Abrasive Ale

Many thanks go out to Grant for the opportunity to try this one at one of the usual Friday afternoon Brick Store gatherings (NOT at the tasting on 1/10, the day before with about three or four of us present). 64 oz growler, one of the last from Surly. At the time of tasting this was still called, “16 Grit”.
Pour is a hazed, light copper/orange body with plenty of white, sticky lace.
Nose is HUGE and is ALL tangerines, clementines, oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits. More “orangey” than any other beer that I can recall. Interesting because it is not really a “hoppy” fruit note at all; it’s ACTUALLY just really fruity!
Tastes follow the nose. Very fruity and not really any note of big hops or alcohol. A strange beast indeed because it’s really a big IPA that doesn’t drink like one. Easy drinking and very thirst quenching.
Obviously from the notes above it’s easy to tell that all I really got from this beer was the fruit. It lacked much bitterness on the palate at all, and the alcohol is well hidden. Super drinkable as a result and a very fragrant (without being floral) DIPA. Almost to the point of being orange infused! Tasty.

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01/10/2009
Format:
growler
ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 4.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 5
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.33
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