Finhead (1630) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hazy, orange-brown pour with white head. The aroma has a lot of pine, but also a hint of caramel. The medium body has a creamy texture with average carbonation. The taste is bitter on sides and back of the tongue, but on top it stays semi-sweet.
MeadMe (1610) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours a light golden hue. Tall foamy head, good retention, like a lace bomb exploded in the glass.
S: Aromas of booze, pine, citrus, green grass, and chemical solvent. Harsh without being off putting.
T: Boldly hopped for sure. Very much citric, with lemon zest and pith included. A bit bitter for sure. Hints of more sweet and resinous pine along with floral green hops. The booze is there, but not in too big of a way. The aroma says this one is hopped as hell and I am sure there is a ton of malt there trying to provide balance but it really donít work (not a bad thing). It is hop forward and pretty damn good to be honest.
M: On the fuller side of medium in body, fairly full for the style. Bold and bitter.
D: Not the most drinkable, but still solid. It is tasty and one I enjoyed putting back while in the pool on a hot May evening.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
growler - thanks to yonkers65 for hooking this up; reddish orange with frothy white head; super fruity, dank aromas of floral and citrus hops; super juicy, sweet and surprising lack of bitterness (in a good way) malty, sticky and quite intense; thereís something very unique here with the in your face sweetness; an amazing double IPA
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
berntholer (1588) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dense ivorywhite head leaves structured lacing. orange colour. aroma is citrus, passionfruit, grapefruit, sulphury, caramel. taste like aroma, sweet caramel, malty with a long bitter resinous finish. medium carbonation and body, quite dense mouthfeel. can 50cl / bd jan-2015
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Beerlando. Amber color, thin soapy white head. Strong grassy hop aroma, very earthy, defined malt aroma also. Strong hop taste, murky bitterness, very lasting aftertaste. Brash and earthy.
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh can courtesy of Tyloanderso: LOVE this one. Pours amber with a nice tight cream colored head. Probably one of the best smelling beers Iíve ever come across, I just couldnít stop smelling it. Even called my wife over just to sniff it. Resinous pine and grapefruit with a bit of sweet pineapple. Nicely bitter with a warm malt presence that is far from abrasive. Outstanding beer.
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can shared by someone at a tasting @ CCB.
Dull amber pour, sticky white head. Massive hop aroma - dank, tropical fruit, resin, and pine. Wow! Flavor is more tropical fruit and pine with a nice malt backbone.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had Furious yesterday, and the most succinct review I can give of Abrasive is that it's Surly "plus," better in every way. More malty backbone flavor; more hoppy; higher ABV. However, still amazingly balanced. This is an incredibly good DIPA, better than Pliny the Elder and HopSlam by a tick or two, although my can was not as fresh as the Pliny and 'Slam I've had. If you have access to this, buy it and drink ASAP!
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