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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,937
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,839
Gots: 266 | 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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Zymocenosilicaphobic

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.5%

11-17-2012 05:21:41 | More by Zymocenosilicaphobic
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been nearly a year since I last consumed this beer. It's long been one of my favorites and very excited to crack open a fresh can. Canned 11-14-12.

Pours an orange-bronze color. Poured into a glass, it looks like orange marmalade. Fair amount of head that stays a while. Head recedes to reveal some delicate lacing.

Smell is earthy, resiny, fruity followed by tropical. Caramel mango and tangerine come across as well.

Taste is a wonderfully sweet and bitter beer. Very drinkable considering the abv. Hop resin comes over the palate backed with a caramel sweetness. Finishes with a tangerine and grapefruit bitterness.

Really quite a full mouthfeel. It doesn't cross the line though. You know you are drinking a substantial beer.

Holds its own against any of the highly acclaimed DIPAs.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 01:42:51 | More by Powderhornphil
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned on 11/14 and consumed 2 days later, poured into a Snifter.

Appearance: Caramel/Orange in color, with a nice two finger head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves very light lacing marks.

Smell: Heavy dose of citrus, mango, and oranges. Maybe a hint of pineapple and other passion fruits. Incredible

Taste: Another DIPA that is very heavy on the citrus, i also taste of bit of pine in there as well as a very mild malt sweetness. Leaves a dry and very bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good carbonation, A light to medium light body, fairly drinkable for a DIPA.

Overall: This beer crushes. The best part about it is the smell. So much going on with the citrusy fruit that leaves you wanting more after every sip. Definitely try to seek this one out, it is one of the best around.

Serving type: can

11-16-2012 21:49:48 | More by mnphish
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GarretD

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-16-2012 03:55:01 | More by GarretD
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%

11-12-2012 03:34:50 | More by funkyaudio
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bif_fat_sellout


4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-09-2012 22:58:24 | More by bif_fat_sellout
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soulkeeper1369

Maine

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-08-2012 13:08:36 | More by soulkeeper1369
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TS057

North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-07-2012 03:21:05 | More by TS057
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Auztan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6%

11-06-2012 17:48:25 | More by Auztan
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-06-2012 03:38:12 | More by sjstraub
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piper_clap


4.25/5  rDev -6%

11-04-2012 15:40:38 | More by piper_clap
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

11-03-2012 02:43:12 | More by tbone1384
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ElfKicker

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-02-2012 19:04:15 | More by ElfKicker
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

11-02-2012 00:24:28 | More by chippo33
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jhadler


4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My Favorite surly they offer. this brew is hoppy and Heavy. Comes in packs of 4 big cans at a reasonable price for how good it is. Great can design. really wish this one was available year round. Looking forward to see the new brewpub surly will be building next year in Minneapolis.

Serving type: can

11-01-2012 04:48:30 | More by jhadler
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lit202

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.5%

10-31-2012 15:30:02 | More by lit202
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gator79

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -6%

10-26-2012 14:27:05 | More by gator79
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KWMiles

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-25-2012 20:42:52 | More by KWMiles
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neb32


5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-23-2012 20:52:24 | More by neb32
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mpetersen

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

10-22-2012 21:47:48 | More by mpetersen
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Phoenix2443

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-17-2012 19:27:48 | More by Phoenix2443
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Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

10-14-2012 18:32:03 | More by elcrawl
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-01-2012 13:40:33 | More by tdmccarthy
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pvequalsnrt

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

09-30-2012 18:39:50 | More by pvequalsnrt
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sbrotschul

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

09-30-2012 04:10:05 | More by sbrotschul
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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