chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Poured from a 16 oz. can freshness dated 11/14/12 into a Surly Brewing Co. branded Darkness snifter. Thanks to Oboogie for a fresh four pack, an exceptional extra.
Pours a deep gold with lush orange-tinged amber hues topped with a two finger bright white head. Good retention and quite a bit of splotchy lacing. Pineapple, mango, and a touch of spruce on the nose. Pineapple, mango, and papaya intially, joined by a bit of sweet malt, and balanced with grapefruit rind and piney bitterness. Finishes clean and dry. Fairly fully bodied, moderate carbonation, slick and smooth on the palate. Abrasive is one of my personal favorite DIPA’s. Not overly sweet, complex, abundant flavor, just the right amount of hop bitterness, and a pleasantly dry finish. Truly world-class.
RoyalTenenbaum (6) - USA - NOV 23, 2012 does not count
Well balanced very floral nose. Strong hop profile throughout. Bitterness is nicely balanced by a rich but not overpowering malt presence.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Really good stuff. One of the first from the 2012 batch served in a tulip. Almost as good smelling as Surly Wet... Probably not worth the price jump to $16/4pack vs. $10 for Furious though borman11 (16) - minneapolis, USA - SEP 29, 2012
awesome for hop lovers. extraordinary flavors throughout. top of the heap in the best of the best. buy it if you can find it. well worth the price. scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Thanks again to Beerwolf77 and another homerun from Surly
A: Pours an amber gold color with a huge dense fluffy head. Excellent retention. Nice looking beer right here
S: Awesome nose consisting of mango, pineapple, fresh cut pine, resin, and a good dose of sugar. Seemingly balanced by caramel malts. Awesome
T: More resin than the nose suggested - usually not too big on the resin notes, but this works. Tropical fruit, pine, and balanced with caramel malts. Definitely bitter, but less so than Furious.
MF/O: Prickly carbonation kind of takes away from the feel and intensifies the bitterness, but balanced. Kind of a west coast Hopslam. I will definitely be seeking this out again
TheHOFF43 (2049) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2014 16oz can, poured into glass.
My favorite beer. Great over-hopped flavor but smooth with excellent flavor. Nice coloring with a solid head and good tracing. Overall this beer is as good as I’ve had (though I am still searching). Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Matt!
Surly Abrasive Ale appears clear with a pretty good sized head and decent lacing. There is a very strong pine aroma with hops and citrus coming in behind. The taste is more of what I found in the nose and quite enjoyable. The finish was interesting, in that much more of a malt presence emerged than the aroma would have indicated. Grapefruit and pine are also very notable throughout, and linger on the palate, creating a very pleasant aftertaste. All in all, Abrasive Ale is an excellent DIPA, and certainly one I’d like to have again. And again... freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 Can pours beautiful golden orange with off white head. Thick aroma of resinous pine and citrus. The taste is also thick with the same bitter orange and slight grapefruit punch and a piney earthy flair. The hops are by far the forefront and lingering but it doesn?t finish dry. The pine becomes murky into a slight medicinal finish, not a great after taste but still fair. The flavor lingers for quite a while and while it isn?t a very multi-dimensional beer it goes down easy and satisfies a hop indulgence. Kind of west coast like in the aggressive hop nature with a big golden amber malt body. A fine brew. xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2012
pours a bright clear copper with very faint cream head. decent retention, no lacing. tons of sweet grapefruit up front. light pineapple and floral notes. basically, like a double furious. but seriously sweet up front with big floral hops and big sweet citrus. light grapefruit, strong pineapple and tangerine. a pine bitterness emerges through. malt profile is fairly heavy.
moderate carbonation, has a bit of bite. full body, almost chewy. decent double IPA, very enjoyable. at 9%, id rather have a furious. Reviewed on: 05-30-2010 PotjeBier (3183) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2012
16 oz. can from De Bierkoning. Clear amber color. Rocky off white head with long retention & good lacing. Aroma’s: srtong resin, citrus (almost acidic), malty backbone. Flavor is bitter and medium sweet. Medium bodied. Long finish with strong resinous bitterness, almost herbal.