Furious - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by JamesMN:
4.68/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Canned on 9/17/12.
I'd like to preface this review by saying I live in the Twin Cities and have access to this beer at any time. I haven't had it for over four months and tend to think it's overhyped. This is the first time I've had it since joining and reviewing beers on BA.
Appearance: Dark copper/amber hue with decent clarity. One finger light tan foamy head.
Aroma: I opened the can and counted the seconds until the aroma reached my nose. It took less than five seconds to make it the foot and a half (I've seen the recipe and they dry hop it like crazy!). Floral hop profile with some malt behind it. It's a very pleasant and robust aroma.
Taste: This is an optimally balanced IPA. The malt flavor is that of an amber or red ale and it is robust enough to stand behind the hops. Oh yes, the hops. Great balance between East Coast piney flavor with that West Coast grapefruit and floral character. It starts almost sweet, full of the hop flavor and then finishes with hop bitterness. You are left with a taste not unlike the way a pine tree smells (which is good). At 6.2% abv you aren't tasting any of that and it's actually surprising how much flavor is packed into that amount of alcohol. You do, however, get a nice warming sensation from the beer. It's also a decently juicy IPA (which is not a term I get to use that often). My one issue with it is that the 99 IBUs listed on the can are no where to be found in the flavor. I'd say realistically it's closer to 50 or 60 IBUs. All that being said, this is a perfect flavor.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and a bit more than medium bodied. Highly drinkable.
Final Thoughts: I can't believe I waited so long to have this one again (over four months). Even with all the hype, the beer speaks for itself. It may not be the best IPA on the planet but it'll give any American IPA a run for its money. Is it possible we've also found a new style: Midwest IPA? I think so. Would I drink it again? Again and again, perfect warmer for the long Minnesota winter.
Serving type: can
10-07-2012 01:13:19 | More by JamesMN
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3.76/5 rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
(on tap at Local Option - served in British pint, I think - can't quite recall)
A: (dry-hopped) cloudy, dark amber liquid... slimy foam that leaves some nice rings of lace
S: Amarillo hops, English yeast?... pine, stewed pear, apple... golden raisin?...
T: bitterness a lil grassy, pesky bite... little alcohol... malt only in the background, light caramel... mostly resiny hops here, somewhat grapefruity, a little peppery... rounded edges, overall dry finish
M: soft, dull-foamy, flat-ish... very easy to knock back quick
O: the bartender's reaction may have said it all: "but that's only a regular IPA... that's all you want?" - haha... never had it before, so yeah! - ended up having 3-4 other beers as well... it's a decent American IPA for sure... having used Amarillo once or twice in recent homebrews, I can smell this damn hop whenever I come across it now, and I dig it - it's distinct, not bright and citrusy, a bit more dank and overripe... glad I was able to try this, disappointed not finding Coffee Bender anywhere though
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2014 16:59:19 | More by Bouleboubier
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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