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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,951
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,846
Gots: 265 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks go out to mothman for this one. This was a extra treat Ben...see you at Darkness Day!

A- Pours a orange amberish color. Massive 3 finger off-white head from a hard pour. This stuck around for a long time before dying all the way down. Nice sticky clingy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons and tons of citrus-y hops in the front with a big dash of grapefruit. The aroma is insane with these hops. Light pine hops behind this. Upon second sniff I can make out the caramel malt backbone which in turn balances this out a little bit. Very nice smelling to say the least.

T- Hop kick right off the bat but not how I thought it would be. More earthy style hops in the front of this (pine and almost a little floral as well). The bready malts come into play next and balance this out a lot. There is another kick of some bitter hops in the backend. The alcohol is faint for the style I thought flavor wise.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Crisp flavors through the entire beer with a little standout with the piney hops. Hops left on the palate and into the aftertaste with a sprinkle of caramel malts. Hop resin was left all over teeth, palate, and even on the lips.

D- This was another very drinkable beer from a company that I am growing to love more and more with each and every beer I try from them. Do yourself a favor and pick this up next time it is at the store. You will be glad you did.

Serving type: can

05-01-2010 03:28:46 | More by alleykatking
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,951 ratings.