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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,097
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,928
Gots: 281 | FT: 14
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from Powderhornphil (just because he was an awesome line-mate at Hunahpu's Day!). Canned 2/8/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours clear orange hued gold with about two finger of pale head that leaves nice islands of lace.

Smells of piney and tropical hops with a note of cracker and just a smidge of some metallic note.

Flavor is a nice blend of orangey, mango, pine and pineapple hops with a nice bready/cracker sweet maltiness and touches of pepper, rind and lemon zest. The booze is quite subdued.

Resinous, oily medium feel with moderate carbonation. Long, dry, bitter, slick finish.

Not sure I'd give it quite the props that it gets from most but this is still a world class DIPA. Well balanced with a wonderful blend of hops and nice feel. I believe that I will try to get more in the future.

ThickNStout, Mar 11, 2013
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip. Canned 1/17/13. Acquired in a trade from stafford2, thanks man!!

A- Pours a orange unfiltered body with a gushy thick white head that reduces slowly to some chunky foam. Leaves uneven lacing. Awesome

S- the second opened this beer, a pungent tropical , grapefruit-pineapple, tangerine, piney aroma filled the air. Absolutely inviting!!

T- An intricate balance of juicy tropical notes and bitter, piney, resinous notes that go together quite well. Not cloyingly hoppy as the name suggests, quite balanced. Raw.

M- light and easy to drink, not a malt bomb. Medium- low carbonation.

World class balance and flavor, up there with the big boys. Definitely the best surly I've had so far and a must try for hop heads.

gcamparone, Mar 03, 2013
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,097 ratings.