Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,841
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 2,091
Gots: 473 | FT: 19
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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 CPeterson
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A hazy, golden apricot color that pours into a good head and leaves a nice lacing.

S -- Very floral, citric, and bitter.

T -- A juicy citrus and tropical fruit splash followed by a piney bitterness with a touch of sweetness.

M -- Full bodied and pretty heavy on the palate leaving a solid dryness.

D -- Very good beer, solid to the style. More than worth the buy.

Photo of brewdub17
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: By being unfiltered this Double IPA has a foggy but deep color structure. The body is mostly a dull, orangish gold with notes of light gold towards the bottle of the glass.

Smell: The complexity of the the smell makes it almost indescribable. It has strong, fresh hop notes that are led by sweet, full malty smells. The hop smells are a combination of floral and citrus aromas. The combination of Amarillo and Columbus hops are crafted well.

Taste: The sweet malt flavors are distributed well throughout the mouth with a hoppy freshness coming first and lingering for the duration of the tasting. As said before, the combination of hops are blended wonderfully and make for an extremely enjoyable taste.

Mouthfeel: The complex flavors wake certain taste buds from a slumber during the first sip. The mouth is covered well with strong but not overpowering flavors. Very well crafted.

Drinkability: The ABV may be pretty high (and not really noticeable) but if you somehow get your hands on a grip of Abrasive Ale you'll be sure to have a hard time stopping the consumption.

Photo of klikger
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can pour served in a Duvel tulip

A - Golden amber, with modest white head and very good lacing.

S - Floral hop bouquet, acidic citrus, cat urine, and a dab of honey. Wow.

T - Citrus bitterness mixed with floral hops and wildflower honey up front, with some caramel in the middle. Although a sweetness remains throughout, the hops are more than enough to keep me enthralled - the slightly sugary, yet blisteringly bitter piny finish and aftertaste are flat out amazing. I can't even imagine this fresh.

M - Deliciously chewy for a beer this hoppy; a bit like HopSlam in that regard - pure hop nectar. Good carbonation.

D - Due to scarcity, one is perfect. If I lived in Minnesota, two would be great!

Blown away despite high expectations, I'm in awe. I reserve the right to up the taste score after trying this fresh next year - it's absolutely stellar now, but giving a 5 is unfair, as I know it'll be even better. Omar, I love you.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome extra from biniek13. Poured into a nonic.

An amber/golden body with a two finger head that exhibits good retention. Nice lacing.

Smells of caramel/toffee malts and floral/piney hops.

Caramel/toffee malts are knocked away by resin and floral hops, intensely piney and slightly citrusy hops (grapefruit/orange zest). Pine and resin bitterness take over, but the caramel/toffee malt sweetness keeps bitterness in check.

Full-bodied, oily, well carbonated with a crisp and slightly dry finish and lingering hop bitterness that boarders on smokiness.

Definitely a piney bitter chop to the throat style DIPA. I'm into that, so solid drinkability in my books.

Photo of wedgie9
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from can obtained from a trade. Pours clear amber orange with a huge white head that is frothy and rocky with excellent retention. Nose is bitter and citrus hops with a great malt backbone and just a hint of bread and yeast. Flavor is bittersweet up front with some caramelization on the middle along with pineapple and other tropical fruits. The hops come in with light lemon and bitterness on the back. The body is medium with average carbonation and a beautiful tropical fruit and bitter finish. This is a first class DIPA.

Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bauermj for the trade! 16oz can into a Hopus tulip pours a crisp bubbly orange with a nice frothy off white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is burnt caramel in front of sharp pine hops. The taste is a nice amount of pine hops just in front of a nice burnt caramel backbone, very nice balance with the hops winning out while not entirely overpowering. The beer is medium bodied with well hidden alcohol, quite smooth and refreshing. I must say, this is a very enjoyable DIPA, one I would certainly love to have again.

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

Poured from a can into a pint glass. It pours a very nice golden amber color. A 1/4 off-white head forms and slowly reduces leaving a blotchy full coverage lacing. No sediment and carbonation visible.

The aroma is mostly pine with some nice sweet lemon/grapefruit in the background. Not too complex but very good.

