Surly Abrasive Ale

I reviewed this beer in February of last year with a batch canned in December. I rated it highly despite being an older batch. My friend on HomeBrewTalk, Dan sent me 4 cans for a few cans of Vermont IPA goodness. Abrasive is a nice beer and this beer was canned two weeks ago. So, I’ll be posting the review below with an updated version now that it’s a fresher batch and my palate has changed a lot and this IPA seems to be even better than the last time I had it.



   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL20/20

adamjackson (845) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – FEB 9, 2012

UPDATED: DEC 3, 2012 Acquired this in a trade. It’s the first DIPA I’ve had from surly. Stoked to try this and hoping it’s still fresh! Poured into a Newcastle glass direct from the fridge. Canned on 12/08/11A – 2 Finger head, tight and creamy bubbles that were off white and on the tan side. Deep and hazy brown with golden tints. Gorgeous looking beer! A+

S – TONS of pine, tons of hops, tons of brown sugar, caramel and sweetness! I got a bit of citrus but not a lot.

T – Absolutely amazing. A fantastic DIPA with tons of hop, great aftertaste. I’m getting orange, vanilla and brown sugar. There’s some ginger in here as well.

M – Nice carbonation but not overwhelming. Very drinkable!

O – I’ve had Heady Topper and Pliny the Elder. This is up there with those beers. an A+ in every way. I need to acquire a can fresh.

Update: New batch canned 11/14/12. Fresher than before and my palate is hopefully improved since then.

On the nose, I pick up a lot more grapefruit and citra than last time. I take back that there’s minimal citrus. Taste is super chewy. As great as I remember though and the most close I’ve had to Society & Solitude #4 from Hill Farmstead. Not as bitter as Heady Topper but a fantastic malt backbone, still nice levels of brown sugar, tangerines, grapefruit juice and cranberries. Very happy I have more of this to enjoy over the week. Thanks Dan!!

Surly Abrasive Ale
Surly Abrasive Ale
Surly Abrasive Ale