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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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3,232 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,232
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 2,034
Gots: 327 | FT: 18
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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4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taybeh
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From a canning 7 days ago, into an imperial pint glass

A: Hazy dark apricot, with a 1 finger head that subsides into a thin crown
S: Pulpy mango, ripe pineapple, caramel sweetness,
T: Follows the nose, though some biscuits and honey too; even juicier than I remember from years prior. Some piney and earthy notes on the edge that I expect from Surly,
M: Lively buzz to the mouthful right from the start, a little burn at the end, though flavor-wise, the end just continues what you get throughout. Hides the alcohol fairly well. Creamy and smooth, not too heavy, but your mouth is coated with hop oils.

Overall: superb beer.

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4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigP83
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice rich orange color with pillow of white foam. Smells hops, oats, citrus fields. Taste is a rush of mouthwatering citrus as it fades a nice bitterness builds in the back of your throat. Mouthfeel also leaves the sticky, sugary coating of citrus.

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4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: rating is for 01/29/14 can poured into pint glass on 01/16/15

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big Hopps but very drinkable and smooth!!

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4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,232 ratings.