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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,284
Reviews: 1,396
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 1,428
Gots: 490 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006)
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Photo of amallen
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an easy pour with a nice dark golden reddish hue.

the smell is fantastic sweet very floral and an under tone of citrus.

taste strong pungent hops, not the taste that matches the smell at all.

it has a soft full mouth feel.

goes down smooth with last night dinner of wings and tots.

amallen, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this, notes from Friday. Canned 02/15/2011.

A- Apple red with some haze and a creamy light tan head. The cap builds to a few fingers in size but retains at about a pinky height. Decent retention and a few nice spots of lace.

S- A big hop presence with a nice balance of pine and citrus/peach notes. A bit of caramel malt and floral presence as well.

T- Hops lend mostly pine with some citrus, floral and fruit notes. Hops are big and up front but there is a nice malt presence as well.

MF- Creamy moderate body with a pretty big hop bitterness and an oily slick feel. Carbonation suits the flavor.

DB- Fairly furious hop bill but still balanced out by a good enough malt profile.

cbutova, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of HosP
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Upland pint glass. Thanks to Fear025 for this nice treat!

A - Pours nice deep amber in color. Off white 2 finger head that leaves solid lacing down glass.

S - Big pine hop aroma up front! Some citrus smell at the end.

T - Very nice crisp taste to this beer. Citrus, grapefruit hoppy flavor up front. Finishes off nicely with a caramel malt backbone. Everything you can ask for from an IPA.

M - Lighter body, with good carbonation. Oily mouthfeel with good bitterness

D - All around solid IPA. Big hop flavor with good balance to it. Could drink a couple of these very easily! Wish I could buy a couple of these a weekend!

HosP, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Great amber color with a nice foamy head, nice retention. Medium dissipation rate, beautiful lacing and sticking on the sides throughout the experience.

S - Piney hops and carmel malts. Nice sweet smelling drink, just a touch of citrus and woody smell.

T - A lot of piney hops at first, gives way to a woody burning. Sweet throughout, the carmel malt backbone comes through nicely. The pine taste tends to start sharp but fade as after a few sips of this. Not a lot of citrus.

M - Creamy and medium bodied. Nice carbonation blends in almost perfectly with the weight of this beer. Syrupy.

D - This one was a sipper for me, drank it slowly. Really couldn't session this.

AgentZero, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of vic21234
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can bottled on 11/4/11. Poured into a snifter.

A- A nice and cloudy dark orange/ amber. Finger's worth of head subsides into a thin film along the top of the glass.

S- Tons of hops- citrus and pine are the aromas I'm getting.

T- Starts off kind of malty, which was surprising for me given the 99 IBUs it packs. Then comes the hops of course, which give a piney resin finish.

M- Medium feel, nicely carbonated. Easy to drink for sure.

I've only been able to get my hands on two of Surly's offerings (Furious and Wet.) Both have been great. This is an easy drinking IPA that is worth a try for sure.

vic21234, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Jeff for picking up a 4 pack of this on his latest road trip which happened to be to Minnesota. Anytime he hits the road, I give him a list and he has yet to fail me. Review is from notes taken on 12/18/2009 and poured from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich caramel/coppery color and starts with a one finger, slightly off-white head that fades toa full skim with some chunkier spots here and there; body is clear and shows moderate carbonation; spotty sticky lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hop bliss... Tons of sticky piney hops followed by a sweet caramel malty backing, exactly what a great IPA should be - tons of hops up front and that firm support of malt in the back.

Taste: Straight up front piney hop bitterness with a very slight caramel malt presence that provides just a minimal amount of balance that really allows the hop bitterness to dominate the flavors as they should; simple straightforward and awesome; there is a slight coppery metallic bite at the end of it, but I can live with that.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth; again smooth carbonation; sticky pine resin leaves a fair coating all over the mouth.

Drinkability: Very high, I could drink this all day if it was available in this area. I can really see why it's in the top 100.

bamadog, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Chico1985
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for a while. Canned 2/15/11.

Pours hazy dark orange, big sticky off-white head retains at a half finger leaving nice lacing.

Nice fresh hop scents - danky pine seems to rule, with some grapefruit and citrus there too. Toasty toffee malt.

As expected from the nose, pine seems to be the dominant flavor, but lots more going on here. Spicy, grapefruit and citrus hops coming through, big malt profile that is somehow sweet, toasty and caramel-y all at once while still remaining quite bitter and hop-forward.

