Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,422
Hads: 4,909
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
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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 MisterTiat
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish color, head retention is good

S: Hops slap you in the face, nice fruity smell and not completely overpowering

T: Hops, hops, hops. Citrus, grapefruit, tastes like a Summit EPA on steroids. Palate is cleansed after this one.

M: Decenty sticky

D: No problem drinking as much of this stuff as you want. (319 characters)

Photo of Sidebordz
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Capra12 for hooking me up with a can of this beer. Was way better thank I expected, especially considering it was in a can!!!

A: pours a nice golden-brown color, good carbonation look, and a small head that didn't last long.

S: primarily hops, with some malt to it, and mild evergreen scent as well. very little alcohol smell to this one.

T: Initial taste is all hops, which was fantastic, followed by some mild citrus and a small amount of pine/oak notes.

M: medium body, with some lingering hoppiness, which I loved! Finishes shortly after teh swallow.

O: a great canned beer, huge surprise as I normally wouldn't drink canned beers. This is one I will most definately look for again! Delicous! You need to try this if you are a hop head! (765 characters)

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

Obtained this in a BIF from surlytwinsfan.

A - Crimson/amber in color. Good clarity. One finger creamy white head consisting of many tiny bubbles. Leaves a decent lacing on glass.

S - Citrus and pine aromas from the hops. Sweet caramel, coffee and toffee aromas as well.

T - Piney and citrus hops linger on the palate. Hints of grapefruit. I get some toffee flavors as well. I enjoy the aggressive chewiness from the hops. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied. Good carbonation with pleasant creaminess throughout.

Overall a very unorthodox IPA. This beer is extremely enjoyable. The pine and citrus hops are fantastic. Surly knows how to make a damn good canned beer. Other than Daisy Cutter this is one of the best canned beer I have ever had. (752 characters)

Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A (4.75): Poured from a can into a pint glass. Somewhat Translucent Amber ale with huge number of sprites rising to the 1/4 inch creamy fluff of a head. Nice lacing on glass tilt. Looks good. Lacing holds up fairly well with an 1/8 inch remaining on last pull.

S (3.75):Hop brightness is present but not overwhelming. Slight citrus scent becomes more of a grapefruit tang as it warms though still at a low level - present, but not overwhelming.

T (3.75): Bitter at first taste. Let it warm up a little (3-5 minutes). That was much better.
Softer, and taste is more balanced between the hop bitterness and the weightier thicker biscuit malt - the hops have something to ride on. But, there is less flavor that anticipated for an IPA bracket.

M (4.5): Creamy and smooth due mainly to the froth. Slick on the backend, but dissipates quickly.
After letting it warm, it opens up and becomes more full. The bitterness is still there, but more tempered.
Actually a really nice balance - wish I have a thermometer to determine the temp.

O (4): I had this a week earlier and was impressed by it's fullness. Tried it this afternoon and the balance was off - maybe too cold as I took it straight from the fridge.
After letting it sit for a few minutes...Wow, what a difference. More balanced in T & M and the scent took on a different hue. Overall a very nice ale and not too high an ABV either (6.6%), so another can be easily enjoyed at the same sitting. The bitterness was somewhat unadorned - the flavor package was good, but had me wanting a little more. Still a good solid ale...Just be a little patient when taking it out of the fridge. (1,638 characters)

Photo of beachscrat
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: 16oz. non-nitro can. Intense red/black reversible graphics can be read sideways, upside down, right side up, or in fixed gear bicycle crash whilst neck deep in a slow-motion apocalypse. Ultra thick meringue-like head of foam. Even non-Jesus type beings could walk on this liquid crown of glory. Multi-layered belgian lacing assimilating the sides my imperial pint glass molecules. Fasten your seat-belts ladies and gentlemen. This is gonna be one hell of a ride.

smell: Copious amounts of Jamaican grapefruit zest, freshly picked by my sun bronzed Norwegian Pipes O' Thor a la hawaiian tropic oil, standing arms length away from a massive bushel of the devious cousin de la Humulus Lupulus....Snap out of it beachscrat!! You've got a review to write!! (ENTER SOUND OF ME PUNCHING MYSELF IN THE FACE)

taste: Orgasmic mouth watering bittersweet biscuits and marmalade. God damn man, this beer is out of a can? That ain't right.

mouthfeel: Slightly viscous and chewy. Just enough to go bare-knuckle toe-to-toe with the malt and hops.

drinkability: Although I shouldn't, due to the alcohol and all...aw screw it, I'm drinkin' these cans 'til they run outta aluminum.

music: "And Blood Was Passion" from The Deafening Twilight by Zebulon Pike (clocking in at 13 min 12 sec...one of the short songs from this album)

Thank God for Minnesotans and God save the malt and hops. (1,397 characters)

Photo of kruse
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Furious tap in pint glass at pub. Nice dark copper color with decent head. Smell was highly vegetal; strong hop aroma with pine overtones. Strong, but not overwhelming, hop flavor. This is a highly hopped beer and very good for its type, but I the hops really overpowered the malt. Although I enjoy a hoppy beer, I would have liked a bit more balance. Good mouthfeel. Overall a quite drinkable beer. (403 characters)

Photo of Mightymango
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap pour into a pint glass.

