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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,945
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,840
Gots: 264 | FT: 15
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: Buebie on 12-27-2008)
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4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to jenray for this can.

A: Pours a hazy copper/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms with good retention. Sheets of lace are left down the glass.
S: Big juicy hops dominate. Tangerine, mango, orange. A fruit salad in my nose...Fairly simple, but just excellent.
T: Again, huge juicy flavors explode on the tongue. Orange peal, sweet tangerine and mango flavors. I love the fruity, and juicy hops. A light bitterness lingers, but not over powering at all. I can't say there is a lot of malt for balance, but in this instance all the hop flavors meld perfectly. It is balanced in that it is not mouth puckering bitterness, or harsh alcohol.
M/D: A full body with good carbonation. Very clean and smooth. So easy to drink. There is a bit of heat as this warms up, but a great treat.

There is nothing abrasive about this at all (unintended pun). A huge juicy hop character along the lines of Masala Mama and the like. Excellent and highly recommended.

Serving type: can

02-02-2011 01:58:08 | More by champ103
Photo of Lukafer


4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alleykatking!

Pours a medium orange with a couple of fingers of white head.  Smells citrusy, piney, tons of hops, smells delicious!  I taste hops at the front, some citrus and some pine hops.  It also tastes sweet, a lot of flavor but smooth and really good.  Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is really high.

Serving type: can

02-02-2011 01:05:47 | More by Lukafer
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4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a gold color with white fluffy head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing.

The smell is great! Lemon, tangerine, and slight ginger.

After the smell the taste doesnt disapoint one bit. The front is sweet citrus and tropical fruits and goes down extremely smooth with bitterness and alcohol on the back.

This beer is far too drinkable for the ABV and if it were sold in CA Id drink it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 04:01:04 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a fairly clear, copper-amber color that does show a touch of haze (hop-haze one would hope). The aroma is awesomely dank with hops; an infused mix of bright citrus, pine, tropical fruit and herbaceous dank bud. The bright tropical fruit character mixes so well with the dank herbal quality that it makes me think of some, as yet undiscovered, cross between a tropical fruit and a really ripe, green marijuana bud. Specific aromas of tangelo zest, essential citrus oil, big lychee, kumquat, super-concentrated floral peach, some sort of citrusy almost garlic like note, peppery pine sap and a dank menthol note; up front the super ripe, tropical fruit character dominates, while in the finish the herbaceous, even at times peppery, notes come to the fore. Over time the garlic chive like aromatic note starts to come more to the fore and a spicy, slightly hot note of alcohol also starts to contribute to the nose.

Not as sweet as I was expecting, if it wasn't for the huge tropical fruit component the flavor might even be somewhat dry. Up front a ripe, tropical fruit note contributes flavors of lychee, kumquat, floral peach nectar and blended tangerine zest juice. Through the middle the hop notes contribute solid menthol notes, herbal, sometimes rosemary like (though not so distinctly), the flavors one gets by chewing on fresh pine needles and flavors reminiscent, though not overwhelmingly so, of garlic chives. The bitterness is not overly aggressive here, but it does linger on the palate after the beer has left. The bitterness is quit clean and crisp in quality; this is a bit surprising given how herbaceous and dank the aroma was, though there is some lingering herbal notes here as well. The tropical fruit character blends with the herbal notes towards the finish to create a flavor that reminds me a bit of fruity onions or perhaps garlic, this character is fairly slight, but definitely noticeable and not all that objectionable. This is quite quaffable as the body on this beer is on the light side from your typical Double IPA (many of which are much too cloying); there is enough texture for this to have some palate clinging viscosity, but the herbal and bitter hop notes do a good job of balancing that out. As the beer warms a bit some hotter, spicier notes of alcohol start to influence the flavor.

I would definitely like to get a fresh off the canning line version of this beer, but this is still quite fresh and vibrantly hoppy. Given that this is at least a month old at this point, it is lasting pretty well in the can; I would guess that it holds up better than Pliny does in its bottle. I am not sure that I like this more than fresh Pliny though, it has a bit too much garlic chive flavor and aroma to it (thought thankfully this is held to a low enough level that I am still thoroughly enjoying this beer).

