euniceradio (558) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2016 Can to cervoise. Pours clear to hazy light orange, white sticky head. Aroma of pine, resin, grapefruit, trop fruit and peppercorn. Taste of same with great spiced hop flavor. Finish is bitter and semi-dry. Mouthfeel is mod, syrupy, good carb. Brew is very similar to Stone Enjoy By. DELICIOUS! Minnbrewer (37) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Perhaps my new favorite Surly beer! I rarely like double IPAs because of how syrupy sweet they can be....Todd wanted none of that; this one is great! Hoppy with a solid body...and the choice of hops is superb; bitter forward without the harsh bite...and lots of aroma! There are few better.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DonnM38 (13) - Hartford, South Dakota, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Tap at craft beer festival. Over the top smell of hops. First taste was a slice of heaven. Citrus with just a hint of pine. Great backbone that carries it straight thru. Highly recommend this one. Goodgrief (2056) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2011
Holy isht. This is really something! Orange amber pour...beautiful color...smallish head and decent lacing. Huge aroma...grapefruit and flowers. Thick, chewy mouthfeel is notable even before the huge flavor kicks in. Tropical fruity malt flavors with an immensely complex hop bill. Grapefruit, floral, pine, resin...it seems to have a bit of all of it. Very malty and sweet but loads of hop bitterness and a real tart citrus finish. This is really wow’ing. AdamChandler (5150) - 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
pet22 (18) - Delano, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2013
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!!
Pours somewhat clear of yeast, sunset golden, burnt amber like with 1 finger frothy head which over time simmers down. Aroma very apparent, and backed up with bold flavor. At first very smooth almost creamy, then transitions into powerful blast of flavor to your whole mouth missing no taste buds whatsoever. Benzai (16511) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2013 Sampled @ CBC 2013. Clear yellow to golden color, small white head. Smell and taste malts, tropical fruits, mandarin, mango, grapefruit, bitter and hops. What a beer, superb! mjord23 (9) - - FEB 1, 2014 does not count
Canned 12/27, just arrived from France44. Beautiful pour, light fluffy head and straw yellow body. Hops all over the place. Simple, hoppy, tart. Finishes buttery, clean. Love it. EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Three Taverns Bottle Share. Dear lord. Holy moly. C’mon man. Pours lovely clear dark gold with perfect amount of white head. Scent is equal blend of candy, citrus, and evergreen. Bitter bite moves quickly into sweet finish. This may be the best beer in the world, no joke. Bottle - Shared at Tasting WillDunn (28) - - MAR 13, 2014
Fresh on draft and in can. Someone I was with once accurately described Abrasive as a double IPA version of the similarly Citra-hopped Zombie Dust. Well said I say. I tried side-by-side with Three Floyds' Dreadnaught (different beers to be sure) and felt that they represented the present and past quintessential Imperial IPA, respectively. These days, I want Abrasive.