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Furious - Surly Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3478
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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Photo of Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Jake Melnick's, Chicago, Illinois.

Came in a goblet pint. Nice cloudy amber colour with slow dissipating head.

Not the most aggressive aroma, but nice. Hoppy but there is a definite muskiness. It's like a stale IPA aroma. This tap was fresh, but it's not comparable to hoppy West coast IPA's

Great taste...Bitter, for sure, but the aromatic flavours are lacking slightly. I'm not gonna deny it's IBU's bitterness, but it isn't as flavourful as other IPA's's

Mouthfeel and Drinkability were hindered because it was slightly musty. This is a hoppy monster but there is a "dirty" flavour that comes along with it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2009 02:31:50 | More by Hornet2003
Photo of dudemuskie


3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed cask conditioned pint during a special meet the founder night at Sheffields in Chicago!

App- Hazy, deep orange/light amber color with a big, creamy, persistent 2 finger head.

Aroma- Loads uf bright citrusy hops backed by a slight, caramely sweetness. Aroma is refreshing in itself. A hint of noticeable alcohol, but not hot or solvent like.

Flavor- More hops! Loads of citrus (candied orange and orange peel), hints of grassy green hops, and a touch of nicely balancing sweet caramel malt rounds off this delightful IPA.

Mouth- Low CO2 from cask conditioning and a bit of a dry-ish finish keeps you coming back for more...hops linger in this dry but slightly sticky finish. Great IPA and highly recommended if you can come across it on cask (especially in the summer time)!

Serving type: cask

11-21-2009 21:04:24 | More by dudemuskie
Photo of beerwolf77


4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to enjoy this beer at the Firkin in IL thanks to my buddy Andy for the short road trip.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a burnt orange color with an enormus creamy beige head that sits about an inch high. As I slowly drool and wait for the beer to settle a bit it leaves plenty of lace around the rim.

The aroma is a pleasant boquet of grapefruit and pineapple along with floral hops and pine sap. It smells so inviting I can't wait to take a gulp.

The flavor is superb. Sweet and sour pineapple and grapfruit along with just enough bitter hops to tantalize the tongue. Some malt comes in on the finish to holster the pure hop madness. Making this a well balanced beer.

The body is medium with a just enough carbonation to keep it lively. Slightky sticky but not over the top.

Overall a great session beer for hop lovers. I could easily pound a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2009 13:18:06 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of MisterTiat


4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish color, head retention is good

S: Hops slap you in the face, nice fruity smell and not completely overpowering

T: Hops, hops, hops. Citrus, grapefruit, tastes like a Summit EPA on steroids. Palate is cleansed after this one.

M: Decenty sticky

D: No problem drinking as much of this stuff as you want.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2009 05:07:55 | More by MisterTiat
Photo of homebrew311


4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Durty Nellies.

A: somewhat hazy, reddish orange, this particular glass seems more cloudy than I remember it, but either way it looks good.

S: huge citrus hops, reminds me of a tropical drink with hints of grapefruit, orange, pineapple all coming through. At 100 IBUs, the hops smell extremely fragrant but not overly bitter

T: Taste is identical to nose. Huge citric flavors, primarily grape fruit with a nice sweetness. This beer is delicious and is probably the best IPA I have had. I have never experienced such an intense hop profile that is so palatable. There is an interplay between sweet and bitter which balance nicely.

MF: Typical for an IPA... somewhat sticky, medium body

D: I could drink this beer all day. If only cans were available around me. I am fortunate to be able to enjoy this one on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2009 03:30:54 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Vonerichs


4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a rusty reddish brown with a decent head and average lacing.

Smells of pine and grass were the first to hit my nose with light citrus hops resembling tangerine that follow.

The pine and fresh cut grass are the primary hop profile. Very pungent and fresh tasting. There's a solid malt backbone to keep it somewhat balanced.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, and very bitter. There's a resinous sticky residue left behind on my palate.

