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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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1,457 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,457
Hads: 5,121
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 1,511
Gots: 864 | FT: 28
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 roan22
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my new BFF Akorsak for hooking me up with this as a trade, which he obtained from someone out at Dark Lord Day!! I've been waiting to savor this beer for a long time...so here it goes...

Pours out a beautiful ruby red color, clear as a bell. There is a thick head of white foam which does dissapate as it disappears further down the pint, but not much. The smell is a clear sign of things to come, piney hops and toffee malts. OK the taste...MMMM holy crap this is a well balanced IPA...wow from first taste to the middle to the aftertaste it is pine/citrus hops mixed with solid Scottish Malts.

The mouthfeel is excellent, so clean...there isn't alot of that sticky hop aftertaste/breath going on that funks up your tongue and your palate. At 6.2% thats pretty drinkable. If I didn't have to drive anywhere I could easily drink the four-pack of cans in one sitting. But of course I am a master of restraint..Ha!

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Photo of rudylaw
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap @ Map Room

Grapefruit and oranges highlight this exceptional IPA. Only Dogfish's 90-minute and Bell's Two Hearted hold a candle to this. I have 3 cans of this in the fridge, but am saving them.

On tap, this was sensual overload. It was the first beer of the night and is as memorable as a first kiss. Citrus never tasted so fresh. I would almost never classify an IPA as a session beer... but I would gladly tempt the hangover of the century to have these all night.

If you're a hop-lover... what the hell are you waiting for?

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Photo of supercolter
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok so I would recommend trying the standard Furious before attempting to decifer this one. And by the way, that one is best in the can. Appearance is very good, lots of hazy orange floating around with a nice head and lacing. Smell is wow, a blast of citrus and floral hops. A bit spicy and then the sweet herbal tea on the back. Very complex and very nice. Taste mirrors the smell but hops get a bit more balanced by the tea and I like mine very one dimensional. Still fantastic however. Mouthfeel is just a touch above medium in body, lots of carbonation and oily movement. Drinkability- I don't think it can get any more drinkable than this.

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Photo of runner440
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big shout out and thanks to Stu who I got this can from in a trade!

A - A dark redish brown color with a foamy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - I could smell this thing the second I opened the can releasing this hop bubble of goodness around me. Mango, peach, pineapple, tropical fruits, grapefruit, and orange notes. Smells fantastic!

T - A pungent hop bitterness hits you at the front of the tongue followed by big hop notes in the middle of the mouth. Tropical fruit, peach, mango, and grapefruit. The end has a nice dry finish with a bitter hop aftertaste that lingers on your tongue. Delicious!

M - Medium body and very drinkable.

O - An amazing IPA which everyone should experience at least once in their life. Thanks again Stu!

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Photo of BasementBer
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little prefacing is in order. Number 1. I love this brewery, its got a great character about it and its smoking hot in the twin cities - just check the 3 month waiting list for tours of a small suburban warehouse!? Number 2. I hate drinking cans! I don't trust that this can is better than that can jargon. Leave that to Coors, please. I like bigger beers, but hopefully Surly will get enough footing to enter a glass world (swing tops are not too much to ask are they?). Number 3. I love a beer and breweries that push the boundaries, this is one of those beers.

A: Carmel to amber in color (as described on the can, Scottish malts are used, thus the near red amber color). 2-3 fingers creamy white head with medium retention. A foamy heady with rocky peaks overlays the loose and large to tight and small bubbles. Loads of hop resins leave some heavy lacing on the glass, get out the scrub brush!

S: Amazing piney hop-cone smell. This is my favorite characteristic of this ale. It doesn't exactly taste the way it smells, and this is exactly what i want in a pale ale. The aroma hop schedule must be soo intensive because this beer smells like no other!

T: Mellow. The taste itself is mellow. Its the toffee bitter in the nose that really packs the punch. The carbonation and bitterness in this beer gives it a longevity in taste from the bitter to the mellow and evenly finishes, not offending by the bitter but also not pulling back like most pale ales with lower IBU. I'm a hop head so i am not turned off by the bitter, but for such an IBU, id expect it to be less controlled than it is here.

