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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 1,839
Gots: 266 | 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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4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Superb Double IPA! Thanks very much to RustyDiamond for sharing a growler with me and a couple of other Atlanta area BAs. Pours a dark orange/amber with some chill haze with a fairly nice head given the abv and the fact that it was from a shipped growler. Some nice lacing as well. Slightly spicy hops in the nose and with some lovely citrus aromas. The taste is a perfectly balanced blend of firm, slightly sweet malt, pine, and citrus. Wonderfully fresh tasting and scrumptious hops. Just awesome. Incredibly smooth. I don't know what the abv is on this, but I could drink this all day- or until I fell off my stool. Just luscious.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2009 17:18:00 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of hopdog


4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from Growler. I never thought I would get a crack at this one!

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color wtih a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus (oranges and grapefruits), pine, floral, tangerines, and 'sticky'. Tastes of the same citrus, pine, caramel, and the same stickiness. Nice and hoppy with a malt balance in the taste. Alcohol content hidden.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2009 00:44:13 | More by hopdog
Photo of Dubbercody


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

Growler, brought to the Stouts tasting. And I mighty fine IPA it was. Orange/copper with white head. Sweet and awesome hops come out of the glass to start you salivating while you smell the beer. Tasted great, nice and hoppy with an awesome sweetness to really nicely balance this beer. Up there as on of the best IIPA's I've had.

As the story goes this won't be available in Growlers any longer due to Minnesota law changing, sad if it's true and made us toast to one of the last Surly 16 Grit growlers to be consumed.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2009 19:56:29 | More by Dubbercody
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4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12-27-08. Consumed 1-25-09

Thanks to PhiDelt for this one!

A. Hazy burnt gold..not much head. Oily, thick, and sticky is the way this one looks.

S. Caramel, oranges, peaches, resiny-sticky hop oils.

T. Very malty and sweet with molasses overtones but well bittered to keep up. Honey malt and light alcohol warming is present. Very sticky and oily hops. Earthy, dirt-y and complex.

M. Thick in the mouth and low carbonation.

D. Nice beer. I wish this one was a regular in their canned lineup. Super drinkable even so sweet and bitter.

Serving type: growler

01-27-2009 21:03:35 | More by MMAJYK
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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My brother in law sat in line to get a growler of this. then brought it to our Christmas celebration. This is an amazing beer, and I wish I would have had the time to get some of this before the deadline.

A: Golden Red color, good lacing
S: Tropical fruits and citrus, caramel notes and just a creamy taste to it.
T - Wonderfly bitter, warming...truely Furious on steriods. But the blend of hops made the taste just flow.
M - full bodied, even carbonation, The carbonation doesnt slow you down though.
D - got a little depressed after the growler was gone. But I hope that Surley will start canning this beer. It is fantastic!

Serving type: growler

01-27-2009 14:21:43 | More by NuBrewm
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3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Via growler pour into shaker pint on 1/23/09. Thanks to dashirey for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy orange/copper-colored body with minimal carbonation and a thin beige head that yielded nice lacing.

S - Fruity hop nose with citrus notes (especially orange) and berry sweetness combined with a burnt caramel malt character. Some piney notes and spicy black pepper also emerge, as well as a mild waft of alcohol.

T - Huge hop explosion with citrus and pine notes paired with an alcohol warmth and caramel malt sweetness. Some floral notes peek through in the backend.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and pretty soft carbonation. Dry finish with an assertive bitterness on the palate.

D - much like Furious, this is a big, bold DIPA with tons of hops and a noticeable alcohol presence. While it is very good, I still haven't been blown away by anything from Surly yet. This one fell a little short of my expectations, but it was still quite good overall.

Serving type: growler

01-26-2009 17:28:21 | More by ffejherb
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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy copper with a frothy off white head. The aroma has a bit of the onion that you get in Furious. The citrus and pine aromas are well blended. The flavor has plenty of malt and hops, and the balance is pretty amazing. Seems full bodied with a sweetish finish.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2009 19:44:45 | More by tjthresh
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4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, just wow....I got this heavenly beer from the guys at Heritage in St Paul, great people, very generous.

A: Golden Red color, good lacing
S: Tropical fruits and citrus, caramel notes
T - Wonderfly bitter, warming...truely Furious on steriods.
M - full bodied, even carbonation, you can't stop drinking this beer (bad, at 10 percent, haha)
D - Can you please please please but this into cans Surly?!

