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RATINGS: 651   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Can:   Fiery amber, moderate to large frothy off-white head, nice lacing, light carbonation.   High octane hop tea is what I would call this aroma.   Heavy citrus presense on the tongue, sweet but not cloying, with a big background of tea leaves and hops.   Its not very bitter, but it feels big.   Sweet citrusy malty with a big hop tea like background.   Very well balanced between the malts and hops.   Too easy to drink, really.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Lingering citrus sweetness, background of hop tea.   Amazingly smooth.   Not as thick and malty as I like, but this one is very well balanced and probably one of the better IIPAs I have had in a long time.   Recommended.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2011
16 oz. can via trade with tytoanderso - Pours a clear golden color with a two finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is wonderful. Full of pine citrus, and resiny hops. Flavor is the same with just enough sweetness to show there is some malt in there. Finish is bitter and just a touch astringent. Medium body. An excellent beer. Thanks Tyler.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 Aroma is tropical fruits. Lots of citrus going on, I can pick out grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Taste is bitter and resiny with hoppy goodness. Really piney in the finish with a lasting bitterness. The malt has a very nice sweetness to it but is immediately met with the tropical fruit flavor of the hops. Medium body, very easy to drink...which could be bad without an ABV printed on the can.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2011
can at home thanks to cbkschubert! (25Jan11) Pours deep orange, mildly hazy with a medium white head, spotty lacing. Aroma is full of huge hop notes. Pineapple, citrus zest and some grass. Flavor is balanced really well. The hops are really big but there are underlying biscuit and sweet hay notes. The hops are so sweet/juicy/bitter all at the same time, which I think is what makes this beer so good to me. Itís not just a hop assault drying out the finish of a beer, but a layered citrus and tropical fruit concoction that is equal parts "sweet and fruity(not in a sweet way)" and "bitter and abrasive." I really like this stuff, thanks again Craig!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2607) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Poured from a can all the way to the top of a shaker pint glass. Barely any head which is why it didnít fall over the edge. Amber in color with a tiny white head. Sweet malt overpowered by big beautiful wafts of hoppy goodness. Smells of Cascade, but it might be Simcoe, as these two are pretty similar. Hops up front with a slight residual sweetness. Well balanced example of an IPA. Coats the mouth with the above tastes that last well into the next sip. Doesnít tire the taste buds like overly hopped beers can. I could easily pound a sixer of these canned beauties without knowing what I was actually doing. Great beer from a good brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
<first release spring 2010 version> Appearance: poured from a can. Has a nice copper color. Amber hues. a small white fluffy head, about 1/2 inch builds on the top of the beer. reduces down to a white film that covers the top of the beer. Smell: I take a big wiff of this guy waiting for the hops to pound my nostrils like a hammer. nah, I got some piney smell, a bit of citrus but not a ton. I got a huge waft of malt sweetness. caramely. some grassy notes and a wee hair of that pungent onion/garlicness. Taste: First taste, pine tastes followed by tons of malt backbone and sweetness. that carryís it to the back end of this beer where small bits of citrus comes through, but barely any and then finished by hop bitterness, the finish on this is very similar to Furious. Mouthfeel is good, this is a smooth beer, no harshness. just rolls over the tongue. easy to drink even with 9% ABV. no real hint of that alcohol in here at all. buried by sweetness and hops. overall, I think the balance in this beer isnít the best, not that it is too unbalanced but that it actually isnít as hop forward as i thought it would be. Too much malt and sweetness, not enough flavor hops and aroma hops. I think it falls short. its like a malty version of Furious. Hype killed me on this one, guess i was expecting some amazing dIPA that could compete with the best. I donít think it does. Still a great brew but i think i would be hard pressed to call it a top 10 dIPA. Iíd drink this with spicy thai food. food that isnít too rich, but has a spicy bite, the beer has plenty of richness from malt on its own. or maybe a nice spicy hot Spring Roll would pair up beautifully with Abrasive.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1229) - Morro Bay via Orange County, 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 canít 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 youíd have the beer store guys having to put up signs saying, "No Abrasive Today!" instead of "No Pliny Today!" Thanks again Matt and Kevin!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Can poured into an oversized tulip glass A: Beautiful pale amber body with a steady stream of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Large, creamy off-white head composed of billions of bubbles. Great retention and significant sticky lacing. S: On first sniff this was very reminiscent of HopSlam with large blasts of grapefruit and a honey undercurrent. With each successive sniff I got more pineapple, mango and tropical fruits. A dense vegetative component also started to come out, not so much piney, but like trees in the fall. T: Very hop forward with lots of grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Good floral/green characteristics too. Good malt presence to balance out the bitter assault. Caramel and some roasted malt. In the end this is anything but abrasive. It is simply delicious. M: Medium-full bodied. This is a big, creamy, resinous dIPA. Nice bitter finish that lingers just enough to give you the full flavor profile. O: A very enjoyable brew. Glad I was able to get a fresh four pack fairly quickly after the release.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (7032) - Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
16 oz. can. Pours a clear amber color with a huge off white head after an aggressive pour. The nose is as advertised, big caramel malts with an equally big hop presence. Grapefruit and some resin dominate. The flavor has a big caramel maltiness with huge citrus and resiny hops. This is almost chewy it is so thick. Smooth drinking DIPA that has a bitterness that sneaks up on me. I really enjoy this beer when fresh and would probably get it by the case if it were local.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2011
16oz can from Skyview, thanks! You know itís going to be good when you can smell the grapefruit before the moment you open the can when youíre not even attempting to smell a damn thing! Amber with a medium beige receding head and minor lacing. Aroma is a citrus and grapefruit bomb with some resinous undertones. Plenty of malt, tropical fruits, caramel. Taste is gigantic and bold with grapefruit, citrus, mango and a large malt bill with caramel and a touch of bready malt. Pithy and boozy with high bitterness Ė by no means a session ale but this session itís just what the doctor ordered!


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