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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,911
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,825
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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roadhouse

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4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis on 5/12, a 7 oz. pour

Poured a slightly hazy deep orange color with a half inch off-white head that falls to a skim and leaves minimal lacing.

Aromas were mostly of hops of course. Lots of citrus and pine, with a bit of a tropical fruit smell as well. The malt was way in the back making a brief cameo for a split second before the hops kicked it to the back.

Taste was quite citrusy with a lot of pine in there too. Resiny spicy hop flavors towards the middle combined with a slight tropical fruit flavor and light malt presence for a second right before the bitterness hits and lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium-full, slightly thick but ultimately pretty creamy and slick. Drinkable, but not extremely so.

I was hoping for something different from this I guess, but it was still quite a good DIPA. Give it a try if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 05:25:58 | More by roadhouse
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,911 ratings.