Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,843
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%
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Gots: 472 | FT: 18
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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 ramay86
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Even in this age of new-world (incredible) pales, with newfangled hop varieties that mostly make me drool, Abrasive seems like the perfect IIPA. It's hard to imagine a better version of the style.

It's complex, yet simple... marmalade, tangerine, orange juice, some conifer bitterness... and the mouthfeel is damn near sexual in nature.

Might be my desert island beer.

Photo of Moose90
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 01/13/15, tasted 05/31/15

A — Pours a deeply bright orangey color, copper tinged edges and body, very bright overall. Thin white head leaves behind some nice lacing.

S — Smells mostly malty, this isn't as fresh as I would have liked. Still, there are nice notes of citrus, mango, lemon, grassy.

T — Tastes of bright pineapple, sweet meyer lemon, mango, honeydew melon, bright and citrusy and clean.

M — Medium-Full bodied, long and lingering finish, a bit heavy if anything.

O — Great overall, still holds up with a few months on it, this is a great beer, would love to have it fresh off the tap.

Photo of MA_hops
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malt forward double IPA. Pine like hop character with a sweetness factor made it another solid beer. Lucky enough to try it, wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid! It has been a while since I had this.

Photo of CoffeePorter
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear/Cloudy, bright, golden orange with a thin white head which dissipates fairly rapidly.
S: Immediately upon opening the can, I smell grapefruit, pine and some floral notes. Upon pouring it into a glass, more malty notes begin to emerge. There's a candied like sweetness which is present.
T: Seems to be more of a malt forward DIPA. Pine like hops are present along with a dry, crisp somewhat citrusy like finish.
M: Medium carbonation, hops are prickly to the tongue, slight bitterness.
O: I was happy to land this in a trade. Fairly balanced DIPA, not bad!

Photo of tlema1
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of tropical fruit in the nose, very well balanced, excellent brew

Photo of FalloutDUDE666
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hop heavy and incredibly thick double ipa. Easy to pick out the floral notes in the flavor. Surprisingly drinkable for a double ipa. High abv makes it even more enjoyable. Definitely not for the new beer drinker.

Photo of Jaxbrew
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious DIPA. I was fortunate enough to have this super fresh. Loads of Fruit juicy pinefulness!

Photo of grze
3.15/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another ridiculously overhyped beer. The aroma was pretty weak for a double IPA, strong, malty, sweet. Not my kind of an IPA.

Photo of dmgeng
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been wanting to try this for quite sometime and finally with the help of Omensetter got a chance to try it!

A - Very bright golden orange color. Some what hazy from the amount of dry hops. It almost look like there is fruit added with some of the bubbles getting stuck in the thick resinous beer. The head is small and fine white that subsides quickly but has some residual lacing.

S - HUGE HOP FRAGRANCE! It almost rivals Pliny in aromatics with tons sweet citrus/orange/grapefruit/tangerine just bursting out of the glass. As I cracked the can there were so many fragrances that I didn't even have to pour before I knew how good this could be. There is some pine, herbal, and resin to go with it basically just a big, juice-inspired hop bomb.

T - Lots of hop flavor coming out of this one. Mostly the grapefruit and tangerine along side the pine, herbal, and resin character. There is some malt but it is very light and no alcohol to be found. The bitterness is very strong and stronger than I would have expected from the amount of sweet aromatics but it is clear that the warrior hops provide a bitterness to be reckoned with. It is this big bitterness without a serious malt backbone that makes this beer not quite a 5-star beer but very close.

M - Medium to high mouth-feel with light carbonation. It is definitely going for lots of flavor to be savored and not to be pounded. The body is quite thick for a 9% DIPA with the addition of oats and the massive amount of hop resin in this beer.

Overall, I am thinking of this beer as the Pliny of Minnesota. With it's huge aromatics and a robust hop flavor this one gives all DIPAs out there a run for their money. I really enjoyed the body and hop profile but I hope that they add some more crystal malt in the future to add maltiness to this hop explosion. I would still strongly recommend this beer and is worth trading for the next time that a fresh release comes out.

