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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,683
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 2,061
Gots: 466 | FT: 32
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

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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4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/27/12, a month old.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber. Huge frothy and effervescent off-white head. Fades quite slowly, leaving a nice neat little island of foam behind. Spiderweb lacework.

S: Oh yeah, wonderful hop aroma. Grapefruit/citrus and tropical fruits (pineapple especially) dominate. A little pine and a bit of floral character. Get a touch of garlic/onions in there too. Surprisingly hefty caramel malt backs it all up.

T: Grapefruit is here but the garlic/onion aspect is much stronger than in the aroma. Just a touch of tropical fruit. Has some decent caramel malt in the middle but not much behind all the hops. There is some pine mixing in with the garlic/onion in the finish. Long drying, oily garlicky lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, drying on the back end.

O: Certainly one of the better DIPAs out there. Great complexity of hop flavors and aromas. Little malt but oddly enough not a huge bitter bomb, the hop flavors really shine all on their own. Delicious.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is it okay to just write "nectar of the gods" and give all 5s? Probably frowned upon here. Seriously though, this beer is amazing.

A - canned 11/30, so this bad boy is fresh. Into a tulip. Nice thick white head that settles slowly and laces beautifully. The color is dark reddish orange. Light copper, or sunset, or bronze, or whatever the hell you want. It's awesome. A little hazy.

S - heaven. Floral, citrus hops. No booze. Let it sit awhile and fill up your living room or kitchen. It's insanely good. My only gripe is a little funk at the very back end.

T - wow, definitely different than last time I had this. Tastes like I just chewed on some hops. The citrus smacks your palate in the...face? There's a little bitter tail. But I'm getting a little mustiness with this one too. It's not unpleasant at all - just not the clean citrus slam that I wanted. It only gets better with a lukewarm temp too.

M - it's a little thick and oily, and the bitter burn sticks around, but it's nice. Carbonation is nice.

O - well I can't give it a 5 overall since 2 categories were 4.5, but seriously, this is one of my absolute favorites. The look and smell alone propel it towards the top, and the beer does not disappoint. Fantastic.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I pretty much stopped reviewing new beers, but i thought this one was special. Appearance is a guess, I drink this one like I drink HT out of the can. The nose is a grapefruit smashed into the can, really a wonderful smell, and if i get this up front I generally l know I'll love the beer. The taste really follows the nose, lots of citrus, and a ton on hops right up front. Not quite as balanced as HT, and a little more bitter, this one is very close in taste profile, but I think Abrasive has more citrus hits. This is a great brew from start to finish, and it's a little sad when you hit your last sip out of your last can. If this was available all the time it would always be in my fridge as would HT, sitting side by side where they would belong. 15 bucks a 4 pk isn't exactly cheap either, but as always france 44 gives you fresh stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve day old 16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - out of the can, it pours an amazingly bright yellow. When it hits the glass, it goes the expected orange, but still retains some of that faintness of color. I love strong beers that look weak and vice-versa. Lingering foam, no head on the harsh pour. Deliciously yellow at the bottom, ombre, fades to the darker oranges at the top. A supreme looking beer.

S - wow, I'm hit in the face with the citrus hops, but it's not bitter at all. Just the sweeter notes, like the pineapple and oranges. I know this is in a pint glass, but that should say something about the smell: it can permeate even beyond the gaping openings of a fluted glass.

T - delicious. Per my other reviews, I love beers that have a distinct beginning, middle, and end. Abrasive strikes first with the sweeter hops, turns floral, and finishes with the bitter notes. The taste provides what the smell doesn't, the pine, lemon, lime, and grapefruit.

M - like most DIPAs, Abrasive succumbs to its carbonation. The 9% is clandestine, but the bubbles bring this score down.

O - my favorite DIPA to date. Even if its score is tied with my PtE review, I like this one for its affordability/availability, tremendous taste, and my ability to get it fresher that many west coast DIPAs.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall can courtesy of younger35, thanks again!

Pours a slightly orange/gold color, slight haze, and a small, but sturdy white head.

Aromas are of a bunch of citrus. Some orange, lemon, also grapefruit. Also notes of hard candies and resin. Nice complex nose.

Taste is tart, bitter, assertive, and yup, a bit abrasive up front. In a good way for fans of hops. Background is slightly sweet, with some sugary mango, also lightly creamy, with some faint crackery malt flavors. Finish has another blast of bitterness, citrus, lime, grapefruit, and resin. Complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth with crisp zesty carbonation.

Overall, another outstanding beer from Surly. These guys are easily in the top 10 breweries in the USA. This beer pushes the edge, and isn't overly "drinkable", but I'm a big fan. Wish I had a few more of these sitting in the fridge...

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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