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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 2667
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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sbxx

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can
Poured into Surly pint glass
Canned on 1/21/14

Appearance - Hazy golden honey. 3 fingers of fluffy, foamy head. Thick lacing.

Smell - Tons of grapefruit. Tangerine. Little bit of floral as well.

Taste - HUGE citra flavor, along with some pine and a really nice bitter bite. Very smooth. Toasty malt backbone that holds it all together. I can't find a single flaw in the taste. Solid 5.

Mouthfeel - Med/heavy body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

Overall - The 2014 batch is out of this world. The minor details like appearance barely matter here. The taste is a solid 5/5. If you love big citrusy DIPAs, get a 4pk of this as soon as possible.

Serving type: can

02-21-2014 23:02:34 | More by sbxx
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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 2,667 ratings.