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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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4,405 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,405
Reviews: 1,399
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 1,424
Gots: 524 | FT: 17
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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Photo of HugePlume
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Muddy Pig in St Paul

A- A rich brownish copper color, visible swirls and currents of hop oils. A moderate tan head, retains well. Not a lot of lacing though.

S- Holy cow, this thing reeks of hops. There is also, miraculously a little whiff of malts too. Really, there is so much boiled hop note, and top fermented hop that its hard to pick anything out. It's just filthy with hops and I love it.

T- For all the nasal ruckus it calms down into a very strong, but smooth IPA. Lots of cut-grass and citrus hop, with a little bit of a piny note. Sitting on top of a firm cracker malt base, and a big kick of bitterness on a very wet finish. This is a well executed hop-bomb.

M- perfect carbonation, but I actually think it might be just a hair better if it was a little less watery. it drinks a bit thin... not a flaw, but a character trait.

O- Great lower-alcohol example of a hops induced roller-coaster of a a beer. Finishes on a high note. Nicely done Minnesota, you've got a great AIPA. Keep up the good work, us west-coasters need a reminder every now and then that we arent the only ones that do hops with style.

HugePlume, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a British pint glass. Many thanks to biglobo8971 for sending me this incredible box of Surly!

Appearance - Dark amber body topped by a small, but pretty off-white head. Head retention isn't great, but the lacing is sexy. All over the sides of the glass with wisps and pillows floating on the surface. Very dark for an IPA. I worry it's going to be a malt bomb.

Smell - My worries are abated by a pungent aroma of pine hops. Nice grassy hops dominate with a hint of citrus behind. The malt is definitely present, but it's very much a biscuit malt and doesn't come off as sweet smelling at all.

Taste - The taste is even better. Strong hop flavor up front with a tinge of grassiness. No sweetness, I am thrilled to report. Toasted malts and a touch of caramel for support, but it's all a vehicle for the hops. Spicy and bitter in the finish. Is there rye in this?

Mouthfeel - The malt content does make it heavier than a standard IPA, but the hops excuse that. Bitter in the finish and great carbonation.

Overall - As an unabashed west-coast IPA fiend, I am surprised that this is as good as it is. I was prepared to be disappointed when I saw it, but the hop flavor delivers and the hefty malt backbone does not interfere. This may be my favorite IPA between Vermont and California...

Alieniloquium, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of bashiba
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clean amber color with a thick and sticky tan head, nice lacing.

The smell had a great fresh hoppy smell with nice citrus and pine notes.

The flavor follows the smell with a hop dominted profile. Nice lemon, juniper, and grapefruit flavors with just a touch of mint are all present with a mild bready malt base.

The mouthfeel is light and a touch oily.

Very drinkable, and easily the best IPA I have ever had out of a can.

bashiba, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of BDooley
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

BDooley, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of shroompod
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a slightly cloudy murky brown. The darkest American IPA I've seen. Small head , some lacing.

Aroma is spot on grapefruit , small hint of caramel sweetness.

Initially this beer has the characteristic hoppy bitterness , with citrus and grassy undertones. A nice malty sweet finish keeps this nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is thick , with a sticky finish.

Overall an easy drinking beer I wish was more available in Ohio.

shroompod, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 16oz can into Duvel tulip.

A - Dark amber/orange with a 2.5 finger white head. Good retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S - No joke that you can smell it when the can is cracked. Big hop aroma, citrus, and pine dominate. Caramel sweetness and malts are revealed on a closer wiff.

T - Pretty balanced, but more on the hoppy side. Cascade and Simcoe hops provide citrus and pine bitterness, while the Scottish malts yield caramel sweetness. The finish is fairly bitter.

M - Medium bodied with a sticky feel. Good carbonation for the style. Bitterness lingers on my palate after each sip.

O - Great IPA offering from Surly. Bitter and sweet, just right.

Ri0, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of stumac
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this brew pours up straight outta the tallboy with a murky rusty copper color with a nice tan head. great sticky icky on the sides of my Trix cereal cup. the nose is bread n' yeast, floral and piney hops, subtle honey (dew or suckle). the taste is very smooth, piney and floral hops uh-gane, sweet smooth malts, medium to full bodied, medium to low carbo, just a damn good IPA. Try it! Im not sure how long this one sat in my closet for...but it is still a fresh banana.

stumac, May 20, 2009
Photo of levifunk
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times, but klikger brought me this can fresh.

a - reddish orange clear liquid. white head.

s - grapefruit and pine hops. some sweetness from the malts

t - hops is strong but not overpowering. I wouldn't call it mellow by any means, but it is pleasant to drink....never harsh. flavor is mostly pine hops.

m - body is thick for an ipa. chewy body. amazing.

overall - this is a fantastic IPA. very easy to drink. I don't find any "wow" in the beer, except that its so pleasant.

levifunk, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber orange with 2 finger head, with lots of spotty lacing. Beautiful looking beer, imo.

