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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.2
Countbeer (6591) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2012
Can: Medium pretty vast white head on top of a clear darker orange colored beer. Smell loats of hops and fresh fruit, peach, pine, cactus, pine apple, citrus, resin, somelight light sweet and light sweaty. Taste is a good mix of hops (!) and it’s good bitter and less fruity character and the grains like barley (malts). A good mix of hops; citrus, bitter, floral and fruit; abricot, pine, light grapefruit, peach, light barley malted sweaty, good balanced bitterness. The peach seems to come out even better after a while. Very nice (peach) hop bitterness. Nice bitter hop fruity aftertaste with a light dry touch to it. Low carbo, soft mouthfeel (almost silky), full body and a creamy texture. Very interesting brew, love to buy this shit in cans in your local supermarket! What a treat! Warming, fresh and well balanced.

4.3
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2012
can on trade from samtallica on BA. Nice and fresh, canned on 1.12.12 lovely tan hur into my snifter capped by a slight off white head wiuth good retention. nose is inviting with pine, grapfruit, and tropical fruit. Taste is good cutting bitterness followed by a blast of pine and citrus. The malt trys its best to keep up. Medium to full bodied. WOW!!! on my note pad. I need to trade for a whole 6 pack of this.

4.2
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Clear medium amber pour with thin light cream colored head. Big floral and pine hop aroma. Taste is citrus and pine with some lighter sweet malt notes. Nice dry bitter finish. Somewhat light mouthfeel with light carbonation. A "hop bomb" in my book, but the bitterness is nicely balanced with the malts making it very easy drinking despite the ABV. A definite winner.

4.2
Nickls (2541) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Can. Frothy eggshell head on a slightly hazy rusty orange. Resin, grapefruit rind, herbal and strong lovely bitter ho notes minus the sweetness. Herbal, dank and pungent grapefruit hops on a lean malt backing. Medium body with sone viscous leanings. Nice

5
Kranin (23) - - FEB 13, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 Phenomenal brew. It?s balance of sweetness, hope aroma, fresh hop flavor and bitter is almost without equal. (16oz Can/Apple Valley Liquor) 02/2012

4
jbeatty (1253) - New York, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Can, 02/11/2012. Pours burnt amber, reddish brown, hazy with one-finger head, fading to a healthy haze on the surface, with slick, resinous lacing around the glass. Aroma carries a huge burst of fresh hops, dank, big grapefruit, pine, smooth caramel malt finish. Taste not as aggressive as the nose, but again lots of tropical fruit- pineapple, juicy grapefruit, leads to smooth caramel finish, lingering bitterness. Palate is not overly thick, resinous without being syrupy, alcohol unnoticeable. Overall a little darker in character than west coast IPAs, but still smooth and drinkable, really great.

4.2
adrian910ss (2582) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Pint sized can courtesy of Todd. Pours a semi clear coppery amber with a medium sized light cream colored head. Aroma of caramelized malts, pine notes, fresh hops and hints of tangy citrus. Taste of caramelized malts, light tangy citrus, pine and fresh hops. This is good stuff.

3.8
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Can shared by someone at a tasting @ CCB. Dull amber pour, sticky white head. Massive hop aroma - dank, tropical fruit, resin, and pine. Wow! Flavor is more tropical fruit and pine with a nice malt backbone.

4.6
reggiedunlop (3725) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Pours a hazy amber with a thick tan head...very light sediment throughout...wonderful retention and lacing. Aroma is super floral with stonefruits and citrus...peach, papaya, mango, pineapple. Flavor follows suit with excellent fresh hoppy flavor...fruity with great stonefruits and citrus but awesome bitterness too...faint caramel malt backing. Mouthfeel is medium and lively and the finish is grapefruity and bitter...dry and lingering. Awesome!

4.7
AdamChandler (5100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2012 Acquired this in a trade. It’s the first DIPA I’ve had from surly. Stoked to try this and hoping it’s still fresh! Poured into a Newcastle glass direct from the fridge. Canned on 12/08/11

A - 2 Finger head, tight and creamy bubbles that were off white and on the tan side. Deep and hazy brown with golden tints. Gorgeous looking beer! A+

S - TONS of pine, tons of hops, tons of brown sugar, caramel and sweetness! I got a bit of citrus but not a lot.

T - Absolutely amazing. A fantastic DIPA with tons of hop, great aftertaste. I’m getting orange, vanilla and brown sugar. There’s some ginger in here as well.

M - Nice carbonation but not overwhelming. Very drinkable!

O - I’ve had Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder. This is up there with those beers. an A+ in every way. I need to acquire a can fresh.

Update: New batch canned 11/14/12. Fresher than before and my palate is hopefully improved since then.

On the nose, I pick up a lot more grapefruit and citra than last time. I take back that there’s minimal citrus. Taste is super chewy. As great as I remember though and the most close I’ve had to Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead. Not as bitter as Heady Topper but a fantastic malt backbone, still nice levels of brown sugar, tangerines, grapefruit juice and cranberries. Very happy I have more of this to enjoy over the week. Thanks Dan!!


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