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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,047
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
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Gots: 281 | 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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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale peach colored pour with a resounding pillowy white head that rises and falls but leaves a steady, consistent cover across the entire surface of this beer. An absolute barrage of tiny bubbles continually dart towards the surface.

Smell is not what I expected from a Surly double. There is a heavy sweetness on the nose with some tropical fruits, peach, and a load of sugar. Not nearly as stunning a nose as Furious. In fact, it's a bit subdued.

While enjoyable, Abrasive doesn't necessarily live up to the name. It's hoppy, for sure, with notes of candied pinnepple, mandarin orange, and some tropical mango like flavors on the front end. It's bitter, but much more on the back end and even then, it's a tempered bitterness that lasts pleasantly but doesn't annihilate the taste buds. Strangely, this beer feels a little restrained, though Abrasive leaves a wonderful spotty lacing down the glass.

Moutfeel is slightly thick, chewy, and just a little sticky which is a bit of a surprise considering my only real complaint with Furious is that it can drink quite thin. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style.

This beer does not drink like 9 %. A nice beer, but not quite what I had hoped for from a brewery that offers one of my favorite IPA's.

BarrytheBear, May 16, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear copper color with a bit of orange highlights coming through. It poured with a thick and bubbly inch and a half white head, but settled down to a thin covering after a minute or so.

The aroma has a bright tropical, pineapple, peachy, hoppiness to it. There is a bit of sweetness to it along with some bready malts as well. The fruity and citrus hops really steal the show though in the nose.

The taste is full of juicy, citrusy hops. It has the same tropical, pineapple, mango type of flavor the nose suggested. It finishes with more of a caramel and malty sweetness, along with more juicy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it was an excellent tasting beer. I love IPA's and DIPA's that show a lot of great hoppy flavors but don't show an extreme bitterness, and this one did that very well. Also tasted pretty light considering the abv. Excellent beer overall. Update 2/4/11 increasing aroma from 4 to 4.5 after having some fresh cans tonight. Loved the juicy aroma to it.

billab914, May 16, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orange/light amber w/a slight chill haze. thick, dense lasting creamy eggshell head and incredible lacing coats all the way down.
S: didn't jump out as expected. freshness an issue here? good thing it's canned. tropical fruit, floral honey, and some resiny citrus.
T: juicy hop candy. moderately sweet honeyed bready malts are perfectly washed out by the smooth hop bitterness. spciy hops dance down the throat in a long hoppy finish. tons of hop flavor in this rather than outright bitterness. not harshly bitter or astringent at all despite all the hop character. no alcohol noted.
M: nicely carbonated, prickly, medium bodied.
D: yummy, hard to drink this slow despite the abv.
thanks to freshmanpour77 for this treat!
update: have had this several times since, and wow. even while congested the hops jump out. killer aroma. just beautiful all around.

MrMcGibblets, May 14, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Muddy Pig, took crappy notes as I was trying not to be too rude. Please forgive the shortness.

A: No head, light orange.

S: Orange, other citrus. A little strange, not crazy.

T: Citrus fruit blend, very fruity. Pineapple? Malt comes through just as a very much base.

M: Very slick and smooth.

mdwalsh, May 14, 2010
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.7/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, hazy copper with a yellow tinted white head. The lacing and retention is spot on.

The aroma could use a little bit more strength. It smells fresh, but lacks the "pop" i expect in a DIPA. The hops contribute a clean fruity aroma of grapefruit/general citrus, melon, and pineapple. An interesting, wood and pine spiciness is in the back.

The taste follows with more hops than the nose. It's extremely bitter, and not just on the finish. You can taste the piney, woody hops all the way through, and the bitterness rides along with it. It's nice, but like the aroma, it lacks a fresh pop to it.

Mouthfeel is relatively dry with a high level of carbonation. The bitterness is the only lingering feeling on this beer. I was expecting a bit more from this beer after having Furious, but I still enjoyed it. I'm thinking this beer doesn't hold its freshness as well, so if I try it again, I hope it's right off the canning line.

jeffthecheff, May 14, 2010
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear orange pillowy yellow tint white froth

candy citrus smell with some peach & mango

piney, smooth navel orange smell with dash of pink grapefruit

very smooth...good bitter...biscuit underlying malt flavor soft pretzel

surprisingly pleasant and soft? maybe abrasive in the back only?

nelson sauv hops? grassy...herbal quality to it

very nice dipa, but not really abrasive.