Serving type: growler

01-22-2009 18:25:36 | More by Dusty278
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New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sample poured fromb a growler by Matt at Capone's in Norristown PA. Growler courtesey of another very generous patron.

A: Cloudy orange body with small white head.

S: Smelled very sweet and citrusy. Some faint floral scents as well.

T: Tasted pretty sweet. Caramel maltiness mixed with a big citrusy hoppiness full of orange and grapefruit. Never got really bitter.

M: Very smoothe medium body.

D: Different from any other DIPA I've had. Very fresh citrus fruit profile without being extremely bitter. Drinks very easy. This is one great beer.

Serving type: growler

01-21-2009 18:37:25 | More by Jerzdevil1116
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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Who brings a growler of DIPA to a Stout Tasting party? Skourtis, that's who! Big thanks to Theo for sharing his bounty and thanks to the MN trader who sent this along. I tried 16 Grit twice last night and was fortunate enough to get 10-12 oz. more today (benefits of hosting said party). Poured to a pint glass.

A: Pours a warm auburn orange with a sultry haze. Even 24 hours after first opening, I still get a nice 1-finger layer of frothy ivory, impossibly slow to fade. Lace coats in sudsy bands.

S: Delicious-smelling candy-like aroma: syrupy sweet caramel, mild grasses and herbs, fruity notes of tangerine and orange. Rises cautiously from the glass after an initial burst at first pour: any stronger and it gets a '5'.

T: Huge malty mouthful: sweet citrus melds beautifully with grassy/herbal and slightly spicy hops. Toasted bread crust, a little nutty. Wheat bread spicing with a few softer fruit notes (melon and pear). Some in the group we tasted with likened the flavors to the best 'English IPA' any of us had tried.

M: Luscious carbonation, smooth and lightly coating feel. Not too sweet nor too sticky, has a wonderfully balanced blend of sugars and bitterness. Medium body, no notable alcohol but for a slight, cheek-drawing warmth. Mouth-watering for more.

D: As balanced an IPA as I can recall having. Malts and hops blend superbly, alcohol seems non-existent. A beer that nears perfection on many levels, and one I deeply regret I'll probably never get to have again.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2009 23:50:03 | More by msubulldog25
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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another fantastic Surly offering. Appearance is very good, a nice orange hazy color with a decent head and lots of oily lacing. Smell was quite good, a nice blast of fresh hops- very complex hop character here. Also a slight bit of spice and grapefruit. My one qualm with the beer is that the taste does not blast me quite as hard as the smell. Mouthfeel is great, oily and moves around well on the palate. Drinkability is fantastic for a DIPA.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2009 07:13:40 | More by supercolter
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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to turdfurgison for his generosity in sharing the growler. Very much appreciated.

Appearance: It's a hazy, caramel color with a bit of an orange tint. Very nice looking color. The head appears to be a vanilla color, but carbonation is very light and it barely covers the surface. Needless to say, retention was very short and only a few specks of lace remained behind.

Smell: The nose is very impressive. It's very fruity and sweet smelling. The fruits are ostensibly attributable to the citric hops. I don't know what the hop bill is, but they certainly smell strong, citric, and delicious. Smells like there's a generous amount of malts included. But the hops retain their strong scent. Not sure if that holds true for the flavor profile, but here's hoping it does. Much to my delight, absolutely no alcohol is noted. Impressive for a 9% beer. Very nice smelling beer.

Taste: This is very impressive. Initially, there's a load of citrus grapefruit and pineapple flavor. Very sweet and satisfying. Caramel and pale malts are noted. Caramel tastes like the stronger of the two. Generally, I'm not a big fan in the style, but it works out well here. Hops are primarily citric and provide a really nice bitter flavor. The bitter flavor is not quite as strong as it could be due to the malt presence, but it really does have a nice flavor that doesn't want for much at all. Very satisfying. Alcohol is only faintly noticeable. Another plus. It finishes sweet, bitter, and a little dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a nice, medium body that's very lush and smooth. Carbonation is very light. Just enough to keep it above flat. Very reminiscent of a cask ale, indeed. Drinkability is very high despite its 9% abv. It's got such a great flavor. If I had a growler to myself, I'd probably make a valiant effort to tackle the entire thing. It is that good.

