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Furious - Surly Brewing Company


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Ratings: 3460
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 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 Buebie


4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I reviewd this in can form, but got a growler from the brewery and thought I'd review it again as it was that day fresh.
Growler poured 12/30/08

Poured into an oversized snifter snifter.
The color has a bit of chill haze this time around and appears less transparent with a golden orange color. 3 finger cream colored head that just sits there and sits there. Leaving much more lace at the top and thin streaks towards the bottom.

Aromas are much more hoppy in the pine department with big grassy and grapefruit hops, some spicie hop aroma. Doughy creamy aroma's. A bit of a honey punch but damn Its hoppyness seems more pungeant.

mouthfeel is thick and somwhat creamy with a cask like resemblance in carbonation.
Finishing sweet and hoppy then becoming dry with a bittering hop linger.
My pallette is not destroyed after one glass. I can still get all the deliciousness glass after glass. I only had two glasses though, as I shared this with a couple friends.

Outstanding brew, as stated before. I am sad to see these growlers go.

Serving type: growler

01-02-2009 19:50:51 | More by Buebie
Photo of Kadonny


4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler via trade into my DFH tulip glass. Growler was maybe 2 weeks old.

A: A nice amber orange color with a minimal one finger head on a pretty aggresive pour. Remember this is a growler pour. Nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit smells come barreling through with some hints of pine earth and faint sweetness.

T: Grapefruit is so evident on this beer when fresh, mostly grapefruit with a bit of orange citrus and a hint of pine needles. So hoppy but the sweet caramel type malt stands rigth behind the hops. Hops bitterness lingers on the finish of course.

M: Medium mouthfeelt that coats and lingers. No hint of alcohol.

D: High, I finished the growler in one afternoon.

Overall I think I like the Furious a bit more from the can. Some of the flavors pop a bit more from that can and are not so grapefruity as the fresh growler. Still such a kick ass beer that I wish I could drink all the time.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2008 13:44:48 | More by Kadonny
Photo of shishidojo


4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer from a growler that I took out of the fridge and let sit for about 10 minutes so it could warm up to around cellar temp. Have had it right out of the fridge, too, but the brewery recommends drinking it a little warmer and I find that it tastes better that way.

The beer is dark with an orangish tint. Too dark to see through but light enough to allow some light through to accentuate the coloration. It had an incredible tan head with superb retention and lacing. Very nice looking brew.

The primary aroma is of hops, with a malty background. I could tell right away I was headed for hop heaven with this one.

Furious has a malty character that hits the tongue first, followed by a delicious hop profile. The finish has just the right balance of bitter and sweetness from the malt. My nose enjoyed the aroma of the hops throughout. This is a superior IPA.

Mouthfeel was smooth and full, the beer's body flowed over my tongue and delivered the exceptional flavor. Carbonation was what you would expect for an IPA.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is a bit 'extreme' in that it takes the IPA style and amps it up, but there is balance here. The hops are predominant (100 IBU's), but not overwhelming. I have found that drinking this at a little warmer temp brings out more of the malt up-front, which creates a nice contrast (hopophobes may say a buffer) of bitter v. sweet. Since the brewery recommends drinking it a bit warmer than fridge-temp, this is clearly the effect they were shooting for.

This is an exceptional beer!

Serving type: growler

05-29-2008 16:25:17 | More by shishidojo
Photo of LeonTrotsky


4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exactly how beer should taste. It is simply the best beer I have tasted, and quite possibly the best in existence. I only gave it a 4.5 for smell, not because it doesn't smell amazing, it does, but I think Masala Mama, as the best smelling (and right after Furious in taste) smells slightly better. Stop reading my review and drink some Surly.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2007 06:09:57 | More by LeonTrotsky
Photo of budgood1


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

pours out of the growler a slightly hazy dark bronze. ample head dies down to a skimming sheet. lots of lacing...looks like a beer should when drank...rings aplenty. intense hop aroma, but lots of sweet doughy malts to offset the pine and citrus. quite inviting. the taste is all massive chewy citrusy hop madness. like a stick of that thirst quenching chewing gum. my saliva glands are just going nuts. lots of piney bitterness, too. and lingering bitterness. this "imperial amber" or "india red pale ale" has all the bases covered when it comes to hoppy goodness. 100 IBU's and it's all that for sure. the malt base stands up meekly, but respectively...sweet and syrupy, just enough to further the furious hop onslaught. there is an alcohol spice, cleverly intertwined in the bitter mushroom cloud of hop heaven. the body seems huge, the mouthfeel is all about the assault on the tongue of the spine tingling hop profile....holy cripes. i love this beer...it's hoppy as hell and definitely over the top a bit. drinkability has to suffer a bit just because it's so gargantuan in the hop profile.

a hophead must have...got to have. seek this out. trust me...this one is over the top.

a big thanks to my sis for another surly x-mas gift.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2006 00:42:24 | More by budgood1
Photo of Kjellesvig


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

Poured from a 16 oz. Can

Appearance: A dark amber pour with a reddish tint when I hold it up to the sun. Dang girl this beer is beautiful. I'm blushing or maybe the beer is.

