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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,447
Hads: 5,058
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 1,503
Gots: 833 | FT: 30
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% 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 surlyseth
4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was a little skeptical about it coming from a can, but the sticky sweet smell emanating from the popped top was enough to open my mind.
The pour is heavenly. A thick, luxurious head sits atop a beautiful deep, red-rust colored body!
The smell in the glass is even sweeter, with obvious caramel and pineapple. What a combination! What a country!
Taste is Citrus and Carmel as advertised! Oooh it's grapefruity, too! Perfectly balanced with fresh, full hoppiness!
Full feel that gets better and better as it warms. Puckering hops until then.
Drinkability is out-of-this-world. It's too good, really. Dangerously good.
This is my favorite!

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Photo of Maction
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an imperial pint glass, it's a semi-opaque dark caramel, with a foamy but thick 2-finger head that leaves rings after every sip.

S: Smells of acidic fruit and raw sugar, also perfumey flowers, with some faint earthy undertones.

T: When it first hits my tongue there's bitterness and citrus, then some dulled caramel flavors, back to a dry mineral finish.

M: Mouthfeel is light and clean, not overly carbonated.

D: This is a complex and fresh-tasting brew that reveals more with each sip.

Notes: Furious is very balanced and has a classic IPA flavor, but it has a lot of interesting and pleasant undertones make it special.

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Photo of sonata2008
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a 16 oz. pint glass. Dark amber color with a thick head.
S: Rich citrus, some grapefruit and a little pine.
T: Initially bitter, followed by an intense citrus flavor with a caramel finish. A very nice balance of flavors
M: Average mouth feel.
D: Excellent drinkability, especially if you like aromatic hops.

I enjoy this beer very much.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade earlier this week, thanks Joe!

Poured into a shaped pint glass with an amber colored clear body that had a frothy white head with great retention and lacing. Smells of grapefruit and pine mostly but with a good floral hop background, too. Nice and fruity but balanced with a hint of sweet buttery malts. Taste is just like I bit into a grapefruit covered in pine needles, I love it. Bitter, resiny and juicy hops give way to a biscuity malt bill that is sweet enough to take the edge off but doesn't interfere enough to make the hops completely fade away. High carbonation and an oily slick body that is medium to thin but still coats pretty well. Drinks wonderfully, I would love to have this one on the shelves in Boston. Even my Dad, who hates bitter IPAs, had a sip and loved this beer.

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Photo of schanker21
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the tasting room in the South Loop Binny's in Chicago.

Pours a clear copper with a two finger head that dissipates some, but leaves good lacing. The smell is where this beer becomes impressive. I ordered this beer and as it was getting poured, the guy next to me decided to try one too. We both took a sniff and said something to the effect of "holy crap." You get a huge whiff of flowery, citrusy, and piney hops that I don't think I've ever gotten on another IPA. The nose is really really strong on this and it translates to the taste as well. The initial taste is a little bit sweet, but after a couple seconds, the hops kick you in the teeth. This is an excellent IPA that is definitely at or near the top of my list.

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Photo of animortician
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stoked to try this through a recent trade.

A: Color is deep red to light brown. How does this fall under the American IPA category there is nothing Pale about it? 1 finger head quickly faded and left nice lacing.

S: Mild, malty mixed with hops, fruity

T: The hop flavor is there but the nutty and malty characteristic was much higher than I was expecting for this style of beer. If Indian brown ale were a style this would probably be the flagship beer for that style.

F: Crisp and smooth

O: A little disappointed... Color and flavor doesn't match what an AIPA should be. Great beer if I had no expectation and if I didn't try to taste it in the context of its category.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes are red-meaty hops, tin, plastic wraps, pills, banana skins, tomatoes, sunflowers, table scraps lemon zest, amber syrup, dextrose, silica, boozy goodness and lemon merigue. Smells are hops, malt, soft water, sugar, spice, beans, rubber, and maltose.

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Photo of Cobrito
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excited to try this difficult to find beer while I'm traveling. Can date 5-2-13.

