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RATINGS: 601   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1003) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Many cans thanks to mattyb83 and kbutler1! I only give this one a 9 out of 10 on aroma simply because I know there has to be something that smells better than this so I can’t quite do the perfect score but it so much deserves it. (Yes, stupid rational.) Tons of pine, citrus and just goodness waft from the glass. Appearance is a golden orange with a nice head but can get a bit unruly if you are too aggressive. The taste is outstanding. The flavors of citrus and pine just burst on to the for front of your tongue and you get even a bit of dankness near the middle until the perfect amount of sweet bitterness comes through to finish things off. Even the palate of this one resonates in your mouth but not enough to be annoying. It does a very nice job of coating your mouth but not being overly syrupy. Overall, the best beer from a can, ever. I hate that I even have to use the can in this rating as this stands up to any DIPA out there hands down. They just need to produce more of this and distribute to Southern California and you’d have the beer store guys having to put up signs saying, "No Abrasive Today!" instead of "No Pliny Today!" Thanks again Matt and Kevin!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Originally reviewed: 7/12/10. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber hue with a thick off-white head on top. Excellent retention; left spotty lacing all over the glass. Big, powerful citrus notes waft out. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, with a touch of pine needles. The body on this beer is a disappointment though. Very slick and thin. Expecting a full-bodied beer, the flatness really let me down. Great flavoring of grapefruit, some sweet orange, candied malts (gives it a sweet punch), and a great bitter afterbite. This is a good beer. Tweak that mouth and this is a stellar beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (1000) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Pours a hazy golden orange with a pretty thick off-white head that settles after a bit and laces. What a nose: thick dank hoppy goodness with a smattering of stone fruit, grapefruit, yeasty dough, and biscuits and honey malt. Quite sweet but very bitter, really nicely balanced actually, which makes it incredibly drinkable. Full bodied yet not really heavy, toward syrupy but stopping just short, creamy and oily, with an exquisite drying bitterness to end it. Damn good brew, does everything you want a DIPA to do. Seriously awesome. You Minnesotans are some lucky bastards, minus the whole losing your real hockey team 20 years ago (which is still bullshit).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (968) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 9, 2013
On tap at CBC. Clear golden-orange colour, with white head. Hoppy aroma with some caramel. Hoppy taste, with sweetness and bitter ending. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
nice deep amber colour. Not much head. Great aroma . Very hopy. Notes of tea, but it works in this one. Nice lacing. Very creamy mouth feel. Nice aroma very bold with a light floral softness. Very complex and still very drinkable this is a nice IPA with a very unique character. Notes of tea and vanilla gives this beer great complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Can, I love that...Pours a hazy amber with an off white head. The head has good lasting and laces well. Aroma is good with a nice sweet hoppiness and hints of citrusand spruce. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is good, a nice mild bitterness. Has a medium to full body. A real good finish and an awesome aftertaste. This is a real good beer, if you get the chance drink it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humlelala (953) - DENMARK - JUN 7, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2013 (sample courtesy of Mark, big thanks!) Pours a clear golden with little, white head. Aroma is piney spicy hops. Oily texture, medium to full body, medium carbonation and a bitter, somewhat warming finish. Flavour is well balanced with moderate bitterness and some sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighWine (950) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
Can to New Belgium globe. Apricot honey colored pour with a rocky two finger white head. Fairly well laced. Dank aroma with juniper and tangerine pith. Taste is resinous with a touch of cereal and a slightly sweet grapefruit finish. Otter grapefruit lingers on the palate. Above average drying of the mouth. Full flavored and well crafted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Single finger head on top of a clear orange pout. Aroma is full of citrus & mango. Taste is full on citrus, mango and a little dish soap. Really dry. Aggressively dry hopped, pleasantly abrasive! Creamy mouth overall. One of the best out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crajun (938) - , Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2012
can via trade with emeinz; had this in fridge for awhile since ipa’s aren’t my thing; finally opened = WOW; gave perfect scores for appearance and palate. aroma is mixed - slightest citrus + piney hops; I also got caramel. perfect palate. Taste was more caramel and hops to me. I want another!! Thanks Eric!

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