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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 2659
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%


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".

(Beer added by: Buebie on 12-27-2008)
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kevanb

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA from Surly pours a nice honey color, a bit hazy, but still rather transparant. A big white billowy 3 finger head sits atop the beer, which has a mild retention but impeccable lacing. The aroma bursts out of the glass, big rich citrus notes race forth even as it fills the glass. Tons of citrus, earthy pine and a nice big malt bill anchor the aroma which also has minor notes of lemongrass, juniper and even some mint. The flavors are really superb, it’s a bit malt forward, a variety of cereal malts and lighter biscuit lead the way, but a nice wave of citrus takes charge in the middle and leads to some sappy and sweater pine flavors that finishes with sharper resinous finish. The body is nice and full, smooth and easy going that finishes dry and bitter.

Verdict: A great DIPA from Surly. The flavors are nicely balanced and with great malty elements with solid hoppy flavors and a nice dry finish, this should be on any hopheads wish list.

Serving type: can

02-21-2012 05:57:05 | More by kevanb
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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.

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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
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,659 ratings.