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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,839
Gots: 266 | FT: 15
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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brewerburgundy

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4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, Boulevard tulip, somehow both the cans I have seem to be missing canned on dates. Thank you, Craig for the awesome trade.

Looks pretty damn good. Mid-orange toned body with a large offwhite head. Bigger bubbles that aren't going away quickly, but leave little lace.

Mmm, mmm, lots of tropical fruit. Orange, pine, pineapple, and cantaloup aromas in a sweet embrace. Not so much caramel as sweet, juicy citrus and honey. Twinge of solvent.

Where's the bitterness? Medium-high levels, but it's not hitting me exceptionally hard. Mainly tropical fruit and orange hop flavors show up. There's so much pineapple that I almost feel like I'm drinking juice. Waves of caramel malt wash over everything. Bitterness gets more grapefruit pith at the end.

Surprisingly low carbonation that I'm not really digging. The beer itself is exceedingly smooth, it must be those oats. I want more carbonation to pop all those hops on my tongue. Otherwise, it's a hell of a well crafted mouth.

Since this isn't coming across as a palate wrecker to me, it's quite drinkable. The hops are very desirable and juicy.

Update 3/9/11: Upon consuming the second can, I cannot leave this score as it is. Drinkability goes up to 4.5 because of the lack of alcohol, loads of sweet mango and peach hops, and downright easy drinking.

Serving type: can

02-25-2011 01:22:44 | More by brewerburgundy
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,936 ratings.