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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,907
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,825
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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bevenson

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4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - Light orange to copper and clear, with a moussy off white head that hangs around for about a minute. Leaves lace on the side of the glass.

S - Fresh, fresh fresh hops escape immediately after opening the can. Could easily smell the hops from three feet away just from the can. Hops scream when poured in the glass. Grassy, woody citrusy hops that smell fresher than any wet hopped ale I've ever had. Slight sweetness behind the hops to remind me that there may be some malt in the glass too. A light bready malt aroma, but I think some of the sweetness may actually be the alcohol. The aroma definitely warns you about what is to come.

T - Complex hop profile. Taste starts out with a woody/grassy hop flavor, followed by some grapefruit, followed by orange/tangerine which comes out just as the sweet malt flavor shows itself. Light bready malt; just enough to keep the hops in check. Very firm hop bitterness that disappears relatively quickly after consuming. Either that or my tongue went numb. Sweet caramel hangs around a little longer than in most DIPAs I've had, and a little longer than I'd prefer.

M - Light bodied and moderate carbonation make for a very smooth drinking beer. Warmth from the alcohol apparent even 1/3 way through the glass, which is the only thing to remind me this isn't a session beer.

D - Surly does a great job again with this beer. This is easily one of the best DIPAs I have ever had. What I love about it is that the hops are so fresh and has such a variance of aroma and flavor. There is too much caramel malt flavor in this beer for my tastes, which is the major knock I have against this beer. Next time I'm going to Minnesota, I'm loading up my car with this.

Serving type: can

06-03-2010 00:50:53 | More by bevenson
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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