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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,678
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 2,061
Gots: 466 | FT: 32
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can to a pint glass:

Pours a hazed burnt gold with a healthy sized off white head and terrific lacing. Classic DIPA retention... the lacing paints the glass from start to finish.

Nose is massive. Loads of citrus, mainly grapefruit or tangerine. Supported by an ample dose of spruce/pine, incredibly dynamic for such a hop-centric brew. The malt base is reminiscent of fluffy oats and honey.

The taste reflects the aroma. Big pine resin that gets overwhelmed by big citrus, tropical juice. The malts take a backseat to a giant hoppy nectar of the gods. Addictive bitterness, creamy and full-bodied. A delight of a beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured outta can inna pint glass.

Tangerine wheat slightly cloudy appearance with a hint of red.
A very thing yellow orange head leaves nice lacing during drinking.

Can I smell this all day long please.
Bright pine needle, citrus(Myer lemon, grapefruit, lime zest) green grass, hops, sugar.

Taste gives me some tangerine line custard, with a combo of lime cypress, California pine, (sour diesel) and candied lemon zest.

Mouth feel is nice, I fount a slight bitterness, or tannin from the hops. Alc. isn't a big factor here as its quite drinkable.

Overal...I'll smell this beer all day night long. And drink it after I'm done with that.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I get to Minneapolis from time to time, but never when I can get Abrasive. I finally got it.

A- burnt orange with a well retained head. Poured from a 16 oz can into an imperial pint glass.
S- piney, citrus notes, but not over bearing
T- perfect hop/malt combination. Easy to drink. Too easy actually for a double iPa.
M- refreshing for the style. A little sticky, but not overly heavy.
O- one of the better DIPA's that I've had. Offering this year round and a broader distribution would do very well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 1/23, consumed 2/24

A - Poured into XL snifter. Body has a dark orange color, with 1 finger of off-write head. Head recedes leaving bubbles and lacing after about a minute.

S - Huge waves of citrus hops, crisp piney hops, with a bready malt background. I can't wait to have a sip!

T - Piney hops upfront, citrus hops in the background. Bitter aftertaste. This is as 'in your face' as an ipa can get.

M - Lighter carbonation, goes down smooth. Alcohol well-hidden

O - This is a huge bruiser of a beer. It's good, but I would love to have some extremely fresh. It still gets high marks - I think this the most intense IPA I've ever had.

Edit - has this on tap at Stub and Herbs yesterday, and it is so much more amazing when fresh. Unless the cans are <1 week old, they don't do this beer justice. HUGE citrus taste that explodes in the mouth - mango, pineapple, apricots, nectarines. Incredibly drinkable and delicious. Far superior to Hopslam (I would score it almost 5)

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4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into a shaped pint glass. Canned on 1/23/2012, reviewed on 2/23/2012 making it exactly one month old. Huge thanks to ottodyer for throwing this in as an extra!

A - Dark amber body with a massive fluffy off-white head. Looks great.

S - Loads of tropical fruits with a piney finish. Love the mango and papaya notes.

T - Same as the nose, mango and papaya followed by a piney bitter finish and some light caramel malts. The bitterness is lasting but not overpowering. Mouth feel is a bit light but carbonation is spot on and the high alcohol isn’t noticeable.

O - One of my favorite DIPA’s. Surly knows how to make a damn good hoppy beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as a great extra, thanks to jrod1969!

Pours out a deep yellow orange with a massive offwhite head that stayed forever, tons of lacing.

On the nose is massive citrus fruit, some pine and sweet fruit, but overwhelming Simcoe/Amarillo-esque hop.

The flavor follows the nose with huge fresh citrus hops and a solid amount of bitterness leaving you craving the next sip. Some light honey stickiness with a little bit of mango at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with huge amounts of carb.

Overall exceptional and darn close to Hopslam in top tier DIPAs. Always welcome as an extra!

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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