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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,244
Reviews: 817
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 2,036
Gots: 333 | FT: 20
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:
Beer added by: Buebie on 12-27-2008

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.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surly Abrasive

Appearance: Surly’s IIPA pours a nearly crystal clear, golden color with a massive, four fingers of soft, pillowy, bone white head. Carbonation streams furiously off the bottom of the glass, giving the head excellent retention. The lacing is as impressive as the staying power. This is one of the better looking imperial IPAs on the market, though it is surprisingly a bit light, not being much darker than Furious.

Aroma: Thick hop aromas in the form of vegetal, dank, marijuana-like earthiness. This mixes wonderfully with tropical fruits, primarily mango, pineapple, oranges, and a ton of grapefruit. This is a hop-stravaganza, but there are definite, sugary sweet, light caramel malts that back up these stars of the show. The aroma is incredibly strong from the pop-fizz of the can to the emptying of the glass.

Taste: The taste is also extremely grapefruit heavy, along with accompaniments of lemon rind, and wave after wave of tropical fruits and hops in general. None of the earthiness from the aroma is present in the initial taste, unfortunately, but hop oils, pine, and resin come through instead. The tail end of the taste has the malty sweetness, but it is extremely subdued and largely hidden behind the all-out hop assault. The aftertaste is, not surprisingly, ludicrously bitter, approaching Ruination levels; here is where the earthiness comes in ever so slightly. Abrasive certainly lives up to its name.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic carbonation gives way to smoothness and creaminess, and the mouthfeel is pleasantly medium. There is, of course, plentiful astringency, and the finish is very dry as a result. It complements the taste wonderfully, and that is all that can be asked from this category.

Overall: Without question one of the best IIPAs on the market, especially in the West-coast vein. It is bitter as Hell, but the name should more than tell the prospective drinker that. Hopheads will be in love. The biggest problems with this beer are the ridiculous $18 pricetag (plus MN’s sales tax, putting the whole pack at $21 total), and the fact that one has to go to MN to get it. Those cannot be held against a beer in a taste review, but are things worth keeping in mind if anyone is in search of this bitter experience. 18/20

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass

A - golden / translucent. Poured with a 1-2 fingered head that was retained for a long time.

S - All citrus hops. I could smell the hops from over a foot away from the glass.

T - All citrus hops taste. Very bitter. Could not taste any alcohol or malt flavor.

M - Not thick, very bubbly.

O - Very hoppy bitter beer. This is definitely for hopheads only. It is hops in a can. Not very complex. I actually prefer Wet over Abrasive for a hoppy berr from Surly.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 12/12/12

A - Golden/Orange and very murky with a thin layer of head.

S - Very nice. Tons of fruity hops. A ton of grapefruit. This one has a VERY strong aroma.

T - Grapefruit. Lots of grapefruit. Very hoppy, but citrusy hops.

M - Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation. Very smooth.

This is a great, balanced DIPA. Love the grapefruity hops. Would definitely drink this again.

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Shared with RonintK3. Poured from a pint can into a Smuttynose Glass.

Appearance- Very murky copper color with a small head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Super hop fruitiness. No booze. Sweet smelling.

Taste- Fruity sweetness. Hop bitterness. Very hoppy in flavor, but not as bitter as expected. Phenominal. Reminds me of Pliny a bit.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. Very smooth. A bit resinous, but not too sticky.

Overall- This is awesome!

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,244 ratings.