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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Thick, hazy, orange in color. A gorgeous white head rests on top with the first pour, but fades into a thin cap fairly quickly. The bubbles that can be seen through the opaque haziness are slow moving , but plentiful. The lacing is rather nice, covering about 60% of the backside of the glass with big, splotchy layers.

SMELL: There is a ton of fruit on the nose here. Orange peel, apricot and a lot of pineapple. Behind all that fruit, however, is a nice, grassy backbone. Great smell.

TASTE: The orange from the nose is still present, but not as sweet. It blends into a slight grapefruit flavor that is supported by a big, grassy taste. There is some malt to balance, but this is not a sweet beer, not nearly as sweet as the aroma would have suggested. Instead, it is a downright, in your face, bitter beer...and it is lovely. A good dose of anise chimes in towards the end of each sip to tie everything together and wrap it up.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation provides a light tickle, which pairs well with a surprisingly light body for such a flavorful beer.

OVERALL: I don't compare a lot of beers to Stone Ruination, but this one deserves it. It is simply a very well done, intentionally bitter beer for people who love hops...and I love hops, so thanks Surly.

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On tap in the Surly taproom. Slightly hazy, dark orange color. Aromas of tropical citrus fruits, grapefruit, and a touch of pine. Taste was bitter, but not overwhelming and quite pleasant. Lighter citrusy hops really come through and blend well with the malt backbone.

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