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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 2667
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%


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".

(Beer added by: Buebie on 12-27-2008)
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Reviews by WillCarrera:
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WillCarrera

Ohio

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
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,667 ratings.