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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,432
Hads: 4,978
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 1,492
Gots: 802 | FT: 27
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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 swizzlenuts
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of Charlotte09
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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 (626 characters)

Photo of Duffman
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In sampler glass at the 1st annual Firkin Fest at the Happy Gnome.

It pours a beautiful deep amber with a fleeting though thick and cream-colored head. Absolutely gorgeous beer.

Subtle hoppy smell, citrus fruits, some pine, quite floral and very delicate and complex.

Exceptional taste. The tea and the ipa flavors blend perfectly. The tea is ever-present but not dominant and not too subtle. White tea perhaps? The hoppiness is refreshing and more subdued than in regular furious. The alcohol is not even noticeable.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Incredibly smooth, medium-bodied beer that goes down easily and joyfully. a slight clinginess with the hops providing a subtle compliment to the smoothness and body.

One of the most drinkable IPAs I have ever had, or any beer for that matter. So smooth, so delectable, I could drink this all day long and any day. Just a supremely-crafted beer. (892 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Scene:

We were going to a show in downtown Mpls & stopped into MacKenzie's for a beer. We asked the bartender to give us something good - he asked, "Every heard of Surly?"

We drank. I almost wept.

Before the Furious experience I'd been dabbling in craft beers, but still spent most of my time with solid old-timers like Sam Adams & Summit. Furious literally changed my beer life. I'd never tasted its like before. After the show we went back for more. My wife liked it as well as I did. Goodbye, Mr. Adams (not that there's anything wrong with Sam Adams, still a respectable beer, especially in places that haven't heard of craft beer!).

It's been in the fridge ever since. It is, and has been since my first taste, my favorite available year-round beer. I hope to find something better someday.

Plenty's been written about Furious - the intense hops, pale orangish color. I love the pinish knocking on the back of the throat, & the all-out hop assault on all quarters of the mouth. My belly feels warm already. I'll savor this one for a good hour.

I love this beer! (1,081 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazed copper. Thin creamy ivory white head that is quite dense. Retention is very good. Lost of nice looking lace is left behind on the glass. Really nice aroma. Fresh lemon zest, grapefruit and other bright citrusy goodness. Underneath lies a nice toasted malt quality. The mouthfeel is creamy. The beer's medium bodied. Alcohol traits are absent. The flavor is nicely balanced. Tilts toward the hoppy side though. Brightly citric with grapefruit pulp and pine sap noted. Nice little lingering bitterness. Hop qualities are quite juicy. And there's some caramel and toffee based malt characteristics giving this beer a foundation underneath. This is quite good, but in my world, it's more of an Extra Pale Ale or IPA than an amber. But hey, that's just me!! What matters is that it's a damn nice brew. (811 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this can in a trade with leftmindedrighty. Thanks Aaron!

This pours from 16oz can a cloudy rusty brown colour with a very small head of foam.

The smell is *very* nice. Caramel malt is there in abundance as is a nice strong hoppy nose.

The taste starts off malty sweet, that caramel is very tasty, and then the hops move in with some grapefruit, some Pine, and a bit of grass and spice and the whole taste becomes very nicely balanced until the near the finish where the hops take over but wait, they don't take over entirely. The actual finish has some sweet malt as well. Wow. And talk about smooth and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is lightly done. Again. Wow and...whoa. I just took my last sip. This puppy disappeared way to quickly! This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had if not *the* best.

Thanks again Aaron! (858 characters)

Photo of cvfish
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a beautiful light bronze orange color that produced a fluffy white head that had a great amount of retention and left a beautiful lacing effect around the side of the glass

S - The aroma produced by this beer is out of this world, a nice bunch of pale malts followed by some great bouquet of floral and citrus hops

T - The taste of this beer is beyond a doubt one of the best tasting IPA's on the market, generous amounts of pale malts, black tea, floral and citrus hops, lots of grapefruits, orange, lemon

M - The mouthfeel of this beer is without a doubt one of the best I have ever tried, medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, perfect for the style

D - By far one of the best IPAs I have ever had, maybe the tea taste is what sets this one apart, but this is one close to perfect beer, I think there is only one other IPA that I enjoy more, only slightly (897 characters)

