Abrasive Ale | Surly Brewing Company

Abrasive AleAbrasive Ale
4,564 Ratings
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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One pint can poured into my Duvel glass. A rich golden honey body has a consistent haze to it. I get only about one inch of head that fades in just a couple of minutes. Head is a soft beige in color. Only edges of lace are left behind. Nose is full of orange rind and marmalade. Softly fragrant but very nice. With first sip I am really taken by how dry this beer is. Based on the nose I was really expecting something a little more citrus based and maybe a bit sweater. Not that I am complaining but the nose threw me off. The hop profile is nicely bitter and extremely dry. There is a twinge of lemon zest on the on the back end of the palate. This beer is not heavy at all and would go wonderfully with some stinky blue cheese. Dryness lingers on the mouthfeel but is just wonderful. A very nice break from all the more sweet IPAs out there lately.

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

Surly Brewing Company - Abrasive Ale

I have beer trading to thank for this one and a few other Surly brews.

Look - Slightly hazy but mostly clear bubbly golden. Nice frothy head. Lacing abound.

Smell - Intense deep resinous hop bomb with malt overtones. Beast mode!

Taste - Pucker blast of hops. Resiny, piney, citrus, the whole shebang. Malt heavy as well but it lines up quite well.

Mouthfeel - Super hop citrus feel rests, the initial resin blast fades. Not too boozy. Good drinkability.

Overall - Phenomenal contender with the rest of the DIPA crew. This brew is for serious hop heads. Others are likely to cringe or cry.

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

Beer pours light golden with 1.5 fingers of foamy head which is dying pretty quick. Not outstanding retention, but pretty good. The lacing is also relatively sticky.

Smell is very pleasant. Piney, floral, and grapefruity citrus. It's a big smell, but not the biggest Ive ever had.

Wonderful flavor. Rich, medium sweetness, and complex. Notes of pine, grapefruit peel, resin. The flavor is very earthy. Definitely high bitterness, but somehow easily manageable.

Medium-low carbonation with medium-low MF. Very resinous feel after each sip. A puckering dryness coats the mouth.

I like this beer a lot. It definitely strikes the chords as "abrasive." I tend to like a little sweeter and brighter IIPAs, but nonetheless I have to hand it to Surly. They hit their intended mark with this beer right on the head.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Surly abrasive

A - pours a fairly cloudy marigold color into a big bulb wine glass. Looks like a hazy round sun on a clear day. Around a fingers worth of pearly white foam on top which quickly dissipates.

S - the nose is thick, sticky, piny and dank. Resinous. Sort of like the sap stuck on pine needles or pollen on flowers. And lots of tropical fruit. Delicate notes of pineapple, mango, passion fruit and meyer lemon.

T - at first blush there is a honey malt character. Which almost immediately gets dominated by notes of snappy bitter citrus and resin. Notes of pine. Tropical fruit adds to the sweet honey malt flavors. The finish is sweet with hints of fruit and pine.

M - interesting texture. The beer seems crisp because of the intense hop character but its actually on the creamy side. Medium bodied with high tight bubbled carbonation.

O - an excellent ale. Just one of the finest dipas i have ever had the pleasure of trying.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Muchas Gracias to Yamar68 for this wonderful beer!

S: When I opened this car, the first thing I got is that intense citrus and hoppy smell! After taking my time to savor the aroma of it, I could begin to pick up some honey from it. Great balance to it via my olfactory system!

T: Definitely a hop-forward taste...could begin to taste some of that honey, pine, and grapefruit. It continues to overwhelm my taste buds while they're screaming for more....bitterness taste comes through at the end and left me yearning for more when I'm done with it.

M: Medium body, and none of that malt-tasting that you would get from other DIPAs. Sorta of light taste but still come through with its punch in the mouth. Somewhat similar to Hopslam but the bitterness flavor takes over that and start to feel balanced at the end.

O: Wow, this is one of most under-hyped beers and I'm glad folks keep it that way...for now. I can see why it continues to receive 100% score from people and it's right up at the top...even better than Hopslam at the elite level. It's all about the citrus and bitterness flavor. If you prefer a malt-forward or sorta "barleywine" DIPA, don't waste your time trying this beer. Okay, do try this beer if you haven't done so because it has the power to convert you! Kudos to Surly Brewing Company.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 4,564 ratings
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