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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,276
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 2,031
Gots: 345 | FT: 22
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My man kiddwhiz hooked this up, thanks Paul! Poured from can to Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep orange golden color with a huge 2.5 finger white head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Blown away by the hop aroma: lots of grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine qualities. The sweet malt character is prevalent as well though is clearly dominated by the hops.

T - Just where the nose finished the beer begins. Hops! Lots of grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine up front with a large bitterness. The beer develops with the caramel malt sweetness in the middle with an almost fruity quality. The end of the beer brings the onion-taste I am not found of in the DIPAs which lingers for the remainder of the beer. Only downside.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Solid drinkability. The alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall, I am glad to have tried the beer and am grateful to Paul for the chance to try it. He tells me the onion wasn't there last year and the beer was more of a Maharaja-type beer. I wouldn't compare the two but this is a pretty solid brew.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 03-11-2011 15:15:17

Photo of willseph
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a Duvel tulip.

A - Caramel colored body, a little darker than I'm used to for this sort of brew. About a finger of frothy head that cuts down by about half after the first couple sips, lots of sticky lacing throughout.

S - Sweet moses, this smells amazing. Big citrusy hops hit in the front (grapefruit, lemon zest) with a sweet malt backbone. The nose reminds me of Zombie Dust...or is it the other way around?

T - The bitterness of the hops you are expecting from the nose aren't quite as prevalent in the taste. This is a well balanced brew to me, bites you up front but you get a nice sweet, toasted malt finish.

M - Definitely an oily taste in the mouth afterward, but no bitter aftertaste. Medium to heavy-bodied, not over carbonated.

O - Definitely one of the top DIPAs I've had, for being 9% I was very happy with how smooth it was. Need to get my hands on more of this!

Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of beast464
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of sammo
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of wulftrobe
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of kmatlack
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at my local bottle shop today. Canned on date 1-12-12.

A- Very similar to furious, amber red color, more clear than furious. Head retention not as good as furious. Resiny rings of lacing left on the glass.

S- Super potent hop aromas, extreme pine, lots of citrus, floral aromas. Wow. This is a hoppy smelling beer. Bready/Biscuity malt aromas. Smells great.

T- Front palate is super bitter, no sweetness, a little tart? Mid palate is the extreme pine that ive been smelling. Back end is the lingering bitterness. Unlike Furious, this beer is better at hiding the specialty malts in it.

M- Slick, good carbonation, 9% abv not even noticeable.

O- Furious on steroids. Love this beer. Demand more. ISO: more furious FT: Fresh Pliny/Blind Pig

Photo of Ish1
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Schimms
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of lurpy1
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from can into pint glass. Honey colored beer, murky and slightly opaque. Great two finger head, killer lacing. The froth sticks to the glass.

Smell is hop, grassy, very similar to furious, a little bit of malty balance in the background.

From the first gulp to the last, Abrasive is a hop whoop ass. Man. Pine and grapefruit come along in the background, but it's a hop showcase first and foremost. Never gets bitter or astringent. I am not sure how you improve on this.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect, slickness and weight of the beer is perfect. This is 9% ABV??? Really??? Well hidden. I suppose this could be improved on....if drinking it transported you to a place where you were surrounded by naked Katy Perry lookalikes.

The lack of naked Katy Perry lookalikes notwithstanding, this might be the best beer I've ever had. Painfully spendy, but I'm willing to sell my children for more.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 1/12/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Thick chunks of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is super hoppy: citrus zest/grapefruit, pine, and some earthy herbal aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops, grapefruit, and a malt backbone on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good and very hoppy DIPA. However, the name is a bit misleading because I don't find anything abrasive about this beer.

Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This can is courtesy of Alewatcher, who gave it to me for absolutely nothing because I hadn't tried it yet. Thank you immensely Jeff!

This beer pours a medium bodied, smooth and creamy dark apricot orange in color with an incredibly smooth creamy off white one finger head. The nose is full of citrusy, tangerine like hops with moderate sweetness and mild bitterness. The hop profile is full of oranges, tangerines, and sweet apricots. Great, fresh and fruity appeal. The flavors are smooth, mildly bitter citrusy hops once again. The orange, tangerine, and apricot marmalade are superb. This beer drinks ultimately smooth and the alcohol isn't noticeable whatsoever. This is a really nice IPA and as always, Surly captures what an IPA can be like few others.

Photo of Mrpickles
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surly Abrasive can poured into a snifter.

A- See through golden honey orange color. Head very typical for this style. Pours with a 2 finger head of thick tight bubbles thats has a straw like hue. Really nice looking beer.

S- Big Huge citrusy hop aroma as soon as the can is opened. Smell fills the room, lots of sweet ripe fruits, lots of amarillo hop aroma, little pine, little hop astringency, and so small sweet bready malts. The smell of this beer is amazing.

T- Sweet malt, really nice bitterness and a Huge citrusy fruit taste. I pick up on some caramel malt and no alcohol which is surprising for a 9% beer. Very nice balance here between hops and malt. Its a great mix of bitter and sweet. Very enjoyable.

M- very smooth Dipa mouthfeel with high carbonation coming of the bottom of the glass.

O- Very good Dipa, Im glad I sought this one out. I thought Furious was good, this is better. Its Furious's bigger older brother, an Abrasive is the Alpha. This is a beer I want all year round. Its a perfect balance of tropical citrusy fruit, pine, and sweeet bready caramelly malts. The hype behind this one is warranted as was the time i spent trying to find it. Get yourself some, when and if you can. Highly Recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ineva
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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

On cask at 3 Squares in Maple Grove.

Deserves a full review, and I'll give it when I get my notes out, but for now a 250 word comment must suffice...

just wow. I've enjoyed it in cans before, but it was pretty special from a cask. Right up there with CBS and Surly Moe's Firkin Bender as the best beers I've ever had.

Photo of jgagne
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- bright copper body with substantial white foam head.

S-wow, a wonderful blend of grapefruit and pineapple. Extreme citrus hop scent at the nose. Getting excited.

T-very smooth and almost syrupy flavor at the begging and then washes down with an intense citrus hoppy bite.

M-perfect amount of weight and carbonation.

O-wonderful well balanced beer. Right up there with dreadnaught as my favorite DIPA's ever. If you ever have the opportunity to get this beer don't think twice. It is unique and delicious.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear burnt orange amber color with a huge 3 fingers of dense off white head. Great thick head retention and sticky lace clings to half of the glass.

S - Aroma really grabs you right away. Huge bursts of caramel and toffee, blended with grapefruit. At first, the smell is much more hoppy, but then mellows into that traditional aroma profile of a DIPA quickly.

T - Soft and super smooth opening of herbal and woody hops. A sweet center adds a touch of counterweight before a crisp, dry, bitter pine finish.

M - Medium bodied, and bit too smooth. Could stand a bit more carbonation.

O - Glad I traded for this one. One of the best DIPA's I've ever had.

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,276 ratings.