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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,162
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,962
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: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz canned January 8, 2013, less than 2 weeks old...very nice! Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy copper/amber with a two finger off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is pine, grassy, herbal hops, some grapefruit rind, a little dank & onion, a little musty, some bread and caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is big resinous hops, grapefruit rind, pine, some onion, big ass bitterness, some caramel malt, doesn’t do much against the, dare I say, abrasive nature of the bitterness here. Some alcohol, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, oily, sticky, good carbonation.

Lives up to its name as far as the bitterness goes, and I like me a bitter bomb. A real treat to not only get to try this, but to get one that is very fresh. Big thanks to Mark!

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Finally got some of this through the mail. Eagerly anticipated trying this, and it didn't disappoint. It lived up to the hype. This beer is...abrasive. Quite possibly the most appropriately named beer ever. It's like brushing your teeth with hops. Pine, citrus, resiny goodness. As an unrepentent hophead, this is the first beer that made me think "Maybe that's enough hops." Killer beer. Great job Surly.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,162 ratings.