The taste is also very good with primarily a hoppy pine/citrus component with some malty almost honey like sweetness.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and strong, but quite smooth. Interestingly, abrasive as the drink continues leaving a strong dryness on the palate at the end. Carbonation is solid as well.

This beer is easy to drink initially but seems to build up a head of steam and the palate gets destroyed by the end. ABV is hidden to me and it is very good overall, but difficult to have more than one.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from glazeman - thanks, Scott!

a - pours a hazy golden amber color, two-finger off-white head with awesome retention and lacing, especially for the abv, really a great looking beer

s - big pine, grapefruit and orange citrus hop bouquet on the nose with a substantial caramel malt component providing some depth, I suspect the aroma may have been a bit more hop dominated closer to the release, but the hops are still plenty present, light alcohol heat in the aroma as well

t - the hops may have faded a bit more in the taste than in the aroma, but once again, this is still a very hoppy beer, big punch of sweet and bitter orange citrus up front with lighter notes of grapefruit and pine, midpalate is a bit sweet with a nice caramel malt component providing a backbone to the hop bitterness, the finish has a really nice bitter but lightly sweet orange marmalade flavor, definitely on the dry side, but not overly so, the alcohol is relatively well hidden with only a light boozy heat on the finish

m - medium-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation, finish is on the dry side, nice alcohol warming

d - quite drinkable for a big DIPA, I suspect this has become a bit more "balanced" since it's release, the alcohol is there but not overwhelming at all, very interesting and clean flavors

Another very impressive beer from Surly. The hops have really held up nicely on this, and I can't wait to try it fresh upon the next release.

Photo of boothbeer
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to dzyneguru for hooking me up with all these Surly beers!

A: Pours a honey golden yellow color. Slightly cloudy. Huge 3 fingers of foamy head. Great retention and beautiful lacing. Great looking DIPA.

S: Nice hop overload smell. Bitter piney hops with a background of floral and citrus. Not too much malt comes through. Very West coast in style.

T: Wow. Super bitter finish. Up front there is more of a fruity hop, almost sweet flavor. Actually pick up a little malt that wasnt present in the aroma. That finish just crushes the pallet though.

M: Nice and crisp. Good body with quite a bit of carbonation. Bitterness in the finish leaves the tongue and mouth parched.

D: Very nice DIPA. Not the best I have had, but it is better than most. This was a pleasant surprise. I would def drink this again and glad I got a 4 pack. 9%? Went down easy and was perfect for a nice summer evening.

Photo of Durge
4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Stub & Herb's in Minneapolis. It shines clear and amber with a fair white head that quickly fades to a mere ring with very good lacing. The aroma is a pretty intense, sweet grapefruit/juniper hop with a modicum of raspberry malt bleeding through. Strong and tempting. The first taste is pretty in line with the aroma, somewhat syrupy fruity hops with a fair bready malt undercurrent. It still evokes a curious but likeable juniper/evergreen idea in a medium plus bodied brew. Definitely a brew of solid constitution that demands some appreciation but it hides its 9.5% ABV quite well allowing for decent drinkability for the style. Mild carbonation but a smooth, somewhat thick feel that goes down quite reasonably.

Photo of Naerhu
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy dark orange body. Unbelieavable head and lacing.
S - gargantuan pine and topical fruit maramalade. It smells like this is a beer I can bite into.
T - Huge syrupy malts that are envoloped in a thick blanket of grapefuit hopes.
M - full bodied lightened by great carbpnation, long lasting bitterness. The 9% is not at all apparent.
D - These are too tastey. I wish I could get these in Japan all the time.

Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/ brown hue with a minimal but steady head; lacing is good

S: A pungent alcohol smell sits on top of a sweet malty base; candied sugars and a syrupy fruitiness pervades; the pine/citrus hops peaks through the sweet alcohol

T: Much smoother than the alcholy sweetness from the aromas would indicate; a grainy maltiness is as prevalent as the candied sugar; piney hops, and alcohol presence is strong; there is also a slight earthiness that oddly pulls all the flavors together nicely

F: Decent mouth feel; it especially coats the roof of the mouth well; there is a subtle syrupy quality that works well with this beer

D: A bit much to do too much, but this is a good brew; maybe a bit sweet and alcoholy at times but for the most part this beer works well for what it is

Photo of papat444
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grub for this one. Had this last Saturday night while camping in NH and paired with my supper, burgers.

