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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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4,068 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,068
Reviews: 1,380
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,412
Gots: 432 | 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 washburnkid

New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to MBABJJ for a 4pk of this one in a trade.

A: Around a finger of creamy, beige head over a dark and relatively cloudy amber. Tons of lacing and yummy retention.
S: Hops are piney and floral. I think it's a very refreshing and inviting aroma. Some grapefruit is in there as well as sweet malts in the back to balance.
T: Big hop characteristics but quickly mellowed out by sweet malts. Hops are like the aroma, piney and floral. Malts are caramel, especially with warmth.
M: A creamy, medium-bodied mouth with medium carbonation.
D: Love this big creamy head! This beer tastes to me like a combo of Hop Rod and Torpedo. An easy favorite!

05-17-2009 21:20:05 | More by washburnkid
Photo of zachary80


3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

09-27-2012 23:21:40 | More by zachary80
Photo of Soonami


4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Wooow! Surly Furious lives up to the hype. As soon as I crack the can, I smell the fresh aroma from extremely successful dry-hopping. The can must really hold the hoppy goodness better than a bottle, because I can't remember having many better bottle commercial IPA. The beer is a dark crimson highlighted amber that is deceivingly dark. The smell is of herbaceous hops with fresh cut pine boughs, orange peel, and baking bread. I just can't overemphasize how fresh and vibrant the aroma is. The beer is appropriately dry with very firm bitterness and a nice little bit of caramel (but not sweet) maltiness. The carbonation was perfect and the hop tannins added a good bit of body. Beautiful beer to have a whole pint of.

12-20-2010 07:12:21 | More by Soonami
Photo of djgustafson

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-24-2014 13:01:37 | More by djgustafson
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


4/5  rDev -7.6%

A-Deep russet, murky brown with a supremely sticky and rocky off-white head. Major lacing and cling.

S-Aroma is filled with hops but is heavily matched with a raw grain and nuttiness. I also detect a solid hint of cinnamon (although I am not insinuating that any was used). You almost forget about the hops as you try to dissect the malt layers.

T-Ok, not my ideal IPA, but lets throw styles out the window like they should be. Rich hearty malt body with major hop backbone. The spiciness of rye seems to be very present. Grainy, fresh and lightly-kilned. The scottish malt is a great touch although it seems a bit unfamiliar to me with the heavy hopping. Like the aroma, the hoppiness is often ignored - not due to presence, but because there are so many other flavors going on.

M-Rich and full, sweet and dry. Definitely a chewy texture and slightly rough finish. Not cloying, yet the hops are there to be noticeable.

D-I think I could grow to love this beer if I could get my hands on it easier. Not an IPA that I can compare to many others, yet I see that as a great thing. Plenty of brewers out there make great, typical, IPAs and it is nice to see a brewer that acknowledges that and tries to put their own spin on it.

09-16-2008 00:46:51 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of cvfish


4.83/5  rDev +11.5%

A - This beer poured a beautiful light bronze orange color that produced a fluffy white head that had a great amount of retention and left a beautiful lacing effect around the side of the glass

S - The aroma produced by this beer is out of this world, a nice bunch of pale malts followed by some great bouquet of floral and citrus hops

T - The taste of this beer is beyond a doubt one of the best tasting IPA's on the market, generous amounts of pale malts, black tea, floral and citrus hops, lots of grapefruits, orange, lemon

M - The mouthfeel of this beer is without a doubt one of the best I have ever tried, medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation, perfect for the style

D - By far one of the best IPAs I have ever had, maybe the tea taste is what sets this one apart, but this is one close to perfect beer, I think there is only one other IPA that I enjoy more, only slightly

12-31-2009 22:49:10 | More by cvfish
Photo of Jslay013


3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

05-29-2013 00:30:43 | More by Jslay013
Photo of DerekQXQX


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-17-2014 12:43:35 | More by DerekQXQX
Photo of photomike


4.2/5  rDev -3%

Pours a deep amber with a short milky beige head. Slow recession with decent lacing towards the top of the glass. Darker than expected.

Nicely fragrant. Up front are grapefruit citrus and pine hops with an obvious carmel maltiness. Pungent orange zest.

Flavor is more balanced than the nose would imply. Carmelly but dry with an array of peppery hop flavors. Orange peel and sweetened grapefruit juice with slight biscuity malt flavors and a lasting bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, this goes down nicely. The fine carbonation explodes all over the tip of your tongue and there is a lasting bitter astringency after you swallow.

A fine, easy drinking brew. I would definitely buy this fairly often if it were available around me, and that's sayin' something in the land of world-class IPA.

09-02-2009 01:36:13 | More by photomike
Photo of paulys55


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-09-2013 14:59:23 | More by paulys55
Photo of billhelm


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-17-2014 22:40:40 | More by billhelm
Photo of mythaeus


4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-20-2013 14:58:27 | More by mythaeus
Photo of T_Hass


4/5  rDev -7.6%

04-24-2014 04:10:28 | More by T_Hass
Photo of razorsdescent


5/5  rDev +15.5%

06-03-2014 00:09:51 | More by razorsdescent
Photo of mwa423


4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Poured with two fingers of head, the color is dark amber and impeciabbly clear.

S - Strong hop profile, multiple different hops in smell, very floral and earthy.

