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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