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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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4,143 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,143
Reviews: 1,387
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,422
Gots: 455 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 02-05-2006)
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Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev -7.6%

16oz tall boy full of delicious IPA. Sweet. Appearance is on the darker side for an IPA. Deep orange amber color. Good head, lacing. Aroma is mighty strong, loaded with piney and grapefruit and a caramely malt. Hoppy flavor, yes. But not quite as sharp as I was hoping from the strong aroma. Nicely balanced however with a ton of malt. Full bodied. Very sturdy - I just wish a little more of the piney and grapefruit hinted at in the aroma powered through the dense malt. Anyhow - a solid beer, of course.

twelvsies, May 06, 2009
Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

superdoopersauce, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.33/5  rDev 0%

A- A brown-ruby-bourbon color with about an inch of white head. Laces nicely. Very dark for an IPA. So glad I got my hands on this one.

S- Yum... citrus hoppy goodness here. Very sweet with grapefruit dominating. Some lemon/orange zest too. Just a strong and refreshing aroma.

T- Less citrus here... a nice balance between the sweet caramel malt backbone and bitter piney hops. Definitely a quality IPA. Lingering bitterness with a somewhat grassy finish. This coming from a can?!

M- Creamy and smooth. Silky, even. Not very sticky, I may want more carbonation.

D- Smooth mouthfeel makes this one's drinkability amazing. A night's session with this guy would make me very happy. Hoppy with a nice balanced taste, this is definitely worth seeking out.

LordAdmNelson, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of clay23
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

clay23, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of gmendez1122
4/5  rDev -7.6%

gmendez1122, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Bunuelian, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of climax
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

climax, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%

Thanks to paulv for pint can! Haven't had this one in a long time.

Poured into a pint glass. Clear burnt caramel body with a huge sticky off-white head. Lacing on the glass. Looks great.

Hoppy, malty, and plenty of pine. Sweet with some grassiness. The pine-laden hops are the main players in the aroma. Hint of tin/metallic, but it seems to fade after awhile. Quite good for a regular IPA.

Tate is hoppy, but the most interesting aspect is the Scottish malt. Lots of cramel and bit of burnt Cheerio malt. Fairly balanced between the malts and hops, but there is still some lingering bitterness. Hint of lemon and grapefruit, but not a lot of citrus in this brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. I feel like the bubbles could be upped a little bit, however the body is great. Quite substantial for a regular IPA.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty, well crafted IPA. It would be nice to see a little bigger hop profile, but I'm guessing that's where the Abrasive Ale steps in. I really like the caramel-toffee malt profile, which sets this beer apart from the typical American IPA. Definitely worth picking one of these up if you can. Would love to get some of this fresh from the tap.

sisuspeed, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of ToadiesForCody
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ToadiesForCody, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%

DCLAguy11, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of happygnome
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

a: a caramel color with about a half inch of head that doesnt dissapear fast leaving a lot of lacing stuck to the side of the glass
s: sweet malty aroma, followed by a strong hop bitter aroma that can be sense from across the room
t: nice malt initially followed by an intensly bitter floral and piny hop flavor that is superb
m: medium to full bodied beer with a little less than average carbonation

overall this is a very nice brew that has an intense hop taste

happygnome, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of ChicagoShakeAndBake26
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

dark glowing amber with a good bit of haze. A thick creamy off-white head has amazing retention and leaves behind some pretty good lacing down the glass.

aroma is intoxicatingly piney with caramel and grapefruit playing huge roles. malt is certainly present, although not dominant... rich and vibrant on the whole with zesty fruit notes and hints of spices. reminds me of another IPA that I have fond memories of but I can't quite place it.

as aroma indicates, the taste is incredible. rich caramel malt lends a pleasant sweetness that is quickly washed away by an intense pine and citrus hop profile that is neither overhwelmingly bitter nor citric. simultaneously powerful and soft, sharp and smooth.

