Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Hads: 4,921
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 zrab11
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice brown color with minimal head.

S- has a piney aroma followed by hints of grapefruit and toffee. also picking up some carmel and hops

T- Starts with a nice hop bite followed by a tiny bit of carmelsweetness and ends with a dry hoppy finish.

M-medium bodied

O-Overall i wasn't that impressed with this beer. Its a decent IPA but felt like its balance wasn't that great and it didn't have anything that made it stand out in the IPA categorie (458 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks a ton to speedwayjim for tossing this my way at the end of a tasting!!!

a-Poured a lush amber with a nice white frothy head in a Duvel tasting tulip glass. Left nice lacing on the glass as the head dissipated.

s-Piny sweaty hops. Smells fresh and ready to be consumed (canned in october). Some citric notes and hop forward but really juicy and nice smelling.

t-Not as good as the nose suggests. A bit on the bitter side, but extremely flavorful. Tastes like wet hops and toffee.

m/d-Rich and full. Full bodied for certain. This one is for the fans of the IPA but a bit too thick for me and a bit on the bittery side for my tastes. After feel isn't as dry as most brews that have this bitterness. Enjoyable, but not something I'd drink all night long, but then again, I'm not a hop-head. (797 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a glowing deep orange pekoe tea. Large, thick, sticky head, leaves slowly. Sticky lacing abounds.

S - I get pine and then citrus hops, undertow of sweet malt.

T - Sweet malt and hop standard. Pretty good, yet - seems like its going to slam dunk you, but kinda fades away. Was expecting more at the finish, I guess.

M - Fair carb, medium body, fair coating. Creamy, maybe too creamy for me. See bottom comment.

D - Nice beer, could have a few.

All in all, it felt like this could have been an INCREDIBLE beer, but something I am unable to describe was missing. I thought it a little too creamy, or not crisp enough, or not enough middle malt base. I can't figure it out. Still, a pretty nice beer! (711 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby amber into my Nonic. Head rises a bit and settles quickly.

Aromas is light and sweet with a light hoppy presence.

Hits the palate smooth and sweet - quickly transitioning into a strongly bitter hops that transitions to dryness all over keeping the bitter to the end.

This one is a bit thin on the mouth but just about right for the brew. Could drink more than a few of these boys.

Thx for the opportunity - pretty good and all but missing something. Maybe it needs something to transition to that bitter edge. It just does not do it all for me. (566 characters)

Photo of Kelly88
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a can with a package date of 3-2-11 into my bells tulip.

A- very dark for an ipa. Caramel brown with layers of reddish orange. Half finger white head that is shrinking to Madagascar size island of white wispy cap. Moderate freckle lacing left behind

S- hops swimming in hop oil with a life raft of breads and dark toffee. Some gritty grapefruit mixed with Ginger.

T- resin of hops hits the mouth accompanied by some yeasty malt flavor. Hops try to steal the show on the finish but are joined by buttered toast.

M- I would say light bodied with a thin watery feel. Slight hop tingle quickly becomes a watery light apparition. Flavor is left in limbo I'm the palate

Overall a good ipa that brings some balance to the style but marginalized the main performer, the hops. A good drinker (794 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Robtobfest for this can! 16oz can, bottom stamped "Canned on 6/14/11."

Pours a deep dark amber with creamy light tan head that has great retention and leaves sheeting, not lacing! Nose is dominated by pine-centric hops, and some citrus comes out after a spell. Palate is snappy and bitter, but also creamy from both the carbonation level and the malt. The "scottish malt" makes this feel like an Imperial Red. Citrus plus amber malt/mulch flavors. Pleasantly bitter but I find it hard to believe that it's 99 IBUs.

Excellent canned option for hop fanatics! (568 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color with frothy head and some prickle. Hoppy nose. Hop forward flavor and smooth mouthfeel. Undertones of malt but beautifully hopped. Extremely hoppy! I had to downgrade this on my own scale from A- to B- because a full pint ends up being too much hops and starts to numb the palate. Would be great with food but not really a "session" beer for me. The first half I loved. . .then it was too much for me, but I am only a casual "hophead" and drink lots of big malty beers. (489 characters)

Photo of velmalikevelvet
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from can into chilled mug.

Almost zero head atop a clear, dark amber liquid.

Limited aroma, with citrus predominating.

Very citrusy taste, particularly grapefruit, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Kind of 'thin' tasting, not very complex. Not highly hopped.

Probably a good 'intro' IPA for drinkers who don't think they like IPAs. Surprisingly good for canned beer.

Thanks, Hez1, for sending it! (413 characters)

Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an extra from Mully. Thanks!

Poured cloudy amber with a thick off white head into my Short's pint glass. Tons of lace left.

Smell: Faint scent of resiny pine and grass.

Taste: Bitter as hell. Orange, grapefruit, spruce, and bready, toasted malts. Mild carbonation, crisp finish.

