good
Verre, 20 onces, en fût, bue chez Chuck’s Voodoo Lounge, voyage pour Dark Lord Day avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 26 avril 2015; œil : jaunâtre, voilée, légère effervescence, couverture de mousse blanche qui s’amincit, dentelle moyenne; nez : houblon résineux, pin, pamplemousse, très léger orange; bouche : houblon résineux, pin, pamplemousse, très léger orange, finale sèche en pamplemousse avec très légère présence d’orange, corps moyen-corsé, bonne carbonatation, plutôt amère, à peine sucrée, texture râpeuse; en résumé : bien bon