Great tasting and very fresh. No problems with drinkability here.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 03:32:24 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of botham


4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Sheffield's in Chicago. pours a fiery amber color with a solid finger of tight, light tan head that leaves solid lacings and has great retention.

aroma is of distant spiced and piney hops with a base of bready malt and distant caramel. pleasant in the nose.

taste is more of the same with a rich character of dry and spiced hops that give way to a piney aftertaste. solid on the palate with a fresh character. the base comes out after a bit of warming as caramel and some distant amber-like notes.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry texture and a bitter finish. solid.

drinkability is great. well proportioned and solid through and through. no complaints about this one. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 21:29:10 | More by botham
Photo of gloobygloob


4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful thick white head atop a copper orange body. unfortunately this was served in a plastic cup and I wasn't able to examine it fully.

Smelled like a pine tree, wonderful. Quite a bit of citrus and slimy hops penetrate your nose and beat it into submission.

Initially you get slammed with bitterness and a bit of carbonation. It finishes a bit sweeter than it starts with some citrus to balance it out nicely.

Mostly just dry punishing bitterness that left me smiling the whole way. I finished my cup slowly, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Would have gotten another one but I had to drive home.

Imagine a mildly carbonated cask aged furious with a pine air freshener in your glass. Delicious

Serving type: cask

11-03-2009 14:05:40 | More by gloobygloob
Photo of tigg924


3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: pine dominates with a pinch of citrus hops and a small amount of toffee malt towards the end

Mouthfeel: moderately smooth, medium bodied, bitter

Drinkability: Due to the high concentration of hops, I think two is my max per sitting. This is a sipper, but a tasty one. I will look for this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2009 16:14:22 | More by tigg924
Photo of pmccallum86


5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

EDIT: Some individual just merged Tea Bagged Furious with regular Furious. This review is for Tea Bagged Furious.

Had on cask at Darkness Day 2009. "Tea bagged" with simcoe hops.

Appearance is a dark red golden hazy bubbly body with a thick large head.

Smell is of piney simcoe hops, heavily, and a caramel malt aroma.

The taste is of hops, lots of hops. Piney simcoe and grapefruit smack you in the mouth and say man up bitch! Sweet complex malt undertones compliment the hops amazingly.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel with bitterness that endures on the tongue.

Very drinkable for such an envelope expanding beer, so good. best IPA in the world.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2009 04:48:59 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of jera1350


4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to sample this fine brew at Darkness Day 2009. Deep copperish red color with a nice layer of tan foam. Smells of pure hops. Citrusy and piney. Comparing the taste to regular Furious, this has a larger hop profile and a lesser malt profile. Hops dominate. Sweet and bitter citrus and piney hops slap the tongue silly. Smooth as can be and soft on the palate. Hops can overwhelm a bit so drinkability is good. A nice variation to an outstanding IPA.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2009 02:07:55 | More by jera1350
Photo of capra12

New York

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 21:40:58 | More by capra12
Photo of Dotcubed


4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on saturday's darkness day, I'm reciting from memory.

Got served in a plastic cup, I didn't think to bring my own glass or enough cash money to buy one. Looked like a hazy orange IPA. I usually buy bender of cynic ale so I thought it was going to be redder. More fragrant than I expected.

Surprisingly smooth. Clean hop flavor. Very pleasant.
Could have had a full pint easily.

Personally I generally like a darker beer.

Serving type: cask

10-27-2009 02:30:48 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of sholland119


4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #600. On tap at Clark Street Ale House.

A-Clear copper amber with a lot of fluffy off white head and massive amounts of sticky lacing.

S-A strong blast of citrus hops with a medium amount of malt.

T-This is a grapefruit bomb hopwise backed with an incredibly rich, deep maltiness. This is a powerful, flavorful IPA.

M-Medium bodied but a bit heavy on the tongue from the rich malt and hop bitterness.

D-Very drinkable with tons of flavor. While I really enjoy the can version, the draft rendition is outstanding.


Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 14:20:36 | More by sholland119
Photo of Strix


4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright clear red-orange with a frothy head.

Smells grapefruity.

Tastes of crisp grapefruit and pine over a caramel base. Sometimes it feels citrus-centric, other sips pine-centric, but very flavorful.

