Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Hads: 4,908
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006

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.
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Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with orange highlights and a thick khaki colored head. Citrusy hop aroma with sweet malt, caramel and toffee. The mouthfeel is medium-to-full-bodied and soft. Furious is malty and hoppy. Unique IPA simply for the different malts that were used. The taste is hoppy and citrusy upfront. There's a nice caramel maltiness midway that gives way to a piney bitterness. Scottish malts add an great touch to it and provide a feint peatiness to the finish. (459 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep russet, murky brown with a supremely sticky and rocky off-white head. Major lacing and cling.

S-Aroma is filled with hops but is heavily matched with a raw grain and nuttiness. I also detect a solid hint of cinnamon (although I am not insinuating that any was used). You almost forget about the hops as you try to dissect the malt layers.

T-Ok, not my ideal IPA, but lets throw styles out the window like they should be. Rich hearty malt body with major hop backbone. The spiciness of rye seems to be very present. Grainy, fresh and lightly-kilned. The scottish malt is a great touch although it seems a bit unfamiliar to me with the heavy hopping. Like the aroma, the hoppiness is often ignored - not due to presence, but because there are so many other flavors going on.

M-Rich and full, sweet and dry. Definitely a chewy texture and slightly rough finish. Not cloying, yet the hops are there to be noticeable.

D-I think I could grow to love this beer if I could get my hands on it easier. Not an IPA that I can compare to many others, yet I see that as a great thing. Plenty of brewers out there make great, typical, IPAs and it is nice to see a brewer that acknowledges that and tries to put their own spin on it. (1,231 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep burnt orange/copper with a thick off white head and tons of sticky lacing.

S - Pine and grapefruit with a hint of caramel in the background.

T - Earthy, citrus, pine and grapefruit hops with a moderate caramel backbone.

M - Medium bodied with just the slightest syrupy hop resin touch.

D - Another bold beer from Surly. These cans could come in very handy. (377 characters)

Photo of RSchaeffer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #20
From can to pint glass.

A - Pours deep amber in color with faint haze. Thin head that quickly fades, solid lacing.

S - Strong citrus aroma, grapefruit, orange, floral notes intermixed.

T - This is a solid IPA. Similar notes compared to the nose, though I pick up a bit more tropical fruit. Nice malt backbone to balance things out.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Pretty impressed by this offering from Surly. I've heard much about this brewery and finally broke down and obtained a couple of their offerings through a recent trade. It definitely lives up to the hype, but I likely won't trade for it too often. I do look forward however to trying Surly's other offerings such as Wet and Abrasive. (740 characters)

Photo of barrelman
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First try of the furious. Looks a nice, clear, amber color with good beige head. Beige has never been so exciting. Smells on the pinier side of citrus. Sports the sharper notes of the West Coast IPAs.

Tastes on the less balanced side. Aggressive and delicious. Mouthfeel is good and tangy without being sparkly. I could have a few of these. I dig the can. (356 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, dark amber color that shows amber-tinged copper color when held up to the light. The aroma as the expected, zesty hoppiness characteristic of American hops. Sweet citrus notes of lychee, bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, and candied orange peel mix with a backdrop of pine and a light herbal character. A light maltiness finishes off the aroma with a touch of toasted malt, and a solid crusty bread character.

The taste is somewhat sweet, but this is tempered immediately by an aggressive bitterness that goes from start to finish. Lots of citrus character, though it is not as sweet as the aroma suggests; notes of orange zest, ruby-red-grapefruit and lychee are all noticeable. The finish, while bitter, has an intermingling of pine, green herbs and a definite menthol edge. Actually the finish at times is quite minty. What a long, lingeringly bitter finish; this helps to really dry this beer out and makes you thirsty for another sip. A nice malt character is noticeable at times too; toasted grain character, freshly crushed malt flavors as well as lightly browned biscuit flavors. This has a nice body to it, that helps to carry the ample hops; a sort of medium fullness that does not hinder this beer from being quite drinkable.

