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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Photo of HopHunter19
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice golden amber semi clear color with an off white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S @ big hop resin, ganja, garlic onion in a good way, orange peel, peach; tangerine, papaya, passion fruit, pummelo, melon, overly ripe fruits, background is sweet caramel malt
T # big hop resin, garlic onion in a good way, ganja, orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine
M & medium mouthfeel, alc covered at 9%, aftertaste is orange peel and grapefruit
O $ pretty damn decent beer. A little bit standard for the genre at this point imho. But a good beer. Compares to stone ruination or any other good double ipa.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trying this at home now to give it a fair shot. Pours a golden blonde with hints of honey, light haze. Head starts off at a webby 2 fingers, then recedes somewhat quickly to a bubbly ring.

On the aroma, tons of melon. Following with papaya, grapefruit, orange rind, and some onion.

Taste is much better than I remember it. Tons of fruity flavors - I'm guessing amarillo, citra, and galaxy here. Some cantaloupe, watermelon, passion fruit, onion...finishing off with grapefruit and orange, and a harsh astringency. Unfortunately after the first sip it starts to decrease in quality for me and it begins tasting much like onion and astringency. Pure bitterness. That first sip is heavenly though.

Feel is creamy and tight, leaving a resiny starch on the palate.

Overall, yeah, again - not as great as Todd the Axeman. Todd can be drank smoothly the whole way through and doesn't depend on temperature or initial perception as much to create a killer beer. This one seems to fade fast in flavor and leaves me desiring less bitterness and more fruit. The astringency also knocks it down some. Definitely a decent beer, but not the caliber of Todd or other greats.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can. The beer pours a nice orangish color with a lot of small floaties. The smell is huge citrus with orange and grapefruit. The taste follows with a small malt backbone. Overall a great beer that easy too easy to drink for the ABV.

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Photo of raspy22
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Nice orange amber color.
S: Hoppy and malty, grapefruit, tropical. Nice aroma!
T: bitter and tropical, strong malt, "west coast hops", some pine. Nice balance actually.
F: Smooth and well hidden abv.
O: A very well-done classic ipa style, more west coasty than the current NE hazy treats, but I can see why this was really well-rated and popular before. Very well recommended if you want the older classic popular dipa!

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks golden and clear. It also has a great head that last a long time. The smell of the beer is floral and hoppy. The taste of the beer is full and hoppy. Very good taste. The feel of the beer lingers awhile which is great. Overall, I'm glad I found this beer. It is great!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz, canned 11/15/16; acquired in trade with my friend, Derek
A - tall, frothy ivory head caps a hazy tangerine colored ale
S - phenomenal aroma with tropical juiciness and caramel malt; hints of mango, pineapple, mandarin orange, lemon-lime, and pine
T - very hop forward with bitter tropical notes of lemon-lime, grapefruit, mango, mandarin orange, and pine; light caramel, grain, and a touch of honey add some sweetness
M - medium body, very resinous, finishes pungently bitter and dry
O - I've had this one a couple times before (once when it was called 16 Grit) and really enjoyed it. Once again it comes through as a top-notch DIPA.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can.
Beautiful orange / amber color with small head.
Aroma is pineapple, mango, malt, little pine, lemon
Taste is dank, malt sweetness, mango, pine.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 10/26/16 into a tumbler glass. Pours hazy bronze with finger of medium density khaki head that had moderate retention and left windshield lacing. Nose is dominated by pine, followed by dank, and subtle citrus. Seems different than a lot of the other reviews, likely due to age. Taste is heavy citrus and pine, traditional 'West side in da house', lots of grapefruit which is fine by me . Plenty of bitterness on the finish, lingers a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and some astringency on the finish that left a very subtle tingling (though guess that could be from the ABV also). Even though it was as fresh as I'd like, I was quite fond of this beer. Can only imagine how great it must be fresh!