Serving type: can

01-31-2011 14:29:39 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours orange... Not quite as dark as furious. A decent amount of white head that dissipate fairly quickly. Smells... Incredible! Hops hops hops... Loads of floral and citrus and pine. Grapefruit is probably the strongest scent. Tastes... Like an incdible hop bomb. Tons of citrus and floral and grapefruit! A lot going on. Holy cow! This beer is phenomenal.

Smells soooo fucking good... In fact, i accidentally snorted some...
So new category: nosefeel: 5.0 :)

Serving type: can

01-30-2011 23:47:33 | More by Urbancaver
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4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Date: 30 January 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 16fl oz can; extra from 'Lenny1203'

Huge thanks to Justin for including this beer as an extra in our trade! Poured easily for a 1.5-finger head that holds true for several minutes, color is clear amber-orange, lacing is super-sticky with very small bubbles....just like most Surly canned beers! Aroma is loaded with fresh pineapple, grapefruit, honey, and a slight sting of pine. Taste of perfectly-balanced malt/hop profiles. Flavors of tropical fruit carry over to the taste. Leaves a fruity-bitterness on the palate between tastes. The pineappley-hops are enormous. This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had. Thank God it's fresh! Thanks Justin!

Serving type: can

01-30-2011 16:41:50 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked a few up in a trade with arvjunk. Thanks! The date on the bottom of the can was unfortunately scratched out so I cannot tell how fresh this is.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. With an aggressive pour, about a finger and a half of white large bubble head that quickly receded to a collar, leaving a lot of nice lacing on the glass. Beer is dark orange, very hazy so you cannot see through it. When held up to a light, the beer really glows though, and a small cascade of carbonation visible when swirled lightly.

Nose is a lot of pineapple, with juicy grapefruit. Probably the strongest pineapple aroma I've ever smelled in an IPA. Swirling it lightly brings out some of the bready malts and a bit of wet grass.

Nice hop bitterness right away on the tongue, pineapple and grapefruit peel. Malt sweetness and the tropical and citrus hops skips right over the tongue, leaving a clean finish. Really nice balance in bitterness and sweetness.

Medium bodied beer with carbonation that gently scrubs your tongue of the sticky sweetness, leaving a lightly bitter lingering citrus and herbal hoppiness. Dangerously drinkable DIPA as the alcohol is very well hidden despite being 9.0%. I had to keep myself from drinking a pint of it up quickly.

Serving type: can

01-30-2011 03:19:21 | More by nataku00
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4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks urbancaver!

A-cloudy amber in cor with a white head that sticks around.
S-very high in citrus aroma. Almost too citrusy.
T-tastes a lot like it smells. Gets sweeter as it warms up
M-medium body and very smooth
D-highly drinkable. Was suprised ar the abv!

Serving type: can

01-28-2011 03:33:30 | More by brew3crew
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Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cmswoboda for the opportunity to try this one. Served at 49 degrees in a tulip. Pours a translucent burnt red/orange with a latte-like one inch cap. Head eventually dissipates into a solid skim, with swaths and spots of lacing adhering to the walls of the glass during the tasting. Nose reveals sweet citrus notes and a touch of slightly herbal, bitter rind. Taste consistent with nose; however, some tropical fruit seems to be co-mingled in the flavor profile. Finish is slightly bitter, but does not linger. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a slightly oily consistency and a crisp, even carbonation. There's also a slight astringency that lightly stimulates the sides of the cheeks. A top notch DIPA with great balance and just the right amount of complexity. I can't get enough from this Brewer.

Serving type: can

01-28-2011 01:53:16 | More by Jwale73
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4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice appearance - bright orange-amber with a big white head.

Wonderful fruity hop smells - orange, pineapple, peach, and pink grapefruit. Like a tropical fruit smoothy. Tough to pick up any malt under all that fruityness.

Flavor is also dominated by hops - tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit, although there is a toasty malt background. Alcohol is very well hidden - no indication this is over 7%. Finishes with a lengthy bitterness.

