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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,047
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,898
Gots: 281 | FT: 15
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:
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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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

MichPaul, Mar 30, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A huge thank you to Steasy66 for this loooong time want.

Appearance. Pours a clear gold with a little amber and a half finger of white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Big fresh yellow grapefruits, some other mixed citrus and a little tropical fruit. Smells like my kind of IPA!

Taste. Grapefruits and tropical fruits, much more than the smell. There's some decent toasty caramel malt backing it up and some nice big bitterness in the finish but still fairly smooth all around.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation.

Overall. A fine DIPA with everything you could ask for. Very tasty. Thanks again, Ryan!

Rutager, Mar 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

StPaulSuds, Mar 29, 2013
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4.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso DuPont Circle, unknown brew date, poured into a snifter glass, drank 3/28/13 over ~one hour.

A: 5 -bright orange, impressive clarity (considering the pungent hop aroma), soft vertical bubbles and legs, one finger frothy white head that resolves into subtle glass lacing;

S: 5 - BOOM!: like vaporized grapefruit pouring out of the glass; I love you Citra Jane

T: 5- BOOM2: please find a better tasting imperial IPA; the luscious grapefruit looms and lingers with every sip and even improves on warming

M: 4.75 - Bueller, booze? Bueller, booze? none at 9+%, tight carbonation and lingering flavors

O: 5 - BOOM3: this is the best imperial IPA in the world to my palate and satisfies all that I look for in a double IPA, but, in keeping with the Surly theme, they brew the kind of beers that you never knew you wanted until you tasted it; for me, this is better than Pliny the Younger, Heady Topper et al., welcome to your new favorite big DIPA

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16oz can poured into a snifter. No bottled on date listed.

A- Pours a clear light orange color with a good finger and a half worth of a white colored head. The head slowly fades to some froth hanging on the sides of the glass.

S- This beer smells awesome. Immediately upon popping the can I got hit with hop aroma. Grapefruit, citrus and pine dominate the smell.

T- The smells carries over into the taste. The most prevalent hop presence is the piney resin taste. There is some slight citrus/mango/grapefruit, but the pine notes seem to dominate. Not much of a malt presence here, just hop domination.

M- Well carbonated, medium bodied, hoppy and bitter with a very dry finish. The alcohol is well masked and this one is rather refreshing.

Great DIPA from Surly, and very easy drinking.

vic21234, Mar 28, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can brought to me from my mom in Minneapolis.

This beer pours a beautiful amber golden color that is perfectly translucent with a smallish head but plenty of carbonation.

The aroma is super strong hoppy. Tons and tons of piney aromas with biscuity notes of course. Not saying anything that hasn't been said. This is one of the finest smelling hoppy beers I've had, though.

The taste is all hops; there is just enough malt to see this insane amount of hops through. The flavors are pine, pine, pine, with that little biscuit. In a good way. This is hop heaven. I can't identify specific hop characteristics too well, but this to me is on the piney side instead of the floral side. There is a great sweet note that comes through from the grains, which is strong and full-bodied, but doesn't dominate. One of the most amazing-tasting beers I've ever had.

The feel comes in just perfectly. Perfectly clear and not too heavy. Totally drinkable for the style and strength. Amazing clarity for how huge of a beer it is. This beer has the flavor and body of a Dreadnaught or Arctic Panzer Wolf without the ABV (or price). I could drink one of these and be happy (thankfully I have 8 of them).

I'd say this is up there with any DIPA I've had. If you're in Minnesota and this is available fresh, grab it whatever the price.

aefbjo, Mar 28, 2013
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,047 ratings.