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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,950
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,841
Gots: 266 | 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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4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks go out to checkii for sending a few cans of Abrasive my way. I'm a pretty huge Surly fan, and I know they can brew a good IPA...Furious remains one of the best I've ever tasted. So, you can only imagine my excitement to have two cans of (yet another) A-rated Surly goodness.

Right out of the gates, I'm already shocked by this beer. Most of my IPA/DIPA reviews mention the fact that I can't find a way to describe their color aside from the standard "orange-amber." Well, Abrasive Ale is a bit more vibrant, a fiery orange. White head reaches a finger, and I don't leave the beer in the glass long enough to learn too much about its retention. The lacing on the inside of the glass makes me think of catacombs - thick white lines with oddly-shaped, skull-like circles in between. Great looking beer.

The aroma is unbelievable. In my eyes, there is nothing finer than a citrus-heavy hop bomb. Well, Abrasive Ale sure smells like it's headed in that direction. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine dominate the nose. I don't know if it's physically possible to smell bitterness, but I'm pretty sure I am right now. It's huge without being too much so, if that makes sense. It smells like an epic DIPA without smelling like a palate-wrecker or a booze bomb.

Throughout my drinking experience with Abrasive Ale, the word "unbelievable" kept coming to mind. Bursting with hop flavor, a cornucopia of fruit flavors (or whatever the hell David Alan Grier said on SNL as Maya Angelou talking about Fruit Loops), with a fairly restrained bitterness, but just enough to remind you that you're dealing with a pretty damn big double IPA. It's not like Ruination in that you recoil after each sip (but that's a good recoil, if that makes sense), rather, it's like a more balanced HopSlam, I suppose. There's a pretty fair amount of sweetness that keeps things relatively balanced...or at least about as balanced as a Surly double IPA is going to get. Just remarkable.

Now, the only disappointment is the texture. And damn, I feel like such an ass for calling it a disappointment, because it's a 4.5 instead of a 5. It's somewhat sticky, lightly chewy...a tad less carbonation, and this would be absolutely perfect. But, again, we're talking about the difference between a 4.5 and a 5.

Drinkability? Uh, this beer is TOO drinkable. I grabbed one can out of the fridge, figuring it would be a nice nightcap, and that would be it. Within 15 minutes of opening the first can, I was walking back to the kitchen for the second. Unbelievable. Can I say it enough? 9% alcohol? No way. I don't believe it. The most drinkable double IPA I've ever had, bar none.

This beer falls just shy of perfection, but not by a whole lot. An amazing drinking experience that I'd recommend to anyone...hophead, malthead (is that a recognized term here?), anyone...this is a beer you should try. If nothing else, it will show you what a world-class DIPA is all about.

Serving type: can

07-10-2010 03:20:34 | More by Gyle41386
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,950 ratings.