Smell: Piny, dank, sweet. No need to overthink this.

Taste: Furious is a go to. The piney hop bite is balanced nicely with the scottish malts (golden primise). And crazier even is the choice to use a London style yeast strain. Wow, I can't get over how unique this beer is. There are hints of pinneaple, pear, evergreen, bread, and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Slick.

Overall: A very unique IPA. I'm very fortunate that I can swing by the store and get this everyday if I wanted to. This beer is not overhyped, try it for yourself.

Serving type: Can.

Serving type: can

04-11-2014 00:44:20 | More by Kjellesvig
Photo of ThickNStout


4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from bobbypaulson (thanks man!). Canned 1/9/14. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours a clear, deep orange with three fingers of pale fluffy head.aintains a nice cap, leaving lots of lace.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus rind, mild lemons and a faint malt sweetness.

Taste follows the nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, grass, hints of pine, cracker, pepper and a trace of sweet caramel malts. Any alcohol is only barely perceptible.

Slightly resinous medium body. Mod carb. Bitter peel & cracker finish.

A quite good brew overall. Easy to drink with the hop goodness you would expect from a well-made IPA.

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 23:10:09 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of Brenden


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

Furious is a nice, slightly hazed medium-dark orange that leans bronze in the depths of the body. It keeps up some strong bubbling activity for the session. This serves to keep up the eggshell-colored head that's created upon settling. The head is firm and dense, thick and rocky and heavily pock-marked as it very slowly settles. Patching is in very good quantity and is downright chunky in parts.
There's lots going on in the nose, and it's more aromatic than most IPAs out there. This one shows up straight from the crack of the tab. The hops bill brings out lots of complexity, and it's a mouth-watering mix of perfume, pine, and grapefruit, not to mention plenty more citrus, massively juicy. Caramel malts are such that, while allowing the hops to rule, they balance beautifully. There's a whiff of alcoholic heat that doesn't get overly ethanolic and it finishes with a bite of black pepper.
Very similar to the aroma, the flavor showcases lots of depth, complexity, juiciness and balance. Malts come up front to add balance straightaway even as hops come out at the same time, both in communion but hops claiming dominion and malts glad to have it. All the orange and grapefruit peel and juice, pine resin, perfume and pepper as well as some flora and pineapple just make for a delicious beer.
It's also extremely clean in the medium body, fluffy carbonation lending to velvety smoothness with lots of crispness keeping the feel bright and fresh. This beer is just a delight to drink all around.

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 18:30:55 | More by Brenden
Photo of ajramirez1


3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at MSP Airport. Amber looking color for an American IPA. Seemed odd. Had to actually look it up on iPad as I didn't trust the man telling me the flight order as he looked confused. Damn nubes.

Beer is OK. Nothing special. May have been an old keg but not an excuse. Its a good beer but I don't think its top 120 beers at all on BA.

Coming from the west coast, might I add. Where's the hops at???

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2014 16:15:51 | More by ajramirez1
Photo of mlhyatt


4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a regular glass

A- how do all DIPAs look? Golden amber with a redish hue when held up to the light. Not much head and not much lace afterwhich. Looks good but nothing special.

S- the smell redines the smell of pine in DIPAs. It smells like there is actual pine straw in this glass, but in a good way. There is also a sugaryness from the malt.

T- very piney like the nose. Also has a good wheat taste followed by fruits and a strange taste that reminds me of something rubbery but not exactly rubber.

M- a little bite from the hops. Goes down pretty smooth but the malt keeps it from feeling like a true IPA.

O- very good but i prefer my IPAs to be a little more hoppy.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 03:27:25 | More by mlhyatt
Photo of FLima


4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber copper color with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma of pine, caramels, grapefruit, tea leaves, pineapple, mango and lemon.
Delicious flavor of grapefruit, pine, salt, resin, earth and spices. It finishes quick and starts to dry your mouth right away, making your mouth to beg for the next sip. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with apprpriate carbonation.
Excellent American IPA, big on multiple tangy citrus notes. Hard to suggest any changes.