Pours an unusually dark, almost red-orange amber. Quite obviously full-bodied, with strong carbonation. Head nice but disappears rapidly.

Aroma is spectacular, wonderfully earthy, with an almost fresh tomatoes from the garden aspect to it along with pine and a touch of hard-to-define citrus. Reminiscent of West Coast standard-bearers, but very much its own thing. Very dank with a fresh-hop character to it; malts provide body and complexity.

Taste: Follows nose. A hophead's dream. Glad I don't live in Minnesota or I might be a boring barfly and weigh 300 pounds. The palate is wonderfully complex, and the finish is among the best I've ever experienced, like chewing raw hops.

Mouthfeel: Very full and a bit too heavy but this beer is drinkable.

An extremely aggressive, full-bodied, hop-forward, complex brew in all the best ways. One of the most explosively flavorful beers I've ever had--the Rolling Stones--or perhaps more appropriate--Replacements of IPAs. Surly Furious Rocks.

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Photo of pmoore311
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic IPA,

Poured into an Arcadia Ales pint glass.

Cloudy and amber in color, biting dry citrus and piney hops, with a bit of malts to balance. This beer is dangerously sessionable and I consider this to be one of the best within this style.

I highly recommend seeking this one out. Would be awesome if Surly distributed in Michigan.

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Photo of dfclav
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to TheDudeRules for this extra!

A - very nice chestnut brown/red with a fairly active two finger head. It doesn't stay around forever, but the lacing it leaves is quite nice.

S - well, I believe this is almost the same hop bill present in Nugget Nectar, so it is very reminiscent of that. Huge loads of grapefruit, pine and toffee. Subtle floral notes with Simcoe on the backend. Love it.

T - The bitterness from the hops is intense! I'm surprised this beer gets overlooked so much. After the hops assault your palate, loads of grapefruit and tropical fruit, especially lychee nut, sit in the middle, followed by a sweet bread malt flavor. The hops come back on in full force in the dry finish leaving an aftertaste that can last several minutes. 

M - perfect amount of carbonation, but mouthfeel is a tad too thin. Don't get me wrong, for the style it is great which is why it won't hurt my scoring, but I think a little fuller body would land a perfect 5 in feel.

D - very good. This beer is a well crafted one and it's simple to polish off the can in minutes. I would not recommend it to a beginner in craft beer but it's not hard to love if you are into imperials.

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Photo of bucko
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a couple of free pours at a special event at Acadia Cafe. The beer pours a nice, copper-orange color with a huge creamy head that very slowly dissipates into nice lacing. The aroma is huge... grapefruit, punch, pine, citrus. Very nice. The Amarilo and Simcoe really shine here. The flavor is surprisingly well-balanced for a beer of this caliber. Again, more sweet malt backed up by a nice, floral hop presence. More citrus and punch. Damn. This is THE beer I've always wanted to brew. The mouthfeel is just plain smooth... almost creamy thanks to the hand pump. Drinkability? I had two and would have happily consumed more if needed. :) Sadly, the pin ran dry. Watch out for this one. You won't see it every week, but if you have the chance, enjoy it.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can brought back from Minnesota by my dear friend Kathy. Pours a dark amber with a one finger white head. Interesting melange of hop aromas, some flowers, some grapefruit and a nice pine bite at the end. Hefty orange flavor with some lemon, grapefruit and pineapple behind it and a pine snap in the finish. The flavors linger for ages after the can is gone, which is good since I ran out of the stuff!

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Photo of Trystero
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back-logged circa 12/29/2011

Appearance: Crimson bronze hue, emobossed with hop light. Aggressive pour yeilds a thick and textured full white head.

Smell: Refreshing airy citrus hop profile with a less imposing grass and pine twang.

Taste: Initial hop bite of citrus, grapefruit, chinook and citra hop profile, gestures towards characteristics of the West Coast style then sways back slightly into bitter pine and grass resine of an East Coast adherent. A hint of bready malt creates balance in the midst of this hop nectar.

