Abrasive Ale - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,188
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,982
Gots: 291 | FT: 14
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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:
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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This is a great, robust, acidy IPA. Others have said it reminds them of Heady Topper - I wish I hadn't read that before tasting, because I want to believe I would have discerned it myself. Regardless, a great double IPA.

My palate tends toward the sweeter - to me, the Platonic ideal of the double IPA is Hopslam. This is not Hopslam - it is nice, balanced, and refreshing, but it retains more bitterness at the finish.

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A - A cloudy amber. Pours with a nice head that lingers for a little while.

S - Smell is very good citrus. Grape fruit and tangerine if I had to put a name to it. A little bit of of grassy / dank backing.

T - Smell follows the nose. Alot of the citrus smells come through in the taste. Not overwhelming hop bitterness, it's balance quite nicely with a sweetish malty backbone.

M - Silky tingling mouthfeel. Best I can recall in an IPA.

O - Very good IPA. A notch below my faves such as elder and Citra DIPA, but very good.

Cheers to Lightsaber for the trade.

Note: I had this beer just before a hopslam. The hopslam did not make me change my ratings on this beer.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 3,188 ratings.