Serving type: can

02-26-2014 03:15:11 | More by FLima
Photo of JohnG190

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 DrCDPriest


3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hop rich flavor and aroma, sharp crisp hop taste with a hint of grapefruit bitterness, followed by a mellower malt and hop finish. Very nice layering of flavors. Similar experience to Arrogant Bastard. Beautiful deep clear amber/dark brown color, tasted great with chargrilled steak.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2014 12:43:34 | More by DrCDPriest
Photo of Fcolle2


4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with some light red hues. There is a slight amout of haziness and a good amount of visible carbonation. Head is fluffy, about one finger, white and retains nicely.

Smell is really nice on this. Lots of grainy bready malt is forward and very nicely balanced with a good amount of piney citrus hops.

Taste is even better then the nose. Lots of tangy citrus hops are forward with a mild to moderate amount of piney bitterness and tons of hop oils and resin. Malt is semi sweet, balanced nicely with the hops and caramel in flavor.

Mouthfeel is equally great. Tons of hoppy oils and resin along with a mildly sticky body from the malt. Leaves this a nice drinking ipa.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 04:54:13 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of MasterfulIdiot


3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an IPA glass from a can dated 1/21/14. Appearance is caramel-amber - fairly dark for the style, with a huge custard-colored head that's starting to leave nice tendrils of lace. Tons and tons of bubbles rising up to the top.

I started smelling this one as soon as I popped the can. Aroma is a hop knockout - lots of grapefruit and orange. I could just be imagining this, but I think there's a little bit of onion underneath - I hope that comes through on the flavor!

Very strange flavor. There's a little bit of citrus and some spicy pepperiness on the palate, but it's mostly overwhelmingly bitter, without all that much actual flavor. The finish is tongue-sappingly dry - I feel like I've been licking the prickly part of a pineapple. The citrus comes back a little bit for the aftertaste - there are some hints of tropical fruit. There's also some malt presence on the aftertaste (once the bitterness has subsided a little), adding the tiniest bit of caramelly sweetness. One of the most bitter beers I've ever had - not sure if that's a good thing.

Mouthfeel is nicely thick to back up the overwhelming bitterness - lots of carbonation, too.

Overall, this beer definitely delivers what it promises! I can't help but be a little disappointed that the bitterness overwhelms the nice flavors the aroma promised. Either way, I'm glad I tried it - thanks to Coirm for the can!

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 04:18:57 | More by MasterfulIdiot
Photo of joeseppy


3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over 3,000 reviews, I'll be brief. Served op-tap.

Ruby emerald in color with low dissipating head.

Aroma was muted for me. Hops, resinous and citrusy.

Taste big on citrus, heavy on the malt and just the right amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was on the thick side and heavy.

Not really spectacular for me. A decent fare enough.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2014 02:51:29 | More by joeseppy
Photo of bsyoung

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dark amber color with moderate amount of lacing around the room
S: Very hop forward with strong aromas off pine and citrus
T: Similar to smell with pine and citrus flavors along with sweet saltiness. Tons of hop bitterness which is to be expected with 99 IBUs
M: moderate and crisp
O: Great IPA, wish I could get it regularly

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 21:55:45 | More by bsyoung
Photo of Paincane


4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber hued clear brew topped by a creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Extremely aromatic w/ floral, toffee, pine & citrus notes.
T: Caramel & toffee malt flavors balance out a very hoppy body.
M: Smooth well-balanced brew.
O: Maltier than most IPA's but damn good.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 23:15:45 | More by Paincane
Photo of dar482

New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a clear deep ruby red color. It’s pretty deeply

The aroma is quite nice. You get tons of fresh smelling hops. It’s 6 weeks old at 5/21/13 on the bottom of the can. There’s tons of sweet pineapple, mango, tropical fruit, some citrus. A bit of bready malt. Then there’s tons of pine and floral as it warms up. It’s a bit sweet, but just hugely “hoppy.”

The flavor follows with a bit of that citrus peel and tropical, but a good amount of that sweet malt, but not sticky or sweet. Then the bitterness is a highlight with a very dry West Coast. It’s citrus, grapefruit, and Simcoe pine. This really is a hoppy beer without being too offensively bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium to light being a West Coast style beer. The malt isn’t big nor too sweet, but it sits there to hide that this is almost 100 IBU at 6.2%, you surely don’t get that. I’d imagine it could be more offensive with the bitterness like Overrated.

