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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,492
Reviews: 1,402
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 1,432
Gots: 545 | FT: 18
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 philbe311
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanx to Buebie for providing this gem... Also on a personal note, this is big #300 on my review list... Cheers...

A - A very active pour with loads of carbonation... A monsterous lush creamy batter-like tan head... Excellent retention... Dark rich copper color with an ever so slight haze... Murky...

S - What an intoxicating aroma... Sweet citrus... Mandarin orange... Red grapefruit... Tropical fruit... A musky outdoor woodsy aroma... A deep rich caramel and toffee malt backbone...

T - Wonderful balance... A terrific mix a sweet citrus hops and bitter piney hops... Pineapple... Pear... Apple.... Biscuit... A very solid malt backbone that is strong on caramel and toffee with a slight hint of butter...

M - Rich, lush, and creamy with a thin veil of carbonation... Incredibly smooth and refreshing... Medium to full bodied... Juicy and satisfying... Bitter, but not off-puting...

D - Vibrant and self-assured... One of the most tasteful IPAs out there, could easily pass for the DIPA... While this beer is terrific in all categories, the aroma is completely off the charts...

Photo of errantnight
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I both see how this gets everyone in a tizzy... and recognize how if this were the IPA of my local brewer I'd be all over it all the time... and then have to acknowledge that I don't think this is the pinnacle of IPAs for me (I prefer West Coast style IPAs), nor do I think it's the best of the more malt-forward IPAs around (although this isn't really strong criticism... I think I'd take a Masala Mama or HopDevil over it... and maybe put it right on par with Smuttynose).

Pours a very amber-y gold with nice frothy head... it looks durn pritty! Opaque, nice lacing... me likey.

Aroma is a bit flat... but what comes through is a relatively straightforward citrus aroma backed by a toasted malt character. A little caramel or toffee.

Taste... reminds me of Arrogant Bastard's younger brother. In a good way. It has a very distinctive pine-y, resiny quality to an otherwise citrus dominated hop punch, wrapped around a firmly malty, mildly sweet, very toasted, rich caramel middle. It's just a bit cleaner and a bit milder than AB. The more cans of this I drink, the more I become convinced that if I loved AB and wanted to make it more approachable and more of an IPA... this is exactly the brew I would want. That said... it's lovely, and very drinkable... but I'm not gaga over it.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium full with a nice spritzing carbonic touch.

Very drinkable and balanced despite the slightly astringent, resiny bitterness. It's a fine take on the style, but I really prefer a juicy, floral, malt-backward hop-forward take, and this just will never displace my favorites. That said... go forth, and try this yourself! I'll certainly be drinking this non-stop when I'm back in the upper midwest.

Photo of claspada
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas begin with fruity bliss; grapefruit, orange, and pineapple hops a plenty. As it warms you get a little of the caramel/sweet maltiness but the hops are definitely dominating this brew.
The taste begins with a slight amount of caramel and sweet malts but quickly shifts to bitter grapefruit and other citrus hop flavors. I love a good IPA that is equally bitter from the hops but also has plenty of hop flavors as well. Pineapple and lemon flavors emerge as you further dive into this beauty. Caramel flavors become a little more apparent as it warms.
The mouthfeel is extremely full and mildly resiny/sticky. Adequate/appropriate carbonation, could maybe use a little more but I am nit-picking at this point. My favorite part of this brew is that it doesn't wreck your palate or linger forever.
Overall this is a great IPA because it packs the flavor of a DIPA with the drinkability/ABV of a traditional IPA, plus it comes in a 16 oz. can. I wish I could get this cheaply/locally, but alas Surly does not like NJ or NY yet. Hopefully in the future.

Photo of papat444
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to oakbluff for this one.

Paired with Garlic Chicken.

Poured from a 16oz. can.

Appearance: Copper color with a thick head (3 fingers) & lots of carbonation.

Smell: Hops & malty aspect come to mind right away.

Taste: Wow, bitterness of hops hits you & also taste of pine & spices float around in there. What i like is that even though there is a powerful hop presence, it's very well balanced with the different flavors in it.

Mouthfeel: Heavy on the palate but as it warms, the pine & citrus are more dominant. Very pleasant bitterness that lasts well after the sip.

