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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,906
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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deadonhisfeet

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4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can packed on 10/30 into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. The pour is a hazy, dingy, medium-orange honey-gold with a rocky coarse white head. Nice level of carbonation and even a few floaties. The nose is dank and hoppy, with grapefruit, pine trees, and floral notes. Not really what I would call a ``citrus bomb'', but definitely a good sniffer.

The beer has a balanced, though hoppy flavor and a wonderful, slick feel. Sweet bready notes up front are quickly accompanied by ripe and bitter grapefruit, lemon, grass, pine, and a hint of pineapple sweetness. Everything is well balanced in this beer. It's one of those IIPAs that doesn't seem nearly as bitter as it really is. Moreover, I cannot detect the alcohol in this beer at all. It's nothing but great hop and malt flavor. Not what I would consider to be ``citrusy'', although there are some citrus notes in it. It's more of an ``all over the map'' bitterness. I definitely get the warrior and citra hops, but I could almost swear it has some centennial as well (I checked - it doesn't. So much for my fool of a palate).

A classic IIPA, and deservedly so. I've had Surly Furious, and wasn't that impressed with it (who knows - perhaps I just had a bad can), but this one is definitely a keeper. Very pleasant, intense hop flavors, but not so bitter as to detract from the drinking enjoyment. Terrific IIPA.

Serving type: can

12-18-2013 20:09:04 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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