Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by TastyTaste:
4.72/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A: A beauty in a darkness tulip. ¾" of head tops off a medium copper colored body that has columns of bubbles running up the middle.
S: Sweet grapefruit, hops, tropical fruit, more hops.
T: Grapefruit and honey at the front, this beer is hopped through and through. It is as bitter as you would expect from a Surly DIPA, but it is not as abrasive as you would expect, ironically enough. This is a beer that is put together to showcase the hops without overwhelming the beer. I enjoy it very much, what many overzealous hopheads should have done with their DIPAs.
M: Slightly syrupy, interrupted by sharp carbonation. Again, what a DIPA should be.
D: A fantastic ale that does justice to the Surly name. The 4 packs are expensive, but I understand that this beer is expensive to make, and it sure shows.
Serving type: on-tap
04-20-2010 20:16:50 | More by TastyTaste
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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