Beer review: Abrasive Ale

20140219_204519Since I started out with one of the worst beers I’ve ever had, I might as well follow up with one of the best, Abrasive Ale by Surly, ironically shown here in a pint glass with a Bud Light symbol on it.

Served from a can, which, contrary to popular belief, is not a bad way to store beer. It cannot get light struck (overexposed to light), which is what will make a beer taste skunky. Clear or green bottles are bad news. Thankfully most of the beer that is in clear or green bottles should be avoided anyway.  Surly is highly regarded as a craft beer and only produces cans  You used to be able to get a growler from the brewery in  Brooklyn Center, MN until the nanny state bureaucrats decided to outlaw this practice with MN State Law 340A.301

This beer scores a 4.53/5 is at beeradvocate.com, which puts it at #29 on the list.  That is pretty prestigious and the highest rated beer that I have ever bought.  It goes for about $16 for a 4 pack, and is worth it if you like good beer.

Smell: Apricot, grapefruit.
Taste: Hoppy, but sweet. Citrus Piney finish
Mouthfeel: Pretty warm (9% alcohol) Fairly carbonated.
Appearance: A cloudy golden.
Overall: Very good. The hops are more balanced than I expected for something called Abrasive. Highly recommended.

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