This is a really balanced hop attack. I like how well mixed the citrus, sharper herbal notes and lingering bitterness mix quite well. This is definitely a hop dominated brew, in fact it is very hoppy, but the malt is still noticeable here, though it does play a supporting role. This has certainly lived up to my expectations for a hoppy brew. (1,683 characters)

Photo of Grohnke
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tim and Blair for these two. Poured from the can into a Delirium snifter. Canned on 12/15/11, drinking 2/16/12.

Pleasing bouquet of citrus and pine, with some underlying caramel sweetness. The aroma is not "in your face" and its not subtle, but some somewhere in-between, leaning just a tad towards "in your face". The aroma is strong, yet delicate all at once. As it warms, the caramel and pine seem to be the front-runners.

1/2 inch head, cream colored, off-white, a bit tan. It holds up nicely for a bit, then decides it will like to submit itself to the depths of the beer. But wait, it stops falling. What's left behind is a scattered, minimal lace, and a very thin and bubbly film to cover the surface area of the beer. Beautiful color here. Its a deep amber red, with some light brown hues that really give it an interesting look. The can's description nails it by saying "crimson-hued". Its hazy, and near opaque.

Lots of hop flavor on the first sip, and as you would expect the flavors are truly reminiscent of the nose. The fresh pine, the bright citrus and malty sweetness. Its not balanced, the hops are clearly winning the battle here. I dont mind however, the caramel does its job well by rounding out the dry, piney, bitter finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation enough to cut up the hops and caramel. Finishes dry. The hop residue lingers prominently, boldly claiming your mouth as their territory now. At first I didnt think it had the big hop bite that I thought 99IBUs would have, but I stand corrected. After drinking nearly half the pint, my tongue feels battered.

Its a great beer. The hop bills assault has left my tongue bruised. The slightly sweet and dry finish has me wanting more. I think Surly did a great job in how they allow the hops to shine in this one, but were able to include an underlying, well rounded, caramel, malty presence throughout all aspects of the beer. (1,917 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red-amber with a thick creamy head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is caramel malt and rich centennial citrus hop. Plenty of grapefruit bitterness.

Taste is sweet caramel malt, hints of toffee and brown sugar, and a definite grainy character. Hops are citrus and herbal with an earthy, nutty quality. Finish is mildly bitter and slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Slight hop oil residue.

A nice IPA that the hophead in you can enjoy. (459 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for the generous extra in a trade.
Pours a thick, murky dark copper. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass.
Smells darkly malty, lots of spicy hops.
Taste is very dark and rich. Lots of bitter hops in the finish that linger in the back of the throat. Very nice balance between malt and hop.
Easy enough to drink. Smooth and creamy. (356 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came as an extra from iasanlee, thanks for the chance. Surly Furious pours out of the can a nice ruby color, with about a half inch of heading. Nose is of bready, garlic like hops, along with some citrus and pine notes. Full on hop assault from the start taste wise, though the Scottish malt does help to even things out a bit. Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and drinkable given that you are into lots of hops. Simply a well crafted IPA from a great craft brewery. Cheers (472 characters)

Photo of Spica66
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-amber head, fairly short retention, medium carbonation.

S: Definitely hops in here somewhere! Nice malt aroma as well.

T: Taste like it smells. Good malt, good hops, well balanced.

M: Smooth, nice.

D: Very easy to drink.

Overall, a very good beer. (262 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Aroma is floral hops, pine and a hint of candy/sugar. The flavor is citrus, relatively light grapefruit, malts, mild hop resin and a long and very bitter/dry finish. (166 characters)

Photo of kruse
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Furious tap in pint glass at pub. Nice dark copper color with decent head. Smell was highly vegetal; strong hop aroma with pine overtones. Strong, but not overwhelming, hop flavor. This is a highly hopped beer and very good for its type, but I the hops really overpowered the malt. Although I enjoy a hoppy beer, I would have liked a bit more balance. Good mouthfeel. Overall a quite drinkable beer. (403 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting to try this!!

Pours out a deep amber/copper color with 3 fingers of off-white head.

