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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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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a tulip. Canned 1-7, enjoyed 3-1.

A - Pours a golden straw color with a 1 finger white head with small bubbles. Very good lacing and light sediment.

S - Cat piss and grapefruit. Reminds me of a more potent Sucks.

T - Follows the nose with strong dankness up front with a little grapefruit citrus in the back. Light malt backbone. Very pleasant tasting.

M - Slick on the tongue with light bitterness and a moderately dry finish. Coats the tongue well.

O - Very similar to Lagunitas Sucks in my opinion. Only with stronger flavors. Really a great beer that I could easily kill a 4 pack of. Thank you to GreatGazoo for the trade.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of roger617
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found this in a dive in Chicago, snagged a 4 pack for $18. Not sure if I overpaid or not, but happy to be able to try it! Canned 1/14/14, so 6 weeks at the time of review. From my experience, cans hold up much better than bottles in the IPA world, so I decided to give it a go anyways.

A: Drinking this guy from the can, some other like-beer says to do so on the can, and I've just gotten in that habit now.
S: Strong citrus with this one. Very tempting and well balanced.
T: This has loads of citrus flavor punching through the 9% ABV. Even at 6 weeks old this has a crazy good flavor profile. Based off other reviews and hype I believe it has dropped off a bit, but I'm still a big fan.
M: There's a nice crisp bitter finish that balances out the citrus and sweetness in the flavor. Very drinkable at a higher ABV.
O: Thoroughly enjoyed. I've had some of the BA top IPAs with less age and enjoyed much less than this.

**edit. Had this a handful of times since original review. I am upgrading the ratings as it has certainly been more consistently better than the first time I reviewed. Aroma is more more potent, and flavor, and at a couple months plus from canning, is still bursting with flavor.

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Photo of kevindp9
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of maxcoinage
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can (1/29/14 so exactly 1 month old) into DFH signature glass with couple cm white head beer is golden yellow with some sediment haze

Aroma has a lot of citrus and some hops

Taste is bitter up front, a bit of sweetness and some grapefruit tangerine and pineapple , bitter finish lingers

Mouthfeel is medium carb and body. Somewhat sticky, dry finish but its very drinkable

Overall a fantastic IIPA. First time I've tried this - got lucky with the last 4 pack from Binnys. Given the price point (18 for 4 pints) its not something I'd pick up regularly (not like I could anyway) but prob something I'd try to pick up at least once a year. For IIPAs I'd put this in my top 5 for sure

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of timc100
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Unreal! This is the end of my 4pk and each can has gotten better and better. Huge dank aroma of very crisp-pine-clean grapefruit, dank astringency, mango, peach and a soft caramel malt backbone. Touch sweet strawberry juice as well. Taste is very dry but an explosion of grapefruit, fresh orange, and tropical fruits but not overly juice or juice-like, which is great. Incredibly clean, smooth, balanced. One of the best I've had.

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Photo of TheBrewViking
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JoeyStats707
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of Orlando
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of larryarms847
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep and bright sunburst orange with plenty of tempting froth.

Bright tropical and citrus notes, some floral, but plenty of fruit and some pine.

Just think tropical, mango, peach, pineapple, and orangey citrus notes literally blow your tongue away.

Mouthfeel is sweet, sticky, and balanced with crisp bitter, perfect for an DIPA.

Overall, hands down one of the best DIPAs I've had to date, not sure if it's worth dropping $20 a 4 pack here in Chicago though, but worth trying if available.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of joeseppy
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber with a whitish head that does last and leaves spidering. Loaded with floaties but ain't no thang.

Smelling this pour is like tearing open a grapefruit like a gorilla. About some of the best grapefruit smell since fresh Flower Power. Staying with this awhile it begins to morph into a bag-o-weed and as they say (cat piss). But then again, it's just part of this euphoric experience.

Taste is just as elating as the aroma. This has a strong malt backbone substantiating the dank hoppiness. Strong earthy pine and hop cone. Semi-sweet with less prominent fruit structure.

Creamy texture and hop numbing layering on the tongue. Staying power.

This is a tremendously tremendous ale---bar none! This is high powered octane to get drunk quick. The pricing on this will always be in question for me. Like Sculpin, which is fantastic in its own right, I was curious of the hype but can't see paying the higher cost associated and I have not bought any since then and tis a shame. A lot of fantastic ales competing out here, no doubt. ABV on Abrasive is substantiate to get you going well on any pre-flight for the night. Sad to say that @ apx 20$/4pk, I just can't pull the trigger in the future. My curiosity has been quenched as I had an extra 20 in my pocket yesterday. Really though, not to be missed in your lifetime if you love quality and a good buzz on. Tremendously tremendous!!!

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 4,594 ratings
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