Furious - Surly Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -28.9%
December-ish canning, Febuary-ish consumption.
Standard pint glass pour. A pretty orange whirlwind as it rolls out. Inch & a half of lumpy light tan head. Not quite clear, but a dusty orange amber. Ugly, sticky glass full of residual once it all settles in place, but I guess that's what we're looking for in an IPA eh? :)
Smell is catty & piercing with alcohol. Sharp radish-like aroma. Hops are of varnish intensity. I know lots of people appreciate that sort of intensity, but it doesn't do it for me unless it's doing more then clearing my sinuses. No big fruit or floral aspects. A touch of rind, but it's very coarse & unwelcoming. From all the reviews, I'm guessing it's awesome straight off the canning line.
Taste is bitter sweet upfront, with dark leafy greens. Sweet honey & cereal grains come in right after turning toasty. Finish is a lingering, dry, acidic rind.
Feel is low to mild carbonation, a touch chalky because of the sediment, & it has a bit of a numbing effect on my tongue as well. Alcohol is a bit of a nuisance.
Not my favorite Surly beer, but it does have some qualities I can see other people being a fan of.
04-17-2010 07:41:32 | More by PEBKAC
3.08/5 rDev -28.9%
Burnt orange colour and a little cloudy, the pour produced a thin cap of tiny bubbles. The aroma was crammed full of pine resin and grapefruit rind, backed up by some tangerine, but a bit of caramel appeared as it warmed. Scorching bitterness, little balance was all I thought on my first sip and things really didn't change. The hop flavour was very resinous with some citrus character, and there was just a faint caramel sweetness that was inadequate to tame the bitterness. A bit of alcohol was present too. Medium/light bodied with average (and appropriate) carbonation and a dry hop finish. There just isn't enough of a malt backbone here to support the bittering hop charge in this beer. Quite harsh - not a complete disaster for me, but not something that I really enjoyed. Thanks for sharing northyorksammy!
12-26-2006 22:12:34 | More by DrJay
3.15/5 rDev -27.3%
Poured from the can into a Sam Adams sensory glass.
A: Pours a slightly hazy brownish orange with a fluffy white head. Mild lacing shows up due to the hop oils and proteins.
S: Resinous, spicy hops with herbal undertones, with some mild orange. Nothing great, though.
T: Mildly disappointing at first - a bit watery. Herbal, bitter, a bit alkaline. There is some spice evident, not any real sweetness in the least. I can't get over the watery taste. As it warms, a bit of malty sweetness is revealed. It finishes clean, but with a bit of alkaline flavor. Some sour tartness shows up in the beginning, bitter in the middle with sparking baking soda and CO2 flavors.
M: Average, fine.... Good carbonation, nice density and thickness.
D: I was so disappointed after all the hype. Just nothing special, no real depth of flavor, and way too much alkaline flavors going on.
03-18-2010 00:33:02 | More by Telix
3.18/5 rDev -26.6%
16oz tall boy can poured into a heady topper pint glass.
Pours a dark amber, almost brown, quite dark for an IPA. Head is small and a nice light brown color. Nose is quite malty and a bit smokey, maybe a bit of sulfur as well, and there are some hops here but it's not killer.
This is unique, it's malty, thick and creamy with that scottish malt taking more of a front seat than the hops. There is a bitter slightly harsh flavor but it's different. There is a bit of an iron flavor as well. Overall, it's something unique and I'm glad I finally got to try it!
03-05-2011 22:51:19 | More by kingcrowing
3.18/5 rDev -26.6%
Drank from a cask at Dark Lord Day 2009
Served in a plastic cup
The beer poured a turbid, orangey-amber color with a small, bubbly cap of off white froth. Within seconds, the head disappeared completely. Chunks of floaties gathered at the bottom of the cup.
The aroma was quite hoppy. Fruity and citrusy with notes of candied orange peel. Semi-sweet caramel malts were noticeable as well.
The taste was rather weak in flavor but quite bitter. Citrus fruits (orange and grapefruit peel) came through strong. Very little malt presence. The resonating finish was piney, dry and super bitter. With each sip, the beer left a rather hot trail down my throat.
The mouthfeel was typical for a cask ale. Quite watery and thin with a super fine and nearly nonexistent carbonation.
Drinkability was poor. The combination of hoppy bitterness, mild carbonation, lack of body and warm-ish temperature made putting down this five ounce pour a real challenge.
This beer was a real disappointment. I have a bias against most hoppy cask conditioned ales (in my opinion, hoppy IPAs and DIPAs generally taste better when they are slightly more chilled than malt dominant brews) and I felt that this one in particular did not work. I love Furious but the Tea Bagged version is too overwhelmingly bitter and one-dimensional for my palate.
05-05-2009 03:05:49 | More by Damian
3.18/5 rDev -26.6%
Received a tall-boy can from TurdFergison in a recent beer trade. Pours a hazy, dark-brownish-amber with lots of quick tiny bubbles, a huge rocky off-white head and some crispy lacing. Lots of caramel malt in the aroma, grain husk, honey oat dinner rolls and hints of dark fruits. Some citrusy, pungent, and spicy hop aromas. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Some caramel malt sweetness up front with some toasted character. Hops flavor is citrus as hell like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. The beer finishes with a spicy bitterness and a flavor like Halls menthol-orange cough drops. I am a raging hop-head but did not love this one. I'm not sure how fresh this can is but I would rate this IPA ok at best.
02-15-2009 04:01:28 | More by SteveO1231
3.23/5 rDev -25.4%
03/11/07- Received in a trade with BA member Truthbrew.
Presentation- 16oz canned brew. No freshness info found on the can. Poured into my imperial pint glass.
Appearance- Chestnut colored pour with a nice 1/2 inch ultra creamy looking white head. Settles at a nice 1/8 of an inch. Above average lace sheets. Looks very tempting.
Smell- Very restrained scent. After shoving my nose into the glass and almost snorting up beer, I really came up with not much at all. Seems as if there is a sugary sweet aspect and maybe some citrus hops.
Taste- Heavy toasted malt base followed by a wicked bitter bite. Kind of sugary, but not sweet enough. Needs more sweetness to pull together. After the malt, which really isn't sweet or caramely, just toasted, all I get is almost flavorless bitter hops. Maybe a wee bit of lemon and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel- Seems a bit watery with a medium level of carbonation. Moderate lingering bitter aftertaste. Maybe a touch creamy.
Drinkability- I had such high hopes for this brew. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anywhere near to what my expectations were. This beer just falls in the middle of the pack of all the IPA's I've tried. Maybe I got a bum can. I don't think I did though.
03-12-2007 03:38:50 | More by GClarkage
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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