S: Hops hops hops! Pine, grapefruit, some tropical fruits detected.

T: ok... this beer smells better than it tastes. Not that it's bad (quite good actually) but I was expecting something a bit different. While it's hoppy and bitter, I can detect quite a bit of malt as well. The reason I don't like this as much as I expected is because it needs more sweetness.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation, smooth, I get a slight alcohol at the end (which is why I can't give it a 5).

O: Pretty damn good. I prefer zombie dust over this, but this is worth it on its own.

sukwonee, May 19, 2012
Photo of KaiMiller
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's really hard to reconcile the intense deliciousness of the beer with the punishment in the accumulating bitterness on the tongue. The deliciousness always wins, and you take another swig.

It's a good beer to acclimatise oneself to superhopped American beer. I wish I could get this in Halifax.

I first tried this while staying with my Mom in St. Paul, MN. I didn't realise how lucky I was to be able to get this. I'm no constantly bombarded with requests I get this sent up.

KaiMiller, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Pellinore1
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to joshuaseresse for sending this fine extra.

Pours a very nice amber, producing two fingers of white head. This fades away slowly, leaving nice lacing and a cap of foam.

Piney hops dominate the smell of this beer, with just a hint of citrus.

This beer tastes almost exactly as it smells. Pine and citrus hops define the flavor, and allow only the merest hint of malts to show through. I get just a bit of toasty bread, and then it's back to bitter hops for the finish.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation, this is very pleasant to drink.

Pellinore1, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Buffalo Bills/Coors Light shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this BIFed can!

Feel the fury! It pours a hazy amber-brown topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises pine, mint, light menthol, grapefruit, toffee, and caramel. Lovely. The taste is mostly a blast of caramel-dipped pine, with a side note of ruby red grapefruit. Hops, baby! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky feel. Overall, a very nice IPA that makes me agree with Mike on this one: We need Surly back in these parts!

TMoney2591, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of Paincane
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber hued clear brew topped by a creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Extremely aromatic w/ floral, toffee, pine & citrus notes.
T: Caramel & toffee malt flavors balance out a very hoppy body.
M: Smooth well-balanced brew.
O: Maltier than most IPA's but damn good.

Paincane, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer in a can I've been excited about since I was 18. Thanks to cvaypai for sending one my way.

A: Clear amber color with a good sized white head.

S: Very floral and piney.

T: Malty and caramelly--somewhat sweeter than I'm used to with an IPA, but a good bitter piney finish

M: Very nice level of carbonation, medium body.

D: Quite drinkable. I'd definitely have this again.

womencantsail, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of fastpass17
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

A: light brown in color, fading head but good carbonation

S: pineapple, grapefruit, fruity sweetness towards the end

T: burnt caramel malt, woody, hoppy, nice American hop taste

M/D: hoppiness hovers in back of mouth, slight bitter bite, very drinkable though

