Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 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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Photo of Duffman
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of cvfish
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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Photo of jlh8643
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of n8marks
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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?


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Photo of oneeye
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of DrewHodges
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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Photo of jsh420
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
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

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,447 ratings.