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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,658
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 2,062
Gots: 468 | 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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Ratings: 3,658 | Reviews: 873
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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Can received as part of my bonus box from the 2011 Secret Santa BIF. Thanks to Ungertaker and Phillyswear.

Appearance is a reddish gold body with a thin white head. Little lacing.

Nose is fresh cut hops. Citrus and pine. Yum!

Flavor is distinctly bitter and full of rich hop flavor. Some malt sweetness there, but unbalanced to the hop end. I repeat, Yum!

Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Low carbonation, some toothiness.

Overall is just fantastic. Outstanding drinkability. Love the Surly!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Big thanks to Bitterbeerguy for the can I finally get to review.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a nice copper color. Head is off-white and sticky as can be. Dwindles to a small cap that lasts for most of the drinking process. Depth of color is lovely.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, and a slight underpinning of tropical fruits. Some pineapples sneaks through an almost pithy bitterness. Malts run on the sweet side and drop lovely notes of biscuit dough and bread crust. A touch of caramel brightens things up a bit and adds a depth to the sweetness. Loads of hops and it never lets up. As the beer warms the hops take on an oily characteristic.

Taste: Sharp slap of pine and grapefruit give way to a slight tropical wave. Pithy bitterness lingers in the back. Big slick hops everywhere. The malts try to keep up, hinting at some sweetness and rounding the profile out with a nice dose of biscuit dough, but it's ultimately about the hops. Pine resin and grapefruit zest roll in and out of assaulting the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth with a moderate body. The carbonation is on point. A touch dry at the end, but for a big beer, it drinks awfully nice.

Overall: One of the most well-executed DIPAs to date. Loads of hop flavor, but it never becomes too much. Malts come with just the right balance to keep it all on point. Tons of flavor and for the ABV, insane drinkability.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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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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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  rDev -11.7%

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

Poured into a Surly Darkness snifter from a 16 oz can

The pour is an orange hue with a thick creamy head and sticky lacing on the glass

The smell is an awesome, over-the-top citrus explosion of orange, pineapple, lemon, and mango with a hint of pine.

The taste follows the smell. It is loaded with citrus with a nice hoppy finish. little to no bitterness which is hard to believe considering the alcohol content.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Not to carbonated, smooth creamy swallow. No bite.

The overall drinkability is top notch. My absolute favorite DIPA. Maybe my favorite beer out there. Thank you Surly.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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