Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by WillCarrera:
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16 oz can, canned-on 11/30/12, poured into a tulip glass.
A- Pours a clear golden orange color, produces an inch thick off-white head, good retention and spotty lacing.
S- Smells amazing, loads of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple) along with grapefruit, tangerine and pine. Very juicy and vibrant.
T- The aroma is a huge tropical fruit explosion, yet somehow even more so in the flavor. This is probably one of the fruitiest IPA's I've ever had, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, peach, mango, just a whole assload of really delicious fruit flavors. Pine and resin bitterness are definitely there, but are kept in nice moderation and avoid becoming overbearing. A tiny bit of caramel malt is in the background, but this beer is all about the hops.
M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with a slightly dry finish, alcohol is totally invisible.
O- This has instantly become one of my favorite DIPAs, the juicy, fruity hop flavors are straight up delicious and it's pretty easy to knock back even at 9%. This is easily one of the best DIPAs that is being made today.
Serving type: can
12-08-2012 10:27:18 | More by WillCarrera
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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