16 Grit's one hell of a fine DIPA. I'm certainly grateful for the opportunity to try it. It's a shame Minnesota law will prevent Surly from selling any more growlers. Honestly, this is a beer that's well worth bottling from here on out. It's very impressive. It could use a little more carbonation, but that's about it. It's fantastic in all other respects. Thanks again, Eric. I really appreciate the opportunity to try this beer. The opportunity's probably not likely to ever emerge again.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2009 04:45:05 | More by prototypic
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4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Terrifically turbid caramel-covered orange with juicy tangerine and mango highlights. The golden sandstone colored head isn't huge, but it oozes quality. The foam is firmly creamy and sticky, leading to both persistence and an extensive array of fine lace. This is a great looking DIPA.

The word 'great' applies to the aroma as well. The tropical fruitiness emanating from the glass tells me that Amarillo is the dominant hop (Warrior and Glacier are also present). An insane amount of hops and double dry-hopping just cannot be beat. Each sniff results in billowing clouds of orange, pink grapefruit and passionfruit. This should be yet another doozy from Surly.

Doozy is right! 16 Grit Ale may not be as abrasively hoppy as the name suggests, but then I've only just begun to gulp. This might be one of those DIPAs that is cumulatively hoppy and starts to strip tooth enamel after 16-20 ounces. 110 IBUs seems a tad high. On the other hand, it tastes and feels like abundant malt sugars are running interference and attempting to keep things balanced.

My preference is for DIPAs to have either no caramel malt or just a little. There's more than a little caramel-toffee flavor, but less than a lot. In the end, it works well in concert with the lusciousness of the hops, without overpowering them. The beer has 9.0% ABV power, even if the alcohol is barely appreciated on the palate. If that makes any sense.

As often happens, the flavor score has earned a bump near the bottom of the first glass. Warming is probably the reason why. The flavors are more intense and fit together even more seamlessly. This stuff is dangerously drinkable, as is most all Surly beer. Talk about liquid crack. Prediction: this will be one my 'top beers of 2009'. Easy call.

As the raging river of melted caramel solidifies the bottom end, an increasingly impressive hoppiness takes flight on the top end. Flavors mirror aromas, with juicy pineapple, orange zest and pink grapefruit being especially prominent. Maybe a little pine sap as well. Lawdy, lawdy, this big ol' hoppy ale is the cat's pajamas. It also comes in the best looking growler that I've ever seen.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn close to sheer perfection. It's lightly chewy, lightly sticky and moderately mouthcoating. I'm also pleased that the carbonation is laid back, yet insistent enough to provide lift and volume. Kudos to both the brewer (Todd) and the sender (Al).

The temperature outside was -16 degrees when I got up this morning. Coincidence? 16 Grit Ale is yet more proof that Surly can stand toe to toe with America's best breweries and not blink. This beer is a remarkable achievement and deserves to released each and every year. A million thanks to the felonious one for coming through again. Your generosity is humbling. Finally... hoppy birthday to me!

Serving type: growler

01-15-2009 15:52:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler gifted from JohnBierman as an extra in a trade (!). I'm finishing my second pint, and I'm seriously loving this beer. John told me it was filled from the bright tank, not kegged first. It could be this is the reason it feels like a cask ale, it has an English "real ale" body but with massive American hops flavors. The beer is dark copper colored, clear, with a thin white foam. The smell is wickedly good, way better than Furious which smells a lot more like cat piss (I'm not knocking it, it's just the dominant aroma in Furious). I don't really get the feline urine in 16 Grit, mostly the hops come through as grapefruit and pine sap. The taste is stunning, I really don't know how it could be improved. The hops dominate with citrus flavors but there's a malty sweet counterbalance that keeps things interesting taste-wise. The body is stunning too, very "casky". Probably this is my favorite DIPA at this point, and it's really sad that I'll never see it again after this growler dies.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2009 03:33:31 | More by TurdFurgison
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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow...the other reviewers did a great job with a more technical analysis. All I can say is that this is the best DIPA I've ever had. Big citrusy (orange?) DIPA balancing the malt and bitterness. I swear this beer tastes better because I can't buy another growler.

