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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,939
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,839
Gots: 265 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Was "16 Grit Ale," but now available in cans and renamed "Abrasive Ale".

Sure we're abrasive. We were abrasive long before we were Surly. If you visit the brewery you can still see remnants of industrial manufacturing factory Omar's parents ran for 35 years within those same 4 walls. Bandsaw blades, grinding wheels, and a sanding discs came long before ales and lagers. But let's 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.

(Beer added by: Buebie on 12-27-2008)
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Fcolle2

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4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy burnt orange in color with a lot of little particles floating around and a good finger and a half off white head that has great retention.

Smell is awesome tons of bright citrus tropical fruit hops forward with a little bite of piney resin tossed in there too. Smells like a double moon man to me, really bright vibrant hop aromas. Nothing else is even worth mentioning,the hops are what it's all about here.

Taste is equally awesome. It follows the note. Tons of tropical fruit and citrus fruit hops forward. So much so that the bright crisp flavors last through the entirety of the sip swallow aftertaste and I'm even burping fruit. Piney resin is lighter but still present and bitterness is there but not overpowering, it really let the hops shine. Malt is grainy and semi sweet but again, it's all about the hops here.

Mouthfeel is incredible. I've never had an ipa like this before. There so much hop oils and resin that my tounge instantly goes numb on contact. But sticky mouth coating oils and resin let the hop flavors and aroma dominate the entirety of the beer. Moderate carbonation and a light body help soften the aggressive hops and it ends up being pretty well balanced.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 00:56:50 | More by Fcolle2
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,939 ratings.