For a 6.2% beer this feels pretty big. Has a very full, super hoppy mouthfeel, maybe a tiny bit of booze bite here and there.

It took me a bit to get used to this one, but I found myself enjoying each sip more and more. The bitterness does start to wear on you after a pint, but definitely one of the more unique and intriguing IPA's I've had.

Chico1985, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can that was filled on 7/6/11. Seriously, 11 days old? Awesome, thanks again for the generous extra care of eagles22. Poured into a standard pint glass at 50 degrees. This brew appears a lightly hazed amber copper color with a finger and a half of yellowish stained fluff. The only thing keeping this brew from being perfectly clear is some faint particulate stuck floating throughout suspension. Big bubbles compose the head that is slow to recede. As the cap fades, thick patches of lace cling to the glass in a complete wall. A light swirl revives the cap back to a half finger that holds throughout the duration.

The aroma of this beer is fan-freaking-tastic. I was picking hops yesterday and this brew smells just as strong as my sticky lupulin stained fingers. Citrus and grass are dominant with a bright note of flowers and fruited quality. Slightly herbal and pulpy with a faint dank character across the back. There is a tiny bit of malty sweetness mingled with the bright hop character that just plays together really nice.

The taste is modestly bitter with herbal and dank hops, lightly grassy laid overtop a toasty malt backing. There is more toasted malt flavoring than there is sweetness but the minor amount of contrasting sweetness that is present has a bit of a caramel touch to it. Very well balanced but lets not kid ourselves, the hops are the star of the show. This brew has an herbal flavoring that mixes to grass and clings inside the mouth with a long drawn-out lingering aftertaste.

This brew is somewhat oily with hop residue coating in the feel. It is medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Overall a well balanced brew and a great take on the style. It puts a smile on my face having something like this poured from a can. The alcohol is well incorporated and packs a punch expected of 6% abv. If you haven't tried this, you need to.

stakem, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Genghis22
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Canned 11-1-10, chilled and poured into a nonic class.

A - Pours a deep caramel amber color. Creamy, slightly off white head.. A little hazy, but not quite cloudy.

S - Delicious hints of pine and citrus. Musty bitterness, and blood orange. Smells like a big IPA. Can't wait to try this.

T - Not as big or bitter as I was expecting. The first sip reveals some orange and clementine like citrus. Sweet and oily. The tongue is then washed clean and left very dry. Bitterness sets in, but is not overpowering. The aftertastes is more sweet citrus. Quite tasty.

M - A little thin for my liking. The body is quite thin, almost watery. Carbonation is a little below standard for my tastes as well.

D - Great sessionable IPA, from a can! I could see this being a regular in my fridge if it were available to me. Very solid IPA, with an amazingly enticing nose. Could drink several of these in a session. Would love to take some of these camping.

Genghis22, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper in color with a creamy off-white head. It leaves a good amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is of juicy, citric hops, grapefruit, with a toasted malt backbone.

The juicy, citric and grapefruit flavors come out in the taste along with the light caramel and toasted malt flavors in the background. It is medium in body and drying in the finish. It is a good ipa, not completely covering its malt backbone, but still the juicy hops take center stage. Nice.

BeerBuilder, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of porterwoobie
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 16 oz can into a standard pint glass.

A: copper/amber color, one finger of head, lace down to the bottom of the pint glass.

S: lots of hops. both citrusy and piney aroma's.

T: very hoppy taste mixed with caramel sweet flavor

MF: just the right amount of carbonation, smooth going down. and my mouth feels like hops.

Drinkability: very tasty brew. lots of hop flavor. i keep on smelling my glass.

porterwoobie, May 07, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber. Pretty opaque stuff, can't really see through it. Attractive with an inch or so head that quickly settles down.

Smell, and taste is surprisingly floral and sweet (it's actually a ferociously bitter beer, but given the reviews I wasn't expected any balance; let alone this much). The hops give it a grapefruit/pine complexion.

One of the better IPAs I've had. Shame I won't come across this more often.

