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RATINGS: 699   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Sure weíre abrasive. We were abrasive long before we were Surly. If you visit the brewery you can still see remnants of the industrial manufacturing factory Omarís parents ran for 35 years within those same 4 walls. Bandsaw blades, grinding wheels, and sanding discs came long before ales and lagers. But letís 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
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2295) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2010
16 oz. can shared by shawnm213- thanks again, Shawn (and Kylie for grabbing these in the Twin Cities). Pours a somewhat cloudy gold color with a finger-thick white head. Awesome aroma, so herbal and fresh, with hops, marijuana, pale and caramel malts, and not a whole lot else. Simple and near-perfect. Flavor canít live up to that, with more fresh herbal hops, pine, citrus, and a ton of caramel and pale malts. Malty mouthfeel, with above-average carbonation and a bitter finish. I wish the hops came through in the flavor like they did in the nose, but not the case in this malt bomb. Iím giving the nose the slight edge over the Furious, but the rest canít live up to that incredible IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2010
Can smell the very fragrant hops a mile away. todd is one of the premier hoppers in the nation. Pretty much your near perfect Imperial. Big resiny pine hopping,a rather large malt presence,almost has a sweetness to it, this is the balance everyone seems to scream for, if thats your style this is a 20 for you. For me ,but a little to malty to be among my favorites

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
UPDATED: APR 30, 2010 Can supplied by a very generous BA and thanks to Skyview for hooking me up with a couple cans too. Pours clear dark orange with one finger white head. Aroma was impressive. Loaded with dank hops and tons of citrus. Flavor was loaded with bitter hops, but lacking all the citrus and a good malt back bone. Abrasive is a good name for this brew as if you donít like a ton of bitter hops than this one might not be for you. Solid beer but a bit of a disappointment based on past ratings. Re-rate: 4/30/10. Will give this a second shot at my palate was probably destroyed on DLD. Pours clear golden orange with one finger off-white head. Aroma is still outstanding with fresh grapefruit and other citrus, pine, tropical fruits, and tons of hops. Flavors of grapefruit, citrus, bitter hops, nice sweet malt, and some peach and mango flavors. Does not have the overload of bitter hops I remember vividly from DLD. Either this beer is fading or could be from different batches. Either way I found it much more enjoyable this time. Solid DIPA for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 21, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2011 Can bored into wine glass. Clear light copper orange with a big foamy tan head. Not as hoppy as I was expecting. They should have doubled the hops but kept the malts the same. Or maybe drinking a dipa a week after its released is too long to wait. Seems more like a light bodied hoppy barleywine with the booze presence, or maybe thatís what dipas are these days.

rerate. better than i remembered. pleasant bitter, pine, hoppiness. dry. really good DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2010
Pours deep amber Orange with an off white head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops with caremal malt. Taste is grassy, grapefruit up front but caramel malt quickly overtakes most hop flavor. The hop juice and malt make it sligtly sweet but not cloyingly so. Either the hop profile has faded already or it was designed to be very balanced but overly so I think. Hides the alchohol nicely for 9%. I was hoping for a more hop forward dipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2010
Huge thanks to skinnyguy for sending this my way. Amber pour with a nice sized off white head. Aroma is grass, grapefruit, diacetyl, and caramel. Flavor is up front caramel malt, butter, grapefruit rind, toffee, and grass. Bitter finish, good carbonation. Tasted old less than a week after release...not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChacoMaco (10) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2010
Decent amount of hop aroma but my first taste gave me a strong impression of butter (Diacetyl?). All I can focus on now is the harsh and lingering foul aftertaste of butter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2010
Can. Pours orange with a small white head. Mostly citrus hops in the aroma. Flavor is sweet with apricot, but balanced nicely with bitter grapefruit flavors from the hops. Some alcohol flavor is present, too. Loads of lacing left on my glass. This is a solid, but disappointing, beer that doesnít live up to the hype in my opinion.

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