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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,904
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,825
Gots: 263 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-15-2012 21:46:21 | More by jeffoatess
Photo of phisigben


4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I nice amber/orange color with a nice two-finger width fluffy head that leaves a nice ring of lacing. If has a huge grapefruit nose followed by a little pine, and finally a hint of some sweetness. After my first sip I feel that I noticed more bitterness in the nose than I am actually drinking. The grapefruit bitterness is there but leaves quickly and doesn't linger on my tongue it is followed up by a malty sweetness. There is also some fruit flavor like orange/tangerine or some other sweet fruit, last there is a good piny flavor to it as well. It has a medium/thin mouthfeel but when compared to others in the style I find it a little too thin for me, the carbonation is on point. Overall this is a good beer if this was local I would drink it, but IMO there are others in this style that are better.

Serving type: can

02-15-2012 19:00:25 | More by phisigben
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-15-2012 16:37:17 | More by Tenchi221
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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a frothy head over a orange/amber color. Good retention. Lacing is rings the glass.

S- Huge grapefruit, pine, herbel/floral notes from hops. Almost tea like aromatics as well.

T- Starts out with an excellent herbel tea like hoppiness. and then transitions into big peach, marmalade, and plenty of drying pine and enterring the finish, lucious grapefruit.

M- I feel a little more carbonation is needed. Overall, big feel.

O- Overall, great double IPA and extremely drinkable. Watch out for that 9%. I'd love to put some spicy food against this.

Serving type: can

02-15-2012 05:09:58 | More by Greggy
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Duvel Tulip. Canned just over three weeks ago.

A: Pours a mostly clear dark copper color. Normal pour leads to a rocky two finger head that slinks its way down the sides of the glass with each passing moment leaving a trail of lacing behind. Picking up some floaties in the bottom of the glass.

S: The can mentions that it's over-hopped and I'd like to say I disagree with them because, in my very humble opinion, I don't believe it's possible for a DIPA to be over-hopped. This beer definitely has its fair share of hops though. Whoo. This is a hop-heads dream nose. Big time grapefruit and pine resin notes with beefy malt back end lurking in the shadows. ABV can be detected slightly.

T: Hop flavor backs down a touch but only in the forefront I think. It definitely maintains its presence through the taste and it might even get better at the end. Citrus (mostly in the form of grapefruit) and pine are the hop flavors. Malty back end is again subtle yet not absent.

M: The feel is a touch thin and I think if I had to knock this beer, it would probably be here. The carbonation is ample but the beer just kind of disappears without leaving a big thick DIPA creamy coating that leaves me wanting more. It's not terrible, but I can't say it's great either.

O: This is a very good DIPA. I'm glad I was able to grab a 4-pack but at the cost I got it for (purchased from france44.com) I will probably not quickly seek out another. Really solid though altogether.

Serving type: can

02-15-2012 01:52:15 | More by suspect
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North Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

02-15-2012 00:51:52 | More by Cramerican
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

02-14-2012 21:24:01 | More by RepMichigan
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-14-2012 20:22:09 | More by JJWIGHT
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

02-14-2012 12:28:13 | More by monitorpop
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-13-2012 00:26:28 | More by Neffbeer
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-12-2012 17:11:10 | More by fjl77
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a snifter. Canned 1/23/2012. This is the second time I've had it, the last time being this time last year.

A - Pours a fairly clear yellow-amber, with a solid two fingers of off-white head. Great spidery fingers of lacing, but retention is only so-so. Nice looking beer.

S - Sweetish side of mango and passionfruit, with a touch of grapefruit lurking in there somewhere. Loads of cotton candy and crystallized ginger. Not getting a lot of the pine like others have, but for me that's a good thing. Boy, this is a fantastic smelling beer. So far I love it as much as Pliny, only for different reasons/smells.

T - Ah, there's the pine, right up front, giving it a strong bitter backbone. Tropical fruit flavors are around the edges, but not anywhere near as sweet as in the nose. Plenty of citrus pith in the finish, which is fairly short but pretty dry. A (very) slight letdown after the fantastic aroma.

M - Carbonation is outstanding, with very consistent, fine bubbles. Medium body, and not too aggressive, which seems to be a downfall for beers like these. The beer is fairly drying, but not too bad for a DIPA.

O - A great beer, a just short of being my favorite of the style. We did our annual three-way blind test of this against Pliny and Hopslam, and Abrasive came out in the middle this year (just barely behind Pliny but way ahead of this year's Hopslam). Surly continues to impress.

Serving type: can

02-12-2012 05:55:10 | More by djmichaelk
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-12-2012 05:47:19 | More by mhenson42
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-12-2012 01:31:03 | More by Cstromberg57
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-11-2012 21:28:39 | More by baerb69
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can provided very generously as an extra in a trade by CaptCleveland.

A - Average, but good looking. Copper-dark amber in color, touch of chill haze, one finger white head with nice lacing.

S - SO MUCH PINE AND GRAPEFRUIT! Initially I smelled just pine, but subsequent whiffs reveal a citrus hop dominance in the form of grapefruit. Caramel provides sweetness.

