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:
#102
Reviews:
951
Ratings:
4,622
pDev:
7.78%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Josholson666
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into their snifter pint glass, fresh at the destination brewery tap room in MPLS.

A= Golden straw color, pretty clear overall with a thick white head made of small bubbles. Head settles, rings the glass, and lacing clings to the side.

S= Big mix of hop aroma including pine and citrus up front which is followed by a dose of earthy resin.

T= Get citrus and pine first. Grapefruit, lemon zest followed by a bit of earthy pine and dankness. Bit of sweet malt and toast in the finish.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Lots of strong hop aroma and flavor balanced nicely. Quite easy to drink for a 9% ABV DIPA. No noticeable booziness or alcohol burn.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Pours bright golden orange with slight haze. Thin white head fades quickly. Big piney citrusy aroma. Taste follows with sharp piney hops, resiny , backed by sweet toasty malt presence. Oily slick mouthfeel. This is a terrific tasting IPA, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Vicirus
4.07/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeyA
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donnie_vendetta
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tonytone
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a Heady Topper clone. That's all that needs to be said. Amazing beer. Put this one on your need to try list.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
3.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer_Nye
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmiah22
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of B_G
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mschrei
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden orange, thick persistent head and lacing. Strong hop smell and flavor. Slight citrus and bitter aftertaste. Well balanced hop bomb. Yet another great Surly offering.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful golden colour much like I'd imagine a fair maidens hair in the afternoon sunlight in the days of old.
smells exactly like I'd imagine a fair maiden smells in the afternoon sunlight in the days of old.
Tastes exactly like I'd imagine a fair maiden tastes in the afternoon sunlight in the days of old.
feels exactly like I'd imagine a fair maiden feels in the afternoon sunlight in the days of old.
overall a transcendent beer that harkens back to the days of yore. Find this shiz and drink it fair maidens!

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Photo of kylemckinnis
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beers-es
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a tallboy canned 10/28/15, so 2 weeks ago. Color is a very slightly hazy orange honey-gold. Three-finger head is off-white, dense and creamy, and it sticks around. Decent lacing. Smell starts with a big hit of pine and grapefruit, mixed with high-quality dank and just a soup├žon of the finest cat pee expertly blended with week-old gym clothes. Some tangerine notes as well. That either dissipates or my pine/grapefruit/dank/urine smell receptors are crammed full, but next come waves of ripe tropical fruit and an earthy grassiness.

Taste progresses like the smell (minus the pee), starting with strong citrus and pine resin, then moving to the earthy/fruity flavors, with just a hint of bready malt appearing briefly before the pretty big, dry pine resin finish that sticks around a long time.

Feel is medium but fairly substantial, with the slightest touch of oily slickness, but in the best possible way. I personally don't care for IPAs that are overly slick feeling, but this one threads the needle perfectly, and the smoothness is masterfully offset with just the right amount of prickly carbonation. My nucleated nonic pint glass shows a steady steram of the tiniest possible bubbles rising up the entire time. Minutes after a sip I'm still chewing on the piney bitterness, though it's not at all astringent or unpleasantly extreme.

This is a great, great beer, and one that lives up to the world-class rep. It's wonderfully complex, yet from beginning to end it hangs together beautifully, with not a note out of place. Killer stuff, and one of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tkrane
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hozersr
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joemama76
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MuFugga
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fishermanrobb
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brewskis
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of an off-white head.

Aroma definitely shows off the Citra hop. The nice sugary sweetness from the oats and 2-row go perfectly with the Citra characteristics and make it a very juicy aroma. Get pineapple, mango, lots of orange, grapefruit, all being the overly-ripe, juicy variety. Also get a big herbaceous dankness. Awesome.

Taste follows the aroma, which is what I was hoping. Get tons of overly-ripe, juicy fruits. Get mango, some pineapple, good amount of orange marmalade, and grapefruit. Lots of dankness too. Get just a simple sweetness from the light malt to provide an nice canvas for the hops. Bitterness is pretty tame compared to what the title suggests, but you still get a slight pine resin, citrus peel bitterness there. Dries out nicely into that slightly bitter finish. Very light booze taste on the finish too.

Medium body. Outstanding smoothly crisp, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes oily and sticky.

This one gets a lot of hype, but it is well-deserved. Judging by their Todd the Axeman and Abrasive, Surly really knows how to brew with Citra. A wonderfully complex DIPA that stands up there with some of the better ones out there.

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 4,622 ratings