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RATINGS: 613   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2710) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Thanks to Beerlando for procuring this growler! Hazy reddish amber pour with a thick off white head. Pungent spicy grapefruit hop aroma very aggressive. Taste is big, but not as big as the aroma. Nice malt body and big grapefruit, resiny pine with a caramel malt balance. Finishes big and bitter, grapefruit like. I dig this a lot, my type of DIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Special thanks to Beerlando for hooking us all up with a growler. Aroma is strong and sweet. Mostly vanilla and citrus hops. Flavor is lighter, with more bitter hops and vanilla, but also a nice malty finish. Fairly sweet, as well. Very well balanced and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Nice DIPA. Hops were still very prominent, even after a few weeks in the growler. Aroma is nice and floral, with hints of copper and orange. Pours a dark amber with a thick head. Flavor is more flowers, with lots of citrus fruit and pine. Lots of orange peel, and touches of grapefruit and maybe even pineapple. Malt keep everything in balance. Notes of oats and tobacco in the background. Finishes like iced tea. Very nice, thanks to tjthresh for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2697) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Growler from KAF, thanks Kyle! Hope the hops aren’t like the Furious, where they die after a week. Clear orange with a short lived 1/2 finger beige head. Lots of mango and tropical fruit hops with a little bit of grassiness. Clean caramel malt backbone. Flavor continues to be mega fruity--usually there’s pine somewhere, but not a so much here! Just loads of fruity hops, as well as some orange. Bitterness peaks around a 5 in the finish, with the alcohol undetectable. Low carbonation with a medium-full smooth body. I wonder how this would’ve been two months ago! Quite tasty, and glad I got to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Growler via faro99 over here but via faro himself over on thebeerspot. Pours orange with a tan head. Nose is sweet and hoppy and overall reminiscent of 90 minute IPA. Taste is quite nice with a grapefruit citrus punch and a nice bitter piney resin that runs through it. Its nice to see such a big IPA that maintains a ton of citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2009
12 oz draft poured on tap at The Galway Tribes (Frankfort, Il). A true gem of a find. Pours a lovely fiery amber, well hazed, with touches of orange, a decent offwhitish head that clings to the sides of the glass and laces well. Aromas are powerful: a lovely floral hop bouquet pushing large grapefruit bitterness and zest coupled with orange, moderate tropical fruits of mango, and a sweet balancing malty backbone of carmel and biscuit. Initial has a good body, stepping down a little on harshness, but certainly bringing the taste. Big grapefruity hoppy bitterness coupled with a balancing sweetness. Some tropical fruits lie a little deeper, mango and papaya, florals, and some nice sort of piney resin comes through towards the finish. This doesn’t weigh you down, but certainly asserts itself. Finish is bitter, balanced, lovely aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2009
At Happy Gnome, served in a mini tulip, appearance is clear gold with a minor head. Aroma is quite citrus like, hops, and sweet. The flavor is solid citrus IPA with sweetness and lots of warmth. The palate is rich and delecate. Overall, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3412) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Draft @ Bavarian Lodge 4/30/09-Pours an orangish amber with a small off white head. Aroma of hops and citrus. Flavor the same with some malt, caramel, and some bitterness. This medium bodied brew was a great tasting beer and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 RERATE 2-15-12: I had a fresher version of this in the can, and I enjoyed it a little more this time. Nice earthy mouthfeel, and overly bitter (in a good way). A total hop bomb, with some maltiness to back it up. OLD RATE: draft at binny’s south loop. Pours reddish amber with an off white head. Nice floral and citrus hop aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation and slight creaminess to the mouthfeel. Malt backbone of caramel and toasted malts countered by an assertive bitterness that adds notes of orange, grass, and grapefruit. Slight resiny finish. Good, but I was expecting much better. 8-4-7-4-14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluemooner (654) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Pours an amber copper with a thin white head. Aroma is of sweet pine and floral hops. Tastes very hoppy with hints of pine, earth, citrus, fruits, orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and some malts. Bitter hop finish to a delicious brew.

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