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Furious - Surly Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3469
Reviews: 1351
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006)
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New York

4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a huge foamy head. Malt forward on the nose with caramel and toffee notes. Lots of pine and citrus hop aromas. Pine and grapefruit pith bitterness on the front of the palate balanced by the strong malt backbone. Full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes bitter and a bit dry. Overall, even though it's a bit maltier than most IPAs, the hop profile will satisfy the heartiest hop head out there! Well crafted and quite tasty. Great job, Surly.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 22:37:23 | More by JohnG190
Photo of KFBR392


4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a heavy thickness for an IPA with a ruby red color. Above half a finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Sticky lacing left behind with each drink. What I really love about this brew is the suspended sediment with this brew, even ultra fresh. Part of the beer and it looks awesome.

Smell: A ton of malty sweetness jumps out right away. Caramel, molasses, maple syrup, a sugar. Earthy, medium to heavy hop body evens out the sweetness. The aroma is so potent and upfront and yet finds a way to be wonderfully balanced and delicious.

Taste: Sweet malt body like the aroma presents itself up front. Brown sugar, sticky molasses, and rounded caramel attack that palate. Once they run their course, a seem less transition is made to a lingering bitterness of punishing hops blasts through. The sweetness of this brew continues to shine through on the aftertaste with plenty of hop bitterness sticking around.

Mouthfeel: Probably the heaviest mouthfeels of thick malty tones and bitter hops I have ever had out of a single IPA.

Overall: An amazing single IPA. As much complexity, taste, and aroma as any IPA out there, doubles and triples included. My first Surly offering and needless to say I look forward to much more.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 03:31:31 | More by KFBR392
Photo of JohnnyMc


4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting to try this!!

Pours out a deep amber/copper color with 3 fingers of off-white head.

The aroma is packed with citrus, pine and earthy hop notes. There is a decent malt backbone here with bready, caramel and toffee notes too.

The taste is also hop forward, but very balanced. There are strong amounts of orange, some tangerine and pine hop notes. There is a slight floral character to it as well. This flows into the big malt backbone with tons of caramel, toffee and biscuit notes.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp. Very easy to drink.

A solid IPA, but nothing that will blow you away. Very easy to drink because of the balance between bitter and sweet. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 21:01:51 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of mindspin315

New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Victory Hop Devil Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Medium sized , off white...borderline tan head. Deep murky hop haze with some carb bubbles streaming up the sides of the glass. Hues of mahogany, orange, and amber.

Smell: Big aromatic floral IPA...and grassy. Light fruit hop notes of orange peel and lemon. Mild spice from the hops and a touch of caramel sweetness from the malts.

Taste/Feel: The floral aspect is very predominant in the flavor. A bit of green tea like earthiness both in the flavor and the dry finish makes me think I'm drinking tea. Sweet toffee malt flavor sticks around on the tongue. Some breadiness, caramel notes, pine, citrus peel/zest (lemon/oranges), and rye spice.

Overall: This beer is totally an East Coast IPA from the Mid-west. Although with the varieties of hoppy beers coming from anywhere nowadays it doesn't seem to matter all that much for the classification. I find this IPA to really integrate hops and malts well. Normally a too malty IPA over takes the hops and steals the show in a bad way...I don't enjoy that style of IPA. Here it is done in harmony...with a great floral, hop spice, and citrus peel aroma/flavor riding right along with the malts. This drinks so well and I could have multiple pints without even realizing it. Surly does hops right!


Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 05:26:42 | More by mindspin315
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District of Columbia

4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
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 ;).

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 00:02:59 | More by MNishCT77
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a can into a Bellhaven pint.

Appearance- Clear amber with one finger of head. Good lacing.

Smell- Piney hops, some mild fruity hops, earth. Very herbaceous.

Taste-Piney bitter hops. Nice malt backbone to smooth it out. Not very fruity, much more earthy hops.

Mouthfeel- Light body with smooth carbonation. Very sessionable.

Overall- This is a nice IPA with a very light body.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 17:39:37 | More by Seanniek91
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a very light tan head. The head really fades quickly. Very fresh, inviting pine nose with some grapefruit breaking through. The mouthfeel is better than average for this style. Quite wet throughout despite the hop presence. Very reminiscent of PtE. Mown grass, tons of pine, and some grapefruit comprise the flavors. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 05:05:51 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of Etan


4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can sent to me by Will. Thanks!