The only time I got up to the Surly Brewery was to buy this growler and due to archaic law, they are too large to sell growlers (my guess is their sales are less than $2million which is a very small business).

Love the artisan nature of the Surly offerings, the Surly attitude, the Surly nation...this company is a true beer geek haven.

Serving type: growler

01-13-2009 21:43:47 | More by stj1xx
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tizzod's last growler...quite an honor to consume over an evening. Surly was "selling too much beer" at the brewery according to the Minnesota liquor control board, so its success was rewarded with a ban on free trade...no more growlers at the brewery. How is this American?

Dark amber brew from this aging growler still has fine carbonation, but raises little head. The lacing is intricate and beautiful, however.

Aromas of powerful hop oils dance across the nose; citurs, pine, very fresh, very delicious.

This DIPA does a perfect balancing act betweenteh alcohol, sweet malt and wonderfully aromatic hops, with a lingering and delicious bitterness that never exhausts the palate. I love it, and I am not usually a DIPA lover; hop monster lovers moight find this beer tame, but they will probably admit that this is a wonderful beer.

Serving type: growler

01-13-2009 03:53:18 | More by kenito799
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4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of gford217 - much obliged.

Pours a cloudy deep copper color without much of a head due to a growler pour. What little head there is sticks around for a while and leaves decent lacing.

Smells great. Huge citrus aromas - mostly grapefruit, but also some orange and a bit of tropical fruit - are backed up by muted floral hop aromas and sweet caramel malt. This is what I like a DIPA to smell like.

Tastes much as the smell would lead one to think, though the malt flavors hold a bit more sway here. Grapefruit and tropical fruits kick things off, then are gently overtaken by caramel malt. There's a slightly bitter ending that gives the sip a solid finality.

Mouthfeel is good. This tastes just as thick as it looks, and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is great. There's really no reason to sell bottles of this, I could finish off an entire growler by myself.

Overall this is one of the better DIPA's I've had, and thanks again to gford217 for sharing this.

Serving type: growler

01-12-2009 23:18:26 | More by glid02
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 1/11/09

Poured from a 64oz Surly growler with a two finger head that faded very slowly and had a crystal clear copper appearance. A huge citrus hop aroma and slight maltiness reappeared in the taste which hit the tongue like a hop semi - explosive! Felt smooth going down and the hops caught the tongue like little hop needles. Amazingly easy to drink for the amount of hops and high alcohol content. Very impressed with this beer and feel very lucky to have had it. I hope Surly seriously considers brewing it again next year because I've never had a DIPA quite like this - essentially furious on steroids!

Serving type: growler

01-12-2009 22:02:52 | More by deliriumfest
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4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growlers courtesy of Buebie and DBhog shared with 50+ of my closest friends at the Brick Store. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy orangish amber with a small tan head that showed decent retention and spotty lacing.

Upon opening, the growler threw off one of the most appetizing aromas I have ever smelled. It was just about fruit you could imagine in an IPA just streaming out. Grapefruit was the most prominent aroma but there was oranges, lemons, and other tropical fruits. There was a bit of caramel malt sweetness in the there as well.

The taste follows the aroma and is almost as spectacular. It's still all about the fruity hops - grapefruit especially. The caramel malts balance the taste well and there was a subtle bitterness that took a backseat to the fruits.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style with good carbonation and less abrasive than most DIPAs.

I can't thank Brian and Bill enough for the opportunity to try and share this great beer with everyone this weekend. It is quite possibly the most drinkable DIPA I have tasted and one of the better beers I have tried in a while. Excellent.

Serving type: growler

01-11-2009 04:09:52 | More by gford217
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Ontario (Canada)

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

WankerWeasel hooked me up with this one. big thanks ben!

64oz growler. sampled jan 10/09.

pours a nice deep orange, almost red. there's a touch of haze and a few chunks floating around, hops i'd guess. a nice dense yellow head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving tons of lace behind.

aroma is good. grapefruit and pine. bit of yeast. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. cracker. hint of alcohol. orange and tangerine. touch of tropical fruit too.

taste is great. medium-high bitterness level. light alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. orange peel. grapefruit and pine. orange and tangerine. there are floral and earthy components too. a bit more lightly sweet honey and caramel comes out as it warms a little.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. super fine medium-light carbonation. silky smooth.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. really nice depth overall. it didn't kick me in the face quite like i expected, coming across with more finesse than i would have guessed from the name and the brewery. good stuff. time for another glass!

