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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,266
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 2,032
Gots: 345 | FT: 22
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

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.
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Photo of benjamincarter
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulyB83
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Canned 01/10/15 Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L- One finger white head, looks slightly undercarbed but I heard this batch of Abrasive was this way, medium amber, good clarity.

S- Tons and tons of mango, pineapple, and peach, some light dankness and a sort of overall bubblegummy fruitiness. Definitely the most tropical smelling beer I've ever had thanks to what must be tons of Citra hops used in this beer.

T- Follows the aroma, lots of mango, papaya, little less pineapple than in the nose, medium bitterness that doesn't hang on the palette, only a slight taste of the alcohol, nice level of sweetness.

F- A full mouthfeel that is like a thin syrup reminiscent of fruit nectar.

O- From the moment I cracked the can and the tropical smell hit me in the face I knew I would love this beer. It is the most concentrated expression of Citra hops that I have had yet and really one of those beers you just want to sit and smell and it almost pains you to have to drink it cause it will be gone. It's right up there with Heady for me as one of the best DIPAs and a beer I will certainly trade for every year now.

Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet caramel malt backbone with big onion and resin presence.

More citrus in flavor, with resin, and the a moderate bitterness.

Photo of Sintech
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Domvan
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Frozetoes
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hoppy and smooth. Great nose, too!

Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chrisjonus
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RJB66
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dleiner
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JC333
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into snifter

A: nice crystal clear orangish amber color...this had almost no head it is a can of the damned 1/09 canning

S: big mango peach smell with some light crackery smell on the end

T: lots of pineapple mango citrus on the front finishes malty with a slight bitterness

M: pretty light for such a big beer it's very clean not clingy or coating have that light citrus aftertaste in the mouth

O: This beer is fantastic. It's got a lot of juicy hops but it's got the malt to bring the hops up short on the end. Find this beer.

Photo of KCBeerNerd
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rack0flamb
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jordanpaterson08
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My cans were part of the under-carbed bunch. 1/13/15 bottling date. Still tasted absolutely delicious! Awesome, awesome, awesome beer! As a lucky winner of the most recent Kern River Brewing "Citra Lottery", I look forward to doing a side by side with each of them next week. Shout out to Josh012012 for sending this my way, CHEERS!

Photo of jb123
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elliott1184
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.87/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Beer4B
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JakeBarnett
4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Wow! Fruit in your face. Smells amazing. Had great head with a sweet finish with just enough hopp bitterness. Well done!

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,266 ratings.