Mouthfeel full, crisp, and resinous.

This was rich and flavorful. The hops are powerful, but they don't obliterate all flavor. Wish I had easy access to this when I'm in the mood for hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 04:54:01 | More by Strix
Photo of hardy008


4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to the table with a dark amber color and a foamy white head which left a nice ring lace on the glass. The aroma is pure hops. Grapefruit and floral hops are the dominant smells. The taste is the same, but as with the can, I can taste a bit of a malt backbone, but not as much as from the can. Medium bodied, dry, and nicely carbonated. Nicely drinkable, and what a steal, $2 for happy hour. Can't beat that.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 01:40:34 | More by hardy008
Photo of BigDank

South Dakota

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I would have to say that this is probably the best beer I have had from Surly (haven't tried the Darkness yet though.) Easy enough to drink, I finished the whole growler myself in a few hours. Nice and hoppy, just the way I like them. Rich reddish tan color with a light and medium fast head and a hop scent to hang with the best of them. I have visited this brew time and time again since it hit the market in my city. Only available on tap here but that's fine with me as I can fill a growler again and again. Not bad Surly, not bad.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2009 19:43:17 | More by BigDank
Photo of RyWill


4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on cask at Sheffield's in Chicago.

Appearance: Darker amber with a airy 1-2 finger head that becomes more subdued as you make your way down the glass. Lack of carbonation is noticeable.

Smell: Hops, citrus, and overly apparent malt that you come to expect from this beer.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is amazing. The smell of the hops and malt translates to a perfect balance in the taste. Mouth feel is incredibly smooth, especially on cask, with a sort of creamy quality you don't normally get with IPAs.

Drinkability: On tap you could drink this beer forever, on cask it gets taken to another level. I think I mentioned to my girlfriend at least 5 times through each of the two I had how delicious it was.

Certainly one of the best IPAs out there due to it's balance and general taste and a beer that is even more special on cask. If you see it, drink it.

Serving type: cask

08-26-2009 19:26:42 | More by RyWill
Photo of kmeves


4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Highway Mike's: Pours a deep amber/copper color with a large beige head and light lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, very floral with citrus, grapefruit and caramel. Flavor is grapefruit, floral, orange, some caramel and a bit resiny. Very nice hop bite. Medium bodied, creamy texture. Finshes as hoppy as it starts, great American IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 18:03:48 | More by kmeves
Photo of BacklitAvenger


4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance - Apricot colored with a topping of foamy head, this slightly hazy beer is presented to me in a regular pint glass. The color and general appearance is pretty magnificent, becoming fiery gold when held to a light.

Aroma - Wow, an American IPA with malt in the aroma. Shocking. I approve much of the apparent balance in the beer. i can smell some toasty and caramel malts for sure, and then tropical fruit on top as the hops take over the nose.

Taste - Delicious. Really great, a pretty unique beer in and of itself. The malts provide a solid foundation with a powerful pale malt flavor complemented by toasty, biscuity goodness and finished off by a sweetish caramel toffee cap, like a helping of buckwheat honey. The hops are there with vim and vigor: here there be mango and pineapple, with a less distinct helping of general citric hop presence and occasional flavors of piney resinous cannabis and floral hints of lavender. There's a bracing bitterness under all this flavor but it isn't out of the ordinary by any means. This defines a balanced IPA to me.

Mouthfeel - Full to be sure. The caramelly flavors really go well with the somewhat heavy body. The carbonation is lively and supports the huge head formed of al the wonderful hop oils.

Drinkability - High. The alcohol is pretty low for an American IPA and the flavors are large. Had a second glass and there appears to be no reason a third wouldn't have been just as good had we not finished our meal and left for home by then. I don't know if this is as good in cans but it sure shines on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2009 17:07:13 | More by BacklitAvenger
Photo of alcstradamus


4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a review for Tea Bagged Furious

My first sample at the 2009 Great Taste of the Midwest. I didn't take thorough notes, but rather focused on getting my scores correct for entry.

