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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,256
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 2,031
Gots: 340 | FT: 21
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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3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BeerLover99
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: deep oily rust orange body, small
white head, nice lacing

S: intoxicating mango, grapefruit and fresh pine

T: sweet grapefruit/mango, clean refreshing pine,
long sticky/oily bitter wallop...YUM!

M: med/heavy body, BIG oily/sticky mouth

O: Surly continues to wow my taste buds.
I eagerly await the next Surly offering I enjoy.
Hop heads, this beer is a must! Still don't know
why this brewery doesn't get more respect, but
this beer will make you sit up and demand
you bow.

DELICIOUS, TREAT YOURSELF!

Photo of BFro
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of doughanson78
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Huge thanks to storminspank for this want. Canned 2/13/12, I let it sit in the fridge for a while. Had another can immediately when I got it.

A: Medium to dark golden color. Medium haze. One finger off white head with great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Loads of pineapple, some mango, orange peel, tangerine, hints of grapefruit. Hoppy as hell. I get almost no malts. Lovely.

T: A touch of caramel and toffee. A touch of pineapple sweetness then a citrus bomb on your tongue. A lot more grapefruit comes out in the taste but you still get all the others with the orange peel bitterness assaulting your palate for ever. Good luck tasting anything after this. Wow!

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry as all hell.

O: Amazing beer. One of the overall best I've had and easily the best I've reviewed. If hops fade, they're still very prominent after 2 months in this one.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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3/5  rDev -33.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into tulip. Canned date of 1/23/12.
Pours a burnt orange tea color with really nice thick flluffy head. Great lacing on the glass.
Very intense hop and citrus. Slight woody flavor. So complex but not overly done. Its sweet but bitter...mild but abrasive (I had to go there).
Very very well done. Quite possibly one of my favorite DIPAs. Its just all around amazing. Well worth the price of shipping from MN!

Photo of matzah
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of sukwonee
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz Can - obtained through a trade. Thank you, you know who you are! Poured into a Tulip

A: This is a good looking beer. More head than other DIPAs. Nice lacing. Burnt orage color. It looks great.

S: Pine, Grapefruit - smell isn't as strong as I would have liked, but it's all there.

T: Hops then followed by sweetness, and finishes somewhat medium-level bitterness (well balanced). In addition to pine and graphfruit, I think I am getting some orange peel taste. A bit on the sweeter side than bitter.

M: Low-to-Moderate level of carbonation, but definitely more carbonated than some DIPAs. Medium-to-high smoothness.

O: I really really enjoyed this beer. I tend to not enjoy beers that are just a hop bomb so this was great. I think though, Hop Slam was slightly better than this (although it was probably less balanced than this).

Photo of Brian2256
4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra beer from chewyrx08. Thanks Mike!

poured into tulip from tall boy can.

Appearance: Pale yellow and orangish bodied beer with 3 fingers white head from a moderate pour. thick lacing on the side of the glass. head drops down to a thin cap that has small random small chunks of foam.

Smell: A pine and grapefuit hop bomb. Also a little bit grassy, floral, and citrisy(oranges). I get a little bit of carmel and biscuit from the malts, but hops dominate the nose.

Taste: Hop forward beer with moderate to high bitterness. I am tasting big pine and grapefruit notes, jst like the nose. Also some tropical fruit predominately pineapple and mangos. Finishes with the malt profile as I get some sweetness in the finish in the form of caramel and a mild lingering bitterness from the hops that is also resinous.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is oily from the hops. It has a little bit of creaminess and is quite drinkable for 9%.

Overall: A really nice beer from Surly. I have been enjoying a lot of there beers lately. I wish I lived in Minnesota, Eh!?

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of rmcnealy
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 2/20/12

Poured a medium golden amber that was non-traslucent but appeared to be totally filtered. Produced a froathy eggshell white head that was tightly laced and remained with some longevity. The smells are of piney, dark malts with not much on the citrus side and a definite appearance of malts. The tastes mirror those smells. The dry bitterness is adequate and has that hop resin taste. The warmer the beer gets, the more the resin smell and taste become prevalent. As a hop head, I feel the resin may be a bit much. The 9% abv is only midly obvious in the tastes. An enjoyable beer but not my favorite of the genre.

Cheers!

Photo of buschbeer
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours deep amber, almost burnt orange, in color. I got a giant off white head.

S - I was pleasantly surprised by the tropical fruit. It dominates the aroma. I get some hints of citrus.

T - The first thing I tasted was mango. It gives way to some citrus flavors and even a little malt. The finish has just enough pine to complete the experience.

M - It is medium. It is definitely not thin.

O - This is the second highly rated beer in two days that has lived up to the hype. I love the tropical aroma and flavors. Thank you Auslander for providing the opportunity to try this beer.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

Thanks for the can Jazz.
Pours a fairly dark copper to light amber color with a nice off white bubbly head that leaves some lacing and fades to a solid ring with a film over the beer. The nose is made up of mostly pine and some herbal floral notes with a touch of citrus. The taste blends the different hop characters extremely well mixing the pine and citrus with a noticeable malt backing. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a lingering bitterness. Very good beer.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,256 ratings.