RustyDiamond, May 14, 2010
Photo of DCDevilDancer
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to WYVYRN527 for the awesome extra!
Oh Surly, you've done it again. Funny they named this one Abrasive, because this is one of the smoothest, most quaffable DIPAs I have had the fine pleasure to meet.
Looks good.
Pineapple candy and caramel grapefruit on the nose with some hints of alcohol at moments.
Flavor waves of juicy sweet oranges, grapfruit zest, caramel, wet dirt, and some pine sap and pineapple.. all with an everpresent drying hop bitterness that holds the journey together. The flavors remind me alot of Furious, but with a lighter body and a little more tropical fruit. Almost tastes like Furious morphing into Pliny the Elder (in terms of body, flavor, and alcohol). So yummy.
Great mouthfeel.. quite light and racy, while still providing a pleasant persistent coating of tingly hop bitterness.
Way too drinkable!
Seek this one out!

DCDevilDancer, May 13, 2010
Photo of Soilworker
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 1 pint 16oz can into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a rich coppery amber brown with a one finger thick off-white head.

S: Strong blast of citrusy and fruity hops characterized by an emphasis on grapefruit and perhaps some sweet berry notes. Light floral notes and sweet malts. A very pleasing hoppy nose.

T: Quite hoppy, as one would expect, but still seems to be off-set by a surprisingly sweet maltiness. There is a definite strong grapefruit hopiness but overall I found it too be surprisingly sweet. Finish is a light bitterness on the tongue with some sweet malts and lingering grapefruit-like hops.

M: This one is quite rich and almost chewy. Moderate carbonation going one here, pretty decent.

D: I could maybe get through two of these but not many more than that. Its a double-ipa so one would expect it to be a little tedious on the palate.

Notes: Overall this was a pretty good double-ipa. I was surprised by the sweetness of the drink and that was a bit off-putting to me when coupled with the intense hoppiness: it definitely influenced the drinkability of the beer. In the end I don't think I would buy this one again, for the price ($16 for four cans) it just didn't seem worth it for this double-ipa which didn't particularly 'wow' me in any way.

Soilworker, May 13, 2010
Photo of orsulacp
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very clear gold with a slight orange hue. The head is white, I think it is dropping because of the hotel glass it is in. The smell is awesome, orange rind, pine, grassy, a hint of biscuit, when I opened the can I smelt it from about a foot away. The taste is very good, first some orange sweetness, then a little malty sweetness, a slight bitterness, then more piney bitterness, and then a clean almost refreshing ending. The mouthfeel is a bit light, and the ending is kind of refreshing, really not expected in DIPA, but that gives it an exceptional rating for drinkabiity.

orsulacp, May 12, 2010
Photo of Paulny
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: all Surly beers are bottled in cans (if that that makes sense?) Purchased fresh refrigerated 4-pack brewery-dated less than a week prior to pouring into a double-walled pint glass. A tad lighter in colour than expected, nice thick tall foamy head when aggessively poured (and how else should you pour something called "Abrasive"?) into double-walled pint glass.

Smell: Ka-blammo! A GREAT big fresh juicy fruity/piney nose, mouthwatering Pavlov's dog effect just smelling it, one of best ever held to proboscis. "Pliney got nothing on this one" ran through my head as I inhaled the luxurious aroma.

Taste: A superb new benchmark DIPA: on first gulp overwheminging flavours and aromas that encircle your head like wreath. Huge albeit balanced flavours of zingy grapefruit, orange rind, crushed pine needles and toasted caramelly malt - super fresh full-on hops on top of a rich but perfectly restrained malt backbone. And blessedly, not too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth in mouthfeel, much smoother than Furious. Very full rich viscousness, almost "chewy"... resolving to a long deliciously smooth bitter finish.

Drinkability: After the first long quaff my eyes were spinning in their sockets like a jackpot on a Las Vegas slot machine. A bottomless chasm of full-on DIPA deliciousness in a pint glass - over-the-top-hopped "West coast-style" pushed to an ultimate conclusion. And from Minnesota 'fer gosh sakes. Hop nirvana for lovers of the DIPA genre. Only caveat: due to the deceivingly smooth drinkability factor the 9% ABV is easily forgotten - only to be remembered several hours later upon waking up on the couch surrounded by empty cans. Cheers!

