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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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1,457 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,457
Hads: 5,123
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 1,509
Gots: 869 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 DCon
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap w/ ChrisF @ the Surly Brewing Company's Darkness Day 2011 in Brooklyn Center, MN for $5. Tapped from the black and plain handle into a 12oz Surly Cup.

Aroma- Huge citrusy aroma and definitely throws a punch at your nose! Grassy notes are in here as well. Great for the style!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, bubbly head that stays for a bit of time. Has a dark copper body with orange tint in here. Leaves decent lacing behind, surprisingly.

Flavor- Has an extreme hop flavor that I'm not too thrilled about... WAY Too much bitterness and over emphasis on the hop flavor and not enough citrus and malt character. If you do want hop for breakfast or lunch, this is for you!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and hop takes over the mouth. Not anything I would be able to finish in a short period of time.

Overall Impression- A WAY too viscous brew for the day I'm about to have here.... Let ChrisF enjoyed some of mine as well since I wanted to go through many more brews. A good one, just not the amount of hop in an IPA I wanted at the time....

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Photo of Klym
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chambic for hooking Cavery and me up with this in a recent trade! Poured into a stone nonic.

A: Pours a deep amber with very red hues. Not uncommon to have darker IPAs but this one really comes off strikingly red, and is pretty dark for a single IPA. A one finger head sits on top of the beer very comfortable with nice construction. Lacing is a little sparse but doesn't alarm me.

S: This smells delicious. A nice pine/resiny/citrus hop aroma with classical but very natural tropical fruits butting in. This honestly smells like a top-class IPA.

T: A furious hop attack in the beginning with a tad of burn but mostly good pine character. Was expecting it to fade into the sweeter parts of the nose but instead it just sort of fades away completely leaving a little lasting burn and bitterness on the tongue. I have to say, the taste was a huge let down after the nose. Not a bad initial taste but pretty much drops off a cliff after that.

M: Mouthfeel actually reminds me of applejuice: a water like viscosity, just a little smoother and a little thicker. I felt like this beer flattened out pretty quickly into the drink, and my initial sips were much more generously carbonated than the others not too long after. Definitely room for improvement in the mouthfeel.

O: Definitely this beer had the indications and some traits of a truly magnificent IPA, but it really let down at some critical points, primarily the taste development and mouthfeel. Surly is definitely on to something here and the initial hop attack of this beer is one of the most aggressively tasty hop hits I've experienced, but this one definitely could use another trip to the laboratory if it wants a shot at true greatness. All in all though, glad I got to try this and not sure I'd turn down the chance to have it again.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid deep amber color, quarter finger head.

S- Citrusy/piney hop aroma with a pretty decent maltyness in the background.

T- Piney almost solventlike hop character asserts itself imediately. The balancing malt is very deep which brings about a heavyness which tends to try and muscle out the hop flavors. The result is as though two blowharts got into an arguement and just kept getting louder and louder. Finish is pretty smooth, as though the bouncer threw those two out on thier ass.

M- Medium bodied with some solid mildly fizzy carbonation.

D- Not bad at all, but I'm not driving up to Minnesota of anything.

As an IPA, I didn't really like this. It was enjoyable however as I would of put it in the American Strong category myself. As a big, somewhat in your face beer : good. As a balanced IPA : not so much.

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Photo of govlady
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber with 2 fingers of head
S - pine, fruity, grapefruit
T - tastes similar to the smell, very malty to me, bitter
M - very smooth, juicy, bitter
O - a pretty good IPA. not my favorite, maybe it was the maltiness of the beer.

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Photo of ajayma
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red. Lace is sticky to the near-finish.

Citrus peel, uncooked malt.

Medium w/ a supportive carbonation.

Pine and hints of caramel and biscuit in the start. Quickly makes way for hops which impart an assertive citrus character. The bitterness is prominent without being astringent or resiny.

For me, the last couple of sips contain the slightest suggestion of peach. Not one I would session, but I could certainly imagine popping the top on one of these after, say, an long afternoon stroll.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from dated can May 5th 2011 into a nonic pint glass.

