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Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,043
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 1,898
Gots: 281 | FT: 15
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:
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Gold & slightly cloudy. 1.5 - 2 inch clean white foam when poured aggressively

S - Hoppy and malty - More pine than citrus.

T - Hops and malt intense, sweet up front with earthy finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Can't taste the alcohol.

M - A little thick and heavy compared to taste.

O - A really good beer, however I didn't like this as much as other BA 100 rated IIPA's. Also, not sure if I can see this being that much better than Surly's Furious APA, which is about $8 less per 4 pack. Was it really good, yes. Will I drink it again, certainly. Would I rate it as high as Pliny or Zombie, definitely not. Surly delivers many fine beers and intrigues me along the way. I will continue to try whatever they offer. -Prost!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can from 1/29/14 poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange. Nice, two finger eggshell head. Stays at one finger for awhile. There is a bit of sediment visible and lots of carbonation bubbling to the surface.

S: I could smell this one even upon cracking the can. Really, really strong waves of grapefruit and orange. Extremely citrusy with some herbal and flowery notes underneath.

T: Strong citrus flavor follows into the taste, too. Huge Citra hop taste. Lots of blood orange and grapefruit. Bit of grass and marijuana gives the hops a bit of depth. Pretty strong bready malt taste underneath the hops. Finishes slightly bitter and fruity.

M: Extremely smooth...no fuss at all going down. 9% is well hidden. Enough carbonation to give it some liveliness.

O: One of the top 5 DIPAs out there. Loads of fresh citrus hop flavor, but there are enough things going on to keep it from getting boring.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,043 ratings.