M: Jazzy? If jazzy can be used as a descriptor. Carbonation is surprisingly long lasting, it does however tend to leave a bit of a gunk but that is to be expected from so many hop resins kicking about. I mark this characteristic the lowest of all categories only in that it doesn't jump out at me as unique compared to all other amazingly special features.

D: Why, but of course. A tall can means more beer, 6.2% means a more fun engagement, and you really shouldn't be putting a 4 pack of these away in an evening to begin with. Lets resign this one for the starter and closer to an evening of refreshment, shall we?

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh, what a treat to have had this one, on cask at The Happy Gnome

Apperance was a nice light cloudy orange. Nice head that sticks around forever. great lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell was fantastic, possibly better than the original Furious, much more citrus coming out of the hop aroma.

Taste was excellent, not quite the hop bomb I was expecting, but a much more fruity undertone, I think some of the flavors ended up standing out on this one.

Mouthfeel was perfectly carbonated, with a touch of the hop tinge to it.

Drinkability, Possibly the only thing I really enjoyed more than the original on the cask version, More balanced than the original, so in turn, just a little more drinkable.

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Photo of dberthia
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Mad Capper in Stillwater for the first time. It is in my top 5 of all-time favorite beers. This beer like Summit EPA make me very proud to live in the Twin Cities. My biggest complaint is that you cannot buy this beer in kegs for the kegerator yet!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surly Furious is everything an IPA should be.

Ruby red and a smell worthy of bathing in. The best smelling beer I've ever had. Furious cologne would be a winner.

Tastes explode with pine, cantaloupe, pineapple, and candied fruit snacks. A sharp, rather abrupt pleasant bitterness finishes the deal. An awesome beer.

Mouthfeel is a tad light, but flavors make up for this minor flaw.

Eminently drinkable. Perhaps the best IPA out there.

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Photo of RyWill
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on cask at Sheffield's in Chicago.

Appearance: Darker amber with a airy 1-2 finger head that becomes more subdued as you make your way down the glass. Lack of carbonation is noticeable.

Smell: Hops, citrus, and overly apparent malt that you come to expect from this beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is amazing. The smell of the hops and malt translates to a perfect balance in the taste. Mouth feel is incredibly smooth, especially on cask, with a sort of creamy quality you don't normally get with IPAs.

Drinkability: On tap you could drink this beer forever, on cask it gets taken to another level. I think I mentioned to my girlfriend at least 5 times through each of the two I had how delicious it was.

Certainly one of the best IPAs out there due to it's balance and general taste and a beer that is even more special on cask. If you see it, drink it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this brew up in a trade with Akorsak, thanks Adam!

A nice reddish-orange body with almost two fingers of tan head. Some good retention. A little bit of lacing.

Smells of both malt and hops.

Fantastic IPA. Sweet caramel-like malts, citrusy and piney hops. Finishes dry and bitter. Leaves a fantastic hoppy aftertaste. A great, balanced blend of malt and hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily.

This is a beer I could drink pretty much forever. One of the bes IPAs I've encountered.

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Photo of zloew
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Pours a caramel, burnt orange color with 2 fingers of sticky white head that fell to about a centimeter; this beer is a real beauty in the glass. The aroma is full of piney, citrusy (grapefruit) notes with a little hint of caramel on the end. This is, in my opinion, one of the most perfectly balanced beers in the world; 100 IBU's so the bitterness is there, but the subtle nuances of the hops shine through because of the great malt character (they use the same malts as Macallan scotch). This is a beer I could drink all night and not get bored.

Bottom line: Drink this.

