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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,479
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 2,052
Gots: 438 | FT: 34
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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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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. =)

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured all 16oz into my Founders tulip.

Straight on copper colored liquid. Thick two finger off white head. Dissipates quickly. Some retention left, but hardly any lacing. Some sediment floats by. Reminds me of sea monkeys. Man I miss those.

Aroma is hop and pine. Big citrus nose. Sweet like mangoes. Quite divine. My kid is screaming downstairs while I type. Uncool.

Citrus roundhouse kick to the tongue. Sweet candy. Piney hop bite. Incredibly easy to drink.

A masterpiece in every sense of the word. Killer beer. Too bad it is so damn expensive, or I would send more out to people.

Photo of beereality
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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

I've been hoping for an opportunity to try some beers from Surly for some time, and this one hit it out of the park for me. Golden peach color with a tight white head. Faintly sweet and floral in the nose. Perfectly balanced big hops punch up front, with a honey sweetness playing off the hops bittering. No alcohol notes, other than a little pepper at the finish. Wonderfully smooth for a DIPA. I would put this head-to-head with Hopslam.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ms11781
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brydeen. Canned on 12/14/2011. 16oz can poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden orange but settles in the glass as a hazy amberish color. A massive off white head develops, so much so that it needs to settle for a good amount of time before the entire beer can be poured into the glass. Excellent fluffy lacing is left on the glass.

The nose is full of huge, juicy tropical and citrus hops and can be detected as soon as the can is cracked. Pineapple is easily the most prominent aroma that comes through but it is far from the only one. Grapefruit and some lemon are here as well as a more subtle hit of pine. There is an overall sweetness that can most likely be attributed to the juicy hops and a bit of malt. But this one is all about the hops and the nose is exceptional.

The taste follows closely with nose. Big citrus and tropical fruit hops hit first with pineapple again leading the way. Some orange, mango and grapefruit are here as well. It's really just an explosion of juicy hops up front. The malt sweetness comes across more in the taste and lays a nice base for a good hit of pine. The pine brings a pleasant bitterness to the finish. The taste probably isn't as big or in your face as the nose but it's still outstanding.

The mouthfeel is probably the only drawback for me, as the carbonation is a bit lower than it seems it should be. It probably also contributes to the hops not having the bite in the taste that they do in the nose. Despite the lack of carbonation the beer never feels slick, oily or too big for the style.

Despite the mouthfeel, this is an outstanding beer. The hop flavors and aromas are excellent. With a bit more carbonation this beer would be in the running for the best DIPA I've ever had.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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

From notes, sampled 1/6/12.

From a trade with Aaron, thanks man! Pint can (awesomeness) brewed 12/1 poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Appears coppery amber with a touch of haze and great lacing.

S: An awesome grapefruit aroma and sweeter pine, pineapple mixing with some sweet bready notes. Very pleasant nose.

T: Lots of ruby grapefruit notes, pine & piney dryness, biscuity malt breadyness, and a hint of caramel without the sweetness.

MF: Medium body with decent carbonation and a nice dry finish.

O: This beers nose was just great, must be insane fresh. Overall I liked this beer a ton, quaffed it pretty fast.

Photo of metalgdog
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of pixieskid
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Woah; cracking the can instantly releases an obscene amount of hop aroma...oh yeah!
Pours a fairly dark orange color with a solid 3 finger head that dissipates to a lingering bit of head and nice lacing.
Nose; citrus, floral, and tropical fruit overtones.
Taste; surprising balance actually, you don't get 9% at all! Sharp notes of citrus upfront with undertones of peaches, pineapple, and grapefruit. Has a nice malt back, a bit of caramel, some grainy notes all around finishing with a solid grassy bitterness.
Mouthfeel is oily yet crisp and has a great carbonation.

Overall; for me, this definitely deserves to be Surly's claim to fame. Have had a fair amount of their offerings and been quite underwhelmed but this is a top notch dipa with increadibly aroma, hop presence, and balance...glad I have a few more cans! Thanks to Laymansbeerfan for the super fresh 12-21-11 double IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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