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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,020
Reviews: 1,378
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,408
Gots: 416 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A tempest on the tongue, or a moment of pure hop bliss? Brewed with a dazzling blend of American hops and Scottish malt, this crimson-hued ale delivers waves of citrus, pine and carmel-toffee. For those who favor flavor, Furious has the hop-fire your taste buds have been screaming for.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006)
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Reviews by Casedogg43:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-23-2013 04:10:33 | More by Casedogg43
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

Appearance: Dirty ruby-orange body with lots of carbonation and a head that just won’t quit. The beige crown is exceptionally thick both in dimension and in density. This froth reminds me of a trick a Czech broad taught me years ago when I was staying with her in France. If one could balance a small coin, the pre-Euro Czech equivalent to the dime on the head of a beer for ten seconds, then the beer was good. Well this beer looks like its froth could balance a half dollar for a minute!

Aroma: Pine tree forest soaked in butter toffee. I can smell bitterness to the point where my eyes are watering. Some fruity esters of pineapple and touches of citrus. Pine really dominates.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Painful. Furious is one of the most antagonistic and rancorous beers to have4 ever touched my lips. It hurts to drink. The body is so dry that I started to get a dehydration headache after a few gulps. To make matters worse, it seemed to fry my taste buds so that after the first sip or two I couldn’t really taste the beer, save a vague pine quality and the presence of acrid citrus. Big, huge, bitterness and hop presence but not in a good way for me. I can see why others love this but this is just too bitter and unbalanced for my liking and therefore not drinkable in the slightest.

Thanks to Jeff Krenner for the 4-packs.

Side Note: I had the tea-bagged Furious on cask and liked it much more than the regular.

09-24-2007 15:44:38 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-30-2013 01:28:26 | More by DanGeo
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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%

Huge shoutout to maximum12 for throwing me some of these. He is an amazing trader - absolutely crushed me with extras. Ever since I fell head over heels in love with Abrasive, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this stuff. It pours a brown-tinted copper color, deep and rustic; light ruby hints blanket the edges. The eggshell-colored cap is cloudy and puffy, showing insane retention and leaving some fat, chunky lacing behind. Beautiful beer.

The best way for me to accurately describe the aroma would be "fresh hops". It doesn't sound like much, but the pureness and unabashed raw power radiating from this brew is simply excellent. It doesn't have as large of a citric quality as Abrasive (and I don't believe it is supposed to), but it makes up for that with some of the freshest hop aromas in the neighborhood. Leaves, grass, and florals, along with a very mild pepper spice. Simply bursting with raw hoppy goodness.

Though the fruity aspect may not be as big as Abrasive, that would be like saying Tiger Woods isn't as good of a golfer as Arnold Palmer. Furious still has a large citrus presence in the background of the aroma - zesty grapefruit peels and juicy citrus quadrants. There's a mild, oily pungency that hits hard in the final moments of the aroma's time inside your nostrils. Furious smells damn good; I imagine it's largely on par with sticking your face into a bucket full of fresh hops and citrus peels. Doesn't get much better.

The flavor profile is build upon a blanket of lightly toasted caramel and toffee flavored malts. It's evident from the appearance of Surly that caramel malts may have been used and the first sip easily confirms that. The malty body couples nicely with the heavy, earthy hop foundation. Peppery, herbal, ashy, and leafy, the hops carry over the same tone of freshness that they had in the aroma onto the palate. The earthy qualities may be a little more pronounced, but it still screams "hops!"

Grapefruit rinds and tangerines peels outline the s edges, providing a slight balance to the hop flavors and the faint sweetness from the malts. Bitterness is pretty relevant throughout the entirety of the glass (or can, I should say), although it's low enough to gulp Furious without hurting your mouth - this stuff goes down way too easy. I couldn't believe when I found out this stuff is 99 IBUs; doesn't taste like it at all. A very nice collaboration of bread, caramel, peppery hops, and grass leaves your palate satisfied after every sip. Medium bodied, crisp from high carbonation, just on the edge of being sticky and coating.

Well, there you have it. This stuff is amazing. So easy to drink and so damn delicious. Reasonably priced for a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans, too. Why in the hell doesn't this stuff leave Minnesota? If I could go to the store and buy this myself, it would easily be a staple in my fridge. Or my life.

04-19-2013 16:43:28 | More by tectactoe
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

09-28-2013 01:07:43 | More by MadScientist
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

05-14-2014 17:34:03 | More by jono0101
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-20-2011 08:50:52 | More by Schlais
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-21-2013 02:17:09 | More by xVERITAS
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 14:18:14 | More by hopsleeroy
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-03-2014 20:37:07 | More by delaced21
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4.33/5  rDev 0%

This beer pours a hazy, mild brown with a soft white head. A great caramelly hop aroma is followed by a slightly bitter, creamy taste when it hits your lips. It finishes with both sweet and sour notes and leaves a great aftertaste in your mouth. It's definitely among the best canned beers I've ever had.

03-11-2008 04:26:45 | More by explosivebeer
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

A – Deep maple amber. Incredible lace and nice retention on a foamy khaki head.

S - Pungent citrus and piney hops with notes of orange, grapefruit and grass. Caramel and toffee malt are noticeable in the background as well as some floral notes.

T - There's a lot of fruit character - grapefruit, orange, and some tangerine. The hops actually give the perception of sweetness, though the beer is very bitter.

M - The mouthfeel is very nice. It starts off with a bit of body, then finishes dry. There isn't much carbonation, which makes it nice and smooth. It's very drinkable overall.

