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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,048
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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Photo of themind
4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing! poured a perfect head, smells great and the taste is flat out amazing! this is a World Class brew that lives up to the hype. I would buy this anytime it's available. Seek this out as it's one of the best IPA's I have even had.

Bottom Line: Legendary beer that lives up to the hype!

themind, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of bifrost17
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a FW snifter. Canned on 11/14/12. Thanks to durb777 for makin it possible

A: Abrasive has a hazy yellow color, not that deep orange/amber color you see on some other DIPAs. Moderate carbonation bubbles slowly streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Poured with a solid 2 finger white head that went away pretty quickly. Some spotty lacing.

S: Smells absolutely incredible! When I opened the can I was immediately hit in the face with the hop aroma. I instantly thought of home brewing, the smell coming from the can smells like I just opened up a bag of cascade hop pellets. Unreal.

T: This can isn't super fresh, canned 11/14/12, and I'm reviewing it on 2/25/13. The initial taste is super citrusy, grapefruit and orange peel are what stand out most in my mind. Finishes with an overwhelming hop bitterness. The taste doesn't really live up to the nose, but I realize that this can isn't super fresh, so I'm really not that disappointed. I'm not one of those "this ipa is a week old! it's gone bad!!" guys, but I'd really love to try this beer more fresh in the future.

M: Creamy, on the heavy side of medium bodied. Nice carbonation.

O: Overall this is an outstanding DIPA, the only knock I gave it is the taste failing to live up to the nose. I've been a huge fan of all the Surly beers I've tried so far, and this did not disappoint. I've got family in Minnesota...maybe I need to plan a trip out there soon!

bifrost17, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16 oz can poured into a Surly Darkness chalice

A: Pours a hazy orange that you would expect from a great DIPA. With a brilliant white head, that leaves slightly lacing.

Smell: Bursting with grapefruit, pine, hops and other strong citrus scents.

Taste: Simply amazing, exploding with citrus and pine all over the place. The perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness with this one. Though the sweetness is more of a bittersweet. The taste lingers, but when it dissipates you want to go back for another sip immediately. Hides the 9% as if its nothing at all.

Mouthfeel: Very full, especially for a DIPA. Rather resiny, but in the best sense of the word. Slight carbonation.

Overall: This beer is absolutely amazing, hands down my favorite DIPA. Given it's drinkability, it's price and 2-4 month availability, this may actually be my favorite beer of all time.

DaftPatrick, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

vicsju1991, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

johnyb, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

g_jenkins, Feb 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Alpar, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

midlifec, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

nkeckhar, Feb 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

poppyjohn, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

YogiBeer, Feb 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

GeePee, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

mkennedy119, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

teamwiggum, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Summer78, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Hanzo, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

TonyY, Feb 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

bigbadmatt, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

eye_pea_eh, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

emsjf, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of dougfur
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful orangy color, with a relatively thin head. It's not super clear, but I wouldn't call it cloudy either.
The smell is of strong, dank hops. The fruity citrusy smell is there, but the skunkier side is present as well. Taste is exactly how it smells. Quite good! Mouthfeel is a tad sticky, but not too much. Overall, it's a world class DIPA. A very strong beer(though a bit inconsistent in my experience). However, at 19 bucks a 4 pack, it also makes me want to say Kudos to the Alchemist/NEB and others for providing very similar beers for a lot less money.

dougfur, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

zimm421, Feb 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

VDODSON, Feb 22, 2013
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,048 ratings.