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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 855
Hads: 3,883
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 3.36%
Wants: 2,126
Gots: 478 | FT: 18
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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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Photo of ballz50401
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a snifter glass. Has a nice orange/reddish/copper color with good head retention and high carbonation. Lots of citrus hoppy aroma with some nice caramel and toffee notes. Very malty taste. Caramel malts take over in flavor with some citrus hops and alcohol in the end. Very creamy mouthfeel with some hop bitterness. Me like! (354 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned sample- pours a glowing tangering, slight haze, minimal head. Nose- ripe tropical fruit rinds, some pine, sweet cookie malts. Taste- hop forward as expected, thick resiny hop feel, spicy and sweet. Malt adds mostly a sweetness aspect to it, as this is all about the hops. Fairly thick creamy body with moderate carbonation. Quite easy drinking which is very dangerous. A four pack would slide down nicely, and likely lead me to being quite abrasive to those around me... (477 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Buebie for this one.

4.0 A: Hazy orangish brown color. One and a half fingers of yellowish white head with average retention and spotty lacing.

5.0 S: Excellent! Wonderful bouquet of floral and citrus notes. Orange, tangerine, mango are most dominant. Soft sweetness and a tinge of alcohol beneath the hops.

5.0 T: It tastes as good as it smells and that is saying something. Bitterness is perceived as mild due to the plentiful hop flavors. Loads of citrus again with the fruits mentioned in the nose. Soft sweetness, but the malts are very much overshadowed by the hops. Still, without this subtle sweetness this beer wouldn't be as good. The 9% ABV is hardly detectable. I think the reason I like it so much is because it seems to share a few aspects with NN, which is my favorite brew.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy. I would like just a touch more body.

5.0 D: Really great brew. Surly does nothing but impress me with what they make and this is no exception. Super smooth with a great taste, I could drink this all night. Well done. (1,110 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange sort of color with a nice tight head. Very floral and has a caramel sweetness that kept wafting my way once poured. even before my first sip a sweet smelling aroma continually came my way. Hop blast upfront. A lot more hop flavor then bitterness. Very flowery tasting-not citrusy or pine like. Oily and sticky mouthfeel that I just love. Very drinkable beer and enjoyable. Abrasive nuthin-smoth as a baby's bottom! (428 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 4-pack of this from Scoobydank. Thanks, Bill! You were generous enough to send me a growler of this back in the day, and I'm looking forward to revisiting this beauty!

Pouring a crystal clear light copper with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this beer is near perfect. It smells it too, with a majestic tropical fruit medley. Big, juicy, ripe fruit character, there's pineapple, tangerines, fragrant nectarines and grapefruit. While strong, there's a lot of depth to the aromas that make up the nose. Slightly spicy, pungent peppery hop character is noticeable too. Excellent stuff.

I remember being struck by how juicy and fruity the original 16 Grit was, and that memory persists. Massively fruity with pineapple, peach, apricot and a little grapefruit and citrus, this has a ton of hop flavor. Malt flavor is mild, there's a little sweetness. Bitterness is rather low, letting the fruit flavors rise. Drying and fruity on the finish with a great hop character, this beer is medium-light in body with a great level of carbonation (moderate). Creamy on the palate,this beer is a pleasure to drink (1,135 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden bronze bodied with a top of dirty linen that stays a bit and laces nicely.
Honeyed bicuits aroma with apricot jam, and a glass of grapefruit juice. The stale garlicky bad breath aroma ruins things a bit. Otherwise, it'd be alright.
The malt throws down a quilt of lightly sweet breadiness, not unlike powdered doughnuts. It's delicious here and the hops haven't even arrived yet. When they do, everything falls into confusion. A flash of pineapple. A ghost of mango. A shadow of grapefruit. Then a more concrete materialization of onion skins and garlic.
The medium full body is aided by the fleecy, steadfast carbonation. The alcohol is a nonfactor. I find myself drinking it fairly quickly, despite not enjoying certain aspects.
The garlic and onion notes partially ruin this for me, but this is not GUBNA..I was able to get past them. More pressing was that as a beer calling itself Abrasive, the hopping was anything but. Furious is considerably more bitter than this.
I don't understand the love the love here. (1,023 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scoobydank for this treat. I love Surly cans the do make my day and the can do an IPA.

