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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,440
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 2,042
Gots: 419 | FT: 33
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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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Photo of baerb69
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of greenmonstah
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can provided very generously as an extra in a trade by CaptCleveland.

A - Average, but good looking. Copper-dark amber in color, touch of chill haze, one finger white head with nice lacing.

S - SO MUCH PINE AND GRAPEFRUIT! Initially I smelled just pine, but subsequent whiffs reveal a citrus hop dominance in the form of grapefruit. Caramel provides sweetness.

T - Bitter and resinous, the pine returns powerfully. The grapefruit is still ever-present, but more evenly matched by the pine now. A bit of alcohol astringency is indeed present, along with pure hop bitterness. The sharp booze is present in the finish, leaving your last impression of the beer as being boozey, when the rest of it really isn't, which is unfortunate. Sweet malts exist in the form of caramel.

M - Medium in body, some sharp carbonation. Overall it is smooth as silk, but abrasive due to carbonation bubbles tickling your tongue aggressively. Nice dry finish.

O - Overall a wonderful DIPA, and the second best such beer available in a pint can! Great blend of hop flavors with sweet malt flavors.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Candy orange in color with a 1 inch off white head and ok retention leaving behind some spotty lacing

Smell: Great piney citrus nose

Taste: Not as good as the nose. Starts piney with a touch of orange zest and a candy like sweetness mid palate and then becomes pretty malty with a bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with ample carbonation and pretty dry and bitter on the finish

Overall: Real good not great DIPA

Photo of jeonseh
3.53/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a glass

A - Dark amber with hints of orange, brown, and gold. Had a two finger off white head that went down to about a quarter of an inch.

S - Smells of orange and grapefruit. There is also a slight pine that comes up as well.

T - At first, I note sweet fruit with hints of pineapple and clementines. As the beer lingers, it become more bitter as the hops kick in. The hops are pine in nature and leave a lingering bitterness on the end of the beer. The hops actually come out a bit more in the finish than you would guess at first. Overall, this is one of the more hoppy DIPAs I've had. It does well to balance against the sweet at the beginning while keeping a good hoppy bitterness on the back end.

MF - Body is on the lower end of medium body and feels about thin for the beer. There is a very, slight stickiness to it and it has good carbonation to it as well. Leaves a slight hop resin on the tongue in the finish

O - A hoppier DIPA that leaves some hoppy bitterness, more than you would expect from the smell and the initial flavors you get. However, I was a little let down by this one as I did not think it was an elite DIPA. I'm happy to have some to try but would not go thru the work to get it. I have to say I actually like Furious much better.

Photo of siege06nd
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a recent trip into the District...

A: Pours a golden copper. Two fingers of crisp white head recede to a quarter finger. Very good head retention. My glass is coated with sticky lacing. Very nice looking.

S: The nose is very tropical, with pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Underlying the sweet citrus is some very bitter pine resin and an herbal grassy quality that ever so slightly reminds me of onion. Rather than overwhelming the bouquet, however, the grassy notes complement and balance the citrus notes. Blends together quite nicely. Excellent, one of the best I've encountered. Booze is undetectable, which is impressive for this high an ABV.

T: Tropical fruit, pine resin, and some grassy hops. All of these are exceptionally well-integrated. Onion is a little more prevalent here, as is a bitter minerality. I also get hints of mint in the finish. But the tropical flavors keep it from being overwhelming and a little malt presence keeps this one rounded. Very good.

M: Medium bodied, well-balanced, moderate carbonation. A nice, lingering hop oil finish.

O: Very few DIPAs do it better than Abrasive. This is an excellent and complex DIPA. A hop bomb, but incredibly smooth. Great beer.

Photo of AllenJasper
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Rinkor16
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a few of these in a trade. Thanks bobbypaulson!

A: Very orange in color. Much darker than most DIPA's.

S: I could smell it while I was pouring it. Lots of citrus and hops.

T: Very hoppy then lots of citrus. Lovely taste.

M: Medium body, very smooth and good carbonation.

O: If I had access to this beer all the time I would definitely buy it. An excellent DIPA.

Photo of Argofax
1/5  rDev -77.9%

Photo of McNuts
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A slight murky amber-orange with an off white head.

