Furious - Surly Brewing Company
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4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
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!
01-02-2007 02:30:28 | More by zeff80
4.65/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
02-16-2008 22:56:50 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev 0%
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!
01-09-2007 01:06:01 | More by NeroFiddled
4.35/5 rDev +0.5%
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!
12-07-2008 09:58:05 | More by RblWthACoz
4.63/5 rDev +6.9%
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 youre a hophead.
06-28-2007 03:05:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.13/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
12-24-2011 18:40:09 | More by WVbeergeek
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-27-2010 16:13:42 | More by Kegatron
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
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
11-27-2008 04:23:40 | More by russpowell
4.72/5 rDev +9%
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.
03-08-2009 14:34:08 | More by MasterSki
4.88/5 rDev +12.7%
There will be quibbles, arguments, teeth-gnashing, and bare-fisted brawling over the style choice, but I am going with what the brewers lean towards, although they admit it's not quite an "amber ale" like any other. There was talking of calling it an IRA, or "Imperial Red Ale", a humorous reference to violence in Ireland, but I'm glad they didn't.
(note: style now changed to "American IPA"...everyone okay with that now?)
On tap at Arcadia Cafe'...it looked a dusky, dunnish hue when they server poured it, when I sat at my table, it glowed bright orange...held out of sunlight, a truer dark amber-ish tone. Quarter inch head, creamy, and long-lasting. Very fine appearance.
Up to the nose: fresh, vibrant hops, zesty citrus, glimmers of pine, a grapefruit and pineapple tango, but banana aches to cut in...lovely stuff, and ample for any hophead's appreciation. (4 hops, Amarillo for sure...)(other hops:Warrior, Simcoe, Ahtanum)
Enters the mouth with ferocity and freewheeling force, spill bitterness all over the mouth, every crack and crevice is filled and rejoices from the deliciousness...creeps everywhere into the palate, and each area of contact finds it's reward. A citric fruit explosion, but well met with an ample, biscuity malt base (Golden Promise is in there)...it's a fertile malty field, and the hops are madly at play above! (100 IBUs will do that.)
Next comes the overload, the frequent pucker, the lip-smacking, the bitterness, and tasty hop flavor clinging tenaciously to the lips and tongue...zippy, zingy, mouth-grabbingly delicious at every sip and gulp.
A beer for hopheads to keep reaching for and for Minnesotans to be proud of!
P.S., I've had the cask dry-hopped version, now dubbed "Tea-Bagged" twice now, and never took out pen and paper to compose a full review, but, damn, it would definitely get all 5's out of me, an amazing beer! Check out if hear of a pouring, it is not to be missed!
02-05-2006 21:41:57 | More by feloniousmonk
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
Received as part of a Surly sampler I received through a trade.
Poured from a can into an Imperial pint glass. Beer is amber / copper in color, looks beautiful. Beer is clear and forms a thick, yellowish head that falls away slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is mild to moderate and there seems to be really fine particulates suspended in the beer. They aren't moving they are just floating there.
Definitely an IPA. This beer has a ton of pine aroma coming off of it. Beautiful giant aroma fills the nose. Not a whole lot else is available in the way of scent but I wasn't expecting much else.
Smooth and dry. This beer has a nice level of bitterness and some really nice malt character in the from mouth. I was not expecting the dryness but it fits really well. Beer has a slight aftertaste but it just more of the hop goodness. Hop flavors are still pine based. Great great IPA.
Mouthfeel is interesting, nice medium body, not chewy as you might expect with a high IBU beer but overall a very nice balance with body. The dryness at the end of the beer really improves the mouthfeel a lot.
Drinkability high, really high. I could drink these all day long.
This is one of the best American IPAs I've ever had.
11-06-2009 04:51:26 | More by drabmuh
4.47/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
08-06-2011 11:36:39 | More by Slatetank
4.31/5 rDev -0.5%
a fantastic ipa, which totally took me by surprise. the pour is pretty standard, pale orangey straw color with a finger or two of white foam. the nose is piney hops, sure to be a high alpha bomb, some lightly toasted american barley malt happening as well, but the big oily hops are stealing the show. the flavor confirms a nice hoppy brew, but fairly balanced despite how intense the hops are here. what surprised me more than anything is how soft the mouthfeel is. its really really gentle on the tongue, which is absolutely not what we have come to expect in ipas. the carbonation is relaxed but suitable, and the body is near medium, but somehow there is the feather soft character to it that is a total shocker. really wonderful way to experience hops. in the end i loved my first surly beer, not one of their highest acclaimed brews, but a very impressive introduction. the feel makes it.