Poured from a 16oz. can.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark orange almost brown body with an easy 2 finger head and a nice cascade of bubbles.

Smell: Succulent mango, grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet smelling with lots of hops. Quite juicy.

Taste: Tropical fruit, lots of grapefruit with hops in the fore and a very strong malt on the backend. Around the edges, i'm getting some sweet flavor, sugar maybe? Bitter but not overly so which disappoints me a bit.

Mouthfeel: More balanced than expected as the malt rivals with the hops. Creamy and mouthfilling.

Drinkability: Despite ABV and strong flavor, it still is very drinkable and something i'd have again.

Overall: A good DIPA. Not my fave but it is right up there.

Photo of jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to PhiDelt for this four pack. 16oz can into my Narke tulip.

Pours a dark peach color with a really nice off white head. Good retention and lacing. The beer is pretty light colored for a dipa...The aroma is super sweet, light caramel, really nice grapefruit with a light alcoholy hop finish. Its not overly strong in respect but nice to smell and balanced...The taste is pretty decent, doesn't hold up as well as the aroma though. A pretty sweet alcohol dominates the flavor, light pine, a little grapefruit. More pine on the finish. A little too much alcohol, but I was told to drink quickly as the hops might be fading so maybe that is the case? I would love t try this fresth...The feel is pretty light, very warm alcohol finish, but still super easy to drink.

This is a sweeter pretty solid dipa. I would love to try it fresh, but I would take a Surly Furious over this any day.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to maximum12 for this brew! Poured from a pint-sized can into a Narragansett pint glass.

A: Glowing amber color with a little head that creates a blanket on top of the beer.

S: Unique hops - I wish I knew what kind they used in this.

T: Hops galore! I sense a little honey as well. Again, I wish I knew what kind of hops these were.

M: The best feature of this beer. Silky, luxurious, creamy, smooth, and carbonated perfectly. Very well done.

D: A little thick, but then again it is 9% ABV.

Overall, maybe doesn't live up to its hype but a worthy beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Yulles for hooking this trade up. Both beers were excellent!

A very clear light copper to dark yellow color poured out onto the frisbee golf course amidst the homeless in Oates Park, Fallon, NV. Great hop aroma and glowing color.

Very much on the grapefruit hop edge, with the slightest pineapple twinge . Light body. Very drinkable, watch out you won't be able to pick up the alcohol anywhere near its advertised amount. Great carbonation leads to some tasty burps on this one. The bitterness is just right, didn't ruin any subsequent beers out on the course. A small dose of pine. Citrus moreso though. Tough to keep your hands off this one.

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

16 oz can into mug, with a huge thanks to Greg (tpd975), bestower of only the most epic of extras. Thanks, Greg!

Pours a bright copper, just a bit of haze, with a nice, two-finger off-white head that settles into a nice, dense cap. Nice retention and epic lacing.

Nose is big and vibrant - juicy mix of pineapples and oranges, grapefruit and pine, with a heady dose of caramel and spicy alcohol.

Taste follows suit; huge mix of tropical fruit and grapefruit, just a bit green, coupled to a big spicy alcohol bite. Strong backbone of lightly bready, sweet caramel malt underneath. Lingering dry bitterness mixes with more alcohol and the last of the massive citrusy hops. Hugely prickly, spicy, delicious. Fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel is dry, prickly, a bit oily, with a nice bite. Full bodied all the way, with a light, beautifully done carbonation, almost creamy. Very nice.

Drinkability is top notch. Really, a delicious example of the style that is just bursting with hop flavor. Fantastic and addictive.

Photo of westweasel
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the brewery tour just before this year's NHC. Also had it out of one of the cans we brought back. This review is from the beer out of a can.

The aroma is an intense mix of pine, grapefruit, and lemons. It is wonderful!

The appearance initially is a cloudy dark straw color with a thin white head. It looks like it is loaded with hop resins. Later, after the beer warmed, it was crystal clear (chill haze).

The mouthfeel is fairly full with medium carbonation and a maybe a little "coolness" (sorry - the best way I can describe it). It reminds me a little bit of the "coolness" you get in a sweet stout from the added lactic sugar. I'm guessing there is some added unfermentable sugar added to increase the body.

