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RATINGS: 658   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   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... itís 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A rich citris aroma with an almost cloudy orange tint, and nice foamy head. Taste as it smells with sweet citrus with a more mild malt backround. Supprisingly smooth for itís name and ABV. All in all another great Surly limited release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6600) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2744) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2011
Can. I remember having 16 Grit from a growler before but unfortunately I didnít rate it so this will have to do. Canned on 3/09/11 and sampled on 4/6/11. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a darker, slightly haze, honey apricot color with a nice, full, sticky light tan head that coats the glass with lace as it settles. Pungent, musky aroma of hops in the nose of the citris variety; with mainly orange and grapefruit undertones. Medium/hevy mouthfeel. At first sip I was wondering where the hop bitterness was but then BAM! it hits you towards the middle/end like a freight train. Well balanced though with a sweet malty feel in the beginning. Bitterness lingers on but not in an unpleasant way. Does it really get better than this?

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