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
Ratings:
4,550
Reviews:
945
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
7.85%
 
 
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Ratings: 4,550 |  Reviews: 945
Photo of Atodd21
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ead73
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trying this at home now to give it a fair shot. Pours a golden blonde with hints of honey, light haze. Head starts off at a webby 2 fingers, then recedes somewhat quickly to a bubbly ring.

On the aroma, tons of melon. Following with papaya, grapefruit, orange rind, and some onion.

Taste is much better than I remember it. Tons of fruity flavors - I'm guessing amarillo, citra, and galaxy here. Some cantaloupe, watermelon, passion fruit, onion...finishing off with grapefruit and orange, and a harsh astringency. Unfortunately after the first sip it starts to decrease in quality for me and it begins tasting much like onion and astringency. Pure bitterness. That first sip is heavenly though.

Feel is creamy and tight, leaving a resiny starch on the palate.

Overall, yeah, again - not as great as Todd the Axeman. Todd can be drank smoothly the whole way through and doesn't depend on temperature or initial perception as much to create a killer beer. This one seems to fade fast in flavor and leaves me desiring less bitterness and more fruit. The astringency also knocks it down some. Definitely a decent beer, but not the caliber of Todd or other greats.

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Photo of Cparthemore
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMarcy78
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of moysauce
4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Renobrew
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timmyj6
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PC_Principal
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Academymike
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Boblemo
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can. The beer pours a nice orangish color with a lot of small floaties. The smell is huge citrus with orange and grapefruit. The taste follows with a small malt backbone. Overall a great beer that easy too easy to drink for the ABV.

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Photo of raspy22
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Nice orange amber color.
S: Hoppy and malty, grapefruit, tropical. Nice aroma!
T: bitter and tropical, strong malt, "west coast hops", some pine. Nice balance actually.
F: Smooth and well hidden abv.
O: A very well-done classic ipa style, more west coasty than the current NE hazy treats, but I can see why this was really well-rated and popular before. Very well recommended if you want the older classic popular dipa!

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Photo of AuntBea
3.64/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinMc
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChittyChambers
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MurphDog14
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks golden and clear. It also has a great head that last a long time. The smell of the beer is floral and hoppy. The taste of the beer is full and hoppy. Very good taste. The feel of the beer lingers awhile which is great. Overall, I'm glad I found this beer. It is great!

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Photo of cmoore32
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of barnzy78
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz, canned 11/15/16; acquired in trade with my friend, Derek
A - tall, frothy ivory head caps a hazy tangerine colored ale
S - phenomenal aroma with tropical juiciness and caramel malt; hints of mango, pineapple, mandarin orange, lemon-lime, and pine
T - very hop forward with bitter tropical notes of lemon-lime, grapefruit, mango, mandarin orange, and pine; light caramel, grain, and a touch of honey add some sweetness
M - medium body, very resinous, finishes pungently bitter and dry
O - I've had this one a couple times before (once when it was called 16 Grit) and really enjoyed it. Once again it comes through as a top-notch DIPA.

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Photo of FBarber
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msween21
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From can.
Beautiful orange / amber color with small head.
Aroma is pineapple, mango, malt, little pine, lemon
Taste is dank, malt sweetness, mango, pine.

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Photo of daron7
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 10/26/16 into a tumbler glass. Pours hazy bronze with finger of medium density khaki head that had moderate retention and left windshield lacing. Nose is dominated by pine, followed by dank, and subtle citrus. Seems different than a lot of the other reviews, likely due to age. Taste is heavy citrus and pine, traditional 'West side in da house', lots of grapefruit which is fine by me . Plenty of bitterness on the finish, lingers a bit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and some astringency on the finish that left a very subtle tingling (though guess that could be from the ABV also). Even though it was as fresh as I'd like, I was quite fond of this beer. Can only imagine how great it must be fresh!

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
4.46 out of 5 based on 4,550 ratings.
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