A: Pours caramel-colored with a nice off-white spongy head.

S: Plenty of pine, citrus, and sticky caramel in the nose.

T: Significantly drier in the taste, with lots of grassy bitterness, some mild notes of orange and mint, and a good amount of grainy malt behind.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty refreshing IPA. A bit too dry for me but still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 17:36:22 | More by Etan
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 16-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” date on the bottom of the can is “08/03/12.”

Appearance: Poured into a nonick pint glass. The color is ruby copper. Two fingers of eggshell/lightly tanned head dissipated to leave a thick ring around the edge and a thin lacing.

Smell: It has a nice, citrus hoppiness but is also well-balanced. Grapefruit, lemon, orange, and herbal hops, but there is also a caramel base with toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: It mostly mirrors the smell. Invigorating citrus — grapefruit, orange, and lemon — is compliment by grassy hops, pine, caramel, toffee, and bready malts. It has a pretty dry, metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: It is quintessential American IPA from the North Star State.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:53:23 | More by TheQuietMan22
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade from a great midwestern BA'er. Many thanks!

Canned 3/7/2012
Poured a murky brown that was vitrually non-translucent with a floatie debris field throughout! Produced a small eggshell white head that fleeted to an inconsistent lacy layer around the glass. It has a respectable citrus aroma but heavy on the piney side of the hop spectrum. Malts? If existent, I'm not noticing much. Tastes are, well, pretty damn hoppy. A great amount of bitterness. For a hophead, my lips are sizzlin' and who's complaining? Not this guy. As in scent, malts are vague. The mouthfeel is excellent! This reminds of a Mikkell "1000 BU" brew or the like. The 6.20% abv is alarmingly low. This could easily pass as an 8%+! Great beer. I think I like it a bit better than the Surly I tried, understandably they are slightly different styles. Worth a try!


Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:50:03 | More by rmcnealy
Photo of cradke


4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark for an IPA. Crimson and amber. Pours a great head with some streaming carbonation from the bottom.

Smell: Lots of pine, some orange and other citrus notes.

Taste: Lots of bitter hops up front with a great malt backbone. Starts bitter but ends with some great sweet notes. The malt vs. hop profile is really spot on for an IPA. A little bit of alcohol but it compliments the bitter hop profile well.

Mouthfeel: Really great mouthfeel. A good amount of carbonation. Very light, almost foamy. Definitely one of the highlights of the beer.

Overall: A great IPA. I enjoyed the great hop profile but equally enjoyed its unique malt profile. The mouthfeel is fantastic and the beer evolves in the glass. There is a great sweetness at the end that lingers in the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 05:34:07 | More by cradke
Photo of climax


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on a Surly; Furious gets my v-card. It begins by pouring a faintly murky amber hue. The head is good as well as retention.

99 IBU's... no kidding. Savage grapefruit, lemon grass, and pineapple flavors whack the nostrils from the hop side of things. The balance between herbal grassy tones and sweet juicy fruit flavors is very good considering the intensity of both. As far as malt goes... er, well it doesn't really matter; it's in there somewhere.

Resiny pine and bold grapefruit are at the forefront, with a little bit of sweeter citrus flavors lingering around. The hop flavors are really snappy and refreshing, it seems garden fresh. Considering the hop intensity, the way the malt comes through in the mouth is certainly more noble than the nose. Toasty biscuits and a dash of sweet caramel round things out well.

The feel is very nice and crisp, however the carbonation never seems overly sharp or fizzy. The body is fairly light actually, but there's too much flavor going on to drink hastily. Finish is nice and dry, begging for persistent drinking.

Everything is put together with extreme passion. The hop profile is fresh, bold, and complex. It toys with an imperial line, but the bottom line is that this is one ass-kicking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 00:22:50 | More by climax
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4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How the hell have I never reviewed Furious??? The flagship brew of the flagship Minnesota brewery??? If there was a Minnesota State Craft Brew, it would be furious. Must remediate.

Pours cool, clean amber, with a finger plus of amber. Smell is a good hit of hop, pine, citrus, and a little bit of candy. Taste comes more hop forward, malt nowhere to be found, but the spice of the hops manages to not overpower. Resiny thickness contributes to the drinking experience. Awesome.