Stupidly creamy off white/tan head. I mean stupidly it looks like cream is coming out and the consistency is unreal. That large head settles and gives some clump but not lacing. It sits on a nice orange amber body that is slightly cloudy somewhat see through. no rising carbonation from the bottom. This beer looks like hot sex.

Bouquet is basic and solid but almost a one trick pony. Simple orange fruit and airy hop feel. Some spice, but no sense of anything else even, not even malt. Somewhat piny...

Hop orange citrus comes through in the taste, but there is also a distinct taste and sense of brown bread, almost dark bread crust. Body though is a bit thin and watery which is a little disappointing. Piny dryness in the palate after swallowing and a hardly hint of sugar.

Well glad I tried it, but it's certainly not my favorite American IPA but can do no problem.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours a caramel color with a white head - quite pretty. It seems that the two canned beers at our IPA tasting (this and Red Racer) were some of the prettiest in terms of color.

S. Lots of malt in the nose.

T. Fairly malty - not a terribly hoppy IPA.

M. Somewhat thin with medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the pale ale category of beer. IPAs and APAs both are a favorite of mine. Because of that, I rate this beer fairly high but it lacked some of the punch of my favorite pale ales so I cannot put it quite at the top of my list.

The appearance in the glass was a copper, cloudy look. It was almost opaque. The initial smell was the familiar smell of citrus, hops and pine that I am used to with a pale ale. When I took a sip, I instantly felt a hoppy kick before I even swallowed. The reason that I can't quite put this brew at the top of my pale ale list was that when I took a drink, there was just a bit of a watery feel mixed in with the grapefruit/pine hoppiness. Since it lacked this little something, it isn't the best pale ale I've had but it is extremely drinkable so I hope to get more of this beer.

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Photo of KingG
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from jeffkrenner. Mucho thanks goes out to him.
Served chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is very good. Deep amber color with a little bit of haziness. Nice head forms with tons of lacing.

Smell is above-average. Grapefruit hop and caramel malt jump out. More subdued than i was expecting.

Taste is above-average. Grapefruit hops are present but I'm getting more bittering hops. Caramel malt bill is in the background and balances things out nicely. Again, much more subdued that i was expecting. To be honest, this tastes more like a hoppy/Imperial Red Ale.

Mouthfeel is very good. Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Creamy and fluffy on the pallet. Feels great going down the hatch.

Drinakbility is very good. Another one or two would be welcome.

A nice IPA from Surly. Maybe i was expecting more punch in the flavor and smell department but by no means am i disappointed. A highly sessionable brew.

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Photo of PhatAtUT
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into snifter.

A: very hazy dark orange. decent head. nice lacing.
S: not a very strong scent. spicy. not getting any pine or citrus.
T: very bitter. bready/biscuity. not hint of sweetness. not very balanced. like the flavor of the hop profile, but would prefer a little more balance. slight pine oiliness.
M: very creamy mouthfeel. thick for a regular ipa, but i think this is definitely a good thing. outstanding.
O: enjoyed it and it stands up to about any regular ipa i can buy locally, but i was still disappointed due to the hype. easy to drink and not overpoweringly bitter by any means, but not as balanced as i prefer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Just from the look of it I could tell this beer was going to be a dank hop experience. A dark amber brown with a 1/2 inch of the bubbly stuff and tons of micro floats in the glass.

S - Dank resinous hops next to some roasted and caramel malts. To sum up assertive.

T - Well its bitter and doesn't drink very well when its warmed up a bit but I could see how people could love it. It's border line resinous but the malts do their best in making it a tolerable drinking experience. The roasted malts were pretty interesting in the mix.

M - Light to medium but hops were kind of out of whack.

Overall I just don't see how people could love this beer. It does pack a lot of punch for a low volume IPA but it really doesn't seem worth the high praise. Not worth the premium I paid on the grey market.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a bulbous pint glass, revealing rich amber brown body with a tall thick and active pale brown head. Nice lacing. Smells like hops of the floral, meaty sweet variety with a good and vanilla/caramel-centered malt backbone. Very promising smells.

