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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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1,457 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,457
Hads: 5,121
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 1,511
Gots: 865 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% 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 SFC21
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The reserved aroma doesn't come close to preparing you for the huge hop punch about to land on the roof of your mouth. Major grapefruit and piney bitterness that lingers on and on. Some milder notes of tropical fruit, aspirin, and lightly toasted bread. Full bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. No doubt a well made beer. While a little more bitter than I prefer, I highly recommended if you love big hops.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass
A: Orange/amber color with a one-finger head that lingers until the bottom of the glass
S: A deep mix of multiple hops- grapefruit/orange, tropical fruit, pine with a nice toffee/malt backbone
T: Great malt/hop balance. The Scottish malt (can almost taste a bit of peat) forms a nice base then the hops add tropical fruit and citrus
M: Medium+ bodied with a slightly sweet malt underneath the bitter hops
O: Complex and delicious. Fantastic beer

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Photo of Beers-es
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really like this beer a lot. As the 16 oz can says, it's crimson-hued and very clear. Smallish off-white head that doesn't last super long. The first smell is a massive hit of pine, which after a bit moves more into a grapefruit type thing, and later has some dank and just a bit of sweet malt. The taste is like the smell: pine/grapefruit then some bready malt, then a moderately dry pine finish that lasts a long time. Feel is pretty substantial overall, with only just a little bit taken off for a watery middle before the drying finish. This is a balanced and complex beer that is currently one of my favorites. Try it if you can get it!

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. A hoppy session sledgehammer. It's pretty much what you should expect from a world class IPA. Enjoying this fresh in Minnesota makes this beer all the better.

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Photo of 98green
3.51/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Links taproom in Chicago. Pours a brilliant Amber. Not a ton of hops in the nose, more of the malts I think. Taste is plenty bitter, not particularly juicy or bright. Plenty of malt build, so it is on the sweet side. This one is highly rated so I had high hopes, but it is just solid for me rather than remarkable.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one was a little disappointing for me. It had a really nice nose and a beautiful hazy apricot colored pour, but the flavor was not very well balanced. I got lots of bitterness on the finish without enough juiciness from the hops.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.51/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks outstanding. A non transparent copper - amber color with a huge, fluffy tan head that lasts all day.

Doesn't smell like much of anything to me. Some piney hops and caramel malts. Kind of muted aroma.

It tastes bitter and sweet at the same time right off the bat. A little bit of pepperyness and zesty citrus rind. Some pine and toffee follow. Lots of resin in the aftertaste. Very bitter, like aspirin, and drying.

Body is nice. Full, but not filling.

I am going to be way off the median with my score for this one, but the caramel and toffee flavors don't go well with the hop profile. I would swear it was an Imperial Red. Not a great one, but better than an American IPA. I don't find it to be a bad beer. This one just doesn't do it for me though.

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Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Green Mill: This one pours a fairly clear coppery/amber color. There was a small off white head that leaves some lacing. The nose is good. A good mix of pine and tropical fruit hops. Some malts and grain in the background. The taste is very good. A good hop flavor. It is a mix of pine and tropical fruits. A nice balance between all of them. Good malts and grains in the background. This is a keeper.

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Photo of kitch
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 16 fl oz can canned on 8th July 2015 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear copper amber colour with slightly less than two finger white head that leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma: Tropical fruit especially mango, peach and apricot, caramel malt, biscuit and hints of grass and pine.

Taste: Less fruit than I expected. Mainly malt, biscuit, caramel and lasting piney bitterness. Maybe a hint of citrus grapefruit, and its peel, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice IPA. It was a lot less fruity than I expected after taking a whiff of the aromas, but the malty and piney hop bitterness was balanced and very good.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to this beer. At the very least I was incredibly disappointed. Traded for it and just underwhelmed from the get go.

Too malty, not enough hops or the lack of balance of the two.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This tastes a hell of a lot like Nugget Nectar to me. Big piney citrus hits in the nose and the requisite bitterness that comes with it in the flavor. Sides of the tongue will feel the IBUs in this beer. Drinks a little bigger than the 6+% ABV would suggest. Lovely dark amber in color with an orange tinged two finger head. Lots of caramel sweetness, kind of a sweet bready quality in the aroma. Interestingly the sweet smells and flavor don't translate exactly in the mouthfeel. It was more light of body than I had anticipated after smelling and taking my first few sips. Great beer all around, would love to try some more of what Surly has to offer.

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Photo of stouter88
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful beer. The story goes that the brewery didn't really expect to do much with this beer and then the public tried it and couldn't get enough of it. A fantastic IPAish beer. Enjoy!

