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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,998
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
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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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1/5  rDev -77.9%

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1/5  rDev -77.9%

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2/5  rDev -55.8%

08-17-2012 19:32:23 | More by MooseBoose
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2.3/5  rDev -49.2%

I dont like giving beers a bad review, but this definatley needs to be brought down a few notches... not a horrible beer by any means, but when you factor in the price (which unfortunatly is not part of the rate system) this beer is a RIP-OFF!!! there are many other double ipas you can find out there that are just as good if not BETTER for a LOT less $$$!! some examples- these being much better tasting in my humble opinion than abrasive and MUCH cheaper - my top 5 favorite double ipas all taste much better than this:
1: Stone's "Ruination" - 4 pack bottles 11.99
2: Odell's "Mycenary" 4 pack bottles 10.99
3: Weyerbacher "Double Symcoe" 4 pack bottles 11.99
and a 4th just to hit it home, the best double ipa - bang 4 ur buck wise
4: Central Waters' Illumination 4 pack bottles for 11.99!!! GREAT DEAL & GREAT FLAVOR!!!
5: Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree, very spendy but very worth it (15.99 4 pack bottles)


anyways this is what i got on "Abra$ive" beside the pri$e point

appreance: Clear golden copperish color, thin white head

aroma: very hoppy, but a mix between citrus hoppy and earthy hoppy, earthyness takes the forefront

taste: high/low carbonation, very hoppy but unfortunatly almost to a harsh degree.... not that balanced when compared to other double ipas, not bad by any means but when factoring the price, very, VERY dissapointing. Unless of course your only concern is supporting your local brewery... someone let ne know please if there is a local twin cities double ipa available in the stores (i dont go out to drink, too expensive) besides Lucid's "camo" (HATED) and Surly's "abrasive"...

Surly's good but overrated and EXTREAMLY OVERPRICED! hopefully this review doesnt get revoked for being too negative, but i dont think surly has bought off B.A. yet... like it seems they possibly have with the "Growler" magazine (look at the Dec/Jan issue)

12-18-2012 01:12:24 | More by Beerlover
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2.5/5  rDev -44.8%

02-07-2012 05:06:33 | More by theCoder
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2.75/5  rDev -39.3%

01-20-2013 04:40:41 | More by FutureOBrew
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2.83/5  rDev -37.5%

Huge thanks to skinnyguy for sending this my way. Amber pour with a nice sized off white head. Aroma is grass, grapefruit, diacetyl, and caramel. Flavor is up front caramel malt, butter, grapefruit rind, toffee, and grass. Bitter finish, good carbonation. Tasted old less than a week after release...not my thing.

04-19-2010 17:00:18 | More by pepsican
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2.9/5  rDev -36%

Orange/amber body with a white head and some lacing.

Aroma is loaded with big fresh hops -- they jump out of the glass at you. Unfortunately, the taste is a disaster. There's big citrus/grapefruit hops, but then a nasty onion/vegetable taste. I tried to soldier on, but the onion taste just got to be too much.

Mouthfeel is fine.

After the awesome aroma, this had the makings of becoming one of my new favorites. Unfortunately, that massive onion taste just killed it.

05-21-2011 14:11:28 | More by Mavajo
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2.93/5  rDev -35.3%

A-Tan colored..

S-Interesting give and take between the juicy tropical fruits (pineapple. papaya, mango), and the garlicy characteristics I associate with the Summit hop. There is also a floral aspect to this as well. I like the floral and tropical fruits....not so much the garlic, but Summit is one of my least favorite hops.

T-Really unabrasive...the garlic hits strong as does the floral dimension on the taste...not much for bitterness and only a smattering of the tropical fruits I noticed on the aroma...malt choice works well.

M-Not immense but DIPAish...a little grapefruit rind like bitterness on the finish but this is nothing like I expected it to be from the bitterness standpoint.

D-I'm glad I tried it. I don't dig all the garlic notes from the hops but that is me. I'd take Furious every day of the year over this. One of my least favorite Surly beers but in no way bad. I had six of these and had them over several nights..they were getting hard to drink at the end...something just doesn't jive right with my buds...will never buy again...unless they change hops eveyr year or something..

04-22-2010 06:00:53 | More by ZAP
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2.98/5  rDev -34.2%

A can from 2/13/12 poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a shit ton of an orangish/pink tinted sticky white head with amazing retention and lacing. Clarity is hazy. Light brown/orange color. A very interesting looking beer.

S-Tons of fresh floral hops, a bit of sweetness in there too.

T-What an intresting beer. Hop forward of course (citrus first ending with plenty of resiny bitterness) but there is plenty of a very sweet malt taste in the middle which makes this one somewhat palatable.

M-Medium bodied with hops carried by plenty of carbonation. A bit of a oily/resiny finish.

D-If you can drink more than a pint of this you're a better man than me-it really starts to wear you down after half a pint! This one is going to stick to the palette for a awhile.

O-If you like DIPAs you must give this one a try. Truly unique and named appropriately. Too bitter and hop resin/oily for my taste but cool to give a try.

03-24-2012 00:44:47 | More by deebo
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

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3.23/5  rDev -28.7%

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A: Cloudy amber liquid with 1/2" white head.

S: Smells like a combination of rank body odor, garlic and onions.

T: Like it smells: body odor, garlic and onions as well as earthy hop flavours.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: I really dislike CTZ hops and I have a palate that picks up off flavours with beers that are heavily hopped with CTZ which is why I disliked this beer so much.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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