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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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from can a la Heady Topper

A - From what I could see, very pale color and hazy.

S - Scents of sweet citrus, flowers, and freshly-baled hay dominate. A bit of tropical fruit, too.

T - Kumquat, grass, and a unique earthy spice flavor. Balanced by a hearty biscuity semi-dry malt backbone. Bits of tropical fruit and pine sneak in, too. The finish is bitter and pleasantly boozey.

M - Great, full mouthfeel and superbly carbonated.

O - Aside from the fact the can looks like more like an energy drink than a world class beer, this brew is top-notch. My friends and I did a blind taste test of Abrasive versus Heady Topper and fully expected the Alchemist's DIPA to win - even though the HT was an admittedly 2 months old. Abrasive wiped the floor. Worth a visit to Minnesota just for this brew!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bright, golden colored body is a hazy and full of fine, white sediment. Soft, white head with lackluster retention. No noticeable carbonation, but the sediment could be hiding it. Nice lacing.

Sweet tangerine and hibiscus dominate here with other, subtle tropical fruits hidden under a thin blanket of pine.

Buttered biscuits coated in sweet, peach jam. Honey. Hoppy grapefruit finish with a hint of alcohol on the aftertaste.

Incredibly smooth and easy to drink with a nice bite on the finish. Creamy. Lightly carbonated medum body. Clean, semi-sweet finish.

Aother stellar beer from the folks at Surly! Any IPA fan would be silly to not add this to their must-have list.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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