Amber in color with an almost cloudy look.

Crisp smelling, really smells like a "Hey, you really want to drink me" beer.

Hoppy taste with full flavor. Has a hint of bitter but goes down easy.

Not a fan of it in the can but very flavor full on tap. (287 characters)

Photo of lowgear
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Surly.Thanks DRINKNDRIVE.I really love and appreciate a real ipa. Not overboard on the hops.Nice balance.

Murky amber color upon pouring.The aroma is slightly sweet,resinous,piney.Nice flavor with average hop bite and a pleasant mouthfeel that makes you want another sip. It has a good malt balance in aftertaste.I could really drink a few of these in one sitting. (374 characters)

Photo of badmoon
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip from a bomber.

A: Deep brown. Dark Amber...whatever. About a fingers worth of head that quickly resolved. TONS of lacing. I love it!

S: HUGE grapefruit nose. Some wildflowers in the background. Best ever!

T: Very smooth. Hoppy to the end. Finishes with no aftertaste or hop bitterness.

M: Kinda dry. Clean an crisp...nothing unusual here.

D: Very drinkable...maybe too much so.

Overall: Best beer ever! This is my favorite beer ever! (457 characters)

Photo of ajayma
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red. Lace is sticky to the near-finish.

Citrus peel, uncooked malt.

Medium w/ a supportive carbonation.

Pine and hints of caramel and biscuit in the start. Quickly makes way for hops which impart an assertive citrus character. The bitterness is prominent without being astringent or resiny.

For me, the last couple of sips contain the slightest suggestion of peach. Not one I would session, but I could certainly imagine popping the top on one of these after, say, an long afternoon stroll. (555 characters)

Photo of omahawk
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a well above average IPA. Great hop balance, not too bitter, great back-end hop additions. The important attributes - mouthfeel is good for an IPA, not too dry, but you can taste the zing, appearance is just right, most importantly it tastes great. This is near the top of IPAs in my book, a definite A/A-. (314 characters)

Photo of mnjeff
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought at Apollo Liquor (local Surly, and other micro-brew carrier in Rochester, MN). Poured into a Stella Artois tapered pint.
A: A gorgeous reddish, brown haze. Pours a full finger of head which retains well, leaving thin strands of lacing well down the glass. I love that I can see the carbonation releasing slowly throughout the beer.
S: Very hoppy, daddy like, a gorgeous bouquet of fruit.
T: Quite bitter, but well balanced against what i believe are peach and pear notes with clove to round the palate.
M: Medium Full, all the flavors play in your mouth for a real treat.
D: Furious is a very highly drinkable beer, I have used it to convert many a friend away from drinking poor excuses for beer (miller, Anheuser busch, etc) with great results. I feel it always tastes better when drank while playing disc golf.
I highly recommend this beer to anyone who believes they like IPA's. Mmmm... (898 characters)

Photo of SurlyMe
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass

A - Deep amber in color, light pour yields a nice cream colored 2 finger head which thins leaving light lacing

S - Big piney hops, grapefuit, sweet citrus

T - The first time I tasted this beer I felt that the name described the taste best, FURIOUS! It has a taste/bite like no other IPA ive ever tried. Follows the nose at first with grapefruit, citrus, and hop notes up front. finishes with a nice caramel flavor.

M - Smooth, light carbonation feel, resinous aftertaste

D - Big hop profile and resinous feel makes you want to keep on sipping.

Overall, very tasty stuff, one of my favorite IPAs but I can only have a couple in one sitting just because there is SO much flavor. This IPA is like no other i've tried, in a good way. I highly recommend trying it if you have access to it (Minnesota folk). (847 characters)

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

A - Lighter copper with a nice white head.