Serving type: growler

01-10-2009 23:44:37 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this growler, fresh!

Pours a slightly hazed dark copper/orange, medium thick off white head forms, drops to a thin layer and medium ring, nice lacing spirals, good retention, retains a real solid layer. Smell is nice, lots of caramel maltiness, some apple/orange, tangerines, grapefruit, floral, bready middle, lightly resinous hops, pineapple, tropical fruit, nicely balanced with the malts, more orange peel in the finish. Taste is nice too, lots of sweet orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple and floral, bready middle, some sweet honey and caramel malts, more orange peel and tangerine, quite a unique flavour, nice bitterness in the finish, well balanced, and the alcohol is nicely hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, interesting stuff, very smooth and drinkable. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: growler

01-10-2009 23:40:50 | More by Viggo
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South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A ig thanks to the kind Midwest trader who was able to send this one down my way. I was thrilled to fianlly see it come fdwon adn very thankful to have been able to take part in this one. Served cold and poured into multiple pints, it was a privedge to be able to share this oen with Bill at Barleys last night. Consumed on 01.08.2009.

The pour was wonderful. Rich copper colored amber coming forward with a light haze to it. A huge billowing head of white foam came up over the top and settled down only lightly as we progressed. Lots of sticky lace moving up and down on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was loaded down with just tons of stick fresh hop notes. Big aroma here of tangerine and pineapple, very sweet with a light malt base just barely poking its head through to give it some sense of balance. Really very well done here I have to say. As the first sip comes across, the only thing that coems to mind is just how rediculously smooth this one is. Seriously, this is just insane it is soo good. Light enough to be quaffable, there was no sense of big alcohol here at all. Sticky, medium bodied ale was just the right amount of carbonation. Ripe, fresh hop flavors here, sweet candy like sugar dumped on top of the bitter pineapple and grapefruit liek taste, just soothed and mellowed right down to the last drop.

Overall I am very happy that Surly made this, and that I got to try it! One of the bestDIPA I have had, definitely one of the most drinkable. This is one to eek out for sure.

Serving type: growler

01-10-2009 01:20:59 | More by mikesgroove
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New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a huge thanks to mikesgroove for sharing this growler with me!!! Didn't even know this existed until he told me about it.

A - hazy golden reddish color with a nice off white head
S - heavenly sweet sticky orange citric tones and tones of caramel and tropical fruits.
T - similar to the nose - beautifully blended sticky citric hops and caramel, tropical fruits and sweet malts in a harmonious blend of flavors.
M - full bodied, cream carbonation, citric and oily hops a flavor cacaphony without being overly bitter or brakish, ending with a nice resinous malty note.
D - after a long (can I bold that?) day of travel and work this quaffed dangerously easy! Smooth, savory, satisfying and smooth. Yes sir, I'd like another.

Classified here as a double IPA. I'd have no problem calling it an american barleywine. Heck, I'd have no problem if they bottled this and I grabbed a stash for me! Well worth trying if you get a chance.

Serving type: growler

01-09-2009 03:12:00 | More by barleywinebrewer
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4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to feloniousmonk for this great gift; got two friends over to share the growler.
Growler opens with a "hiss" sound indicating a good seal.

Poured into a tulip, this dark amber beer has reddish highlights, and a nice tan head that holds well, although lacing is not pronounced.
Aroma is, as expected, fresh hops, although not as pungent as I would have loved. Still, quite impressive, piney, citric, fruity with an underlying maltiness.
Good body, creamy, with an assetive hoppiness that falls short of the expected assault, which in my opinion is not a bad thing. Not as much grapefruits, but lots of citric and grassy notes. Some malty sweetness, and a hint of earthiness I cannot place well round up the well balanced taste for a DIPA.
Alcohol is well hidden, and at least feels under 10%. Another very good Surly offering.

Serving type: growler

01-08-2009 18:28:39 | More by brdc
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North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JCB for this wonderful growler surprise. Bm'd me out of the blue and asked if i wanna meet up. Cloudy orange pour. Fluffy off white head and drippy lace. Fresh hop aroma (amarillos). Perfect bittersweet balance. Lots of tropical fruit flavors.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2009 18:56:46 | More by ucusty
Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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