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Photo of FishGetter
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip glass from a can. Furious is a bronze color drink with streaks of auburn when held up to the light. Thin head holds to a skim coating over the top.
Big citrus/piney hop aroma right from the openning. Further inspection yealds peachy and some grassy notes too. Malt backbone holds up strong behind hops.
Big hop flavors, mostly citrus with hints of peach and pine. Very floral hop taste midway through. Some malt sweetness keeps bitterness in check. Nice hop punch, not overly bitter.
A bit thin on the mouthfeel but works well with drink. Keeps things fresh and moving. Exceptional clean mouthfeel with only a trace amount of hop resins left in mouth. More of the floral variety.
This is absolutly an exceptional offering. Cant say enough how fresh of an offering this is. Floral hop flavor plays well of thin mouthfeel. Thanks to Jaxon53 for tickling my ass with this feather. This brew would be kept in the frig at all times, only if they had more distrabution. One can only wait.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear rich amber color with big 3+ fingers of frothy light tan head that lasts a long time, but not ridiculously long. Nice retention throughout leaves lots of sticky lacing behind. Smells even better than on tap, lots of pine, citrus oils, earthy hops, and toasted caramel malt. Tastes of toffee, sweet caramel, and lightly toasted malt are followed by flavors of orange peel, pineapple, tangerine, grass, pine, and earthy hops with a little bit of spicy hops mixed with grapefruit in the back end. Medium in body with perfect carbonation. Smooth and hoppy but very balanced with sweet caramel malt supporting the beer throughout. It's packed with hops, but not mouth puckering bitter like some IPAs.

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Photo of optiontwo
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into tulip glass

Don't know why I haven't reviewed this yet but it's about time.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. Like a dark copper with a semi tan, frothy one inch head, and great lacing.

Smell: Amazing. This beer has so much going on in the nose I could smell it forever. Extremely floral. Grapefruit and other citrus hit right away, followed by caramel sweetness and pungent pine.

Taste: Just as great as the smell. The taste is similar to the smell but more complex. Flavors not apparent in the smell, like toffee and brown sugar, come through after the strong grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel: Coats your tongue but isn't thick. I'd say it's damn right perfect.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night long, and have.

Overall: I doubt I'll ever tire of Furious. This is my go to beer and it shall remain that way for some time. My personal favorite brew, ever.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

TEA BAGGED FURIOUS poured from a cask at dark lord day 2010

this was beyond murky. TONS of sediment floating around. light orange in color. no head.

huge floral and citrus hops just crushed the nose. some was spilled from the first keg and the hops lingered around the tent, it ruled. but huge floral hops mainly dominated.

this was all hops, there were no malts. the floral hops dominated with a very flower like flavor. huge citrus followed but a sweet citrus and very faint bitterness. i even found part of a hop leaf in my cup. amazing.

very full body, kind of chewy but went down very smooth.

this was the highlight of my day. i could not stop drinking this and everyone that had a sip, loved it. it speaks for itself.

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Photo of xumbi
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to SrMonkey for sending this one.

Poured nice and thick, very dark for what I'm used to seeing in most IPAs.

The smell is incredible, toffe, chocolate, citrus, pine. For all the "hop bombs" out that only push the floral envelope, this spreads out in many other directions.

Taste is fantastic! Very hard to put into words. The mouthfeel is robust, not what you get from most IPAs. Flavors of caramel and malt push through the bitterness. Finishes dry, bitter, and strangely smooth.

I am ecstatic and saddened at the same time, since the only way I'll get my hands on more of this luscious liquid is through another trade...

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to wankerweasel for this one. hands down the best beer i have ever had out of a can. was much darker in color than i expected-a deep, reddish brown. lots going on in the bouqet: roasty, toasty notes from the scottish malts, piney hops, toffee, nuts, and more that i can't recall due to being shlitzfaced yesterday. just a bit of residual malt sweetness but still plenty of malt backbone. medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. long, dry, bitter finish. brings a lot of flavor and body to the table for a beer of this abv, so plenty good in the drinkability dept.
update-i've had this many times now, even on tap, and this is really good fucking shit. very much like an alpha king, just a bit roastier and more husky.
update 2: got another case, this shit is the best. super fresh in the can and perfect. just unbelievably great.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16oz can with great Surly-like art. Poured into a tulip.

