rgfellow (126) - - FEB 17, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 Can at home. Pours slightly cloudy, deep copper. Aroma is strong orange peel and pine. Taste is bitingly astringent, remarkably balanced by sweet malt character - unbelievable considering the IBUs. Finish is lingering bitterness. Extremely well crafted DIPA - highly addictive. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2013
The can pours deep gold with copper hues and a near white head of foam. The aroma is big and yummy with earthy dank hops, spicy hops and then a modest degree of citrus hop goodness rounding things off. Dang! The taste is similar with rich yummy dank and spicy hop richness where I’m also getting floral hops and plenty of hop bitterness. It gets into robust levels of grapefruit and lime like citrus hops midway and to the finish. Great stuff. PhillyCraft (8200) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Can from tom with simon, bri, joe, and keith. Pours hazy golden orange, with small to medium white head, alright lacing, aromas and taste of serious garlic resins, new zealand hops, and super danky citra hops, so much cheese, light vanilla, and hoppy funk. Awesome ipa, thanks for sharing. dwm1034 (786) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Art of gift 4 pack from sherm1016...thanks!! Nose is citrus, spruce, floral...all good. Pours a foggy yellow...one finger head. Bright hoppy taste...yum! Medium body with bitter finish...one fine 2x IPA ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
I like IPAs with appropriate names and Surly Abrasive is a great example of why. Not quite a textbook example of either a West Coast or East Coast double IPA, but a big beer that’s relentless in its bitterness, but still manages to be easy drinking and satisfying.
rxeight (3333) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
I poured a 16oz can into a goblet.
Appearance: Hazy, translucent gold. Forms a large, ivory, frothy head which retains and laces excellently.
Smell: Light, clean, tropical fruit notes at first, but upon closer inspection there’s a strong earthy/herbal scent of resin and pine.
Taste: If you want hops you definitely get them with Surly Abrasive. They’re here from the moment it hits your tongue until long after the swig is completed. Though the aroma is clean and fruity, the actual flavor is dank and resinous. Intense bitterness envelopes the palate with an almost pine-sap like flavor and character. There’s definitely orange citrus in the palate here as well, but it’s closer to juice concentrate or syrup than any kind of light, crisp, refreshing taste. What’s interesting is that it’s never really all that sweet and certainly not cloying. I get some subtle garlic or dry spice flavors on the backend, almost a bit of "locker room" funky taste as well which imparts a hint of candy tartness.
It’s a delicious tasting beer for sure, but not quite something I’d award my highest grade to because it’s so unrelenting in its delivery and the flavors that are here, though great, could probably be even better. If I could get this on a regular basis I would, though.
Drinkability: While Surly Abrasive may be one of the overtly bitter beers I’ve ever had, what really makes it memorable is its easy drinkability. The mouthfeel is fairly soft, but lively, with a smooth texture and accompanying finish. There’s no challenge to get this beer down at all despite the fact it’s pretty hefty at 9% ABV. Still, the alcohol is well masked as I don’t smell or taste it at all. The hops do make it rather astringent, so there is noticeable drying of the tongue. This would be a fantastic beer to pair with a spicy meal, though.
Fresh can from burgy. Thanks again. Do you like bitter hops, I mean really like bitter hops? Well this is the DIPA you are. the strong bitterness really dominates this one. Bit of a sweetmalty backbone. Had the furious yesterday. The two are very similar this is just more hop bitter. I though the furious was touch better because some of the citrius and pine notes shined throgh the bitterness. never the less this is a very good beer. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2013
I had Furious yesterday, and the most succinct review I can give of Abrasive is that it's Surly "plus," better in every way. More malty backbone flavor; more hoppy; higher ABV. However, still amazingly balanced. This is an incredibly good DIPA, better than Pliny the Elder and HopSlam by a tick or two, although my can was not as fresh as the Pliny and 'Slam I've had. If you have access to this, buy it and drink ASAP!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ineedbeer (2301) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Aroma is all hops - very fruity with lots of citrus, grapefruit and mandarins mostly. There is also a nice floral note that combines nicely with some tropical fruit, apricot and peach. A very slight resin note is there as well as a faint alcohol aroma.
Pours a very clear, light golden orange with a slightly off white head that lingers as a thin film on top and thicker on the edges. Light lacing with small legs.
Flavor starts with a bit of sweet biscuit and cracker malt with a faint caramel note. The malt fades away and the hops come into the picture. Citrus, tropical fruit, stone fruit and a more assertive resin note than in the aroma. Strong, lingering bitterness dries the palate in the finish. A light alcohol note is also found in the finish. The finish has some grapefruit and resin to it as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Light hop astringency, but it's not too bad. Moderate alcohol warmth.
This is one of my favorite Midwest IPAs and this can was only 4 weeks old. The hop character is very assertive and the malt is in the background. Not quite a West Coast IPA but right on the border.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Can. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold body with a small frothy white head that faded to a thin wispy covering. The nose is quite abrasive indeed with loads of resinous and citrusy hops. There’s a hefty malt base here as well, but it pretty well stays in the background thanks to all these hops. The flavor is brash and bold as well with a sticky resinous attack of hops overlaying a slightly sweet and sturdy malt base. The hops really linger on the finish with a brown sugar like sweetness. Pretty darn good. Very well hidden alcohol to boot. OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Goooood stuff. Can into snifter. Aroma is big pine, grapefruit, some sweet caramel, and pineapple. Pour is golden with a big white head. Taste is similar with big time pine tree and grapefruit flavors, as well as grass and caramel malt. Awesome brew.