Abrasive Ale | Surly Brewing Company

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Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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%

Added by Buebie on 12-27-2008

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1/5  rDev -77.8%

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1.04/5  rDev -76.9%

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2.37/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I dont like giving beers a bad review, but this definatley needs to be brought down a few notches... not a horrible beer by any means, but when you factor in the price (which unfortunatly is not part of the rate system) this beer is a RIP-OFF!!! there are many other double ipas you can find out there that are just as good if not BETTER for a LOT less $$$!! some examples- these being much better tasting in my humble opinion than abrasive and MUCH cheaper - my top 5 favorite double ipas all taste much better than this:
1: Stone's "Ruination" - 4 pack bottles 11.99
2: Odell's "Mycenary" 4 pack bottles 10.99
3: Weyerbacher "Double Symcoe" 4 pack bottles 11.99
and a 4th just to hit it home, the best double ipa - bang 4 ur buck wise
4: Central Waters' Illumination 4 pack bottles for 11.99!!! GREAT DEAL & GREAT FLAVOR!!!
5: Dark Horse's Double Crooked Tree, very spendy but very worth it (15.99 4 pack bottles)


anyways this is what i got on "Abra$ive" beside the pri$e point

appreance: Clear golden copperish color, thin white head

aroma: very hoppy, but a mix between citrus hoppy and earthy hoppy, earthyness takes the forefront

taste: high/low carbonation, very hoppy but unfortunatly almost to a harsh degree.... not that balanced when compared to other double ipas, not bad by any means but when factoring the price, very, VERY dissapointing. Unless of course your only concern is supporting your local brewery... someone let ne know please if there is a local twin cities double ipa available in the stores (i dont go out to drink, too expensive) besides Lucid's "camo" (HATED) and Surly's "abrasive"...

Surly's good but overrated and EXTREAMLY OVERPRICED! hopefully this review doesnt get revoked for being too negative, but i dont think surly has bought off B.A. yet... like it seems they possibly have with the "Growler" magazine (look at the Dec/Jan issue)

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2.5/5  rDev -44.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -44.4%

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2.67/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It smells and tastes like B.O.

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2.75/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of pepsican
2.88/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Huge thanks to skinnyguy for sending this my way. Amber pour with a nice sized off white head. Aroma is grass, grapefruit, diacetyl, and caramel. Flavor is up front caramel malt, butter, grapefruit rind, toffee, and grass. Bitter finish, good carbonation. Tasted old less than a week after release...not my thing.

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2.93/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Tan colored..

S-Interesting give and take between the juicy tropical fruits (pineapple. papaya, mango), and the garlicy characteristics I associate with the Summit hop. There is also a floral aspect to this as well. I like the floral and tropical fruits....not so much the garlic, but Summit is one of my least favorite hops.

T-Really unabrasive...the garlic hits strong as does the floral dimension on the taste...not much for bitterness and only a smattering of the tropical fruits I noticed on the aroma...malt choice works well.

M-Not immense but DIPAish...a little grapefruit rind like bitterness on the finish but this is nothing like I expected it to be from the bitterness standpoint.

D-I'm glad I tried it. I don't dig all the garlic notes from the hops but that is me. I'd take Furious every day of the year over this. One of my least favorite Surly beers but in no way bad. I had six of these and had them over several nights..they were getting hard to drink at the end...something just doesn't jive right with my buds...will never buy again...unless they change hops eveyr year or something..

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2.96/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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3.04/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Orange/amber body with a white head and some lacing.

Aroma is loaded with big fresh hops -- they jump out of the glass at you. Unfortunately, the taste is a disaster. There's big citrus/grapefruit hops, but then a nasty onion/vegetable taste. I tried to soldier on, but the onion taste just got to be too much.

Mouthfeel is fine.

After the awesome aroma, this had the makings of becoming one of my new favorites. Unfortunately, that massive onion taste just killed it.

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3.06/5  rDev -32%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A can from 2/13/12 poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a shit ton of an orangish/pink tinted sticky white head with amazing retention and lacing. Clarity is hazy. Light brown/orange color. A very interesting looking beer.

S-Tons of fresh floral hops, a bit of sweetness in there too.

T-What an intresting beer. Hop forward of course (citrus first ending with plenty of resiny bitterness) but there is plenty of a very sweet malt taste in the middle which makes this one somewhat palatable.

M-Medium bodied with hops carried by plenty of carbonation. A bit of a oily/resiny finish.

D-If you can drink more than a pint of this you're a better man than me-it really starts to wear you down after half a pint! This one is going to stick to the palette for a awhile.

O-If you like DIPAs you must give this one a try. Truly unique and named appropriately. Too bitter and hop resin/oily for my taste but cool to give a try.

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3.09/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cans arrived today thanks to an extremely generous BA. Thanks man! Can dated 1/13/15 poured to a tulip glass deep copper colored with nearly no head. Aroma is straight up malt, no hop presence whatsoever. Straight up caramel sugar. Flavor follows with no hop presence, straight malt syrup, almost like this has been sitting around for a few years. Wow. Thick and syrupy, lower carbonation. Really horrendous. Maybe if this were called a barleywine, I'd give it a few more points. But wow. This is Abrasive?

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3.15/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another ridiculously overhyped beer. The aroma was pretty weak for a double IPA, strong, malty, sweet. Not my kind of an IPA.

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3.15/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 4,634 ratings