Can pored into a strait pint glass produced a nice two finger white head that lasted a while and the trailed of to a great lace. The body had a beautiful apricot colored hue to it. You got some great fresh citrus hops aromas' from the glass as you held it to your lips.
The flavor was nicely balanced for a DIPA not a west coast one for sure. The grapefruit bitter was blended with a orange sweetness. It reminded me of a tropical drink and it was quite refreshing. It had a medium feel to it with a ton of carbonation. A great drinking DIPA I would have loved a six pack of this brew but was thankful for the one. (712 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to wisconsinality (actually his lady) for snagging this one for me.

Poured from the can into my pint glass the beer is a hazy golden orange. About two fingers of dull white head recede to leave an insanely thick ring of lace around the rim. A nice quarter inch cap has formed on top of the beer.

The aroma is full on citrus hops. Loads of grapefruit, mango, oranges and pineapple. It's like a tropical fruit salad. The sweetness of the malt comes through to moderately balance things out. Still a hop bomb for sure. Love it.

The flavor is much more balanced than the nose. The citrus blast is there but the malt "grinds" away at it. Had to do it. It all mixes well though.

Medium creamy body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall another great beer from Surly. Not surprising at all. Glad I got the chance to give this one a whirl. (841 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear amberish orange with a nice off white head. Head has fairly descent retention and leaves some lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Wow...citrus every where on this one. Oranges mainly but also can pick up some pineapple and other tropical fruits. Piney as well, but there is also some strong bready malts too.

T- Follows the nose as well, about every tropical fruit possible along with a good amount of pine. Also has a great strong malt back bone here as well. A very great DIPA.

M- Fuller side of mediun in body and in carbonation.

D- Qutie a bit going on in this one. Very solid brew and easy to drink. I really wish Surly was easier to get for me, but its very solid and easy to drink. (716 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review. Generous 8 oz. pour from a can, courtesy of glazeman - split during game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

A - Dark orange, copper in color, with a 1-2 finger head with good retention.

S - The smell of this beer is incredible - juicy citrus hops, with some piney hops as well.

T - one of the better DIPAs I've had for sure. Citrus hops up front with a strong malt backbone, reminiscent of honey. after a few sips, the sweetness of this brew overpowers the initial hoppiness.

M - great mouthfeel. thick, sticky, and chewy with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - very drinkable, however, this beer's drinkability is slightly limited by the sweetness of the malt backbone. the 9% abv is hidden well. (724 characters)

Photo of glazeman
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. Split with airohead2001

A: light amber in color with a 1 finger off white head. This beer has an excellent head retention and a good amount of lacing too.

S: Carmel, maple syrup, lemons, and a hint of peanut butter. A complex beer that made me very eager to give it a taste.

T: A little sweeter than expected which for me is a good thing as I am not the biggest fan of pure hop-bombs.

M: Perfect level of carbonation. A smooth drink, with just a tad of stickiness at the end.

D: Very good drinkability. This was quite an enjoyable IPA. (575 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Hopleaf...
Appears a hazy orange toned amber with a small white head of foam that quickly fades into a silky ap and collar. Tubular lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy citrus with orange peel, flowers, and a touch of caramel.
Taste is of the aromas with some orange blossom honey notes and "abrasive" notes of hers and cut wood in the finish.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, herbal, and chewy with heavy hop syrup. (436 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a beautiful crystal clear orange. Head is tight and leaves a spotty lacing.

This has an extremely fresh smell about it and the hop profile is loaded with citrus, most notably oranges and tangerine, with grapefruit and tropical fruits splashed in there. There is a sugary sweetness that holds it together.

The taste mirrors the smell to a tee. Predominantly citrus. Bitterness is moderate but there is a strong sweet malt that adds some structure to it.

Mouthfeel is resinous and sticky. Very clean tasting in west coast fashion.

Good drinkability for a DIPA that weighs in at 9%. This is an exceptional DIPA. (628 characters)

Photo of abrand
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can brought to my be BA Hooliganlife's brother. So glad I got to try this. Poured into a tulip glass.