The aroma is packed with citrus, pine and earthy hop notes. There is a decent malt backbone here with bready, caramel and toffee notes too.

The taste is also hop forward, but very balanced. There are strong amounts of orange, some tangerine and pine hop notes. There is a slight floral character to it as well. This flows into the big malt backbone with tons of caramel, toffee and biscuit notes.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp. Very easy to drink.

A solid IPA, but nothing that will blow you away. Very easy to drink because of the balance between bitter and sweet. Very enjoyable. (704 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 09/19/12. From notes about 3 weeks later. Props to France44 for having this so fresh. Tulip glass.

A: Amber gold with a couple fingers of dark beige head, leaves some waves of lacing and has quite good retention.

S: Toffee earthy copper, a lot of malt but a little grapefruit too. Nice sweetness.

T: Mild toffee and some bitter hops, a little orangey pink grapefruit shows through but barely. Leaves a slightly unpleasant moderate grassy bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Normal.

O: Decent enough, fairly drinkable. It's much more toned down than Abrasive, which I love, meaning considerably less flavor. (641 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like Ive started back on my quest for the Beers of Fame (#62/100)! Thanks Heatwave33! Canned on 11/28/11

Poured into the glass that last night was filled twice with Hopslam. Very dark orangish amber color. Very thick, frothy head. Off-white. Low-carbonation with floaties.

Smell has a nice amount of dried hops. Sweet, juicy citrus fruits, sweetened grapefruits, and sour lemon zest. Soapy.

It feels so slick on the tongue. Feels some of the hops have faded, leaving slick alpha acid extract to coat the tongue. The malt bill is light. Kind of really like the honey malt of other IPAs and APAs (last 3 Ive had were Two-Hearted, Hopslam, and Zombie Dust).

Not a decently heavy IPA, but still somewhere in the middle. Once all the flavors subside, the mouth feels slightly metallic. (790 characters)

Photo of rrheisler
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mistofminn for the trade.

A 16 oz. pint can, poured liberally into my pint glass. A hazy copper comes out, with a decent amount of head and lacing. A little bit brighter in color than I was expecting? Maybe the can threw me off.

The smell is an instant smack in the face of pine, grass, and hint of grapefruit. Yep, this earns all of it's 99 IBUs. Right where this should be.

Taste is a little mellower than the nose suggests, although it is still a crash of hops in front. A touch of sweetness at the back end helps balance it out a little bit, which is preferably for an IPA, IMO.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but there's enough going on that it's only really noticeable if you're looking for it. Definitely helps it out in the drinkability category, though.

A highly quaffable IPA from a can. I might hang onto one or two of these to have on the chairlift this season. (898 characters)

Photo of gory4d
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy brown color with a dense off-white head, very sticky, lots of lacing. The smell is a big hit of pine, citrus peel, raw minerals, a little savory note at the end. The taste is brutal on the hops: pine, mostly, with some grapefruit peel, some faint sweet malts down in there. Not in the least bit balanced, but enjoyable anyway. It's moderately carbonated, thick and sticky. Too much of a hop bomb to drink much of -- last night I split a can with two friends, and I think that little bit was the perfect amount. (524 characters)

Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A (4.75): Poured from a can into a pint glass. Somewhat Translucent Amber ale with huge number of sprites rising to the 1/4 inch creamy fluff of a head. Nice lacing on glass tilt. Looks good. Lacing holds up fairly well with an 1/8 inch remaining on last pull.

S (3.75):Hop brightness is present but not overwhelming. Slight citrus scent becomes more of a grapefruit tang as it warms though still at a low level - present, but not overwhelming.

T (3.75): Bitter at first taste. Let it warm up a little (3-5 minutes). That was much better.
Softer, and taste is more balanced between the hop bitterness and the weightier thicker biscuit malt - the hops have something to ride on. But, there is less flavor that anticipated for an IPA bracket.

M (4.5): Creamy and smooth due mainly to the froth. Slick on the backend, but dissipates quickly.
After letting it warm, it opens up and becomes more full. The bitterness is still there, but more tempered.
Actually a really nice balance - wish I have a thermometer to determine the temp.

