Abrasive Ale
Surly Brewing Company

Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #11
Ranked #132
4.52 | pDev: 7.74%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale
Notes: 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%
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Reviews: 958 | Ratings: 4,681
Photo of ctylinebeer
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -1.3%
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 -6%
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 -3.5%
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 +8.4%
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
3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky light yellow-orange hue.

Huge bright white head; minimal lace.

Pineapple & light grapefruit nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pineapple juice, grapefruit accents & a bitter, bruising finish.

A nice citrus blast but too bitter for me.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic, especially on tap. Bursting with all kinds of aromas, hops, tropical fruits, malt, grapefruit, flowers, bread, and pine. The taste is also very good, but not as complex, and the body matches this by harnessing all of these flavors but keeping the beer drinkable. Very nice

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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 -9.5%
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 +5.5%
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 +6%
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 -8.2%
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 +10.6%
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 +4.2%
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 -4%
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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Photo of jaypaul522
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured can into pint glass. Golden color with nice head. The aroma is very strong and welcoming - fruity, pine, and some malt. Flavor is very full, and very pleasant. The hops are balanced with the fruitiness, so the overall taste is full bodied and very pleasant. I would compare very favorably with any other IPA's tasted.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mail order from France44.com to California.

Dark golden color, semi hazzy, minimal lacing.
Bright citrus, tropical fruit ambrosia, pine.
Oh man....juicy hops, citrus fruits, sweet melon. Perfect balance.
Medium. One of the most perfect balanced brew.

This brew is over one month old but it really shines. Glad I have 3 more to enjoy! If you're a hop head, hop your ass where ever you need to and get you some!

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Photo of trygelski1
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz can poured into a tulip glass:

Look: Pours an amazing golden hazy yellow with about an inch of head. Lacing is very present.

Smell: Huge notes of grapefruit and pine right off the bat. Also hits of citrus and maybe some orange. Smells amazing!

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Big tastes of grapefruit, pine, hops, citrus, orange, and some malt backbone. Not overly bitter brew and taste is on point.

Feel: Medium bodied. Very crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Very solid double IPA here. One of the better ones I have had to date. I highly recommend seeking this one out!

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Photo of jphipps83
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a snifter on 2/20/16, can dated 11/10/15. Citrus dominates the nose, pours a hazy and dark golden color with roughly an inch of head that clears quickly. Citrus forward, then malty, then very bitter. Possibly due to the length of time the beer has been sitting. Overall very good, will revisit a fresher batch and adjust my rating as necessary.

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Photo of hardysf
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a really nice imperial ipa. Lots of flavorful hop aroma as soon as popping the can, and the aroma filled the room on the pour. Grapefruit, melon and some pine. The Grapefruit was the standout though and I couldn't wait to try the beer. The taste is a little bit sweet. Lots of grapefruit and citrus on the tongue, but there is quite a bit of malt there too. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of TwinCities
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have to say for anyone who wants to taste one of the BEST Imperial IPAs in America, get your hands on Abrasive. For all those on the East Coast ... this is a beer that holds its own against any top rated New England IPA or DIPA. Way to represent the midwest Surly!!!

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Photo of senglish7
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn. This is one fine beer. Wonderful grapefruit nose. Grapefruit on the tongue as well. Nice hop punch but not bitter and doesn't linger much on the tongue. Smooth. Such a nice beer.

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Photo of vitamin_g
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A light, golden orange pour (from a can a few months old) with a nice white head that slowly dissipates. Smell is of hops and fruit. Mouthfeel is a little light, nicely carbonated. Flavors of hops, for sure, but not overwhelming, palate-crushing hops, and fruits, mostly citrusy. Leaves a nice, hoppy aftertaste. Overall, a really good IPA, with great flavor and balance.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely incredible. This powerful pale ale is incredibly balanced with a sweetness (presumably from the oatmeal/malt) and ending bitter notes. I agree with the BA's top beers list of rating it above Bell's Hopslam. I purchased a four pack in chicagoland, but wish that I had got more. Go find yourself some Abrasive if you can.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz. can.

A: Pours a hazy golden honey color with a finger and a half of frothy white head. Head retains incredibly well before resting to a thin foamy layer atop the brew. Lacing is beautiful and plentiful.

S: Lots of fruity citrus notes up front. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mandarin orange, lemon, sweet bready malts, and pine hop aromas. Also as some slightly noticeable alcohol notes. Overall a well balanced citrus hop forward smell.

T: Fruity and sweet initially with flavors of candied fruits, sweet malts, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, oatmeal, and caramel. Then you get some pine hop spiciness, pear, onion, alcohol, and herbal flavors. Finishes with more tropical fruit and a nice pleasant bitterness. Very well balanced and pleasant.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and a full smooth crisp clean feel. Has a slight alcohol warmth and nice lingering bitterness.

O: A very nice DIPA. The first few times I had this brew I was completely blown away. While it has lost some of its effect on me it is still one of my favorite seasonal brews. This is a world class example of its style as it is incredibly well balanced an incredibly pleasant to drink. The aromas are the best part as they are bold, powerful and enticing from the second you crack the can.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 4681 ratings