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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 2,951
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,843
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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BillyLrsn

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-28-2012 02:57:19 | More by BillyLrsn
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-28-2012 02:13:51 | More by lonewolfcry
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nc41

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I pretty much stopped reviewing new beers, but i thought this one was special. Appearance is a guess, I drink this one like I drink HT out of the can. The nose is a grapefruit smashed into the can, really a wonderful smell, and if i get this up front I generally l know I'll love the beer. The taste really follows the nose, lots of citrus, and a ton on hops right up front. Not quite as balanced as HT, and a little more bitter, this one is very close in taste profile, but I think Abrasive has more citrus hits. This is a great brew from start to finish, and it's a little sad when you hit your last sip out of your last can. If this was available all the time it would always be in my fridge as would HT, sitting side by side where they would belong. 15 bucks a 4 pk isn't exactly cheap either, but as always france 44 gives you fresh stuff.

Serving type: can

12-27-2012 13:32:30 | More by nc41
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BlackTuesday

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-26-2012 22:49:00 | More by BlackTuesday
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durlta

Iowa

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-26-2012 04:22:31 | More by durlta
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve day old 16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - out of the can, it pours an amazingly bright yellow. When it hits the glass, it goes the expected orange, but still retains some of that faintness of color. I love strong beers that look weak and vice-versa. Lingering foam, no head on the harsh pour. Deliciously yellow at the bottom, ombre, fades to the darker oranges at the top. A supreme looking beer.

S - wow, I'm hit in the face with the citrus hops, but it's not bitter at all. Just the sweeter notes, like the pineapple and oranges. I know this is in a pint glass, but that should say something about the smell: it can permeate even beyond the gaping openings of a fluted glass.

T - delicious. Per my other reviews, I love beers that have a distinct beginning, middle, and end. Abrasive strikes first with the sweeter hops, turns floral, and finishes with the bitter notes. The taste provides what the smell doesn't, the pine, lemon, lime, and grapefruit.

M - like most DIPAs, Abrasive succumbs to its carbonation. The 9% is clandestine, but the bubbles bring this score down.

O - my favorite DIPA to date. Even if its score is tied with my PtE review, I like this one for its affordability/availability, tremendous taste, and my ability to get it fresher that many west coast DIPAs.

Serving type: can

12-25-2012 00:03:16 | More by JamesShoemaker
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6%

12-24-2012 15:30:37 | More by SPRichard
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exitmusic00

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-23-2012 02:10:49 | More by exitmusic00
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marlow

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-22-2012 15:35:18 | More by marlow
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-22-2012 14:37:53 | More by pearljam118
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arc3636

Kansas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-22-2012 02:21:43 | More by arc3636
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JJFordick

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%

12-22-2012 00:16:52 | More by JJFordick
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jherz

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-21-2012 21:13:19 | More by jherz
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-21-2012 03:09:04 | More by brez8791
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flexabull

California

4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall can courtesy of younger35, thanks again!

Pours a slightly orange/gold color, slight haze, and a small, but sturdy white head.

Aromas are of a bunch of citrus. Some orange, lemon, also grapefruit. Also notes of hard candies and resin. Nice complex nose.

Taste is tart, bitter, assertive, and yup, a bit abrasive up front. In a good way for fans of hops. Background is slightly sweet, with some sugary mango, also lightly creamy, with some faint crackery malt flavors. Finish has another blast of bitterness, citrus, lime, grapefruit, and resin. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth with crisp zesty carbonation.

Overall, another outstanding beer from Surly. These guys are easily in the top 10 breweries in the USA. This beer pushes the edge, and isn't overly "drinkable", but I'm a big fan. Wish I had a few more of these sitting in the fridge...

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 03:01:35 | More by flexabull
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-21-2012 01:31:08 | More by Gonzoillini
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mcaulifww

Virginia

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-20-2012 17:39:02 | More by mcaulifww
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ebenicr

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -6%

12-20-2012 00:52:57 | More by ebenicr
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jconrick1

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-20-2012 00:51:35 | More by jconrick1
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Petcha

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-19-2012 23:41:06 | More by Petcha
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nogophers

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-19-2012 03:14:58 | More by nogophers
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ABJ


4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-19-2012 02:50:51 | More by ABJ
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful clean copper/yellow with a solid 2 fingers of detergent like head. excellent amount of lacing. the smell is insane! spicy (almost like a sweet curry spice), garlic-y, grapefruity.. hops all the way on this.. very earthy scents.. grassy, and delicious smelling. the tase, much like the smell is perfectly hopalicious. very earthy bitterness and spicyness, herbal hop quality, yet still get a good amount of sweetness from the malt. no alcohol warmth or taste is present, which is ridiculous for a 9% beer. medium body, nicely carbonated, creamy and sticky on the lips.

this is my favorite ipa so far from surly.. it's honestly hard to be let down by this brewery. an excellent double ipa.

Serving type: can

12-19-2012 01:30:31 | More by facundoCNB
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Philly82785

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-18-2012 18:35:56 | More by Philly82785
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Beerlover

Minnesota

2.3/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I dont like giving beers a bad review, but this definatley needs to be brought down a few notches... not a horrible beer by any means, but when you factor in the price (which unfortunatly is not part of the rate system) this beer is a RIP-OFF!!! there are many other double ipas you can find out there that are just as good if not BETTER for a LOT less $$$!! some examples- these being much better tasting in my humble opinion than abrasive and MUCH cheaper - my top 5 favorite double ipas all taste much better than this:
1: Stone's "Ruination" - 4 pack bottles 11.99
2: Odell's "Mycenary" 4 pack bottles 10.99
3: Weyerbacher "Double Symcoe" 4 pack bottles 11.99
and a 4th just to hit it home, the best double ipa - bang 4 ur buck wise
4: Central Waters' Illumination 4 pack bottles for 11.99!!! GREAT DEAL & GREAT FLAVOR!!!
5: Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree, very spendy but very worth it (15.99 4 pack bottles)

ALSO, HAS ANYONE ELSE WHOSE RATED THIS TRIED ANY OTHER DOUBLE IPAS!?!?!?!

anyways this is what i got on "Abra$ive" beside the pri$e point

appreance: Clear golden copperish color, thin white head

aroma: very hoppy, but a mix between citrus hoppy and earthy hoppy, earthyness takes the forefront

taste: high/low carbonation, very hoppy but unfortunatly almost to a harsh degree.... not that balanced when compared to other double ipas, not bad by any means but when factoring the price, very, VERY dissapointing. Unless of course your only concern is supporting your local brewery... someone let ne know please if there is a local twin cities double ipa available in the stores (i dont go out to drink, too expensive) besides Lucid's "camo" (HATED) and Surly's "abrasive"...

Surly's good but overrated and EXTREAMLY OVERPRICED! hopefully this review doesnt get revoked for being too negative, but i dont think surly has bought off B.A. yet... like it seems they possibly have with the "Growler" magazine (look at the Dec/Jan issue)

Serving type: can

12-18-2012 01:12:24 | More by Beerlover
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,951 ratings.