Surly originally brewed Abrasive Double IPA at the end of 2008 as a farewell to growler sales. As usual, they underestimated the demand for the first Double IPA in Minnesota. They brewed the beer again in the spring and released it as a draft only beer. It was originally called 16 Grit, a size of abrasive grit used at the old abrasives factory that houses the original Surly brewery in Brooklyn Center.
A massive dose of Citra hops launch their legendary double IPA into the hophead stratosphere.
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. Surly’s “we don’t brew to style” ethos shines through with the unconventional addition of malted oats, balancing the bitterness and lifting Abrasive to critically-acclaimed heights.
Color: Hazy gold.
Hops: Citra. So much Citra.
Our advice: Get it now, get it fresh, and enjoy one of the best double IPAs in America.