Surly Abrasive

Discussion in 'New England' started by Chazari99, Mar 2, 2013.

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  1. Chazari99

    Chazari99 Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Had the pleasure of getting some Surly Abrasive from Minnesota today. Wow. It is almost virtually indistinguishable from Heady. Heady is a bit better, but not by much. If Heady is a 100, Surly is a 97.
  2. Ataraxia

    Ataraxia Aspirant (209) Sep 20, 2012 Massachusetts
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    How fresh was each beer? Time to compare; I think my Heady is 2, maybe 3, weeks old, and the Abrasive should be less than that.
  3. alexsergio

    alexsergio Zealot (562) Mar 7, 2011 New York
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    if heady is 100, abrasive is 99. they are both amazing. im stuck on LI so i cherish either one, including the 2 abrasives ive aleady had tonight!!
  4. Horbar

    Horbar Zealot (553) Feb 24, 2012 Rhode Island

    Heady on tap destroys all!!
  5. celfan

    celfan Disciple (322) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    I found Abrasive to have more of a grapefruit taste while heady has that peach/apricot/mango thing going on.
    Abrasive is certainly a well made beer, I just prefer Heady. I'd say Abrasive and Kern Citra are the only ales that can hang with HF Abner/Double Galaxy, Heady, and Double Sunshine.
  6. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (562) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    i had some abrasive which was 5 weeks old then right after 1 week old heady and like the heady better
    i dont think that the abrasive has lost much of anything at 5 weeks
    really looking forward to trying this Lawsons Finest Triple Play IPA then a fresh heady then an abrasive and rate all 3
    highdesertdrinker likes this.
  7. celfan

    celfan Disciple (322) Jul 4, 2004 Vermont
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    i'd go with Double Sunshine
  8. Pinknuggets

    Pinknuggets Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    I totally agree the first time I had it my reaction was, "holy shit I finally found a beer that can compete with heady topper" but i also agree it almost measures up but not quite.
  9. jstilwell

    jstilwell Disciple (321) Oct 21, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Abrasive is on my list of beers that I trade for multiple times per year. I think it is one of the few actually up there with heady.
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