01-15-2013 01:16:10 | More by StonedTrippin
4.35/5 rDev +0.5%
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!
09-24-2009 00:22:10 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is excellent. It has a nice malt scent that boasts of pale, special roast, and bisquit malts along with a hell of a hop aroma that really blends well with the malts; well rounded. The taste is great! This is one hoppy beer. It starts off bitter, but balanced with the malts provided and then just explodes with hops in the finish. It's quite intense and leaves a residual hop taste in my mouth several minutes later. This is a true hop lovers beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It's deceptively drinkable with loads of hop character.
06-28-2007 01:08:36 | More by WesWes
3.83/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
07-03-2011 16:40:26 | More by Rifugium
4.08/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
05-20-2011 02:57:44 | More by oline73
4.22/5 rDev -2.5%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer that has been on my wants for a long time.
The beer pours an orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the hops with resin and citrus. The flavor is more of the same with a great mix of resiny hops and citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer, but it is one that I don't have much to say about. This is one I definitely recommend and it lived up to the hype.
05-19-2010 02:27:18 | More by Mora2000
3.45/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
04-05-2011 03:12:58 | More by mactrail
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.
a- A dark orange-amber color, with about an inch of head and very little carbonation.
s - Smells strongly of piney hops, as well as citrus fruits.
t - Stong taste of hops, pine, and citrus. Also has a smooth after taste of toffee or caramel. The bitter hops and smooth malts balance very nicely here and I like the taste a lot.
m - Medium body with moderate carbonation.
d - Overall I really liked this IPA. It had a nice citrus smell and you could really taste the hops. I also really liked the smooth after taste it had. It had a small, nice bitterness to it from the hops, but also had a nice balance of smooth malts at the same time. I would definitely have this again.
01-30-2010 05:18:28 | More by mdfb79
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours slightly hazed copper with a thick, off-white, lasting head.
The smell is of sharp citrus. Some pine/resin. Caramel backing.
The taste is of spicy, sharp citric, piney, almost resiny hops. Powerful hop bitterness tied together and balanced by a subtle caramel sweetness. Hops remain assertive, though controlled. A rye-like dryness in the long finish.
Creamy and chewy. Hops galore, but enough sweet caramel to give it body and depth. A "hop head" delight! Smooth despite on-slaught of hops. Great stuff!
Thanks to WankerWeasel for this hoppy treat!
05-24-2007 18:43:01 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev -7.6%
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, dark amber color that shows amber-tinged copper color when held up to the light. The aroma as the expected, zesty hoppiness characteristic of American hops. Sweet citrus notes of lychee, bergamot, ruby-red grapefruit, and candied orange peel mix with a backdrop of pine and a light herbal character. A light maltiness finishes off the aroma with a touch of toasted malt, and a solid crusty bread character.
The taste is somewhat sweet, but this is tempered immediately by an aggressive bitterness that goes from start to finish. Lots of citrus character, though it is not as sweet as the aroma suggests; notes of orange zest, ruby-red-grapefruit and lychee are all noticeable. The finish, while bitter, has an intermingling of pine, green herbs and a definite menthol edge. Actually the finish at times is quite minty. What a long, lingeringly bitter finish; this helps to really dry this beer out and makes you thirsty for another sip. A nice malt character is noticeable at times too; toasted grain character, freshly crushed malt flavors as well as lightly browned biscuit flavors. This has a nice body to it, that helps to carry the ample hops; a sort of medium fullness that does not hinder this beer from being quite drinkable.
This is a really balanced hop attack. I like how well mixed the citrus, sharper herbal notes and lingering bitterness mix quite well. This is definitely a hop dominated brew, in fact it is very hoppy, but the malt is still noticeable here, though it does play a supporting role. This has certainly lived up to my expectations for a hoppy brew.
06-16-2007 03:18:04 | More by Gueuzedude
Furious from Surly Brewing Company
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