A+ beer if you are like me and refuse to accept the numbering system.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 15:17:40 | More by lurpy1
Photo of indesertum

New York

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

atypical rich dark red amber color. nice pillowy head. most of it dissipates quickly but nice layer on top.

incredible piney, grass, citrus, flowery nose. almost as nice as flower power.

everything on the nose, but with out with a nice malty sweet backbone to it. good balanced bitterness.

under carbonated. rich mouthfeel.

overall a damn delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 23:50:30 | More by indesertum
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3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

canned on 10/13/2011.

poured into tulip.

Appearance: Amber orange bodied beer with a 2 fingers head. Moderate lacing sticking to side of glass. This beer has some floaties suspended in the beer.

Smell: Very Piney and lots of grapefruit. maybe even some pineapple. Decent nose.

Taste: high end of moderate bitterness from hop profile. You dont get alot of the malt profile from this beer. Pine and grapefruit dominate the hops profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and biting bitterness without being over the top.

Overall: Nothing too complex here; the beer is all business...hops are the business. its a great beer for hopheads to seek out!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:50:13 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of cwguy5

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks marine1975 for a share of this!

A - dark copper, amber color with slightest haze; light tan thin head that faded to a wisp with decent lacing all the way down the glass
S - floral, citrus, light toffee and faint bread/pale malt
T - tangy citrus and pale malt up front; sweet aftertaste
M - on the thin side with crisp, moderate carbonation
D - great beer; i could session this one pretty easily; light on the palate while maintaining some body; very easy drink

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 04:58:53 | More by cwguy5
Photo of Jeffo


3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of chewy08rx in a recent trade. Thanks for the brews man!

From a 500ml can into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium-thinner looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head is kind of bubbly and chunky, slowly fading to a bubbly wisp and leaving some immediate chunky lacing on the glass. A cloudy burnt orange with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Starts out lousy, but finishes up strong.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, with plenty of citrus fruits. Pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel in there as well. Medium strength and very enticing for sure.

TASTE: Some pale malts up front, but not much initially really. Light grassy notes with caramel, but the flavors, and especially the hop profile, really come out after the swallow. Citrus fruits with grapefruit and orange peel, and lots of lingering bitterness after the swallow. Bitter, citrus aftertaste is bold and lingering, with a touch of sweet caramel as balance. Needs a bit more flavor upfront, but definitely great after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Nice feel.

OVERALL: Another enjoyable brew by Surly. These guys never cease to impress. This one needed a more impressive head and a bigger flavor presence before the swallow, but the look eventually came around and the post-swallow apocalypse certainly fit the bill. I’d take Abrasive over this one nine times out of ten, but I wouldn’t turn down another Furious anytime soon. Thanks again for sending one of these chewy08rx.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 13:15:51 | More by Jeffo
Photo of doughanson78


4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned 6/7/11. Big thanks to 67couple for this one. First Surly beer.

A: Dark amber in color. Very clear. One and a half finger, bery rocky, slightly off white head. Great retention and Awesome lacing.

S: Very citrusy. Grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine. Slight piney aroma also. Very nice caramel backbone.

T: Sweet caramel up front. Fruity/citrusy/piney hop bitterness in the middle. Caramel starts to come back in the finish but the amazing hops continue to linger for a while. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy. Low to medium carbonation.

O: WOW! Awesome beer. Easily compared to a fresh Pliny. As I say, I usually give Pliny as extras in trades, because I can always find a decent alternative. Wish this was readily available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:47:59 | More by doughanson78
Photo of elgiacomo


4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz canned June 9, 2011. Served at around 45F. Big thanks to Ryan for this one!

Pours lightly hazy red/copper with a two finger off white head that leaves some impressive rings of lacing and recedes to a light cap. One of the darkest IPAs I’ve seen.

Aroma is heavy on the pine and grapefruit rind citrus notes, a bit dank, some caramel and bready malt but the hops take center stage. Very good strength.

Flavor starts with intense grapefruit citrus, a good dose of pine, some resinous hops, moderate bready malt backbone with a wave of strong bitterness. There is something on the finish that strikes me a little off...probably the malt, although it doesn't ruin the beer it does keep it out of my personal upper echelon of IPAs.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very good carbonation.