Smell: Grapefruit comes first then piney hops followed by peach and mango.

Taste: The piney hops come through at first. Then the citrus: Grapefruit, peach and mango.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth and dry on the palate.

Overall: Hops and grapefruit dominate aroma and taste. Great bitterness and I love the peach/mango finish. Full bodied and very well balanced. Cheers.

Photo of adrock7309
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cant believe it has taken me this long to finally review this beer.

Poured a 1/23/2012 into a Surly "Power to the Pint" pint glass.

Gorgeous clear amber/orange color. Minimal head fell quickly but left nice sticky lacing which is still hanging on.

Aromas of huge citrus hops followed up by a bit of spicy pine hops as well. The beauty of this hop bomb of a DIPA is it also has a perfectly balanced malt profile. I pick up hints of fresh whole grain bread and cookie. Glorious!

Flavors are leafy citrus hops followed by hops and hops and hops. Its like Furious on hops steroids.

I love Abrasive season and remember my first experience when a buddy brought over two growlers of 16 grit. We put one out for the party crowd and split the other. I miss the surly growlers.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

can on trade from samtallica. Nice and fresh, canned on 1.12.12

lovely tan hur into my snifter capped by a slight off white head wiuth good retention. nose is inviting with pine, grapfruit, and tropical fruit. Taste is good cutting bitterness followed by a blast of pine and citrus. The malt trys its best to keep up. Medium to full bodied. WOW!!! on my note pad.

I need to trade for a whole 6 pack of this.

Photo of Cyclone8
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can dated 1/23/12 into a pint glass.

A: A gorgeous translucent orange color with one finger of light light tan head that fades slowly and provides amazing lacing for the whole glass..

S: A delicious mix of floral and grassy hops burst through, with a hint that this beer has the malt backbone to support the massive amount of hops.

T: Simply amazing. There's a slight breadiness from the malt that is very enjoyable, as well as some citrus and grassy notes.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish, average carbonation.

O: In my opinion this is tied for the best DIPA in the country with Hopslam. Nothing else comes close (not even PtE). It's a shame that it isn't available more widely, or for more of the year, but that does nothing to bring down it's score. Any true hop lover should make it a priority to obtain some of this at your earliest convenience. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 ounce, canned on 1/12/12. Orange in color, appears to glow. Aroma includes pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit and cannabis (yes, some weed). Taste is biting and bitter and yet so drinkable. The bitterness actually made my mouth salivate in some very weird way, kinda near the front of my mouth, that's never really happened before. Kinda hard to explain. Bottom line, so much great flavor crammed into the can, just an awesome double.

Photo of bbaxter
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of LynnHomeBrewer
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of groovy24
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of DuffBrew85
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of theCoder
2.5/5  rDev -44.8%

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

Canned 1/12/12

A - Pours a clear deep copper with one and a half fingers of off-white head. Head has nice retention and leaves nice rings of lacing.

S - Big citrus hop aroma with some pine as well. Also some touches of tropical fruit, caramel malt and faint florals.

T - Citrus is also very big in the taste, with some grapefruit and both bitter and juicy orange. This is very well balanced. Yes, there is a strong hop presence and considerable bitterness, but there is also a bit of sweetness and some caramel malt that balance this really well. Finish is a long lasting bitterness.

M - Very smooth, medium mouthfeel that is a bit resinous. Finish is bitter with an earthy dryness.

O - The 9% is nowhere to be found in the taste. This is a very easy drinking DIPA, not at all in your face, that has a nicely balanced flavor profile.

Photo of TubbyDullard
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of YaKnowBrady
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of FeelinSurley
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of andrenaline
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a single just before leaving Duluth, and unfortunately it was the last one, as I would've loved a couple more fore trades.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden copper colour, finger of off-white head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet citrus, resiny, loads of pine and earthy cedar, a peppery spice finish.

T - Loaded with citrus and pine, nice bitter lemon, creamy milky caramel, peppery spice lingers alongside a hint of ABV heat. The ABV is very well hidden and the heat is surprisingly complementary.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes nice and dry.

O - Solid DIPA. These guys have yet to disappoint. I'm looking forward to my next trip to procure a few more of these, because it is simply delicious and would be well received by any hop head.

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,440 ratings.