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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 Sammy
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh abrasive from John, brewed less than 2 weeks earlier. Wafts hops several feet. Light yellow with a big head. Big IBU. Good drinkability. Orange, tangerine, fantastic IPA, great hops. Slightly acidic, do not try to convert someone drinking Bud all night. Crazy great blend of hops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 1/12/12.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Thick chunks of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is super hoppy: citrus zest/grapefruit, pine, and some earthy herbal aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, pine, and herbal hops, grapefruit, and a malt backbone on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good and very hoppy DIPA. However, the name is a bit misleading because I don't find anything abrasive about this beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

finally, an abrasive in my glass! been reading about this one forever, so nice to finally get the chance to indulge. and an indulgence this is! pours a sleek reddish orange color with some haze and a couple inches of impenetrable white head. the nose is way way more fruity than I anticipated, super juice fresh squeezed hop complexion, with some pine and definitely an acidic citrus element, but I get a lot more berry and even passionfruit in this. some lighter American 2 row and caramel malts round it out. the flavor is more tropical than deciduous in the fruit department, but still pungently fruity. bitterness doesn't even come in until the finish, which makes this a really unique double ipa. the alcohol is almost entirely invisible until the beer warms up, and even then isn't punishing by any stretch. the mouthfeel is the weakest link, not bad, but a little more malt body might balance this out little better. I feel like it needs a bigger platform to stand out. carbonation is right on though, and it makes the grapefruit and other citrus hops characters come out a little more. id love to know what hops are used in this, its really different. Maybe not the most perfect example of the style out there, but you don't get to be a 100 on BA in this category by accident. Worthy of my anticipation, this is a stellar beer. I can still name a handful of others id draft higher, but this is awesome!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very big thanks to Billakowski for sending me this one. Opened this one up and poured it out to see it's beautiful clear golden color. The head was big and foamy with a nice white color. The smell of this beer was very nice, I loved the hoppy aroma of this beer. The taste was awesome too, there was a big bitterness in there and then deep in the aftertaste I was picking up a honey like flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and gently carbonated. Overall I thought this beer was awesome. I look forward to having more from Surly one day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An extremely flavorful hopped IPA with a candied citrus flavor balanced with light grasses and spruce. Still, the bittering is smooth and quite gentle.

The Abrasive Ale begins with a brightly colored medium copper glow. A basic white head forms on the beer from the steady stream of carbonation below. Retention is great along with lacing and mild legging. Only a slight haze keeps the beer from complete brightness.

Vibrant aromas orange peel, ruby red grapefruits, lemon grass, pineapple, and other tropical/citrus fruits all dominate the nose of the beer in smooth and mouth-watering fashion. A subtle yet firm maltiness hides in the shadows and only provides the structure for the otherwise hop-strong aromas.

Flavors are once again dominated by hops- all of the tropical-citrus-resiny goodness displaed in the nose manifest well in taste as well. The confectionary malts act as if the hops were drenched in a sugary glaze and then consumed. Confectioner's sugar and mild kettle caramelization may be the only nod to malt sweetness. Decorated my rosey esters and a sweeter nail polish remover alcohol give added depth and power to the already aggressive beer. Still, the bitterness and harshness on the throat remain moderate and reasonable.

Creamy up front, the beer transitions evenly into a fleeting malt but aggagerated hoppy finish. The more and more the malts fade, the more dryness and alcohol warmth come into play. Eventually the beer ends with a malty-dry texture with the aftertaste of citrus and grassy hops.

Looking at the mostly clear beer, I can't help to think that this beer has been (at least) course-filtered. I would like to try it in its unadulturated form.

Thanks again Chickdighops!

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear burnt sienna color and a frothy head that sheets lacing down the sides of the glass

Smell: All matter of citrusy aromatics with tangerine being foremost

Taste: Citrusy grapefruit, up front, with plenty of tangerine sweetness in there as well; after the swallow, the beer builds in citrusy bitterness with plenty of sweet tangerine elements persisting into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wonderful citrus blend that makes this beer incredibly refreshing

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Photo of largadeer
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a few cans of this from kbutler1. Thanks! I was able to try this beer a couple times last year in growler form, pleased to see it available in cans now.

Poured into a pint glass, Abrasive is copper-colored, clear and bright, capped by a finger of white foam. It's a few shades lighter than Furious despite the significantly higher alcohol content.

The aroma is outstanding. Redolent of peaches, pineapple, papaya and grapefruit, this is one of the most intoxicating and complex hop profiles I've encountered. Malty sweetness blends with the hops in a way that makes you think you're smelling a fresh fruit salad.

