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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,905
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,826
Gots: 263 | 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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betsona

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4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to seeswo for this pint can, poured into an imperial pint glass. Canned on date of 1/24/11.

A- Hazy golden orange. Moderate pour produced a finger worth of white frothy head. Head dissipated into a fine lacing cover. Moderate amount of glass lacing.

S- I could smell the piney goodness as soon as I opened the can. Mango, pineapple and hints of grapefruit are also dominating the nose. It is a citrus bomb. If there is malt, it has entered witness protection with citrus as its body guards.

T- The citrus is still present in the taste but is toned down. Mainly ruby red grapefruit with lemon and mango. The malt acts like a spoonful of sugar to add the right amount of sweetness. Long and persistent bitter linger.

M- Medium body with correct amount of carbonation. Not exactly crisp, but almost. It is really sticky.

O- Another winner from Surly. The smell won be over at first sniff. The taste is there, just not as great as the smell, which would be near impossible. Not sure I would want more than one drink at a time. The abv is just high enough that two would make be good and tipsy and I wouldn't appreciate the second as much as I should.

Serving type: can

04-05-2011 20:44:42 | More by betsona
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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