Mouthfeel: Thick, astringent and full bodied and creamy.

Overall: An excellent American IPA with a unique "Midwest-esque" hop profile.

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Photo of Bennettrox
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks GoldenJet for more Surly goodness!

A- Dark amber, nice lacing on the glass, one finger fluffy head.

S - Citrus hops, grapefruit, a little pine, and damn the hops!!!

T - Oh wow, this has a full array of hops. Pine, citrus, hops hops hops. Surprisingly solid malt backbone as well. Damn this is tasty!

M - Sticky, chewy, and I love it. Medium carbonation and feels great.

O - Wow I love this stuff! Only a few weeks old and it shows! Fantastic IPA!!! I would be happy if Surly distributed only this... to my house :)

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Photo of fdkayti
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass. A real nice coppery red color with a two-fingered head that dissipates into a film over the top of the beer. Mostly clear, nothing stunning but beautiful in a very simple way. It's modest, you could say. Some floaties suspended throughout.

S- Sweet and kinda piney. Makes me see bright colors when I close my eyes. Citrus on the tail end. I gotta taste it.

T- Oh my gaaaah. No longer modest. Aggressive hops but oh so tasty. A slight sweetness, honey roasted peanuts. Not much malt presence. The bitterness is similar to the white parts of an orange or grapefruit. So friggin' balanced, even with the heavy hop presence and bitterness. May I please say OM NOM NOM.

MF- Slightly on the heavy side with what I appreciate as pretty good carbonation. Feel it all over my mouth, it really sticks to ya.

OD- An excellent canned beer. I would drink this anywhere, especially in a pool or on some sand. Incredibly refreshing while still thrusting you into flavor country. Thanks to a great, great friend for providing me with this diamond in beverage form.

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Photo of Windigstadt
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A murky, rusty dark amber with a thin, dissipating ivory head.
S: Strong, possibly dry-hopped nose; pine and citrus notes with an underlying malty sweetness of honey.
T: Roasty bitterness up front, coffee and toffee notes; the initial bitterness gives way to an immense fruity sweetness of lemon and honey; the bitterness comes back in the finish, with grapefruit rind predominating and a hint of juniper. The bitterness lingers long after you've swallowed.
M: Medium body, slightly creamy, moderate carbonation.
D: It's light, and at 6% ABV it won't put you down too quickly, but the complexity and bitterness keep this from being something I'd drink more than one can of in a session.

Overall: Unlike most BA's, I'm not a hophead, so I'm reviewing out of my comfort zone, style-wise. Fortunately, this beer offers much to appreciate beyond its IBUs. The roastiness and sweetness of the beer intermingle with the predominant bitterness to render this a wonderfully complex brew.

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Photo of akokandy
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Had on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Served in an imperial pint. Served a yellow-orange with a 1 finger head. Really nice retention and lacing. Very enticing.

S- Nothing besides hops here.

T- This is an extremely bitter beer. Hops, hops, and more hops. Not very balanced, but delivered on what it promised. For IPA lovers, this is a must-try.

M- Medium-full body, with ample carbonation.

D- This is a very drinkable beer. Every sip left me with a dry bitterness in the mouth, which made me go for another sip every time.

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Photo of blackenmn
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from cask into a standard pint glass:

Appearance and Smell:Served a creamy slighty hazed orange with a bit of amber hue to it, the head was very creamy, smooth, and had great retention. Smelled of sweet citrus and caramel, a bit more malt on the nose than fresh canned furious. Typical pine aroma took a backseat a bit more than usual.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of luscious citrus and caramel with a complimentary subdued piney hop presence due to the cask conditioning. It felt creamy and a bit more frothy than usual with minimal carb as expected. No heavy tea presence noticeable.