Glass- Imperial Nonic

Photo of Goodytime
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very hoppy and very delicious

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L (4.25) - Good golden/amber coloration. Nice fluffy white head.
S (4.5) - Bursting with hoppy aroma. Floral, citrus from a long ways away.
T (4.75) - Tastes just like it smells. Quite hoppy, and a little bitter. Pleasantly so, but this beer doesn't mess around
F (4.25) - Nice and carbonated. A little alcohol taste/feel. But in a good way
O (4.5) - I'm a huge fan of Furious, and this one is every bit as good. You couldn't drink this every day, but get it if you see it. I wish it had better availabilty and was a little cheaper!

Photo of HoppyDrinker
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome smell, taste flavor complements the aromatic smell. Good finish not too boozy.

Photo of Straycorn
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved every sip. Wish we could get this in California...

Photo of cvm4
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours an orange/amber body with a two finger eggshell head.

S - Citrus hops that are overloaded with pine. Good Lord! This beer is pine forward.

T - Still pine forward. Dank hops. Malt backbone. Not a huge bitter finish.

F - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Has a wet finish.

O - Intense... This beer is a pine bomb.

Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Happy Gnome during recent Beer safari in M/SP. More than matched the hype. Beautiful pour...orangey light rusty accents with a rich creamy head. Big citric and tangy spice nose and complex breads and fruit flavor. Citra forward. Malts from oats/grains really added a nice touch of sweet creamy offset to the rich tangerine/citrus flavors. Expected a nice rounding in the mouth feel and wasn't disappointed.
Having said that...found it very full and assertive...not really abrasive...so to speak.
Stopped at Heritage Liquors and grabbed a bunch to bring home. Happy happy.

Photo of dymmig89
3.42/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Disappointing, didn't see the hype

Photo of bmeGT
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The saltiest IPA I've ever had. Delicious though!

Photo of aleigator
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surly abrasive '15

Pours an orange-amber color, with a half finger broad, white head.

Intriguing aromas of grass, lime, pineapple and biscuity, sweeter malts. Due to the prominent malts, the fruity hops melt well into the beers sweetness, evoking aromas of juicy ananas dipped into honey, with a prikly kiwi peak to it.

Lively, slightly metallic mouthfeel, highlighting the citrus qualities of the beer.

Tastes of citrus, with a dank quality to it and balancing, earthy malts. This is bursting with hops, unleashing a very bitter, slightly tropical onslaught, almost overpowering my palate. It does not, because of glazed malts, providing nothing more but a basic malt presence, letting the hops shine big times. Finishes with an immense, dry bitterness, accentuating citrus hops, which stay on the tongue for a very long time.

Pine and honey, accompanied by a subtle metallic hint, resulting from the carbonation, interact incredible well with the tongue numbing citrus bitterness, tranforming the taste more and more into a tropical fruit direction, due to the distinct, honeyed malts infusion. This beer is truly abrasive, while it highlights all the positive characteristics of a well composed IIPA. Its versatile in taste, while it provides a merciless bitterness, wrapped up by citraic fruits and honeyed malts.

Photo of Austin32
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super hoppy but not bitter DIIPA, loved it.

Photo of moose73
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down. The best beer I have ever had! Only a seasonal beer, but best beer in the world!

Photo of gsmit
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

not an overly bitter beer. the hopiness of the beer is very citrus like... but lasts a little too long for my pleasure.

a lot of flavor and a nice bite.

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a tulip glass. Canned on 01/23/2015.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with a slight haze and 1/2 a finger of head

Smell: Citrus hops with strong aromas of pine

Taste: Similar hop profile to the aroma, lots of grapefruit and citrus zest with some peach in the finish

Mouthfeel: Crisp finish, bitterness is intense but well controlled

Overall: A great example of making an intense DIPA that still offers a lot of balance for experienced hop heads. Always impressive to have this much hop flavor without an overly sticky finish.

Photo of dboon
4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can. Murky orangish - yellow pour with a white head. Citrusy hop aromas. Tasty with citrus and topical fruit hop notes. A sturdy caramel malt backbone which keeps things in check. Above average body and mouthfeel. A solid DIPA that lives up to the hype.

Photo of StoutFox
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a bit of a disappointment for me it was good dont get me wrong but it just wasnt what it could be.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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