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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,432
Hads: 4,979
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 4.4%
Wants: 1,490
Gots: 802 | FT: 27
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a rising brewery, this is a good American style IPA, but what's the fuss? Unbalanced, can-conditioned, great aroma c-hoppy with bubbly head and grapefruity body, carbonation and mouthfeel average. A hophead feed, but I have had higher IBU that is more drinkable. (267 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to UMNbeerhunter for sending me this one!

Canned on what I believe says 3/5/11 on the bottom of the can.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Nice distinct rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of citrus zests and pine trees. A very fresh and delicious smell. Taste is very hop forward with citrus zest and pine needles that fades into a semi-sweet caramel/malt flavor. Medium hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. The beer has a mild carbonation level which makes it very smooth and a bit thick. Overall, this is a great IPA and my first from Surly. I like their phrase on the can "Beer for a glass, from a can". I am looking forward to the other Surly cans I have yet to try. (770 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that only died down a little and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The smell is moderately strong and has an interesting mix of citrus, tropical fruit and pine resin aromas from the hops.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by complex flavors from the hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The mixture of aromas and flavors from the hops make this a very interesting IPA to sip and savor. (657 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

EDIT: This is Tea-Bagged Furious before it was merged.

From the cask at Dark Lord Day 2009. After all the guest stouts that FFF was throwing my way, this one was a nice change of pace. It took a bit to get used to all the hops coming my way, but after that this was one damn good beer.

A: Hazy orange with some copper/brown hues to it. White head and lacing.

S: Lots of fresh, fresh hops. Both floral and citrus, as well as some earthy tones.

T: Hops, hops, and more hops. Sort of an earthy undertone in contrast to the sweeter, maltier base on the Furious.

M: Medium bodied and a little oily, but other than that, very good.

D: The slightly-oily mouthfeel keeps this one from being the absolute all-star for the style that Furious is, but this is another very solid offering coming from the folks up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. (836 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a fantastic ipa, which totally took me by surprise. the pour is pretty standard, pale orangey straw color with a finger or two of white foam. the nose is piney hops, sure to be a high alpha bomb, some lightly toasted american barley malt happening as well, but the big oily hops are stealing the show. the flavor confirms a nice hoppy brew, but fairly balanced despite how intense the hops are here. what surprised me more than anything is how soft the mouthfeel is. its really really gentle on the tongue, which is absolutely not what we have come to expect in ipas. the carbonation is relaxed but suitable, and the body is near medium, but somehow there is the feather soft character to it that is a total shocker. really wonderful way to experience hops. in the end i loved my first surly beer, not one of their highest acclaimed brews, but a very impressive introduction. the feel makes it. (894 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a sturdy head that leaves shards of lace

Smell: Pineapple and pine; grapefruit pith, too

Taste: Starts with an incredibly fruity blend of pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit that, after the swallow, becomes quite pithy and slightly herbal, with the caramel malt elements also coming into play

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a classic IPA for those who like their beers fruity and bitter (474 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #2500: This beer poured out much darker than I expected. It has a deep orange color, almost red. The head was a light tan color and decent sized. The smell of the beer is malty and sweet. There is a pleasent floral hop aroma. The taste of the beer is nicely balanced, there is a sweet malt flavor that has a moderate hop finish. The mouthfeel is clean and a little oily. The carbonation is crisp and sharp. Overall this beer is really good, looking forward to drinking the others I have. (494 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Second session with this beer: May 19, 2009. Along with the impressions from my first meeting with Furious, the maltiness (Scottish?!) gives a flavor somewhere between sun-kist malts and fresh toast. The creamy body lightens at mid-palate for a silky smooth and ultimate refreshing beer. Always a pleasure. Thanks to Arvjunk for the trade!

