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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,911
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,826
Gots: 265 | 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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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.
D: Simply superb. A tremendous brew from a tremendous brewery.

Serving type: can

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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a hazey copper, brilliant burn orange with a solid head that hung around and then laced the glass beautifully.

S: Truly exploding with hops. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, all very juicy.

T: Starts off following the nose with bright grapefruit and citrus then rolls over to a nice buttery scone with orange marmalade. As the baked good eases off a wave of bitterness appears in the back and grows until is smacks hard followed by some ether alcohol leaving almost a puckering effect.

M: Solid, heavy side of medium with a prickly approach but a velvety and smooth caramel type feel.

O: Phenomenal. Citrusy, bitter, potent, interesting, flavorful. I would drink this all the time if I could. Going on my tops list. You wont be sorry you tried this beer. Challenging my favorite DIPA's for top spot.

Serving type: can

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4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 16oz can into 20oz tulip imperial pint glass

A-Rust orange/gold, super hazy, a bit more murk than just from lupulin oil. no real head and no real lacing (my glass might not have been beer clean)

s- Yesssurrr! So piney and resiny it almost has that musty cat pee (in an awesome way) smell. Bright grapefruit and sweet citrus. Outstanding

T-Nice sweet citrus and pine. The malt backbone really holds the bitterness in such a nice balance. Bitter sweet, well integrated, very polished. Excellent

M-Lively and coating, well done

O-Excellent IIPA! I really enjoyed this one. It is very polished and balanced. The nose was the highlight for me.

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A: Hazy dirty orange in color. Forms a fairly large, rocky, and incredibly stable white head that leaves copious amounts of lacing on the way down.

S: Strong aroma of orange juice and orange blossom with hints of floral hops and just a touch of bubblegum.

T: Lots of orange and orange juice. There is a moderate sweetness that slowly fades to reveal a mild caramel malt backbone before the bitter starts to turn aggressively bitter, finishing with notes of pine resin and alcohol.

M: On the heavier side of medium with appropriate carbonation and an aggressive, but balanced, bitterness.

O: This is one of those beers I've had a half dozen times, but apparently have never reviewed. It really is just a great beer and is probably one of the best representations of the style. Wonderfully juicy with a strong bitterness, but still incredibly easy to drink.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,911 ratings.