Photo of jlh8643
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer on recommendation from John Dennis of Dennis Brothers Liquors in Cottage Grove, MN. Comes in a 16oz. alumnium can. Pours a deep copper with a great light beige head in my pint glass. Pine hops and more pine hops welcome my nose. Solid malt body with very balanced bitterness. No harshness for 99 IBU's. Finishes with a great hop flourish. Great beer! (366 characters)

Photo of n8marks
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i just had to chime in with the obligatory A+.

this is by far my favorite beer in the world. it encapsulates everything that is good about my favorite style of beer.

the only knock i would give it, which is reflected in my overall score, is the price. 13 dollars for a four pack of 16 ounce cans?

ouch. (306 characters)

Photo of oneeye
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first experience with Surly. Thanks Jeff, much appreciated!

Tall boy poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours a copper orange with a touch of gold. A glow of amberish orange with a thick white two fingered head. Sticky-icky lacing follows with every sip. Unfiltered and hazy sunshine.

S. The aroma of hops, citrusy hops. Oranges and grapefruits. A floral fragrance as well. Like the pine forest in my old back yard. Toasted roasted malts. Candied sugars or toffee.

T. A well balanced and beautifully blended mixture of hops and malt. Scottish Malt. A unique malt backbone indeed. Citrusy hops, aggressive with all the bitterness. Resinous, oily with lingering hop bitterness. The caramel toffee malt backbone makes the Furious a winner. With it's deep down flavor that pushes the complex hop profile upfront right in your face. DELICOUS!!!

M. The mouthfeel is creamy and chewy. Lots of bitterness amongst the mouth. Oily and resinous with a full body.

D. The drinkabillity is over the top. Surly, surely does not hold back on flavor and bite. A very unique blend of hops and a unique malt backbone. A pleasure to drink anytime, anywhere, and on any occasion. A new favorite for years to come. (1,195 characters)

Photo of DrewHodges
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 3/9/10, although I drink at least a 4-pack of this weekly. poured from can into tall European lager glass.

A-clear, almost reddish brown, very unique rich hue, 1-finger frothy head, half of it stayed around, incredible lacing all the way to the bottom

S-powerful citrus, pine, and noble hops, with honey, can smell this from an arms-length away

T-bursting with fresh hops, intense bitterness, lingering hop flavor, lots of grapefruit, balanced alcohol impact

M-medium bodied, fairly high carbonation, almost chewy

D-could drink all night, one of my Top 10 beers in the world (590 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Hopstoopid120 for this extra

pours dark amber with a 2+ finger head that faded fast an left no lacing

smell - one of the best - this is up there with sculpin dreadnaught hopstoopid

taste - again one of the best - big citrus grapefruit tropical fruits some pine balanced perfectly with sweet carmel malts and a great bitter ashy aftertaste

mouthfeel is good - medium body with ok carbonation - very smooth & creamy

drinkability - how can you go wrong with a beer that tastes this great and has an abv just above 6 (533 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Durty Nellies.

A: somewhat hazy, reddish orange, this particular glass seems more cloudy than I remember it, but either way it looks good.

S: huge citrus hops, reminds me of a tropical drink with hints of grapefruit, orange, pineapple all coming through. At 100 IBUs, the hops smell extremely fragrant but not overly bitter

T: Taste is identical to nose. Huge citric flavors, primarily grape fruit with a nice sweetness. This beer is delicious and is probably the best IPA I have had. I have never experienced such an intense hop profile that is so palatable. There is an interplay between sweet and bitter which balance nicely.

MF: Typical for an IPA... somewhat sticky, medium body

D: I could drink this beer all day. If only cans were available around me. I am fortunate to be able to enjoy this one on draft. (844 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to HogWildLiquor for this one, thanks Cody!

Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness & grapefruit in copious amounts, plus some breadyness as this warms

T: Grapefruit, lemons, & breadyness up front. Biscuitty malt & grapefruit/piney bitterness play well together as this warms. Finishes, dry, with some orange rinds, then the high alpha-acid assault continues, this just exudes fresh hoppyness in balance

MF: Medium bodied, smooth, superb balance

Drinks pretty easy, the bitter has enough malt backbone to balance this out. I could happily session on this one. i think this was little better in the can than the growler, but the growler itself is bad-ass (714 characters)

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass.
Purchased At: France 44

Appearance: Dark amber. Lacing along the glass.

