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Review by bakes on 04/04/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 2011
Thanks to Tip Top for the cans!

Brilliant orange gold with a white head that says "HOPS!" in its staying ability. Aroma is almost tactile in its tropical juiciness - pineapple and grapefruit up front, faint dank pine and caramelly malt in the background.

The hops kick the door down with a citrus rind and tropical fruit hit that's most impressive - almost mouthwatering in its juiciness - then the vast, caramelly yet not at all cloying malt comes through to pair with the hop notes and blend almost perfectly all over the mouth. Faint pleasantly chewy graininess appears mid sip, but the sweet malt and tropical fruit dominate, riding atop that bracing bitterness and balancing it - less aggressively hoppy than 16 Grit was, but a more luscious brew overall. A slightly darker, danker hop bite kicks in towards the end and balances things perfectly. The alcohol is amazingly well hidden. And it all goes down in a full, silky smoothness.

Just a phenomenal DIPA that has drinkability off the charts. Drinking this will put a smile on your face, turn a cloudy day sunny, and win the war for the Allies.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by younger35 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 4 8 2010
Picked up a four pack at the nearest place to my house, Four Firkins. I’ve had this brew a couple times before as 16 Grit. Hopefully it’s the same! Drank from my Guinness nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light copper orange with a beautiful one finger off-white head that is fluffy and nice. A decent cap and collar remain along with plenty of spotty lacing.
Smell- So fresh and fruity with a big grapefruit, pineapple and mango aroma that pops out of the glass. A bit of alcohol is noticeable but nothing overwhelming. Maybe a touch piney but it’s more tropical than anything. Like Furious, it has a decent caramel malt smell that seems to be slightly more than I remember out of 16 Grit.
Taste- Big bite of bitter hops right from the get go with loads and loads of grapefruit and orange peel. Immediately after the big rush of hops a sweet malty undertone moves in keeping the beer from really being overly bitter. While the bitterness is certainly there, I think the malt sweetness outweighs it, especially in the aftertaste. The malt is full of caramel and slightly rich with a light grainy aspect. The beer remains fruity for the duration though as a touch of alcohol sneaks through in the finish. The sweetness lingers.
Mouthfeel- Very heavy and rich with a very light bite of carbonation that really adds to the creaminess of the beer.
Drinkability- This beer is a bit different than 16 Grit and I have no idea if that is by design. It’s not as dry and the malt sweetness is kicked up a bit. That being said it’s still an extremely good beer and crazy drinkable for 9%. I was expecting something along the lines of Hopslam (like 16 Grit was) and got something more like Furious (and that’s a good thing). Another winner!

Price: $18.00 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by orbitalr0x on 05/10/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2010
16oz can brought back by my buddy from work! Pours a bright, brilliant tangerine orange with a creamy inch of white head that leaves sticky lacing. Great clarity. Aromas spring out as soon as the can is cracked. Dense, dripping pine resin hops along with tropical citrus all over the place. Straight up oily, dank, vibrant hop goodness. Sturdy semi-sweet caramelized malt backbone.

First sip brings a sublime mix of pine resin and tropical fruit hop flavors swimming in a smooth, creamy malt with some caramel accents. Fresh, vibrant, oily hops that are quite simply lush. Great bitterness on the way down with a touch of toasted grain. Hops linger on well after each sip in the best way. A hop bomb palate crusher!

Mouthfeel is smooth and rather dense. Good carbonation makes this one a surprisingly easy drinker. Fresh from the can this is simply an awesome DIPA. Big, bitter, abrasive, with a great hop profile. Yum, glad I have 3 more to drink!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 05/02/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 17 5 9 2010
Chill hazed peachy gold color. Tall fluffy capping of dusted yellow cream and lots O' lacing in thin holey sheets and some tattered edgings.

Aroma is quite nice and can be immediately wafted into the air with the pop of the top. Boomming pale citrusy notes of old orange juice, over ripe mango, pale pink grapefruit, and dulled pineapple. Bits of toasted and biscuit malt touch up some oddly pleasing bready notions, some notes to soapy dish rags, wet dirty wood, and deep earthy floral spices. Very Surly!

Taste is a muddeled concoction of dulled and dark citrusy things and underscored with toasted malts and doughy pretzeled bread. Its good but a bit weird as lots of darkened, raw, bittered citric hops of orange, grapefruit, and mango are mashed up and pulled thru a dirty old spruce pine cardboard filter while toasty grainyness softens and mellows out a tweak of earthy tea and woodsyness. The hop bite is more mellow in balance to its toasty malt twist. Fairly dark, ominous, and yes, abrasive overall to drink, crunchy and boldly bitten with a tepid dirty cirtic bitterness and snappy tone that speaks to the Surly nation in a twisted tongue of accpetance and power that'll send your tongue spinning faster then a sander with a 16 grit grinder on it.

Large, hefty, heavy, and bold body; crunchy, toasty, bready, dirty, bittered, dark, deep , and citrusy with a creamy induced backbone but man does that toasty earthy bite mix interestingly well with its dark citrusy bitterness.

Some very solid stuff that does its job as being abrasive to your palate. On-tap it has a notch better cleaned up drinkability and flavor that is missing from the can. Overall it definately says Surly and it definately says Abrasive! Makes my think, what if Flying Dog Double Dog, Sculler's IPA, and Hop Stoopid had offspring in glass.

Served In: Pint Glass

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