Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,844
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 2,093
Gots: 472 | FT: 18
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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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Photo of mmahanna41
4.87/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Top 3.... Only wish it were available year round.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can sent to me by Ryan, thanks so much dude.

This one pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color, with a half inch head, and tons of lacing.

This one smells quite herbal, a bit of marijuana, with a good amount of juicy, pungent citrus fruit as well. The smell just jumps out of the glass.

This one is so fruity, so wonderful, and so hoppy. Moderately bitter, with some pine resin, with a lot more juicy fruit- orange, pineapple, and some grapefruit. This one is pretty sweet, but that's balanced by the bitter pine and the herbal character as well. There's not much in the malt department, and nothing in the alchohol department- it's not noticeable at all.

This has a very juicy mouthfeel, with a body of medium heft. The carbonation is fairy low, but not distractingly so. I'm not sure if this is the normal level of carbonation, or it's lower than usual as per some of the 2015 batch(es) of Abrasive. No matter, though, it's still carbonated, and it still tastes quite good.

This deserves it's status as one of the best IPAs in the country. So good.

Photo of Thecasehead
2.67/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It smells and tastes like B.O.

Photo of Dnayew
4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is supposedly a Double, but is NOT boozy at all. Probably the most drinkable Double IPA on the planet. Fantastic, must try beer.

Photo of blankenhoney
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy canned on Feb. 6, 2015 and enjoyed from a nonic pint glass today, March 23, 2015

A: Hazy golden orange with a creamy head that leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass

S: Bright citra hops, candied white grapefruit, light pine, and some boozy malts. Love the nose on this one: simple but aggressive.

T: Dominated by notes of bitter white grapefruit flesh, pine needles and sap, sweet candied citrus, and fresh-cut grass or flowers. Extremely refreshing, and not too boozy (though there's no doubt you're drinking a high ABV beer). I like that it's fairly sweet, but not caramely or saccharine like so many amateur DIPAs.

M: Sticky and substantial, but really easy drinking. Light carb contributing to that creamy mouthfeel.

O: One of my favorite DIPAs, right up there with Bodhi and Hopslam and maybe only slightly lagging behind Permanent Funeral. A fantastic nose, an intense flavor profile, and a wonderful mouthfeel make for a great beer-drinking experience. Holds up well, too: had about 12 of these over the last month and there's only a very minor issue with the hops falling off.

Photo of SLubeski
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight from a can into a 10 oz FW English Pub Glass.

L: Beautiful hazy yellow with a rich white head on the pour that left little to no lacing.

S: Citra hops all over on the nose, bright citrus tones, subtle pine. Underneath it all the booziness of the malt is detectable, yet in a nice way.

T: Super balanced DIPA/IIPA. I get great bitterness from the warrior hops up front in my face, but it finishes so nicely with that smooth maltiness of the oats and 2-row. Super drinkable big beer. Grapefruit and resin, wow.

F: Light body and carbonation, goes down easy. Smooth smooth smooth.

O: Great beer, would love a four pack for the fridge to finish a day off with. I think this would have been even better if I didn't have Heady and Pliny the day before. Still a beer I'll be seeking.

Photo of RyBrew54
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright orange amber that is LOADED with floating sediment. Smell is a bright floral citrus, tropical fruit, apricot, grape fruit, with notes of caramel. Beautiful citrus hop forward flavor with notes of tangerine, balanced nicely with subtle sweet malt, finished with a mild grape fruit bitterness. One of the most flavorful DIPAs I've ever had. Clean and bright, yet doesn't miss a beat with such intense flavors. One of the best DIPAs I've ever had! A real treat from Surly that is a must have

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. tap pour at the Muddy Pig

Pours a lightly-orange amber with a finger of head that quickly dissapates, but leaves behind lots of sticky lacing on the thistle shaped glass.

The Aroma is an inviting mix of pine and citrus with no detectable harshness.

The first sip is filled with mixed citrus flavors, as expected with the massive amount of citra hops in this brew, with a little of the expected resinous overtone. Subsequent sips increased in resinous flavor, but with no significant alcohol burn. Well balanced by the malt sweetness for such a hoppy ale. Long, bitter finish.

Light carbonation on the tongue and a medium, silky body from the added oatmeal round out the experience.

Overall, a top notch DIPA with a powerful, yet inviting hops character, nicely balanced with well hidden alcohol. Brilliant!

