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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,585
Reviews: 1,421
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 1,454
Gots: 598 | FT: 20
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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 BattleRoadBrewer
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold from a 16 oz can into Boston Lager glass.

Fantastic pour, rich red mahogany color topped off with fluffy meringue tan head leaving copious lace rings all the way down.

The nose is phenomenal! You've seen brewing personalities in ads rubbing hop cones between their hands and sniffing them? That's what this beer smells like, with an added bonus of nicely balanced caramel aroma. I don't think I've had a beer yet with such fresh hop aroma!

Flavor is big with hop flavor: citrusy, grassy and clean, with a good malt backbone that finishes nice and dry instead of the typically sweet American IPA. Good saltiness on the lips and thorough filling of the mouth with bitterness, and a lovely burnt malt aftertaste on the tongue at the very last. Unfortunately, this beer is best served ice cold, as it warms, it takes on a slight metallic note.

Drinkability is only limited by the heavy yet dry finish. Very delicious brew! Props to Surly Brewing and sincere thanks to Scoobydank for the trade!

Photo of GolfingGq
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of kevanb
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cradke for this one!

It pours a really nice medium to dark amber color that’s fairly clear but a bit hazy. A nice big bone colored head sits atop the beer with really great retention and superb lacing. The aroma just bursts out of the glass, citrus rind, earthy pine and a big malt backbone, caramel, toffee some sweeter and lighter biscuity grain comes through as well. Big aggressive flavors lead off with a citrus bouquet, some grassy and dirty pine flavors are very prominent, but the malt is really potent, and it is spot on. Nice caramel and toffee notes, meaty grain flavors that really compliment the more grassy and coniferous hoppy elements, a really well balanced flavor profile. The body is really great, a bit bigger than a lot of IPAs, but has a great dry bitter finish.

Verdict: Excellent IPA from Surly, really potent and delicious malt profile that balances so well with the bitter hops. I could definitely go through a few of these pretty quickly.

Photo of Holland
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mista for the extra!

A: dark orange with a thick off white head that gives way to covering lacing.

S: pineapple and citrus hops dominate the smell entirely. Slight pine scent too.

T: bitterness is huge along with the hop presence that is mostly pine here. Malt takes a back seat entirely.

M: crisp, well carbonated, and medium-light body

O: tasty beer, would happily have it again. I was slightly disappointed in the taste given expectations, but no IPAs blow me away anymore, unfortunately.

Photo of macktbone
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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 BucannonXC5
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: Re-rated on 04-06-12 from original rating of 4.0-4.0-4.0-4.0-4.0 on 08-11-11.

Poured from a tap into a pint at King’s Wine Bar in Minneapolis, Minn. Color was a mix of copper and orange. Missed the head, but the lacing was high and consistent throughout the beer.

Lots of different strong flavors that blended well together. Kind of like the Abrasive that I had earlier in the day, it was a good mixture of dark (chocolate, caramel, malty) and citrus (pine, grapefruit).

The taste was similar to the smell, down to the mixes. The lacing stayed on my unshaven face, which I enjoyed. Slight bitterness, but all the blended flavors kind of outweigh it.

Average carbonation. So good throughout, just smooth and consistent.

I wish I would have had this before the Abrasive. The ratings would have been higher. Still loved the Furious.

Photo of bassmantin
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to iconoklaztor for letting me try this one.

Nice red color with a big thick head that takes forever to die down. Once the head finally recedes and I can take in the aroma, I am overwhelmed by the hoppiness. Wow, what a hoppy beer! I love it.

The taste is as expected from the aroma. A bit one-dimensional perhaps, but wow those hops are amazing. Leaves a strong hop taste is the back of your mouth for quite some time. I'm thoroughly impressed.

How did they get that color?


Photo of RuckusDu
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Dad_of_Rad
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark copper, clear. 1" head with lacing that is prevalent on the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Piney, citrus with other floral qualities.

T: Caramel with lots of resinous qualities. Bitterness lingers long. The bitterness definitely stronger than the caramel backing, but in line with the style.

M: Thinner medium body. Sticky, not overly carbonated.