Overlord, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of Brez07
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a Surly pint glass. Both thanks to oach

A: Translucent, motionless amber hue with a 3 finger fluffy off white head. Some thin lacing around the glass

S: Grapefruit, melon, orange... a citrus fruit medley if you will. Mixed in there is some caramel malt and pine

T: Fruit takes a little bit of a back seat to the hop bitterness and malt. Definitely still get some grapefruit and orange

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat juicy if that makes sense. A little bitterness lingers on the tongue in between sips

D: Well, this is probably one of the better IPAs I've had. Very well balanced. Each sip leaves you wanting more. Could drink a few of these easily

Brez07, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of jraycee
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully into my glass from the Surly can. Nice slightly cloudy reddish amber with a big foamy head.
Smell is big hops to yo face! Grapefruit, pine, brown sugar notes.
Taste is more piney than citrusy with a nice toffee malt backing.
Mouthfeel is good for the style with a nice clean finish.
Drinkability is great. I am very happy with my first tasting from Surly, thanks to OHLRangers for the trade.

jraycee, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of bbothen
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep caramel color with a frothy off white 2 finger head.

Smells of earthy, grassy hops with a faint toffee/caramel sweetness. Smells great.

A flavor feast. Citrus & earthy hoppiness, plenty of sweet caramel flavors to balance things out. Tastes fantastic. I likey.

Medium to full bodied, sticky, cloying, smooth, lingering hoppineess.

Drinkability is great. Tons of flavor in a sub 7% brew.

I wish I could get this reguarly. Delicious brew. Best beer from a can I've had.

bbothen, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of koopa
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can received as an extra in a trade.

Appearance: Iced tea with a 2 finger frothy beige crown that has some retention and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit, a nice caramel toffee malt, and some pine.

Taste: Caramel malt is present through the entire sip. Grapefruit not so dominant in the flavor profile. Some bitterness and notes of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Thin and well carbonated but still a touch chewy....kinda strange but not bad.

Drinkability: I'm not digging the flavor profile very much but the mouthfeel really makes this one drinkable.

koopa, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep clay orange/slight amber body, finger head, good lacing

S: peach/pineapple, deep forest pine, malt,

T: great long oily bitter pine finish

M: med body, slight sticky/oily mouth

O: Heard so much about this beer, had to get it
and try it for myself. Order it on-line and it
delivered. Great to see a fine IPA in a can
from the Great Lakes. Well done, Surly.
I will seek out this beer again and look forward
to trying more of their brews.


BeerLover99, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of BTPete
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

recieved a couple cans from BarrytheBear in a trade. Thanks. Drank this one solo and will share the other with a hophead friend.

Can poured to pint glass.

A: Copper with a centimeter head, tons of bubbles flowing through this one.

S: Citrus and pine hop aroma. Very strong, very enticing. Can't wait to sip this one!

T: Once again citrus and a little pine up front. Ends bitter in my mouth. Not a bad thing at all. Very hop driven obviously so I can't say it's balanced but it's a big hop beer.

M: Active and bubbly, semi dry, med bodied.

D: Very good and drinkable. I could put a few of these away and be very pleased. Wish this beer could be obtained locally and not just by trade.

BTPete, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of brewdub17
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light amber makes up the base, while traces of copper can be found in the areas with more light density.

Smells: Sweet but spicy smells protrude though a spectacular wave of citrus and floral hop characteristics.

Taste: A full body is covered with spicy, citrus flavors that come from the high, but not at all overpowering IBU level.

Mouthfeel: All different types of flavors cover separate areas of the mouth to combine a great malty but spicy flavor. spectacular combination.

Drinkability: A medium ABV and huge amounts of flavors make it hard to go through great quantities. However, you cannot stop at two or three, too great of a beer.

Thanks Omar,

brewdub17, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of dmfrench
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel malty, complex hoppy dIPA/Red hybrid.

A: Lovely deep pumpkin colored body, yeast chunks, and a two finger but quickly settling off white head that leaves just a bit of lace.

S: Very much larger than the ABV would suggest. Big, fat buttery caramel malt foundation upon which a shit ton of hops is laid... grapefruit, pine, tea, spice, floral... it's all there. I'd be pleased if this was the nose of a DIPA, so for a mere 6.2% brew, it's just fantastic.

T: Wow... much darker and rounder than I had expected. Hop bitterness still dominates, but malt is definitely up there. Tea and floral notes are the primary hop contributions, with spices and pine receeding and citrus almost non-existant. I think this is probably a freshness issue (date on bottom is smudged - not older than four months is all I can tell), but I was hoping for the more explosive hops that other reviewers cite.

M: Perfect weight and texture, perhaps a bit over carbonated.