Impressive but I don't think I'd want more than one every now and then. (365 characters)

Photo of bevenson
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A - Copper with a slight chill haze. Low, off white head that quickly falls. Light Belgian Lace on sides of glass.

S - Grapefruit and a slight woody/grassy hop aroma in balance with sweet caramel. Light alcohol noticeable too. Could use a little bolder hop aroma.

T - Grapefruit and caramel up front; more caramel than I'm used to in an American IPA. Firm bitterness follows closely behind. Toasty malt is hidden in there somewhere. Grassy finish with a lingering bitterness; has the "scrape your tongue" kind of lingering hop quality that I've come to expect from an American IPA.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and dry. Slight stickiness lingers afterward, which keeps this from being as refreshing as it could be.

D - An excellent American IPA. I prefer the ones that only have the bare minimum of caramel malt, and this one has more than I like. Otherwise it's a very enjoyable American IPA that I greatly appreciate on this hot summer day. (996 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Dark caramel, 2" off-white head with tons of lacing that sticks to the glass and remains.

S- Sweet caramel malts, some citrus, and pine.

T- Caramel, citrus, pine. Fairly malty ipa, has nice citrus, but more pine, hop bitterness.

M- A bit off for me. Low carbonation and syrupy (not thick though). Very easy to drink because of this.

O- Good ipa. A little more carbonation and citrus in there and it would be very good. (450 characters)

Photo of TheElusiveAlexT
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A dark orange almost amber color, the head at pour is thick and then thins out to above a collar. Lots of lacing left with the glass. A bit murky.

Smell - It smells of hops a bit frosty, malt, slight corn, floral and grapefruit.

Taste - A little bit bitter with a strong grapefruit after taste. After a while a tinny taste lingers on your tongue as it washes out probably from the can.

Mouthfeel - The hop bite is solid but it feels a bit carbonated.

Drinkablitity - Average, it might set some off overall but I'd have to knock its score down as an American IPA because of the tin. I also don't particularly like grapefruit. (642 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tprokop7 for the can, poured into a snifter.

The appearance is a dark amber/orange with a two finger foamy head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is citrus at first, but there's a pine and a nice subtle sweetness underneath the first citrus blast as well.

The beer tastes of strong citrus with slight undertones of sweetness and pine, just like the smell. There is the slightest taste of caramel in the finish and aftertaste. The beer is not as bitter or hoppy as I expected from the smell and the 99 IBUs the can claims.

The mouthfeel is fantastic as no taste is too strong and the beer is carbonated perfectly. I can imagine drinking 6-8 of these out of the can during summer camping trips and outdoor activities, extremely drinkable. Overall this a good beer that I would like to drink more of, but not something that I will be on the hunt for. (863 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper with amber and garnet accents capped by a two finger white head. Average retention, gobs of sticky lacing present. Caramel, pineapple, and other mixed citrus notes on the nose. Mango, pineapple, citrus, joined by light caramel and toffee notes midpalate. Finishes with continued light caramel notes and bold citrus rind bitterness. Lighter side of medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. As more of a hoppy amber rather than an IPA, it tends not to be one of my favored styles. However, it certainly is a solid brew regardless. (539 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
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 (1,042 characters)

Photo of oregone
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's good. Not great. Not sure about some of the hype. My opinion.
A: Very dark for an ipa of this strength (dark amber). Could see this from a huge double... Good head with some retention. Color is slightly alarming...
S: Excellent piney hop aromas. Very distinct and very savory.
T: Hop-centric for sure. Could use more mid palate richness to round it out. The pointed hops with some lack of malt balance makes this drink fairly thin though it does have substance.
M: Fairly thin seemingly though i think the hops merely lend to that impression. Nothing fantastic here, but solid with excellent crispness and texture.
D: Totally drinkable, a good enough that you want another.
Not one I'd seek out again, but thank you bechel! It's a very good beer I was excited to try from a brewery I've been craving. (806 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time I've visited St. Paul and tried this beer. I had this on tap at the Muddy Pig and it was much smoother than the last time I had it back in May when it seemed almost undrinkably out of balance. This is one heck of a hop bomb for sure, with a huge blast of piney hops and more hops and more hops through to the finish. Piney, citrusy and fruity hops that come in waves and give their own kind of buzz apart from the alcohol in this beer. I believe that hops, in the right quantity, can be intoxicating. This beer is proof of that theory. The malt in this beer merely is a foundation for the hops and to keep the beer drinkable so that you can have more than just one. If you're a hophead, you need to seek out this beer. (742 characters)

Photo of ajramirez1
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at MSP Airport. Amber looking color for an American IPA. Seemed odd. Had to actually look it up on iPad as I didn't trust the man telling me the flight order as he looked confused. Damn nubes.

Beer is OK. Nothing special. May have been an old keg but not an excuse. Its a good beer but I don't think its top 120 beers at all on BA.

