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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Sure were abrasive. We were abrasive long before we were Surly. If you visit the brewery you can still see remnants of the industrial manufacturing factory Omars parents ran for 35 years within those same 4 walls. Bandsaw blades, grinding wheels, and sanding discs came long before ales and lagers. But lets 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 17/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Poured from a growler. Aroma runs downright musky and rich with sweet perfumed oils, heavy concentrated tangerine and prickly pear juice. Dense. Pours a darker copper and amber, heavily hazed with an off-white rim. Flavor has a very interesting fresh dragonfruit, creamy banana, and heavy wet tropical fruit. Thick and creamy. A peculiar musk rides over this beer in a really nice manner. It balances grasses with heavy tropical fruit. The palate runs a nip sweet. However, there’s a unique, musky tropical grasses, seed, and pit flavor running over this that I assume arises from the high alpha hops. A nice version, kissed with the good edge of Surly house yeast. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DalzAle (1988) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Growler shared with friends. Pour was a rich dirty orange color with medium carbonation. Aroma was very fruity, flavor had lots of orange, grapefruit and of course; HOPS! For being a stronger beer, it hid the alcohol very well. I hope Surly reconsiders making this a one time only offering, as Im going to be pretty bummed once I run out of Growlers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4405) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Growler courtesy of BDR and Tdaglow. Copper color with a medium head. Strong tangerine and orange aroma. Some grassy-ness and lemon. Far stronger caramel malt flavor than I was expecting. Not overly bitter tasting at all. Sweet orange peel. Delicious. Great way to end 2008!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Growler - also poured courtesy of Omar from the bright tank on the 27th of December and kindly picked up by my wife (I was busy!) A hazy reddish/gold hue, mild carbonation, not too much of a head on it. Sweetness in the nose once you get past the incredible piney and citrus hop aroma. Good caramel malt profile and a balanced, yet bracing bitterness with a mildly sweet finish. You can tell this brew has some punch as it has that nice warm feel to it. I liked it a lot!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2008
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Re-rate on this after I had the can version. The hop profile is quite weak - the beer tastes more like a double malt version of Furious without the super intense mango and citrus character. Taste is really sweet and is like drinking candied apricots. There is a strange plastic character, and lots of oddness going on in the finish. Considering how good Furious is, this one is quite disappointing and dare I say below average. [Growler] filled directly from the brite tank by Omar. Pours a hazier, slightly darker crimson than the original Furious. The hop profile is extremely similar to that of Furious, lots of mango, grapefruit, pine and citrus, but a touch thicker and there was a lot more malt backbone. Flavor is a lot more malty, and a touch sweeter than its counterpart, but the hops are also significantly more concentrated. This must have been a dangerous beer to brew. If they use too little malt, this monster would have been undrinkable from the crazy amount of bitterness, but it strikes as more balanced, which is honestly a little disappointing.

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