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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

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Ratings: 3,471
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 2,051
Gots: 436 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Tafyob41
3.76/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Hop heaven! Surly does it again.

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ALC82
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrzazz
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stensja
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dnb128
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DevinK
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Houser
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mikeincharleston
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brew33
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a big beer with a tremendous nose of dank herbal hops, pineapples, grapefruit and tangerines. It translates to flavor but it ends with garlic and onions on my palate and I just can't rate it that high.

Photo of Fievel
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chris7482
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brian44Les
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of bcaputo99
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sparty1224
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 16 oz. can poured into a tulip. Canned on 2/6/15, making this 15 days old.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden-orange color. 3/4-finger white head. Just a touch of haziness and sediment to it.

S: Lots of orange, pineapple and mango. Noticeable malt background in the aroma, it's not just 100% pure hop bomb here. There's also a touch of piney hop aromas as well.

T: Grapefruit, tangerine, and a hint of pineapple. Lots of biscuity malt backbone. Lots of citrus rind as well, like grapefruit or orange peel.

M: Pretty balanced for a DIPA, with a lot of malt character. Very, very acidic and bitter on the finish. Tons of hop resins coating the tongue here. Alcohol neither hidden nor overpowering.

O: Huge expectations going into this one, like Heady Topper-type expectations, and it just didn't quite live up for me. This is a super fresh can, but it was just underwhelming. I've had all the greats, and this one just doesn't stand out. I've had Hopslam recently, and I actually prefer that one quite a bit. This one is a bit too bitter and strong for me, and the aroma just didn't wow like the others did. Overall, it's a great DIPA, but just not magical like some build it up to be.

Recommendation: Not worth giving up an arm or a leg for, but if you can easily snag one, I'd jump on it.

Photo of RandyBroyles
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of batfireman
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kraj30
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is epic... Right up there with Heady... Fantastic

Photo of Chitex78
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dvmin98
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,471 ratings.