Your favorite Double IPA, Abrasive Ale, is back on shelves and in watering holes in Chicago, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and available for the first time in Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Our head brewer at Surly MSP Ben Smith said he likes Abrasive’s trademark fruity, punchy taste and says this batch has accentuated some of the beer’s big flavors: “The process of brewing Abrasive has evolved a little. We double dry-hopped it instead of single dry-hopping it, and that brings out the natural bouquet, it makes it a little danker, and the aroma on the nose is huge.”
Originally called 16 Grit, this Oatmeal Double IPA has intense candied pineapple flavors and aromas. The oats greatly enhance the body and help balance the hop bitterness. Citra hops are used for aroma and dry hopping and Warrior hops are used for bitterness. “Citra hop is just a great hop to use, and is one of the most sought after by brewers right now,” added Ben. “Abrasive is a fun beer that tastes and smells great, and at around 9.2 percent it’s just warm enough, a great one for winter.”
We first brewed Abrasive at the end of 2008 as a farewell to growler sales, and brewed it again in 2009 as a draft-only beer. You guys liked it so much that we decided to can it, and it’s been a Surly Nation favorite ever since, scoring damn highly on all the top beer lists and regularly voted as one of Minnesota’s best beers. In fact, Beer Advocate gives it a 99/100 score and RateBeer.com gives it the full 100/100. Abrasive is one of the few, rare beers to get 100/100, but the numbers don’t describe the beer, you do.
So there it is. As always, this one is a limited run, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t miss it.