Mouthfeel is amazing and incredibly balanced on all levels. full bodied without being thick or overly chewy. smooth and perfect carbonation without being overly creamy or fluffy. A delicious lingering clean pine bitterness is just strong enough to linger without being overwhelmingly puckering.

deliciously drinkable. It's as drinkable as any strong IPA... and I'm really wishing I had more. I'm sad to say that this brew may just knock Caldera, my favorite canned IPA, out of it's top spot.

djeucalyptus, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of CCutch
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

CCutch, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of waltonc
2.8/5  rDev -35.3%

Acquired a can of this thanks to tytoanderso. Caramel orange with nice white head. Smells like crazy amounts of hops, and I was also getting a touch of cat urine, which was a bit off-putting. Taste is more crazy abundant amounts of hops. There's a decent amount of malts to balance this out, but the excessive amount of hops just crowds everything else out. With lots of other great beer to drink last night, we didn't even finish a can of this split between three people.

waltonc, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of MCain04
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%

Traded for this, only to find out it was almost 5 months old! Fail. I miss my Heady Toppers. 16 oz can, poured into a Bell's tulip glass.

A: Biiiig thick off-white/creamy head. When this settles out, a surprisingly dark amber/ruby clear body emerges. Really nice retention and lacing. If the head wasn't so crazy this would be near-perfect.

S: Grassy, pinecone-forward hop aroma, but a hint of something else making it unique. Maybe some grapefruit? Something spicy, citrusy... can't put my finger on it. Nice though.

T: True to the smell, lots of pine and grass hop flavor. Bitterness throughout. Well-balanced. Not incredibly bitter but definitely nice.

M: Smooth! One of the smoother, easy-drinking IPAs I've ever had. Good level of carbonation. Dry finish. Medium bodied. Highlight of the beer, in my opinion.

O: Even 5 months old, this is a fantastic IPA. I wish I could try this fresh! Incredible drinkability, great taste, if fresh it would probably rival Zombie Dust. Must-try, world class.

MCain04, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev -7.6%

sourdog, May 30, 2014
Photo of khiasmus
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a lightly hazy burnt sienna (thank you crayola) with a topping of froth with a few soap bubbles... that sticks around, and leaves evidence of its presence with a sizeable wall of lace. Through the haze a few adventurous bubbles can be seen skulking up the walls of the glass, and
they bring with them freshly mown grass... the type that one might be able to pick out from the interstate on the way to a wedding or a funeral. Pungent, it is. Seems as though some child left a few grapefruit rinds lying in the grass before their dad came out to mow... ("Jimmy! Pick up after yourself next time!" But Daaaad! I like the way it smells!" "Well I don't like the little bits of grapefruit in the Yard!")
Then the flavor... as if you'd snuck along behind Jimmy and picked up the rinds-covered-with-grass and decided to suck on them. A very faint wisp of something sweet... Had Jimmy been eating honeycomb cereal? No, he must have crushed some up and sprinkled it on his grapefruit to sweeten it. The aroma of the grass is in your nostrils as you chew, leaving an impression for all the world like a fresh-cut-grass-honeycomb-grapefruit-rind-cake, newly minted by Jimmy himself.
For some reason, it's light. Not thick and muddy like you'd expect with the flavor. Bubbly and thin, making it ridiculously easy to indulge far more than you need.... perhaps end up with a stomachache. Very clean-feeling.

Jimmy is a sensible child. You should listen to his wisdom and taste his delectable concoction. Or simply buy this beer and think of him.

khiasmus, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Ohiovania
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Ohiovania, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of phishphorce
4/5  rDev -7.6%

phishphorce, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Mark5252, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of supercolter
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Ok so I would recommend trying the standard Furious before attempting to decifer this one. And by the way, that one is best in the can. Appearance is very good, lots of hazy orange floating around with a nice head and lacing. Smell is wow, a blast of citrus and floral hops. A bit spicy and then the sweet herbal tea on the back. Very complex and very nice. Taste mirrors the smell but hops get a bit more balanced by the tea and I like mine very one dimensional. Still fantastic however. Mouthfeel is just a touch above medium in body, lots of carbonation and oily movement. Drinkability- I don't think it can get any more drinkable than this.

supercolter, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of cowboy83
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

cowboy83, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Fcolle2
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

Fcolle2, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

tuckerlikesbeer, Nov 29, 2012
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 4,143 ratings.