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 koutkid41
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale light copper with sediment and strong carbonation. Nice head that lingers nice and foamy.

S: Dank and resinous beer with grapefruit, pineapple, pine and slight mango. Really appealing.

T: Sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes, some pineapple, and tangerine/apricot juice in the back end. Alcohol is apparent and noticeable

M: Medium to light bodied. Drinks fairly easily but noticeable alcohol. Medium-high carbonation with slight but not alot of sweetness.

O: Really enjoy this beer, glad it finally made it’s way to Illinois!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

I rated this a 5 last year. Then I got some this year. Blown away again.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of nut
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of beersdmf17
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Thedaver4220
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of cfaulman
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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

A - Gold & slightly cloudy. 1.5 - 2 inch clean white foam when poured aggressively

S - Hoppy and malty - More pine than citrus.

T - Hops and malt intense, sweet up front with earthy finish. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Can't taste the alcohol.

M - A little thick and heavy compared to taste.

O - A really good beer, however I didn't like this as much as other BA 100 rated IIPA's. Also, not sure if I can see this being that much better than Surly's Furious APA, which is about $8 less per 4 pack. Was it really good, yes. Will I drink it again, certainly. Would I rate it as high as Pliny or Zombie, definitely not. Surly delivers many fine beers and intrigues me along the way. I will continue to try whatever they offer. -Prost!

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Photo of TTAmod
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can from 1/29/14 poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange. Nice, two finger eggshell head. Stays at one finger for awhile. There is a bit of sediment visible and lots of carbonation bubbling to the surface.

S: I could smell this one even upon cracking the can. Really, really strong waves of grapefruit and orange. Extremely citrusy with some herbal and flowery notes underneath.

T: Strong citrus flavor follows into the taste, too. Huge Citra hop taste. Lots of blood orange and grapefruit. Bit of grass and marijuana gives the hops a bit of depth. Pretty strong bready malt taste underneath the hops. Finishes slightly bitter and fruity.

M: Extremely smooth...no fuss at all going down. 9% is well hidden. Enough carbonation to give it some liveliness.

O: One of the top 5 DIPAs out there. Loads of fresh citrus hop flavor, but there are enough things going on to keep it from getting boring.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
4.46 out of 5 based on 4,546 ratings.
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