The Abrasive ale pours a deep yellow almost gold color with a nice 2 finger white head and lots of lacing on the glass. Very good start with the pour. Smell is dominated with hops. Some subtle citrus fruit and pine undertones but the aromas are almost pure hops. Taste is unbelievable. Lots of hops but yet very smooth drinking. More of the citrus fruits come through in the quaff. The uniqueness of this beer is that it is bitter up front and has a lingering sweetness to it. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Drinkability is above average. I could drink this brew every night if I were able to. Thanks so much Scotty! (737 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16oz can received in trade courtesy of scoobydank. Thanks for this one Bill! Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a very clear orangey amber color that almost glows in the light. A two finger cap of dense, long lasting, cream colored foam sits on top. Nice sticky lacing left behind on the glass as the beer level falls.

S - Citrusy up front, grapefruity and orangey with a chaser of pineapple. Some sugary sweetness and some bready malt. Surprisingly bright, light, and fruity in aroma. The overall fruity, citrusy aromas are a bit unique and very good. I'm having trouble coming up with words to describe this...the citrusy and somewhat tropical aromas are intense, but still light and crisp. The closest I can come to describe it is that its like the smell in the air just as you start to peel an orange and a grapefruit at the same time and the fine spray mist escapes from the fruit. Smells very fresh!

T - Very smooth double IPA. Bitterness is not especially high. Focus seems to be more on hop flavor. As expected from the aroma, citrus is the focus - nice grapefruity bitterness and tons of sweet orangey flavor. Malt apparently really eccentuates the fruit flavor through sugary sweetness. Malt balance is good.

M - Medium bodied tending towards full. Carbonation is at a medium level, but very fine. Sticky hoppy resins with a glaze of malt sweetness all combine to coat the mouth completely.

D - Ummm...this is way too drinkable. Tons of hop flavor without an overwhelming bitterness. Very, very smooth. This might be the easiest drinking DIPA I've ever had. Very nice beer...glad I have a couple more of these to savor. Thanks again Bill! (1,660 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ipa247, colonelforbin, largadeer, and millah for sharing/giving/trading me various cans of this.

A: Pours a clear, light amber-orange body with a finger of cream-colored head. It has good retention and leaves some lacing down the sides of the tulip.

S: Citrus. But, unusually, the first aroma I pick up is peaches. It's really vibrant, incredibly fresh, and altogether startling. Very, very unique. Pineapple, and then tangerines. It develops into 'traditional' orange and a hint of grapefruit as I sniff more, but what an interesting bouquet. It's mildly floral. Some sugar cookie and a fair amount of bread. Undoubtedly one of the most interesting DIPAs I've ever smelled.

T: As the nose suggests, it's a citrus cornucopia; I'm really digging the unique flavor profile on this one. The peaches, pineapple, and tangerine are well-done. They blend nicely with sugar cookie sweetness to produce a candied fruit effect, although that results in the beer being maltier than expected. The hop profile is decidely West Coast, but the malt profile is decidedly not.

M: It's not abrasive at all. Medium-full bodied, with medium carbonation. Some heat. A sticky, bitter finish.

D: It feels a bit rich, which forces me to slow down and sip. It's not HARD to drink, but this is not a guzzler. I didn't trade for this one, but I'm told it's priced pretty affordably, which makes it more attractive in my book. I prefer the West Coast style more, though, so I don't know if I'll seek a lot of this out in the future. But I do like it. (1,542 characters)

Photo of bevenson
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - Light orange to copper and clear, with a moussy off white head that hangs around for about a minute. Leaves lace on the side of the glass.

S - Fresh, fresh fresh hops escape immediately after opening the can. Could easily smell the hops from three feet away just from the can. Hops scream when poured in the glass. Grassy, woody citrusy hops that smell fresher than any wet hopped ale I've ever had. Slight sweetness behind the hops to remind me that there may be some malt in the glass too. A light bready malt aroma, but I think some of the sweetness may actually be the alcohol. The aroma definitely warns you about what is to come.

T - Complex hop profile. Taste starts out with a woody/grassy hop flavor, followed by some grapefruit, followed by orange/tangerine which comes out just as the sweet malt flavor shows itself. Light bready malt; just enough to keep the hops in check. Very firm hop bitterness that disappears relatively quickly after consuming. Either that or my tongue went numb. Sweet caramel hangs around a little longer than in most DIPAs I've had, and a little longer than I'd prefer.

