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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:
#100
Reviews:
948
Ratings:
4,580
pDev:
7.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 4,580 |  Reviews: 948
Photo of OmahaKF
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell is of pine resin, pineapple, mango, and malt sweetness. Taste is tropical fruit and orange citrus - very juicy and not very bitter with a smooth finish. Alcohol is well-hidden and this does not drink anything like a 9% beer. Great beer!

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Photo of Cfred371
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer from Heritage liquor in Maplewood, canned on 10-2. I've never had Abrasive so I was pretty excited
Look: pours an amber, translucent color, with some good carbonation.
Smell: the smell is awesome. The hops give a tropical fruit scent and a little pine. Also a bit of an alcohol smell?
Taste: the taste follows the nose then gets real bitter. There's a slight alcohol taste to it, but the brew is 9%.
Feel: the beer seems medium bodied, and has a dry finish, but not as extreme as I've had
Overall: this is a great beverage, and worth picking up a 4 pack.

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Photo of M-Jez84
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CJCouillard
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pored from a can into a beer glass.

Pours a rich golden color with a thick white head that lasts for a while. Citrus and pine are the first thing I smell, followed by hops. Very smooth and drinkable. Gives a burst of citrus, followed by a subtle bitterness. Would not have guessed this is a 9.0% ABV based on taste.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very well done IIPA! Most beers with 120 IBUs make you slightly cringe. This beer starts strong with a hoppy bitterneoss, balances itself out with the smooth oats, then packs a satisfying hop finish that pleasantly lingers. Noticeable scents and flavors of citrus and pine.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Had on tap at the 2015 release at JL Beers in Northeast MPLS. Poured into a JL Beers tulip glass:

L - Pours a vibrant straw/yellow/orange color with a fluffy lacey head.
S - WONDERFUL hints of grapefruit, pineapple and other citrus fruit.
T - Nose is an aggressive warrior hop bitterness and finishes out malty/alcohol wonderful hints of oatmeal, pineapple, malt sweetness
F - absolute PERFECT mouth feel - one of the few 5's i've given for mouth feel on a double. something about the oatmeal and the hops and the malt. the carbonation is perfect as well
O - The best double IPA minnesota has to offer if not the best beer in all of Minnesota. Top 5 IIPA for sure.


***EDIT: After having out of the can -- the aroma is UNBELIEVABLE -- top aroma I've ever had from a beer. Updated to a 5 aroma and 5 taste. Favorite IIPA i've had to date -- SOS is right there with it.

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Photo of Greeny87
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Mshea805
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutIrish
3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryannel24
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mgretz1
3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poypoyking
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of denissen
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MartyIU13
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerchic
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of captainkrad
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 3haha
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aedgett12
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattyb79
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 4,580 ratings
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