Creamy fullness, oily, carbonation is pretty smooth - a bit more prickly would bring out additional bitterness, but I think they hit what they were aiming for here.

A very smooth, fruity DIPA. Ranks up there with Two Hearted and Furious for me. Delicious.

Serving type: can

01-27-2011 05:26:14 | More by GeezLynn
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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can with about 10oz poured into the cervoise. I don't ever pour out entire cans of craft into a glass because I like to drink them straight outta the can (unless) reviewing. That's how I roll.

A - Heavy orange colour, nice fluffy head.

S - Citric orange, lemon. Grass, pine

T - Damn bitter. But well balanced with the pineapple, orange and lemon fruits.

M - Lighter body and dry. Your teeth feel gritty and sticky, indicating a hoppy and bitter as hell beer!

D - Great beer. Easily drink a bunch of this stuff.

Serving type: can

01-25-2011 17:43:37 | More by OakedCanuck
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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange, thick frothy white head.

Big whiff of pine and citrus.

Nice big citrus wash supported by bready maltiness. Slight pine note, lots of orange. This is delicious. Hits you like a DIPA should, balanced (in a big way) and tasty.

Rich full mouthfeel.

This was great. Need to get back to MN to get more!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 01:58:43 | More by Strix
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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Freaking Abrasive! Much love to freshmanpour77 (awesome trader) for hooking me up with this one (fresh). Ton of hops up front, carbonation spot on. Tried this by myself and was blown away, tried it with a friend the next go around and we were both amazed. We tried it again for a third time this Saturday next to Pliny (very fresh) and Abrasive was the preference of 3 of the 4 people at the tasting. It is amazing how this beer changes over just a week time with it tasting best the first (freshest). Looking forward to my next try of this amazing beer.

Serving type: can

01-24-2011 19:42:50 | More by joshuacavett
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4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can dated 12-29-10. Pours clear dark orange with one finger white head. Aroma was impressive. Loaded with dank hops and tons of citrus. Flavor was loaded with bitter hops, but lacking all the citrus (I'm picking up mostly orange here) and a good malt back bone. Abrasive is a good name for this brew as if you don't like a ton of bitter hops than this one might not be for you. Mild carbonation going on. Solid beer but a bit of a disappointment based on other rankings.

Serving type: can

01-24-2011 01:41:03 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a dogfish pint.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a thick froth of two finger tall white head slowly dissipating down to light sheets of lacing down the entire glass.

S - Quite the hop bomb. Plenty of tropical fruit is mixed in well with the strong citric hops. Some bready yeast and sweet caramel malt help balance things out a bit. The closest example to sculpin I have seen.

T - wow. Tons of tropical fruits mix well with the citric hops up front giving way quickly to a creamy sweetness that lingers throughout the finish. The finish is quite dry after drinking the entire can. I really enjoyed the balance this one had. I would love to try this on-tap someday. Until then I will have to settle for a few more cans.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Quite the creamy feel with some lingering dryness long after the finish. I love the balance this one has.

D - Very High. I really enjoyed this one. The balance of hops, sweetness, and creamy feel is nearly flawless. Easily the best IPA I have ever had out of a can. I look forward to having this again in the future.

Serving type: can

01-23-2011 02:29:48 | More by orangesol
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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another free beer from Sideswipe. Thanks man.

Pours a copper color with a thin head. Again dissapointed by the east coast style IPA and head retention. No real lacing.

Aroma is very similar to Pliny. Where you don't get much of any malt aroma. You get the simco piney aroma mixed with the citric hop aroma. Awesome.

Taste is different than the aroma would suggest. Much more balanced with a nice malt backbone. Slightly sweet with hop resin coating your tongue.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice carb and nice malt.

Overall I would say this beer is better than Hopslam but not better than Heady topper or elder/younger or sculpin. This is an awesome IPA that I will be trading for more.

Serving type: can

01-22-2011 05:40:15 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip. Thanks to busch03 for hooking this up.

