Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by smakawhat:
4.13/5 rDev -8.8%
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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4.11/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I had this on tap in 2009 when it was called 16 Grit and I loved it. I gave it a very solid 4.43/5, but it is time for a re-review.
Blind tasting, 16oz can, stamped 1/21/14 on bottom.
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
F - medium, very dry finish with lingering pine
O - not as good as I remember, but still delicious. The big tropical hop notes were less familiar to me then, which probably elevated the experience. Those flavors are definitely more commonplace in IPAs and DIPAs lately, so I guess that makes this one less unique. Really nice to come back to it after all these years, especially seeing as Surly is one of my favorite breweries.
Serving type: can
04-13-2014 12:39:42 | More by barnzy78
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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