Abrasive Ale | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#107
Reviews:
952
Ratings:
4,634
pDev:
7.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4/5  rDev -11.1%
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4.12/5  rDev -8.4%
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Body is just faintly sandy of haze with a large but light off-white foam that dies much quicker than you think to a thin ring leaving some sporadic fuzzy lace.

Smell is a divine and complex hop cocktail coming on like orange liqueur and triple sec, but far more complex and wild, with herbal accents, green yet woody pine and a butterscotch-like malt.

Taste is tangy and deeply complex with stinging hops counteracted by a nice malt presence that simultaneously does not interfere with too much flavor. Plenty of room is left for all sorts of different citrus, evergreen, allium and wild herbs. I even get a hint of mint, and again the malt is a sort of graham-butterscotch deep in the background.

Body is medium and feel is crisp with an almost completely dry finish. This is reminding me of some other potent yet expertly crafted tributes to the hop, such as Hop Juju and Waldos'. It's very worthwhile, but don't come in looking for a jooosy frooty croosher. This is boldly old school and does not suck.

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4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
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3.77/5  rDev -16.2%
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Poured from 16oz can into glass. Stamped 'CANNED ON DATE' of '10/18/17 08:33'.
Mostly clear, just a little hazy, amber/orange body with bubbly white head which settles to thick cap, moderate lacing.
Aroma of dank piney hops, hint of sweeter tropical hops, quite spicy.
Taste is bitter, dank, pine and citrus hops. Sweeter at the end, and bitter again.
Medium syrupy mouth feel. Totally quaffable. Numbing.
Being a seasonal, this is a beer to look forward to, regardless of its high price. The 2016 brew was a disappointment, and I only bought one 4-pack. This 2017 brew is a return to form from years prior to 2016. Even though a lot of other IPA's have come to market, and the NE IPA craze has become so popular, this 2017 'Abrasive' is still a treat. Great that it is available so soon after canning. Lip smacking good. Drink fresh.

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4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 4,634 ratings