M - Light bodied and moderate carbonation make for a very smooth drinking beer. Warmth from the alcohol apparent even 1/3 way through the glass, which is the only thing to remind me this isn't a session beer.

D - Surly does a great job again with this beer. This is easily one of the best DIPAs I have ever had. What I love about it is that the hops are so fresh and has such a variance of aroma and flavor. There is too much caramel malt flavor in this beer for my tastes, which is the major knock I have against this beer. Next time I'm going to Minnesota, I'm loading up my car with this. (1,749 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extremely flavorful hopped IPA with a candied citrus flavor balanced with light grasses and spruce. Still, the bittering is smooth and quite gentle.

The Abrasive Ale begins with a brightly colored medium copper glow. A basic white head forms on the beer from the steady stream of carbonation below. Retention is great along with lacing and mild legging. Only a slight haze keeps the beer from complete brightness.

Vibrant aromas orange peel, ruby red grapefruits, lemon grass, pineapple, and other tropical/citrus fruits all dominate the nose of the beer in smooth and mouth-watering fashion. A subtle yet firm maltiness hides in the shadows and only provides the structure for the otherwise hop-strong aromas.

Flavors are once again dominated by hops- all of the tropical-citrus-resiny goodness displaed in the nose manifest well in taste as well. The confectionary malts act as if the hops were drenched in a sugary glaze and then consumed. Confectioner's sugar and mild kettle caramelization may be the only nod to malt sweetness. Decorated my rosey esters and a sweeter nail polish remover alcohol give added depth and power to the already aggressive beer. Still, the bitterness and harshness on the throat remain moderate and reasonable.

Creamy up front, the beer transitions evenly into a fleeting malt but aggagerated hoppy finish. The more and more the malts fade, the more dryness and alcohol warmth come into play. Eventually the beer ends with a malty-dry texture with the aftertaste of citrus and grassy hops.

Looking at the mostly clear beer, I can't help to think that this beer has been (at least) course-filtered. I would like to try it in its unadulturated form.

Thanks again Chickdighops! (1,715 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber colored beer with a bit of red at the edges. Nice fluffy white head, left a nice bit of lacing on the sides throughout the drink.

S - Sweet, with a lot of grapefruityness up front. Malt backbone, nice hop profile that finishes up bitter but not overpoweringly so.

T - A sweet IPA, nice hop profile. Grapefruit taste that doesn't become too deep combines nicely with a bready, malt backbone. Pine notes are present but don't become overly piney, nice bitter resin on the taste, but not so much to be mouth puckering. Very complete hops taste that goes on nicely.

M - Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, just a little too syrupy for me, but still very good.

D - Pretty good, not sure if I could session it, but it's close. Got through two from the tap with no problem. (787 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to younger35 for this can in a recent trade. Been wanting this for a while now too.

Big thick white head, lacing, beautiful sparkling amber with red highlights.

Sweetness, great citrus and piney hops, malts fill the room.

Very sweet, biting piney hops with citrus and tropical fruits bringing out the rear, smooth and bitter at the same time, sweet, like pty sweet.

DIPA resin taste that coats your mouth, some heat and an enamel scraper. Damn fine. (460 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright clear copper with very faint cream head. decent retention, no lacing.

tons of sweet grapefruit up front. light pineapple and floral notes.

basically, like a double furious. but seriously sweet up front with big floral hops and big sweet citrus. light grapefruit, strong pineapple and tangerine. a pine bitterness emerges through. malt profile is fairly heavy.

moderate carbonation, has a bit of bite. full body, almost chewy.

decent double IPA, very enjoyable. at 9%, id rather have a furious. (513 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying this, a big thanks to mymrnngjckt for hooking me up. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: An easy pour into my DFH Off-Centered Ale glass, the beer is slightly cloudy and copper in color. There's a solid inch worth of creamy, white head that seems to erupt out of nowhere. The retention is outstanding and there's plenty of sticky, soapy lacing.

