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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,448
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 2,043
Gots: 425 | FT: 34
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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Photo of funkel81
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Hophead717
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint, canned on Dec 29th, and poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Hazy, golden brown, with a one finger fluffy head. Gorgeous beer.

S: Orange, grapefruit, and lovely fresh hops. Very fresh, citrusy, and lightly floral. Lovely nose.

T: Perfect balance of piney and citrusy hops. Very light malt backbone, just enough to support the hops. Bitter upfront and lightly so in the finish. I definitely wish this was available in DC.

M: Light and slightly thin, but well carbonated.

O: Great beer and one I'd love to try again!

Photo of Slimpo
3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of garylite
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brought some home from a recent trip to MSP. There are only a handful of beers that I can say put me in the happy place like Abrasive and Furious is one of them (Zoe, Lunch and Two Hearted Ale come to mind). If you can find this get some.. Rumor is the brewery is moving which I assume will be to a larger facility which will increase their output which will me more beers more locations..

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of MBrausen
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pilsner.

A. Pours a reddish brown hue, thick 2 finger head, continued to maintain a 2mm thick head sip after sip.

S. Smells strongly floral, lots and lots of sweet pine, and tons of citrus. This is a big smelling beer the second you open the can.

T. Tastes of sweet citrus, lots of pine, slightly sour grape fruit, and tangy orange peel.

M. Medium body, coarse feeling, with a lightly dry finsh.

O. I love this beer. It's well balanced flavor, and an amazing smell. I could open a can of this and leave it in my bathroom as an air freshener! This is a super tasty beer. Everyone should try this beer at least once (But needing to have more won't be an option).

Photo of M1A2
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of rmaste6282
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ehammond1
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

Very slightly hazed burnished, dark orange and amber with a thick, very light khaki colored head that leaves the walls of the glass completely covered in messy, sticky, irregular lace. Fantastic!

A hugely pungent tropical and citrus aroma explodes from the glass: biting, stinging grapefruit, strong orange, and huge amounts of tropical passion fruit aromas combine for a stellar combination along with a bit of pine. Incredible.

I can't say enough good things about the flavor of this beer. It's hugely tropical and citrus-forward, with enough malt to balance things out and make this remarkably drinkable. I can't stop gulping this stuff down! Not too bitter, but huge hop flavors present. The citrus flavors are more pineapple leaning than I would have guessed after smelling this beer. Slight caramel sweetness. Incredible!

Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A truly perfect DIPA. This ranks with the best of the best (Yes, it's better than Pliny).

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

I got this beer from Penguin3200. Thanks Bill!

16oz can (canned on 12/29/11) served in a tulip glass.

L - cloudy rust color with a white head that thinned out but still left some trails of lacing.

S - citrus hops fill the nose.

T - delicious citrus hops from start til the bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - a very good example of the style.

Photo of BastionShaw
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of gkunkle
3.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a meek off-white head. Retention is as expected for a 9% ABV beer, it settles to a splotchy film. Smell is of some sort of citrus, like an apricot or nectarine. Taste starts with smooth caramel malt and some more of that apircot taste. I get some resinous hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly on the heavy side, with enough carbonation to give a playful feel. Overall, a great beer, but not in my top 5 for DIPAs.

Photo of marct
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of scott2269
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of DangerDawg
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of KDawg
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a tulip. Pours a great dark orange color with a nice and foamy head

extremely good aromas of hops, navel oranges, florals and loads of fresh picked citrus. Excellent depth and very balanced as well

fuller bodied but lacking a slight bit on the mid-palate. Smooth with great flavors of hops, navel oranges, some pine resin and a lot of fresh picked citrus

A great DIPA. Filled with flavor and doesn't come off as alcoholic at all. A really wonderful beer

Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SalukiAlum
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of motorhed
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting from a can on 1/14/12. Canned 12/14/11, poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Appearance is cloudy copper with a tanish head. Light levels of lacing throughout the tasting.

S: Where do i start? Smells like pine, grapefruit, big on hop aroma. Overall, smells intense like a big DIPA should. Reminds me of Maharaja.

T: Grapefruit, pine, citra (?) hops, and tangerine. Get a little bit of the alcohol on the finish but just enough to know it's there.

MF: Medium mouthfeel with lower levels of carbonation (maybe felt that way due to the high ABV?) and a drier finish. Smooth.

O: This is one of my favorite Surly brews and DIPA's in general, i'm very fortunate to be able to find this locally. I cant help but compare it to Avery Maharaja which i think is fairly similar in style and complexity. I remember taking down a couple of growlers of this stuff with friends when it was called 16 Grit. Have loved it ever since. I'm glad i only have 11 more in my cellar to finish up. =)

Photo of SpillyBeers
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of danjohn1234
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mcgwire756
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,448 ratings.