Tastes also very meaty with a good dose of hops. Some sweetness from the malt up front, but all is overtaken by the metallic bitterness of the hops and a little tannic astringency. Clean, watery finish. Carbonation is actually barely there and needle-prick tingly for what is there. Thin, watery light body. Drinks like water too until the dryness sets in. Very drinkable.

Overall it's nice. I would like to try it fresh and on tap sometime.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear and clean copper color. Big hop/floral aroma. Huge blast of hops upfront. Very grassy tasting. Quite astringent. Strong hop flavor. Nice balance between the bitterness and hop flavors. Some distinct toasted malt notes in the finish. Nice fading sweetness. Solid body-long lingering hop bite, rather dry as the sweetness fades. Definately worth a try-damn good US IPA.

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Photo of grandq
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange fading up to brown toward the top, meeting with an off-white head. Smells of pine, biscuit and some floral notes. Tastes very West Coast, hop forward, a tad intense. The citrus quickly gives way to pine before opening up to a peppery accompaniment to sweet malt. A piney resin remains on the tongue with a teensy bit of toasted oat. Fairly well balanced, even considering the initial onslaught. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full bodied, though perhaps not so shocking when taking into account the thickness of the Bender I had the prior eve. Very rich, wouldn't pick this as a warm weather quencher, but its lovely for a cold day watching hockey. I enjoy it, but the Furious assault of hops is wearing out my tongue, a little heavy for not being a dipa. Still nice and warming, and again, well balanced. Big thanks to mully for the can. I'm quite happy to have another waiting in the fridge.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into my Brooklyn pint glass. Got this in a trade, thanks Brad!

Pours a dark orange and red color with a one finger off yellow head that calms down after a minute or two. After a few sips, the head dissipates into a bit of foam around the edges of the glass. Good lacing as the beer is consumed down the sides of the glass.

Smells like bittering hops and a pinch of biscuity malts as the beer warms.

My first sip was greeted with a decent amount of bittering hops on the sides of the tongue. The hops were pretty much all I could taste since this one is so cold right now. As the beer warms the malty sweetness becomes a tad more apparent but is still overcasted with hops.

Mouthfeel is alright. Medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Nothing special but nothing to complain about.

Drinkability, for me, would be about average. It's a good beer, I could see how someone could really like this one but for me I really like the west coast IPA style rather than this. This is just too bitter for me to be able to drink alot of. I like my IPAs with a bit more citrusy goodness.

Overall, not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination. Just not my favorite.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brilliant clear copper into my glass with almost no head.

The aroma was bursting with a huge amount of earthy and citrusy hops.

The flavor of the beer was dominated by a huge amount of intense citrus flavors - grapefruit and tangerine. This beer was so hoppy it had an earthy spiciness to it. The malt profile took a backseat - way back. There were some caramel notes mixed in with the basic light maltiness you see in a lot of IPAs.

The mouthfeel seemed a little thin to me. I would've prefered a little creaminess in the beer though.

I must say that this is one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had. Living near San Diego and saying that means something. I did think the hops were a bit too sharp on this beer and the drinkability suffered.

Still a very good beer and the best IPA in a can.

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Photo of beagle75
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Medium amber color with one finger of diminishing cinnamon-tinted foam that clings persistently to the walls after collapsing. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Abundant juicy mixed citrus with a strong grapefruit tendency. Coniferous foliage is also suggested, but not as obvious. Crystal malt also leans in. Intensity is high, while qualities are classic West Coast hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with pungent piney hop aromatics that are accompanied by dark orange citrus. Acidity is mild, still more tasted than felt, before esters start to affect the hop-derived citrus qualities. Husky crystal malt also emerges during the second act, working together with fermented savory herbaceous hop flavors to suggest moist earth by the finish. Bitterness grows slowly but steadily, becoming fairly strong by the end.