Paulny, May 11, 2010
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks Peter!! Poured form the can into a Portsmouth tulip. Pours a clear amber with a nice off white head. Lively carbonation and nice lacing evident. Good aroma- pine, floral hops and some malt. Taste is the winner! Tons of hops- pine resin, some citrus and a bit of mint. Really smooth for a dipa with this much bitterness. Does that make sense?? Tremendously drinkable. I can literally pour this one down my throat. Medium body, slightly slick mouthfeel. God I love Surly's hop bombs!

DrDogbeer, May 11, 2010
Photo of copyguyadam
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what a DIPA should taste like. There are many to chose from, but if you get lucky enough to get your hands on this one you are in for a delight.

A = Nice golden hue. Head is what you would expect. It's giving me those "please drink me" eyes.
S = Hops and love.
T = It's going to keep me coming back again and again. I enjoy the competition, but can't get enough of the unique hop and care that went into this one.
M = The hops don't stick around all night even though it coats the mouth strong at first. Really great trick here.
D = I can tell too many will make me smarter than I should be... so I'll stop at 2 Pints.

Here's hoping Surly makes this year round...

copyguyadam, May 10, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Thanks kbutler1 for the 4 pack, you are the man.

Beer is amber and clear (nice) with a monster white / yellow head of medium and large bubbles that leaves a monster amount of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is criminally low though...

Aroma is ridiculously hoppy. Lots of nice plne hops in there. Smells great.

Lots of body in this one. Some malt in the for front. Not quite what I was expecting, I'll take another taste, sweetness up front and a strong bitterness in the back. Beer is pretty good. There isn't much happening in the front of the palate. Overall its a pretty good but not as good as I hoped.

drabmuh, May 09, 2010
Photo of squaremile
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently this is the same formula as 16 Grit. Nose is the best feature of the beer. Great pine and floral hops that don't quit. Beautiful. Taste is more pine and some citrus and floral hops, a reasonable malt and caramel presence that balance it a bit. Good drinkability, but having it in close proximity to Barle3y Brown's Chaos and Alpine Duet make it dwarf a bit. Very good, not EPIC.

squaremile, May 09, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Peter for this one. Poured from a 16oz. bottle into a tulip.

A: Gentle pour yields a foamy, 2.5 finger white head with great retention. Beer is a clear, bright orange that reveals massive carbonation. Lacing is patchy and stringy but not outrageous. Stick is decent but by no means endless.

S: Pine, honey, toffee, bitter grapefruit, hops, and earth. Nose is rather subdued and a bit disappointing to be honest. I expected something more like Furious, a bit more over-the-top.

T: Tea leaves, toasted caramel, pine, grass, overwhelming citrus in the middle. Bready almost, astringency comes forward towards the end as well as a decent dose of booze. Hop and malt presence in perfect balance albeit I can tell the battle rages on in this brew and a different side is winning at the beginning, middle, and end. Finish is super-clean for an IPA this powerful. Leaves a tiny, burnt hop aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, and moderately coarse. Abrasive is a good name for this beer as it describes the feel almost perfectly. Very lively and really socks it to my tongue. Finish is clean, aftertaste is minimal.

D: Seems like Surly can do no wrong. Give me their brown ale, their IPA, their bitter, their RIS, it doesn't matter, they just seem to craft the perfect beer every time. Worth every bit of recognition it gets, Abrasive leaves me saying "Pliney the what?"

SpeedwayJim, May 07, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A cold CAN enjoyed in a snifter courtesy of largadeer, thanks Chris! I've been wanting to try this since the time it was called 16 Grit. Now I CAN. The beer is vibrant and translucent tangerine with a small frothy white head.

The aroma boasts a hefty citrus profile, with notes of fresh oranges, fresh peaches, fresh nectarines, fresh tangerines, fresh pineapple, and two day old papaya (perhaps after sitting on the counter for one day, and in the fridge another). There's a light malt sweetness that lends a subtle candied quality to the fruit, evoking an air of restrained balance. Many hoppy beers possess notes of grapefruit and orange, and but it's not often that I find those oft found fruits in subjugation to lesser seen fruits like papaya, peach, and nectarine. This aroma is exceptional.

The flavor displays a nice balance between hops lightly sweet malt, but the hops are certainly the center of attention. The trend of excellence I witnessed in the aroma is continued, with a bloated cornucopia of fruit flavors, including peach, nectarine, mango, orange, and grapefruit. Bitterness is at a pleasant upper moderate level. If I didn't know the ABV of Abrasive Ale I'd guess it at around 9%. The alcohol isn't masked, but its presence isn't detrimental to the great fruit flavor. The finish is long and bitter with lingering tropical notes.

