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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,243
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 2,036
Gots: 331 | FT: 20
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:
Beer added by: Buebie on 12-27-2008

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.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass, the beer was a light copper color with a slight white head. It left acceptable lacing and retention in the glass. A big floral citrus aroma jumped from the glass, awakening the sense of smell. In the front, notes of peach, pineapple, apple came from the hops. A pleasant maltiness laid in the background as to not allow the hops to be overwhelming. The hops notes seem to unify in the end to a megahop that resembles grapefruit at its base in the aftertaste. Pleasantly warming notes are allowed to linger with thick texture helping the sensation to cling to the back of the throat. This is an excellent example of the style that I could drink any time.

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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!

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4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

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4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,243 ratings.