Smell: Very nice hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus appearance in this.

Taste: A very nice tasting IPA. Lots of citrus taste. I was getting a nice orange peel flavor with a little grapefruit as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Spot on carbonation.

Drinkability: The first time I had this beer I wasn't feeling it, but tonight it was absolutely fantastic. I'm going to have to find a place in Madison to pick this up once I move there. (525 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks alot to Supercolter for this one!!!

12oz can into a Pint Glass

A- Poured a Dark golden brown with a thin yet fluffy beige/off white head that left great lacing on the way down

S- Very piney floral hops hit you up front with a hint of citrus and almost orange backround.

T- Much like the smell the raw earthy piney hop flavor dominates but when you get past them the delicious caramel malts create a solid medium body and flavorful backround of this brew.

M- Moderate carbonation tickles the tongue on the way down leaving a decent bitter dryness that makes you want to drink more!

Overall this is an excellent and very flavorful IPA. Probabaly one of the best I've come across so far.

SkÅL! (706 characters)

Photo of arc3636
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - medium copper color with 2+ fingers of head

S - aroma is all hops, citrus and pine stand out

T - like the aroma, hops are again dominant. Still get the sweetness of the malt. Not a balanced beer by any stretch, but both sweet and bitter flavors come through

M - nice and full body

O -this is a great beer, one or my 2 or 3 favorites. (341 characters)

Photo of trill
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of Packforever1976.

Pours a slightly cloudy red, with an off-white head that drops slowly and leaves a ton of lacing. Aroma is a ridiculous level of orange, lemon rind, and caramel; it's floral, almost perfume-like. The taste is full of prickly pine, earth, and some malt that manages to remain very robust without upstaging the hop flavors. Moderate carbonation combines with aggressive hops to really scrub the palate. Despite the intense malt sweetness, it finishes dry and citrusy. (507 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. No canning dates.

Clear, bronze body. Thick and frothy light tan head. It builds a solid defensive cover and doesn't want to go away. Leaves some great lacing on the glass.

Very fruity nose, with aromas of tropical fruit and ruby red grapefruit. Good dose of caramel malts as well. Pine resin hides in the background.

Big dose of pine and grapefruit hops. Floral and full of hop oil. Biscuit and caramel malts merely build a background to showcase the hop flavors. More of the same hop flavors on the finish, with a long lasting bitterness.

This is one of the best single IPAs I've ever had. The only that even comes close off the top of my head is Sculpin. I didn't quite get the hype about this brewery after having Wet and Fest, but now I get a. A wonderful beer. (781 characters)

Photo of HumuloneRed
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried beer at the Craft Brewers Conference in Austin. This was after having a few other beers that had some hops to them. This beer stood out from them all. 16 oz. Can. The beer pours hazy amber pine, citrus, and caramel. When you taste it there is a big hop bite at first that is followed by swirls of pine, orange, and sweet caramel malt flavors. Very nicely done beer. They named it well. (393 characters)

Photo of gloobygloob
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful thick white head atop a copper orange body. unfortunately this was served in a plastic cup and I wasn't able to examine it fully.

Smelled like a pine tree, wonderful. Quite a bit of citrus and slimy hops penetrate your nose and beat it into submission.

Initially you get slammed with bitterness and a bit of carbonation. It finishes a bit sweeter than it starts with some citrus to balance it out nicely.

Mostly just dry punishing bitterness that left me smiling the whole way. I finished my cup slowly, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Would have gotten another one but I had to drive home.

Imagine a mildly carbonated cask aged furious with a pine air freshener in your glass. Delicious (706 characters)

Photo of ballenc
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this stuff for well over a year - don't know why it's taken me this long to review it....

It pours a brown/orangish amber color. One to two fingers of fluffy off-white foam that is very slow to dissipate but leaves a wonderful lace on the glass as it does so. Color is opaque.

I don't know if I've ever smelled a hoppy IPA that fills my nostrils with such heavenly aromas as this beer. While the resiny hops are upfront and forward on the nose, other flavors come out - a bit of bready yeast, caramel malt tones and citrus/floral notes as well. Just the smell of this beer gets your salivary glands flowing.

