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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,185
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,975
Gots: 288 | 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: 4.25 | 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.

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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.

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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.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,185 ratings.