S - Citric hops and medium toasted malts were paired nicely

T - Hops are prominent and dominant with a lot of care to make sure its still an IPA but with a decent and flavorful body to back it up

M - Right in the middle where an IPA should be. Carbonation was moderate

D - A pretty easy going, albeit very hoppy IPA that I could session with no issues. (399 characters)

Photo of TonyBaloney
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a brew. Poured into a tulip pint glass, this is the most beautiful beer ever, lovely orange-copper color with a rich, creamy head. The smell of hops hits you before you even lift it up to drink, but close sniffing brings out classic pine and citrus hop aromas. The taste is fantastic, big hops up front, followed by an explosion of sweet malts, and rounded out with great hops bitterness which lingers until your next slug. This beer doesn't cheat you in any way. The beer is pretty crisp considering all the flavor and alcohol you are dealing with. They go down easy, but a couple of these can sneak up on you in a hurry. This would be my standard beer if I could get it on a regular basis. Bravo Surly. (714 characters)

Photo of RachelZ
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer has an overall amber color. The head is very thick with a beige/amber color. Aromas of pine, caramels and tea leaves make give this beer an overall earthy tone. Flavors include grapefruit, pine and spices. The aftertaste overall is dry and bitter. (257 characters)

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

Poured from a 16oz. can that says "canned on 9/10/13" into a Russian River pint glass.

A- Dark copper/ burnt orange color. A tad murky, not crystal clear at all. A 1/2 " beige head that quickly fades to a surface coating lace. Sides of glass show consistent lacing all the way down as I consume this brew.

S- Wow, as I pop the can the aroma immediately wafts up into my nose, with pine, tropical fruits, and freshly mown meadow hay all entering the equation. Upon further inspection a definite malt presence appears. The crushed grain, ready to bake a loaf of bread smell.
The Scottish malts I assume.

T- The sap-covered pine cone bitterness hits first, followed by the mango, pineapple and grapefruit rind citrus combo following soon after. A plethora of flavors in such a low ABV IPA.
Wonderful balance, just when I thought the bitterness was taking control, the fruity side of the hop combo comes through. Not to be completely forgotten, the malt backbone stands up and has his say. And on and on they fight.

M- The 99 IBU's (the can claims) definitely hits the tongue with force, drying the beer out so that I want another drink right away. Not too heavy, just right for several of these to disappear. Carbonation is spot on, not too heavy or stinging, allowing me to savor all this brew has to offer.

O- I was impressed with this beer, especially considering that it is coming up on three months old. Would love to have this on tap at the brewery. Fantastic use of a variety of hops. A west coast style IPA with a twist all it's own. Great balance, a lot going on, all of it good to me. Could drink this on a regular basis. (1,633 characters)

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

Served from a 16 oz can. Big thanks to gibby for this one!

Appearance - Has an orange-amber color with an off-white head. The head is about a finger or so and has some pretty nice lacing on it.

Smell - Lots of floral and spicy hops, some citrus, grapefruit, and hints of sweetness.

Taste - It's got a piney bite to it that I enjoy. It has a sweetness to it from the balance of malt but ends with a resiny flavor. It seems to get smoother as it comes up to temperature.

Mouthfeel - Seems well carbonated for the style. It's got some body to it but it's not too thick. It's a very smooth IPA.

Drinkability - I really enjoy this one. It's smooth, has some hop kick, some balancing malt sweetness, good carbonation, and the ABV seems to work well with it. I could definitely drink a few of these. (797 characters)

Photo of hollyisaway
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A gift 16oz can from a friend at Tommy's Pizza in Gettysburg, PA.

Poured into a Flying Dog Goblet.

Appearance: Absolutely beautiful. Looks somewhat like an imperial red, but with the solid body of an IPA. I cannot be more impressed here, especially with the thin layer of head that slowly surfaced and gave an additional bit of character. Only deduction is for the cloudiness, where a more opaque character would have moved it up to 5.

Smell: This is what an IPA should smell like. Hops hit immediately, as expected with the heavy IBU count, but very quickly cede to almost caramel and citrus scents. A light banana or similar fruit can be picked up, running in the background as the head dissipates and the hops lose total control.

Taste: Immediately I think of Gordon / G'Knight by Oskar Blues, but infinitely more balanced between malt and hop. The hops, while stunningly present, do not overwhelm, and allow the noted caramel and coffee strains to reach the back of the throat. Lingering tastes of hops on the outer mouth and gum, while the malts seem to take precedence in the back. Just beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and solid. Heavy enough to appreciate the complex flavors, smooth enough to drink without a second though. Not a palate burner either, despite the bitterness.

