Abrasive Ale | Surly Brewing Company

Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale
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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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16 Grit
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I got this treat in a recent trade from the Mad Minnesotan, mully. Thanks for the hook up Matt! 16 Grit fills up my Goose Island willi glass with a hazy tangerine orange IIPA that has a tendency to glow the reddish orange of a sunset when backlit. Arch-like bone white lacing graces the glass as the two finger head settles to a solid cap. The lacing will take some scrubbing to remove from the glass, it's nice and sticky.

This IPA has a crazy amount of flowery hop qualities. Orange and tangy tangerines hold their own but flowery hoppiness leads the way. All I can smell when I bury my nose in the glass is a field of in bloom flowers. There's a touch of pine in the back but it stays put and struggles to get through the perfumey hops. The malty backbone is oozing caramel but be sure; this is a hopcentric brew without a doubt. As my glass warms the tangerines become a little more pronounced and there's a strong showing of honey. The nose is a little leathery, resinous, maybe even some tobacco. If the aroma is any indication this is one hugely complex hoppy beer.

The flavor does not disappoint. While there's a lot of hops tossed into this brew it's in no way a tongue scrubber with the bitterness. The tangerine and orange grab the tongue first but quickly give it up to the floral, resinous, pine needle hoppiness that lingers throughout. Sweet tangerine and orange oils pop back up on the swallow. Throughout each drink the leather and tobacco make appearances here and there. All of this incredible hoppy goodness sits atop a solid, sweet caramel malty base. This is an interesting IIPA to say the least with a ton of unique flavors and a hop profile unlike any other.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be. Medium body with an active enough carbonation to keep things moving while being slow enough to let me grasp every flavor involved. The bitterness lingers on the middle of my tongue and never fully lets go. A little snap across the tongue finishes things off.

I'm not sure of the abv in this brew but there is zero noticeable alcohol. The first pint disappeared so quick it's scary and the hops, while bitter, aren't assertive enough to keep me from getting the most out of each glass.

16 Grit is high quality! A growler of this isn't enough and hopefully we see some cans in the near future. There's so much hop complexity to this brew that it's a beer to sit down and think about while drinking, which is rare for IPAs. Thanks for this excellent IIPA Matt!

Reviewed: 1/31/09

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
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