A- The entire can filled my tulip three-quarters of the way and the frothy off-white head consumed the last portion of empty space. The off-white head almost has a greenish tint. It took a good ten minutes for the head to come to a complete rest, leaving lacing along the way. The beer itself is orange, gold, and blood red, depending on the depth of the beer in the glass. Active carbonation and beading from the etching in the bottom of the glass. Very polished.

S- There may not be another beer that comes so close to capturing the essence of a freshly opened bag of hops. Citrus, grapefruit, orange, and a candy-like sweetness. Bitterness and pine needles. Carmel and toffee malt flavors support the entire show. Fresh- this is near perfection.

T- First, a blast of citrus and pine hops- balanced by a carmel malt backbone. A bit of a delay until the bitterness hits along with that candy sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter, yet retains most of its complex character. Despite the intense bitterness there is an identifiable english/scottish malt character, as the label suggests. Fresh- this IS perfection.

M- Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. The illusion of hop resins probably fill out the body some.

D- Even at 6.2%, this is very close to being sessionable. I don't think a four-pack would be a problem, I need more.

Truly, a tempest on the tongue AND a moment of pure hop bliss. When fresh, one of the all-time greats!

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Photo of beachscrat
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: 16oz. non-nitro can. Intense red/black reversible graphics can be read sideways, upside down, right side up, or in fixed gear bicycle crash whilst neck deep in a slow-motion apocalypse. Ultra thick meringue-like head of foam. Even non-Jesus type beings could walk on this liquid crown of glory. Multi-layered belgian lacing assimilating the sides my imperial pint glass molecules. Fasten your seat-belts ladies and gentlemen. This is gonna be one hell of a ride.

smell: Copious amounts of Jamaican grapefruit zest, freshly picked by my sun bronzed Norwegian Pipes O' Thor a la hawaiian tropic oil, standing arms length away from a massive bushel of the devious cousin de la Humulus Lupulus....Snap out of it beachscrat!! You've got a review to write!! (ENTER SOUND OF ME PUNCHING MYSELF IN THE FACE)

taste: Orgasmic mouth watering bittersweet biscuits and marmalade. God damn man, this beer is out of a can? That ain't right.

mouthfeel: Slightly viscous and chewy. Just enough to go bare-knuckle toe-to-toe with the malt and hops.

drinkability: Although I shouldn't, due to the alcohol and all...aw screw it, I'm drinkin' these cans 'til they run outta aluminum.

music: "And Blood Was Passion" from The Deafening Twilight by Zebulon Pike (clocking in at 13 min 12 sec...one of the short songs from this album)

Thank God for Minnesotans and God save the malt and hops.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with an off white head that stays a good two fingers thick for most of the brew. Nice amounts of lace mark the glass. Very good looking hazy brownish orange color.

Smells of hops!, citric, grapefruity, resiny hops! oh and there's some caramel malt some where in the midst of all those hop aromas.

This is one hell of a tasty drinkable beer. Damn Scott only sent me one whats up with that? (jk, I wouldn't want to give any up). The hops lead the charge all the way through, citrus, grapefruit, pine and a strong malt presence to try and stop the onslaught of the hops but to no avail. What the hell just happend to me?

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Photo of Lupe
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky copper color that shines orange when held to the light. Tight tan head is slow to settle, kicks back up with a few swirls, and leaves behind some sticky lace.

Very aromatic with some a powerful hop aroma. Loads of pine mixed with citrus and floral notes. Faint toasted malt lies beneath.

