Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by djmichaelk:
4.43/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
16oz can into a snifter. Canned 1/23/2012. This is the second time I've had it, the last time being this time last year.
A - Pours a fairly clear yellow-amber, with a solid two fingers of off-white head. Great spidery fingers of lacing, but retention is only so-so. Nice looking beer.
S - Sweetish side of mango and passionfruit, with a touch of grapefruit lurking in there somewhere. Loads of cotton candy and crystallized ginger. Not getting a lot of the pine like others have, but for me that's a good thing. Boy, this is a fantastic smelling beer. So far I love it as much as Pliny, only for different reasons/smells.
T - Ah, there's the pine, right up front, giving it a strong bitter backbone. Tropical fruit flavors are around the edges, but not anywhere near as sweet as in the nose. Plenty of citrus pith in the finish, which is fairly short but pretty dry. A (very) slight letdown after the fantastic aroma.
M - Carbonation is outstanding, with very consistent, fine bubbles. Medium body, and not too aggressive, which seems to be a downfall for beers like these. The beer is fairly drying, but not too bad for a DIPA.
O - A great beer, a just short of being my favorite of the style. We did our annual three-way blind test of this against Pliny and Hopslam, and Abrasive came out in the middle this year (just barely behind Pliny but way ahead of this year's Hopslam). Surly continues to impress.
Serving type: can
02-12-2012 05:55:10 | More by djmichaelk
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4.11/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I had this on tap in 2009 when it was called 16 Grit and I loved it. I gave it a very solid 4.43/5, but it is time for a re-review.
Blind tasting, 16oz can, stamped 1/21/14 on bottom.
L - hazed tangerine body, frothy egg-shell head holds good retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass
S - huge, sweet, tropical nose with mango, pineapple, grapefruit, honey
T - tropical again, more bitter than expected from the aroma, but it's still fairly balanced as the bitterness builds. Big notes of mango and pineapple, caramel, grapefruit, pungently bitter piny bite on the finish
F - medium, very dry finish with lingering pine
O - not as good as I remember, but still delicious. The big tropical hop notes were less familiar to me then, which probably elevated the experience. Those flavors are definitely more commonplace in IPAs and DIPAs lately, so I guess that makes this one less unique. Really nice to come back to it after all these years, especially seeing as Surly is one of my favorite breweries.
Serving type: can
04-13-2014 12:39:42 | More by barnzy78
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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