Abrasive Ale | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American 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%

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Reviews: 958 | Ratings: 4,678
Photo of tempest
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cool, I get to be the 10th review. Thanks to kroggdawg for sharing his growler. Frankly, I've gotten tired of imperial this and double that lately, but this beer rocked. It was complex in flavor, yet drinkable for the average hophead and still something different. It seems like most brewer just throw the C-hops (cascade, chinook, centennial, etc) at their DIPAs and let er' rip. This can make a good DIPA, but I've have enough of those.

Right off the bat this beer reminds me of Orange rum and then once I ponder the flavors, I realize it's similar to Surly's delicious Bitter Brewer. Orange citrus hops are the big flavor and aroma note for me in what is a surprisingly appropriately balanced DIPA. There are more pine and grapefruit in the background with subtle cinnamon spices and a very slight vanilla note. Jesus, this is good. I know I'm not the first or last person to say this, but I wish there was more of this beer. Easily one of my favorite DIPAs, better than Pliny the Elder even. If you can ever find this baby, drink it before someone else does.

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Photo of MPLS
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After ignoring the slew of random white people and parents who bring their children to wait in line 2 growlers were had.

A: Rusty, orange, lacing that will force you to scrub it off the glass.

S: Undoubtedly citrus fruit with orange being the most prevalent. Hops all up in deez nostrils.

T: A heavyweight in the middleweight class, big taste. Strong candy with afirm orange/pine taste upfront with a pleasant hoppy bitterness that sticks to the palate. This makes me want to think of Furious as the ugly stepchild?

M: Put this one in the lower heavy mouthful bracket because of the hoppy butt of the beer. Body could use a little more lightness to bring out the upfront citrus flavor and make the beer more drinkable.

D: Might be the heaviest IPA you could pass on to your girlfriend.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy orange liquid that you can not easily see through. Half inch white foamy head that sticks to the glass as you drink it.

S- Huge citrus aroma, orange peal, grapefruit, and hint of apple. Some pine and spiciness from the hops. Also some brown sugar sweetness.

T- The first thing I taste is citrus fruit, oranges, grapefruit and lemon zest. It is balances with a very sweet malty base that tries to hold up against the hops but the hops take over at the end leaving you with a citrus, bitter after-taste.

M- Thick but not mouth coating, crisp, and smooth. Just right.

D- I could drink a growler of this to myself. Though I may end up pretty drunk.

Overall I would say this is the best DIPA I have ever had. It has the huge hops but is still very drinkable.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Named 16 Grit, in honor of his dad's abrasives business, where the brew house is situated. Growler picked up and drank the very same day, fresh as can be. Into a pint glass, pours a dark amber copper color with a nice off-white head, good retention. The aroma is intense, some fantastic fruits popping out, caramel malts hovering in there too. The taste is even better, lives up to its name but drinkability doesn't suffer. The same fruits and caramel sugar are there, sweeter than I'd have thought. The mouth is great, thick, coating, oozing, but not syrupy, not too hot, lovely. Overall, probably the quickest I've ever drank a growler, if that says anything.

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Photo of alexgash
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler, filled on 12/27/08 at the brewery.

Slightly hazy, dark copper with glowing orange edges. Small, but persistent, light beige gauzy head. Big juicy hop nose filled with pineapples, pine resin, mango, tangerine, and herbal funk. Sugary malt, and caramel aromas in the background.

Herbal hop bitterness rings out up front. Pine resin/sap flavors follow, mixing with cookie dough malt. Hints of boozy fruits as well. Pineapple, tangerine, and mango hop bitterness come on strong near the finish. Faint warming notes, before cat pee, aspirin, and grapefruit bitterness take over the finish. Lingering fruit sweetness. Very nice! Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable--especially if you like very fresh hop blast!

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Photo of optiontwo
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into Bouleverd smokestack series goblet

Appearance: Hazy orange/caramel color with half inch white head.

Smell: Heavy citrus aromas. First thing that came to mind was marmalade. Spans through every citrus fruit, you name it it's there. There's also some herbal tea aromas in the background. Very floral and potent. Slight caramel sweetness.

Taste: Just as much citrus flavor as there is aroma. Bitter orange, grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, and mango jump out right away. It's a beautiful and floral fruit punch of a DIPA. Nice caramel background with some tea flavors. You know those sugar coated candies that look like grapefruit or orange slices? Imagine one of those with with light, high-quality caramel drizzled over it. Awesome. Bitter but not as biting as Furious, which is kind of nice. This is great.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for a DIPA. Not too syrupy but thick enough to coat the mouth and let the wonderful flavor stick around. Carbonation is spot on too.

Drinkability: I'm gonna finish my first growler tonight and be drunk but will probably want to open my other one, it's that good.

Overall: Amazing. This might be the best DIPA out there. Too bad it's such a limited time. I love Surly and once again they've made a world class brew.

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Photo of Blybloke
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple growlers at the brewery.

16 Grit Ale pours into a pint glass a cloudy orange red with a relatively smallish (1/2-in.) white head. Lace retention was good to very good.

Aroma is heavy on the citrus with a buttery base - ripe orange and mellow grapefruit. Very reminiscent of Bell's HopSlam, but a bit more pungent. This stuff smells what you'd expect a fresh, Surly DIPA to smell like: off-the-charts good.

Taste is nicely balanced between the sweet base and the bitter, resiny hops. Again, ripe orange was the flavor I picked out easiest. There was a lingering bitterness that was noticable but not distracting. It's not over-the-top bitter like it could have been; that might have looked that they were trying to one-up their flagship, Furious. No, this is an incredibly tasty change of pace.

Mouthfeel was wonderfully thick and slick. Maybe a little too slippery? Could use just a tiny bit more carbonation imo.

Drinkability was very high indeed. I can see myself having no problem finishing a growler over the course of an evening. Having a buddy or two over would be even better.

Another home run from Surly. They deserve all the accolades they get. It's sad that this will only be brewed once. I'm glad I had the opportunity to grab it while it was around.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Filled just over an hour ago, ready to enter my awaiting Surly pint glass. I've been waiting a long time for a Surly DIPA, so glad the chose one as a final shebang for growler sales at the brewery!

Pours a hazed and honeyed amber, just shy of a blooming red, small but sufficient creamy head on top.

Smelling it: gorgeous bitter hop nose, but still a sweetness below, honey mixed with citrus fruit, tangerine and grapefruit, beautifully balanced. This is big, but no brute.

Tasting it: Climbs on board the mouth and takes control, move over, 16 Grit is here...sits down and starts to shine...Again, a blast of bitter that really floods the mouth, thrills the senses and drips down to enter other cavities and creep alongside oft neglected corridors. Fiercely wondrous hoppitude, not brutal, not punishing, just brilliant.

Medium to full bodied, long, ever-lasting finish, stays a good spell on the tongue, the sides, the roof of the mouth...lingers in the nostils, hangs in the back of the throat...feels strong, but not too...8%...I wouldn't doubt 10, though...hops are so huge in this...an utter delight.
They must have used a massive amount of malt, as well, because the enormous hop content is well-matched by the juicy, sweet malt.

Great job, this is an excellent ale.
Hope to see something similar in kegs and cans soon!

Hint, hint. Todd...

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Abrasive Ale from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 4,678 ratings