Damn. Intense stuff! Grapefruit and pine bomb.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 00:36:48 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of stimulus

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear deep amber with a one finger beige head.
S: Pungent piney hop goodness with a slightly sweet malt background.
T: Vibrantly hoppy and piney, bitter as can be, finishes with a solid malt base.
M: A bit sticky, great carbonation, medium bodied.
O: Reminds me a lot of Green Flash West Coast IPA and Avery DuganA IPA. That being said, it is slightly over the top in the hop category, but it works very well since it falls back on some caramel malt. I can't wait to try Abrasive sometime!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 22:52:04 | More by stimulus
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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter...

Big thanks for Jeremy2027

Appearance-Caramel brown. One finger off white head with nice retention. Minimal lacing.

Smell-Amazing. Huge pine notes, light floral notes. Along with big time pineapple, grapefruit. Nice strong hop aroma. After about five minutes I really started picking up the caramel malts. Incredible aroma. Top Notch.

Taste-I'm in between a 4.0 and a 4.5. Not conclusive evidence so went with a 4.0. Big citrus and pine. The Caramel malts really come out in this one. Nicely balanced. Would like more hops in the taste, was it dry-hopped?

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, a tad bit thin. A little overly carbonated. Yet refreshing.

Overall-Had a 8oz pour, then had a full glass. The aroma on this beer is rediculous. Could use a little less carbonation and a some more hops in the taste. Overall a great American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:49:40 | More by SWMeyer4141
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from therobot. Canned 3/8/11. Into a NB Globe.

A: Quite a bit darker than most IPAs, nice deep copper color with a dense, rocky, light tan colored head that is about an inch thick and slowly recedes leaving huge gobs of lacing on the side of the glass. Fairly cloudy.

S: Nice big citrus hop profile with a nice juicy smelling hop flavor. Not really much else beyond the huge hops, but that's okay. I really like the way this smells.

T: Again, nice hop profile as well as a bit of toasted malts follow the initial hop burst. A touch of caramel finishes everything out and finishes with a respectable bitterness. Really an interesting IPA with the slight but very noticeable amount of roast in as well. Not as loaded on the hops as I'd thought, nice balance. Tasty.

M: Excellent here, a decent amount of body, perfect carbonation and fairly dry. Exactly how an IPA should be.

O: Not a bad beer at all, and glad to try it. Really enjoying this one, and hope that I can get some more. So far nothing disappointing from Surly at all.

Thanks Dan!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 20:45:02 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can, served at 46 degrees in a room temperature glass.

There's ton of hype for Surly, solid beers, but you can only drink one or two, the ultimate session beer I spose.

A - Beautiful, rusty orange, lacy cream head
S - HOPS, super light citrus nose
T - HOPS, it's super hoppy, furious indeed, I can barely taste any malts, maybe a little grainy
M - Really pleasant, kind of crunchy almost
D - Session beer, serve slightly chilled, not quite basement temp

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:38:44 | More by yaegerje
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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brwon/rose with slightly off white head and great lacing the whole way down.

The smell is very sweet but of mainly pine at the same time.

The taste is of pine, straight up bitter, and very slight biscuit on the back but only for a second. Also alcohol makes its appearance somewhere along the way.

I LOVE this beer and wish it was available in Ca and I enjoy the fact that its 6.2% so if I had more I could drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 04:12:03 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of TKEbeerman


4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pour dark for an IPA of this caliper. Rustic orange with a large white-capped head. The head is firm and refuses to dissipate past 1in thickness.

S: Furious is loaded with super piny and citrus hop aroma explosions. Backed with a sweet caramel malt presence.

T: The flavor is simply up there with the best IPAs on the top 100. This is a final example to beer drinkers and brewers alike as to what a world class IPA should taste like. Fresh distinct bitter hop flavors of grape fruit and pine with a smoothing malt backbone that adds notes of toffee with a small amount of roast.

MF: Mouthfeel is full, rich, creamy. Carbonation tickles the tongue. This thing is a beauty.

D: Drinkability is outstanding. There is no undesirable hop reminisce left on the tongue. This brew is refreshing and pallet clenching.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 00:44:12 | More by TKEbeerman
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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,469 ratings.