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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,000
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,879
Gots: 275 | FT: 15
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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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zimm421

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

02-22-2013 22:53:34 | More by zimm421
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VDODSON

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-22-2013 12:50:21 | More by VDODSON
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hopazoid

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-22-2013 06:28:38 | More by hopazoid
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4/5  rDev -11.7%

02-22-2013 02:37:54 | More by Beerontwowheels
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-21-2013 22:37:15 | More by Phillyz
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ressling

Georgia

5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-21-2013 20:38:57 | More by ressling
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

02-21-2013 02:28:57 | More by axeman9182
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StArnoldFan

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

02-21-2013 02:22:12 | More by StArnoldFan
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pschul4

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

02-20-2013 21:21:46 | More by pschul4
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +6%

Thanks again to Mike for letting me split his last one with him. My first Surly IPA. Pours a copper-orange color exhibiting exceptional clarity all the way through. A big, white, foamy head piles up and stays perched atop the ale, leaving remnants of chunky lace all around the glass. Overall, very inviting and clean, especially for a DIPA. And of course, great head. Nothing worse than an IPA with no head.

And then I smelled it. Son of a bitch, this stuff smells excellent. As I bring my nose to the glass, a handful of citrus gets launched into my senses and sends me into utopia for a few moments. Pineapples, sweet grapefruits, mangoes, tangerines, and a large assortment of other various tropical fruits just reach out and run a number on my nostrils. The intense citrus is met in equal parts with one of the most raw, and down-n-dirty hop bills I've had the pleasure of smelling. Dank, super oily and resinous, wet, grassy, and full of pine needles. The hops here mean serious fucking business. Whatever they're doing over there at Surly - they're doing it right.

After an aroma like that, how can this stuff not taste excellent? Right up front, the piney, resinous hops swim to every nook and cranny in my mouth and send a shockwave of bitterness through my system. The bitterness is lovely because it seems to hit powerfully and quick, then tapers off and lets the rest of the flavors work their magic - those would include the myriad of fruits I fell in love with a few moments ago. More citrus rind, pineapple, grapefruit peel, mango, tangerine: citric and tropical, all day!

A light peppery flavor works its way into things, along with very slight onion notes, keeping things interesting. The aftertaste leaves you feeling like you just took a mouth full of the freshest and most green grass on the planet. Grassy, leafy, super resinous aftertaste with one, little, dying bit of citrus peel and rind. The malt gives a light bread and cracker canvas for all of the hops to go to town on. After every sip, I am blown away by how awesome this beer is. Medium bodied, carbonated heavily; this one leaves a light stickiness across the palate.

Jesus, this stuff is sickeningly amazing. Some of the freshest tasting hop notes around, nice and bitter without being scary (don't be afraid of the name "Abrasive" - it's not so bad), and one of the best aromas in the business. The formula for success. Surly has it. It's called Abrasive.

02-20-2013 18:26:38 | More by tectactoe
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thebends1

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-20-2013 15:37:33 | More by thebends1
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Azrael


4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-20-2013 05:53:11 | More by Azrael
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gio540

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-20-2013 01:33:18 | More by gio540
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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JL1

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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

Vermont

4/5  rDev -11.7%

02-18-2013 13:51:38 | More by zgunder
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JimGlonke

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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Jimbo33

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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sftravis

South Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

02-17-2013 18:41:39 | More by sftravis
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-17-2013 16:49:36 | More by ystazi
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brewtus

Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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

Iowa

5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-16-2013 22:03:15 | More by Guzzi
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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