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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,909
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,825
Gots: 264 | 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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sleuthdog

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4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to BufordTjustice for this one!!

Canned 12/28/12 poured into GI tulip

Pour: A cloudy golden yellow-orange with a great 2 & 1/2 finger bright white head with tight small bubbles. Head retention is fleeting leaving a considerable amount of lacing. Carbonation is not very evident in the appearance.

Smell: Big punch of juicy citrus with grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, lemon. There is also some resinous pine mixed in but I am getting a lot more of the citrus notes. I also get a caramel type sweetness that does seem to tame the hops in the nose some. This is one great smelling beer.

Taste: Now I find this interesting because I think the taste is a reverse of the nose. I get much more of the pine hops and the citrus taking a back seat. Quite bitter at the front of the tongue and then the citrus peeks through to even things out mid palate some. There is a slight sweetness also cutting the hop bitterness. This one finishes very dry and the alcohol is non existent. This is a hop lovers dream beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation makes itself known here with a rather high level but works ok in this beer as it does feel creamy but dry in the finish. This makes me pucker and primes me for the next sip almost immediately. I would call this medium bodied with a hidden alcohol taste.

Overall: This is my first experience with Surly and color me impressed! Damn fine example of a DIPA and one that I would love to have regular access to.

Serving type: can

02-02-2013 23:17:43 | More by sleuthdog
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,909 ratings.