Appearance: Out of the can this pours a fairly transparent caramel tangerine color. A huge off-white head practically overflows the tulip, leaving gorgeous lacing on the glass.

Smell: A well constructed DIPA is always bursting with hop aroma, and Abrasive is no different. A smooth blend of tropical fruits - I get pineapple and a bit of mango, with softer grapefruit and tangerine as well. The sweetness present is more caramel than candied fruit in nature.

Taste: As I gathered from the appearance, the front is caramel malt with some sweetness that balances the soon-to-come hops. Even with a valiant effort, there is no chance the malt holds up. The first few sips are not overwhelming, but as the glass goes on, the hops really dig in. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, mango, and a touch of pine are present in that order of dominance.

Mouthfeel: This drinks extremely light. Abrasive is not abrasive, it drinks extremely smooth. The tongue eventually becomes withered with the paint-stripping hop goodness, but I enjoy that.

Drinkability: There is no doubt that I could drink this all night, even though my tongue might not have taste buds by morning. This is an appropriate step up from Furious, which to date is my favorite IPA. There is potential for improvement, but this is a solid offering.

Serving type: can

01-21-2011 05:37:48 | More by KickInTheChalice
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3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lucky to have this as it isn't distributed in Ohio. Thanks Paul.

A - Hazy golden, slightly orange color. Head is full, light tan and laces the glass in a very thin consistent sheet.

S - Smell is pine AND citrus. Usually I get one or the other in IPA's. Pine is more dominant. Fruity esters follow.

T - Hops smack you in the face. Oranges are the dominant fruit characteristic I get. Bread-like malts that are in an uphill battle against the hops. The hop finish is more pungent than bitter. Must be a lot of simcoe mixed in there.

M - Smooth creamy texture. Carbonation is medium.

D - I'm guessing 10% ABV on this baby. More of a sipper but you might find it going down pretty quick.

Overall it is a great double IPA. To be honest, I'd rather be drinking a Furious. I think it is more balanced and more enjoyable. I'm sure others might disagree.

Serving type: can

01-21-2011 00:59:59 | More by GregBlatz
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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What!!! Thanx to AlleyKatKing

A:Poured a amber orange color with a fat white with very good lacing left hanging around on the glass

S:Big dose of tropical, citrus, and grapefruit hops come thru right up front. A mild malt sweetnes is hanging around in there as well

T:Just like the nose hops up front followed by some sweetness in the middle, the bcakend is then dominated by citrus and tropical hops that linger around. Very tasty and impresive.

M:Excellent body and carbonation on this one, hop resing is all over the palate and the lips with almost no hint of alcohol

D:The drink on this was ridiculous for 9%. Big hop flavors with easy drink which you really couldn't ask for more out of this drink. Could drink this one all the time and would if it was available, lets start some outside distributing Surly!!

Serving type: can

01-20-2011 03:39:07 | More by SuperNova777
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4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to adrock7309. Very excited to try this one.

Poured into my delerium tremens chalice while watching The Big Lebowksi.

A - Just slightly hazy honey amber color. Great white head.

S - A real treat. Hops explode into my nostrils, flowers, citrus, malt in the backround, grapefruit... DAMN. This smell is either the best or tied with my favorite smells coming from a DIPA. Absolutely huge.

T - Marvelous hoppy bitterness. Perfectly balanced by a big malt backbone which is almost able to stick up to the hops. I just don't know how you'd craft a brew any better than this.

M - Glorious. Full bodied IPA, hop f'in wonderland. A true playground of hops. Bitterness lasts on the taste buds and nostrils.

D - It's printed in the bottle a ton of malts and hops were used. I believe it. They must have used a ton of malt to keep up with all those hops. I've never drank 16 oz of a 9 percent DIPA so fast. I LOVE SURLY.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:23:13 | More by DNICE555
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4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into my town hall imperial pint.

A clear, bright, orange-tinted gold body sits proudly-- wearing a 2 finger head that is about 3 shades away from being perfect white. Very nice lacing and retention. Huge chunks flow like slow icebergs from the original rings that were formed.

