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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,951
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,846
Gots: 265 | 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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lurpy1

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4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from can into pint glass. Honey colored beer, murky and slightly opaque. Great two finger head, killer lacing. The froth sticks to the glass.

Smell is hop, grassy, very similar to furious, a little bit of malty balance in the background.

From the first gulp to the last, Abrasive is a hop whoop ass. Man. Pine and grapefruit come along in the background, but it's a hop showcase first and foremost. Never gets bitter or astringent. I am not sure how you improve on this.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect, slickness and weight of the beer is perfect. This is 9% ABV??? Really??? Well hidden. I suppose this could be improved on....if drinking it transported you to a place where you were surrounded by naked Katy Perry lookalikes.

The lack of naked Katy Perry lookalikes notwithstanding, this might be the best beer I've ever had. Painfully spendy, but I'm willing to sell my children for more.

Serving type: can

01-24-2012 13:13:19 | More by lurpy1
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,951 ratings.