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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,460
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 2,048
Gots: 437 | FT: 35
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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

Hazy gold in color, this Oatmeal Double IPA has aggressive aromas of candied grapefruit/tangerine and tropical fruit. Malted oats greatly enhance the body and the high level of bitterness is balanced by this sweetness. Citra hops are used for aroma & flavor additions and for dry-hopping, while Warrior hops are used primarily for bitterness.

OG 19.5 Plato
Color 5 SRM
Hops: Citra, Warrior
Yeast: English Ale
Malt: 2-row, Golden Naked Oats
ABV: 9%
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4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 1/8/13.

Fairly clear deep gold pour with 2 fingers of ever-so-off-white head. Decent retention and thick lace sheets.

Nose is strong grapefruit with decent bread malt underneath. Not overpowering. Very pleasant, though, without getting too aggressive.

Nice mix of citrus, floral, and hop esters. Grapefruit leads off, but strong floral in the finish giving the beer a sweeter after effect. Really feel the hops on your breath. Fairly large amount of hop oil here, without getting the beer to syrupy. Barely notice the malt body underneath all those hops, but it also does not get in the way.

Lighter body than I expected, but works very well.

Delicious. Easily a top DIPA and one I would fight to get again.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Filtered (huh?!) golden hue with great clarity

Smells of sweet bready malts, tropical citrus flesh comes screaming out of the glass...this looks good

The slightly sweet body really holds this one together. Very oniony some grape like notes citrus flesh turns into rind and leaves a stinging bitterness all over. This one is surly abrasive on the palate for sure

Sticky oily resinous feel that almost coats the palate and makes it scream for more. Candy like ting on the end that kills those lupulin monsters and gets you ready for another sip.

Overall a SOLID DIPA. Very full and bold makes me want more and more and its unusual for me to love a DIPA like this. Very great offering and cant wait to try the rest of there lineup. I do prefer heady topper (have on hand also) but i would say that this comes in a VERY close secound. HT just throws everything on the plate where i feel abrasive is missing that little something at the front and backend to make it #1.

One i wish i could get year round, props to nordeastbrewer77 and goldenshowergladiator for the trades!

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4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can served in Surly Darkness snifter. Canned 12/20. Thanks to BA supercolter for the beer. Thanks Jeff!

A: Pours a perfectly clear apricot color with a light yellowish head forming on the pour.

S: Sugar covered grapefruit with some dank, resinous undertones. Piney bitterness with some pineapple notes as well. Some sweet cracker malts

T: Sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes. Pineapple and grapefruit with a little orange jam. Some peach notes creep up as it warms. The dank hops peak through with some resinous bitterness. The malt backbone is slightly sweet with notes of saltine and white bread.

M: Medium to light bodied with a semi sticky mouthfeel, but it drinks very easy. Medium-high carbonation level with a fruity and resinous finish.

O: Another winner from Surly. So many hop complexities with the tropical fruit notes, citrus and resin. The malt is slightly sweet, but mostly in the periphery.

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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

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,460 ratings.