Abrasive Ale
Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #11
Ranked #166
4.5 | pDev: 7.78%
Jun 21, 2022
Dec 27, 2008
Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale
Notes: 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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Rated by specialkheese from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev 0%

Feb 18, 2012
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review 1713
Abrasive Ale
Surly Brewing
Imperial IPA
Date: 17 Dec 2021
Another beer that I have wanted to be marked off my list. The beer is 46 degrees, and I used a tulip glass. A frothy and airy two-fingered bright white head was created. The slow dissipation left loads of lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 6, deep golden yellow. Clarity is brilliant, with a few carbonation bubbles dancing within. The appearance of the beer is excellent.
Ripe grapefruit and juicy melon are what I immediately pick up. Smelling beer again, I detect pine, bready, yeasty, honey-like sweetness, oranges, floral esters, and herbal.
Interesting, I get pineapple, mango, grapefruit, floral, and herbal notes from the first sip. Taking another, I taste bread dough, oranges, pine, lightly toasted malts, pharmaceutical, and a touch of dank.
The mouthfeel is sticky, sweet, and coating. The body is medium, the carbonation is low, and the finish lingers.
This is not what I was expecting for this beer. The malts are heavy and drown out the hops. The hop profiles are unique in is own way. I was expecting something like a WCIPA and got a hybrid. I would not say this beer is abrasive. When I think of an abrasive beer, I think of Ruination, the first one, not this newer crap. The beer is okay; nothing special stands out as amazing.
Mar 01, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Feb 18, 2022
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a light chill haze pale yellow, nice white head laces very well.

Aroma is fruity citrus deep pine resin, nose is good but not in your face big double IPA like.

Taste is definitely big on hop resin scrap your tounge bitterness. Lingering pine and grapefruit rind bitterness. Flavor is just tropical fruits and citrus. Maybe I'm just expecting more dinner is world class, it isn't bad but eh not world class atleast for me.

Mouthfeel is nice and almost full the oats really help with the mouthfeel.

Overall a solid big IPA.
Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This was a wonderful throwback IIPA, with a heavy dollop of bitterness along with the grapefruit, melon, and tangerine hop flavors. Body is phenomenally crisp and drinkable given the high ABV. Wholly worthy of its lofty reputation, and well worth a repeat visit - frequently, if at all possible.
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Rated: 5 by TripelMark from North Carolina

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Rated: 4.24 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Dec 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Kinda a wishy washiy color but that was the only close to negative part of a review I could come up with. And I am never looking for negative stuff anyway. Great beer from a fine brewery. I got a 4 pk from my Total Wine here in the Daytona area and am glad they had it for sure. Limited somewhat but maybe I can sneak over there agian tomorrow and pick up another 4 pack. Well worth it.
Dec 08, 2021
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Rated by Paradox1000 from Florida

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Excellent DIPA! Smooth mouth feel and due to balance is mildly bitter. Highly recommended!
Dec 07, 2021
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a nice amber color with a nice head and slight lacing
Aroma has citrus and tropical hints
Taste follows the nose with a citrus and tropical flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good IIPA
Dec 04, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
slightly stronger then their other ipas great hop flavor
Aug 12, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 30, 2021
Rated: 4.11 by lsudduth from Ohio

Jul 03, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
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Rated: 4.7 by brnout from Delaware

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Reviewed by BFCarr from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned 11/11/20 enjoyed 5/21/21 so not the freshest, but that's on me.

Pours hazy yellow with a medium white head that lasts. Aroma is tropical fruit and some dank hoppy notes. Taste a complex mix of hop floral bitterness and tropical citrus with some dank in there too. Aftertaste evolves after each sip. Feel is good, fairly rich. Overall, delicious and smooth.
May 22, 2021
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Reviewed by scootny from New York

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This is a lovely looking brew. Golden liquid with a considerable amount of haze. Firm white head with a decent size, good retention and lots of lace.

Nose is a delightfully malty, hoppy and enticing combination. Malt has lots of toasted grains and light sweetness. A light bit of sharp alcohol is the only hint of the abv. Hops are healthy and dank. Tropical fruits abound. Citrus cuts across and makes it quite hop forward.

Taste is super. Big malt core wraps itself around my tongue. Pilsner like and lightly sweet.Then BAM! Citrus and tropical hops flood the mouth. Hop oil and pineapple, bread and mild grain sweetness. Finish is clean and dry and shortish with lingering oil and grains. No trace of alcohol in the flavor.

Feel is superb. How a beer this big can be this light and creamy. The malted oats really shine here. Silky swallow, crisp carbonation. Just top notch.

This is a such a great beer. Quenching and easy drinking. You could fool yourself into seasoning it until you fall on your face. So tasty and satisfying, I can go for another, and another, and another,
May 21, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by Sellen from Connecticut

Apr 30, 2021
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Reviewed by scotorum from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Translucent orange with an inch thick white head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dank tropical fruit.

t: Follows the nose with a moderate hop bite and dry finish.

m: Denser side of medium, very good body and some carbonation tingle.

o: A near the top of the top 250 brew years ago, now available in my state. Great flavor presaging the coming of the NE style. Not as fruity but with more tropical danky goodness than most of the best of the old West Coast style entries.
Apr 27, 2021
Rated: 3.15 by NHSTEVE from New Hampshire

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Rated: 4.23 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bier #2 today, a fine, late winter day in New England.... From a 16oz can, bought somewhere recently for a bit o' coin...

It pours a rich, bright, medium golden color. Has a slight smidge of haze, but it's mostly clear. Carbo is steady, though the head is a thin layer of fine white foam, with light lacing. Has a nice aroma, with tangerine, pineapple and pithy grapefruit all present and accounted for. Body is medium to medium-plus, and it passes smoothly over the tongue.

Taste is more on the sweeter side vs. bitter.... Has peach, tangerine, pineapple, a hint of honey, a smidges of guava and passion-fruit. Has some subtle bitterness in the finish, though it is predominantly semisweet. Solid and tasty! Prosit!

4.25/5 rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 09, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by stephenearnest from Minnesota

Mar 02, 2021
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