Smell: Yea buddy! A big hit of citrusy hops with just a hint of pine in the background, and surprisingly not a whole lot of sweet malt getting in the way. What we have here is the makings of a great hop-bomb.

Taste: Taste is big on the bitter citrus, mostly under-ripe grapefruit with just a slight bit of spice to it. This is a fantastic DIPA.

Mouthfeel: A solid medium body, but a bit weak on the carbonation. I think a bit of fizzyness would move this beer from being great to outstanding.

Drinkability: This is a damn tasty DIPA, one of the best I've had actually. Plenty of juicy, bitter hops without too much malt getting in the way. Sure, it could use a bit more carbonation, but even so this is really good. The 9% ABV might make it tough to pound all night, but I'd sure give it my best shot. Absolutely recommend! (1,199 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ditmier asked if I had tried this before... I said no... Bam! A can appears... Thanks Homeboy.... apparently I have some of these coming, but we'll see.

Nice off white head.... clean golden brew... good lacing... Looks classy.

Tons of fruity hoppiness climbs out of the glass and clings to my nose hairs... oily citrus zest and some tropical fruits... good cookie dough maltiness helps push the hops forward.

I was expecting an enamel shredding bitterness .. but instead a pretty balanced bitterness shows up front that quickly moves into a resinous oily mouth coating hoppiness... pithy grapefruit and maybe some passionfruit play very nicely with hints of caramel and thick malt profile.... finish is the wonderful fruity hops... man... this is a looong finish.

The body is a solid medium because of the residual sugars, but the carbonation helps strip it away thankfully... I normally prefer my big IPA's much more dry, but this brew is very well done and a lesson in "big can be balanced".

Reminds me alot of Racer X at least in my minds eye... Very nice and glad I got the chance to try this pretty fresh.... thanks a ton buddy.

4/4.5/4/4/4.5 (1,153 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent amber color with about an inch or so of off-white head, leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of this one is really good--full of hoppy goodness. I get oranges, pine needles, some floral notes, a bit of alcohol, and maybe a hint of malt. Crisp and refreshing.

Big bitter kick from the hops to start this one off, with some lingering bitterness too. Largely piney in hop bill, a bit of lemon and orange zest sneak their way in too. A bit of spicy herbal-ness on the finish. Malt is present as a sweet aftertaste, caramel and bread. Something in this is really reminiscent of Furious, I wonder if this is a slightly tweaked double recipe of it.

Full mouthfeel, a bit sticky for my tastes, ok carbonation. I could get through this a little easier with a bit more carbonation, which might lighten it up a bit too. Not terrible, just not perfect on the feel. A good drink--nice to have something that still tastes hoppy when I feel like I've pushed my limits on hops way too far. (1,003 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to mymrrngjckt for a can of this.

Pours a clear orange amber color, and takes about a minute to set up, eventually resulting in a clear brew with an inch and a half of light beige head on top. Keeps well, with a full lace and some nice rings of stick as the level falls.

Hops are jumping out of my glass before I can even pour this beer, with big juicy fruit aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, tropical and passion fruits. Very fruity hop aroma. There is some sweetness too that combines with the fruit to give it a sort of candied aroma at times. Very nice.

The taste is no slouch either, particularly in the hop flavor department. So much fruit, like grapefruit, mango, tangerine and orange, etc etc. Very fruity with a good amount of sweetness too. Not really a caramel sweetness but more of a candy sort of sweetness. It's a bit odd, but I love all the hop flavor. I do, however, think that this is a bit out of balance, with so much hop flavor and so little bitterness that it ends up feeling not as clean in the finish as I'd like. Very tasty however, and I'd much prefer too much hop flavor than too much bitterness; the ideal, however, is having both in balance

The mouthfeel suffers a bit for lack of hop bitterness. It's medium bodied, a bit lighter than I'd expect at 9% actually, with a nice oily slickness, but doesn't finish as clean as it might if there were more hop bitterness. The palate is a bit tacky in the finish.

I'm glad I got a chance to try a fresh can of this beer because it certainly did not disappoint. Although I think it could use some more hop bitterness, it's still quite drinkable because it just has so much hop flavor. This may well be a DIPA that you could call 'approachable.' A very tasty beer. (1,750 characters)

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.