Good to finally get my hands on this beer. has to be one of the better IPA's out there. The beer begins with a heavily froathy pour that brings on amber and orange colors with a heavy rust undertone. The nose is dominated by juicy, thirst quenching perfumes and citrus notes, all woven into a rich malt pillow --mouth watering to say the least. The flavors are highly devoted to ripe oranges and ruby-red grapefruit centered on medium malt flavors that stop shy of caramel or artificial sweetness. Back up notes of pineapples, peppery esters, and mild alcohols all complement the rich malt body, while adding a lot of complexity. Textures are Marzen-like, but with that influence of citrus hops. Finishes quite clean, juicy, and with a crisp dryness. No problem finding the bottom of this glass. Thanks Nathan15 for sharing. (1,165 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Sammy: Poured a deep dark brown color ale with huge dirty white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops is huge and dominating the aroma. Taste is a mix between strong caramel and toffee malt with some sweetness balancing the strong piney and citrus hops. The ending is quite bitter as you can imagine but some subtle floral notes were providing more complexity which was appreciated. Body is full with some low filtration which was quite enjoyable. (500 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Appears semi-hazy and opaque amber in my half-liter mug. Definitely not the palest IPA I've seen. The head retains very well.

Smell - Grapefruit, lemon and pine with a hint of caramel from the malts. Very aromatic stuff with a big hop presence.

Taste & mouthfeel - Lots of resiny pine flavor from the get-go. Biscuity, caramelly malt makes a brief appearance before being washed out by the powerful bittering hops. Very full-bodied; the malt backbone is big but semi-dry and doesn't get in the way of the impressive hop character. Despite the rather high IBU, this is really pleasant and drinkable stuff; and the hops, while strong, never border on astringent.

Notes - Awesome stuff, one of the best IPAs I've ever had. This IPA can easily rival the best from California. (787 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a fresh keg.

Pint arrives with an orange tinted 1/2" cap of foam on it. The body is a deep reddish orange, with sticky sheets of lacing. Very earthy aroma, herbal and resinous, with a whiff of pale malt. Fruity hoppiness is missing here.

Huge 100 IBU level is felt immediately in the first sip, it packs a wallop. There is a hearty malt component, and a vague hint of tangerine. Bitterness rises and ebbs in the finish, with a long, dry decline. Herbal, somewhat piney, not as much fruit as one might expect. It has a sturdy feel, with a good level of carbonation. The high IBUs might discourage rainy-day IPA drinkers, but this is a godsend to hopheads.

It was very easy to finish the pint, and i'll be watching for Surly on tap around Chicago. For now i'll be content with Three Floyds for my hop fix...

2008 edit: After drinking this a dozen times at different places, i'm enjoying it alot. Aroma and vibrancy in taste can vary due to freshness, but overall it's a solid IPA every time. (1,008 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic orange-butterscotch with a gorgeous infusion of sunset coral red when backlit. A few stray bubbles rise slowly through the hop dust haze to plonk into the underside of a heavily cream cap of pastel caramel foam. Although it isn't quite a lace monster, the array of abstract patterned lace definitely qualifies as eye candy.

The nose is simply out of this world. If anything, it smells even better than I remember (and I remember it as outstanding). First of all, there's a generous amount of caramel malt present, which usually keeps me from loving an IPA's aroma. Not here though. Furious smells like buttery toffee mixed with an avalanche of primarily citric hops that are as complex in character as they are powerfully aromatic. In a word... perfect.

Furious is furiously hoppy, but it's so much more than that. It's rare to drink a beer that is this over the top with bitterness, yet this delicious. I was also going to say drinkable, but only the most hopheaded among us are likely to find that that word applies. Only 99 IBUs? It tastes like at least a hundred to me.

The secret to this excellent India Pale Ale, other than the dizzying amount of hop flavor and hop bitterness, is in the hop bill itself. Who would have thought that a combination of Amarillo, Ahtanum, Simcoe and Warrior would result in a beer with such a broad and deep flavor profile? Caramel covered white grapefruit pith is dominant. Candied pineapple and all manner of fermented tropical fruity funk are present as well.

Another good thing about Furious (among innumerable good things) is that it doesn't taste like any other IPA that I've ever had. With so many versions of the style out there, that's no small feat. Another is that I only need one hand to count the IPAs that are more hoppy. This sucker is punishing... but in a good way of course.

I'm not the least bit surprised that the mouthfeel is on par with the rest of the beer. It's closer to full than to medium (for the style) with a creaminess that is sometimes hard to appreciate with all the tongue abuse that's goin' on. I'm sure it isn't easy to create a beer that is this relentlessly hoppy that is also this supremely smooth in the mouth.