T - Lots of different citrus with a plesant hop aftertaste.

Overall the perfect american regular ipa. Not tongue burning but plesant in every way

06-20-2009 20:17:05 | More by mwa423
Photo of AwYeh


4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from pint can into pint glass; thanks arvjunk!

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber color, with two fingers of frothy head and a huge amount of lacing.

S: Smells of pine hops, grapefruit, and bready caramel malts.

T: Taste builds on these three main elements, with a mostly bitter finish and some lingering citrus.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium body.

D: Wholly enjoyable glass, would love to have another of these.

01-10-2011 00:41:51 | More by AwYeh
Photo of Kaydogg


5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2011 15:48:46 | More by Kaydogg
Photo of WoodburyMN


5/5  rDev +15.5%

08-05-2012 16:29:48 | More by WoodburyMN
Photo of maDUECEgunner


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

06-09-2013 16:15:44 | More by maDUECEgunner
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Thanks to tprokop7 for the can, poured into a snifter.

The appearance is a dark amber/orange with a two finger foamy head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is citrus at first, but there's a pine and a nice subtle sweetness underneath the first citrus blast as well.

The beer tastes of strong citrus with slight undertones of sweetness and pine, just like the smell. There is the slightest taste of caramel in the finish and aftertaste. The beer is not as bitter or hoppy as I expected from the smell and the 99 IBUs the can claims.

The mouthfeel is fantastic as no taste is too strong and the beer is carbonated perfectly. I can imagine drinking 6-8 of these out of the can during summer camping trips and outdoor activities, extremely drinkable. Overall this a good beer that I would like to drink more of, but not something that I will be on the hunt for.

04-22-2009 01:00:10 | More by rpstevens
Photo of maxcoinage


4.34/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured 16oz can into imperial pint glass, canned 11/11/13 (11 days ago). Left a huge 2inch white head that took it's time to settle down. Color of the beer is quite dark for an IPA--dark amber.

Aroma is a nice blast of citrus and hops

Taste is very well balanced between the malts and hops. I get some caramel, bread maltiness up front then the citrus is noticeable before the hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel -medium carbonation and lower to medium body, really smooth

Overall - I like that this is quite a different IPA than what I'm used to. Although it's definitely got a hop bite, it's balanced out pretty well. Happy that Surlys line up arrived in Chicago yesterday, looking forward to trying their entire line-up.

11-22-2013 22:47:29 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of sacrelicio


5/5  rDev +15.5%

color is fiery orange red. huge rocky cumulonimbus head the color of nougat.

smell is piney, caramel malts, and mint. some citrus in there as well.

taste is also piney, caramel malts, and mint. massive citrus. also nutty and butterscotchy.

mouthfeel is rich and amazing. so full and smooth.

drinkability is huge. easy to drink a four pack and love life man.

10-17-2010 02:33:16 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to non BA Bob for bringing this north.

A nice looking IPA, but a touch on the dark side with its clear ruby tinted amber body. Nice one finger light tan coloured head formed while transferring from the can to my glass. Mildly carbonated and well laced with fluffy little coulds of lacing that stick to the inside of my glass.

Grapefruit and caramel with underpinnings of toffee and cocoa powder. Ruby red grapefruit juice with its sweet and fruity floral bitterness.

Theres a lot of hops in here, but the malts stand up surprisingly well. Grapefruit morphs into pine then a grassiness appears, opening enough of a window to allow the malts to finally assert themselves and reveal their toasty and mildly nutty character with a good amount of caramel and lesser hints of toffee and cocoa powder.

A medium bodied brew with a substantial hop blast that is backed up by an almost equally muscular malt backbone. Hops resinousness almost obliterates the toasty and nutty qualities of the malts and provide just enough of an edge for the caramel to muscle its way onto the palate, followed by the touch of cocoa powder.

Pretty damn drinkable for its 99IBUs and it medium body. Try it if you like your IPAs or are looking to strip your mouth with tasty hop resins. An all around excellent IPA, from its looks, to its strong hop profile, and its solid and delicious malt bill. Believe the hype!

06-25-2007 00:06:20 | More by demcorhip
Photo of jgasparine


4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

A- Poured from the can with 1 finger of offwhite foam, which slowly receded to a haze layer and some bits of lacing. The body was a hazy orange-amber color, which produced some sparse bubble trains up the sides of my tumbler.

S- A rich melange of crystal and stewed malt aromas with a balancing dose of citrus piney hops. Impressions of toffee, nuts, and coniferous forest. Impressively bold and balanced.

T- The nose translates to the palate quite well here; huge nutty and toffee-like malts are met with a balancing citrus and piney hop flavor midway. Finally in the finish, the hops begin to reveal their bittering properties with a mild resinous bitter flavor that lingers on the tongue.

M- A big chewy body accented with a creamy quality from the soft carbonation. A mild astringency, which is to be expected from an IPA. The alcohol is well-hidden in this brew.

Overall- This easy drinking brew can go down smoothly in all types of weather. I am impressed with the way it walks the line between typical East Coast and West Coast IPAs. I will definitely stock-up on this next time I'm in Minnesota!

07-23-2011 20:25:17 | More by jgasparine
Photo of lpotter


4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-05-2012 03:22:28 | More by lpotter
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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