The taste is filled with strong pine and grapefruit flavors, with the malt providing a bready, white bread, sweetness to provide some balance. The bitterness is strong but not harsh. The finish is fairly medium.

This is a wonderfully drinkable double IPA. I am very impressed by this offering. I would have given it a five if the finish had been drier.

Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pochman for this can!

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber hue with a thick off-white head on top. Excellent retention; left spotty lacing all over the glass. Big, powerful citrus notes waft out. Lots of pineapple, grapefruit, with a touch of pine needles.

The body on this beer is a disappointment though. Very slick and thin. Expecting a full-bodied beer, the flatness really let me down. Great flavoring of grapefruit, some sweet orange, candied malts (gives it a sweet punch), and a great bitter afterbite. This is a good beer. Tweak that mouth and this is a stellar beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to Wisconsinality for this sought-after can!

A - Abrasive pours clear gold with a frothy bone head. The foam reaches around three fingers before dropping down to a sliver of bubbles rather quickly. Thin and scattered sheets of lace cling reluctantly to the glass.

S - Mountains of hops unleash a strong citrus aroma packed full of grapefruit and floral notes. Pine needle is there too but largely overshadowed. Mango and pineapple also make an aggressive appearance adding nicely to the citrusy, fruity aroma. Heavy malting backs up the heavy hops with a lightly sweet caramel kiss and good balance.

T - Even with the aggressive hop addition, the malts really balance out nicely. Sweet caramel and honey-drizzled toast assume a large role of the flavor while mango, pineapple, and grapefruit citrus are slightly secondary. The balance is very nicely done.

M - Medium-full bodied and fairly sweet, Abrasive is a heavily hopped DIPA with a moderate citrus bitterness to the finish. The sweetness may get slightly cloying as it is pretty strong.

D - This is a decently drinkable DIPA but after a while it got rather cloying to me with how sweet the malts are. It actually could have been a little more crisp in the mouthfeel.

Photo of samie85
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-This one is an orange hued amber with a one finger white head served in a tulip glass.

S-Big on tropical and citrus hops: papaya, mango, grapefruit, orange and a bit of pine with some sweet caramel notes

T-Piney and mango/papaya with some bitter grapefruit on the finish. The malt here really helps balance this one, but not to the point that the hops are are overshadowed, because they are definitely here.

M-Really smooth in the mouth with a low amount of carbonation and it's medium bodied.

D-This is one pretty impressive brew. The nose alone makes me want to smell it all day. Not to mention the insane drinkability this 9% beer has. It drinks more like a 6%... be warned.

Photo of GilGarp
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to my loving wife who brought home a 4-pack of this delicious beer and to her mom who made the effort to find and buy it.

Served cool from the 16oz. can into a pint glass. It seems to pour slowly from the can like it's a little thicker than most.

Abrassive is a beautiful golden copper color with thick sticky head. Good clarity and perfect lacing left behind.

Aroma is wonderful and fresh. Like any DIPA worth a damn, it smells just like when you open a bag of hops or crush some fresh cones in your hands. There's great citrus and pine and it almost seems resiny before I've taken a sip.

Flavor is a hop explosion in my mouth! So bitter, so hoppy, so... abrassive? Well it's not silky smooth but it is damn tasty. Again huge citrus, pine, grapefruit, spice. I would love to know what hops were used because this is really 3-dimensional where a lot of DIPAs (step forward Gubna) can seem flat. It's also nice to see that this beer has balance. A solid malt backbone supports the crazy-hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lowish carbonation. Actually really nice for the style here as well. Where some can be seem too hoppy/bitter/alcoholic because of the higher carbonation, Abrassive really nails it.

Overall a fantastic beer and probably one of my favorites of all time. I just wish I could get it more often!

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right out of the can, Abrasive is a stunner. Deep gold with only the trace of a veil, Abrasive rewards an agressive pour with a thick downy head that has a slight buttercream tinge.

The smell is easy to test as you can perceive the hop aromas from a distance. Closer inspection gives you the details: a truly complex whiff of citrus rind, mango and a bit of pine in the background as well as a rich flan smell from the malt. If condensed to a spray deodorant, I would want my entire apartment to smell like this beer.