The flavor of this beer is just an unbelievable balance of in-your-face hops and sturdy Scottish malt goodness. Between the aroma and first taste of hop, you think this is a rip out your tongue hop-bomb. The pine and citrus flavors blend seamlessly with the biscuity caramel malt. Notes of toffee and grapefruit get along perfectly. So smooth, so delicious. Finishes up with a spicy hop bite and lingering bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth and spicy on the tongue. Awesome drinkability cause by a truly unreal balance of malt and hop. Damn tasty and complex without being too big. Just a magnificent beer.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, canned 1/4/13 (check the bottoms!) poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 3/17/13 (definitely not the typical St. Patty's Day offering) over ~one hour.

A: 4.5 - beautiful dark amber-brown coloration, moderate clarity with slight translucence, white-brown frothy one finger head dissipates very quickly into subtle glass lacing, barely perceptible alcohol legs

S: 5 - BOOM! everything I want my American IPA to smell like...dank, piney, resiny, herbaceous...even after over three months in the can...to me, only Abrasive Ale smells better

T: 4.75 - subtle bitterness on the anterior tongue (surprising for a 99 IBU beer...maybe Scottish malts hiding the bitterness)...grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple flavors that resolve into a pleasant hop bitterness, minimal alcohol tones (...don't taste 6.2%), lingering tropical fruit bitterness on the back of the tongue

M: 4.75 - medium body and carbonation, dangerously drinkable and would go fantastic with or without food

O: 4.75 - pretty much everything that I am looking for in an American IPA...full PW (definitely get some Citra and Simcoe) hop aroma and flavor that doesn't overwhelm the taste buds like an imperial IPA; it seems strange to say, but this beer is sessionable (more over Founder's All-Day IPA) and would be the perfect accompaniment for a spicy Indian, Thai or Ethiopian dish; I savor the day that I have the pleasure to have a fresh can (within 1-2 weeks) but I might need to go to the brewery for that ;).

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Photo of jaxon53
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thankyou tavernjef for making my beer dreams come true. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a big ass can. Poured out a deep dark copper amber color that had a nice red tint to it when held up to the light. was topped off with about an inch of tannish whit head. Pretty good head retention, and tons of sticky lace left behind on the glass. Smell: Mouthwatering aromas of floral hops, sweet malts, and delicate citrus notes teamed up with a bit of pine and orange peel. Just a notch below perfect but damn close. Flavor in fact was perfect in my opinion. Nice smooth yeasty, malty, bread like flavors, and then a nice bitter hop rush that takes a bite out of the palate. Also citrus, pine, and a bit of grass. Very earthy. Just the right amount of carbonation, and very nicely balanced. Has a nice sticky, but smooth mouthfeel. I love how canned beers really showcase the hops. Awesomely drinkable. This now has to be my favorite IPA.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Surly Furious has a dark copper colour and a decent sized head with pretty damn good retention and good retention. Since the beer is canned, one would expect the beer to have a slight tin nose or taste, but the beer definitely does not. The nose comes accross of a deep citrus flavour with a slight grapefruit and peach hint. The fruitiness comes entirely from the hops, but smells wonderful. When drinking the beer the huge bitterness of 100 IBUs hit you intially, but the Amarillo and Simcoe hops jump out at your tastebuds, making you want to have another drink. The beer is so incredibly hoppy, but at the same time, it's balanced! The flavours and aroma while drinking this beer, just blow me away. With the complex malts and hops that jump out at you, this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. The mouthfeel is creamy and exactly what I'd expect on an IPA. This beer is stupidly drinkable.

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Photo of Charlotte09
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Canning Date 2/10/2011 so only 7 days old!

A: Poured into a pint glass, creamy white head, about an inch thick, fades fairly slow. Beer color is fairly cloudy, dark amber with some orange notes.

S: Can definitely smell the hops in this beer, very citrusy with some pine notes. Love the smell!

T: Upfront strong citrus hop taste. Followed by a hint of bitter grapefruit ending

M: Fairly smooth feel, slight carbonation that carries the bitterness with it. Strong grapefruit bitterness that lingers after.

D: I love this beer, especially fresh, I find it very drinkable, can definitely drink 2-3, or more in a sitting lol

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