The beer is medium bodied with an ample level of medium carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. An excellent Imperial IPA with a huge fruit profile that I'm very glad I was able to try. Highly recommended.

HopHead84, May 07, 2010
Photo of herman77
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a vibrant deep orange with an average khaki color head. Good clarity. Good amount of sticky lacing, not as much as the first several cans I've had over the past few weeks.

S: A blast of fresh, fruity hops. Tons of fruit, orange, pineapple, peach and grapefruit. A slight touch of pine.

T: Fantastically fresh tasting! Again its like a bomb of oranges, peaches and pineapples exploded in my mouth. Sharp citrus and pine hop bite with a nice thick toffee malt backbone. The balance in this is pretty amazing. Can't get over how fresh this tastes. Has a long juicy/fruity finish with citrus hop oils sticking around.

M/D: Just on the fuller side, lower carbonation, pretty slick and smooth mouthfeel. Goes down way too easy for being 9% abv since its so tasty and well balanced. Hard to stop drinking.

herman77, May 07, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to my homeboy Ben for hooking me up with some cans of this beast.

A: The beer is amber in color with great clarity and a massive cream colored head on top which sticks to the edge of the glass.

S: A hop bomb if I've ever smelled one! Very reminiscent of Sculpin's aromas. A ton of tropical fruit, especially pineapples and mangos along with plenty of juicy citrus. No malt to be found.

T: The sweet tropical fruits are really the main attraction here as well. The pineapple and mango provide a nice sweetness, along with some peaches. There is plenty of juicy grapefruit and pine on the finish to give the beer a great bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a low to moderate carbonation and a really crisp finish to the beer.

D: I say it everytime I have a Surly beer, and I'll say it again: awesome! These guys really have a good thing going and I'm glad to have some more of this one in the fridge.

womencantsail, May 07, 2010
Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange with some red highlights. Frothy, semi-rocky off-white cap that fades and doesn't leave much lacing. Surprising clarity.

S - First whiff is of pineapple and some other juicy fruits, backed with a nice dankness and strong herbal notes.

T - Follows the nose with lots of upfront juicy fruitiness followed by a mix of lots of herbal flavor, some pine, and citrus peel, in that order. The upfront fruitiness does carry through everything, though, and lingers in the finish. I can feel alcohol on the back of my throat but can't taste it at this temperature. The malt becomes more evident as I adjust to the hop flavor and has a nice toasted grain flavor, which is nice considering it's not overly evident.

MF - Holy full body, Alpha Acid Man! Definitely the most full-bodied, chewy DIPA I've ever tasted. Carbonation is suprisingly light, which provides a ton of silkiness. I'm not sure if I prefer this or something lighter, but considering the 'bigness' of the overall beer, I can only consider this appropriate.

D - Well, the feel definitely adds a lot of size and character to the beer, which is a plus, but it also takes away quaffability(if we consider it as far as DIPAs go). The alcohol is really well hidden, which is another plus. Honestly, the mid-west(or great lakes region) is incredibly impressive when it comes to DIPAs, and Abrasive Ale is no exception.

HitokiriNate85, May 06, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden hue. Tall foamy head, good retention, like a lace bomb exploded in the glass.

S: Aromas of booze, pine, citrus, green grass, and chemical solvent. Harsh without being off putting.

T: Boldly hopped for sure. Very much citric, with lemon zest and pith included. A bit bitter for sure. Hints of more sweet and resinous pine along with floral green hops. The booze is there, but not in too big of a way. The aroma says this one is hopped as hell and I am sure there is a ton of malt there trying to provide balance but it really don't work (not a bad thing). It is hop forward and pretty damn good to be honest.

M: On the fuller side of medium in body, fairly full for the style. Bold and bitter.

D: Not the most drinkable, but still solid. It is tasty and one I enjoyed putting back while in the pool on a hot May evening.

Thanks Sean for the retarded package.

tpd975, May 06, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a few cans of this from kbutler1. Thanks! I was able to try this beer a couple times last year in growler form, pleased to see it available in cans now.

Poured into a pint glass, Abrasive is copper-colored, clear and bright, capped by a finger of white foam. It's a few shades lighter than Furious despite the significantly higher alcohol content.

The aroma is outstanding. Redolent of peaches, pineapple, papaya and grapefruit, this is one of the most intoxicating and complex hop profiles I've encountered. Malty sweetness blends with the hops in a way that makes you think you're smelling a fresh fruit salad.

