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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,836
Gots: 265 | 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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4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought from Blue Max Liquors in Burnsville, MN ($15.95 4 pack 16 oz cans).

A: Poured a fantastic amber color with fine carbonation and a great head. Lacing on the glass after each sip.

S: A very citrus smell (pine tree like). Hoppy with a slight malt backbone.

T: Hop heaven! So much resin, a hop lovers dream.

M: Great, good carbonation and left a great hoppy aftertaste after each swallow.

O: A Great tasting drinkable IPA, quite the special treat in the north woods. Unlike any other Surly I've had before.

Serving type: can

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4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily my favorite offering from Surly, well aside from Wet.

Big dank grapefruit, a hair of pine, and a nice resinous quality that coats the mouth.

Booze is well hidden, and mouthfeel is perfect. What can I say, living in MN, I am lucky to enjoy each day during it's short time with us.

Serving type: can

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16oz can - dated 1/8/13

At two weeks old I am excited to finally let Abrasive hop-whip me as it was meant to.

A - Pours a golden/orange hue with just hint of a haziness. A half-finger pillow of head holds on for a few minutes. Decent lacing. Looks awesome.

S - Wow. This is fantastic. Pointed grapefruit is what I'm getting foremost. Some resinous, sticky pine is right behind. A honey sweetness rounds it out. Near perfect for me.

T - Definitely one to enjoy slowly. Take more than a sip and you'll be assaulted by a bit too much bitterness. Solution, don't gulp. I actually enjoyed the season's first hopslam last week--the taste I'm getting out of this brew is much closer to what I had imagined I would get out the slam. The hops and sweetness are complex but almost perfectly balanced. I do not get any of the 9% abv, and the aftertaste is a blend both of piney hops and sweetness. Outstanding.

M - Perfectly stickythick. Medium-full body and perfect carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. I think this will be my go to first-quarter DIPA fix in the future.

Serving type: can

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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