Drinkability:Extremely drinkable. I enjoyed a couple of these and will definitely have more down the road, on a different level than canned furious but definitely not in a bad way. Any IPA with a great malt profile should be about this tasty on cask I'd suspect. mmm-mmm

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Photo of VincentFrey
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour / Appearance: Pours very well carbonated, creating a thick bone white head. It hangs around pretty well. I know this isn't ideal for an IPA in terms of losing some aroma in the head, but it looks damn pretty. The beer itself is a very nice ruby-amber, with a cloudy orange hue when held directly in the light. Great.

Aroma: Big, bold, juicy hops. Wow. Primarily citrus and fruit, but something like Chinook or Columbus in the back giving very light dank, oniony scents. Thankfully there is definite malt character; a bit like sourdough bread or a nice, whole wheat bagel. Wow.

Taste: And it all comes together here. The aroma certainly brings everything hop forward, but the nice present but subtle malt figures in perfectly to add a nice body to what could just be a hop head beer. It still is, don't get me wrong, but it's a terrifically balanced one. And it doesn't go too far overboard, not verging into DIPA, just a great IPA.

Overall: Fantastic.

Bottom Line: Buy. Hell, if you're just getting into big hop beers, just buy the 4 pack. If you don't like hops, you'll be furious.

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Photo of Reanimator
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Feels odd pouring from a can. A darker almost like a golden light maple syrup color. Pretty nice head, solid lacing. Strong grapefruity hop aroma.

Very balanced flavor, malty up front into strong hop bitterness then back into smooth malt to finish back up with hop flavor. Wow! Mouthfeel is just a bit watery.

Hell yes this is drinkable, even from the can this stuff is delicious!

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Photo of jraycee
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully into my glass from the Surly can. Nice slightly cloudy reddish amber with a big foamy head.
Smell is big hops to yo face! Grapefruit, pine, brown sugar notes.
Taste is more piney than citrusy with a nice toffee malt backing.
Mouthfeel is good for the style with a nice clean finish.
Drinkability is great. I am very happy with my first tasting from Surly, thanks to OHLRangers for the trade.

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Photo of cptierney
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a North Coast nonic.

Nice, dark amber color to this brew. A good two fingers of head on the pour yielding to significant lacing. Consistent carbonation through the glass.

Excellent floral hoppy nose. Get lots of citrus, especially a big fat grapefruit, and nice piney undertones. If it tastes as good as it smells, I'm in for a treat.

The mouthfeel on this beast is divine. Strong viscous brew with tingly carbonation, must... drink... slower...

What an exceptional balance of flavors. The Scottish malt serves as an excellent backbone for the hops to play. Not overwhelming hops, just a perfect citrus bite to each sip. I could drink this forever.

Solid drinkability. Slightly lower marks due to the thicker nature of the brew in respect to other IPA's, though I could see myself downing a whole gaggle of these easily.

Perhaps my favorite brew to date. Just incredible, makes me a little misty eyed...

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Photo of DrMalt
4.4/5  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.

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Photo of KCHopHead
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this is a good hophead beer. Thanks to Remilamy for bringing me some from MN.

A - Magnificent. Dark Orange and Amber. This beer poured a 3 finger head that crowded up into some solid hop residue. Lacing was a thick coat of this solid stuff here and there. Kept a nice thin head all the way down.

S - Lots of citrus, grapefruit up front with a nice sharp hop twang. Noticing the deep color's malt to the nose.

T - Like a sharper Avery Maharaja. The malt backbone was just a tad lighter than Avery's but this is what I like to model homebrews after right here.

M - Could use a tad more carbonation, but I'm not complaining because the taste is overwhelming delicious that the mouthfeel becomes 2% of it's judgement.

D - Only dinging it a little because for a 6.2% beer it seems a little heavy. But it is smoooth and goes down like liquid candy and hops. I could have two or three of these and be alright. :)

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

First try of the furious. Looks a nice, clear, amber color with good beige head. Beige has never been so exciting. Smells on the pinier side of citrus. Sports the sharper notes of the West Coast IPAs.

Tastes on the less balanced side. Aggressive and delicious. Mouthfeel is good and tangy without being sparkly. I could have a few of these. I dig the can.

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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