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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,937
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,839
Gots: 266 | 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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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

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

16 oz. can courtesy of Patrick. Poured into a DFH Signature goblet. Canned on 1/24/13, about three weeks old.

A - Pours a worn penny copper color with a solid finger of off-white head. Near perfect clarity. Retention is excellent and it leaves a thick wall of lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus hits hard. Lactic grapefruit, sweet pineapple, and floral hops. Faint resinous pine and a honey-like malt backbone survive amongst the hop assault.

T - There is a more aggressive pine flavor than was present in the nose. Some tang juice drink coupled with sourdough malts. Grapefruit and mango through the finish with a mildly bitter aftertaste. I am not sure if I buy the 120 IBU they claim, but it is certainly not mellow.

M - A viscous, oily body, with good carbonation. Crisp and drying on the finish.

O - There is a chance these cans were frozen in transit, but it is still a damn fine beer. Great citrus and tropical flavors with a bitter hop quality. Typically, DIPAs lean towards bitter or fruity, but this one is heavy on both. I enjoy it more as I drink. It is certainly one of the best in the style. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: can

02-19-2013 03:01:32 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Gtg642

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6%

02-19-2013 01:17:12 | More by Gtg642
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wesley14

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6%

02-18-2013 23:22:04 | More by wesley14
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JL1

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-18-2013 19:11:47 | More by JL1
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can courtesy of kscaldef. Thanks!

A: Light caramel colored with a substantial foam that’s resting in the neck of the tulip. Not really enough room to test the legs, and that’s OK.

N: I can smell this from a foot away. Deep whiffs of pineapple, mango, and passionfruit. Some grapefruit, but leans more towards the tropical. Sticky crystallized sugar and a great base for the pine and earthiness. Tour de force, if a bit on the sweet side.

T: Sticky, candied pineapples. More of the tropical mango and passionfruit. Very sweet, but it runs right along the boundary between cloying and just right, alternating between sips. There is that dank base that overloads the pine needles that I don’t much appreciate because it stings, but this is really, truly good in spite of a minor flaw.

M: Very sticky. I’m not even sure what the body feels like because of the stickiness. Alcohol is quite evident.

O: For being a double IPA, this is more potent than some TIPAs I’ve had. Carries a pretty large stick to beat you over the head with, so if you’re in the mood for something rough, this’ll be perfectly abrasive.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 16:55:19 | More by writerLJBerg
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zgunder

Vermont

4/5  rDev -11.5%

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JimGlonke

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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Jimbo33

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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sftravis

South Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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brewtus

Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can into dogfish tulip

A- pours slightly hazy orange with a two finger head
S- woah, tons of tropical fruits, sticky icky pine, hops, lemon, grapefruit, slightly bready.
T/M- as the nose, it's has tons of tropical favors, pine resin, citrus fruits, warm but crisp hops, amazingly smooth for 120ibus, great thickness
O- I was apprehensive that the hype would disappoint me, NOPE. This was as good as heady, just a little more tropical. Like heady, the texture is buttery and leaves your mouth demanding another sip. The alcohol and abv are very well hidden. I purchased this online and it was worth every penny, I can only imagine what it would be like a day or two old. Never pass the opportunity to drink this gem.

Serving type: can

02-17-2013 04:44:56 | More by brewtus
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Guzzi

Iowa

5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-16-2013 22:03:15 | More by Guzzi
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -6%

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Colorado

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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kerklein2

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-14-2013 16:09:25 | More by kerklein2
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Sisky

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

02-14-2013 03:48:26 | More by Sisky
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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-11-2013 20:08:19 | More by soccerfancooch
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Beeranator

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

02-11-2013 16:14:52 | More by Beeranator
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-11-2013 04:54:48 | More by vrbulldog22
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AndrewSmith

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

02-11-2013 04:36:58 | More by AndrewSmith
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egrace84

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-11-2013 03:48:19 | More by egrace84
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Dirtinabottle

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

02-11-2013 00:43:47 | More by Dirtinabottle
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zacross

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-10-2013 18:19:09 | More by zacross
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Shilt

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -6%

02-10-2013 15:12:01 | More by Shilt
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Darrell2777

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

02-10-2013 05:51:36 | More by Darrell2777
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,937 ratings.