I'm a huge fan of Surly Brewing Company beer. These guys have everything that it takes to compete in the rarified air occupied by the very best American craft breweries. It all starts with vision. The fact that they also have the desire, the dedication and the talent to realize that vision is what will guarantee their success. Furious is pretty damn close to IPA perfection. (2,588 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Gunflint Tavern in Grand Marais, MN.

A - A deep amber color with a full two-finger head. Nice and foamy head left great Belgian lace.

S - It smelled powerfully hoppy with grapefruit and bubblegum.

T - Great citrus flavor - grapefruit and other tropical fruits with a bitter bite. Strong burnt toast maltiness, too.

M - It is crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied brew.

D - Very good beer. I recommend it highly if you are a hophead! (446 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok so I am finally able to get my hand on a CAN of this wonderful brew here. Why it took so long to get something, anything from Surly is a mystery to me, but what is even funnier is I ended up with two! So not only did I have one to try, but hopefully, if its good I have one to enjoy as well. So last night I figured it was about time to pop this one open, and had a nice long pur into my Phish glass….

A – Poured a deep dark amber, nice orange hue to it. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Upon pour a nice, two inch plus head of off white, tannish colored foam formed on top of the glass and had a very good retention to it. In fact, it never really did fade, but rather just shrunk down to a respectable three quarters of an inch and kinda stayed that way throughout the entire session. Great side glass lace, rally thick concentric rings formed all the way down the glass. At the end lots of sediment was visible in the bottom of the glass, which I always take as a good sign. Overall good look going for it here.

S – Aroma was intresting, definite hop tones dominating from the start, notes of citrus as well as a piney sort of smell were both very evident from the beginning. However, there was more to it then that, in fact there was a nice malted back that made up the bulk of the aroma once it started to warm. A good smell of earthen, grassy like, sugary malts layed a nice foundation behind everything and was a welcome treat.

T – The taste was wonderful. To be honest it came off to me as more of a red ale then an IPA, but that is just me. Great first assault of piney like hops. Not extremely bitter, but rather mellow and smooth and just enough to get the ball rolling. A tremdous amount of malt then becomes apparent. Great earthen tones again, and a good use of roasted malts. Nice sweetness, some light candy like sweetness, but primarily a dark, balancing sweetness to it. Great dry finish, lots of hops in the finish, with a somewhat lingering citrus like tone to it. Very well rounded and big. This was definatly a good one.

M – Exceptionally smooth would be the best way to describe this one. It had a great carbonation about it, and it really gave it a very full feel. Thick, almost bringing it into the syrup like category, but stopped well short but copious carbonation that just let it roll on through. Definatly not watered down, as the flavor profile here really does pack quite a punch to it and almost gets a bit overwhelming for something that should be sessionable.

D – Great, low ABV, and great flavor always make for a good combination. This is one of those rare ones that really misleads you in the other direction. It tastes much bigger then it actually is. You would think something with this much flavor and pronounced body would be much much stronger then it actually is. Definatly a good game brew, but I don’t really know how many I would go with in a sitting just do to the huge profile on this. Could get to be a little much, but still an awesome one, that a couple would be easy to do.

Overall very very impressed here. The string of good things from a can continues first of all. But being my first taste of Surly, I am very much impressed. This seems like a definite winner to me and something I would like to have a steady supply of. I would love to see this around locally as it would quickly become a staple of the house. Overall great, really great and it will make me seek out others from them. Just what I was looking for at the time. (3,538 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Finally after long last my FIRST Surly beer,thanks Erik.Pours a deep burnt orange color with a full half finger slight off white head that leaves a few broken rings of lace as it settles.Hop oils really jump out at ya in the aromas just resiny and sharp goodness,sweetish caramel malts stand out as well.Resiny and with sharp grapefruit rind hops up front on the palate,alot of sharpness,followed by some nuttiness and quite sweet caramel malts.It is a big hop machine,sharp and bitter,I love the hops and really like this beer. (528 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer in a can I've been excited about since I was 18. Thanks to cvaypai for sending one my way.

A: Clear amber color with a good sized white head.

S: Very floral and piney.

T: Malty and caramelly--somewhat sweeter than I'm used to with an IPA, but a good bitter piney finish

M: Very nice level of carbonation, medium body.

