Furious - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,422
Hads: 4,913
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 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)

Photo of Droopy487
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer 2 months after the canned date. Seems like a very malt forward beer. I won't spend my review criticizing it because I love this brewery. It's just not for me. (176 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dude hooked me up with two in a row. Solid man! Great trade!

Appearance: Beautiful clear reddish copper colored with a head that lingers pretty well through the pour.

Aroma: Tropical candied fruits, mango, papaya, some stone fruits as well, nice aromas.

Taste: Totally balanced, there is some bitterness going on but the tropical and stone fruits come through, I don't detect much in regard to the bittering profile but there is some there. Very well balanced. Reminds me of Nugget Nectar, but better.

Overall: Very nicely done beer. Happy to have received it on trade! (573 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/23/15 . Dark copper, off white foam. Nice nose, oily pine. Bitter hit, then orange peel and pine. Finshing citrus peel. Grapfuit, sory of oily peel finishing after 3rd swallow. Hint of sweet? Hope taste and aroma is great. Not overwhelming but for sure there. Hopheads will really enjoy. I echo earlier sentiments, really smooth. (339 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 Mattyboombaddy
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As a Wisconsinite, I only get the treat of drinking this when I visit friends in Minneapolis. Usually, I bring a 4 pack of Furious home to share with friends.

16 Oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours deep amber, when held in light there is a slightly cloudy consistency. Thick head. Good lacing
Smells fantastic, reeks of citrus with a hint of pine, incredibly inviting aroma.
Super piney up front, citrus comes into play in the back. Im thinking blood oranges.
Perfect carbonation, medium bodied
Goes down smooth, too smooth, in fact it is easy to drink this one a bit fast. The aftertaste is my favorite part of this beer, it leaves me with a mixture of orange and pine needles in the back of my mouth. Overall I would say this is my poster child for what I want my IPA to taste like. (792 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name says it all here - this is a hop heavy, deep amber IPA that amps up the IBUs whilst maintaining a malt backbone that keeps something of a balance here. But let’s be honest - balance is not what you are looking for here. Some sweetness on the back end that does its’ best to level out the bitterness. (312 characters)

Photo of hail_seitan
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft

A - Lovely crimson/amber body. Head is fizzy and fairly thin.

S - Strong citrus aroma - a mix of tangerine, lime, orange,and grapefruit.

T - The citrus onslaught continues, but heavier on the orange than the nose. The malt is a delightful mix of sweet but dry. A good mix of darker caramel and specialty malts keeps things interesting. The finish is bitter with lingering citrus and caramel sweetness.

M - Despite the dry finish, a very creamy mouthfeel.

O - Great IPA. Unique takes on the color, mouthfeel, and malt with exceptional use of citrus hops. (572 characters)

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

A: Amber/red in color. Finger off white head. Head is rocky, with fairly rapid dissipation. Carbonation is minimal, with miniscule bubbles rising to the surface. Moderate lacing.

S: Smells like juice. Seriously. Juicy fruitiness erupts from the glass. Pine and woodiness underneath, with a layer of caramelized sugar.

T: Big smack of pine bitterness up front. Immediately transitions to a fruity explosion in the mid mouth. Darkened fruit, tropical fruit with a woody, herbal element. Finishes incredibly dry, with a chalky, mint and citrus finish. Pretty damn bitter on the back end.

M: Light in the mouth and crisp, but still manages a bit of weight in the mouthfeel.

O: Very unique. This is the most unique take on the style I've had since Oak Aged Jai Alai. (788 characters)

Photo of zoober911
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - It pours a coppery brown. About a fingers width of off white head. The head lingers for quite some time. When it dissipates it falls into, leaving a thin ring around the edge. A slight amount of lacing clings to the glass. Very enticing.

S - A small amount of citrus. Some malt. Caramel/toffee rounds it out.

T - A slight citrus with a lot of pine. High bitterness to follow in the end. A bit of malt backbone present as well. Bitterness remains present for some time. Very nice.

F - Mouthfeel is very nice. Spot on for the still.

O - Definitely a great IPA. Happy to have finally tried it. One the best IPA's I've had in a long time. Seek it out. (656 characters)

Photo of enjambed
4.75/5  rDev +10%

16oz can, kept at fridge temp (~40F) poured into hefeweizen glass. Can is dated 7/29/2014, consumed on 9/23/2014

Appearance:

A moderate-hefty pour produces a one finger head that settles down to a thin layer of foam, somewhat sticky lacing. Color is a very dark and lovely orange with some red.

Smell:

Despite the name, the smell is very sweet, with citrus dominating, with maybe some pine, and something floral in there as well. Sweet malts are definitely there too, poised to surprise.

Taste:

I've been drinking a lot of IPA's lately, so my palate probably isn't picking up as much of the bitterness as someone with more sensitive tastebuds.

Again Surly surprises us, as the malt "backbone" actually ends up playing a pretty big role here. My taste isn't as refined as many people on here, but it kind of reminds me of an oktoberfest/Marzen. Don't worry, that's a good thing.

As for the hops, bitter pine takes the forefront here with sweet citrus backing it up. Sometimes the taste ends with a bitter pine stickiness, other times it ends with more of the malty flavor I talked about earlier.

Feel:

Prickly carbonation complements the bitterness of the hops appropriately. Thickness is medium, with a bit of stickiness from the hops. which is expected for an IPA.

Overall:

Despite its name and bizarre packaging, Surly's Furious is a surprisingly balanced and enjoyable IPA that stands up to the hop bombs characterized by the West Coast. I'm proud this comes from my home state, and I feel this exemplifies everything a Minnesota IPA should be: hearty and balanced. Surly hasn't forgotten that the malt is equally as important as the hops.

addendum: Right after publishing my review, I realized that I was speaking too much from the perspective of an IPA guzzling hop-head. I should note that for those who are just starting out in craft beer or IPAs in particular, this beer with around 100 IBUS is still extremely bitter despite its "balance". (1,965 characters)

Photo of EthanS1
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

My exception for American IPAs. Nice, sweeter, with less carbonation then other beers. Good flavors of citrus or grapefruit. There is a little touch of bitter aftertaste.

A local brew for me, and I'm glad they are getting more national buzz. Can't wait to see what they come up with next. (289 characters)

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