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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,941
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,840
Gots: 264 | FT: 15
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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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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very awesome deep copper almost ruby. Light tan almost off-white head that fades quickly but leaves a nice lacing.

Amazing aroma! Orange zest, pineapple, mango. Sweet and spicy. Notes of caramel and honey in the background, but it is all about the hops.

Loads of sticky hops in the flavor. Much more pine and grapefruit in the flavor. A little less tropical. Sticky resiny bitter finish. Honey and caramel notes still in the background, but nicely balanced for what it is.

As it warms the pine and spice does come out more in the aroma, and malt has a larger presence in the flavor. Some notes of toast and oats.

Slick and smooth but with plenty of carbonation. Sticky hop resin coats the mouth and stays there.

Overall an awesome IPA. I'm loving the citra/warrior combo. Though the malt bill is relatively complex in the recipe, it is sort of hidden beneath loads and loads of hops...not a bad thing though.

Serving type: can

12-11-2011 21:38:24 | More by sjccmd
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,941 ratings.