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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: 1,843
Gots: 265 | FT: 15
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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smakawhat

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4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap full, into a nonic pint like glass at Churchkey DC.

Is this on nitro? What a microscopic bubbled looking caramel yellow like head, giving that wonderful lacing nitro looking coating while drinking. Body is a noticeable red amber, hints of orange and very clear.

Nose on tap seems a little more subdued, but is giving to richness. Hop forward with some faint novocaine/phenol and band aid, but goes to citrus faint orange, and mostly pineapple. Lingering, solid. Can't wait to try this.

Hits the palate with an unbelievable nitrous and creamy feel. I had to ask if this was on nitro cause I couldn't tell and it seemed to have all the hallmarks of one. It wasn't. Chewy orange citrus hops, bust still brings that novocaine in the finish just slightly. Super soft resin and chewy in the palate, hints at dense English marmalade bitter.

Overall, I like this better when I had it out of the can, but the palate feel on this just can't be beat. I just wish it had the pepper jalapeno like sense that I missed, but it's still impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2012 00:18:33 | More by smakawhat
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,951 ratings.