D: Quite drinkable. I'd definitely have this again. (389 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Buffalo Bills/Coors Light shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this BIFed can!

Feel the fury! It pours a hazy amber-brown topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises pine, mint, light menthol, grapefruit, toffee, and caramel. Lovely. The taste is mostly a blast of caramel-dipped pine, with a side note of ruby red grapefruit. Hops, baby! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly sticky feel. Overall, a very nice IPA that makes me agree with Mike on this one: We need Surly back in these parts! (565 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with two fingers of off white head. The head dissipates but leaves a layer and lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of caramel as well as citrus peel hops and I think I'm picking up some spice.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops dominate. There is enough sweet malt to somewhat balance it, but the hops steel the show. There is some spice and the finish is quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. The finish has a slight dryness to it.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. The malt was there enough to make it more interesting than other IPAs, but the hops steal the show. I'd love to have more. (723 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Hell's Kitchen (Minneapolis, MN) on 8/11/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of smooth off-white head. Retains with some thin foam that skims the surface of the glass, leaving EXTREMELY thick rings of lacing all the way down. The aroma is floral, spicy, and piney, and smells A LOT like grapefruit. And not just the "green" bitter grapefruit that I usually pick up. This smells like straight-up grapefruit juice out of a can. Pale malts add some bready sweetness to the profile and are maybe what helps add that extra sugary note to the grapefruit character for me. This just has a nice rich fullness here in the nose.

The taste is once again, just lush with that juicy grapefruit while citrus rind adds more of the deep bitterness here before pine resins and spice trail off into the finish. Man, did I mention that the grapefruit flavor is really popping here on draft? Grainy malts are flat and sweet across the back of the palate giving this just enough balance. The overall finish on this though is VERY dry feeling wit pithy hops and bitter fruit joining those lingering notes of spice and resins to absolutely STICK in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an even mix of smooth crispness and easy herbal slickness. This just drinks awesome with no alcohol flavors to be found.

Furious on draft was a major check-off on my to-do list while in the Twin Cities recently and it don't disappoint. This just OOZES hop character with a certain amount of brightness that you unfortunately just don't get from the can. Awesome, awesome, stuff on draft. (1,607 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoah!!! I'm starting to like this brewery! Citrus and pine wrapped up in a wide-threaded deep caramel satchet that's ready to go wherever you are! Great beer, great design, and I love the fact that it's in a can! That said...

It pours a hazy ruby and orange tinted chestnut body beneath a creamy head of bone-white that drops at a slightly slower than standard pace and leaves great smears of spotty and splotchy lacing behind.

The nose is bright with citrusy and piney hops that seem perfectly intertwined. At first whiff I get citrus, but then it turns piney and stays that way. After a short rest between sips the same thing occurs. Some mild-but-dark caramel backs it. It's quite nice... bright, lively, and refreshing.

The flavor offers the same level of hoppiness, along with a brisk bitterness. I'd imagine it's upwards of 80 IBU's. It starts citrusy with an undercurrent of caramel, reveals some yeasty fruitiness (apples, berries, mild pear) turns piney, and becomes quite bitter and resinous at the swallow where it seems to linger forever.... absolutely tar-like with bitterness and resinous piney hop flavor... a beat-down for your taste buds.

A solid, vibrant, take-no-prisoners IPA! No hold barred here! If you're up for the challenge, crack a can and see if you can hold your own against the brutal assault of Pac-NorthWest hops! (1,359 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this awesome lookin can from either grub or rjacklin. Thanks to both of you for the great Surly cans. Poured it from the bigboy can into an oversized DFH snifter.

A: Wow this thing looks beautiful. A huge rich head develops as I pour rising to a finger and a half and shows no signs of leaving my alone with the beer. A deep rusty reddish maroon color that barely lets light through is like beer porn to the eyes.

N: The nose keeps this thing going strong and awesome. A great deep piney citrus hop aroma with a fresh hop bite dominates over the sweet malty biscuit aromas below. A slight caramel smell delicately dances behind the heavy hops and malt. The nose on this just begs for me to taste it. As soon as I manage to pull my nose out of the glass (I'm doing so while typing btw) I'll take a sip.

