Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,424
Hads: 4,920
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 pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant tea tinted amber under a persistent 3” cream colored clingy foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Fresh mown grass, light mint, citrus.
T: Big creamy malt flavors hand off to an assertive citrus rind bitterness by the middle that carries the beer through the finish. Moderate levels of malt and moderately high levels of hops.
F: Creamy smooth, medium body and carbonation.
O: I am very happy that just about everywhere in town I go for a beer I can find a Furious. (490 characters)

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of my favorite go to beers. It is just the right amount of citrus bite with a nice crisp finish. This isnt one of those that goes bad quickly either. Great 5-6 weeks later (191 characters)

Photo of Aduff860
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter.

L: Beautiful amber color, 1/4 inch white foamy head, nice lacing on the glass.

S: Not much on the nose, a little toffee aroma. Good but not great.

T: Bitter at first but not overwhelmingly so. Very nice piney/citrusy punch. Definitely a malty toffee flavor at the finish. Better as it warmed up.

F: Nice refreshing, medium bodied beer.

O: Nice introduction to the beer surly has to offer. Definitely let it warm up a bit before drinking. Very nice beer (493 characters)

Photo of Hootie159
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color with a nice red hue. Thin head that lingers. Nice hop aroma with a little bit of maltiness. Good hop flavor with some toffee from the malt. Good, smooth carbonation. (183 characters)

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber, reddish color. Very thin white head, not too much lacing. Nice tropical hop aroma on the nose. Hoppy taste on the front, malty flavor on the back end. Not usually a big proponent of the maltier IPA's but pleasantly surprised with this one. (246 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 aleigator
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-amber color, with a decent head.

Smells of juicy oranges among biscuity malts, topped off by a note of crisp lime. Malts are very prominent on the nose, evoking a sweeter appearance of the beer, balancing the fruity hops easily.

Has a medium carbonation, as well as a medium body, while producing enough hop bite to remain pleasantly refreshing.

Tastes of bready, slightly earthen malts, with white orange zest mingling into the beers malt backbone. Oranges grow stronger on the palate, due to the mineralic carbonation and lime juice, introducing a challenging hop bitterness to the tongue. The beers balance remains enjoyable throughout though, as the malts provide enough power to withstand the dry turning, slightly grassy hop onslaught, while staying on the bready side. Its sweetness gets provided by utmost juicy orange and blood orange, teaming up beautifully with lime juice. Finishes with a sweeter, fruity impression, completely focussed on the tropical hops, which create a long lasting dryness.

Fantastic, intensely hopped beer, which remains easy drinkable. Very fruity and refreshing, while the malts not only settle the balance but also add to the flavors in a very efficient way. (1,222 characters)

Photo of weuntouchable
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Looks and smells beautiful and initial taste is good. Finish is weak and disappointing. Overall it's good, but once I finish the 4 pack of cans its probably not a beer I will buy again. (187 characters)

Photo of MrUse
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now I see the hype with this one. Bitter, but with tons of flavor. The hops really stand out. I was first reluctant to try this due to the high ibus, but the flavor really makes it worth it. I'm glad I live in Minnesota so I can buy many more of these. (252 characters)

Photo of BIN29
1.41/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Extremely overrated and overhyped. Canned on 5/19.

Dark amber in appearance with light toasted malts aroma. Hops are not complex here, nor its fruity. No citrus, light caramelized pine. This is an extremely malt-forward ipa with lots of bittering hops. Long lingering bitterness. This is definitely an extreme ipa with a 100 ibu that targets the fans of bigger is the better. This is not a balanced beer. Drink two hearted instead. (433 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big head to begin, fading to a bubbly chunkiness. Beautiful amber-orange emanates from the pint glass.

A little biscuity, toffee, big citrus on the nose - less in total than I would've thought, but a uniquely curious mash-up.

A controlled hop bomb, this one. So much that with every exhale, it's like drinking the beer anew, each an explosion. Grapefruit, some pineapple, both breathable in the best way possible. Mild alcohol burn to close.

Deliciously encompassing and unique from other AIPAs/IPAs out there as a result of the malts - they simply provide a frame for the immense hoppiness that is the focus. (615 characters)

Photo of Uhopia
3.28/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I, I don't get it. You can't go to MPLS without some yahoo staggering up to you bragging about Surly this or Surly that. I mean, really? It's a decent enough beverage to fill-in when your first or second string is on the bench but come on, the Hype! around this concoction was waaaaay over-rated. It's a little silly. Especially from a place where Summit comes from. But having said that, I can see where the excitement comes from. So...yea for you, I guess. (458 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Amber with 2 fingers of loose head. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Grapefruit juice, caramel, pine sap, and honeydew. Smells great!

Taste
Pine, grapefruit juice, and candied citrus. Firm caramel backbone with traces of toffee. Honey, honeydew melon, more pine, and hints of earthy spruce.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, juicy, semi-dry, and lightly bitter.

