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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,050
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,898
Gots: 280 | FT: 15
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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4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Amalak, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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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.

mwilbur, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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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.

MinorThreat, May 06, 2012
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Doyle, May 05, 2012
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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