Overall: Amazing. Just amazing. (1,319 characters)

Photo of hgrong
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft at the Happy Gnome

Beer pours a dark amber/copper color with a small tight head that dissipates quickly leaving small amounts of lacing. To guess from the appearance only one would have to believe that this is a run of the mill amber ale. The nose, however, tells a different story. It smells of fresh hops. Lots of grapefruit and pine with a hint of marijuana. There is some malt in the nose, but it is in the background. Notes of caramel and some nuts. The palate is near perfection for me. Intense hop profile. The palate begins fruity and slightly citrusy from the hops but almost immediately turns bone dry. This beer is definatly all about the hops, but that is not to say that it is lacking balance. There is a core structure of malts that create a base of sweetness to balance out the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with small carbonation. It feels light and crisp in your mouth, not syrupy or heavy at all. To me one of the most impressive things about this beer is the drinkability. Without really thinking about it one would easily be able to slurp down two or three pints of this without problem. However, it you slow down and think about what you are drinking it rewards you with a nice complexity.

On a side note, I am extremely happy to have a brewery in the Twin Cities that is willing to color outside the lines a bit. Nothing against the local juggernaught Summit, but they are not willing to do anything that is risky or exciting. Prost! Surly, keep up the good work! (1,509 characters)

Photo of Flipadelphia84
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass with a two finger head...

A- Dark amber color with a creamy white head. Good Lacing. Looks low in carbonation.

S- Pine, sort of a caramel sweetness to it. Undertones of fruit.

T- Tons of pine, has a sort of caramely toastyness to it, and there's the fruit. Yep, pretty much how it smells. Can't detect any alcohol. Finishes with the piney bitterness that Lasts a while, but does inevitably stop.

M- Low in carbonation. Leaves a sticky layer of hop oils on your lips, Its what I expect from a good IPA. That's how you know its good!

D- Very drinkable. This would be my favorite session beer if it weren't so spendy.

My girlfriend tells me its too bitter of a beer to have more than one. I tell her, "you'll get used to it." (767 characters)

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the amirillo stands out in this beer, taste little of edleberry, citrus, and lots of hops, hard to get this beer in new england, so will take a trip to find this one again, one of my top beers to have in my fridge (next to the heady toppers). WOW and it comes from a can too. (275 characters)

Photo of spoots
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is categorized as an american amber / red ale, but this is the most IPA-tasting american amber / red ale I've had to date. It reminds me of all the great qualities of SN Celebration Ale, but it goes further in every way--better taste, better color, more intense nose. Lordy, is this a great beer.

Anyhow, the particulars. (Served on tap in a pint glass at Acadia Cafe in Minneapolis.)

A - Dusty orange color, with a tight, short head. Little lacing to speak of.

S - Citrus all around. Very hoppy. Smells incredibly fresh--I suppose that's a combination of this being a popular beer with a lot of turnover, and the strong grapefruit component.

T - Astonishing. This is EXACTLY what I want my favorite beer to taste like. It's impossibly citrussy and bitter, and very little malt component to spoil the party. (I am one of those hopheads who are perfectly happy to leave the malt standing on the sidelines sometimes). Do NOT change this recipe, Surly!

M - Sharp, intense, acidic--this beer boils in the mouth and challenges the tongue with complex flavors. Lingering aftertaste. (This is probably not a beer to start a tasting with.)

D - Nuf' said. This is my new beer of choice on tap in the Twin Cities.

Bravo! (1,244 characters)

Photo of myspoonistoobig
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can received in trade, canned 4/26/11, consumed 7/12/11.

Appearance: deep amber, almost coppery with a thin head on top. Lacing is pretty nice.

Smell: even 2.5 months after canning, hops still dominate, though they tend towards the earthy and vegetal rather than citrus (I had a more fresh example previously and it was even more of a hop bomb). Some sweet maltiness, too.

Taste: simply delightful. citrus hops come through in force, plenty bitter, but not enough to make me pucker. More sweetness, but it's wonderfully balanced by the bitterness. It doesn't sing to me, but man it's nice. A long while after tasting, you have that nice grapefruit pith sensation; light, but distinctly citrus.

Mouthfeel: the acidity bites hard, making my mouth water instantly, but I don't feel dried out; more of that excellent balance. The finish lasts really long and only dries out after a minute or more.

Overall: Fresher is better in my experience, but even at 2+ months this is just a solid beverage. Imperial sweetness without overdoing the hops or alcohol, I wish I could drink this as my beer-of-choice. The balance is what really strikes me as the high point of the brew. (1,171 characters)

Photo of kittywamp
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice fall color with a white head nice lacing

S: smells like citrus and pine with a hint of caramel and toffee

T: sweet, fruity like fresh lemons and oranges a little bitterness

M: the taste dances on your tonge with a kick of hops.

O: this is a great example of american craft beer. this beer is so worth the line at the stores to buy it. (354 characters)

Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.