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RATINGS: 678   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 RERATE 2-15-12: I had a fresher version of this in the can, and I enjoyed it a little more this time. Nice earthy mouthfeel, and overly bitter (in a good way). A total hop bomb, with some maltiness to back it up. OLD RATE: draft at binny’s south loop. Pours reddish amber with an off white head. Nice floral and citrus hop aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation and slight creaminess to the mouthfeel. Malt backbone of caramel and toasted malts countered by an assertive bitterness that adds notes of orange, grass, and grapefruit. Slight resiny finish. Good, but I was expecting much better. 8-4-7-4-14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zeke626 (457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 [02May10] Can, pours a clear, light gold with off-white foam. Aroma of citrus and floral hops, grapefruit, and apricot/peach. Flavor is similar and balanced with caramel malts. Medium-bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. This seems somewhat different than when I had it on draft as 16 grit. {7/3/7/4/14}

[04Jun09] Draft at Stub & Herb’s. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber body with off-white head. Nice aroma of a variety of floral and grapefruit hops, pine, and caramel malts. Flavor is similar with more of the grapefruit hops coming out. Very well-balanced with malts to keep the hops in check. Smooth mouthfeel with a bitter citrus and pine finish. {8/4/8/4/15}

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Growler. Thanks, Yonkers! Pours hazy amber with an off-white ring of foam. Sweet pine, grapefruit and resin aroma. Sweet taste of pine and oranges. This stuff is like drinking fresh hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
On tap at Stub & Herb’s. Pours clear orange amber with a nice off-white head. Huge hop aroma, funky pine and floral, with some grapefruit. Taste is balanced with caramel malt. Smooth with a nice bitter citrus hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16 (1214) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Draught at the Grumpy Bulldog in Naperville. Dark copper orange amner with a thin creamy off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing all down the glass in big swathes. Aroma is very piney and resimous. Flavor floral and piney hops with a deep rich dank body. Bitterness is potent but not extreme. If this had just a bit more vibrant hops it would be amazing. Full creamy mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3655) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Draft @ Bavarian Lodge 4/30/09-Pours an orangish amber with a small off white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. Flavor the same with some malt, caramel, and some bitterness. This medium bodied brew was a great tasting beer and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Hand bottle shared by iowaherkeye and firmbuttstone. Poured a hazy dark orange color. The head was off white with an orange tint. Attractive aroma of citrus, pine, caramel, orange marmalade, and mango. medium bodied and slightly sweet with moderate bitterness. Lots of fruit juice/orange marmalade in the flavor with subdued caramel and alcohol notes. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (18997) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2009
Tap at Piece Post DLD ... amber copper ... sweet piney hop nose ... big hop front and huge bitterness ... some pine and grapefruit ... but its just bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3896) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Woah. On tap at the Bavarian Lodge. Golden orange with nice thick white head. Big, sweet, hoppy aroma. Flavor is a bit on the sweet side, with a ton of citrus, balanced by a huge amount of hops. Bitter, flavorful, delicious hops. Some alcohol and honey in the finish. Creamy, thick mouthfeel. Totally awesome bad ass brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5780) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2009
[Draft @ Barley House] Poured a dark golden color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus fruits, floral hops, grass, wood, resin, and alcohol. Taste of citrus fruits, resiny pine, some honey, a bit of tobacco, and a bitter, grapefruit finish, with some dry alcohol as well.

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