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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,953
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,845
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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jacobalindsey

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

05-11-2012 02:38:16 | More by jacobalindsey
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-06-2012 22:12:58 | More by MinorThreat
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Doyle

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

05-05-2012 17:44:08 | More by Doyle
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Washington

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

05-03-2012 04:05:05 | More by piclee
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HopFace

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-01-2012 18:49:57 | More by HopFace
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SiflandOlly

Colorado

5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-01-2012 02:44:19 | More by SiflandOlly
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antoines15

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

05-01-2012 01:00:40 | More by antoines15
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wiu992000

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

04-29-2012 16:54:39 | More by wiu992000
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Lorihall1

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

04-28-2012 21:15:42 | More by Lorihall1
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adamk1978

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

04-26-2012 02:56:04 | More by adamk1978
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mrwelk

North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

04-24-2012 15:45:05 | More by mrwelk
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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

04-24-2012 01:46:33 | More by jawneyt
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Florida9

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-22-2012 01:54:47 | More by Florida9
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coz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

04-21-2012 01:16:48 | More by coz
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jonnyca80

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

04-20-2012 21:05:15 | More by jonnyca80
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bevjen


5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-19-2012 18:05:00 | More by bevjen
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Radegast

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

04-19-2012 03:19:59 | More by Radegast
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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -33.6%

04-15-2012 14:24:56 | More by leinie13
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SweJon

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-15-2012 04:38:42 | More by SweJon
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

04-15-2012 03:55:32 | More by GreyGhost4
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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: deep oily rust orange body, small
white head, nice lacing

S: intoxicating mango, grapefruit and fresh pine

T: sweet grapefruit/mango, clean refreshing pine,
long sticky/oily bitter wallop...YUM!

M: med/heavy body, BIG oily/sticky mouth

O: Surly continues to wow my taste buds.
I eagerly await the next Surly offering I enjoy.
Hop heads, this beer is a must! Still don't know
why this brewery doesn't get more respect, but
this beer will make you sit up and demand
you bow.

DELICIOUS, TREAT YOURSELF!

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 15:50:12 | More by BeerLover99
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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