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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,096
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,926
Gots: 281 | FT: 14
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  rDev -11.5%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

brewnic, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

jophish17, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

bigben94, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

null, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

hackomal, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

BerlinBomber, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can (canned 12/1/2011) poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing golden slightly hazy orange with a creamy thick off-white head that lingers for a while & leaves some sticky lacing.

Aroma is a huge burst of grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, pine... delicious tropical goodness, one of the best-smelling beers I've ever inhaled.

Taste is piney, citrusy and brightly bitter. More brash and less tropical than the nose, but still very tasty.

Overall this is an in-your-face - abrasive - DIPA that doesn't hold back. I'm most impressed by the incredible aroma but I'd buy this regularly if it was available in my market.

draheim, Dec 14, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a can into a sam adams pint. im a huge fan of the furious, so i have high hopes for this brew. it was a tad expensive though at 16.99 a 4-pack of pint size cans.

a- pours a dark tangerine, almost honey color. over an inch of thick head with tight bubbles and just slightly off-white color. leaves some nice lacing. a pretty DIPA

s- grapefruit and other citrus, some definite pine resin and mango sweetness. just a tiny hint of caramel malt backbone

t- pine resin and citrus. maybe some lemon and just a hint of pepper. just a hint of malt sweetness and finishes hoppy bitter and resin. a hop bomb all the way

m- carbonation is right on for the style. finish is a bit dry and bitter, but expected for the style. drinkablity is great considering its 9% and there are a boatload of hops

overall, a very nice dipa. surly has yet to make a bad beer. unfortunately, this is a pretty limited seasonal release and quite expensive. a good beer, but at that price, i can find equal or better brews at a much better value

crewfan16, Dec 14, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours red-copper with a one finger off white head that has moderate staying power.
S- Hops, hops, and more hops. Big pine, with some citrus and tropical fruit. Quite juicy smelling.
T- A big ol kick of hops. Grapefruit more than anything, but there is some resinous pine and a touch of mango as well. A touch of sweetness in the finish but this is just straight up hops.
M- Carb fairly high. Sits firm on the tongue. Initially sticky but there's just a bit of drying to it.
O- This is a big beer with the kitchenload of hops. Given the choice, I would actually give a slight edge to Surly Wet, but this is still a very very good hop bomb.

jsprain1, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Mirt, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

jisom123, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

huhl23, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

jstilwell, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

langfot99, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

brianlindman, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Avaak, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 12/01/2011 poured into Surly pint glass (thanks Schlais, most excellent trader from MN).

Thin, off-white head quickly recedes to a few medium-sized bubbles clinging to the periphery. Orange-amber elixir. Not much lacing, typical of a high ABV brew.

From the first pop of this can the hoppy goodness exudes. Pine, resin, grapefruit, mango, AHH...Hops!

A sweet/bitter battle over my taste buds. Certainly the bitterness predominates and starts at the tip of the tongue washing back like a spiked glove. Citra forward, crushing the warrior hops. Almost a bubble gum-like flavor battles the resinous hops to a standstill.

Well carbonated, medium body, alcohol well hidden.

Bravo! Once again Surly kicks it.

CaptCleveland, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger creamy pecan colored head.

Nose is sharply peppery, vegetal, and slightly lemony.

Taste is peppery, dank, oniony, lemony and a tad sweet in the finish. Extreme hop blast but very well rounded.

Moderate to high carbonation, slightly syrupy/resinous mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall an incredible beer and an excellent example of an American IIPA. Unmatchable showcase of hops.

syrupjoe, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very awesome deep copper almost ruby. Light tan almost off-white head that fades quickly but leaves a nice lacing.

Amazing aroma! Orange zest, pineapple, mango. Sweet and spicy. Notes of caramel and honey in the background, but it is all about the hops.

Loads of sticky hops in the flavor. Much more pine and grapefruit in the flavor. A little less tropical. Sticky resiny bitter finish. Honey and caramel notes still in the background, but nicely balanced for what it is.

As it warms the pine and spice does come out more in the aroma, and malt has a larger presence in the flavor. Some notes of toast and oats.

Slick and smooth but with plenty of carbonation. Sticky hop resin coats the mouth and stays there.

Overall an awesome IPA. I'm loving the citra/warrior combo. Though the malt bill is relatively complex in the recipe, it is sort of hidden beneath loads and loads of hops...not a bad thing though.

sjccmd, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

huadog, Dec 11, 2011
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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