Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Mistofminn:
4.53/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Been waiting for a long time to try this ever since I had 16 Grit when it first came out. So glad they decided to can it and distribute it.
Pours a beautiful amber orange color, completely clear and filtered. Lively carbonation and a nice off-white head sit on top with good retention and leaving some nice lacing.
The nose is super hoppy with floral and fruity hops. Pretty much all I could ever ask for in a DIPA. Alcohol is nowhere to be found, and it's kind of shocking (and scary) when you realize this is 9%.
Tastes wonderful, huge citrus and pine notes, with floral hops in the background. Caramel malts come out more here than they do in the nose, and it has more substance and body, and a slight tinge of alcohol. You can start to feel the alcohol as it warms.
Mouthfeel is about medium, kind of lighter than I remembered 16 Grit being, but that might just be a foggy memory. Sticky and hoppy, with surprisingly little bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth with a hoppy bite. Drinkability is amazing.
Overall, I haven't decided if I like this better than the first recipe. Wait...did they even change it? Because it seems pretty similar to me. I'm sure they tweeked the recipe a bit, but this is basically the same great beer that I had last year, except this time around it's in a can.
Serving type: can
04-27-2010 04:19:10 | More by Mistofminn
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A - A cloudy amber. Pours with a nice head that lingers for a little while.
S - Smell is very good citrus. Grape fruit and tangerine if I had to put a name to it. A little bit of of grassy / dank backing.
T - Smell follows the nose. Alot of the citrus smells come through in the taste. Not overwhelming hop bitterness, it's balance quite nicely with a sweetish malty backbone.
M - Silky tingling mouthfeel. Best I can recall in an IPA.
O - Very good IPA. A notch below my faves such as elder and Citra DIPA, but very good.
Cheers to Lightsaber for the trade.
Note: I had this beer just before a hopslam. The hopslam did not make me change my ratings on this beer.
Serving type: can
03-12-2014 03:04:53 | More by Wolberjs
4.44/5 rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From the can… striking tawny-amber with great depth of color and subtle haze; billowing white foam, persistent. Beautiful subsequent lacing. Flawless. A DIPA can’t look any better really.
HOPS! Groves of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine reside in a pine forest. As assertive as the hops start it is impossible not to notice the sweet caramel malt base. This malt creates the allusion of a balanced beer, which not everybody wants in the style. I appreciate the depth the malt adds, just as I enjoy the candied fruit notes too. This is a terrific smelling DIPA!
HOPS! The same tangerine, grapefruit and citrus smack the taste buds. It’s a blunt attack, softened by a candied fruitiness only to exhale pine notes. The sweet maltiness proves the platform to springboard this great depth of hops. I really enjoy this beer every time I get the chance to try it.
A bit more than medium in body and modest carbonation create a solid mouthfeel.
A totally delicious and crushable DIPA! Yet another jewel in the Surly crown. It is a must purchase anytime in see it in a store or on-tap. I recommend you do the same.
Serving type: can
03-08-2014 15:20:45 | More by bditty187
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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