O: My first good beer from a can! It was a bit surreal pouring this thing and being greeted by such an inviting aroma, having no experience to draw on but cans of BMC. Freshness aside, I can tell that this is amazing beer; the fact that it recieves such a high score while being compromised by freshness it a testament to that. Will have to seek out a fresher can.

dmfrench, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of LSUPT
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/26/2011, courtesy DearthVader
This beer is absolutely gorgeous. After pouring most of the 16oz can into my new Duvel Tulip, thanks again Brian, I am left with an immaculate 3” beige head that lingers for what seems like forever, and it leaves thick clumps of lacing and leaves behind a nice pillow of foam. The medium brown hue with a red tint is darker than most but still pretty with good clarity.
The description on the can is right on for the smell. Mostly getting pine and toffee sweetness in the nose with a bit of grapefruit. A bit weaker nose than I expected but while mild the smell is quite enjoyable.
Strong pine in the taste with an excellent malt backbone. The darker malts balance this beer perfectly. Personally I expected, and maybe could have used, a bit more bitterness but it is close to perfect. The pine and citrus fight for dominance and the resulting taste is awesome. This is one that gets better with every sip.
Medium carbonation with a decent mouthfeel, only a minor drawback to this beer.
This was my first Surly offering and it did not disappoint. Truly a great IPA.

LSUPT, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of capra12
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed at the day of Darkness on tap.

Appearance: Amber brown and orange with 1 finger of head.

Smell: Piney/ simcoe hops

Taste: Opens with bitter hops but piney hops come in the middle to the end which finishes smooth leaving a mildy piney hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to mideum bodied with minimal carbonation and smooth

Drinkability: I would definitely recommend this to those who enjoy a piney hop and mildly malty brew.

capra12, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of imagineiii
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into imperial pint glass. filled to the top with an inch or so of fluid off white head. recedes rather fast. great lace. brilliant amber hue.

hop oils on the nose are great. grapefruit rind, pine sap and bright citrus fruit. doesnt jump out of the glass but is still very focused.

hop character of this beer is marvelous on the palate. its bitter and grassy while still being balanced. malt character is understated, further highlighting the hops.

mouthfeel is soft with a firm hop backbone. hop bitterness is pretty grassy in the aftertaste.

drinkability is moderate with a slight cloying aftertaste. overall, one of the best IPAs Ive ever had that is regularly available.

imagineiii, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Pahn
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA shufon for including this as an extra in a recent trade; really glad to finally try this beer outside of a palate-confusing festival context.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving rocky mounds and webs of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent red orange and leaves occasional peaks and islands of lacing.

Smell: Piny hops with a little background citrus. Nice, refreshingly effervescent smell. With warmth, the prominent malt yields various fruity and candy store aromas; plum, fig, caramel, with some pineapple-y hops still sticking around and a piny undercurrent. Nice.

Taste: First sip: pine and lots of malt. Lingering piny hop flavor and bitterness in the finish.

What started as an almost unpleasantly juicy/watery feel blossoms into an excellent bitterness and dryness... the feel really elevates this beer. The beer is extremely hop forward in terms of bitterness; it says 99 IBUs (about as bitter as beer can get from hops), and you can feel it. However, the bitterness isn't harsh or sharp... it's great. Perfect level of dryness as well, with a more or less endless aftertaste--this beer basically takes up residence in your mouth.

The flavor itself is very good too. Fair amount of piny hops, but the star is the uniquely deep and flavorful malt character (for an american IPA--and the particular hops and level of bitterness definitely place this beer squarely in that category). The malt yields toffee and cookie up front, with the same sort of figs and caramel notes from the nose. Kind of reminds me of Lagunitas Old Gnarlywine.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied and juicy. Moderate carbonation. Heavy, mouth dominating bitterness and a fair amount of dryness. The mouthfeel makes this beer. It's very assertive, and brings all the disparate flavors into an enjoyable harmony.

Overall: I can see why this beer is a crowdpleaser. Lots of bold flavors from both the hop and malt side of the beer spectrum, and a really outstanding mouthfeel. Would be very easy to drink a lot of this beer.

I especially like how prominent and barleywine-like the malt flavors are, without even approaching "too sweet". A very unique and well put together beer. If west coast IPAs are dry citrus-and-pine bitterness bombs and east coast IPAs are sweet and complex malt bombs, Surly Furious is the best of both worlds.

Pahn, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of kingjohnh
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

kingjohnh, Oct 03, 2014
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,284 ratings.