This was very bitter yet also very easy drinking, I thought it was nearly identical to regular Furious only with a much better nose on it and a thicker mouthfeel (comparing cask to can though). Overall it was a great beer that I would like to have again in a larger quantity.

Serving type: cask

08-09-2009 17:25:43 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

Pint @ Stub & Herbs.

Tried this IPA many times in the can & has always been a favourite.

Poured a copper orange with a sturdy white head.

Aroma is typical citrus/grapefruit with some pine & grassy notes.

Taste is what this beer is all about. What a recipe they have. The malt, the hop flavours are all in balance for an IPA. No overwhelming alcohol notes, no over the top bitternes. Just right.

Mouthfeel is good. A medium bodied IPA which lends itself to its capabilities as a session beer for me.

Besides taste this beer is incredibly drinkable. One is seldom enough. The hop smile that I get from this beer is goofy.

What a treat-one of my favourite beers-fresh on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 15:21:09 | More by DrMalt
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

This is Tea Bagged Furious.

Poured into a pint-like glass at Grumpys. Got to enjoy this with Brad (Mistofminn), Justin (justn) and Al (feloniousmonk).

Pours 2 fingers of beige head. Very hazed golden copper. Great retention. Lace is very unique. Kind of like pop fizz that sticks to the glass.

Aroma: Sweet and hoppy. Some caramel, which is what I always get out of IPAs, apricot, mangoes, and sweet lemons.

Taste: Very fruity, but has a nice floral hop taste to back it up. A lot of the same fruits from the aroma along with the sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Hardly bitter at all. I love the mouthfeel as it is so refreshing. Ends with a slight hoppy aftertaste, but so clean. No dry stickiness going on.

Overall, this beer is great. I am pretty sure this beer is better than regular furious (even though it is really the same beer). Very drinkable. I like the fact that it doesn't have the ipa bite or leave the typical ipa mouthfeel. Try this beer if you get a chance. Nice job Surly.

Serving type: cask

07-24-2009 17:42:30 | More by mothman
Photo of Mistofminn


4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lets make this very clear. This is the review for "Tea-Bagged Furious." The two were recently merged (understandably so) but I want my reviews seperate.

Absolutely had to make this one. I was content on going alone, but thankfully I was joined by mothman and justn. Even Al (feloniousmonk) showed up!

Served in a standard pint glass, this one looks similar but slightly different than the normal Furious. Same color beer (dark red-amber), and head (off white). This was slightly hazy. In my opinion, just an overall better looking beer. I love unfiltered beers for some reason.

The nose is much lighter than I expected. Typical Furious bitterness, with light citrus and grapefruit, along with a piney and resiny hop aroma. Little to no malt is detectable in the nose.

The taste is what surprises you. I have read a few reviews for this, and what strikes me as odd is that some people describe this as overwhelming hoppiness. If anything, for me, there wasn't enough bitterness. The big shocker in this one, is how incredibly mellow this one is. Very light bitterness, while still holding on to the best qualities of the taste of the hops. I still get a substantial amount of citrus hops, but it's so damn mellow! Justn described it before hand as "bubble-gummy." While a strange description, I totally see what he means. It's not bubble-gummy in the way that is tastes like artificial sugar and all that junk, but it's very sweet and "chewy," so to speak.

The mouthfeel is most likely the smoothest and cleanest IPA I have ever had. Maybe it's because it was cask conditioned, maybe it's because it was "Tea-bagged." Frankly, I don't care, this is some good stuff. Drinkability is very high.

I am ecstatic that I got a chance to try this. I have never seen this in the cities, and I'm glad I jumped at the opportunity to try it. Great company and great beer.

My only complaint is that after trying it, I didn't get a chance to "Tea-Bag" Omar, who left minutes after we arrived. Kudos, Surly!

Serving type: cask

07-18-2009 04:05:30 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of JamnesCameron


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easy drinking American IPA. Draft served with about one inch of offwhite head. Deep amber color, with a strong citrus hop aroma. First sip tastes like it smells. Lots of citrus hops exploding in your mouth. Very drying, not a thirst-quenching kind of beer. But I would still go back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2009 01:10:31 | More by JamnesCameron
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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