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Photo of matcris
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty opaque orange to burnt orange with white foamy head that fades to a ring. Small amount of bubbles rising. No real lacing to mention. The aroma is of tropical fruits, citrus, pine, and a little caramel. Building bitterness, and a slight ammonia-like quality in the flavor, I usually get this from Simcoe....don't know if they use it in this brew? Sweetness mid palate with those tropical fruit and citrus notes. Some slight caramel malt throughout the sip. Above average carbonation, medium full body, and quite dry, through and through. Overall, pretty nice DIPA.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a pale gold with a solid head, lighter than expected. still looks great

smell is hoppy and clean, sweet fruit

the taste is so clean and hoppy, i love it. one of the smoothest dIPAs i've ever had. just amazing stuff, Surly can really rock out a hoppy beer. smooth yet full of hops and slightly boozy. easy to drink and oh so god. definitely worth the price of shipping from MN to NJ

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Canned 10/26/16.

A: Pours a hazy, golden, reddish-orange color with a one-inch, foamy, paper white head with short retention. Thin, white, bubbly lacing throughout.

S: Aromas of tropical fruits and citrus. Pineapple, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, guava, and melons. Sweet and caramel malt notes. Milder piney and earthy hop notes as well.

T: Strong notes of tangerine and grapefruit followed by tropical fruit notes of pineapple, mango, and melons. The oats bring about sweet, caramel, and cracker malt undertones. Ends with piney, earthy, and resinous hops accompanied by a lingering bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, and crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a slight dryness.

O: Overall, this is a fantastic DIPA. One of my personal favorites for the category and definitely in my top rankings. The fruity/citrus notes of the Citra hops and sweetness from the oats are countered perfectly with the earthy bitterness that comes with the Warrior hops. Very drinkable. One of the few enjoyable parts of the cold MN winters. Definitely worth a try if you haven't had it or worth seeking out if you're not within distro.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10 ounce pour on draft at the brewery. 9.2%, no IBUs listed. Oatmeal DIPA Citra and Warrior hopped with Citra dry hopped. Brewed once a year.

L - crystal clear amber color, 1.5 finger of head that goes to a nice ring around the glass. Usual DIPA lacing, not much but some. No bubbles rising, very clear beer.

S - grapefruit all the way, subtle strong pine. Notes of grapefruit peel mostly.

T - heavy English malt, strong grapefruit citrus, malty, and bitter pine on the finish. Excellent, can't believe this is a double IPA.

F - IPA feel and then the booze creeps up. Perfectly balanced between the malt and the hops. Watery texture that floats over like glass.

O - the best Double IPA in Minnesota! Lots a citrus and subtle pine with a drinkable but aggressive feel. Must try and trade but make sure it is fresh. Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In between yellow and light copper this beer pours. 1/2" white head. Very aromatic hop presence on this one. Wowza. Simcoe and Citra?

Taste, bazing, this hits tropical fruit and grapefruit notes. Nice light body, covers the alcohol very well though. Ample carbonation. Pine coming into the mouth feel. Wow, this runs the gamut in terms of different kinds of hop flavors. Awesome format. This is elite tier double ipa, dry finish, hoppy aftertaste, isn't really all that abrasive after all.

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Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear, orange, and happy to present about a finger and a half worth of off white, foamy head that leaves behind only a small bit of lacing. I've got dankness on the nose again. Garlic, green onion, sulfur and a bit of alcohol that gives way to a more lemon zest accompanied grapefruit. I could be getting a little peppery thing as well.

Taste is a punch to the tongue. Big grapefruit, big onion and big alcohol sweetness as proof of well manicured balance. Finish is a touch thinner than all the bigness would suggest, but still solid.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: orange yellow tint, lots of carbonation
Smell: pine into a tropical fruit cocktail but mostly a grapefruit fragrance.
Taste: fresh pine, hints of grapefruit with a medium malt backbone
Feel: highly carbonated, medium body
Overall: a solid dipa but nothing spectacular... would drink again

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Photo of Detlef90
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is as good as a double IPA gets. The taste and the nose are like WHAT THE HELL IS THIS GENIUS LIQUID ENTERING MY MOUTH AND NOSE?!!! The only knock on this beer is the appearance. The head is kinda like meh. It appears and then dissolves pretty quickly. Other than that I just drank two of these in a row (which is pretty rare for TWO of the same beer in a row!) . Two cans straight to my mouth! If you like East Coast Ipa's and you are stranded in the midwest begging people for beer, go straight to the oasis of Abrasive and you will be satiated! Also for those that complain about the price. I really don't understand. COME ON PEOPLE. 20 bucks for 64 ounces of beer! 5 bucks per can. I bet some of you paid five bucks for a shitty beer this week at a bar. Nope.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 2/6/15; drank 3/1/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the can into a glass.