As with the aroma, the taste is big-time resinous hops as soon as the beer hits your tongue. It has the bitterness (without being numbing) that all good quality IPAs should have. But..as the hop-forward flavor of the beer recedes, a smoothness comes out with s very nice toasted maltiness to add balance on the back end. A touch of sweetness also comes out in the flavor. This just leaves a very well-rounded, balanced taste to linger.

On the tongue, this is a bolder, bigger-bodied IPA than most other beers of this style - it can probably rival many Double IPAs. Not very carbonated which helps the drinkability of the beer. Even though the body of this beer is bold it does not seem heavy on the tongue.

Very drinkable beer that have a high enough ABV that it can sneak up on you. This beer can rival any of the big, hoppy Northwest IPAs I had the pleasure of drinking while living in the Pacific NW. Kudos to the folks at Surly for brewing such a wonderful beer! (1,599 characters)

Photo of corporatejim
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one Hoppy son of a bitch. Enjoyed my most recent last evening at the Old Chicago in Blaine. Guy across the bar said his was the worst beer he ever tasted. Paul and I in unison responded, "Its not for everybody!" LOL

Dark amber pour. Uneven off white head. Lacing is decent. You know what you are going to get right up front from the aroma. Strong Citrus and I sense some floral hop presence.

Nice hop bite, some Malty taste to balance. Medium heavy mouth feel. I love this beer. Very nice job by our friends at Surly. (531 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to franksnbeans for sending his last extra Furious my way. This beer shall be enjoyed in the memory of the late craft beer great, Michael Jackson.

Poured into my Surly pint glass this beer has a massive amount of foam, up to 3 fingers worth of very light brown foam. The beer itself is a nice dark amber color. The aroma has a big malt profile but the juicy hops are the main characteristic of this beer. Big grapefruit and citrus aromas make me want to dive right into this beer. The taste is similar to the aroma with a very clean mouthfeel and a pleasant bitterness. The Scottish malt, as it states on the back of the can, remind me of a hoppy Scotch Ale like Red Rocket, caramel and sticky sweet. This is truly a “moment of pure hop bliss.” One of the best IPA’s I have been able to enjoy, and the best beer from a can I have ever had. Where are the 24 packs??? Now I understand all the rave about Surly. (919 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic orange-butterscotch with a gorgeous infusion of sunset coral red when backlit. A few stray bubbles rise slowly through the hop dust haze to plonk into the underside of a heavily cream cap of pastel caramel foam. Although it isn't quite a lace monster, the array of abstract patterned lace definitely qualifies as eye candy.

The nose is simply out of this world. If anything, it smells even better than I remember (and I remember it as outstanding). First of all, there's a generous amount of caramel malt present, which usually keeps me from loving an IPA's aroma. Not here though. Furious smells like buttery toffee mixed with an avalanche of primarily citric hops that are as complex in character as they are powerfully aromatic. In a word... perfect.

Furious is furiously hoppy, but it's so much more than that. It's rare to drink a beer that is this over the top with bitterness, yet this delicious. I was also going to say drinkable, but only the most hopheaded among us are likely to find that that word applies. Only 99 IBUs? It tastes like at least a hundred to me.

The secret to this excellent India Pale Ale, other than the dizzying amount of hop flavor and hop bitterness, is in the hop bill itself. Who would have thought that a combination of Amarillo, Ahtanum, Simcoe and Warrior would result in a beer with such a broad and deep flavor profile? Caramel covered white grapefruit pith is dominant. Candied pineapple and all manner of fermented tropical fruity funk are present as well.

Another good thing about Furious (among innumerable good things) is that it doesn't taste like any other IPA that I've ever had. With so many versions of the style out there, that's no small feat. Another is that I only need one hand to count the IPAs that are more hoppy. This sucker is punishing... but in a good way of course.

I'm not the least bit surprised that the mouthfeel is on par with the rest of the beer. It's closer to full than to medium (for the style) with a creaminess that is sometimes hard to appreciate with all the tongue abuse that's goin' on. I'm sure it isn't easy to create a beer that is this relentlessly hoppy that is also this supremely smooth in the mouth.

I'm a huge fan of Surly Brewing Company beer. These guys have everything that it takes to compete in the rarified air occupied by the very best American craft breweries. It all starts with vision. The fact that they also have the desire, the dedication and the talent to realize that vision is what will guarantee their success. Furious is pretty damn close to IPA perfection. (2,588 characters)

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.