Smells vibrant and fresh-- huge grapefruit notes are at the forefront, with pineapplse and mandarin oranges filling out the bouquet. Very light malt-- and it works quite well.
The taste falls right in line-- a dry, slightly bready malt starts things off with big citrusy hops in the flavor as well. Grapefruit and oranges are HUGE... Pineapple is happy to play a supporting role. Solid amount of bitterness... Delicious. Very impressive.

The body is bright and prickly. Good carbonation, nice oily feel on the finish. Mmmm. This is a solid DIPA.

For 9%, this drinks waaay too easy. I could enjoy this all night.

Serving type: can

01-19-2011 04:56:01 | More by AleWatcher
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South Dakota

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured out of the can into an imperial pint glass, pours reddish orange with a 1 in. creamy tan head.

S: Beer has a rich, sweet smell of citrus, spices and hops. Smell is similar to Furious but much more bold and sweet.

T: Tastes of strong citrus hops and malts along with grapefruit, orange, spices and a hint of ginger.

M: First off the taste is smooth, sweet and crisp followed by a fairly bitter after note- Its Abrasive!

D: Absolutely Drinkable, not to drink fast, but could definately drink a couple to say the least! Abrasive's Explosive! ;)

Serving type: can

01-18-2011 04:35:12 | More by Charlotte09
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4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into a Surly Darkness tulip. Can provided by UMNbeerhunter, thanks Joe!

This beer was canned on 12/27/10, so actually only a few weeks old.

A - Pours a rather muddy blend between amber and goldenrod, hazy and cloudy, carefully obscuring the contents within. Above the beer rests a bubbly, 2.5-fingered head that reduces to a runny cap in minutes, leaving behind some dense lacing. Unable to garner much sight of carbonation through the beer.

S - The smell of this beer is simply fantastic. The closest thing I've gotten to to Pliny in a long while, it smells of fresh rain, ripe pine, and juicy citrus all rolled up. It's bitter without offending, but is also incredibly refreshing. If I could travel to a spot where this smell could experienced every day in nature, I'd pack my bags in a heartbeat. It's that good.

T - And after my first sip, I'm actually a little disappointed, yet not quite surprised it doesn't live up perfectly to the nose. It certainly has roots in a West Coast styled IPA, being unbalanced in favor of showcasing the hops, and it does a great job of that. It's extremely bitter, but is in check a bit by the grapefruit and orange and the slightest bit of malt backbone. I'm constantly being reminded of Pliny here, but Pliny just seems to squeeze out more flavor besides bitter and citrus and thus I feel a bit let down here. It's not bad by any means, and as I drink the bitterness does cut substantially, but I just wish it was a bit more after the awesome nose.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. It's resiny and sticky and leaves a thick coating on the palate. Finish is long and bitter.

D - Drinkability is high. The alcohol is masked nicely and the nose and flavor just have me constantly coming back for me. It's smooth as well, which really helps. I need to find myself a 4-pack of this!

Serving type: can

01-18-2011 01:31:09 | More by nhindian
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4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. Nice head retention that left behind thick, sticky, rings of lace.

S - Great aroma. Grapefruit, other tropical fruits, bubblegum and pine. There was a mild caramel aroma, too.

T - This is was an Imperial IPA should taste like. Bitter, spicy hops with fruity kicks of grapefruit and orange. Some pine. Burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished dry. A medium bodied beer that hides it alcohol content.

D - This is delicious. Worth the price in every way.

Serving type: can

01-17-2011 13:29:47 | More by zeff80
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4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a tangerine hue with a thick, chunky, 2 finger off white head.

S- Punch in the nose of citrusey hops, lots of grapefruit, malty breadiness underneath.

T- Caramel, tons of grapefruit as in the nose, pine, citrus fruit.

M- Chewy and sticky, medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D- This will easily be one of my favorite brews of the year. Glad maximum12 sent me 4 ... I cannot see myself letting go of them! By far my favorite surly brew to date.

Serving type: can

01-17-2011 05:25:23 | More by Lothore
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,945 ratings.