M: Medium viscosity, wet and smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This IPA has some stand-out qualities that makes it appear favorably next to a lot of other regionally-produced members of the style. The smell is strong and very much in agreement with expectations, while the texture is inspired--nearly sublime. The flavor profile could use more continuity; the dark crystal malt seen in the too-amber color weighs heavily upon the palate. Hop qualities are represented well in terms of flavor intensity, but come across as simplistic enough to keep it from the top tier.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in recent trade w/ a fellow IN BA. (Cheers!)
Poured from 16oz can dated 11/8/11 into imperial pint.

A: Musky grapefruit hops mingle with a malty, brown sugar sweetness. I can tell immediately that this one's going to have a strong bitter bite to it!

A: Somewhat hazy, reddish-brown body. Thick, pillowy, light tan head with excellent retention. (the foam absolutely refuses to go away...) Lacing is excellent as well.

F: Biscuity malt + grapefruit. Malt profile provides enough sweetness to balance, but drys out pretty quickly. Pungent bitterness lingers, but does not overwhelm.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Hop tannins are a tad bit drying to the palate, but this could be expected with this style.

O: A very tasty, pleasantly hoppy, complex AIPA. No flaws to speak of. Enough malt is there to provide balance, but the delicious hops punctuate this brew in typical Surly fashion.

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Photo of Lothore
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep reddish brown with a 2 finger head that sticks around for quite a while and leaves a huge amount of lacing.

S- Smells consists of sweet piney hops, orange, citrus, and underlying hints of pear.

T- Taste is citrusy and acidic with a bitter hoppiness at the end. Small hints of pine.

M- Mouthfeel is actually a bit watery but extremely crisp.

D- This is highly drinkable, the fact that its creamy and slightly watery makes it go down easy with the crispness leaving you wanting more.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with nice head retention and sticky lacing.

Citrus and a grassy floral nose.

Bitter hops in the form of grapefruit, with some sticky resinous action too. grassy, and i'm actually surprised at how much sweet malt i notice. Don't know the age on this, but i remember it being a bit more intense in the past.

medium sticky mouthfeel.

Pretty easy to drink, But i think 1-2 is all i'd have in a sitting.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured a brown/orange wiht two fingers of head and decent lacing.

the smell is of citrusy hops and is a bit oakey.

the tast is citrus, floral, malty sweet finish with a bit of tanginess.

the mouthfeel was velvety with low carbonation with a slightly slick finish. great for this style.

this beer would be very easy to session and is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Lordsloth for throwing this in the Virgin BIF!

Very murky pour that seems loaded with yeast particles... Fairly small head as well...

Wonderful aroma of piney/citrus hops that is really juicy smelling... Extremely hoppy smell..

Hmmm... Well, it is a hop bomb, I will give it that. Extremely bitter and hoppy... Not sure in a good way though. Its just so dang unbalanced that I'm honestly a little disappointed. While this is probably the best smelling IPA I've ever had, its probably not even in the top 5 of tastes.. Its just too one dimensional..

I can finally say I have tried the great Furious! I'm glad I got the opportunity although I doubt I would buy this over several others that come to mind.

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Photo of Sconnie
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overall this was a pretty good beer, but a one trick pony. Hops hops and more hops, that seems to be the surly motto, and on that front they got there. Very nice hop nose and flavor, all american hops for sure. The taste hits you bit with hops, but finishes just a touch too bitter for my taste. Balanced is always the key to IPA's and while this is far from undrinkably bitter, it need a little more malt backbone to reach a higher level. Good, but not great. I'll likely try some more surly to see how it matches up.

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Photo of JasonA
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is slightly hazy copper with red hues and a frothy orange-tan head. Good lacing. Aroma has massive pine and grapefruit hops up front along with interesting aromas of fresh cut grass and dried biscuits. Flavor is bursting with, again, massive hops like grapefruit, pine, and orange. A touch of a lemony sourness from the moderate hop bitternes but this brew is surprisingly smooth due to a decent malt bill and it's not at all harsh in the aftertaste as you will find in many mega-hopped IPA's.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.