The taste lives up to the aroma, exhibiting flavors of yellow peach, mango and pineapple. Interplay between the sugary malts and fruity hops makes me think of alcoholic fruit punch. I can't overstate how fruity this one is, it's dominant to the point of overwhelming any other flavors. It finishes on a bitter but juicy note, tropical fruit flavors lingering long on the tongue.

Medium-bodied and neither dry nor syrupy nor overly bitter, I can't fathom why they would choose to call this ale Abrasive. It's a refreshingly unique take on the style, and one of my favorite beers of the year so far.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.66/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can served into an Orval goblet in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high on account of the brewery. I don't usually like the style but it's Surly! I'm excited. Paired with popcorn.

A: 1.5 finger head of lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and excellent retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent light amber.

Sm: A heavy hop aroma with some light cream. Pleasant and inviting. A strong aroma.

T: Very hoppy but also quite nicely balanced, avoiding the pitfall of too much bitterness on the finish present in so many (bad) IPAs. I quite fancy it. The cream isn't quite as pronounced as I'd like, but it's there. Some light toasted malt seems to come through as well.

Mf: Coarse and wet, suiting the flavours quite well. I'd like it a bit less coarse, but it's alright.

Dr: Very drinkable for an IPA. I'd like to try it on draught. It's a nice little IPA, with a nicely balanced hop profile.


11/28/13: Truncated can review.

Served into a stem-tulip in Minneapolis, MN. Expectations are high. Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor. Reviewed as an imperial IPA because the description on the back identifies it as such. Canned 10/30/13. Reviewed live.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Decent frothiness. Nice consistency. Head retention is good - about 5 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent quasitransparent copper of good glowing vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty good for an imperial IPA but isn't unique or special. No egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Dank hop resins and pine character. Some complementary nectary hop character. Lighter floral and herbal tones. Plenty of hop oils. Pale malts. Sticky tree sap. Maybe some evergreen. It's a delightful and appealing hop profile with seemingly well-chosen hops. I'm really looking forward to trying it. A clean and inviting aroma of above average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable, nor are any off notes.

T: Pine is definitely dominant, evoking pine needles, sap, and nectar. Floral and herbal hop character is subsidiary but effective. I do pick up some grapefruit and citrusy zest. Pale malts provide a supportive but unobtrusive foundation and keep the hop bitterness fairly well balanced without curbing the necessary hop bite too much. The malty side actually feels a bit candied. I'd like the hop bitterness to be a bit more tamed.

It's an extremely cohesive build, and even borders on gestalt. Enjoyable. I would like more depth of flavour, and the intensity of flavour is a bit low for the style. Flavour duration is excellent, leaving hop oils and accompanying bitterness lingering on the palate. Complex enough, but it could use more subtlety and intricacy. Not nuanced per se.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Never soapy. Very clean.

Mf: Crisp, smooth, wet, refreshing, pleasantly biting, and approachable. Oily. Well carbonated, if a bit intentionally overdone to accentuate its bite. Good thickness and body. Nice presence on the palate. Surprisingly soft. Complements the flavour profile well, with some limited custom-tailoring of texture to taste.

Not astringent, harsh, rough, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: Very drinkable for an Imperial IPA. Surly is clearly one of the big dogs when it comes to hoppy beers, and I always dig their deliberate considered hop choices. I'll burn through this 4-pack without any trouble. Perhaps my favourite thanksgiving brew.

High B

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Photo of emerge077
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a 10 oz. snifter @ an undisclosed location. Thanks to scubarex for the tip, and autumnaldave for the hookup!

Bright orange body with slight reddish tint. Sticky cap of foam that clings well to the glass. Pungent and resiny hop aroma. Very citrus forward, and dank like the funky stuff in Snoop's pipe. If I had to guess i'd say Amarillo due to the heavy citrus. Edit: Citra. Body was a little light, with more balanced maltiness than expected. Tasted like Flossmoor IPAs that use Golden Promise malt. Firm pine bitterness, with some florals mixing in. Dry finish, with a tiny bit of sweetness that helps to savor it. Really nice hop showcase in this balanced DIPA.

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Photo of zeff80
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. Nice head retention that left behind thick, sticky, rings of lace.

S - Great aroma. Grapefruit, other tropical fruits, bubblegum and pine. There was a mild caramel aroma, too.

T - This is was an Imperial IPA should taste like. Bitter, spicy hops with fruity kicks of grapefruit and orange. Some pine. Burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished dry. A medium bodied beer that hides it alcohol content.

