Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
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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 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)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear but slightly dense auburn brown body with a sticky thick dark beige head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There are strands of tiny bubbles slowly trailing to the surface.
S- the fresh green herbal of hop pellets fills the nose and a slightly grassy finish adds some nice depth to the big fresh hops.
T- The crisp bright green herbal hops have a soft note of toffee and dry malt in the finish but it softens as the beer warms. The biter resin finish has a pleasant pungent note that lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a slight slippery texture with a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has great juicy fresh hops with a faint support of malt and a very nice mouthfeel that compliments it. The hops are big but fresh and not overly bitter, it is all very nicely balanced. (866 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a staple of mine, and I'm supprised I've never reviewed it. The beer pours a deep amber with a gorgeous creamy head that dissapates slowly. On the nose is all hops. Pine and light citrus notes shine through over everything else. The taste is everything that the boquet presents. It starts with a huge presence of pine and citrus, followed with a light finish of toffee. The beer is medium to full-bodied, and the aftertaste remains for quite some time after each sip. Probably one of the most drinkable IPAs I have ever tasted. (535 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to KeefD for this awesomeness in a can.

A - Wow what can I say? I'm a sucker for good head lol. Poured a perfectly clear deep copper amber with a towering 2" white fluffy head that left giant patches of lace and retained wonderfully in my imperial pint glass. Simply spectacular. 5.0

S - This is like someone blended a Christmas tree, grapefruit, and tangerines together and dumped it into a rich amber ale. The hops are quite prevalent, smells amazingly juicy and delicious. Good caramel backbone too. 4.5

T - Tastes pretty much exactly like it smells, but maybe a touch more grapefruit. Or maybe it's unicorn blood. Is unicorn blood hoppy? Whatever it is, it's a heavenly elixir. 5.0

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. 4.5

D - Damn. That's all I have for this. 5.0

Overall - This beer is definitely worth seeking out. Everyone should be able to taste its awesomeness at some point. I'm glad I shared my other can at a beer tasting with some other BA's. (968 characters)

Photo of surlyseth
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was a little skeptical about it coming from a can, but the sticky sweet smell emanating from the popped top was enough to open my mind.
The pour is heavenly. A thick, luxurious head sits atop a beautiful deep, red-rust colored body!
The smell in the glass is even sweeter, with obvious caramel and pineapple. What a combination! What a country!
Taste is Citrus and Carmel as advertised! Oooh it's grapefruity, too! Perfectly balanced with fresh, full hoppiness!
Full feel that gets better and better as it warms. Puckering hops until then.
Drinkability is out-of-this-world. It's too good, really. Dangerously good.
This is my favorite! (638 characters)

Photo of Walletsworth
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I never give a beer a perfect rating but this beer is as close as it gets. Perfect two finger head when I poured it into my chalice. Perfect lacing. The taste is a great hoppy flavor but not overpowering. A slight piney sweet taste and smell. Anybody who can get their hands on this beer definitely should. (306 characters)

Photo of dogger6253
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is beautiful, surprisingly dark. Sort of a honey-amber body with a light, off-white head. Nice lacing left behind and a ring of head that lasts all the way to the end.

Citrus and pine hops, very floral, and very fruity. Smells of grapefruit are incredibly inviting.

Wonderful sweetness gets stabbed in the back by the glorious pine hops. It boggles my mind how a beer can be so sweet and so bitter all together. On top of how bitter this beer gets, the finish is sort of sweet. It's like a dance on the tongue, up and down. Orange and grapefruit, pine and hops, then caramel, then the hops comes back at the end, making you desire your next sip more than your next breath.

I could (and have) drank this beer all night. Full bodied and rich, with a crisp, dryness overall, but a sweet, lingering call of juicy fruit. Low carbonation as well, enough to let the flavors truly assault your taste buds. I feel that the average beer drinker would love this, and the sophisticated beer drinker would kill for some. Each sip brings me a little bit closer to Nirvana. (1,072 characters)

Photo of chrisrhoppe
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can . As soon as the can is opened the sweet smell jumps out and grabs you by the neck. The beer pours a nice 2 finger light amber colored head with adequate lacing, which highlights it’s cooper amber body. The smell is dominated with fresh hop aroma of pine, citrus and unmistakable grapefruit with only a slight hint of malt making it’s way through.
The first sip begins with a roasty sweet malt flavor which develops into a nice bitter pine/citrus bite. As the beer gets washed past the palate sweeter grapefruit and earthy hop flavors prevail with the same delicious roasted amber malt flavor following all the way through.
The flavors linger and linger. Two minutes later I can still taste this beer in it’s full. Why can’t they make toothpaste that tastes as good as this stuff?
Overall there is nothing for me not to like in this beer and very little else to desire. Will definitely seek this one out again. (942 characters)

Photo of kels
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Such a delicious beer! I've had it numerous times, but never got around to reviewing it until now. Poured from the can into my pint glass.

The beer is a coppery reddish-brown. It has good clarity with a light flow of carbonation running throughout. The initial off-white head is about 2 fingers, and it fades to a well-retained 1/2 finger skim of foam, leaving behind tons of very sticky lacing.

One of the best features of this beer is the smell. The hops come through nice and strong - they are earthy, piney and slightly citrusy - more like the rind than the flesh. There's a slight hint of the crispy toasted malts that verge barely on caramel sweetness.

Great taste reflects the fullness of the aroma. The flavor maintains boldness while being surprisingly balanced. The hops are delicious and and even juicy, both citrusy and earthy as in the smell. What I think are simcoe hops dominate the taste. A great foundation of very toasty and slightly caramelly malts supports the hoppiness nicely. The alcohol creeps through a little in the taste, and the feel is nicely, lightly carbonated and mouthfilling.

Definitely one of the most drinkable beers I've had, regardless of style. Wish I could get it regularly where I live. Thanks for the hookup, bamadog! (1,267 characters)

Photo of spoots
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is categorized as an american amber / red ale, but this is the most IPA-tasting american amber / red ale I've had to date. It reminds me of all the great qualities of SN Celebration Ale, but it goes further in every way--better taste, better color, more intense nose. Lordy, is this a great beer.

Anyhow, the particulars. (Served on tap in a pint glass at Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis.)

A - Dusty orange color, with a tight, short head. Little lacing to speak of.

S - Citrus all around. Very hoppy. Smells incredibly fresh--I suppose that's a combination of this being a popular beer with a lot of turnover, and the strong grapefruit component.

T - Astonishing. This is EXACTLY what I want my favorite beer to taste like. It's impossibly citrussy and bitter, and very little malt component to spoil the party. (I am one of those hopheads who are perfectly happy to leave the malt standing on the sidelines sometimes). Do NOT change this recipe, Surly!

M - Sharp, intense, acidic--this beer boils in the mouth and challenges the tongue with complex flavors. Lingering aftertaste. (This is probably not a beer to start a tasting with.)

D - Nuf' said. This is my new beer of choice on tap in the Twin Cities.

Bravo! (1,244 characters)

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,423 ratings.