Drinkability: I love hoppy beers & usually have no problem with them, but as i was finishing it, the bitterness was almost too much for me.

Overall: A very good, well constructed beer with a powerful hop wallop. Flavors abound from all over & are very pleasant. I would like to revisit though as maybe i was tired or something because the hoppiness really got to me near the end. A must for hopheads!

Photo of jdklks
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Great looking beer. cloudy, amber-brown color with a nice and thick tan head that lingers for awhile and laces the glass.

S- HOPS! lots of hops. There's a piney, citrus smell (probably thanks to all the hopiness), along with some caramel maltiness that I cant quite figure out.

T- This is a great beer. There is some good hop flavor that is nicely balanced by the malts, and a bitter sweetness to the end and the aftertaste. As evidenced by the smell, piney and citrusy, but not overly so. This is overall a very "balanced" IPA (which could be a good or a bad thing).

M- Full bodied. Very smooth, well carbonated.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 16-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” date on the bottom of the can is “08/03/12.”

Appearance: Poured into a nonick pint glass. The color is ruby copper. Two fingers of eggshell/lightly tanned head dissipated to leave a thick ring around the edge and a thin lacing.

Smell: It has a nice, citrus hoppiness but is also well-balanced. Grapefruit, lemon, orange, and herbal hops, but there is also a caramel base with toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: It mostly mirrors the smell. Invigorating citrus — grapefruit, orange, and lemon — is compliment by grassy hops, pine, caramel, toffee, and bready malts. It has a pretty dry, metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: It is quintessential American IPA from the North Star State.

Photo of portia99
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in a trade with arvjunk. Thanks! No date code to indicate freshness of this one.

A - Poured a clear, deep-dark copper with a full 1" of dense, off-white/cream colored head. Head lingers for a couple of minutes, slowly descending to a thin layer.

S - Lots of grapefruity and piney hops. No real malt presence. Hops pretty much dominate.

T - Pine flavors come thru prominently here. Hints of spiciness and grapefruit as well. Little bit of malt sweetness to balance, but the hops are definitely the main attraction - as they should be. Very good.

M - Very full mouthfeel. Malt doesn't come thru much in flavor, but makes up nicely in the body - giving a thick, chewy feel. Carbonation is moderate to high - compliments the fullness here.

D - For a really hoppy and full bodied IPA, this drinks pretty well. It feels a touch heavy, and this may catch up with me after a couple. All in all, goes down fairly easily.

Photo of bort11
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of mymrnngjckt and the BA Secret Halloween 08

16 oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. Thick looking off-white head that stands a fingers width. Flecks of lacing stick to the glass. Color is a slightly hazy red/orange amber. Darker than a lot of IPAs.

Smell is delicate blend of herbal/floral hops with hints of citrus and a smack of pine resin. It seems to capture all of the hops characteristics out there. Bravo! Taste is more citrus. Grapefruit and a touch of lemon. There is a dry malt character there.

Mouthfeel is very clean, which is a little odd for me with an IPA. Maybe I'm just used to bottle conditioned IPAs. Can you can condition beer? Over all an excellent example.

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bsu4beer for this beautiful extra.

Pours a nice burnt orange with a decent amount of head. The smells was very nice with a nice hoppy aroma. As to be expected the taste was hoppy as well. I dont know what it is about cans but they seem to do the trick. The taste was nice and bitter. It held on the back of the tongue for so long it made it hard to take the next sip because I was still enjoying the bitter of this beer.

Overall, this beer was a very nice beer and a bad ass extra.

Photo of session1979
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a buddy over on my cigar forum. He surprised me with this and 2 cans of coffee bender which I have yet to drink.

A: Pours a darkish amber with a solid 2 fingers of frothy head.

S: Piney hops, malts, honey.

T: Very hop forward which I love. A nice touch of malt and floral notes balance it quite well while letting the hops still stand out.

M: Light and crisp. On par with the style.

D: Very drinkable. I could easily stroke 3 cans in a sitting.

Overall: A very nice offering from Surly. If I could get it locally I would keep it on hand as one of my goto IPA's.

Photo of AdamGarcia
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 3/18/10

Thank you to Brian23456

A: Darker than expected. Scarlet highlights. Head vanishes quickly...thin layer remains. Clingy. Good looking beer.

