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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,939
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,840
Gots: 265 | 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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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: approx 40 degrees [allowed to sit/warm for about 15 minutes]

Had this one on tap at the Tasting Room at Binny's South Loop location in Chicago.

Pours a deep orange with trace hints of brown. Almost copper-ish in color. Almost two fingers of creamy white foam make for a nice looking head. Retention is decent and lacing is spotty, but somewhat sticky.

Nice nose, especially after it gets close to room temp. Good citrus and tropical notes. Lots of grapefruit, some oranges, and a light touch of maltiness, but you have to look for it. Overall, it's a little underwhelming for a DIPA, but as far as a 'regular' IPA, it would be very nice.

Taste-wise, it's not even as exciting as the nose. Sure, the grapefruit and oranges come through. Yes there are floral and even some light grassy notes. There's even a touch of sweet maltiness to provide a little bit of balance and a bitter touch of pine, on the finish. It just comes across as 'not quite as big as expected' for a DIPA.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. This is a good, solid, medium bodied brew. Could stand to be a touch thicker, to the style.

As far as a DIPA goes, this one is certainly drinkable. Unfortunately, if I want a DIPA, I'd likely reach for something else that would be bigger and bolder. That's what I expect from a DIPA, after all. If I were just in the mood for a 'regular' IPA, this would satisfy that craving, and then some.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 19:53:24 | More by coldmeat23
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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