Abrasive Ale | Surly Brewing Company

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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: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can packed on 10/30 into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. The pour is a hazy, dingy, medium-orange honey-gold with a rocky coarse white head. Nice level of carbonation and even a few floaties. The nose is dank and hoppy, with grapefruit, pine trees, and floral notes. Not really what I would call a ``citrus bomb'', but definitely a good sniffer.

The beer has a balanced, though hoppy flavor and a wonderful, slick feel. Sweet bready notes up front are quickly accompanied by ripe and bitter grapefruit, lemon, grass, pine, and a hint of pineapple sweetness. Everything is well balanced in this beer. It's one of those IIPAs that doesn't seem nearly as bitter as it really is. Moreover, I cannot detect the alcohol in this beer at all. It's nothing but great hop and malt flavor. Not what I would consider to be ``citrusy'', although there are some citrus notes in it. It's more of an ``all over the map'' bitterness. I definitely get the warrior and citra hops, but I could almost swear it has some centennial as well (I checked - it doesn't. So much for my fool of a palate).

A classic IIPA, and deservedly so. I've had Surly Furious, and wasn't that impressed with it (who knows - perhaps I just had a bad can), but this one is definitely a keeper. Very pleasant, intense hop flavors, but not so bitter as to detract from the drinking enjoyment. Terrific IIPA.

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Abrasive Ale
Surly Brewing Company, Minnesota
---from can to stemmed tulip glass---

Hazy honey orange with three fingers of ivory head that just will not go away! Lovely floating yeast particles. Good lacing.

Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pear, very little evidence of malt…

Total citrus bomb! Sweet and slightly syrupy at first. Builds to a good bitter. Tart grapefruit and pine is left lingering… sweet caramel malts are present only enough to say that they are present.

Medium body. Great bitter. Good carbonation. Tantalizing ale right here!

Wow. Very good. 9% ABV is not evident at all. Very juicy and bitter… I could drink this again and again… in fact, number 2 is being opened right now. Best Double IPA I’ve had. Very refreshing and drinkable!

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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