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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,047
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,898
Gots: 281 | 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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Reviews by gregy55902:
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4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 1/23, consumed 2/24

A - Poured into XL snifter. Body has a dark orange color, with 1 finger of off-write head. Head recedes leaving bubbles and lacing after about a minute.

S - Huge waves of citrus hops, crisp piney hops, with a bready malt background. I can't wait to have a sip!

T - Piney hops upfront, citrus hops in the background. Bitter aftertaste. This is as 'in your face' as an ipa can get.

M - Lighter carbonation, goes down smooth. Alcohol well-hidden

O - This is a huge bruiser of a beer. It's good, but I would love to have some extremely fresh. It still gets high marks - I think this the most intense IPA I've ever had.

Edit - has this on tap at Stub and Herbs yesterday, and it is so much more amazing when fresh. Unless the cans are <1 week old, they don't do this beer justice. HUGE citrus taste that explodes in the mouth - mango, pineapple, apricots, nectarines. Incredibly drinkable and delicious. Far superior to Hopslam (I would score it almost 5)

gregy55902, Friday at 09:39 PM
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

DanGeo, Friday at 12:54 AM
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4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks again to Mike for letting me split his last one with him. My first Surly IPA. Pours a copper-orange color exhibiting exceptional clarity all the way through. A big, white, foamy head piles up and stays perched atop the ale, leaving remnants of chunky lace all around the glass. Overall, very inviting and clean, especially for a DIPA. And of course, great head. Nothing worse than an IPA with no head.

And then I smelled it. Son of a bitch, this stuff smells excellent. As I bring my nose to the glass, a handful of citrus gets launched into my senses and sends me into utopia for a few moments. Pineapples, sweet grapefruits, mangoes, tangerines, and a large assortment of other various tropical fruits just reach out and run a number on my nostrils. The intense citrus is met in equal parts with one of the most raw, and down-n-dirty hop bills I've had the pleasure of smelling. Dank, super oily and resinous, wet, grassy, and full of pine needles. The hops here mean serious fucking business. Whatever they're doing over there at Surly - they're doing it right.

After an aroma like that, how can this stuff not taste excellent? Right up front, the piney, resinous hops swim to every nook and cranny in my mouth and send a shockwave of bitterness through my system. The bitterness is lovely because it seems to hit powerfully and quick, then tapers off and lets the rest of the flavors work their magic - those would include the myriad of fruits I fell in love with a few moments ago. More citrus rind, pineapple, grapefruit peel, mango, tangerine: citric and tropical, all day!

A light peppery flavor works its way into things, along with very slight onion notes, keeping things interesting. The aftertaste leaves you feeling like you just took a mouth full of the freshest and most green grass on the planet. Grassy, leafy, super resinous aftertaste with one, little, dying bit of citrus peel and rind. The malt gives a light bread and cracker canvas for all of the hops to go to town on. After every sip, I am blown away by how awesome this beer is. Medium bodied, carbonated heavily; this one leaves a light stickiness across the palate.

Jesus, this stuff is sickeningly amazing. Some of the freshest tasting hop notes around, nice and bitter without being scary (don't be afraid of the name "Abrasive" - it's not so bad), and one of the best aromas in the business. The formula for success. Surly has it. It's called Abrasive.

tectactoe, Wednesday at 06:26 PM
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

jono0101, Sep 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Schlais, Monday at 01:27 AM
Photo of xVERITAS
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

xVERITAS, Thursday at 02:18 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

delaced21, Monday at 08:31 PM
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear burnt orange amber color with a huge 3 fingers of dense off white head. Great thick head retention and sticky lace clings to half of the glass.

S - Aroma really grabs you right away. Huge bursts of caramel and toffee, blended with grapefruit. At first, the smell is much more hoppy, but then mellows into that traditional aroma profile of a DIPA quickly.

T - Soft and super smooth opening of herbal and woody hops. A sweet center adds a touch of counterweight before a crisp, dry, bitter pine finish.

M - Medium bodied, and bit too smooth. Could stand a bit more carbonation.

O - Glad I traded for this one. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had.

SkiBum22, Saturday at 12:18 AM
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About an inch of cloud-white foam. Looks a deep copperish-ruby red. Smells absolutely amazing. Deep, deep citrus with tropical notes everywhere. Lots of grapefruit and an underpinning of malt and grain. Tastes fantastic. I remember past Abrasives being more, well, abrasive. This drinks like juice. Fairly light to start and then it slowly coats the palate in an equally-sweet / equally bitter wash, with lots of citrus, but an equal amount of malt. Neither flavor dominates, but rather collaborate to great effect. Normally, this wouldn't be notable, though the flavor is huge. You feel the tide could tip in either direction, but the flavor holds firm and ends in a slightly resinous fade. This is a strong, citrusy DIPA that should not be missed.

Like It? Very Much So

wrycon, Friday at 01:26 AM
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

newk340, Saturday at 08:53 PM
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL 5/1/09

Deep hazy orange red with a half inch of white head on top. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of fruity caramel malts that intertwine with big citric and pine hops. Resinous and quite earthy as well.

First sip is semisweet fruity caramel malt that rolls into earthy hop flavors. Citrus and pine resins abound. Not as clean or vibrant a hop profile as I normally like for a DIPA. It flows down with a big bitter finish that is nice.

Creamy, chewy mouthfeel that goes down smooth and is fairly easy to drink. Overall, I found this to be a good double IPA, however it doesn't rank up there with some of my favorites. I was personally hoping for more and a brighter, cleaner, oilier hop profile.

orbitalr0x, Thursday at 03:49 AM
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

briang01, Tuesday at 04:22 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

supa0525, Tuesday at 06:33 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

NWer, Monday at 04:19 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

SD-Alefan, Sunday at 10:54 PM
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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 oz can poured into a Surly Darkness chalice

A: Pours a hazy orange that you would expect from a great DIPA. With a brilliant white head, that leaves slightly lacing.

Smell: Bursting with grapefruit, pine, hops and other strong citrus scents.

Taste: Simply amazing, exploding with citrus and pine all over the place. The perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness with this one. Though the sweetness is more of a bittersweet. The taste lingers, but when it dissipates you want to go back for another sip immediately. Hides the 9% as if its nothing at all.

Mouthfeel: Very full, especially for a DIPA. Rather resiny, but in the best sense of the word. Slight carbonation.

Overall: This beer is absolutely amazing, hands down my favorite DIPA. Given it's drinkability, it's price and 2-4 month availability, this may actually be my favorite beer of all time.

DaftPatrick, Tuesday at 05:16 AM
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

csmartin6, Wednesday at 02:38 AM
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Hamburgers, Thursday at 07:07 AM
Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/12/12

A - Pours a clear deep copper with one and a half fingers of off-white head. Head has nice retention and leaves nice rings of lacing.

S - Big citrus hop aroma with some pine as well. Also some touches of tropical fruit, caramel malt and faint florals.

T - Citrus is also very big in the taste, with some grapefruit and both bitter and juicy orange. This is very well balanced. Yes, there is a strong hop presence and considerable bitterness, but there is also a bit of sweetness and some caramel malt that balance this really well. Finish is a long lasting bitterness.

M - Very smooth, medium mouthfeel that is a bit resinous. Finish is bitter with an earthy dryness.

O - The 9% is nowhere to be found in the taste. This is a very easy drinking DIPA, not at all in your face, that has a nicely balanced flavor profile.

warnerry, Tuesday at 12:53 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

DWolf, Saturday at 01:16 PM
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Callmecoon, Wednesday at 12:14 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

bishopdc0, Tuesday at 12:41 PM
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

77apm, Sunday at 04:47 AM
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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