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RATINGS: 679   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 6, 2009
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 Growler from faro99, huge thanks Jeff. Rating #8. Dark orange pour with a really nice fluffy off-white head. Very nice hop aroma, grapefruity, slight orange even. More grapefruit in the flavor and a nice hop bite in the end, not bitter at all, very well balanced. Tasty shit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Growler shared by Taverner, pours deep amber with a finger thick cream colored head that leaves some nice lacing. Floral and grassy nose with decent caramel sweetness. Flavor is grassy and pine with caramel and a dry, spicy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Growler. Pours a very nice golden copper color with a frothy beige head. Very nice lacing and head retention. The aroma is very nice. Huge grapefruit/citrus notes and very smooth and inviting. Flavor tastes like orange juice and grapefruit. Very hoppy (duh!) but still smooth at the same time. Easy drinker. It has a nice, full body to it and it’s not too heavy. Overall, very nice...not what I expecting going in but very very good. I wish I had more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wellestone (33) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2009
16 oz. pour, on tap at Grumpy’s in downtown MPLS as part of the March 16, 2009 release party along with ElGaucho. Thanks for inviting me! My first thought was this is Furious with a kick. Very hoppy, very strong, and very very good. Pours a hazy, dark gold with slight amber. Aroma is citrus and pine. Very aggressive taste of pine. Definite sweet malt hits in the middle balancing out the agressive hoppiness. Medium body. Lively and refreshing in the palate. My thought is this is just as good as Furious but definitely couldn’t make this a session beer. (Although I was given a second for free due to a wrong beer making its way to our table and I didn’t refuse it!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (3266) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Pre-tapping sample at Lunar Brewing Co.,Villa Park, IL. Poured a clear, golden amber, with a thick, small bubbled, white head and some solid lacing. The nose was a very pleasant aromatic blend of tangerine, grapefruit, and smooth malt. The flavor added to these some rich, malt sweetness, and a strong but mellow bitterness that followed into the finish and beyond. A very nicely balanced DIPA, almost a carefully aged, big Furious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Growler. Thanks, Yonkers! Pours hazy amber with an off-white ring of foam. Sweet pine, grapefruit and resin aroma. Sweet taste of pine and oranges. This stuff is like drinking fresh hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Heavy hoppy smell with a touch of citrus and floral. Taste had a slight citrus to a it with a good malty finish. The deScription was right... it’s abrasive, but in a good way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2010
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2010
16oz. can, with a big thanks to tytoanderso for the cans! Pours a clear orange golden with a large frothy off-white head that leaves nice lacing as it recedes. Aroma is a big dose of hops, including grass, earth, pine/resin, citrus and some rind, along with a hint of caramel. Flavor is sweet on the outset, followed by nicely balanced hops and malt, with spice, pine, grass/earth and more citrus rind and a mild lingering bitterness and some residual warmth. Nice stuff, if not a touch sweet, but still a very nice DIPA. Thanks again Ty!

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