Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by beer2day:
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Fairly clear deep gold pour with 2 fingers of ever-so-off-white head. Decent retention and thick lace sheets.
Nose is strong grapefruit with decent bread malt underneath. Not overpowering. Very pleasant, though, without getting too aggressive.
Nice mix of citrus, floral, and hop esters. Grapefruit leads off, but strong floral in the finish giving the beer a sweeter after effect. Really feel the hops on your breath. Fairly large amount of hop oil here, without getting the beer to syrupy. Barely notice the malt body underneath all those hops, but it also does not get in the way.
Lighter body than I expected, but works very well.
Delicious. Easily a top DIPA and one I would fight to get again.
Serving type: can
01-16-2013 02:30:27 | More by beer2day
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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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