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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,905
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,825
Gots: 263 | FT: 16
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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Phelps

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4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
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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