Coming from the west coast, might I add. Where's the hops at???
A- (412 characters)

Photo of Alpar
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This is a bit darker for an IPA has a red hue and some good carbonation

S: Massive hops and that is all I can really detect from this beer.

T: Taste is strong and bitter, delicious! If I were tasting this blind I would think it was a DIPA. Very refreshing and crisp. The low(er) ABV makes this a perfect summer brew.

M: Thin and smooth with a nice prickly carbonation.

O: I think this is a great beer from a great brewery! (429 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

HUGE thanks to Jessee, oddnotion, for this- for what I assume was no reason. First Surly can, canned on 1/26/11.

Pours a deep amber color with a half inch of off white head. Leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smell of grapefruit, caramel, pine, and bread.

Taste is grapefruit up front, pine through the finish. Maybe this can is old, but its not overly good. Better than average, yet not very good.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and not a lot of carbonation.

Overall, over-hyped. But I still want to get my hands on more Surly. (527 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 160z can into a Captain Lawrence pint glass. On a side note, I'm glad Surly makes their cans 160z... 120z is just not enough for the stuff they make!!!

A: Gentle pour yields a fluffy light peach-colored head with unbelievable retention. The head just sticks to the sides of the glass all the way down. Beer is a crystal clear blood orange. Lacing is frothy, ample.

S: Nose is a bit spicy and has quite a bite. Citrus is apparent as is the cane sugar sweetness. Piney hops are hidden in the background but come out with a nice nose dip.

T: Astringent citrus hops clamp down on me on the first sips. This lasts and lasts and lasts, finally mellowing out towards the end. I go in for a second sip and get the same. My taste buds really struggle to find something else and a bit of maltiness finally screams out towards the end. However, this is covered quickly by the overwhelming hops again. Finish is more of the same. The piney hops grab you from the beginning with this one and never really lets go.

M: Light bodied and very wet. Another thirst quencher. Coarse and carbonated. Finishes messy and hops characters really linger on the palate. For the body, this really packs a kick.

D: A well deserved name, this is one MEAN beer. A bit overly hoppy for me but the body makes it bareable. There is little balance here. Citrus and malt character is present but in no way do they balance out the hops. Glad I got to try it and wouldn't hesitate to have another, but not one of my favorite IPAs. (1,515 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep copper/amber with a 1.5 finger khaki head that retains well. Soapy lacing

S- Pine and Citrus fruit dominate the nose. No malt to speak of really. Straight up hoppy goodness come right at ya. Quite resinous with the pine hops. Dank to a degree.

T- No surprise here. Hops abound with every sip. The citrus kicks things off, and is accompanied by some intense acidity. Sharp, earthy pine with lots of the resinous notes that the nose picked up begin to also take hold. Just a touch of caramel and toasted notes.

M- Mid body, crisp, bitter bite at the end. Fairly dry and attenuated. No booze to speak of.

O- Good, not great. An Ipa that isn't scared to throw quite a hoppy punch. One that I would love to have on occasion, but not one that I would want to have more than one on the same equation. (813 characters)

Photo of homer321
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

can thanks to my trading dog in MN. Sat on this one a little too long, so its a little past prime. drinking straight from the can. Nose of citrus like american hops. Flavor is initially bitter, but quickly turns sweet and caramel. finish stays a little sweet, but with some hop astringency - not offensive, drying in a way. Overall, a very good beer when I had it fresh a couple years ago, but after I sat on this can for a few months, it's definitely lost some hops. (467 characters)

Photo of mykie73
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) two inch head. dark amber/orange. looks well carbonated.

S) piney, citrus notes. I think the smell is the best part of this beer.

T) Pine is the first thing that comes out just like in the smell. tastes delicious ... maybe a little one dimensional. nice bitterness. tastes very hoppy but I do not tastes the amount of IBUs claimed; smelled it on the other hand.

M) nice mouthfull, creamier than expected.

D) could drink a lot of this. Would be most likely a go-to if I lived in the area.

has no business being in the top 100....but by all means a well made beer. (571 characters)

Photo of brydeen
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very deep copper, almost red hue. A very thick, 1.5 inch off white head erupts with the pour, and hangs around for a while. Extremely sticky lacing throughout the glass.

S: Dank, moist, grassy bitterness. Reminiscent of tea leaves to me. Has a slight piney aroma as well.

T: Taste follows the nose closely. Very earthy and dank. A piney grassy flavor, but with a sweet backbone. Slight flavor of honey. A bready quality to it. Just the slightest bitterness.

M: Thick and full-bodied for an IPA. Very creamy and rich. Not like the typical IPA

O: Tasty but not my favorite rendition of an IPA. Really lacks the citrusy, dry bite I look for in my IPAs. A unique take on the style for sure, but just not a top choice for me. (766 characters)

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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