D - This is delicious. Worth the price in every way.

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Photo of oline73
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber/golden color with a half finger of nearly white head. The head dissipates leaving just a thing ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Bitter citrus hops dominate. Actually smells quite fruity as well, but the hops really take over.

Taste: This beer has an awesome hop profile. Bitter hops hit the tongue first, but there is definitely enough malt sweetness to keep up. The citrus hop bitterness is joined by fruity hints of pineapple and tangerine. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation. The finish is dry and the beer sticks to your whole mouth.

Overall: This is an awesome Double IPA. One of my favorites. All the flavors work together perfectly, don't change a thing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: This review was merged from my original 16 Grit review.

On tap at Piece Pizza in Chicago.

A: Dark amber color with a good white head and some pretty good lacing.

S: Lots of hops of the citrus/tropical variety. A good, sweet malt backbone. Quite balanced in this regard.

T: Again, definitely balanced with some caramel, brown sugar, and perhaps the tiniest hint of molasses. This goes along with the overriding taste of citrus and tropical hops.

M: Pretty creamy and fairly heavy without too much alcohol.

D: Very drinkable. The complexity continues to invite sip after sip.

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Photo of mothman
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Surly Darkness snifter.

Pours almost a finger of beige khaki head. Color is a glowing golden orange.

Aroma: I am smelling PtY here or what? The aroma reminds me so much of younger, but more floral notes. Huge floral hop profile. I can detect (yes this word is lame in a review) a fairly large biscuity malt profile (maybe some caramel malt as well which adds some sweetness to the beer). The citrus blend is also well represented in the nose. A big flavor. I dig it straight up.

Taste: Huge beer. Massive amount of floral hops, but the level of malts is high to keep it slightly balanced. Caramel and biscuit flavored malts keep things going here. The citrus notes are hard to separate, but there seems to be a lot going on. I would have to go with mango and grapefruit.There is a level of sweetness in there that reminds me a bit of the sweetness in hopslam as well (very little, but a bit). Big hop resin going on here.

Mouthfeel: It starts out relatively creamy, not the level of bitterness that I was expecting. It is bitter, but not too bitter. As it warms, however, the bitterness comes out more. Very big body for the style with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very clean with some hop flavor sticking around. Nothing sticky or dry which is incredible for the style.

Overall, Surly has done it again. I had 16 grit last year on tap and this seems to top it. It reminds me a lot of PtY, which I thought was amazing. This beer packs more floral notes however, which is fine by me. It is extremely drinkable and my can is going fast. My wallet is going to be hurting for the next couple of weeks as long as this is on the shelves.

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/2/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, papaya, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, papaya, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light honey, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, papaya, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to grub for this one. Waited a couple months for it, but finally here, YAY! Tall boy cans, gotta love em.

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace with a bit of lacing over slightly hazy orange nectar colored beer.

Nose is wafting out awesomeness, pure hops, tons of citrus and tropical fruits, tangerine, light orange, bit of grapefruit, almost peach like, a light sweet toasty malt underneath it, some nice piny aromas as well, some sweet almost malty sugar base, nice balance.

Taste brings wondrous hops again, loaded with fruits, tropical fruits, nectarine, tangerine, light grapefruit, orange, citrus, some pine, fairly bitter but not crazy bitter. A decent malt base supports all the great hops, nice fairly sweet malts, a bit gritty as well. Finishes a bit more bitter as the bitterness ramps up a bit, fairly dry finish to juxtapose the sweet initial taste, tons of lingering citrus, tropical fruit, some pine, lots of nice hops. Booze is hidden pretty well, just a touch of a warming.

Mouth is medium bodied, a bit "abrasive" feeling, with decent carbonation.

Overall great beer, delicious hops, pine, tropical fruits, citrus, great nose, nice malty balance, fairly sweet to start and drier finish, booze is hidden well.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 12/27/10. Huge thanks to joshuaseresse for hooking me up with some of these. You da' man Josh!

Pours a slightly hazed golden copper, with 2 robust fingers of off-white frothy head. This retains with a thin creamy film that flares up to a rich ½ finger and throws a foamy cascade of lacing that hangs in spotty swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and spicy, with a vibrant smelling blend of grapefruit, pine, and citrus peel, which cuts across the nostrils like a knife. This flavorful sharpness is tempered by notes of juicy tropical sweetness and malty notes of sticky caramel and fresh biscuits. This is just so fresh and forceful in the nose. Awesome!