O - Awesome IPA from Surly. Glad I got to try this one.

01-22-2012 03:11:09 | More by SkiBum22
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

07-11-2014 01:40:26 | More by SuomiHobbit
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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a deep amber body and the bubbles actually churn furiously under the pillowy white head as it is poured. Aroma is inviting leafy, earthy hops and a hint of amonia. Medium bodied and surprisingly not overly bitter. Great hop flavor especially in the finish. The malt seems to be keeping the bitterness honest, but I can't really detect any distinguishable malt flavors. Good drinkability for 99 IBUs.

07-13-2009 19:02:12 | More by blackearth
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

16oz can poured into 2 New Belgium goblets shared with hu5om:

A: Little-to-no head, which dissipated quickly following the pour. a dark mauve color that is rather opaque with no sediment visible.

S: Very sweet citrus smell with a lingering aroma of hops.

T: An excellent hoppy beer, an IPA though not labelled as such by Surly. Citrus flavors are omnipresent and the hops give the mouth a solid buzz.

MF/D: A blast of taste overshadows the carbonation making it a smooth hop-beer. a fantastic (as always) beer from a can.

07-06-2010 00:11:38 | More by newk340
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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

16oz can with some badass artwork. I would love to see more brewers do these big cans, they're quite nice IMHO! Pours into my glass a deep amber orange with a nice pillowy white head on top. Pretty good clarity with plenty of carbonation. Lookin good. Aromas start off with some nice caramel malts and sweet candy scents. Big hops burst out with lots of citrus and pine all over the place. Lots 'o hop oils in this one with a definite grapefruit accent. Draws me in....

First sip brings a smooth caramel malt with a light candy sweetness that's quickly followed by a wave of dense hop flavors. Lots of citrus including orange and grapefruit alongside pine resin. Fresh green hop oils blast out all over the place. Flows down with a nicely balanced bitterness. Finishes smooth where each sips just begs you to take another. Hoppy burps are in full effect. This is some good shit no doubt.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a near perfect body. Carbonation is wonderful adding a creamy aspect to each sip. Furious is an incredibly drinkable beer and I could see myself downing quite a few cans if I had it more readily available. Just a damn fine IPA all around. Please start distributing this in Illinois soon! Yum.

04-28-2007 03:29:23 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Cans...gotta love 'em...tall boys of beer should be a standard...

Clear, dark copper colored body. Basically white head on top, came on about an inch thick and reduced to a thinnish layer. Lacing grabs the glass well.

Lots of citrus hops, grapefruit and a touch of tangerines. Crystal malting comes in too with some caramel sweetness to round it out. Quite the potent aroma, which is a standard I have come to expect with cans.

Taste is loaded with hops as well. Citrus pith and some pine resin add a nice bitterness to this. Caramel and a touch of biscuit malts underneath work to balance this out. Some straw and herbal hops finish. Overall it seems pretty balanced although there are a lot of hops in it. The flavor profile is pretty simple but it doesn't hold back at all. This is good.

Medium bodied, low carbonation. Coats the tongue and cheeks and allows the bitterness to hang on well after the swallow. Drinkability is really good. Strong flavor and aroma that isn't overly comlicated. It has enough in it to make it interesting but can still be put down easily.

02-26-2007 02:33:01 | More by blitz134
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-17-2014 03:22:01 | More by briang01
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-29-2013 18:36:57 | More by supa0525
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-07-2012 03:29:16 | More by kgeijer
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

This is my first can, received via trade.

Pours a nice translucent amber with little to no head. Consider lacing for the small about of carbonation.

Oh my hoppiness. This my friends is a serious IPA. I smell pale, and fresh cascade(?). Lots of pine. Boy do I want to taste this. No ABV in the smell, which is impressive for the 6.2 considering.

** The best part of the smell is it doesnt go away. Ive noticed a number of Pale/IPA types will lose smell after a minute or so.

Where did it go? I get small pale pine to start, and a nice finish. Not as heavy as the smell, but nice. Pale in the finish is good, but start isnt there. ABV is present but not bad.

Fresh yet unispiring. Though what should be expected in an AIPA? Belch is nice and hoppy, which is a good sign.

I want to call this a sipping beer on a very hot day. I say this not because of the ABV, but due to the finish. The finish is the best part, but it takes a while to appreciate.

If I saw it, id get it. I dont think I would trade for it again. I am interested in additional Surly as this is my first.

08-09-2008 20:45:05 | More by JasonA
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Cans from DBhog and JDV, thanks guys!

Poured into a standard pint glass this beer produced a nice amber hue with a long lasting 1 finger head. The aroma consisted of pine and citrus. The taste almost mirrors the smell for me. I found that the first sip is very crisp due to the hop profile and carbonation. This beer, however, finished very dry. This is an excellent IPA and should be looked out for. Well done Surly!

03-19-2009 03:06:44 | More by ROBORB
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

05-02-2014 22:28:45 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

09-30-2013 01:45:14 | More by beaversfan12
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Can into my 21st Amendment tulip.
Shocked to see I hadn't reviewed this beer yet. About time before I run out of my stash from my recent roadtrip.
Beautiful pour. Nice head. Dark copper appearance.
Aroma and taste measure up to any standard. Fresh hop like presence. A fantastic representation of the style that would make it anywhere.
Too bad they are not more widely distributed.

11-03-2011 21:17:10 | More by NWer
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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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