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Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,654
Reviews: 1,430
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.51%
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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 womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy ruby hued amber with a crème head. Nose is strong citrus (grapefruit) and stronger piney resin. Flavor is quite sharp. Brings the expected bitter tone with firm leafy tones and a supremely hoppy presence. Almost comes off as a very hoppy amber ale. Like I said, a sharp flavor profile. Feel has a biting carbonation and the liquid is thicker. Nice to drink. Very heavy, but this is what the hop heads like.

Thanks to mashmaster for this extra!

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking to try the Surly beers for quite some time it seems that this beer has had the cult following from day one. Yet, I've never even attempted to trade for it until recently. I love to see an IPA in can form, there's just not enough of them out there. I heard Two Hearted and Torpedo are coming soon, but I've yet to see them in my beer stores. The simple description on the can really gives you what your in for. Definitely a crimson colored IPA with a light khaki beige head forming even thin lacing between sips. Aroma has some citrus and pine hops but there's a nice caramel malt base with Scottish malt adding just an air of rustic smokiness to the mix. Flavor has a beautiful blend of caramel with pine spiced hops and hints of citrus peel. A really mellow IPA even though it's called Furious, it should just be called Delicious. Definitely hop bitterness coming through but throw me a West Coast style or a midwest style West Coast IPA anyday. For example I've been drinking more White Rajah than I care to admit. I fantastic example of the midwest West Coast IPA, or Fathead's Headhunter IPA both beers I would love to have regularly. Masala Mama from Town Hall is actually the most amazing Minnesota beer I've ever had. Mouthfeel was resinous with a strong lasting hop bitterness, balanced on the palate I didn't feel overwhelmed by the big dose of hops. Overall I would be super proud of this beer if I were from Minnesota but compared to the rest of the country it's on par and defintely ot superior with a West Coast IPA. But I want more at the same time, that's the catch with this beer it makes you want to drink another one. Thanks to Ryan aka Schlais for the trade.

Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to HogWildLiquor for this one, thanks Cody!

Pours copper with 3+ fingers of tan head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Pineyness & grapefruit in copious amounts, plus some breadyness as this warms

T: Grapefruit, lemons, & breadyness up front. Biscuitty malt & grapefruit/piney bitterness play well together as this warms. Finishes, dry, with some orange rinds, then the high alpha-acid assault continues, this just exudes fresh hoppyness in balance

MF: Medium bodied, smooth, superb balance

Drinks pretty easy, the bitter has enough malt backbone to balance this out. I could happily session on this one. i think this was little better in the can than the growler, but the growler itself is bad-ass

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

I know I had this on tap, but I can't recall where, and my notes don't mention. Poured a dark orange-brown with a modest white head. Very hoppy aroma and not much else; citrus and pine. Nice blast of hop medley flavors: orange and grapefruit, pine, and a subtle dash of herb. A smooth, earthy, malt base balances things out. Medium mouthfeel, and quite easy to drink.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

I've had this twice now - at Darkness Day, and at Night of the Living Ales. It's always a huge treat to have this one. Served in my NLA taster glass.

A - Hazy orange-brown color, with a nice bunch of persistent bubbles on top. Not much in the way of head or lace. It's a cask beer - this is how they look! I just find cask beer decidedly unsexy looking, even if I love the taste & mouthfeel.

S - Wow! Furious on crack! Tremedous citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, orange) with some tropical fruits (pineapple & mango). There's also some floral and grassy notes not present in regular Furious - I'm guessing there is a huge amount of amarillo involved in the second dry-hopping. In any case, it's huge & delicious.

T - It's just as delicious as regular Furious. Tons of hops, candied citrus, solid caramel malt balance, with a mild residual bitterness. I did notice that after the fifth or sixth pour the bitterness got a bit tiring. It's also a tiny bit of a letdown from the smell. Those two elements keep me from giving this a perfect score.

M - Smooth, medium-bodied, low carbonation (obviously!), great residual stickiness. Velvet creaminess, yet very refreshing!

D - Hmm...low carbonation + medium ABV + incredible flavor = I can't stop drinking this. It's probably a good thing Tea-Bagged Furious isn't available more often, otherwise I'd be adhered to a bar stool somewhere and my wife would be filing a missing persons report - seriously though, this is an incredible brew, and combines the best of extreme American hop profile with traditional English real ale texture. If appearance didn't matter so much on this site it'd be my top-ranked brew.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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