The taste lives up to the aroma, exhibiting flavors of yellow peach, mango and pineapple. Interplay between the sugary malts and fruity hops makes me think of alcoholic fruit punch. I can't overstate how fruity this one is, it's dominant to the point of overwhelming any other flavors. It finishes on a bitter but juicy note, tropical fruit flavors lingering long on the tongue.

Medium-bodied and neither dry nor syrupy nor overly bitter, I can't fathom why they would choose to call this ale Abrasive. It's a refreshingly unique take on the style, and one of my favorite beers of the year so far.

largadeer, May 05, 2010
Photo of bound4er
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this beer - thanks Matt G. for setting me up with a 4-pack.

A. Golden copper color with a full, tight-knit 2 finger white head. Lots and lots of staying power and very nice lacing.

S. Grass, pine and tropical hop aromas and bready malt. Very clean smelling.

T. Hopped up nicely with citrus/lemon on the initial attack followed by pine, sweet malt and some alcohol adding "richness". Lingering finish that has low bitterness.

M. Full bodied almost sticky mouthfeel. Good creaminess where the head and liquid meet your mouth as you drink this stuff. Very nice.

D. Not quite up to Furious drinkability standards though at 9% ABV it goes down awfully easy. This is an excellent beer but for $15 a 4-pack, I would reach for Furious over this if I had regular access to these.

bound4er, May 04, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for snagging a few of these when they briefly hit the shelves. This is my last one. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip. Some comments are cribbed from my growler review.

A - A finger of off-white foam appeared leaving some nice lacing, and a few bubbles starting rising to the top of the glass. The color is a hazy dark orange color. It doesn't have as much of the reddish tinge that 16 Grit did.

S - Loaded with fresh citrus hop flavor - grapefruit, tangerine, clementine and a touch of lemon - but also rich in sweet candied pineapple. A little more toasted malt character in the cans.

T - This stuff is pure juice - like fresh ripe grapefruits that I just picked off the tree in Florida and squeezed by hand into a glass and mixed with fresh cane sugar. Pretty fierce bitterness pops up after a few sips and lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - Incredibly resiny, and good thickness and viscosity. I can imagine hop juice coating the inside of my mouth. It's also a little warming from the high ABV. The carbonation is a little more zingy than the growler I had, but it's still quite pleasant.

D - Other than the fact that a couple glasses will leave me under the table, this is incredibly drinkable. No overwhelming bitterness, booziness, bloatiness - just deliciousness!

Well - I asked and Surly delivered. Not quite as awesome as the first batch of 16 Grit, but still a highly enjoyable and delicious DIPA. Hope some kegs roll down to Chicago.

MasterSki, May 03, 2010
Photo of notCreative
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Bell's Hopslam Tulip.

A - Light golden amber, extremely clean looking, very clear.

S - Citrus hops are very apparent

T - Magically delicious. If I tasted it with my eyes closed, I would have pictured it to be a green or purple cocktail ... it was just that citrus'y and sweet, accompanied with a nice hop bite that you'd expect from a DIPA.

M - Seemed appropriate; not too thin.

D - I want more.

General thoughts: I'm glad that this is harder to come by... that translates to when you do actually find some, it's very fresh and delicious. Enjoy.

notCreative, May 03, 2010
Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite nice looking. A clear amber ale, a half finger of pale tan head formed on a pretty vigorous pour, not bad retention for what it was. Quite intricately laced, with a bit more carbonation this could have been more like eye candy.

Mmm things pick up nicely while enjoying the aroma of this treat. Some rich toasty malts with nuances of caramel and toffee are all but wiped out from the big hops blast. Some dank hop notes try to come out from under the blast of grapefruit and pineapple.

Yummy. Quite hoppy, with some bitterness. The malts try to assert themselves again, and yet again are wiped out by the hops. A dank earthy character morphs into a cocktail of grapefruit and pineapple accented with orange zest. Then a mostly clean bitterness rises to help in the transition from a hint of rich malts and full creamy body to a touch of astringency and mild resinosity.

Pretty drinkable. This is a big beer, the alcohol is pretty well hidden, but there is a solid amount of malt, and even more hop presence. If you are jonesing for a new, interesting IIPA this is for you. Another very solid beer from Surly, thanks to chonyr for the can. Hopefully they can manage to distribute some of these to Duluth, id like to buy some.

demcorhip, May 03, 2010
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,047 ratings.