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Photo of ARoman
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a shaker. Very sweet, potent floral notes, along with ample citrus, cereal and a bit of bread greet the nose. A slightly hazy copper red colored body is topped by a puffy, doughy, light tan / orange head. The retention is okay, with a thick ring and a heavy wispy layer leaving behind a light, messy lacing. The tongue is met with a high level bitter that’s cut nicely by a smooth, velvety, medium high sweetness. The texture is velvety smooth and slick, with a light, fluffy carbonation The medium body is bready with bitter citrus and the finish has a citrus and creamy caramel character to it with some sour cherries, and bubblegum, and a burnt hint and some pine. The aftertaste is not as overwhelming as I would have thought - given the bitterness. It cleans up and consists mostly of a toast dryness and caramel syrup. The aftertaste does linger, but is mostly mellow.

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Photo of RJIV
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can with a canned on date of 8/4/15
Deep copper color. Beer is crystal clear with a white puffy head.
Smells of a piney resin with the hint of sweetness.
This beer is thick, chewy, and sticky that coats not only the tongue but the entirety of your mouth.
The upfront taste is a pungent piney resin. This is immediately balanced with a slightly sweet malt backbone and finishes in a noticeable but not offensive bitterness.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delicious hoppy beer obtained in trade. Was worried about April 27 date, but cans clearly outlast bottles. Was surprised that it didn't have a stronger aroma.

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Photo of rogerdandy
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another one from my friend in Minnesota. This is a really hoppy beer. There is a lot going on inside this can and everything about it is totally awesome. I honestly wish I could get this on the regular.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, at 6.6% ABV, and thanks be to rogerdandy for the donation to the cause. I never knew this brewery had so many awesome-sounding products!

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some layered gear chain lace around the glass as it gently seeps out of sight.

It smells of grainy, lightly doughy caramel malt, somewhat dank pine resin, mixed domestic and tropical citrus fruit, a certain flinty chalkiness, and further leafy, floral, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is gritty, grainy caramel malt, a soft biscuity breadiness, sassy pine needles and their forest floor friends, some lemon, orange, and white grapefruit rind, still heady chalky notes, and maybe a twinge of herbal and perfumed floral acridity.

The carbonation is nice and supportive in its sturdy and yet frivolous frothiness, the body a dense middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops kind of stepping on a few stems and pistils in their traipsing through this particular rose garden. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity caramel seeming to show just a bit more lingering heft than those swirling hop kiddies.

Yeah, this shit is good enough to make me irksome, and perhaps a tad mad that I hadn't yet encountered its pumped-up American IPA goodness. It's always when ya aren't looking, that crazily enjoyable stuff like this falls right into your lap, and even faster down your waiting gullet. Excuse me, I have to go get a bit more riled up with the rest of this tall-boy can.

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Photo of RexInMinn
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking Furious for about five years, and I consider it my 'go to' beer. In my opinion it's the ideal. It hits everything almost perfectly. I tend to prefer a slightly higher IBU, but that's not what this beer is about. It's about balance. I've never been disappointed drinking this beer. It keeps me coming back for more. I'd have rated it higher but I don't believe in perfection. If there is such a thing, Furious comes close.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe I had an old or it is not my style of IPA. Too malty for my taste. Obviously well liked but won't have again. Had high hopes but that's craft beer for ya...

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Photo of tyearby
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer looks great in a glass and has a fantastic aroma! Citrus, pine and more. It is very smooth and flavorful, which makes it easy to have 4-6 of them no problem. One of the best single IPA's in the Midwest! This is probably the third best beer made by Surly, which is crazy!

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Photo of govlady
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber with 2 fingers of head
S - pine, fruity, grapefruit
T - tastes similar to the smell, very malty to me, bitter
M - very smooth, juicy, bitter
O - a pretty good IPA. not my favorite, maybe it was the maltiness of the beer.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A bit too malty for me, but still a very nice IPA. Very balanced with minimal bitterness and focuses on the flavor and aroma of the wonderful hop profile. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice reddish brown with a khaki head on it that fades pretty quick
s - pine, citrus peel - mainly grapefruit
t - lots of citrus peel, mainly grapefruit but also lemon, lime, orange. Lots of pine. Some sweet malts in the background but not specifically caramel/toffee as advertised.
m - medium beer, alc is reasonably covered at 6.6%, aftertaste is pine, bitter
O - I'm surprised at the 96/100. this one drank more like a 88-90/100 beer to me. Main thing being the kind of hop flavor I was getting - more bitterness and astringency than dank/tropical fruit/complex but to each his own I guess.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an amber color with an off white head. good lacing and decent retention. smell is huge amounts of piney citrus. taste follows, with resinous pine dominating the palate with a touch of sweetness. not overly bitter. delicious.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear Amber appearance with a big fluffy head.
I smell a ton of the sweet malt. The hops that come through are great too.
Lots of sweet malt flavor. Love the hop/malt combination in this. Fresh crisp swallow.
Awesome mouthfeel. Medium body. Felt very fresh.
Really liked this beer. Everything I've had from Surly has been enjoyable. Will definitely be seeking more.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.