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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   IBU: 120   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sure were abrasive. We were abrasive long before we were Surly. If you visit the brewery you can still see remnants of the industrial manufacturing factory Omars parents ran for 35 years within those same 4 walls. Bandsaw blades, grinding wheels, and sanding discs came long before ales and lagers. But lets 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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Can courtesy of DalzAle. Big time thanks. Poured a deep, slightly dark orange with a small whispy white head. The aromas on this one jumped from the glass. Pine, pine pine, resinous hops for days. Hints of caramel malt crept in and out. Just about blasted with lightly sweet big piney hops, you can feel the oils on your tongue. Surly struck a wonderful balance here. Just enough malt to check the big hops without being sweet. In the same tier as Double Trouble, Hopslam etc....

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours light golden brown with just the slightest head. Smells of awesome sweet caramel malts, fresh grapefruit, pine, mango as well as orange. Wow wonderful tasting fresh oranges, grapefruit, pine, and the grains and the malt are in your face. The mouthfeel is a thick and wonderful. Finish is long and bitter but not pungent. Thank you Surly!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours a dark copper color with a bright white head which never really leaves the beer. Smells of tremendously sweet citrusy hops, copious amounts of pine in the nose, thick caramel malts, and honey. Sweet grapes, oranges, and mangoes come through on the palate with the caramel malts being very thick and chewy. As the beer finishes it turns lip smacking, mouth puckering bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5544) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Can at a tasting. Copper amber pour, light off-white head. Citrus, caramel malt, sharp bitterness, grapefruit, lightly sweet fruit, and slightly metallic. A nice, strong hop bitter, IIPA. I would buy this if it was availible in my area.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
moxiebybeer (2) - USA - MAY 19, 2011 does not count
caramel, citrus, floral, resin, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium body, lively, long finish, bitter,

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
fresh can courtesy of daveborn, thanks! i had the first batch of abrasive(very fresh) when they changed the name last year, and this is much, much better imho! full, malty, oily body; lots of juicy fruity sweetness coming through in the nose and taste, delicious! def the best canned iipa ive had!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2011
A - Pours a clear orange copper color with a bing finger of forthy white head. The head fades down slowly to a think ring and layer leaving behind some nice lacing in the process. S - Aroma is full of citrus hops with lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Also some floral hops in the background. Touch of malt in the background. T - Starts off with lot of citrus hop flavor and bitterness. There is also some supporting light caramel malts around. Through the middle, some stronger bitterness and some piney hop flavor jumps out. Also some light apricot and other fruits. The finish is a mix of piney and citrus hop with a lot of bitterness that lingers really nicely. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Really smooth and crisp and the bitterness is really quite strong and leaves a really nice dry feeling in the mouth. D - Very drinkable. The hop profile here is really amazing. The flavors are really well balanced, especially the hop and malt balance here. This is a great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sloth (2876) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Medium sized offwhite head, good retention and a nice, lasting lace, droopy. Hazy amber copper hued ale. Massive nose is hop driven, DUH, big and piney, resiny and juicey with some burnt wiring, freakin awsome ! big chewy body, resiny and oily with a solid carbonation, prickly and keepin things lively. Monster hop flavors follow suit with pine grapefruit and some tropical notes, nicely fruity and super juicey, mouthwatering. Lightly sweet malts keeping those fekkin hops somewhat balanced out but its definately an uphill battle.Lucious finish is capped off with a large bitterness that alot of DIPAs just dont have. This is very nice, very nice. Could drink this regularly. Props to my friend motortoddhead for the 16 oz. can. Been wanting to try this for awhile now. Sweet bro, thanks!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (3250) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Big thanks to Dmac for sharing this one. Pours out a moderate copper color with a tiny white head. Aroma is intensely hoppy with lots of pine and some citrus in there with only a slight tell of alcohol or malts. Taste is a hop heads heaven. Tons of resiny pine hops, citrus, light fruits, slight sweet malts, and only a little of the burn from the alcohol. Finishes nice and bitter. Awesome IIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1294) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Many cans thanks to mattyb83 and kbutler1! I only give this one a 9 out of 10 on aroma simply because I know there has to be something that smells better than this so I cant quite do the perfect score but it so much deserves it. (Yes, stupid rational.) Tons of pine, citrus and just goodness waft from the glass. Appearance is a golden orange with a nice head but can get a bit unruly if you are too aggressive. The taste is outstanding. The flavors of citrus and pine just burst on to the for front of your tongue and you get even a bit of dankness near the middle until the perfect amount of sweet bitterness comes through to finish things off. Even the palate of this one resonates in your mouth but not enough to be annoying. It does a very nice job of coating your mouth but not being overly syrupy. Overall, the best beer from a can, ever. I hate that I even have to use the can in this rating as this stands up to any DIPA out there hands down. They just need to produce more of this and distribute to Southern California and youd have the beer store guys having to put up signs saying, "No Abrasive Today!" instead of "No Pliny Today!" Thanks again Matt and Kevin!


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