fastpass17, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TBrink for carting a stash of Surly back from Minnesota for us. We crack a can, pouring a brew of fiery golden brown into our Great Lakes pints. It produces a massive three finger head of chunky, cakey medium brown bubbles, showing nice retention. Uniform honeycomb lacing is left around the glass, and it looks beautiful. A chill haze diminishes the initial clarity of the brew, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be highly active. The nose gives heavily soaped and citric hoppiness, toasty brown, caramel, and pale maltiness, sourdough yeastiness, mineral water, gravel, cinnamon chewing gum, coppery metallics, gingerbreadiness, freshly picked pea pods, clovey spice, chalk, and sugary sweet strawberry and apple fruitiness. Our first impression is that the malts are surprisingly forward in how bready they are, but it doesn’t come close to the powerful, juicy, and wonderfully pervasive presence of the hops. As we sip, the flavoring flourishes, with resiny citric and floral hops, lemon juiciness, pale, brown, and lightly caramel maltiness, tannic iced tea, biscuity breadiness, chalk, ale yeast, mustiness, dandelion petal leafiness, lightly roasty char, and tinny metallics. The middle comes out with continued biscuity maltiness and lemon bite, earthy herbals, sweet caramel malts, salt, coppery metallics, soft booze and black pepper spiciness, clover honey, and fruity, nectary hoppiness of citrics. The end has plastic bite poking through the sweet, wheat bready malts, with shiny coppers, darker roasted brown and caramel grain, gravel, musky cheddar cheese, grassy, citric, and piney hops, soured red wine vinegar, white glue, fresh dill, and wood lacquer. The aftertaste breathes of soapy, floral, and herbal hops, booze, planted greenness and twiggy sprigs, fresh parsley, tannic pucker, lemon rind, chalked pale maltiness and raw barley, heavier caramel sweetness, lactic acidity, graphite, and milky sweetness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is on the high side of medium. Each sip has nice slurp and smack, cream and froth, and crisp finishing pop. Glugability is way up there. The mouth is initially coated, but quickly dries into sticky, metallic astringency along the walls of the mouth, tongue, and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the best things about this beer are both its aroma and flavoring. This is such an approachable beverage, in the same sense that Heady is. It doesn’t overwhelm you, but rather gives you the exact amount of nose and mouth that you want simultaneously, producing the ultimate satisfaction with each sip. Additionally, there are a few things that make beer so unique for a “single” American IPA. For one, the grain bill is dark, and they don’t attempt to hide it. While it is so rich, they balance it wonderfully with the heavy, dripping wet hops throughout. Secondly, and more basically, it is robust as hell and intensely concise. Furious marks our introduction to Surly, and makes us that much more eager to hunt down each and every other beer they make.

TheBrewo, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of wardough
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a fitting beer, because as I'm reviewing this, I'm waiting for a stupid phone operator. Thanks to bwatson for this brew! Furious is the only thing keeping me on an even keel.
It pours a typical amber IPA color. Head is very prominent with this beer, 3 fingers. Smells of piney hops and caramel and goodness. For the amount of IBUs in this, it's tough to stay balanced. Caramel followed by bitter hops. I like this one. The head keeps on top, making mouthfeel spectacular. With low ABV, this one is very smooth, but with the bitterness, it's difficult for wusses like me to drink more than one in a row. Overall, I don't like it....I LOVE IT!

wardough, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of suspect
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz tallboy into a Duvel Tulip. Thanks to olympuszymurgus for the Surly hookup.

A: Pours a clear deep amber color unlike most standard IPAs. Thick, frothy off-white head builds up to about 1 finger after a mildly aggressive pour. Lacing is relentless and never ending.

S: Smell is piney and grassy mixed with some grapefruit, mango and caramel malt backend. Not overly pungent and certainly not up there with some of the best IPAs of had but definitely not bad either.

T: Taste follows the nose and gets hoppier as it warms. Citrus hops shine through and are the highlights of the beer. Mango, some pine a slight hint at some of the 6.2% ABV but it's extremely subtle.

M: Medium body, perfectly carbonated. Sticky, oily mouth coating leaves me wanting more.

O: A very very good IPA. This is my second offering from Surly and this brewery is certainly rising .on my list of exceptional breweries very quickly.

suspect, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of TheBronze
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

TheBronze, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky mahogany in color. Slightly tan head that slowly vanishes to a scattered film. Lace just coats the inside of the glass. Nose is full of dark malts and aromatic and pine hops.

Flavor has a solid, rich base of malts. They really hold up well even with all of the hops. Hops pack a wallop that really send the senses off kilter until I adjusted. Lots of pine and floral hops. Light but all the oils help thicken up the mouthfeel of this beer. Drinkable but my tongue is numbing after only one can.

MuddyFeet, Feb 23, 2008
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

NW_IPAHEAD, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 3-7-2011

A - clear amber body, good tan head.

S - killin pine and citrus. Nothing left to be desired.

T - good dry, bitter hops. Very much in line with the nose.

M - a bit astringent, good medium body.

D - Great, very tasty, a very enjoyable brew to drink.

ColdPoncho, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of The_Dude_710
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

The_Dude_710, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of jjdc
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

jjdc, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of bsyoung
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dark amber color with moderate amount of lacing around the room
S: Very hop forward with strong aromas off pine and citrus
T: Similar to smell with pine and citrus flavors along with sweet saltiness. Tons of hop bitterness which is to be expected with 99 IBUs
M: moderate and crisp
O: Great IPA, wish I could get it regularly

bsyoung, Feb 02, 2014
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,405 ratings.