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

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

Raul has to be honest; this sucker has that hop that reminds Raul (as he has stated many times before) of rocket fuel. You know, that "Dale Earnhardt" hop. Well, although Raul isn't a fan of that exact flavor, Abrasive at least is not hot whatsoever. No, no, no, this one will not be sponsored by NASA.

Ok, let's continue. Yeah, like Tebow in overtime, this one is a game changer. Sucker is just smooth. This son of a gun is fresh cement that has just dried... all kinds of smooth. Juice, hops, a lil "tinge..."

I didn't believe in ghosts, but I do now. Boo!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally bit the bullet and picked up a four pack of Abrasive Ale.
After reading all the glowing reviews and loving Furious for so long I figured it was time.
Canned on 11/15/13, very fresh!!

A- Pours a nice glowing golden hue with a bit of cloudiness to it, maybe a finger of fine white foam that dissipated quickly.

S- Ah yes, a bright burst of citrus and pine, I could smell that all day!! You can just tell it will taste good by how damn fresh and floral it is!

T- Yeah, it is delicious, hits the front of the tongue with a slight bitterness that quickly gives way to a perfect balance of hops and citrus and a smooth follow through down the back of the throat, very drinkable and deceptive at 9%.

M- Not much to say other than...really friken good!

O- The whole experience with this beer is quite great. It is top 3 easy for any lover of the strong IPA's! I really enjoy breathing in the smell as I drink it out of my trusted tulip vessel.
Top notch Surly, in a state with crap for sports teams at least we have a "winner" with you!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

poured 16oz can into snifter. Canned on 10/30/13

A - Orangish apricot color with a 1.5 finger white head. Decent lacing.

S - Boom! Hops everywhere. Dank grapefruit and citrus with floral character. Some pine bitters hit the olfactory as well.

T - Hell yes! Hops all over my mouth. This is 9%? So easy to drink. Big citrus and tons of bitter grapefruit. A light honey/caramel sweetness makes a brief appearance in the middle and the finish is bitter pine.

M - Oily medium body with great carbonation. Bitter lingers for a bit on the palate.

O - I'll just call it the Heady Topper of the Midwest. We don't need Heady cuz we got Abrasive!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This a great IPA. I really think surly puts out great beers. I would drink this IPA right away. It losses the hops quick. There is a great nose on this beer. It is 16 ounces of awesome. Great flavor. Good mouthfeel for an IPA. Not as much citrus as some of the other IPAs out there but it is outstanding.

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

16 ounce can into tulip. Thank you lurpy1.

Pours a nice golden copper hue with a frothy one white head. Decent lacing. Smell is very resinous with lots of tropical citrus. Taste has lots of juicy citrus and a nice amount of piney resinous. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Overall a great DIPA.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 4,634 ratings