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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,466
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 2,050
Gots: 436 | FT: 35
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:
Beer added by: Buebie on 12-27-2008

Hazy gold in color, this Oatmeal Double IPA has aggressive aromas of candied grapefruit/tangerine and tropical fruit. Malted oats greatly enhance the body and the high level of bitterness is balanced by this sweetness. Citra hops are used for aroma & flavor additions and for dry-hopping, while Warrior hops are used primarily for bitterness.

OG 19.5 Plato
Color 5 SRM
Hops: Citra, Warrior
Yeast: English Ale
Malt: 2-row, Golden Naked Oats
ABV: 9%
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Photo of WesMantooth
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden yellow pour. Just a hair more clear than opaque. Fairly large foamy white head that disappears almost entirely into the beer.

No overwhelming smells jump out of the glass. It is mainly carmalized malts with subtle hops. Strikes me more as an American Barleywine aroma.

As soon as it hits my mouth, I am wondering where the hell all of this hop flavor was when I stuck my nose in it. There is certainly no shortage. There is a lot of bitterness. Almost too much. Tons of citrus. Like ground up grapefruit rinds. I would like to say ther is some floral and pine aspects there too, but the bitterness is really numbing. I do get a decent amount of sweetness. An orange like type though that is slightly sour. The strong malt base that I smelled tries to fight it's way back into the game toward the end. I think the alcohol is a bit noticeable.

The body is pretty average. Definitely a slick, resin feel that coats your tongue. Carbonation is slightly lower than average.

My general impression (yes, I do impressions) is that this could be more balanced. It is kind of all over the place. I do really like the flavors, but it is such a palate wrecker, it almost makes it a little harder to enjoy. It is one of those beers that I want more of while I am drinking it, but regret it later. Still a great beer that doesn't fall short of it's namesake in any way. Hopheads take note.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kanger
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy Gold, Light Orange

Aroma: The aroma of the Citra hops comes through first with grapefruit and tangerines.

Taste: Fruit forward from the Citra with a nice earthy bitterness from Warrior hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body rounded off by the oats

Overall: A delicious DIPA. Too bad not available in NYC.

Photo of cervezango
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of voodoofish65usf
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDDLSK
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fatsamus
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johntomk
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigRedDog
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of msscott1973
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bobby86
4.02/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can pour from a 2/6/15 canning. This is a big DIPA! Certainly lives up to its' name. Plenty of bitterness on the palate along with those deep hoppy citrus notes. A little floral on the back end but really the overall feel I have here is the bitter hops sitting alongside a pretty robust malt profile. Splendid stuff.

Photo of Nedster10
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mush
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhawkvol
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FreshHawk
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tenny
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chris-1911
4.17/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MartzMimic
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of erikhovenkamp
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beermonter
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JmurphylovessAmadams
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brado913
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about Abrasive is what beer should be. It is the perfect cold MN winter day beer.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,466 ratings.