Overall
More balanced than your traditional IPA yet this doesn't interfere with the hoppiness. Juicy and easy drinking. (551 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 04/06/15

A — Pours a deep and dark ruby hued amber, very dark for the style, just looks malty right off the bat, big and tall creamy head forms, nice lacing left behind.

S — Smells incredibly malty initially, bitter, rich, there are hop notes of pine and orange pith, underlying coffee note as well somehow.

T — Tastes bigly rich and malty, bitter hops make an appearance and are bitter and herbal, earthy and woodsy in flavor, very much tastes like the woods.

M — Medium bodied, crisp in finish, long and lasting.

O — Very malt forward, hop profile is very earthy and herbaceous, no citrus or juiciness to be found here, very good overall though. (679 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Biggs!

A: Opaque amber with an off-white half finger head that ran and hid rather quickly. Thick lacing.

S: Grapefruit, bready malts, piney hops.

T: Wow, what a punch of hoppy delights blended so well with Scottish caramel malts. The grapefruit taste of the hops wasn't too bitter. Just a terrific balance.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A real treat and surprise at the end of my brewery tours. Glad I finally got to see what the fuss is all about. Find it. Savor it. (540 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really glad to try this one. Dark amber which is normally a turnoff but overall this was very good. Balanced and nice bitterness. Nice buzz from one 16 oz can. (159 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Barely hazy amber with light tan head, some lacing
Smell: citrus (non-ideal conditions)
Taste: Solid malt base that is won out with huge grapefruit hops. black pepper. very bitter finish
Feel: Medium body with smooth mouthfeel

Overall: Furious is a solid IPA - it has a firm malt base but is still dominated by a very bitter grapefruit-like hops finish. To my taste the bitterness is approaching excessive, but it is still good and the malt provides enough balance to keep it from overwhelming the experience. Still, there are several widely available IPAs I would prefer to this one (Two-hearted, Sculpin, Odell) and at least one local option I find preferable (Bent Paddle). Sierra Nevada's Torpedo is kind of in the same ballpark as this one and is quite a bit cheaper. (784 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Super clean, well balanced, excellent malt flavor, but you still don't lose the hops. Has moments of imperial IPA but only in taste not abv. Really enjoyed this one (164 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L (4.5) - Beautiful amber, orange, gold color. Nice amount of head on top. Nice light tan colored
S (4.25) - Nice florally aroma. Fairly strong, but not too much. Not much malt or anything, but this is an IPA after all!
T (4.75) - Fantastic! A little bitter, plenty florally on the front. Nice backend hop presence too. Clean, crisp. Not a lot better out there.
F (4.25) - Nice carbonation level. Not much alcohol burn or anything of that nature.
O (4.5) - This is one of my favorite beers. It has great hop flavor, but not bitter and nasty. I would get this every time in Minnesota. But now it's in Iowa. And it is a staple in my cellar! (651 characters)

Photo of RossiDaMan
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Broke in my new IPA glass with this one. Beautiful deep amber in color. I could smell the citrus (primarily grapefruit) from 2 feet away. The grapefruit carried over into the taste with a nice hoppy & bitter aftertaste. Feel was average with small bubbles and smooth carbonation. Overall, very good and recommended. (317 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium red with a one finger head. I wonderful citrus hop smell. The hop not as strong as expected, withe a slight bitter finish. It does resonate into the nose. Could drink a bunch of this. (202 characters)

Photo of AJacob81
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber w great legs. Piney citrusy nose w a very similar taste. Notes of buttered, honeyed bread and lemongrass in the finish. A bit overpriced for what's ultimately a second tier Midwestern IPA (A four pack of Two Hearted tallboys is about four bones less), but this at the very top of that second tier and a very pleasant drink regardless. (345 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.03/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a deep orangish red color. a two to three finger off white head with decent retention. a small streaky lacing around the edges. pretty hazy and almost opaque.

Smell: good strong hop bite starts off. notes of pine, citrus and hop resin. good amount of bitterness but it is almost taken over by a large amount of sweet malts. ranging from toasted bread to caramel malts.

Taste: opens up with hops coming through with pine, citrus and resin. a good amount of bitterness up front. strong malts creep through the hops constantly. notes of caramel and toasted bread. more hops sneak through at the end with some slight tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel: syrupy and resiny. bitterness and caramel malts battle it out. it comes out pretty even. strange and may be slightly undercarbonated.

Overall: way too malty and syrupy. almost cloyingly sweet even with all the hops in it. (886 characters)

Photo of RyanStelzner
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great copper color. Very clear. Minimal head retention. Subtle citrus hop flavor quickly overpowered by aggressive, palate-cleansing bitterness.... Which I loved! Very lively carbonation which was also refreshing. (213 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet tones on the nose of honey, caramel, watermelon, tropical fruits and grapefruit. There is some dank herbal hop notes as well.

The flavor is a bit dank and bitter for my taste but I can appreciate the array of herbal hops with the occasion fruits. The fruitiness tends to grapefruit and tangerines but for the most part it's dank. (342 characters)

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Furious from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,424 ratings.