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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,943
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,840
Gots: 264 | 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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JamesShoemaker

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4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve day old 16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - out of the can, it pours an amazingly bright yellow. When it hits the glass, it goes the expected orange, but still retains some of that faintness of color. I love strong beers that look weak and vice-versa. Lingering foam, no head on the harsh pour. Deliciously yellow at the bottom, ombre, fades to the darker oranges at the top. A supreme looking beer.

S - wow, I'm hit in the face with the citrus hops, but it's not bitter at all. Just the sweeter notes, like the pineapple and oranges. I know this is in a pint glass, but that should say something about the smell: it can permeate even beyond the gaping openings of a fluted glass.

T - delicious. Per my other reviews, I love beers that have a distinct beginning, middle, and end. Abrasive strikes first with the sweeter hops, turns floral, and finishes with the bitter notes. The taste provides what the smell doesn't, the pine, lemon, lime, and grapefruit.

M - like most DIPAs, Abrasive succumbs to its carbonation. The 9% is clandestine, but the bubbles bring this score down.

O - my favorite DIPA to date. Even if its score is tied with my PtE review, I like this one for its affordability/availability, tremendous taste, and my ability to get it fresher that many west coast DIPAs.

Serving type: can

12-25-2012 00:03:16 | More by JamesShoemaker
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,943 ratings.