T: As I try to sip the head creeps up my lip giving me a beer mustache over my real one. The delicious liquid pierces my lips and flows over the taste buds and I can already feel them partying. An great hop taste showers over the mouth, with lots of citrus and pine and slight orange peel. Lots of earthy raw hop taste lurk in the depths and jump out at me as I dig deeper in the taste. More fruit and juicy taste really overpower on the second sip. A big malty backbone provides a good stable support for the heavy hops that just berated my tongue. It provides a sweet almost caramel like taste on the backend. I can feel the sweet sour awesomeness tickles the front and sides of the tongue and makes my mouth water in anticipation of more. The alcohol is not so high but leaves a little more residual sugar with the big malt character. This slightly takes away from the beer as it's slightly too sweet.

M: Its pretty thick and creamy and almost a velvety texture and really coats the tongue with a bitter hop taste and thick malts. A very slight spice from the hops seems to tinge on the tongue.

F: More bitterness of course. However, being 99IBUs is surprising as its not overpoweringly bitter. Perhaps the malt backbone really kicks into gear on this. Its pretty sweet at first, but dries out pretty well for a nice touch on the finish. The lingering bitterness and juicy hop just kinda sit around for a bit and really make me remember the awesome beer that I'm drinking.

Final thoughts: Wow, I wish this was readily available around here. I'm not sure how old it is since I got it in a trade and it has no date, but the can really held in the awesomeness and freshness well. It has a great hop character and malt backbone. Its almost velvety tasting and extremely delicious. A nice sweet caramel taste, almost a hint of sour, and dries off nicely. More please! (2,677 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from ClockWorkOrange, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity with a heavy background of floral hops and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very-well balanced but the grassy hops is clearly the more dominant flavor as it should be, with very complimentary flavors of caramel & citrus evening things out. The malt character is hearty but not too thick. The after-taste is full of hops bitterness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a perfect beer to stick with for an evening especially if you’re a hophead. (905 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromatic lightweight bitter beer.

Strong resiny nose with fresh hay. Beautiful glowing amber in the glass, and head tops off nicely and swirls its skirts. I won't swear there is any malt in this beer but the body is decent. Very fragrant hops. The bitterness just doesn't stop. To me it takes over the mouth and blots out every other flavor.

A two-dimensional beer-- fragrant hops and bitter hops. Maybe it goes well with french fried yams or bratwurst, but not a beer to sip and savor. (489 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium white to off white head dies to a thin lacing above a copper colored beer with tons of small particles suspended within.

A spicy to citrus hops aroma is quite prevalent.

The spicy to citrus hops are very present in the taste as well, almost a bittering dry taste with any malt tastes being drowned out by the hops.

A dry lasting aftertaste on this medium bodied beer, another pretty tasty beer from the guys at Surly. (427 characters)

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

I was happy to have the chance to try this at a recent IPA day event, poured from the chilled can into a tulip.

The color is golden with orange shade hazed with a thin cap of light beige, there is some good lacing sticking with a tight bead and the ale is visibly carbonated. The smell is great, a punch of pineapple and has a big sweet grapefruit nose with floral accents that give a nice depth to the aroma. The scent has a slight earthy almost nutty undertone which could be yeast or malt, but it doesn't trigger any particular ingredient just a secondary aroma. The feel is very nice with agressive bitterness and nice body with a bit of sharp edges, but generally smooth bitternes throughout, mild malt sweetness anchors it with tangy juiciness from the hops and subtle dry finish.

The taste is a very full and layered blend of bitter and tropcial hop tastes, the pithy citrus rind tinges with mildly sharp grapefruit-like bitter citrus flavor and slight tangerine sweet accents with some pineapple in the mix and a mild grassy sharp element in the tail end, a real kaleidoscope of hop elements all coming together seemlessly with nice balance from the malt and it has the nice dry finish that brings you back for the next wonderful taste. I was overwhelmed since I didn't know what to expect other than a great beer -the overall result for me was part of the can was not enough. I could have drank both cans being shared, it is a fantastic IPA, a well brewed beer above the rest of the pack. One of the best I have had recently perhaps -it is certainly an outstanding IPA in the American Style no doubtaboutit. (1,620 characters)

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.