Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by SkeeterBoganski:
4.71/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Canned 1/8/13...arrived at my doorstep in CO on 1/16. How's that for fresh where no one can get it?
A - the beer pours a heady full-inch foam that disappears with settling down to a quarter-inch of frothy goodness; lacing all over this mug; consistent bubbling
S - my second beer in a week where when opened, I caught wind of the aromas from 2 feet away; honestly, I think the smell is where this beer really shines...it's pungent with grapefruit and sugars; powerful resinous hop overtones; bitter and beautiful
T - just like the nose, only pine and bready malts; grapefruit up-front; citrus; oranges; dank-ass resin hops; tasty as sin
M - light-to-medium bodied (heavy light? light medium?) with a sticky mouthfeel from the resin hop notes on the nose and tongue; balanced carbonation; has some of that hop bite
O - this is a damn fine DIPA that masks that 9% amazingly well; what more could you ask for in a pint of beer? The nose is sublime, the looks are fantastic and tantalizing, and the beer drinks with sugary-grapefruit smoothness and pine-hop oil...honestly, top shelf beer instantly.
Serving type: can
01-16-2013 23:04:01 | More by SkeeterBoganski
More User Reviews:
4.11/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I had this on tap in 2009 when it was called 16 Grit and I loved it. I gave it a very solid 4.43/5, but it is time for a re-review.
Blind tasting, 16oz can, stamped 1/21/14 on bottom.
L - hazed tangerine body, frothy egg-shell head holds good retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass
S - huge, sweet, tropical nose with mango, pineapple, grapefruit, honey
T - tropical again, more bitter than expected from the aroma, but it's still fairly balanced as the bitterness builds. Big notes of mango and pineapple, caramel, grapefruit, pungently bitter piny bite on the finish
F - medium, very dry finish with lingering pine
O - not as good as I remember, but still delicious. The big tropical hop notes were less familiar to me then, which probably elevated the experience. Those flavors are definitely more commonplace in IPAs and DIPAs lately, so I guess that makes this one less unique. Really nice to come back to it after all these years, especially seeing as Surly is one of my favorite breweries.
Serving type: can
04-13-2014 12:39:42 | More by barnzy78
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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