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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,907
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
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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4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to bstyle for sending this one my way! I've been itching to try this for so long, and I'm glad to have a fresh can!

Canned on 12/01/11. Poured into my Darkness tulip.

A- Wonderful! This puts out a beautiful burnt orange colour, with a fluffy white head on top. Leaves a bit of lace behind, with the head dissipating down to an eighth of an inch, and has remained that way for the duration of the beer.

S- Loads of resiny hops up from, along with a wave of tropical fruit. Not quite as dank as some hop aromas, but still pretty nice.

T- This is where Abrasive shines! A near perfect example of what a Double IPA was meant to be. More of the tropical fruit from the nose comes forward here, and you get just enough caramel/malt body to feel like this beer is the complete package. Lots of mango, peach, pineapple, and grapefruit going on here, and it's very delicious.

M- For as great as this beer tastes, I think it gets spoiled ever so slightly by a lingering bitterness. I wouldn't say that its overly bitter, but combined with the fact that I can taste a bit of the abv makes this beer fall short of greatness. Other than that, great carbonation, and great body.

O- Overall, another great hopped up offering from Surly. Doesn't quite get my pinkies twealing like Wet does, but it's pretty darn close. Abrasive, I hope we meet again in the near future.

Serving type: can

12-22-2011 01:04:45 | More by muskabeatz
Photo of litheum94


4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned on 12/1/11.

Pours a clear and brilliant body, copper penny in color. Billowing, light tan head covers the beer, slowly settling to a half of a finger cover, thick and creamy looking. Leaves some nice lacing on its way down.

Loads of stone fruit and tangerines on the nose. Bright, honey like floral tones. There's also an earthy, redwood bark hop aroma in there too. Merest whiff of caramel malts.

Lives up to it's name sake right away, with a big punch of hop bitterness. Dank, oily hops give this a wet hop feel to it. Tons of spices pop up, and the fruit profile leans more towards a citric sourness. Malts are found quivering in the corner, only providing a framework for the hops to ride on. The finish is very bitter, with a good dose of alcohol to add to the bite.

Aptly named. What a beer! Definitely the best thing I've had by Surly so far. Excellent.

Serving type: can

12-21-2011 21:16:16 | More by litheum94
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-21-2011 15:40:52 | More by pnkRed
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-21-2011 06:07:56 | More by daysinthewake
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-21-2011 05:15:31 | More by Oboogie
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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

12-21-2011 05:04:21 | More by victory4me
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-21-2011 00:51:00 | More by CGMLS3
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-20-2011 14:50:30 | More by Scottz5
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-20-2011 08:14:09 | More by KevSal
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-20-2011 02:58:14 | More by rfranklin7
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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the surprise can, exitmusic00. About time I tried this beer.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- Right after opening, the aroma smacks you in the face with tons of ripe peaches and malt sweetness. At first it reminds me of peaches and cream. More tropical fruits follow with guava, passion fruit, mango, orange, pink grapefruit as well as pine needles. Damn, this aroma is unbelievable.

T- Big citrusy hops upfront with pink grapefruit and orange. At first the citrus notes seem to be overpowering but then are followed by some mango, lemon, pine, grass and some caramel malt at the finish.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a creamy mouthfeel. Would never have guessed this beer has a 9% ABV

O- I was worried that I was going to be disappointed with this beer because I have built the hype up so much in my head. Thankfully, this beer delivered on all fronts. One of the best DIPAs I've had period. I have to get more.

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 01:21:59 | More by iadler
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-20-2011 00:30:01 | More by rastapenguin22
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-19-2011 16:26:23 | More by pierceska
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-19-2011 16:20:00 | More by Shag
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-18-2011 21:43:20 | More by IrishPilot
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-18-2011 19:32:34 | More by Mark000
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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Haskell's(online) for $16.99 a 4 pack, canned Dec 2, 2011.

The pour shows me a copper coloured brew with a 2 finger head of foam and nice lacing. Hehe, the foam just never quits; impressive for a higher abv brew.

The smell is simply outstanding. Wave after wave of tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit, with some sweet fruitiness there as well.

The taste shows very aggressive hop forward flavours of tropical fruit and pine and grapefruit but all are at a certain level that screams drinkability. There's a light flavour of some sweet malt that could have been over done, considering the style, but Surly kept it more to add some balance than to steal top billing. Well crafted? You darn tootin!

Lightish on the carbonation and silky smooth, there are few DIPAs that I've tried that can match Abrasive's mouthfeel and...where the heck is the 9%abv? I would have never guessed how strong it is if: 1) I didn't know it was a DIPA and 2) I read about it on BA.

A simply marvelous brew that is anything but simple. One of the best beers of 2011 for me...

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 18:50:37 | More by Bitterbill
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-18-2011 15:48:59 | More by Romulux
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

12-18-2011 06:06:22 | More by bigbeers84
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-18-2011 03:38:32 | More by vanjocko01
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

12-18-2011 02:42:57 | More by johnhenryconway
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-18-2011 02:41:55 | More by beerhan
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4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours light orange in color, with two fingers of foamy white head on top.

S- Piny hop aroma dominates the nose, with hints of citrus coming through.

T- Just as bitter as the name suggests, with big piney hops up front, followed with mild grapefruit and honey flavors, wrapped up nicely with toasty malt undertones.

M- Hoppy bitterness coats the tongue, lingering long after the last sip. May be a bit much for some, but is to be expected in a beer so aggressively hopped.

O- Crisp, bitter, yet still refreshing. Rich and flavorful, and complex without being too overwhelming. A must have for hop-heads.

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 01:19:27 | More by stpaulsipper07
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

12-18-2011 00:11:30 | More by wagenvolks
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper color with a smallish off white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of hops, tastes like em too. Lots of pine and citrus and floral hops with a faint bit of bready malt sulking deep in a dark corner. A bit of malt breaks through in the flavor but is quickly sent to its room by the onslaught of pine and citrus. Medium body and level of carbonation with a slick resinous almost sticky mouthfeel. Damn good beer right here, although I don't find it horribly abrasive as advertised. Then again I've spent the last few years building up an immunity to Iocane powder, I mean lupulin.

Serving type: can

12-18-2011 00:04:10 | More by johnnnniee
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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