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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,543
Reviews: 1,414
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
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Gots: 569 | FT: 19
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% 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 macrosmatic
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cyclone8 for this one! Poured from 16 oz can into pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish copper amber with about a 3/4" head and not much visible carbonation.

S: Awesomely hoppy (pine, then a really nice floral then citrus). Not much else I could detect here. But if there was a possibility of giving a 6.0 for aroma, I would.

T: Starts out with a good pine hop bitterness. There is only a trace of malt character evident. But at the end, just when I'm hoping for it to give me a hit of citrus hop sweetness, there is only more pine bitterness. Not bad flavor, just a little disappointing. BUT - as it warms somewhat, the bitterness at the back end starts to fade & a degree of hop and/or malt sweetness (couldn't decide which it was due to, or a combination) started to emerge, which was a pleasant addition to the flavor profile.

M: Medium to a bit on light side mouthfeel. Good carbonation present.

O: Good but not as mind-blowingly awesome as I was hoping. Just seems a touch overly bitter. BUT, definitely gets better as it warms up a little bit. My first Surly beer, and definitely a quality offering.

Photo of dubinsky
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From can into a Crate and Barrel snifter. Canned on 2/1/11

A - Pours a semi-clear reddish amber with two fingers of off white foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Amarillo and Simcoe hops dominate the aroma of this amazing beer. Its not fruity or piney. Its HOPPY. It smells just like the hop pouches smell when i'm brewing. There is a hint of sweetness from the malt but its rather faint to me.

T - Although its a few months old, the hops may have faded a tad, but not much at all. A tad on bitter end as the hops dominate. The flavor has some grassy elements with a touch of malt sweetness to really balance out this flavor profile.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. The finish is rather bitter and dry.

O - This is another great beer from Surly. I really enjoyed it and would buy it often as a go to pale ale. The hops steal the show here as they did in Abrasive. Extremely drinkable..

Photo of Brian44Les
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surly Brewing Company, Minnesota
---from can to pint glass---

Medium amber looks like there is some sediment floating at the bottom, very thick beige head, OK lacing.

Super citrusy, super piney, floral notes.

Bitter pine with insinuations of sweet malt.

Perfect balance of hops to malt. Good carbonation. Lingering flavor begs for another sip.

I’m really digging this beer. Great taste with good balance, not too hoppy (if such thing exists). Definitely one my Go-To list now. Smells perfect!

Photo of Kraty1
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of mill3859
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of LukeK
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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...

Photo of cwguy5
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks marine1975 for a share of this!

A - dark copper, amber color with slightest haze; light tan thin head that faded to a wisp with decent lacing all the way down the glass
S - floral, citrus, light toffee and faint bread/pale malt
T - tangy citrus and pale malt up front; sweet aftertaste
M - on the thin side with crisp, moderate carbonation
D - great beer; i could session this one pretty easily; light on the palate while maintaining some body; very easy drink

Photo of modernartblues
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber, copper orange, a bit hazy, big head recedes to about 1/2 an inch, decent amount of lacing....a bit different for an ipa

S: hops, like a freshly open hop packet, big beautiful citrus notes, but also the caramel malt makes its presence known, which surprisingly is pleasant....a novel IPA nose

T: citrusy fruit notes of hops with a very pleasant sweetness provided by the caramel malt. once again, I really like this beer, though if it were described to me I probably wouldn't reach for it first.

M: a bit thick, but good.

D: excellent, mainly because of the abv and the outstanding hop flavor. Finding a hoppy beast at 6.2 is a difficult feat

Photo of fastpass17
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Photo of Redrover
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this on tap at the Blue Nile. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy dark bronze with a skim of off-white head. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Big nose of pine & citrus. You know what you’re getting into with this one!

The hops hit you right between the eyes. This beer is bitter in the best way. Lots of pine and citrus. Note that the malts are not mia, they eventually appear and add balance and some caramel undertones.

The mouth is sturdy and a bit slick. I like the way this one coats your mouth.

I can see why this beer is popular, I will have another please!

Photo of zeledonia
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent orange amber with a solid off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Smell is citrus hops up front, with a nice malt backing. The combo makes for sweet fruity aromas like grapefruit combined with apricots. Quite nice.