T - Bitter and resinous, the pine returns powerfully. The grapefruit is still ever-present, but more evenly matched by the pine now. A bit of alcohol astringency is indeed present, along with pure hop bitterness. The sharp booze is present in the finish, leaving your last impression of the beer as being boozey, when the rest of it really isn't, which is unfortunate. Sweet malts exist in the form of caramel.

M - Medium in body, some sharp carbonation. Overall it is smooth as silk, but abrasive due to carbonation bubbles tickling your tongue aggressively. Nice dry finish.

O - Overall a wonderful DIPA, and the second best such beer available in a pint can! Great blend of hop flavors with sweet malt flavors.

Serving type: can

02-11-2012 21:28:19 | More by greenmonstah
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4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Candy orange in color with a 1 inch off white head and ok retention leaving behind some spotty lacing

Smell: Great piney citrus nose

Taste: Not as good as the nose. Starts piney with a touch of orange zest and a candy like sweetness mid palate and then becomes pretty malty with a bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with ample carbonation and pretty dry and bitter on the finish

Overall: Real good not great DIPA

Serving type: can

02-11-2012 07:07:22 | More by DarthKostrizer
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3.53/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a glass

A - Dark amber with hints of orange, brown, and gold. Had a two finger off white head that went down to about a quarter of an inch.

S - Smells of orange and grapefruit. There is also a slight pine that comes up as well.

T - At first, I note sweet fruit with hints of pineapple and clementines. As the beer lingers, it become more bitter as the hops kick in. The hops are pine in nature and leave a lingering bitterness on the end of the beer. The hops actually come out a bit more in the finish than you would guess at first. Overall, this is one of the more hoppy DIPAs I've had. It does well to balance against the sweet at the beginning while keeping a good hoppy bitterness on the back end.

MF - Body is on the lower end of medium body and feels about thin for the beer. There is a very, slight stickiness to it and it has good carbonation to it as well. Leaves a slight hop resin on the tongue in the finish

O - A hoppier DIPA that leaves some hoppy bitterness, more than you would expect from the smell and the initial flavors you get. However, I was a little let down by this one as I did not think it was an elite DIPA. I'm happy to have some to try but would not go thru the work to get it. I have to say I actually like Furious much better.

Serving type: can

02-11-2012 02:24:01 | More by jeonseh
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a recent trip into the District...

A: Pours a golden copper. Two fingers of crisp white head recede to a quarter finger. Very good head retention. My glass is coated with sticky lacing. Very nice looking.

S: The nose is very tropical, with pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Underlying the sweet citrus is some very bitter pine resin and an herbal grassy quality that ever so slightly reminds me of onion. Rather than overwhelming the bouquet, however, the grassy notes complement and balance the citrus notes. Blends together quite nicely. Excellent, one of the best I've encountered. Booze is undetectable, which is impressive for this high an ABV.

T: Tropical fruit, pine resin, and some grassy hops. All of these are exceptionally well-integrated. Onion is a little more prevalent here, as is a bitter minerality. I also get hints of mint in the finish. But the tropical flavors keep it from being overwhelming and a little malt presence keeps this one rounded. Very good.

M: Medium bodied, well-balanced, moderate carbonation. A nice, lingering hop oil finish.

O: Very few DIPAs do it better than Abrasive. This is an excellent and complex DIPA. A hop bomb, but incredibly smooth. Great beer.

Serving type: can

02-10-2012 22:33:56 | More by siege06nd
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-10-2012 05:36:38 | More by AllenJasper
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a few of these in a trade. Thanks bobbypaulson!

A: Very orange in color. Much darker than most DIPA's.

S: I could smell it while I was pouring it. Lots of citrus and hops.

T: Very hoppy then lots of citrus. Lovely taste.

M: Medium body, very smooth and good carbonation.

O: If I had access to this beer all the time I would definitely buy it. An excellent DIPA.

Serving type: can

02-10-2012 05:29:21 | More by Rinkor16
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New Jersey

1/5  rDev -77.9%

02-10-2012 04:19:22 | More by Argofax
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-10-2012 04:01:15 | More by McNuts
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A slight murky amber-orange with an off white head.

Smell: Grapefruit comes first then piney hops followed by peach and mango.

Taste: The piney hops come through at first. Then the citrus: Grapefruit, peach and mango.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth and dry on the palate.

Overall: Hops and grapefruit dominate aroma and taste. Great bitterness and I love the peach/mango finish. Full bodied and very well balanced. Cheers.

Serving type: can

02-10-2012 02:50:13 | More by Heatwave33
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4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cant believe it has taken me this long to finally review this beer.

Poured a 1/23/2012 into a Surly "Power to the Pint" pint glass.

Gorgeous clear amber/orange color. Minimal head fell quickly but left nice sticky lacing which is still hanging on.

Aromas of huge citrus hops followed up by a bit of spicy pine hops as well. The beauty of this hop bomb of a DIPA is it also has a perfectly balanced malt profile. I pick up hints of fresh whole grain bread and cookie. Glorious!

Flavors are leafy citrus hops followed by hops and hops and hops. Its like Furious on hops steroids.

I love Abrasive season and remember my first experience when a buddy brought over two growlers of 16 grit. We put one out for the party crowd and split the other. I miss the surly growlers.

Serving type: can

02-10-2012 01:26:26 | More by adrock7309
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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