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RATINGS: 587   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Sampled from Growler. I never thought I would get a crack at this one! Poured a medium and cloudy amber color wtih a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus (oranges and grapefruits), pine, floral, tangerines, and ’sticky’. Tastes of the same citrus, pine, caramel, and the same stickiness. Nice and hoppy with a malt balance in the taste. Alcohol content hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Can courtesy of arminjewell. Somewhat hazy, reddish orange appearance with an off white head. Super piney, herbal, organic hoppy, a touch citrusy, bitter aroma. Rich piney, orange citrusy, big organic hoppy flavor. Cool brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8210) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
Amber pour. Smells like pine, resinous hops extract and bright fresh hops. Resin, grapefruit and pine needles with just a touch of light malt. Softly toasty on the palate with a little bit of cookie dough malts through the middle. Damn awesome IIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2012
Fresh abrasive from John, brewed less than 2 weeks earlier. Wafts hops several feet. Light yellow with a big head. Big IBU. Good drinkability. Orange, tangerine, fantastic IPA, great hops. Crazy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Can shared by guyinchicago at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Thanks! Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and earthy hops with slightly nutty malty notes. The taste is leafy, herbal hops with some citrus and caramel. Medium bodied. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (7884) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 9, 2010
16oz can courtesy of beeranddogs. Pours a clear orange with a towering, creme head. Huge lace and infinite retention. Nose is not fresh hoppy but not stale hoppy, strawberry pancake syrup either. There is some candy corn, maple syrup, Taste is spicy, sweet, fruit punch, floral and herbal hoppy, loaded with honey, mint, butterscotch. Body is chewy, bitter, thick. Definitely not a hop bomb. Never devolves into an astringent, cloying mess. Even not ultra fresh, it has held itself together fairly nicely.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
My second of four cans thanks to tytoanderso. Canned 17 days before drinking. Maybe a little bit less fresh than I like my Pliny, but not bad considering its coming across country. Pours with a hazy golden body and a firm off-white head that doesn’t ever fully leave and gives great lace. Aroma is super dank. Weed, citrus, tropical fruits, pine needles, caramel, candy, mango. All around goodness. Flavors of tropical fruit, table sugar, caramel, mango, pine, melon, citrus, grapefruit. Probably the best non-West Coast IIPA that I have ever had. Lively bubbles. Properly dry. Lingering fruity-hop-goodness. Much more hope flavor than bitterness. This is how a DIPA should be made. If I could pick up a sub-3 week old 4 (or 6) pack of this every week I would (even as a compulsive ticker). Not quite as good as bottled PtE (my standard when fresh) of the same freshness level, but still one hell of an amazing Big IPA! That’s a HUGE complement!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Biscuity cereals are a diving board for this Double IPA’s expressive oranges and resins, building a smashing pint of Americana.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the hazy amber.
-Malts also provide delicate caramel angles.
-Although this is intensely flavorful, it is not nearly as abrasive as many Double IPAs out there which are just a ton of hops thrown into a boring strong ale. This flavor profile is actually well thought out and the malts are as important as their aromatic counterparts.
-Alcohol is not a bother as it is smothered in hop bitterness (which doesn’t feel harsh, by the way).
-The mouthfeel is simply gorgeous; nourishing yet easygoing. Carbonation and residual sugars are perfectly balanced too.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7453) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2014
Can 16 fl oz thanks to Sgt. B (Brian), not on ratebeer. Sampled on January 25, 2014.
Clear golden color, big off-white head. Sweet, caramel, citrus, hoppy taste. Citrus, bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Sweet, caramel, hoppy scent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Can from Andy’s Liquor in Rochester, MN. The beer is a copper-orange color with a medium fluffy white head that diminishes slowly. Small patches of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops and tropical fruits. Medium bodied and moderately bitter with a citrusy hops character as well as flavors of toasted malt and pine. The finish is hoppy with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Good all around.


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