The taste is so well balanced here, with hops that prickle the tongue with grapefruit, resins, and earthy rind but are far from overly bitter, thanks to a wave of balancing force from notes of juicy fruit, caramel, and bread, which drench the back of the palate with a ripe sticky sweetness. This sweetness carries over to the finish a bit and keeps it from being harsh, as there is a fair amount of trailing grapefruit pith and dry pine that lingers. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a soft creaminess and oiliness to the feel that keeps this surprisingly gentle in the mouth despite the overall heftiness here. There is still some sharpness present though, which helps accentuate those full hop flavors. Holy shit, is that 9% ABV just beautifully hid here or what? Not one speck of alcohol is picked up anywhere in this beyond the overall size of the body. Just fantastic!

I originally had a growler of this (as 16 Grit) almost exactly 2 years ago and finding me back with this beer was like reuniting with an old friend. Wow, is this DIPA full flavored, well balanced, and deceptively drinkable for the size. I honestly think that I enjoyed this even more the second time around with it. There are a LOT of fantastic examples of the style out there right now but this one definitely stands tall. It's definitely the best example of a DIPA in a can anyway!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from CapCollector16 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a medium off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with flavors a strong piney hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Festival in Asheville, NC

A: Pours a murky honey orange in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some hints of golden yellow and orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large thick cap covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin film surrounding it and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange, citrus/tangerine, and tropical/passionfruit hops - this beer has a huge hoppy aroma that is quite delicious.

T: Upfront there is a lightly honey sweet moderate grainy malt flavor that provide just enough sweetness to balance out the huge hop flavors. Strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange, and citrus/tangerine hops with moderate flavors of tropical/passionfruit and tropical/pineapple hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy and slightly sticky with a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely one of the most enjoyable DIPA that I have had the chance to drink - very enjoyable with huge fruity hop flavors and well hidden alcohol. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Terrifically turbid caramel-covered orange with juicy tangerine and mango highlights. The golden sandstone colored head isn't huge, but it oozes quality. The foam is firmly creamy and sticky, leading to both persistence and an extensive array of fine lace. This is a great looking DIPA.

The word 'great' applies to the aroma as well. The tropical fruitiness emanating from the glass tells me that Amarillo is the dominant hop (Warrior and Glacier are also present). An insane amount of hops and double dry-hopping just cannot be beat. Each sniff results in billowing clouds of orange, pink grapefruit and passionfruit. This should be yet another doozy from Surly.

Doozy is right! 16 Grit Ale may not be as abrasively hoppy as the name suggests, but then I've only just begun to gulp. This might be one of those DIPAs that is cumulatively hoppy and starts to strip tooth enamel after 16-20 ounces. 110 IBUs seems a tad high. On the other hand, it tastes and feels like abundant malt sugars are running interference and attempting to keep things balanced.

My preference is for DIPAs to have either no caramel malt or just a little. There's more than a little caramel-toffee flavor, but less than a lot. In the end, it works well in concert with the lusciousness of the hops, without overpowering them. The beer has 9.0% ABV power, even if the alcohol is barely appreciated on the palate. If that makes any sense.

As often happens, the flavor score has earned a bump near the bottom of the first glass. Warming is probably the reason why. The flavors are more intense and fit together even more seamlessly. This stuff is dangerously drinkable, as is most all Surly beer. Talk about liquid crack. Prediction: this will be one my 'top beers of 2009'. Easy call.

As the raging river of melted caramel solidifies the bottom end, an increasingly impressive hoppiness takes flight on the top end. Flavors mirror aromas, with juicy pineapple, orange zest and pink grapefruit being especially prominent. Maybe a little pine sap as well. Lawdy, lawdy, this big ol' hoppy ale is the cat's pajamas. It also comes in the best looking growler that I've ever seen.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn close to sheer perfection. It's lightly chewy, lightly sticky and moderately mouthcoating. I'm also pleased that the carbonation is laid back, yet insistent enough to provide lift and volume. Kudos to both the brewer (Todd) and the sender (Al).

The temperature outside was -16 degrees when I got up this morning. Coincidence? 16 Grit Ale is yet more proof that Surly can stand toe to toe with America's best breweries and not blink. This beer is a remarkable achievement and deserves to released each and every year. A million thanks to the felonious one for coming through again. Your generosity is humbling. Finally... hoppy birthday to me!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to imlimbo77 for this one. ReReview from notes on 4/24/12

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a frothy two finger head. Great retention, the head seems to last forever Great rings of lacing down the glass.

S: Nice pine and floral aromas. Get some tropical fruits, grapefruit and orange mostly. There are some caramel and bready malts too.