O: Very good example of an American IPA. Flavorful with good bitterness but with enough malt backbone to be substantial but not the focus. Hops are definitely the star here.

Photo of KBomb
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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 chip26
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of StuporJew
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty Samuel Smiths' Imperial Pint Glass

A - Pours a burnt, rusty orange, with a creamy, 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a decent amount of lacing. Almost deep enough color to be considered a red IPA.

S - Gobs of pine-gum, Lemon-mint, and lemon verbena. The malt shows up later in the game, on the nose, but backs up this hop bomb, nicely. Simcoe hops, how I love thee... Let me count the ways. 50 IBU's, 60 IBU's...

T - The Taste follows the nose here, with more pine, Lemon rind, mango, and light grassy tones. The malt, once again, lifts up the flavor, providing backbone and hints of rye bread, caramel, and warming alcohol. A VERY well-balanced beer, all told. YUM.

M - Full, and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, driven by the hops, but followed closely by the malts. The ABV helps keep this one warm, without overwhelming the flavor, and adding unneeded heat to the beer.

O - Another beer that makes me glad to have friends that travel out of state... I can't wait for the day that Surly makes it's way to Texas Distributors!!! If you can get your hands on this beer, DO IT! DO IT NOW!!! GET TO THE (C)HOPPER!!! All that said, it's damned tasty, and you should drink it.


<Matt The Beer-Guy>

Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/7/13' poured into a tulip

A- pours a dark golden-bronze color with a two-finger creamy off-white head that reduces to a small layer that resides in top, leaving some short lasting lace

S- danky bright hop aromas; notes of fresh cut grass, grapefruit rind, orange juice, fresh mint leaf, hemp, just a bit of sweet bready malt at the end. Potent aroma worthy of a DIPA, let alone a regular IPA.

T- bright citrus and pine hop notes up front follow with some grassy and mint notes, following the nose. A nice and crisp toasted malt bite in the end before a semi-dry finish

M- light-medium body, medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel, crisp finish. The body seemed just a bit watery at times.

O- a good IPA with some great citrus and piney hop notes, however the taste didn't quite live up to the aroma for me. Still packed with enough flavor to rival some DIPA's.

Photo of mechamifune
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, it has a nice amber hue and a slight white head. Looks very slick in the glass, good lacing.

Smell is very evident, but not "punch in the face" overwhelming. Lots of pine and then some citrus. The slightest bit of sweetness seems to linger. A nice smelling IPA and a little more nuanced than a lot of the citrus bombs i'm used to.

Taste is in line with smell (i.e. nice pine and citrus notes). Considering the alleged IBU's (99) there is very little bitterness in the finish. Decent sense of hops, but never overwhelming. A nice malt backbone is there throughout and keeps a nice sense of balance.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick, but very easy to drink. Maybe just the slightest bit undercarbonated for my taste.

Overall this is a solid IPA. I don't really enjoy a great many IPA's that aren't more or less citrus bombs, but this is an exception. Still, while it is a nice IPA, i'm a little surprised at how highly this is evidently thought of (given its current ranking on this website). Ranking aside, if you have the opportunity, give this one a try. Just don't go into it expecting a hop bomb or some type of life-altering beer experience.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a cloudy orange amber brew. Ample pale orange foam above, creamy, pocky, and very sticky. Looks like a great IPA.

Aroma - sweet malty undertow, intensely citrus otherwise. Earthy, grapefruit rind.

Taste - more of a breadiness on the front than is usually shown in an IPA. Nice fruity and bitter balance, both sweet and sour at first, evolving to more dry and bitter notes on the swallow. Dry and continued bitterness on the aftertaste, finishing a touch medicinal. A touch of warmth late.

Mouthfeel - smooth, solid, crispness fighting through it all. Everything's right where it oughtta be.

Drinkability - being more of a maltster than a hophead, I find the Bender more drinkable, but these will do wonderfully at poolside this summer. Thanks to WankerWeasel for these.

Photo of Ewmalina
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -3.5%
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 -3.5%

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -3.5%

Photo of JoelClark
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mill3859
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of LukeK
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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...

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,585 ratings.