O (4): I had this a week earlier and was impressed by it's fullness. Tried it this afternoon and the balance was off - maybe too cold as I took it straight from the fridge.
After letting it sit for a few minutes...Wow, what a difference. More balanced in T & M and the scent took on a different hue. Overall a very nice ale and not too high an ABV either (6.6%), so another can be easily enjoyed at the same sitting. The bitterness was somewhat unadorned - the flavor package was good, but had me wanting a little more. Still a good solid ale...Just be a little patient when taking it out of the fridge. (1,638 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brentk56 for this in a trade.

- Dark copper, almost looks like a red ale.. fluffy white foam, leaves a thin pillow of foam. Rather clear, and only maybe slightly cloudy.

- Big citrus hops, orange, tangerine, floral... sweet caramel, grain, bready... roasty.. earthy,.

- Very good brew.. caramel malt, sweet grain... almost like a sweet tea.. huge citrus hops, pineapple, grapefruit.. slight pine.

- Light to medium bodied, slightly dry and cloying. Slight creaminess to it.

- Very drinkable, balanced, and truly a great IPA. (542 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago in Eagan.

Aroma notes fresh greenish hops with citrus, sweet and flower components. Bright and powerful. nice light malty sweetness too.
Darkish amber of brownish gold. Fairly cloudy. Darker head of tan with decent stamina. Nice foam markings after each drink.
Flavor is hops, hops, hops. Hops are start to finish. Again with a fresh greenish, flowery with touch of citrus. Bitterness starts moderately up front and grows in intensity through a long bitter mildly dry finish. Touch of malt up front and noting some for balancing.
Nice full body with soft carbonation. Adequate smoothness.
Others have noted this as a hop bomb and that seems about right. Not sure there is anything particularly special about this, except no other MN brewery (not brewpub) seems to be making something this intensely hopped and yet accessible. It's nice to have this option and it fits the bill. It might be hard to do more than two (for me) as I fear the dreaded hop hangover. (988 characters)

Photo of
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

canned 8/18/11, tasted 10 days later.

a-amber color with nice head and good lacing down the side of the goblet.

s-nice grapefruit and pine with a sweet malt behind it.

t-good taste with some hops upfront and a nice malt body behind it. Largly follows the nose. This does not taste like a 99 IBU beer, but it quite tasty.

m-a little thinner than I was hoping for. Wish this was a little fuller with some stickyness to it.

o-solid IPA from a brewery that I finally got to try out. Would like to taste the rest of the Surly line up. (537 characters)

Photo of AshleyMiller
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks surlytwinsfan for all the surly cans! poured into my hill farmstead pint glass.

a - red. definitely the most red IPA i've ever had. two-finger head with moderate lacing

s - hoppy and slight sweet floral notes. i get a little whiff of marijuana in there if i'm not mistaken

t - smooth hoppy bitterness. slight coniferous flavor. slightest hint of raisin in the hops.

m - calm, not overly powering with the hops, but very smooth. middle of the road for IPA mouthfeel with some carbonation. this could actually do with a little more carbonation in my opinion

o - very good standard IPA. surly does well with IPAs and this is no exception. love the color on it and very easy drinking. (692 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint car.
Poured into a pint glass shared with my brother inllaw.

The beer is amber almost cloudy with a decent head formation.

The nose is hops fully of citrus earthy hops with aaroma of crytal malts that work very well together.

The taste is wonderful all hop flavor citrus earth hops crystal malt all togeth and done very well. The end is very clean and slight bitter....nice brew (386 characters)

Photo of BillyB
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good beer from a can. The best I've had since Dale's.

Pours a dark, burnt amber color, with a thick, two fingered white head. Very nice lacing left on the glass (yes, I poured it out the can into a glass).

Strong aromas of citrusy, floral hops and sweet caramel malt.

Taste is sharp and very bitter. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.

Very sharp, crisp but easy drinking. (398 characters)

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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