Starts out slightly sweet and bready, which is quickly followed by a one-two punch of the citrus flavors and bitterness from teh hops. I really like the balance of this beer; not overwhelmingly hoppy, and with enough malt flavor to smooth it all out. Much more than a simple hop-bomb. Closes out smooth, as the bitter finish just slides slowly away.

Feels thicker than it looks, with a doppelbock-like chewiness. Good carbonation; lots of little bubbles giving the flavors some bounce. Coats the mouth, and strangely, the flavors are gone before the feeling of the beer is.

I'm a big fan of balanced IPAs (read, not simply a blast of hop bitterness). This is an excellent one, with enough malty bready sweet goodness to support the other flavors but no so much that they contend with the hops' primacy. Quite good.

Photo of crewfan16
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a pint can into stella glass.

a- pours a clear amber/orange with a thick creamy head that doesnt fade too quickly. right on par for the style

s- big amounts of hops, both bitter and piney as well as a nice tropical fruit. a bit of malty caramel sweetness as well.

t- taste follows the nose, starts with lots of hops, piney at first, then more sweet and tropical, the malt adds a nice balance. a bit of bitter aftertaste lingers. very drinkable and tasty

m- very nice feel to this beer. crisp, not too heavy bodied, slightly oily and resiny. again, very drinkable.

I am a big fan of this brew. a great local beer with some cool schtick (making the awesome cans) and reasonably price. also, delicious beer.

Photo of number1bum
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my buddy krisandajt for a can of this. You're a good man Joe.

Pours a deep copper color with a burnt orange or even slightly reddish tinge to it. Two inches of creamy tan head sit on top. Keeps a mostly full lace and leaves some good webbing on the sides.

Lots of hops in this nose, with tobacco, leather, pine resin, and earth. Pithy citrus but really not the juicy variety. Big biscuity malt quality to the nose as well, along with some slightly buttery caramel.

Flavor is not as super hoppy as the nose, or maybe it's because of the big malt backbone in this one. Big biscuity, slightly toasty malt backbone in this one, with some caramel too. Really not much sweetness to this one, though. Hops are very earthy with a leafy tobacco quality as well. Some resiny pine too. The finish is quite bitter with some toasty malt lingering on the palate as well.

Mouthfeel is a slick, oily, creamy medium body. It's quite dry in the finish, with lots of lingering hop bitterness.

This is a really tasty IPA. Not my favorite variety of hops, as I prefer more citrus character, but this is a big, flavorful IPA with plenty of malt to balance it out. I would be happy to have this with regularity if it were local.

Photo of GStone899
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of SurlyMe
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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 rowingbrewer
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a yellowy orangish color with a pretty descent and sticky white head. the smell is very citrusy with some pine notes as well, a very well balanced hop profile. the flavor is pretty similar with citrus just beating out pine for the dominant hop characters, along with just enough malt backbone so its not just a total hop bomb. the mouthfeel is crisp dry and well carbed. overall this is a very solid brew

Photo of vande
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark bronze - brown color w/ a dirty looking 1 finger layer of foam floatin' on top...

S: Danky hop buds... yummy!

T: Tasty, but I should of popped this one a little sooner... getting a good blend of hop-malt balancing each other out on this beer... dry backbone to it.

M: Creamy ipa...very smooth to drink..

O: Pretty tasty treat. What can I say, anything by Surly usually is...

Photo of Azurescens
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can with canned on date 3/3/11 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/8/11

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange brown color with dense tan head. Much darker than your average IPA but looks great none the less. Leaves a fair amount of lacing around the glass as this tasty brew goes down.

S: A tropical fruit hop explosion, definitely some mango and pineapple aromas coming through with some sweetness from the caramel malts.

T: Smooth and fruity up front, similar to the aromas with a bitter bite to follow along with sweet caramel malt to balance things out. Juicy grapefruit comes out as it warms up.

M: Nice medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth from start to finish, very refreshing after a long day at work.

O: Quite a unique IPA, the unique blend of fruity hops is terrific. The aromas and flavors really come out and the bitterness fades a bit as it warms up. Terrific job by Surly!

Photo of Duster72
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of HeyYoMar
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

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 AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,543 ratings.