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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,908
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,825
Gots: 264 | FT: 16
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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A. Caramel color and semi-hazy. Tons of tiny bubbles thorughout. Massive bubbly white-ish head with a lot of lacing.

S. Nice hoppy scent.

T. Very intense dark fruit taste. Biting hops. It has a sharp floral taste with some vegetable undertow.

M. There's a mild tartness there.

O. Tastes like a 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die, which is obviously a compliment.

Serving type: can

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Poured from pint can into snifter.
A: Pours a dark orange-amber with nice 2 inch bubbly light tan head. Decent retention and lacing.
S: Lovely and strong hop aroma of grapefruit, sweet citrus, and a hint of pine. Aroma is a consistent highlight of Surly beers.
T: Wow...everything hits a once, but in good balance. Sharp and moderately bitter hops (citrus, pine, grapefruit), caramel malt, and moderately boozy alcohol.
M: Smooth and oily up front, giving way to sharp and bitter. In the middle exists a quick burst of caramel sweetness. And in the finish, a dry and acidic note.
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Serving type: can

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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