The beer is extremely drinkable and really a great example of a West Coast style. I wish I could have this more because I could drink this all the time. Having had Overrated a few days before, this is more of a complete beer. The aroma and balanced (despite being an "unbalanced" beer) malt profile slightly beats the wonderful bitterness of Overrated. Not a fruit or pine bomb, just a simple light body and hoppy brew.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 00:19:01 | More by dar482
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep copper/amber with a 1.5 finger khaki head that retains well. Soapy lacing

S- Pine and Citrus fruit dominate the nose. No malt to speak of really. Straight up hoppy goodness come right at ya. Quite resinous with the pine hops. Dank to a degree.

T- No surprise here. Hops abound with every sip. The citrus kicks things off, and is accompanied by some intense acidity. Sharp, earthy pine with lots of the resinous notes that the nose picked up begin to also take hold. Just a touch of caramel and toasted notes.

M- Mid body, crisp, bitter bite at the end. Fairly dry and attenuated. No booze to speak of.

O- Good, not great. An Ipa that isn't scared to throw quite a hoppy punch. One that I would love to have on occasion, but not one that I would want to have more than one on the same equation.

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 04:03:36 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of TheFizzinator


4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surly's flagship beer pours a beautifully deep reddish gold that screams DRINK ME NOW! at the top of its lungs. Guava, mangoes, peaches are all present in the wonderful nose. Doesn't quite taste as good as it smells but I found that to be the case with a few of Surly's beers. The beer gets much more complex and flavorful as it warms, so try not to drink this one ice cold. Lightly carbonated and refreshing and at 90 IBU's has the perfect amount of bitterness.

A truly fine IPA.

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 02:57:53 | More by TheFizzinator
Photo of shadetree67


4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Aggressive pour yielded a 3 finger head. Great lacing throughout and a pillow of foam remained the whole time. Deep amber in color, much darker than your standard IPA - must be the Scottish malt. Hazy.

Smell - Piney hops and bready malt.

Taste - Bitter piney hops with a hint of orange citrus. Some caramel malts. Pine makes another appearance on the finish.

Mouth feel - Medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish. It leaves you wanting another sip.

Overall - Probably my 2nd favorite Surly beer (in a can) next to Abrasive. Dangerously drinkable and a unique IPA. A must try

Serving type: can

01-07-2014 02:09:52 | More by shadetree67
Photo of pweis909


4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish color that always thrills. Foam does not persist long. A bit of chill haze also doesn't last. I perhaps didn't linger long enough on the aroma as I don't recall it. Taste was quite nice with a balance of crystal sweetness to stand up to assertive bitterness and complement fruity hop character. The body of the beer is a little heavy and the abc is higher than my sweet spot. Still, this seemed like a great pairing with what would otherwise have been an over spiced peppery jambalaya.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2014 11:32:52 | More by pweis909
Photo of spoony


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz can (dated October 17, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces nearly three fingers of dense, pillowy foam. The head is light tan in color and hangs around for a bit, maybe two minutes, before leaving some chunky lacing on the glass as it dissipates. The beer is a dark-hued amber color and slightly hazy.

S-The smell is full of juicy, almost tangy, citrus like grapefruit and orange. There is a bit of peppery spice, as well. The hops are balanced by a light whiff of toast and biscuit. Bitterness is strong, but nicely balanced.

T-The taste is not as bright and citrusy as the smell (which isn't surprising given the age of this can), but the complex hoppy bitterness is still quite impressive with orange, grapefruit, floral notes, and light peppery spice. The hops are balanced by dry toast malts that are mostly overwhelmed, but provide enough oomph to keep the beer from devolving into a bitter mess.

M-The feel is medium to full body for the style with a nice, moderate level of carbonation. The carbonation is fine and smooth, and it compliments the light dankness of the hop oil.

O-This is my second beer from Surly and it is another huge winner. It is good looking, smells great, tastes good, and has a great feel. For a beer with only 6.2% ABV, this thing drinks like a IIPA with 1.5 times the alcohol. Unlike other hugely hopped beers in the lower ABV strata, this one doesn't get harsh or vegetal. I would love to try a fresh example in the future...guess I'll have to get to Minnesota.

Serving type: can

01-06-2014 00:07:55 | More by spoony
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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 3,460 ratings.