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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 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz. tallboy can chilled and poured into a pint glass. Canned on date of 12/20/2012.

Appearance: Medium to dark orange in color. Two finger creamy white head that holds really well and leaves a really spectacular lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Mango and grapefruit hop notes upfront. Some bitter pine notes in the background complement the sweetness from the hops and the background malt. Some light caramel from the malt background, which is definitely noticable but works well.

Taste: Pineapple, mango and a really nice tropical fruit tones upfront. Pretty nice, bitter grapefruit and pine. The hop notes are really juicy with plenty of bitterness. Really refreshing and easy to drink. The malt backdrop is really well done as well. Creates a great candied hop note as well. A really tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but manages to drink easy and stay refreshing. Some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a really awesome double IPA that is really juicy, hoppy and bitter. Drinks really easy for the ABV and doesn't feel bogged down or heavy at all. Feels mugh lighter than 9% ABV. I don't know if this is quite the level of the best IPA's I've ever had, but it is certainly impressive and more than worth the price. I'm glad I have a couple more cans to crack open soon.

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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I gotta say that I am blown away by this can of beer! I am now a believer in the power of the can...or the Surly brew master...probably both

Poured from the can into a snifter as implied by the can

A - Exactly what I see in my mind when I think DIPA. Golden, slightly hazy color. A three finger head roils up, even with a careful pour, and its not going away quickly. Eventually it becomes a solid white filmy cap that leaves awesome stickage

S - Hop oil! Jesus Christ! I have never had a DIPA where the aroma is so close to the taste; you can taste it through aroma alone. Resinous piney grapefruit, rose water note, grassy, earthy: there is a lot going on. Perfumey

T - The hops are so present that it is almost as if it was dry-hopped hours ago. The alcohol is very well hidden and only comes through in the finish: quite rare for 9.0%. Floral notes abound as well as herbs, but the flavor is anchored by the earthy bitterness that may take hours to dissipate. This beer has a long semi-sweet finish, that just reminds me to grab another one from the fridge.

M - Very glossy on the tongue and palate. I feel like all of my taste buds have been bathed in fresh hop goodness. Surprisingly bright and light, which means scarily drinkable.

O - I got this via Haskells online and it is only 6 days old at this point. This could have something to do with how blown away I am, but I think this beer is a must try. I now have a reason to move to MN, but its the only one I can think of right now.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes, 7/29/11. Wonderful aroma of pine, tropical fruit, tangerines and grapefruit hoppiness on a background of caramel malt. Pours a coppery color with a good off white head. Taste is nice and bitter but still quite drinkable. Very resinous flavor. Too dry to be called a hop syrup but it’s a hop party. Mouthfeel is round without getting cloying. Hop oiliness abounds. Great beer. Edit: I had previously tried a growler of 16 Grit, but this review is from the can.

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

Can thanks to yamar68, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Mostly clear, deep orange, slightly copper body. A two finger cream colored head from, and leaves some very heavy lacing.

Smell: Big citrus and resinous pine up front. A light floral hoppiness. Big bready and caramel malts sweetness shows itself. Mostly, the citrus and pine hop qualities just own the nose.

Taste: Huge grapefruit and pine. Like sticking my head in an evergreen and dumping grapefruit puree on myself at the same time. Perfect with all that sap and juice, a sticky caramel sweetness bolsters the massive hop profile. Quite bitter. I wouldn't call it abrasively bitter, and that's okay with me. Finishes with a lingers citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty darn drinkable. No trace of abv, and the bitterness is quite manageable. Lingering juiciness and bitterness.

Overall: This definitely exceeded my expectations. Abrasive is no joke! Thanks Bennett.

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