S: Loads of citrus present as soon as its poured. Not picking up much else.

T: Very well balanced. Citrus again, with some pine. Carmel sweetness in there as well. Flavor-wise this reminds me of HopDevil, but I haven't had one of those in a while.

M: All good here. Maybe just a little under-carbonated. Kinda thin. Good overall.

D: Drinkability is perfect for a single IPA @ 6.2abv. I've only got one of these but I'd love to have another.

Nice beer from Surly. I've previously only had the Coffee Bender and it was good. Looking forward to dinking the bottle of Darkness I've got hiding in the "cellar." I'll definitely try to grab some more Furious in the future.

Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, nebulous orange with a great one inch while head. Retention and lacing are excellent.

The aroma is of piney, citrus hops (grapefruit, orange peel). The malt is nice, smelling of rich caramel toffee while allowing the hops to shine. The flavor is surprisingly well balanced. This is a Red Ale leaning IPA with rich caramel malt and a complex herbal and citrus hop taste. The bitterness level is medium and the finish is long and dry.

Medium bodied with good carbonation and a dry and slightly oily mouthfeel.

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a sturdy head that leaves shards of lace

Smell: Pineapple and pine; grapefruit pith, too

Taste: Starts with an incredibly fruity blend of pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit that, after the swallow, becomes quite pithy and slightly herbal, with the caramel malt elements also coming into play

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a classic IPA for those who like their beers fruity and bitter

Photo of vfgccp
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Deep maple amber. Incredible lace and nice retention on a foamy khaki head.

S – Big, fruity citrus hop note with grapefruit and cumquat. Slight booze as it warms.

T – Mellow malt and citrus rolls into a smooth thyme bitterness. Clean, well defined hop character. Light acidity and a malty sweetness balance the lingering bitters on the backend.

M – Medium full body with a bitter/sweet finish. Bright carbonation.

O – A great IPA.

Photo of SurlyMe
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass

A - Deep amber in color, light pour yields a nice cream colored 2 finger head which thins leaving light lacing

S - Big piney hops, grapefuit, sweet citrus

T - The first time I tasted this beer I felt that the name described the taste best, FURIOUS! It has a taste/bite like no other IPA ive ever tried. Follows the nose at first with grapefruit, citrus, and hop notes up front. finishes with a nice caramel flavor.

M - Smooth, light carbonation feel, resinous aftertaste

D - Big hop profile and resinous feel makes you want to keep on sipping.

Overall, very tasty stuff, one of my favorite IPAs but I can only have a couple in one sitting just because there is SO much flavor. This IPA is like no other i've tried, in a good way. I highly recommend trying it if you have access to it (Minnesota folk).

Photo of Bendurgin
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Andrew hooked me up with this one. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass. Has a nice thin head that reduces itself into nice lacing. The body is a deep clean amber color. The aroma is full of hops. The hops are juicy and citrus smelling a nice bitter aroma the complements a faint caramel malt background. The taste is piney hops with a bit of tropical fruit flavor. This is very crisp and dominated by hops with a subtle malt profile. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink. This is something I sincerely wish I could get locally, I'd buy it all the time.

Photo of mnphish
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my go to beers.
16 oz can poured into a Surly pint.
Light amber body with a big head and lots of lacing.
Smells of citrus, grapefruit, orange, and malts.
This is a very balanced beer. Lots of fruity hop flavor and pine, but not overpowering. There is a strong caramel malt backbone that leads to a bitter finish.
The body is medium light and pretty smooth
Not quite as tropical and delicious as Abrasive but it's definitely a high quality IPA.

Photo of beereality
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vigorous pour, big sticky beige head with good retention, huge lacing. Cloudy ice tea appearance, looks like it was sprinkled with nutmeg from the sediment in the 16 oz. can. The head was so fine and over flowing, it almost looked like an ice cream cone in the glass. Not a big smell. Big bitter start with a dry hop finish. The bitter taste stays long in the mouth. This begs to be drunk. I'm getting a slight sweetness around the tongue with a dry bitter taste on the tongue. Great sipper because it tastes so good you don't want it to end. A friend split this with me( thanks Jeff) I think a couple of cans of this would rock you.