T: Lots of pine up front with a little bit of tropical fruit flavors - grapefruit, orange, and a little bit of lemon. There is some caramel and doughy malt back it up.

M/D: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Definitely on the creamier side. Left my mouth dry with a slight bitter flavor. Overall, quite drinkable, but I am surprised that it wasn't as hoppy as expected.

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

A ig thanks to the kind Midwest trader who was able to send this one down my way. I was thrilled to fianlly see it come fdwon adn very thankful to have been able to take part in this one. Served cold and poured into multiple pints, it was a privedge to be able to share this oen with Bill at Barleys last night. Consumed on 01.08.2009.

The pour was wonderful. Rich copper colored amber coming forward with a light haze to it. A huge billowing head of white foam came up over the top and settled down only lightly as we progressed. Lots of sticky lace moving up and down on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was loaded down with just tons of stick fresh hop notes. Big aroma here of tangerine and pineapple, very sweet with a light malt base just barely poking its head through to give it some sense of balance. Really very well done here I have to say. As the first sip comes across, the only thing that coems to mind is just how rediculously smooth this one is. Seriously, this is just insane it is soo good. Light enough to be quaffable, there was no sense of big alcohol here at all. Sticky, medium bodied ale was just the right amount of carbonation. Ripe, fresh hop flavors here, sweet candy like sugar dumped on top of the bitter pineapple and grapefruit liek taste, just soothed and mellowed right down to the last drop.

Overall I am very happy that Surly made this, and that I got to try it! One of the bestDIPA I have had, definitely one of the most drinkable. This is one to eek out for sure.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a clear copper color with a bit of orange highlights coming through. It poured with a thick and bubbly inch and a half white head, but settled down to a thin covering after a minute or so.

The aroma has a bright tropical, pineapple, peachy, hoppiness to it. There is a bit of sweetness to it along with some bready malts as well. The fruity and citrus hops really steal the show though in the nose.

The taste is full of juicy, citrusy hops. It has the same tropical, pineapple, mango type of flavor the nose suggested. It finishes with more of a caramel and malty sweetness, along with more juicy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it was an excellent tasting beer. I love IPA's and DIPA's that show a lot of great hoppy flavors but don't show an extreme bitterness, and this one did that very well. Also tasted pretty light considering the abv. Excellent beer overall. Update 2/4/11 increasing aroma from 4 to 4.5 after having some fresh cans tonight. Loved the juicy aroma to it.

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4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to my homeboy Ben for hooking me up with some cans of this beast.

A: The beer is amber in color with great clarity and a massive cream colored head on top which sticks to the edge of the glass.

S: A hop bomb if I've ever smelled one! Very reminiscent of Sculpin's aromas. A ton of tropical fruit, especially pineapples and mangos along with plenty of juicy citrus. No malt to be found.

T: The sweet tropical fruits are really the main attraction here as well. The pineapple and mango provide a nice sweetness, along with some peaches. There is plenty of juicy grapefruit and pine on the finish to give the beer a great bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a low to moderate carbonation and a really crisp finish to the beer.

D: I say it everytime I have a Surly beer, and I'll say it again: awesome! These guys really have a good thing going and I'm glad to have some more of this one in the fridge.

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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a dogfish pint.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a thick froth of two finger tall white head slowly dissipating down to light sheets of lacing down the entire glass.

S - Quite the hop bomb. Plenty of tropical fruit is mixed in well with the strong citric hops. Some bready yeast and sweet caramel malt help balance things out a bit. The closest example to sculpin I have seen.

T - wow. Tons of tropical fruits mix well with the citric hops up front giving way quickly to a creamy sweetness that lingers throughout the finish. The finish is quite dry after drinking the entire can. I really enjoyed the balance this one had. I would love to try this on-tap someday. Until then I will have to settle for a few more cans.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Quite the creamy feel with some lingering dryness long after the finish. I love the balance this one has.

D - Very High. I really enjoyed this one. The balance of hops, sweetness, and creamy feel is nearly flawless. Easily the best IPA I have ever had out of a can. I look forward to having this again in the future.

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4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 via hannydawg for sharing this can!

I'm glad to be trying this brew having heard such great things about it from everyone else. it pours a mostly clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises onion, strong mint, parsley, and some light caramel basking in the background. The taste holds notes of orange peel, cilantro, very light onion, black pepper, greens, very light caramel, light pine, and light mint. The body straddles the line between heavy light and light medium, with a mild carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice DIPA. It's a bit unbalanced toward the hops, but it never becomes o'erwhelming in that direction.

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