Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,188
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,981
Gots: 291 | 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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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of flexabull
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall can courtesy of younger35, thanks again!

Pours a slightly orange/gold color, slight haze, and a small, but sturdy white head.

Aromas are of a bunch of citrus. Some orange, lemon, also grapefruit. Also notes of hard candies and resin. Nice complex nose.

Taste is tart, bitter, assertive, and yup, a bit abrasive up front. In a good way for fans of hops. Background is slightly sweet, with some sugary mango, also lightly creamy, with some faint crackery malt flavors. Finish has another blast of bitterness, citrus, lime, grapefruit, and resin. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth with crisp zesty carbonation.

Overall, another outstanding beer from Surly. These guys are easily in the top 10 breweries in the USA. This beer pushes the edge, and isn't overly "drinkable", but I'm a big fan. Wish I had a few more of these sitting in the fridge...

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful clean copper/yellow with a solid 2 fingers of detergent like head. excellent amount of lacing. the smell is insane! spicy (almost like a sweet curry spice), garlic-y, grapefruity.. hops all the way on this.. very earthy scents.. grassy, and delicious smelling. the tase, much like the smell is perfectly hopalicious. very earthy bitterness and spicyness, herbal hop quality, yet still get a good amount of sweetness from the malt. no alcohol warmth or taste is present, which is ridiculous for a 9% beer. medium body, nicely carbonated, creamy and sticky on the lips.

this is my favorite ipa so far from surly.. it's honestly hard to be let down by this brewery. an excellent double ipa.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Beerlover
2.3/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I dont like giving beers a bad review, but this definatley needs to be brought down a few notches... not a horrible beer by any means, but when you factor in the price (which unfortunatly is not part of the rate system) this beer is a RIP-OFF!!! there are many other double ipas you can find out there that are just as good if not BETTER for a LOT less $$$!! some examples- these being much better tasting in my humble opinion than abrasive and MUCH cheaper - my top 5 favorite double ipas all taste much better than this:
1: Stone's "Ruination" - 4 pack bottles 11.99
2: Odell's "Mycenary" 4 pack bottles 10.99
3: Weyerbacher "Double Symcoe" 4 pack bottles 11.99
and a 4th just to hit it home, the best double ipa - bang 4 ur buck wise
4: Central Waters' Illumination 4 pack bottles for 11.99!!! GREAT DEAL & GREAT FLAVOR!!!
5: Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree, very spendy but very worth it (15.99 4 pack bottles)


anyways this is what i got on "Abra$ive" beside the pri$e point

appreance: Clear golden copperish color, thin white head

aroma: very hoppy, but a mix between citrus hoppy and earthy hoppy, earthyness takes the forefront

taste: high/low carbonation, very hoppy but unfortunatly almost to a harsh degree.... not that balanced when compared to other double ipas, not bad by any means but when factoring the price, very, VERY dissapointing. Unless of course your only concern is supporting your local brewery... someone let ne know please if there is a local twin cities double ipa available in the stores (i dont go out to drink, too expensive) besides Lucid's "camo" (HATED) and Surly's "abrasive"...

Surly's good but overrated and EXTREAMLY OVERPRICED! hopefully this review doesnt get revoked for being too negative, but i dont think surly has bought off B.A. yet... like it seems they possibly have with the "Growler" magazine (look at the Dec/Jan issue)

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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3/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of Docrock
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a snifter. Thanks to my brother for the fresh 4 pack can date 11-14-12.

A - perfect clear orange amber, like the glow from a fire. 2" off white head. head stands there for a couple of minutes. Lacework remains all the way to the rim of the glass.

S - big nose, huge citrus aroma. juniper and pine. grapefruit, orange peel. wish i could retain this aroma.Huge aroma.

T - pine is the dominant taste, slight citrus, the orange peel and maybe a touch of grapefruit. this is a hop heads best friend. the alcohol is overwhelmed by the hops. hard to believe this one is 9%. very tasty.

M - carbonation is moderate, little less than I expected based on the Head. Smooth and really drinkable, I think this one can really sneak up on you. Nice dry finish with less aftertaste than i'm used too in the style.

O - Wow, one of the best IIPA I have ever had, definitely top 5. There is no doubt in my mind this is the best beer in a can I have ever had. So glad I have 3 more to drink. I also like the size, 16 oz..sometimes a 12 is not enough but a bomber too much. May update when I do a side by side with some fresh Pliny and Dreadnaught next weekend! The only reason I didn't rate it higher is I think Dreadnaught is better and I haven't given any beer a perfect 5.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel, honey, golden color with fluffy white head that remains for several minutes and lacing that sticks to the top of the brew throughout. Amazing clarity - fully translucent.

S: The first part of the nose is all hops. TONS of citrus - pineapple, mango, and orange seem to be pretty spot on.

T: Hop, hop, hoppy. There is a great bitterness that balances out the sweet, fruitiness. As soon as you think the sweetness might be a little too much, the bitterness dries it out. I think the citrus fruit tones really add an awesome element to it. Not much malt character, which is the way I prefer an IPA, personally. There is almost no boozy taste at all. This could be extremely dangerous.

M: As mentioned previously, there is a definite dry feel as the bitterness overcompensates the sweetness a little bit. It's not overly bitter like you often get in IPAs though, and isn't too sweet. A tad under-carbonated, but really nothing else to complain about.

O: My first thought is that I am furious (see what I did there?) that I didn't buy more than one 4-pack while in Minny on a work trip. It would be really, REALLY, hard to beat this, but I just can't stomach giving something all 5's across the board. Would take this over many rated higher, and yes, that includes Pliny. Just another Surly thing that rises to expectations for me.

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Rau71
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.. Drank 12/8/12.

Poured from can into a Anchor Brewing Pint Glass.

Pours a Golden color. Very Clear.

Smells like liquid hops.

I get a nice Bitter kick with some tropical fruits mixed in the background. It is smooth and in your face at the same time, which is what I think makes a great DIPA, and this is that for sure, Up there with Pliny and Citra for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of Holland
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear golden orange color, great looking carbonation, and a small but feisty head. Beautifully clear.

S: smells of huge amounts of citrus hops with some tinge of onion.

T: citrus, bitterness, pine, some malt

M: well carbonated and not too thick at all for how big it is. Well put together.

O: a beautiful IPA that we had up against Heady - I give HT the win in smell and taste, but this probably takes the rest (especially appearance). Very nice to drink, would love more.

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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