Photo of macktbone
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fogdog for this extra during a heavy imperial stout trade.

A-Red appearance that is very cloudy and unfiltered looking. Head is very small, but what is here is pretty.

S-Sweet and tangy hops. Cherries and a mix of other light berries.

T-Extreme malt!!! Nice buttery finish. Some spices and a nice hoppy aftertaste. Very biscuit-like.

M- Buttery thickness that is suprising for an IPA. Carbonation level is relatively low which lends itself well to the flavor of the beer.

D- I think this might be a little too much for a highly drinkable beer. Great flavor, but not something that I would drink more than one of, let alone everyday.

Good sample from Surly, only my second Surly product.


Photo of ThaBobfather
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper, nearly opaque with a medium bodied couple millimeters of off white head.
Smells incredibly earthy like a garden and flowers, very complex.
Taste is incredibly complex with some flowery tastes of hops.
Very good finish, both crisp and with a long lasting hop after-taste.
Drinks very well for how hoppy it is but doesn't go past the palate easily.

Photo of RuckusDu
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger of off-white head of larger bubbles. Body is very cloudy and a nice orange/brown color. Great lacing.

S - Smooth, sweet citrus. Nice grapefruit and orange scents. Simple and great hops.

T - Complex and interesting. Nice grapefruit of course, then some orange rind. Moderate hops. A sweetness to it that I can't nail down. Very piney.

M - Nothing special, but fine. Strong carbonation and medium body.

O - A great beer. Very complex flavors yet very will balanced. A bit harsh, but otherwise nice.

Photo of Graham21
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich tea color with a hint of red. Nice big three finger frothey tan head.

Smells of Grapefruit, Malts, Hops, Pines, wood, grass.

Taste is bitter, very bitter, but a grassy bitter. small amounts of malts compliment the hops. good citrus undertones.

mouthfeel is nice, and on a hot day I could make a four pack a session brew.

Photo of KBomb
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Kuma's Corner this afternoon.

Nice deep red/brown body. Short but fluffy head, gentle lacing. Moderately strong citrus hop characterizes the aroma, accompanied by a little bit of caramel malt. Taste is an exceptional blend of citrus, pine, and pepper. An elaborate dance of hops that are big on flavor, but don't overkill with bitterness. Aftertaste is dominated by piney hops, but balanced by nice little bit of candied fruit sweetness. Big taste, but smooth-- as is the mouthfeel. Not all that light, but not nearly as "sticky" as other big IPAs. Big flavor and high ABV make me stop at my second pint.

Really superb mix of flavors in this IPA. Taste is delicious. I'm sad its not available more in Chicago. I'll be seeking this out whenever I'm in MN.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into a nonic pint glass. A hard pour brings about a slightly orange cream colored head; very large with mostly small bubbles, really nice lacing to it. Liquid is darker than I would expect for an IPA, sort of a nice hearty amber color. Still very good clarity to it even though it's a little darker than I expected, a really good looking IPA.

Smell is good, a nice solid malt backbone here. Plenty of toasted caramel malt aromas and a wee bit of toffee. Nice hope presence to (as expected). There's a nice grassy, earthy, piney, and citrusy. Has it all going on for a solid smelling IPA.

Taste is good. Again with a solid malt backbone, initial sweetness followed by the hop bitterness. Not really sure on the hop combination here, but whatever it is, it meshes together very well. Very well balanced flavor. I'd describe it as a nice toasted caramel malt flavor followed by some nice citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel is very good. Well balanced, and smooth, medium body. A slight resiny feel to it. Starts sweet with a clean, dry and bitter finish. The carbonation level is perfect too. Extremely drinkable , slow sipper or one that could be enjoyed quicker if you prefer. All in all a very good IPA, Surly knows what they are doing.

Photo of Duster72
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark blood red with an impressive tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is big hops with an emphasis on the pine and citrus. Taste is sweet carmel malts up front with earthy and citrus hops behind it to clean off the palate. Very nice taste. A bitter aftertaste lingers and gets a little on the nasty side which hurts the mouthfeel. My first drink of this I was thinking 5. After finishing the can, it's not quite there, but it's damn good.

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,492 ratings.