Photo of KMachHops
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks: Canned on 1/23/15 and poured into a tulip glass. Not much head. The color is amber .
Smell: Great! fresh pines and tropical.
Taste: Just like it smells.
Feel: Just the right amount of carbonation and very oily. Just the right amount of bitterness.
Overall: It's a big DIPA. I'm really surprise how well it held up being 8 weeks from canning date. Will seek out next year for sure.

Photo of Minnesota-Madness58
4.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've blind tasted Abrasive with many of the other top rated IPAs and so far Abrasive has come away as the best each time. Great look, great taste, and amazing aroma definitely make it a world class beer that you must try!!

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me a lot of 077xxx, with a little extra bitterness on the finish. Must have for any hop head

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Abrasive's an impressive DIPA, and an interesting one given the beers it compares to (would immediately call up the less-regarded, but similarly excellent Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds). Great, bitter finish with an excellent hop aroma that intoxicates with every sip. Highly recommended if you can find/trade for it.

Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/6. Extremely bitter. Definitely heavy on the hops a month after canning.

Photo of cjelden
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great bitter IPA. Taste good and refreshing and just like a hop head likes. But that aroma. That's what puts it over the top into great territory.

Photo of IowaAJ
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A buddy of mine once said Abrasive was like a marriage of Toppling Goliath Light Speed and ZeeLander. He's very accurate.

This beer is amazing in several facets. The smell, taste, look, and feel are all close to perfect. It's slightly bitter finish is fitting but the smell as you drink is amazing.

Def a top 5 for me.

Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. Crisp but not as dry as Pliny with more citrus. Beautiful color and great aroma.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden yellow pour. Just a hair more clear than opaque. Fairly large foamy white head that disappears almost entirely into the beer.

No overwhelming smells jump out of the glass. It is mainly carmalized malts with subtle hops. Strikes me more as an American Barleywine aroma.

As soon as it hits my mouth, I am wondering where the hell all of this hop flavor was when I stuck my nose in it. There is certainly no shortage. There is a lot of bitterness. Almost too much. Tons of citrus. Like ground up grapefruit rinds. I would like to say ther is some floral and pine aspects there too, but the bitterness is really numbing. I do get a decent amount of sweetness. An orange like type though that is slightly sour. The strong malt base that I smelled tries to fight it's way back into the game toward the end. I think the alcohol is a bit noticeable.

The body is pretty average. Definitely a slick, resin feel that coats your tongue. Carbonation is slightly lower than average.

My general impression (yes, I do impressions) is that this could be more balanced. It is kind of all over the place. I do really like the flavors, but it is such a palate wrecker, it almost makes it a little harder to enjoy. It is one of those beers that I want more of while I am drinking it, but regret it later. Still a great beer that doesn't fall short of it's namesake in any way. Hopheads take note.

Photo of Kanger
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy Gold, Light Orange

Aroma: The aroma of the Citra hops comes through first with grapefruit and tangerines.

Taste: Fruit forward from the Citra with a nice earthy bitterness from Warrior hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body rounded off by the oats

Overall: A delicious DIPA. Too bad not available in NYC.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can pour from a 2/6/15 canning. This is a big DIPA! Certainly lives up to its' name. Plenty of bitterness on the palate along with those deep hoppy citrus notes. A little floral on the back end but really the overall feel I have here is the bitter hops sitting alongside a pretty robust malt profile. Splendid stuff.

Photo of Brado913
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about Abrasive is what beer should be. It is the perfect cold MN winter day beer.

Photo of Illinasia
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had from a very fresh keg. Fuller bodied than most of others of the style. A great winter DIPA.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Golden orange color, 50% opaque with a foamy white 2 finger head. Spotty lacing.

S. Big grapefruit and citrus notes. I can smell it a fit and a half away from me and that is good. Some candied orange peel.

T. Wow this is good. Backing up the nose I get done nice citrus up front followed by doing nice but not overbearing bitterness. Grassy aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied with a nice blend of carbonation. Finishes with a slight dryness.

O. An outstanding IIPA. Some nice citrus and a balanced amount of bitterness to offset it nicely. Very good body and carbonation for a IIPA. They did a good job with this beer.

Photo of PhillyBrewPhan
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best smelling beer I've ever had. Super smooth and great tasting. A personal favorite. Wish it was more readily available.

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

I now have a new favorite DIPA. This one is definitely a destroyer of palates, but the flavors are phenomenal.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally sitting down to drink the long awaited Abrasive ale. And it is delicious ! Glad I finally got to try this long time want of mine. Pretty much lives up to it's hype. Finishes with a funky onion and garlic taste at the end which brings it down ever so slightly. Awesome !

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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