The taste offers the same complexity, especially to those who linger and let the beer warm a few degrees from the fridge. It starts fruit-forward: mango, orange rind and pineapple. The sweet caramel note then comes in to take the lead. Just when you fear that the beer will turn too strongly to the malt side of the equation, the sweetness fades and pine/mint flavors that have played only a supporting role get to have their say. The finish is a pure pleasure. The alcohol must be on siesta, because it is almost imperceivable, leaving the lingering bitterness, pine and sugared grapefruit flavors to casually fade.

The mouthfeel is nearly perfect, but might be just a bit too thick/full for some. Although this is blatant nitpicking, that fact knocks drinkability down one peg.

That minor criticism aside, this beer can be summed up with two words and one acronymn: Top. Five. DIPA.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks go out to checkii for sending a few cans of Abrasive my way. I'm a pretty huge Surly fan, and I know they can brew a good IPA...Furious remains one of the best I've ever tasted. So, you can only imagine my excitement to have two cans of (yet another) A-rated Surly goodness.

Right out of the gates, I'm already shocked by this beer. Most of my IPA/DIPA reviews mention the fact that I can't find a way to describe their color aside from the standard "orange-amber." Well, Abrasive Ale is a bit more vibrant, a fiery orange. White head reaches a finger, and I don't leave the beer in the glass long enough to learn too much about its retention. The lacing on the inside of the glass makes me think of catacombs - thick white lines with oddly-shaped, skull-like circles in between. Great looking beer.

The aroma is unbelievable. In my eyes, there is nothing finer than a citrus-heavy hop bomb. Well, Abrasive Ale sure smells like it's headed in that direction. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine dominate the nose. I don't know if it's physically possible to smell bitterness, but I'm pretty sure I am right now. It's huge without being too much so, if that makes sense. It smells like an epic DIPA without smelling like a palate-wrecker or a booze bomb.

Throughout my drinking experience with Abrasive Ale, the word "unbelievable" kept coming to mind. Bursting with hop flavor, a cornucopia of fruit flavors (or whatever the hell David Alan Grier said on SNL as Maya Angelou talking about Fruit Loops), with a fairly restrained bitterness, but just enough to remind you that you're dealing with a pretty damn big double IPA. It's not like Ruination in that you recoil after each sip (but that's a good recoil, if that makes sense), rather, it's like a more balanced HopSlam, I suppose. There's a pretty fair amount of sweetness that keeps things relatively balanced...or at least about as balanced as a Surly double IPA is going to get. Just remarkable.

Now, the only disappointment is the texture. And damn, I feel like such an ass for calling it a disappointment, because it's a 4.5 instead of a 5. It's somewhat sticky, lightly chewy...a tad less carbonation, and this would be absolutely perfect. But, again, we're talking about the difference between a 4.5 and a 5.

Drinkability? Uh, this beer is TOO drinkable. I grabbed one can out of the fridge, figuring it would be a nice nightcap, and that would be it. Within 15 minutes of opening the first can, I was walking back to the kitchen for the second. Unbelievable. Can I say it enough? 9% alcohol? No way. I don't believe it. The most drinkable double IPA I've ever had, bar none.

This beer falls just shy of perfection, but not by a whole lot. An amazing drinking experience that I'd recommend to anyone...hophead, malthead (is that a recognized term here?), anyone...this is a beer you should try. If nothing else, it will show you what a world-class DIPA is all about.

Photo of hawks10
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap tonight at Poor Phil's in Oak Park, IL...served in a Sam Adams perfect pint...

Pours a nice deep copper color, good clarity with a thin cap of fine white head, some lacing is left behind...

Initially sweet, good amount of caramel malt...then the citrus and floral hop aroma hits, perfect...

Slightly bitter initially with a good amount of grapefruit and floral hops...malt is prevalent, sweet, caramel adds a nice balance to the IPA, neither aspect overpowers the other...

Very creamy mouthfeel, seriously almost cask-like. Medium to heavy bodied, smooth...

Very good beer, mouthfeel was a little weird but not at all bad...doesn't drink like a 9.0% beer, would love to try this again...

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,841 ratings.