See-through dull orange appearance.

Big, bubbly eggnog head; strong lace.

Fresh pine, mango, pineapple & grapefruit nose; fragrant!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Mango, pineapple & caramel flavors up front; a drying, bitter pine finish. Lots of great fruit flavor too enjoy, but a bit too harsh on the finish. Hey, at least they warmed me!

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from surly. Good hazy gold appearance. Aromas of tropical fruits, citrus, and herbal darkness. The taste is intense and fruit forward with some earthy hop presence. Nice mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness that has some zest too. Nice bite on the palate. Overall an awesome dipa from surly just wish it wasn't so pricey.

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Photo of kitch
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16 fl oz can canned on 3rd December 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy golden orange colour with a slightly less than three finger off white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong mix of tropical and citrus fruit with mango, pineapple, orange, grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Lightly sweet, candied orange, pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit pith and pine. There’s some interesting caramel and light spiciness mixed in on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was a very nice DIPA with a good tropical and citrus punch and just a touch of sweetness which is nice. I would love to be able to try a fresher can.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This is a treat. The citrus flavors are very pronounced but not overly so. The bright orange amber color is a sight to behold. I will buy this every time I see it. This may be my favorite beer.

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Photo of ShawnoftheD3ad
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For me the best of the best of Midwest DIPAs. As of 4 years until very recently I had a just as fruity, juicy and dank DIPA from a local brewery called Mikerphone. That beer was called Special sauce. Abrasive has been my favorite of the style for quite a while. Think I dropped over 100+ on the last release of it and it felt weird actually comparing some out of nowhere local brewery to it but it happened. It's like saying goodbye to an old friend who is moving. You'll still talk and all but now the landscape has changed. Maybe I can get my old friend and new friend to hangout together one day.

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Photo of 98green
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Look is medium orange, slight haze. Smell is piles of Citra. Fruity and floral, a little bit sweet. Taste goes in a totally different direction, with the malt coming through smoothed by the oatmeal. Plenty of bitter, but not the same dank fruity of the Citra. The feel is a bit flat up front then the bitter kicks in at the edges. The abv is very well hidden, with only a slight warming. Overall I like it, but I just would have preferred the Citra profile throughout.

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Photo of SHODriver
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 12/3/2015

A: Poured into a tulip to a hazy golden orange topped by tow fingers of dense white head that retains very well and leaves fantastic lacing.
S: Smells of grapefruit rind, pine resin, citrus, and overall dankness, a little orange marmalade as well
T: Taste is grapefruit, pine, citrus, a little orange marmalade sweetness. This one is dominated by the hops. Swallow is a huge blast of hop oils withe more citrus and pine
M: Medium in body with solid carbonation and an oily hop finish. The oatmeal provides a nice and thick smoothness to the mouthfeel as well.
O: Pretty close to Enjoy By from Stone. This is possibly my new benchmark of a great DIPA. The flavors are just killer and the hop notes are very bright and powerful. If you see this and like IPAs you need to buy it.

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Photo of Pauken
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Slightly inconsistent from having many different batches. Also, slightly brutal on the palate in a good way. Everyone is going completely citrus these days and this has citrus notes but so much more. A must try for IPA lovers! I've had them really fresh but this one is over two months old a slightly smoother. Holds up well with SLIGHT age compared to others.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into tulip. 11/02/15 yep that's right almost 4 months old. O well

L. Beautiful copper orange in color with thick 2 finger head and very, very stick lacing.
S. Some pine, some malt, some sweetness and some hops.
T. Definitely getting a lot of malts and sweetness, but obviously this is due to the age of the beer. Could imagine this being world class, because even with the age, it's drinking great. Just a little malt forward since the hops gave obviously died down.
F. Creamy medium mouthfeel with above average carbonation.

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