Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks go out to Tolann for providing this beer, which I poured into a tulip.
According to Surly's website, Abrasive was originally called 16 Grit, a size of abrasive grit used at the old Abrasive factory that once stood where the brewery now resides. It was first brewed in 2008 to mark the end of Surly's growler sales, but they underestimated its demand and soon after made it a winter seasonal. It's one of the few DIPAs out there made with oats -- let's see how it affects the drink.
The beer's extremely cloudy caramel-orange in color, with a foamy half-finger head of cream-colored bubbles that fizzles away quickly. Sticky, thick horizontal streaks of lace dot the glass as I drink.
Warrior and Citra hops combine in the nose to create aromas of green olives and salt, a bit of herbal basil and onions, toffee and old grapefruit. It's very sweet and very rich.
The flavor: pine, lots of honey liqueur, basil, grass, lavender, overripe oranges and heavy alcohol. Very rich flavor.
A shade under medium in body, soft and smooth, with hops imparting a bracing bitterness on all aspects of the tongue. Carbonation is very light, with a tiny bit of fizziness as it moves about. Lightly noticeable alcohol in the nose and flavor, tongue-numbing but not distracting.
Abrasive is much more approachable than its name suggests. Nice, caramelly maltiness paired with inviting hops. Good stuff.
Serving type: can
03-14-2011 07:07:23 | More by Phelps
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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